On behalf of everyone at FM Business Daily I would like to wish all our readers, advertisers, sponsors and contributors a hearty, healthy and happy New Year. I look forward to continuing to work with everyone throughout 2023.
It feels very much as though FM Director magazine has established itself as one of the leading titles for our industry during the last few months of 2022, providing us with a very firm foundation on which to build further throughout the year ahead.
It’s been my firm belief throughout my time within the FM industry that providing the highest quality information to assist our sector to achieve higher levels of appreciation for the excellent value it delivers in all areas is essential, and we’re making this a central element of the FM Business Daily brand.
FM Director is a central part of this, of course, and this issue further emphasises the efforts the team is devoting to providing senior industry personnel with content that will inform and inspire them to reach ever greater heights.
One of the ongoing topical areas of discussion within FM is the need to assist clients in achieving their aims to reduce carbon emissions. This is highly likely to continue to develop throughout the year ahead and will include discussions on how to deliver all the requirements while meeting the additional challenges that have emerged in recent months.
While it is tempting to allocate all net zero and carbon reduction actions to hard service providers, it is essential to understand that every member of the supply chain has their part to play. Energy consumption reduction is essential and much of this will be managed by the hard services sector, but every business will need to address both its own emissions and those of its industry partners if the UK is to achieve its net zero carbon emissions status by 2050.
The fact that this topic is continuing to dominate many conversations with industry leaders is reflected in both case study articles and interviews in this issue, including our studies on the National Library of Scotland and Swiss Cottage Library, which further prove the importance of this topic in all areas of the UK.
As this issue went to press, FM Business Daily was preparing to host its first round table discussion, with the topic of debate focusing on the net zero carbon journey of the FM industry. With conversations ongoing with a number of sponsors for additional events, this round table seems highly likely to be followed by others in the months to come.
Those wishing to engage with or support our efforts will be very welcome to contact our managing director Cheryl Ellerington (firstname.lastname@example.org) and myself (email@example.com) at any time in the year ahead.