May madness

I know what you’re thinking, how are we in May already? Well, apart from telling you four months have indeed passed so far this year, we don’t have anything consoling to say. What we can offer you though, is a comprehensive list of events for May that you should start thinking about and have on your radar. The list ranges from facilities management, to architecture and design, PR and marketing and management and leadership. You name it – Magenta has it covered.

Let us start by rounding off April…

On Monday 30th April, the Young Managers Forum (YMF) hosted a panel discussion and networking event, that saw approximately 50 FM professionals meet at the impressive UBS building in Broadgate Circle to network and discuss 2018’s elephant in [every] room: Carillion. The YMF took to discussions from the approach of collaboration, particularly between competitors. Magenta’s own Simon Iatrou chaired the panel and Tom and Esme also attended, supporting the forum with its PR and comms efforts going forward.

Moving swiftly into May, we had ThinkFM. Based around the theme ‘adapt or disappear’, BIFM brought the annual event sponsored by Sodexo to central London on the 1st May. Discussing topics such as ‘the commercial world of FM’, ‘how does FM grow to become more profitable?’ and ‘is workplace the answer?’, the day provided insightful discussion into hot topics in the sector.

On May 10th 2018, Green Rewards will host its annual insight seminar at the iconic October Gallery near London’s Russel Square. The event will host a range of speakers, broken into two panel discussions and will end with a launch of Green Rewards’ new global product, followed by drinks and canapés, and sponsored by Servest UK.

Next up is #WorldFMDay on the 16th May. Focusing on ‘enabling positive experiences’, FM folk around the world will be celebrating the topical trends, twists and turns that the sector has been navigating in previous years, and looking ahead to the future. Magenta will be celebrating with its FM contacts and on social media, so keep a look out… Oh, and remember to tweet what you’re up to using the hashtag #WorldFMDay!

During the third week in May (15th – 17th), Jo and Esme will be in Barcelona, at IFMA’s flagship European event, World Workplace Europe conference and expo. This event will bring together FM professionals of all backgrounds to engage, learn and be inspired at Casa Llotja, a 14th-century Catalan gothic architectural masterpiece and one of Europe’s premiere historic meeting venues. Stand by for the various event reports in the FM press.

Three words. Clerkenwell Design Week. For those of you in the architecture and design (A&D) sphere, it needs no introduction. However, for those of you who are unfamiliar – CDW is one of Europe’s finest celebrations of A&D. Each year, A&D specialists from around the world unite in London’s historic Clerkenwell, to share, celebrate and showcase some of the finest offerings from the industry. From showroom displays and launches to networking and after-parties, Clerkenwell Design Week showcases the crème de la crème of the design sector. Magenta will be there in force every day, so if you see a branded tote bag (one that isn’t a furniture manufacturer), it’ll be us – come say hi!

And finally, we have what is probably the most important event in FM’s calendar(!)… the Magenta summer PRty. Each year, Magenta gathers its friends, colleagues and contacts (traditionally at a glamorous rooftop location) to celebrate the years’ achievements, enjoy a drink and relax! Last year we were blessed with gorgeous sunny weather, so here’s hoping for the same this time round.

June looks set to be equally as busy, with Esme off to the world renowned commercial interiors fair NEOCON in Chicago, Tom visiting EuroFM in Bulgaria and The Facilities Show in London, so keep your eyes peeled for the next event round-up from Magenta.

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Ben Keeley