2018 Finalists

This award recognises exceptional benefit to society created and delivered by a facilities management team through excellent FM practice or as part of a social responsibility initiative. The judges will be seeking evidence of the positive impact made on the social fabric of a community or the well-being of individuals or families.

This impact should relate to the design of a service, the adoption of a policy, the implementation of a project, or some other initiative designed to benefit society. It should benefit the well-being of individuals, the economic health of communities, the quality of the local environment, or be assisting in the alleviation of a specific social problem.

Finalists in the Impact on Society category of the BIFM Awards 2018 are:

Our Parklife CIC, ENGIE UK

Our Parklife Community Interest Company (CIC) is a social enterprise on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park designed to help deliver the legacy of the 2012 London Olympic and Paralympic Games. It is a truly innovative joint venture bringing together skills and experience from the private, charitable and social enterprise sectors in one organisation. The Our Parklife model was conceived by ENGIE as a response to a London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC) tender on the Olympic Park.

Our Parklife’s mission is to connect people with the Park. The CIC focuses its activities on the London Olympic host boroughs that in 2010 were identified in the list of the top 20 most deprived boroughs nationally (Indices of Multiple Deprivation) and remain at the local level in the 10% most deprived Lower Layer Super Output Areas (LSOAs) in England.

Our Parklife acts as a catalyst for local regeneration by connecting local communities and people to the Park through employment, apprentices, volunteering, training and service provision. Any income generated is reinvested back into the Park.

In 2017 the CIC generated over £3.5m of social value and impacts delivered include: coordination of 804 volunteers, support of 24 apprentices and delivery of over 39 accredited training qualifications.



Abilities in Facilities, Sewell Facilities Management in partnership with Mencap

Sewell Facilities Management has created paid employment and training opportunities for individuals with a learning disability after partnering with the Humber branch of the national charity Mencap.

Since Abilities in Facilities began, over 30 people from the charity have benefited, with four gaining paid cleaning jobs and others benefiting from work experience, or learning interview techniques. These invaluable experiences have also helped some progress into paid employment elsewhere.

The individuals have autism, mild and moderate learning disabilities, and mild learning differences. Sewell staff have undergone training to help them progress and feel supported while working.

The business ensures Mencap individuals feel comfortable in interview and work trial environments, with the aim to have them in every Sewell cleaning team across Yorkshire.

Sewell Facilities Management is part of Sewell Group, which was established in Hull in 1876. From general maintenance and lifecycle planning, to preventative programmes of work and statutory compliance, hands-on support ensures buildings are safe, legal, well maintained and fit for purpose 24/7.

As part of Sewell Group, Sewell Facilities Management is the only company of its kind to have been recognised in the Sunday Times 100 Best Companies to Work For list in the UK.



Build for a better society, Skanska

Skanska’s purpose is ‘We build for a better society.’ This means what we do and how it’s done contributes to a sustainable future for our people, customers and communities. Our work makes a clear contribution to society and the environment around us. Whether we’re building schools to provide inspiring spaces for learning, roads to connect communities or looking after hospitals to create the perfect environment for patients – it all contributes to our purpose. Our team has worked for the Sherwood Forest Hospital Trust for over 12 years and during this time, we have held various initiatives that have supported the local community. One example of this is developing strategic partnerships with local schools and colleges to offer a variety of opportunities for students, interns, apprentices and graduates finishing education.
We have built up a strong relationship with teachers, tutors and students from West Nottinghamshire College. Our team has attended the college to talk about the various opportunities in the sector, and our apprentices also shared their experiences with them. On the contracts across the trust, we have eight apprentices working with us. We also have an employee that completed their apprenticeship last year and has recently been promoted to a managerial position.




From the Lead Judge, Julie Kortens 

This is a really important category because we know that great FM makes a big difference to the people it touches, but the FM sector doesn’t get enough credit for the benefit we bring to society and the economy.

My judging team will be seeking demonstrable evidence of exceptional benefit to society created and delivered by an FM team over a sustained period. The winner of this award will be celebrated as the leading exemplar of the exceptional work that dedicated FM teams are doing up and down the country.

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