Engaging the workforce – 1 May

Engaging the workforce – 1 May

Webinar: Engaging the workforce – what we’ve learnt from Project Happiness

Event Details

Date: 1 May 2024
Location: Online
Time: 11:00 – 12:00

FIS in partnership with The Condor Collective collaborated on Project Happiness to benchmark happiness, culture and engagement in the fit-out sector.

In an industry often associated with high stress and getting the job done as quickly as possible, it’s easy to overlook the importance of happiness and engagement in the workplace. However, creating happiness and higher levels of engagement could be the key to unlocking people performance and productivity. The research shows there is a strong correlation between a positive workplace culture, satisfied and engaged employees, and business productivity and profits. Recognising engagement can sometimes be overlooked or labelled as ‘fluffy’, so we’ve embarked on this initiative in partnership with FIS to help highlight the key metrics business leaders should be investigating.

Project Happiness: Fit-out measures engagement across several topics such as the future of fitout, communication, collaboration, leadership and management, mental health and stress and seeks to inform both employees and business leaders on how we can all help to create a more positive experience for everyone working in the fitout sector.

In this webinar, the Condor Collective will share some of the crucial findings in the Project Happiness report and look at how this data can be utilised to enhance the fit-out sector. If you would like to hear more on the insights gleaned from the project as well as suggestions on how you can boost engagement in your business, register your place via the link above.

Paula Mitchell

Paula Mitchell

The Condor Collective

Paula built a successful construction recruitment business, Granite Search and Selection, selling it in 2018. Since then, she has written a book; Cracking Culture – How to make employment happier and achieve exceptional business success and launched The Condor Collective with the purpose of creating happier employment.

Engaging the workforce – 1 May

JCT 2024 Edition of Contracts – 10 May

Webinar: Changes to the JCT 2024 Edition of Contracts

Event Details

Date: 10 May 2024
Location: Online
Time: 11:00 – 12:00
Len Bunton

Len Bunton

Bunton Consulting

In this webinar, FIS Consultant, Len Bunton, and author of Lens Blog, will update members on:

• The Best Practice Guide
• The Conflict Avoidance Process
• The FIS Contract Review Service
• An update on the recently published JCT Contracts 2024 Edition – what the changes are
• Q and A Session.

Online Members Meeting – 12 April

Online Members Meeting – 12 April

FIS Online Members Meeting

Event Details

Date: 12 April 2024
Location: Online (via Teams)
Time: 12:00 – 13:00
  • The Building Safety Act
    1. A quick update on the Act, what we have learned in the past few weeks
    2. Managing Contractor Design Portions and how we evidence compliance
    3. The Competency Landscape
    4. Open Q&A
  • Recruiting the next generation, a joined up approach – how you can get involved
  • Developing the Membership Offering
  • Open Discussion
  • Close

 

Engaging the workforce – 1 May

Webinar: Building Level Assessments – 21 March

Webinar: Building Level Assessments

Event Details

Date: 21 March 2024
Location: Online
Time: 12:00 – 13:00

What is this session about?

This 1-hour webinar will introduce you to the different Building Level Assessments available and the key similarities and differences between them. Designed to identify whether a building meets standards, these accreditations can help to reduce risk, and improve productivity, efficiency and sustainability. 

Led by Dr. Joe Croft, Head of Environmental and Sustainability at Overbury and Morgan Lovell, this session will help you to navigate which building level assessment may be most suitable to you and organisation.

What will I achieve?

By the end of this session, you will:

  • Understand what a building level assessment is
  • Know the key differences and similarities of some of the most popular accreditations
  • Be able to identify which accreditations will be most appropriate for you and your organisation

Partitions and Pods working group – 17 May

Partitions and Pods working group – 17 May

Partitions and Pods working group

Event Details

Date: 17 May 2024
Location: TBC
Time: TBC

The aim of the group is to address issues common to those working in the partitions industry and to help educate specifiers and designers about how partitions can be specified and installed to meet exacting performance requirements within the healthcare, residential, commercial office and education sector.

If you have any questions, please contact James Parlour jamesparlour@thefis.org

Visit the Partitions and Pods working group page

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Engaging the workforce – 1 May

Risk to Resilience: cashflow, funding and recovery options – 17 April

Webinar: Risk to Resilience - cashflow, funding and recovery options in difficult times

Event Details

Date: 17 April 2024
Location: Online
Time: 11:00 – 12:00
Cashflow management is crucial for the survival of any business, especially during challenging times.

