The inaugural Property & Facility Management Professional Group Annual Seminar, entitled ‘The Rising Tide’, was held on October 2 in the Croke Park Conference Centre. This event follows the transition of the IPFMA’s (Irish Property & Facility Management Association’s) members and operations to the SCSI in July of this year. In previous years, the IPFMA Annual Conference was the most popular event on the property and facility managers’ calendar and this year was no exception, with over 200 delegates attending the seminar and exhibition. In his opening address, Vincent Hickey, chairman of the SCSI Property & Facility Management Professional Group, said that the event was about preparing for the rising economic forecast. The panel of expert speakers, including Ian Kehoe, Marie Hunt and Ivan Yates, spoke about who is investing in Ireland and why, what are the economic predictions for the future, and how we might best prepare ourselves.

Broadcaster Ivan Yates addressed the delegates honestly and openly. In advance of the launch of his book Full On, he gave an account of his life as a politician and businessman, and the challenges of bankruptcy following the financial difficulties he faced. His ten-point life lessons, including the values of integrity and determination, were very well received by the audience. His Three Ds were markers to watch for as our future emerges: Dublin, as populations are city based and there is less concentration of the population in rural areas; Digital, as businesses need to be aware of, and maximise, the potential of digital opportunities; and, finally, Demographics, as our rapidly ageing population needs to be considered by many businesses in their focus for the future.

Special thanks is extended to the event sponsors including Burlington Engineering, MITIE, MCR, Aramark and SCSI Skillnet.

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Pictured at the Property & Facility Management Professional Group Annual Seminar in Croke Park were (from left): Ian Kehoe; Vincent Hickey; Society President Pauline Daly; and, Charlie Costello.