ASSIST FM Conference 2018

23-24 AUGUST 2018


ASSIST FM Conference 2018

23-24 AUGUST 2018


Your Mission, Should You Choose To Accept It…

The 18th ASSIST FM Conference takes place in Glasgow on 23-24 August 2018, with an exhibitor set up day on Wednesday 22 August. This year for our conference there is an ‘Agents of Change’ theme and we will be highlighting speakers relevant to the ‘Year of Young People’ who are our future Agents of Change!

Exhibition - For Your Eyes Only!

Well, for all our delegates’ eyes! The biggest and best FM exhibition is back. We already have 55 partner organisations booked so we have 5 stands up for grabs. See our packages by clicking on the pricing button on the right.

Seminars - Top Secret

Our seminars are a mix of motivational and hard-hitting speakers who are handpicked for their relevance to our industry. And all under the guidance of our Spymaster MC.

Gala Dinner - Shaken. Not Stirred.

Incorporating the ASSIST FM National Awards, who’ll be the top operatives? Always a great opportunity to highlight the best in the sector – not a Mission Impossible.


Sssh it’s on a need to know basis.

We are busy finalising all our speakers and will be announcing them soon. Last year we had some fantastic speakers including Dr David Caesar, Dr Andrew Murray and Brian Costello.

Bruce Adamson

Children’s Commissioner for Scotland 

Bruce is a lawyer who has over 20 years of experience in children’s rights. Originally from New Zealand, he moved to Scotland in 2002. A Member of the Children’s Panel for 13 years, he has worked directly with vulnerable children and their families, listening to their experiences and making decisions about their safety and wellbeing. Bruce has been on advisory boards for several public authorities and civil society organisations and is a former Chair of the Scottish Child Law Centre. As legal officer at the Scottish Human Rights Commission, he was central to the development of law, policy and practice covering the broad spectrum of children’s rights.

Cleland Sneddon

Chief Executive of Argyll and Bute Council

Cleland Sneddon was appointed Chief Executive of Argyll and Bute Council in May 2016. With over 27 years’ experience in local government, Cleland brings a wealth of experience to taking forward the organisation’s vision that Argyll and Bute is a place people choose to live, learn, work and do business. Cleland is focussed on ensuring his organisation is well connected with communities and industry to encourage new sustainable employment from investors that recognise the unique opportunities in an amazing part of Scotland with outstanding potential. He takes pride in a career spent in public service and is dedicated to the promotion of Argyll and Bute.

Brian Whittle

Regional MSP for South Scotland

Brian was born in 1964 and grew up in the Scottish town of Troon. He was educated at Marr College, Glasgow University and Kilmarnock College. Brian is a regional MSP for South Scotland, he sits on two parliamentary committees – Health and Sport – and Petitions. He is the Scottish Conservative Spokesperson for Health Education, Lifestyle and Sport and is also a former athlete who represented Great Britain 45 times over a 10 year period including at all major championships from 3 Commonwealth Games to Olympic Games. He continues to be involved in sport by being a senior level 4 track and field coach since 2000.

Annie Lindsay

Founder of Tickety Boo
After a varied and exciting career within the food, leisure and hospitality sector, Annie Lindsay founded Tickety Boo Training which has now developed into a well-known and highly respected learning, development and coaching organisation. Over the last twenty years, Annie has focussed on building a strong network of dedicated people-centric and specialist trainers and coaches. Tickety Boo specialists have confidence and personality. They have earned a reputation for being experts in their field and provide solutions that are hard to match. Annie holds a Level 7 Diploma for Professional Executive Coaches and Leadership Mentors, is an NLP Master Practitioner, is a full member of the Association for Coaching and a fellow member of ILM.

Mission Parameters

Agents of Change is going to be a fantastic celebration of young people, who are after all the majority of our customers. We’ll cover a range of topics and there will be a few surprise elements as always to throw in.

Events/Key Points

  • Exhibition with Key Decision Makers
  • ASSIST FM Making A Difference Award
  • ASSIST FM Scottish School Cook of The Year
  • BEBL School Award Winners
  • ASSIST FM Catering Team of The Year
  • ASSIST FM Cleaning Team of The Year
  • ASSIST FM School Crossing Patroller of The Year
  • ASSIST FM Janitor or Caretaker of the Year


Event Schedule

We will be updating this information on a need to know basis! Or, once we get more detailed information to pass on to you. The main timings are shown below. But keep watching to get the full briefing!


This year’s conference takes place over the 23rd & 24th of August 2018. We’re counting down the days already, the conference has been growing every year with last year being our largest ever so make sure to get your tickets and accommodation booked fast to avoid any disappointment.









