Fira Awarded for Cost-reduction from UFI

JUNE-SEPTEMBER 2010

02-05-01The Paris based International Union of Fairs (the IUF), which comprises 536 trade fair organisers from 82 countries has awarded its annual prize in the category of Operations and Information Technology to the Fira de Barcelona for its efficient programme which was initiated in 2007 in order to reduce costs and improve business efficiency. The Fira de Barcelona received the prize jointly with the Toronto Trade Fair Area, while the Munich Trade Fair was a selected finalist.

The innovative savings programme initiated by the Fira de Barcelona has led to a significant reduction of operational costs in just three years, freeing resources which have generated, in turn, new products and added value services for exhibitors and visitors.

The Fira de Barcelona endorses greater levels of sustainable development in its activities. Among the measures adopted in the plan is the use of carpets made from recycled material, fluorescent lighting has been replaced with LED technology, photovoltaic panels have been fitted on the roof of the Gran Via area, waste management costs have been reduced with the introduction of a waste collection system, and contracts have been renegotiated with maintenance service providers. The total introduction of information technology and communication also contributes to efficiency; Internet is currently the main communications channel between the Fira de Barcelona and its exhibitors and visitors, and is used for a large number of commercial operations.

Together with these strategies, the Fira de Barcelona has developed new business lines with its main suppliers, actions which have optimised costs and offered advanced services, such as accreditation using the latest technology.

The Fira de Barcelona Awarded for Institutional Management

The economy magazine Ejecutivos has awarded the Fira de Barcelona a prize for its 2009 institutional management policies as part of the first edition of its Executive Awards for Catalonia. The Fira de Barcelona with its Board of Directors led by Josep Lluís Bonet, was noted for its instrumental commercial role and its support for companies, policies further reinforced during these times of crisis, and it was also recognised for its endorsement of internationalisation and innovation.

The Ejecutivo Awards for Catalonia also noted the work and professional careers of other companies and Catalan managers, and the title Executive of the Year was awarded to the President of Gas Natural Fenosa, Salvador Gabarró, and to the President of Honour of the La Caixa savings bank, Ricard Fornesa, for his professional career. Other prize-winning companies included Skoda, T-SystemIberia, Novartis, Henkel, Biocat, Esteve, Codorniz, SegurCaixa Holding and Vente Priveé.