ICFM annual conference & workshop hailed as huge success
Chairman of the ICFM, Roddy Graham declared: 'Our decision to integrate the best of both worlds, a national conference programme with free practical training workshops, proved a highly popular format with initial feedback from members who
attended extremely positive. The day was judged to have gone extremely well with an informative and stimulating speaker programme and two workshops.
'Like last year, a third of attendees were guests invited by members, allowing us to showcase the very high, award-winning standards of the ICFM and its forward-thinking approach. Our guests were given an invaluable insight into how our accredited education and training programmes can make a real difference to organisations, especially when times are tough.'
'The workshop format admirably demonstrated the professionalism, expertise and enthusiasm of our members. The pro-active participation by all attendees resulted in two 'best practice' workshops judged of real value to all participants, especially in the current economic climate.'
Held at the BMW MINI Plant at Cowley, near Oxford, the event included a workshop on "Creating the right environment", where attendees were asked to develop at least five ideas to stimulate and encourage suppliers to deliver truly outstanding service and also develop at least five ways of encouraging more active participation by drivers in the management of cost.
In the second workshop – "Getting a better return on the fleet investment" – participants were asked to develop at least five initiatives to reduce the overall cost of cars used for business travel and also to identify at least five ideas to reduce the cost of cars provided principally for staff remuneration.
At the event, Sarah Sillars OBE, executive chair of the Institute of the Motor Industry, gave a keynote speech, focusing on education and training. She outlined the future UK Vocational Qualifications Reform Programme (UK VQRP), which will allow employees to acquire new skills' qualifications "bit by bit". The Government estimates that 50% of adults need to achieve the next highest level qualification from their current one for UK plc to remain competitive.
The second keynote speech was made by Adrian Walsh, secretary and director at RoadSafe, who informed the audience that in the last 10 years, 375,000 people had been killed or seriously injured on UK roads, costing the nation 1.5% of GDP in addition to the personal loss. In providing an overview of initiatives, he alerted the audience to the fact that Electronic Stability
Control (ESC) was the second biggest contributor to road safety after the seat belt, reducing fatalities by 25%.
Rounding off the day, Kevin Gaskell, CEO of Drive Development, delivered a highly motivational talk entitled "Leadership vs. Heroship – driving success through an organisation". He drew parallels between the lessons learned from the successful Porsche turnaround in the UK and walking to the North and South Poles. He provided the audience with a unique insight into what it takes to succeed including practical advice on how to realise personal goals.