Every year we have some of the biggest businesses in the industry sponsor our event and featured throughout our materials. If you would like to discuss sponsorship opportunities for 2018:

“It was great. I’ll be back next year!”

The speakers were excellent, the exhibition was fantastic, and the gala dinner and awards were enjoyable for everyone.

‘It was great. I’ll be back next year!’

“The speakers were excellent, the exhibition was fantastic, and the gala dinner and awards were enjoyable for everyone.“

Register your interest or get in touch!

If you are interested in taking a stand or finding out more about the conference, please register here. If you are a delegate wanting to go or going to the conference you can also register here. We’ll be sending out updates on the conference to everyone who registers.

14 + 13 =

The Hilton Glasgow

Get In Touch

Dear guests, delegates and suppliers, you are invited to join us at this year’s ASSIST FM Conference. We hope you have a fantastic experience and look forward to meeting you all at the event.

If you have any queries regarding the event or matters pertaining to it, fill out the form above or get in touch with us directly.

Phone: 0141 370 0616

Email : [email protected]

Accommodation & Travel

Accommodation will be at the Glasgow Hilton for first come first served bookings. If we cannot accommodate you at the Glasgow Hilton we will find alternative accommodation with the same rating in Glasgow. So book fast to confirm your place in the Hilton.

The Hilton Glasgow, 1 William St, Glasgow G3 8HT
Hilton Glasgow

1 William St


G3 8HT

The Hilton Glasgow, 1 William St, Glasgow G3 8HT
Hilton Glasgow Hotel Parking

There is parking underneath the Glasgow Hilton Hotel –  (£12.00 for Residents of the hotel) 170 spaces, hourly charges apply to non-residents.
Parking is also available at the Cambridge Street Car Park (no discounted rates available here).
Bus Station
How To Get Here

Car Directions –
From the East (M8): At junction 18, exit on the right onto A804. Taking a slight left onto St George’s Road (A804) and continue to follow A804. Turn left onto William Street and take the first right to arrive at Hilton Glasgow. From the West (M8): Exit toward A198/ Clydebank/ Anderston. Keep right at the fork to continue toward Pitt Street taking a left onto Pitt Street. Take the first left onto St Vincent Street, verging left to stay on St Vincent turn left onto Newton Street. Take first onto William Street and take the first right to arrive at Hilton Glasgow.
Nearest Bus Station – Buchanan Street Bus Staion – 15 minute walk to The Glasgow Hilton.
Central Station Glasgow
Rail & Airport Links

From Glasgow Airport – Follow signs for M8 City Centre. Crossing the Kingston Bridge, leave the M8 at Junction 17 and go onto the A804. At Charing Cross, follow signs for M8 West and A804. Branch left onto A804. Hilton Glasgow is on the left.
Distance from Hotel: 8 mi.
Drive Time: 20 min.
On Foot from Central Station – A ten minute walk along Waterloo Street, turning right at Bishop’s Street.

Frequently Asked Questions

Some frequently asked questions for you.

How many delegates attend the conference?

Generally we have over 160 delegates from across the 32 Scottish Local Authorities. These include the main decision makers for Facilities Management (Catering, Cleaning and Janitorial services) across Scotland.

Why is the exhibition over a single 4 hour period?

We have found that this format works best. The exhibitors receive the full delegate contingent at one time and our delegates are more than happy to spend time with the exhibitors.

Can exhibitors sit in on the seminars?

We are always a little tight for space on the Thursday, but exhibitors are more than welcome to come along to the Friday morning sessions.

Can I attend the conference as a delegate rather than taking a stand?

We are sorry, but you must be part of a stand to attend the conference.

Didn’t find what you are looking for?

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Flashback To Last Year's Conference!

Our conference gets bigger and better every year! Have a look at previous years event to get a little taste of what’s in store!

Never Miss An Update!

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Company Information!

Assist FM is the Association for all the Facilities Management providers within Scotland’s 32 Local authorities. This covers provision of school meals and council catering, as well as cleaning and janitorial services in all the local authority buildings. ASSIST FM’s main role is to promote the skill sets of the public sector workforce and to highlight examples of best practice across the local authority sector. ASSIST FM is the voice of the local authority FM service and represents its members on numerous national committees and steering groups.

Social Feed!

We announced the winner of our ASSIST FM School Crossing Patroller of the Year 2018 Award as Grace "Peggy" Ferries from Aberdeen City Council. Read all about what makes Peggy such a worthy winner here:

ASSIST FM celebrates industry with awards @ASSISTFM1 @AssistConf #Tayside #schoolmeals

We announced the winner of one of our new awards this year, the Janitor/Caretaker of the Year 2018, as James Gilluley from @GarnockCampus in @North_Ayrshire Council! Read all about James here:

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