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RICS promotes role of FM experts

The RICS is launching a campaign to help facilities management (FM) professionals demonstrate their role in improving strategic business performance.

With both private and public sector organisations under pressure to reduce costs and achieve best value from their property assets, FM professionals are taking the lead in translating organisational and real estate strategies into realistic, costed management plans. Facilities management is now being recognised as more than just a cost centre and FM professionals are increasingly taking on a strategic rather than purely operational role within many organisations. In recognition of the contribution that FM has to make, the RICS is to launch the ‘Professionalising FM’ campaign in October.

RICS has around 12,000 UK professionals operating in FM, and regards their role as critical in helping businesses realise their medium and long-term corporate targets.

The campaign will be launched with a live panel debate and a wide-ranging industry survey at the FM and estates management show, Total Workplace Management in London next month. Led by a group of influential FM professionals, the discussion to be held on 7 October will examine the future of FM as a core strategic function within business, and the role that different industry qualifications play in positioning it as a board-level discipline.

For more information go to www.rics.org

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