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BIFM Awards category focus ... 'Excellence in Product Development'

BIFM Awards category focus ... 'Excellence in Product Development'

01-03-13 8:30 BIFM

“This category is somewhat unique in the variety of entries that we see, ranging from complex technology based systems through to simple, but highly effective physical products. I emphasise in the Awards summary that all have equal merit and that is genuinely true. To be successful requires a combination of innovation, enthusiasm and customer focus. Personally, I find it fascinating to lead this category; it is so rewarding to be able to see at first hand the quality of work that supports the development of these products and the passion of the companies involved.”
Lead Judge: Nick Shaw CBIFM, Vision 4 Ltd

About this Award

This Award recognises the product that through its development and utilisation has had the most positive impact in the work and social environment in which we live.

Developing new products, or utilising existing ones in a new and innovative way, is a constant challenge in most organisations. It demands planning and engagement with customers and project teams. It invites research into industry best practice, often seeking inspiration and ideas from many aspects represented through the wide range of sectors covered by FM.

All products are considered with equal merit from the simplest and cheapest to the most technically advanced. A product can be an object, tool, system or process. There is no prescriptive definition, allowing for a wide range of entries to be considered.

Submitting your entry

Entrants must show that their product can be clearly defined, marketed and sold as a stand-alone solution within their overall business offering.

In support of the submitted product it is essential to demonstrate how product development is managed in the business overall and how this is targeted towards the ultimate benefit of the customer and end-users.

Submissions should be simple, clear and focused. The reason for putting the product in for the Award must stand out. It needs the optimum level of information to be included in support of the submission, demonstrating real value to both those who use the product and those who benefit from its use.

Judging criteria

The following must be demonstrated in the submission:

1. A clear description of the product, including how it is used and its scope and relevance within the industry.
2. The need for the product within the business, how it aligns with strategy and supports operational requirements.
3. How the product is integrated either into a business offer or into a specific project, clearly demonstrating the effectiveness of the development, implementation programme and utilisation.
4. Measurements of success in the following areas: customer/end-user, financial, environmental.
5. The business case for future investment and development, including an outline of future applications beyond current usage.

How to enter 

To enter simply complete the Entry Registration Form below. Then ensure your full entry is submitted by Friday 26 April 2013.

 Previous winners:

> 2012: Managed Technology Services, Chelsea & Westminster Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust: Paediatric Mobile Workstation
> 2011: Plastic Surgeon: Cosmetic Repair and Fine Finishing
> 2010: SitexOrbis Limited: eMAKS
> 2009: Creative Space Management: Electric Works Sheffield

If you have any questions or queries, or if you are not sure if you are eligible then contact our Awards team, email awards@bifm.org.uk or call 01279 712 640.

Good luck with your entry!

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> Sustainability and Environmental Impact

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