Understanding your numbers, funding options and recovery strategies can make all the difference in uncertain times. The webinar hosted by FIS Partner BABR will share practical insights, strategies, warning signs and options for dealing with cashflow challenges.

A Q&A session will provide attendees with the opportunity to delve deeper into specific concerns and seek expert advice.

Whether you’re struggling with cashflow, delays in receiving payment, facing overwhelming debt or seeking crucial commercial funding this webinar is for you.

Join us at 11am on 17 April to find out more.

Guest speakers

Tom Ahmad

Tom Ahmad

Managing Director, BABR

Steve Broom

Steve Broom

Head of Commercial Finance, BABR Finance

Andrew Everett

Andrew Everett

Credit Control Manager, BABR Debt Solutions

Partitions and Pods working group – 17 May

Drylining working group – 12 March

FIS Drylining Working Group

Event Details

Date: 12 March 2024
Location: Online
Time: 13:00 – 15:30

Join us for our Drylining working group where there will be an open forum focussed on ongoing work that FIS is undertaking and a chance to raise any concerns or issues that need to be considered within this or additional activities that will support improvement and help members address issues that they are currently facing in the market.

Full Agenda:

Introductions & Competition Act JB

Legislative Updates:

  • Building Safety Act
    • Overview of the latest developments related to this legislation.
  • UKCA marking
    • Policy uncertainty and the risks of inaction.
JP

Key Ongoing Activities:

  • An update on changes to the membership vetting process and future plans
  • Review of FIS best practice and specifiers guides, status update and key changes recommended
  • A focus on “Walls as a System” and key recommendations in new guidance developed through the working group by FIS (e.g. considering the impact of floor finishes, void upstands at door thresholds etc).
  • Planned Training for estimators and procurement (key concerns, opportunities to get involved)
    • This session will include updates and plenty of time for discussion.
JP/JC

Issues & Future Projects:

  • Fire wall labelling scheme
    • How to increase prevalence and/or functionality of the labelling scheme?
  • Fire state deflection & partition heads
    • Is this requirement manifesting in specifications and on site, and how is this requirement being accommodated in drylined partitions?
  • Survey & market data requirements
    • A review of the previous market survey, the future need for similar data and the questions asked.
  • Junction mouseholes
    • Manufacturer’s details, specification and prevalence in standard practice.
  • Third Party inspections
    • An open discussion regarding notice, engagement and feedback with third party inspections.
  • Open forum for issues to be raised
JP/All
Competence Management BN
Calendar & Upcoming Events JP
Meeting Close JB

 

Engaging the workforce – 1 May

Net Zero, SBTs and Carbon Offsetting – 1 February

Webinar: Net Zero, SBTs and Carbon Offsetting

Event Details

Date: 1 February 2024
Location: Online
Time: 10:00 – 11:00
What is the session about?

This session will explore the concept of ‘net zero carbon’ and investigate ways in which your organisation can achieve zero carbon emissions. We will explore carbon reduction strategies including carbon offsets and net zero.

What will I achieve?

During this session we will cover:

  • The basis for net zero: UK Climate Change Act, the Paris Climate Change Agreement, and the IPCC 1.5C report
  • What ‘net zero’ means
  • How you can achieve net zero
  • How to report on your carbon reduction activities

If you have any questions, please email Lucy.

Engaging the workforce – 1 May

Webinar: How to hire skilled workers from the global talent pool – 7 February

Webinar: How to hire skilled workers from the global talent pool

Event Details

Date:7 February 2024
Location: Online
Time: 11:00 – 12:00

This webinar will cover
• How to hire overseas talent
• The immigration process
• Benefits
• Compliance regulations
• Job codes on Shortage Occupation List
• Ongoing support from Migrate UK
• Your investment

Jonathan Beech

Jonathan Beech

Founder and Managing Director, Migrate UK

Jonathan has over 25 years’ experience within the immigration sector. Prior to setting up Migrate UK in 2004, he gained extensive experience within the UK government managing the immigration Public Enquiry Office before moving into commercial and private client legal advisory with Ernst & Young and KPMG.

Jonathan is regularly approached by industry journals and leading HR titles for his interpretation and insight into current events, immigration trends and rule changes. His research has been published within The Independent and Financial Times and he has represented Migrate UK as an industry specialist with the BBC on numerous occasions.

