Welcome to i-FM
i-FM is the award-winning news and information service for the UK facilities management industry.
Established in 1999, i-FM pioneered web-based publishing in this sector – and continues to offer unrivalled access to up-to-the-minute news, market insights, commentary and research. That’s why we have a steadily growing base of licence holders, a strong band of loyal sponsors and an ever-widening group of industry supporters. It’s also why we get regular calls from practitioners and market researchers alike, looking for information and advice.
Key features and benefits
Home Page – Here you’ll find links to virtually all of our content, from news headlines, through the latest features and comments, to our complete navigation system which runs across the top of the page. It’s designed to be clear and easy-to-use, but if you ever have a problem or a query – or indeed want to make a suggestion – you can always contact us direct.
News – i-FM has one of the most knowledgeable news teams in the business. Over the years, we have evolved a news-gathering system that spans an extensive range of contacts and sources within mainstream FM, related disciplines and the wider business scene. We update our news pages five days a week. If you want to know what's happening in FM, i-FM is the place to find out. Licence holders can choose to receive morning headlines alert emails daily or weekly.
Features - Written by our team, or commissioned by us, these focus on key trends and issues in the industry, as well as important topics in associated fields. The range of subjects is broad – everything from professional development to business management, from building services to workplace design, from HR to energy. We also regularly publish in-depth interviews with leading figures in the sector.
Comment - Regular insights, views and opinions from experienced practitioners and market observers bring you greater understanding of the industry and where it is headed. These tackle current issues, emerging trends, problems and opportunities in a concise, focused way - often spurring further discussion and new ideas.
Top 50 - Our unique benchmark tracks the top players in UK FM, with turnover and profit figures, a brief business profile and links to recent news stories. The data we compile here forms a critical input into our annual Trends & Opportunities market report. It is also used by consultants researching or advising on the marketplace; and of course by companies wanting to keep an eye on the competition. (Available only to full licence holders.)
Research – We have been researching the industry for years, looking at demographics in FM, contract trends, buyer priorities, supplier brand perceptions, business confidence – and we also publish a highly regarded annual market landscape report. We’re proud of our reputation for research. Others have carried out studies within FM over the years, of course, but for us it’s a part of our raison d’être – we’re committed to a regular programme of research using our established knowledge and vast email database. Consequently, no one knows this marketplace better than i-FM. (Available only to full licence holders.)
Contracts Database – We are continuously adding to our listings of industry contracts, capturing the key facts from information reported to i-FM. Provider, client, service scope, date of award, value – if it has been revealed, we have it; and it is all sortable. The result is a highly valuable, easy to use market research tool.
Awards – Curious about who wins awards in this business? Our comprehensive listing covers all major award schemes right back to 1999. You can also find out about entering our own annual i-FM Technology in FM Award, which brings deserved recognition to applications of new technology that advance individual businesses and the industry generally.
FM Briefings - Each of our special briefings targets a specific service area to offer practising FMs the information and knowledge they need to make efficient and effective decisions. Briefing subjects are also covered in our complementary publication i-FM In Brief. Past Briefings have focused on CAFM, catering, cleaning, energy management, health & safety, lighting, M&E, moves management, recruitment, sustainability and waste management. 2012 will see coverage of lifts products & services, interiors & fitting out and fire safety services.
Resources – Our collection of really useful stuff includes an introduction to FM, access to sample documents, tips and advice, profiles of key individuals in the industry, our own Net Knowledge guide to useful websites – each rated for content and usability - and more.
Search – Our entire archive – more than 12 years of news, features and comment – is fully searchable by key word or phrase. That makes it a very powerful tool for anyone interested in a researching a specific company, trend or contract. (Full archive access is available only to full licence holders.)
i-FMJobs – If you are interested in a career move, this is the place to be – current job listings, plus advice and support for jobseekers. You can sign up for our Friday email to stay abreast of the latest opportunities. And for companies recruiting for jobs, this platform offers unsurpassed penetration into the FM world – our Friday email is sent to 140,000 people right across the sector.
FMPages – Looking for a specialist provider for products or services? Our directory provides a choice of over 20 categories, with each offering supplier profiles and full contact details to make things easier for you. And if you are a supplier, you’re missing out on a new business opportunity if you are not included.
All this is why it’s a widely recognised fact - If you’re in FM, you need to be on i-FM.