News | 15 May 2019

It’s Platinum on World FM Day for the Innovation Gateway

The top prize at the Global FM Awards for Excellence has been awarded to the Innovation Gateway, nominated by IWFM, as a prime example of how the profession is making an impact on modern workplace performance.  

Innovation Gateway is an alliance of leading organisations – well-known brands among them - collaborating to reduce the operational costs and environmental impacts of their buildings by improving their ability to source, and adopt performance-boosting innovations. The initiative, which won in the Innovation in Products and Services category award at the 2018 Awards last autumn, was one of three examples of workplace and facilities management excellence nominated by IWFM.

Henry Majed, Partnership Director at Innovation Gateway said

A climate driven by risk aversion and cost savings can restrict progressive behaviour. When it comes to innovation, managing the costs and risks are extremely challenging for already stretched teams. You don’t know what you don’t know and the Innovation Gateway partners are taking a unique, powerful approach to tackle this problem head on.

“This award recognises the Partners’ collaborative approach to adopting breakthrough technologies and transforming the performance of their buildings, at scale - The Power of Many.”

Innovation Gateway partners share experience and best practice across diverse industries, as well as performance data from pilots, and together source the innovations they need to address complex challenges. In this way, they are able to unlock the insights to adopt breakthrough innovations and achieve their ambitious targets.

By working together, the partners have collectively estimated savings of millions of pounds, and substantial reductions in energy and water from innovations sourced and piloted through the Innovation Gateway.

IWFM CEO Linda Hausmanis said:

“Congratulations to the Innovation Gateway for this global win. Sharing risk not only makes economic sense, it also overcomes the reluctance to develop the new ideas that are so important in today’s fast-changing, environmentally conscious environment. It is a prime example of our profession making a real-world difference to business and society.

“Global FM’s recognition of a BIFM Award winner for the second year in a row underlines the quality and substance of the work being advanced by FM professionals and I hope this second spotlight will encourage others developing game changing ideas to follow.”

The Global FM Awards are designed to celebrate and acknowledge the very best in facilities management worldwide. Entries are judged on innovation, advancement of FM, corporate outcomes, contribution to FM worldwide and leadership in FM operations.

Who are they?

Partners currently include Tesco, Heathrow, RBS, Kingfisher, Unite Students, Places for People, University of Birmingham and Nottingham City Council. Together, they share experience / best practice across diverse industries, collaboratively source innovation in addressing common challenges and share performance data from trials.

An example of how the alliance works is when RBS trialled an additive called Endotherm to make its wet heating systems more efficient. After tracking 10-15 per cent energy reductions, RBS shared the information with the alliance after which Heathrow implemented the same innovations. It saw 11-16 per cent savings in three months.

About Global FM and the Awards

1. The Global Facility Management Association, Global FM, was founded in 2006. It is a worldwide federation of member-centric organisations committed to providing leadership in FM. It organises World FM Day.

2. The Global FM Awards recognises efforts by individuals or teams in FM who have made a positive contribution and are recognised as the ‘best of the best’ and entries are judged on: innovation, advancement of FM, corporate outcomes, contribution to FM worldwide, leadership in FM operations. Details of 2018’s winners can be found here:

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