This November the Education Facilities Forumreturns for its twelfth year at Heythrop Park Resort, Oxfordshire. The forum brings together business managers, bursars, facilities managers and estates directors, who over a day and a half are given the opportunity to review potential suppliers, network over a gala dinner and attend complimentary seminars. They can also discuss future projects, ideas and see how others in the education industry are going about all things facilities-related today.
This annual event covers numerous sectors within the education facilities industry, including:
building initiatives, catering, environmental, systems, flooring and furniture, healthy lifestyle, information and comms tech, lighting, maintenance and security.
The concept behind the forum offers an excellent resource for meeting suppliers by providing attendees with a personalised itinerary – giving a focused 36 hours of face-to-face meetings which are relevant and which only target services that are pre-selected in advance so as to ensure an efficient, structured use of time.
Throughout the event delegates will have the opportunity to attend industry-related, CPD-certified seminars presented by leading professionals. These inspirational, motivating and educational 45-minute sessions will cover topics that are pertinent to their role.
Organisers strive to ensure everybody’s time is well spent and memorable. Their relaxed approach to these annual events has proved that it will create a positive buzz and step forward towards a better way of doing business.
This year decision-makers from the following will be among those attending: Bromsgrove, Oxford Brookes University, Ifield School, Goldwyn School, Redbourne Upper School, Alderman Knight, New College Oxford University, Kings College, North Warwickshire and Hinckley College plus many more.
There will also be the opportunity for face-to-face meetings with solutions providers such as: Aalborg.DK Ltd, Altro Ltd, ASSA ABLOY, ICI Paints AkzoNobel, Ink4Business, MRG Systems, Ocean Integrated Services, S&C Slatter, Screwfix Direct, TABS FM, Trend Control Systems Ltdplusmany more to be confirmed.
Over the years, the Education Facilities Forum has received countless testimonials. A representative of Andover College, for example, said: “As a first-time attendee, I have found that it is a highly beneficial forum. I have gained fantastic knowledge of suppliers who can help in what I need, not what they want to push as the latest sales drive. The networking opportunities are second to none at this event.’’
A delegate from Chipping Norton School described the forum as: “an excellent opportunity to meet with a variety of suppliers, to learn about new products and services, and have questions answered about school specific facility issues. As a result of attending the event I was inspired to re-look at some of our existing approaches to site maintenance and development to provide better support to students.’’
Screwfix Direct commented: “The Education Facilities Forum was extremely beneficial for us as a supplier to get face time with decision-makers. It has helped us build rapport and gain a stronger understanding of customer’s needs. It was superbly organised and everyone was friendly and helpful.”
Delegate attendance is totally free of charge, including accommodation, seminar attendance, all meals and refreshments plus a place at the evening gala dinner followed by evening entertainment.
The Education Facilities Forum is at Heythrop Park Resort, Oxfordshire, 17-18 November. For further information, contact Emma French T: 01992 374100 E: [email protected]