As Migrate UK has become recognised as industry leaders, Jonathan’s opinion has also been sought by government consultants which in turn have influenced government policy. He co-hosts HR seminars and forums for business leaders every quarter and leads strategy planning workshops for UK based businesses.

One of Jonathan’s biggest achievements relates to his company’s adaptability. With the number of immigration law changes, government procedures and technology advances since 2004, Migrate UK continues to provide advice and services to an increasing number of referred clients year on year. With every day presenting a different challenge, it certainly points towards an interesting and stimulating career and Jonathan has not found it difficult to maintain his enthusiasm for immigration law.

Jonathan Beech has always abided by and instilled within the team at Migrate UK three key values; integrity, trust and knowledge and these values have continued to be at the forefront of the company’s philosophy for the last 15 years.

David Warren

David Warren

Business Development Director, Migrate UK

David has over 30 years experience in senior roles across Marketing, Business Development and Partnership Management. This spans many industries including Construction, Banking, Insurance, Legal, Technology and Consumer Services. To name a few, Bovis, CitiBank, Lloyds, and The AA.

David was also worked across all organisation sizes from large International Corporates such as Experian, to Tech Start-Ups. He has made a small number of Angel Investments, with at least one successful exit under his belt.

He has a keen eye on growth, in addition to tried and tested methods, he is always on the lookout for new ways to help organisations grow and prosper.

David looks to form long lasting and mutually beneficial relationships for all parties. His breadth and depth of experience allows him to quickly understand and put himself in the shoes of others. He is therefore well placed to help drive Migrate further forward, and to quickly assess the needs of our clients and partners.

Engaging the workforce – 1 May

Introduction to Circular Economy – 15 February

Webinar: Introduction to Circular Economy

Event Details

Date: 15 February 2024
Location: Online
Time: 12:00 – 13:00

What is the session about?

We live in an age of high profile concerns around climate change and single-use plastics, where clients and society expect business to deliver solutions. Products and materials must be used more efficiently and kept in the economy. To move to a Circular Economy approach, we need to reconsider the way we provide services, procure products and dispose of waste in the context of the systems in which our products flow. 

This beginner level Webinar will introduce you to the concept of the Circular Economy, provide you with an understanding of the key elements and what it means for the built environment. 

This session will also feature insights from the Finishes and Interiors sector, including some best practice examples of implementing a circular economy approach.

What will I achieve?

At this session you will:

  • Learn about the principles of the Circular Economy
  • Understand the drivers for moving towards a Circular Economy model
  • Develop an understanding of the benefits of adopting circular thinking

Engaging the workforce – 1 May

Embedding sustainable procurement – 21 February

Webinar: Embedding Sustainable Procurement

Event Details

Date: 21 February 2024
Location: Online
Time: 09.:30 – 11:30
What is the workshop about?

This workshop will help you gain an understanding of sustainable procurement and the ISO20400 standard as a framework for embedding sustainability within your business. It will also explore how implementing a sustainable procurement strategy will allow for ‘generated’ Social Value. 

What will I achieve?

By attending this workshop you will:

  • Gain an understanding of ISO20400 standard; what it is and how to use it in your organisation
  • Understand how to ensure that your sustainable procurement strategies contribute directly to your wider organisational objectives
  • Discover the tools to assess sustainability risks and opportunities
  • Learn how to engage your supply chain and measure the progress suppliers are making towards sustainability
  • Be able to relate Social Value to Sustainable Procurement
What level is the workshop and do I need any particular skills?

This is a beginner level workshop so assumes limited knowledge of sustainability and the ISO20400 standard, and is aimed at those working directly in procurement or supply chain management.

What are the attendance requirements?

You may be sent reading materials or supporting documents prior to the workshop, so be sure to check your inbox so you are up to speed. These sessions have limited spaces, so before booking please ensure you can attend, and can meet the full attendance requirements.

Please arrive promptly and stay for the duration of the event. This means arriving no later than 10 minutes to the workshop and attending the full 3 hours. No recordings will be available of the live session.

To receive your CPD accreditation and for this to be tracked through your Supply Chain Sustainability School dashboard make sure your full name is reflected on your Zoom account when you join the session.  

Please note, if you fail to meet the attendance requirements, unfortunately you will not be issued a CPD Certificate.

