Wates completes Shepherd buy
Wates Group has finalised an agreement to acquire Shepherd Engineering Services and Shepherd FM, plus a 'significant' number of contracts and strategic frameworks from Shepherd Construction Limited.
FM's top 10 emerging tech trends for 2016
FM providers must stay on top of trends to remain competitive and relevant as the industry adapts to meet changing standards and growing demands.
Qube strengthens FM team with new appointments
Qube Global Software has recruited two new Account Managers to its Planet team as part of a wider investment plan to support its facilities management customers and grow its market share.
SMEs and public sector contracts
The past couple of years have seen several policy announcements focused on a government campaign to open up competition for contracts to small and medium sized enterprises. But does Whitehall actually understand the needs and resources of SMEs?
Lincoln extension for Imtech
Imtech Inviron has been awarded an extension to its contract with the University of Lincoln, cementing the relationship until 2017.
Sunderland FM company secures third investment
Maxim Facilities Management Limited, described as the northeast's largest independent contract cleaning and facilities management provider, has secured a third six-figure investment from The Finance for Business North East Growth Fund.
Facilities Management 2016 call for papers
The organisers of the annual FM exhibition, to be held in March at the NEC, are inviting proposals for seminar sessions that will be hosted at the new Business Exchange Theatre.
Senior appointments at Servest Catering
Servest Catering has made two new senior appointments to further drive the direction and growth of the business.
IWM sites marshal resources for catering campaign
Levy Restaurants, Compass Group UK & Ireland's sports, leisure and hospitality business, has signed a five-year contract to design and manage a range of new facilities for the Imperial War Museum group.
Mitie reports good first half, welcomes living wage
In a pre-close trading update, the outsourcing group says it has had a good start to the year with good organic revenue growth driven by new and recently expanded contracts.
Building a knowledge of FM from the ground up
Sarah Oosthuizen is an international relations and politics graduate, bold enough to leap into the FM training regime at Bouygues Energies & Services.
Condeco reports record growth
Condeco, the leading workspace scheduling solutions provider, has seen turnover climb to record levels following international growth spanning EMEA, North America and Asia-Pacific markets.
Jumping in the Deep End
In the first entry of a new graduate series from Bouygues Energies & Services, Sarah Oosthuizen explains why she is thriving in an unfamiliar facilities management environment.
Green Writing on the Wall
The benefits of both interior and exterior planting for all working environments are proven. Now, it's becoming clear that green wall systems offer a high-impact way for businesses to display their green credentials and also increase staff well-being.
Why Disruption Shouldn't be a Dirty Word in FM
Over the last few years we have witnessed the phenomenal success of a taxi company that doesn't own taxis, Uber; a website that doesn't generate its own content, Facebook; and an accommodation business that doesn't own any hotels, AirBnB.
What is Excellent Service?
We live in a service economy where great customer service is an asset for almost every business. But what differentiates between a service that's great and excellent service?
Each year, Alex Beaumont and his team provide food for some of the biggest events on the British social calendar. Simon Iatrou asks Sodexo Prestige's man what it takes to make sure spectators are always well fed.
Changing for the Better
Andy Fry moved across from Initial Facilities to Interserve when the latter bought the former last year. In this interview, he tells Simon Iatrou about the post-acquisition changes he's trying to make.
Filling a Gap in the Market
Chris Kenneally believes there is space to exploit in the facilities management market. He spoke to Simon Iatrou about Cordant Group's ambitious new plans for growth.
Service Management 3.0
What does it take to become a great service organisation? Richard Sykes talks to Simon Iatrou about ISS's journey, both locally and globally.
Sizing up public sector contracts
The way that central government contracts are allocated, awarded and serviced has, for a long time, been a cause of deep concern for me.
Awards with legs
FM awards season is upon us, with the BIFM celebration due in October and the PFM bash following on in November. Those are the two big ones, and they always leave me with the same feeling: are they enough?
World Workplace whirlwind
A 'Fall Symposium' sounds like it might be a collection of the works of Mark E Smith; or maybe a follow-up to the TV thriller; or the marking of the coming of autumn by our colonial cousins. But, in fact, it's one part of IFMA's world-beating conference.
Facilities or workplace?
A growing contingent of FM professionals is championing a transition to the term 'workplace'. At the nucleus of their argument is a belief that this more accurately reflects the discipline as it exists today and would accord it greater respect.
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Vodafone has awarded a five-year FM contract spanning its entire German property portfolio to Strabag Property and Facility Services.
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