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ThinkFM: find 'Opportunities in Hard Times’

16 February 2012

Oliver Jones, chief executive of Chayora, will be inspiring budding entrepreneurs among the facilities management community at the ThinkFM conference in June.

He’ll be exploring ‘Opportunities in Hard Times’, a session aptly taking place in the ‘Competitive Advantage: Driving Performance and Value’ hub.

There is no doubt that the UK economy is challenging. However, some of the most successful enterprises have been born in equally hard economic times. Jones will examine which sectors and services are likely to thrive over the next few years and identify opportunities and highlight common mistakes.

“Tough times create valuable opportunities, as the political barriers raised in more affluent times get swept aside. By focusing on business fundamentals: cash, value and a deep understanding of your customers’ needs, new niches can be found and significant ventures created.” observes Oliver Jones.

His business, Chayora, is an international infrastructure investor and developer with a primary focus on data centre platforms in China.

Jones is well equipped to deliver the session. He originally qualified as a chartered surveyor but after completing his MBA at London Business School he specialised in corporate finance, property and business services outsourcing.

Oliver then founded Symonds FM and Citex Group in the 1990s, The Asset Factor in 2005 and now Chayora in 2011. As an active investor and entrepreneur, immediately prior to Chayora, he was a partner and group board director of EC Harris up to its sale to Arcadis in October 2011.

His previous business ventures in the sector were each grown rapidly and also sold to acquisitive competitors: Symonds was sold to Vivendi in 1993; Citex sold to Carillion in 2002 at the same time as Citex Asia was acquired by EC Harris; andNB Entrust within The Asset Factor group was sold to NB Real Estate and then Capita in 2009.

ThinkFM - brought to you by BIFM in association with Workplace Law - will take place on 18 June at The Royal College of Physicians in London, with the theme ‘Ideas for Change: How great facilities management makes the difference’.

Alongside the ‘Competitive Advantage’ hub, there are hubs with sessions focussing on ‘Workplace: Making Spaces Work’ and ‘People: Inspiring the Team’, as well as a ‘ThinkFM Lab’.

Early-bird bookings, offering significant savings on the delegate fee, are available to those booking on or before 23 March. The conference is open to all FM professionals. Member of the BIFM and as well as Workplace Law receive further discounts.

Anyone wishing to find out more, or to book for ThinkFM, should go to:


E-mail: conference@thinkfm.com

 Call: 08701 632 804

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