Engaging the workforce – 1 May

Introduction to Modern Slavery – 16 January

Webinar: Introduction to Modern Slavery with Willmott Dixon

Event Details

Date: 16 January 2024
Location: Online
Time: 10:00 – 11:00

What is this session about?

With an estimated 49.6 million victims of modern slavery worldwide, and an estimated 100,000 victims in the UK in 2020, reports of the value of at-risk products consumed by G20 countries annually totals $354 billion.

No supply chain can be considered risk free, and with increasing regulatory due diligence requirements, focus from the investment community through ESG reporting, and more informed consumer expectations, organisations need to raise the bar when it comes to tackling modern slavery issues.

What will I achieve?

By the end of this webinar, you will:

  • Have an understanding of what modern slavery is, the current landscape and trends (UK and global perspectives)
  • Insights on how to spot the signs of modern slavery
  • Clarity around the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and future impact
  • Tips and points around competency frameworks and training needs for everyone in your organisation
  • Insights into some of the key risk categories – both in your operations and your supply chain
  • Free videos, toolkits, e-learning, templates and learning pathways

If you have any questions about this session please contact Lucy.

Engaging the workforce – 1 May

Using Lean for continuous improvement and problem solving – 23 January

Webinar: Using Lean for Continuous Improvement and Problem Solving

Event Details

Date: 23 January 2024
Location: Online
Time: 10:00 – 12:00

This workshop covers the key principles of a Lean structured approach to problem solving.

What is this course about?

This workshop covers the key principles of a Lean structured approach to problem solving. Use these principles to start the cycle of continuous improvement through involvement & engagement of your teams to drive decision making to the correct levels in your business.

This session will be delivered online. We will contact you with joining instructions at least 24 hours before the webinar starts.

What will we cover?

This workshop will provide participants with:

  • An understanding of the key principles of a Lean structured approach to problem solving
  • How to use Lean problem solving to start the cycle of continuous improvement

What level is the course?

This is a BEGINNER LEVEL course and everyone is welcome.

What are the attendance requirements?

These sessions have limited spaces, so before booking please ensure you can attend, and can meet the full attendance requirements.

Please arrive promptly and stay for the duration of the event. This means arriving no later than 10 minutes late to the workshop and attending the full session.

Please note, if you fail to meet the attendance requirements, unfortunately you will not be issued a CPD Certificate.

Partitions and Pods working group – 17 May

Digital Construction Working Group – 12 December

Digital Construction working group

Event Details

Date: 12 December 2023
Location: Online
Time: 15.00 – 17.00

This meeting is open to all digital providers in the FIS as well as contractors and suppliers working to digitalise their activities.

Agenda

Welcome and introductions, Acting FIS Digital Construction Group Chair
Diane Tocco, Founder & BIM Consultant @ Diane Butterworth Ltd

Legislation: What is the Golden Thread?
George Stevenson, Chairman www.bim4housing.com  and Managing Director at ActivePlan Consulting Ltd

Overview new FIS Guide:  Introduction to the Golden Thread and Digital Information Plans
Iain McIlwee, CEO, Finishes and Interiors  Sector

Open Discussion on Key trends:  Digitalisation and challenges in the finishes and interiors sector.
How digitalisation is supporting Compliance, Productivity, Opportunity and Priorities, the opportunities and challenges

Visit the drylining working group page

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Partitions and Pods working group – 17 May

Drylining working group – 10 October

Drylining contractors working group

Event Details

Date: 10 October 2023
Location: The Court Room, Plaisterers’ Hall Offices, One London Wall, London EC2Y 5JU
Time: 14.00 – 17.00
Bringing the supply chain (contractors, suppliers and manufacturers) and key stakeholders to support members with a focus on resolving common issues, raising standards and being driving force for change.
If you have any questions, please contact Joe Cilia joecilia@thefis.org

Visit the drylining working group page

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Engaging the workforce – 1 May

Webinar: Addressing the risk when selecting fire walls and penetrations – 26 July

Webinar:Addressing the risk when selecting fire walls and penetrations

Event Details

Date: 26 July 2023
Location: Online
Time: 11:00 – 12:00
Paul McSoley

Paul McSoley

MACE

Addressing the risk when selecting fire walls and penetrations is fundamental to being able to provide compatible evidence of compliance when required.

