(L-R) Stephen Welch, BIFM Ireland Region committee member and Ray Taylor, Operations Director of the summit’s leading sponsors Aramark, pictured at the launch of the 2017 BIFM Ireland FM Summit.  (photo: British Institute of Facilities Management (BIFM), Ireland Region)
(L-R) Stephen Welch, BIFM Ireland Region committee member and Ray Taylor, Operations Director of the summit’s leading sponsors Aramark, pictured at the launch of the 2017 BIFM Ireland FM Summit.
07.08.2017, 13:59

BIFM Ireland Summit Returns to Belfast

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The British Institute of Facilities Management (BIFM) Ireland FM Summit will return to Belfast on 17th November 2017, when facilities management professionals gather at the newly refurbished National Football Stadium at Windsor Park.


Now in its 21st year The BIFM Ireland FM Summit has become one of the highlights in the calendars of FM professionals and those working on the periphery of the FM industry from across Ireland and beyond.


Featuring both local and international speakers and exhibitors the summit will bring together facilities management professionals and industry experts to give unique insights into the new and best practices of facilities management, ensuring the efficient and profitable running of businesses. This year’s theme, ‘The Internet of Things’, will examine facilities management as it embraces new digital communications technologies.


The Internet of Things examines how devices can be used beyond the traditional computing norms to provide intelligence everywhere around us. Automation can allow us to adjust thermostats, open doors, monitor health, and simplify tasks such as to do lists at the touch of a button or even the flick of a wrist. Removing simple chores from our everyday life enables us to maintain better focus at work or gives us more time relax with family and friends.


Keith Halliday, BIFM Ireland Region committee member said, “We are delighted to be bringing our FM Summit back to Belfast for 2017 to such an iconic venue. The Internet of Things will most certainly be the driving force of change and possibilities for the FM and services industry in the coming years.  FM as an industry continues to grow rapidly throughout the UK and Ireland and the profession has come a long way locally thanks to BIFM and our Ireland region, which has in excess of 400 members.”


Aramark returns as the chief sponsor this year, with Compass, H&J Martin and Sodexo on board as supporting sponsors. Ray Taylor, Operations Director, Aramark said: “We have supported the BIFM Ireland Summit for many years now and it always presents an ideal platform to discuss with fellow professionals the way forward and delve into the topics that are challenging and changing the sector. We have no doubt that this year’s summit will be as informative and engaging as always with a great line-up of inspiring speakers.”


As well as looking to the future, this year’s summit also looks to sport for its next inspiration. Held at the iconic National Stadium, the event will be hosted by renowned sports journalist and presenter Denise Watson. A special question and answer session will also be held at the event with football legend and all-time lead goal scorer for Northern Ireland, David Healy MBE.



Visit for further information or for conference reservations (Members rate £99/Non-members rate £130).





About BIFM and the BIFM Ireland Region


The BIFM Ireland Region supports the facilities management community in Ireland with a growing membership across a wide geographic area stretching from the north coasts of Donegal and Antrim to the county of Kerry, far to the south. Visit or call 00353 1 6087752 for more information.



The region is part of the British Institute of Facilities Management (BIFM); the professional body for facilities management. Founded in 1993, we promote excellence in facilities management for the benefit of practitioners, the economy and society. Supporting and representing over 17,000 members around the world in over 80 countries, both individual FM professionals and organisations, and thousands more through qualifications and training.



For more information visit, connect with us on Twitter @BIFM_UK or call +44 (0)1279 712 620.



About Aramark                                                                                                                     

Aramark (NYSE: ARMK) is in the customer service business across food, facilities and uniforms, wherever people work, learn, recover, and play. United by a passion to serve, our more than 270,000 employees deliver experiences that enrich and nourish the lives of millions of people in 22 countries around the world every day.  Aramark is recognised among the Most Admired Companies by FORTUNE and the World’s Most Ethical Companies by the Ethisphere Institute. Learn more at or connect with us on Facebook and Twitter.

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