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Friday, 3 April

ThisWeekinFM COVID-19 Statement

ThisWeekinFM COVID-19 Statement

Updated on Thursday 2 April 2020

This statement will be updated frequently, as and when more information comes to light.

Being at the heart of the news industry, we understand how important communication is during these times of uncertainty. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, I wanted to let you know how we're getting on here at ThisWeekinFM.   

We are all well and business is running as normal, but we have measures in place to best protect our team, including remote working. We are continuing to take advice from the World Health Organisation, NHS, the Government and Local Authorities with regards to up-to-date information and guidance on the outbreak of COVID-19.

We understand many of our clients are concerned about the risk to external visitors coming into their business, and it's a concern we take seriously. Simultaneously, our team's health is very important to us, and we need to make sure we are all protected.

Consequently, we have postponed on-site visits and client meetings. However, there are several ways we'd be happy to meet "face to face" without having that contact.

First and foremost, individual team members are geared to use pretty much any conference system you have in place and we can also facilitate video calls over WhatsApp, FaceTime or Skype.

As well as our industry-leading news platform, ThisWeekinFM runs a varied programme of events throughout the year. Clearly, the safety and wellbeing of everyone that attends our events is our top priority.  We will stay in close contact with every person planning to attend our forthcoming events to update them with new developments.

Our next scheduled event is our Facilities & Workplace Networking Club evening on Thursday 30th April. This event is cancelled due to the recent developments and government advice. All sponsors and registered attendees will be contacted directly and notified of this decision and the next steps.


Facilities Industry Charity Boxing Night Black Tie Dinner


In light of government guidelines, we have postponed the Facilities Industry Charity Boxing Night Black Tie Dinner, originally planned for Thursday 14 May. This event will now take place on Thursday 15 October.

It is our hope that, by October, everyone will be in a much safer place to proceed with normal life. First and foremost, the safety and wellbeing of everyone that attends our events is our top priority. 

The Millennium Gloucester Hotel has worked hard to provide a new slot in October and we will proceed with a clear action plan in place to mitigate risks. In addition to our own precautions, the venue has measures in place to ensure the health and safety of our guests. This includes additional provisions of handwash and hand sanitisers.  

Further details will be announced soon and attendees and sponsors will be contacted directly with any updates.  We will continue to closely monitor the situation and decisions will be made in accordance with guidelines set by the World Health Organisation, NHS, Government and Local Authorities.

The team at ThisWeekinFM are determined to make this Facilities Industry Charity Boxing Night Black Tie Dinner a celebration of the continued tireless work performed by the Facilities & Workplace Management community throughout this challenging time

At present we are holding off on any decisions surrounding further events until we have more information from official sources.


FM Resource Bank


As a leading voice in the facilities management, workplace and built environment industry, we have started an FM Resource Bank to facilitate an area for service providers to exchange details and ask for support.

The aim of this is to help reuse or repurpose resources or labour, that would otherwise go to waste for the common good of the FM community and the country at large. Through this, we hope to create a flexible pool of additional resources.

You can read more about how to get involved here

We are currently also looking at a range of digital experiences to keep the FM community connected – though these won’t replace our program of events, we hope they will help maintain morale and continue to stimulate valuable conversations – keep an eye out for our forthcoming campaign Responding to Social Distancing with Digital Connection, which is in line with Our Commitment to Keeping FM Professionals Informed and Connected through this challenging time.  

Thank you for your understanding as we work our way through this difficult and ever-changing situation.  Please, take all relevant precautions wherever possible over the next few months and stay safe.

Best wishes,

Laurence Allen

& All of the team at ThisWeekinFM

Article written by Laurence Allen


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