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APSE Facilities, catering and cleaning management seminar 2017

Stepping up to the plate: Making a success of local authority FM, catering and cleaning
Thursday 26 and Friday 27 January 2017
Radisson Blu Hotel, Durham


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Seminar objectives

Change within local authority FM, catering and cleaning services is a constant and organisations have to constantly adapt and innovate to remain competitive and commercially successful in a fragmented marketplace.

Whilst the wholesale move to Academy schools is no longer Government policy, the relationship with schools will necessarily move to a contractual one and in-house teams must ensure that their commercial and tendering skills meet the challenge. At the same time, Councils continue to seek budget savings and FM is increasingly the beneficiary of this strategy as ever more services are bundled within the FM umbrella.

School food policy across UK is increasingly divergent, reflecting the priorities of the devolved governments and funding for Universal Infant Free School Meals and Breakfasts in not protected and therefore uncertain into the future. Opportunities to add value to the core service, thorough links to the curriculum and public health should be seized and built into the package of services offered.

This seminar brings together speakers from facilities management, catering and cleaning and the organisations that impact on them to chart the future and highlight some of the many challenges facing service providers. The 2 days are crafted to give delegates the opportunity to refresh their knowledge, learn new skills and give practical advice on implementing some exciting new ideas back in the workplace.




FM within the Ensuring Council

Paul O’Brien, Chief Executive, APSE


Building Cleaning Now and into the Future

Simon Hollingbery, Chairman, British Cleaning Council


The Changing Face of Local Authority FM

Paul Burr, Building and FM Manager, Durham Council


Small Schools and the Real Cost of School Meals

Neil Short, Chairman of National Association of Small Schools


Employment Law Update

Liz Deeley, Senior Associate, Walker Morris LLP


The Workplace/Workspace Conundrum

Ian Ellison, Partner, 3 Edges


Communicating with your Workforce

Dr Mel Bull, Principal Lecturer, Sheffield Hallam University


The Importance of Professional Standards

Tim Blowers, Vice Chair, LACA







Promoting excellence in public services

APSE (Association for Public Service Excellence) is a not for profit unincorporated association working with over 300 councils throughout the UK. Promoting excellence in public services, APSE is the foremost specialist in local authority frontline services, hosting a network for frontline service providers in areas such as waste and refuse collection, parks and environmental services, cemeteries and crematorium, environmental health, leisure, school meals, cleaning, housing and building maintenance.





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