SummitSkills to close in March
Another of the original government-backed sector skills councils, this one supporting the building services sector, has come to the end of the line.
Sodexo's Slattery in LGBT top 100 for third year
Sodexo Ireland Country President Margot Slattery has been named among the Top 100 influential LGBT business leaders for the third consecutive year.
On the buses at Cordant
The Oxford Bus Company, part of the Go Ahead Group, has outsourced the cleaning, shunting and fuelling services of its buses and coaches for the first time, awarding a three-year contract to Cordant Cleaning.
TCFM bags another supermarket deal
TC Facilities Management has won a multi-site cleaning services contract with a major supermarket group.
ISC extends O2 contract
Integrated Security Consultants has been awarded the control room management contract at Building Six, the O2 Arena's stand-alone superclub.
Consultation open on proposed level 6 apprenticeship
The BIFM reports that it is working with a 'trailblazer' group including employers and higher education institutes to develop a new degree apprenticeship for senior facilities managers.
A different angle on customer service
Facilities services working in direct support of the sales process: does that make sense? It certainly does, especially in retail environments.
Tracking FM trends and opportunities
i-FM's annual market landscape review tracks major events in the marketplace over the past year, their impact on the industry and how they, and events in the wider environment, are shaping facilities management for the future. It is available online now.
Carlisle secures London university place
Carlisle Support Services has been selected as a supplier under the London University Purchasing Consortium framework for the provision of security services.
Cleaning costs to rise 5% a year
Cleaning costs are set to rise by an average 5% year on year until 2021, as the influence of National Living Wage inflation puts pressure on labour rates.
JLL: technology is FM's future
The property services group is predicting that increasing numbers of organisations will soon be turning to digital technologies to manage the facilities that support work and the workforce.
Booking opens for Workplace Futures 2017
After 10 years the annual conference organised by i-FM is now a well-established landmark in the FM calendar. Booking for February's event has just opened.
Facilitating the perfect shopping centre experience
Bernard McCauley outlines current trends in the management of shopping centre facilities.
Making an impact
Everyone loves a marriage proposal broadcast by a plane trailing a 'will you marry me' banner, right? Cathy Hayward reviews the highs, metaphorically and literally, at this year's World Workplace.
Simon Iatrou explores how one service provider's graduate training scheme is helping young people fulfil their potential in the built environment.
What is the future of FM outsourcing?
Corporate real estate management and facilities management have for decades provided the physical cornerstone for businesses of all kinds. All that will soon change, argues ISS.
Creating the art of the possible
Paul Crilly tells Simon Iatrou why FM services such as cleaning could deliver so much more, if only organisations were prepared to take the necessary risks.
The intelligent client
Zurich Insurance is on a journey to reimagine the relationship its employees have with their workplace, while Sodexo is the service partner helping to make that a reality. Simon Iatrou speaks to both organisations about an ambitious change programme.
FM at starboard
Tim Hancock tells Simon Iatrou how he has managed to balance a lifelong passion for sailing with a successful career in facilities management.
Creating social value
Simon Iatrou finds out how one FM service provider's work with local communities may provide the blueprint for all future facilities management.
Predicting the future
We seem to have entered an age in which crystal balls are particularly cloudy, at least in parts. And it is in those parts, where we are less sure of events and their implications, that risk lies.
It's all in the name
Whenever the subject of branding comes up, my thoughts cannot help but return to the tale of Sigmund Freud's nephew and his dalliance with the tobacco industry.
Why giving back gives back
Glenn Wilson explains how it is not just charities that will benefit from an organisation's fundraising initiatives.
Engagement or involvement?
It seems many business leaders are able to link productivity improvements to profits. It's interesting to note 75% of all companies' growth in the UK from 1998 to 2007 has come from productivity improvements.
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The facilities management company has secured a three-year integrated FM contract with Evolvence Knowledge Investments to manage three schools in the United Arab Emirates.
Our latest FM market landscape review is available online now, tracking major events over the past year, their impact on the industry and how they, and events in the wider environment, are shaping facilities management for the future.
Change is the only constant – in work, in the workplace, in the expectations of individuals and organisations. Experience, insights and advice from the top speakers at Workplace Futures 2016 is available now.
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