Fire walls are often tested in isolation of the service penetration and in isolation of many of the wall assemblies used in construction and the penetration seals used to seal the penetration; understanding this risk, the use, type and classifications required to arrive at a specification where all these elements come together will be explained in this 1 hour webinar from Paul McSoley.

Paul is a technical compliance director at MACE and chairs the Process working group at the Passive Fire Knowledge Group.

This seminar is aimed at anyone involved in the specification, selection supervision and compliance of drylining.

Engaging the workforce – 1 May

RIBA CPD: Specification of ironmongery, 20 June

Webinar: RIBA Approved CPD: An architect’s guide to door hardware

Event Details

Date: 20 June 2023
Location: Online
Time: 11:00

Douglas Masterson, Technical Manager at the Guild of Architectural Ironmongers, will present this RIBA Approved CPD on a specifiers guide to door hardware which goes through all you need to know on specification of ironmongery.

This seminar covers what the term ironmongery means and the main points to consider when specifying door hardware. It will help you to understand the following topics:

  • What ironmongery is and how to recognise the key terms in ironmongery
  • The main considerations when specifying door hardware and how a hardware specification is put together, looking at correct application and appropriate standards
  • How to find an architectural ironmonger and how to work effectively with them during the specification process
  • How to avoid risks in the specification of door hardware

Douglas said: ‘Properly functioning hardware is, of course, critical to any property’s ongoing safety, security and accessibility. In addition, while architectural hardware typically comprises less than 2% of the cost of a new building, its impact on maintenance costs can be as much as 20% of the total budget’

FIS Technical Director Joe Cilia added ‘Its easy to assume that ironmongery is ironmongery, yet specifying the wrong hinges, closer or even locks can invalidate the whole door set leading to costly refit. This webinar helps everyone in the process from designer, estimator, installer and sales, to ensure you get it right first time.’  

More details on the guides is available at www.gai.org.uk/GAI/News/News-Items/2023/new-architectural-ironmongery-user-guides.aspx

Engaging the workforce – 1 May

FIS Standard Contracts: An introduction – 27 June

FIS Standard Contracts: An introduction

Event Details

Date: 27 June 2023
Location: Online
Time: 12:00

To help support its members and to provide protection before a formal contract is issued, FIS, with the support of expert legal advisors at law firm Anderson Strathern, has produced a Client Order and Guidance Note that reflects the legislative and regulatory landscape in recent times.

This webinar will be delivered by Karyn Watt, Partner and Anderson Strathern and will introduce the new Client Order and Guidance Note which has been developed for use in Scotland, England and Wales. It is based on common issues and concerns that members have raised and is backed up by expert helplines.

Karyn will be joined by Adjudicator Len Bunton who will focus on how these terms can support your own contract negotiations.

These new contracts will support FIS members working directly for clients and include a new and fresh set of standard terms that offer a fair share of risk and reflect the latest legislative and regulatory changes.

Partitions and Pods working group – 17 May

Ceilings and Absorbers Working Group – 5 June

FIS Ceilings and Absorbers Working Group

Event Details

Date: 5 June 2024
Location: Troldtekt Showrom, 45 St John Street, London EC1M 4LX
Time: 13:00 – 17:00

A meeting to discuss the ongoing work that FIS is undertaking and a chance to raise any concerns or issues that need to be considered or additional activities that will support improvement and help members address issues that they are currently facing in the market.

Agenda

Legislative updates

  • Building Safety Act / UKCA marking / Economic Update

Key ongoing activities

  • Competence / Best Practice Guides review / Reuse Hub / Ceiling Reuse / Training for estimators and procurement

Issues and future projects

  • Reaction to fire (wall absorbers) / Survey and Market Data Requirements

Open forum

Industry Day: Commercial Fit-Out – 15 Oct

Industry Day: Commercial Fit-Out – 15 Oct

FIS Industry Day: Commercial Fit-Out

Event Details

Date: 15 October 2024
Location: Hill Dickinson, The Broadgate Tower, 20 Primrose Street, London EC2A 2EW
Time: 09.30 – 16:00 

SAVE THE DATE!

We are delighted to announce that we will be hosting an industry day dedicated to the commercial fit out sector on 15 October 2024. More details will be available soon, so be sure to save the date in your diary.

*Due to limited places, should the event sell out, spaces will be offered to contractors first and may be limited to one attendee per company