Aston rebrands to reflect wider facilities role
Romford-based Aston Heating, currently celebrating 50 years in business, has rebranded to Aston Group to reflect the range of facilities management and building services the company now provides.
Rise of the 'business consumer' shaping the workplace
Looking at the business world from an IT point of view, market analysts Gartner have identified a trend with equal relevance to FM.
Vinci homes in on Caerphilly win
Caerphilly County Borough Council has named Vinci Facilities as a part of the contractor team set to transform around 10,000 homes in an investment programme worth £200m.
BSIA launches end-user survey
The British Security Industry Association has launched a survey aimed at measuring changing attitudes to security among those responsible for buying and using security products and services.
Mitie lands another win at Heathrow
The service provider has been awarded a maintenance and repairs contract worth £15m with Heathrow Airport.
VINCImouchel named for Lincs deal
Lincolnshire County Council has selected a new joint venture company established by Vinci Facilities and Mouchel Ltd as preferred supplier of property-related services.
Elior scoops Canterbury FM deal
Elior has won a two-year contract to provide catering, cleaning, security and reception services to the Students' Union at Canterbury Christ Church University in Kent.
Cup winning performance
ISS Facility Services has signed on as a Founder Member of the new 'Simply Cups' paper cup recycling scheme.
Nviro enjoying Isle of Wight stay
Contract cleaning specialist Nviro has been retained by Isle of Wight Council to provide services at a wide range of facilities, in a deal worth in excess of £200,000 per annum.
Poor supplier information management exposed
A webinar exploring how FM professionals manage their supplier information has revealed the key challenges faced by FMs tasked with operating a large supply base.
FM & the Workplace: who's in charge?
Facilities management often seems to have a kind of fuzzy relationship with the workplace. FM is responsible for the services provided, but does it have ownership of the work environment overall? Should it?
More power for the people
Nationwide Platforms, a leading provider of powered access rentals, has invested around £24.5m in its hire fleet so far this year.
Stop Firefighting: How Data Drives Strategic FM Decision Making
Dr Rachel Dick says that smarter use of IT can help facilities management organisations enhance their strategic decision-making.
Why Facilities Management Should Do What's Right for Business Success
Stephen Shallcroft says that FM can help create competitive advantage if it focuses on what is 'right' for the business.
BIFM aims high (and hits its target)
The strategic importance of the ‘high ground’ was first articulated by Sun Tzu in his ancient Chinese military treatise 'The Art of War'. Simon Iatrou looks at how this applies to FM today.
Switching to Sustainable Purchasing
Now that the economy has returned to growth, sustainability is making its way back to the top of the corporate agenda and businesses are reassessing their green options, says Bruce Goldring.
Standing in the Client's Shoes
While facilities management services might be stuck in something of a rut, Martin Holt believes there is a better way. He shares his vision of a better tomorrow with Simon Iatrou.
Good Things Come in Small Packages
After many years of working with some of the UK's largest FM service providers, Alistair Craig believes he has found the perfect sized business.
In the Blood
Robert Makarek has worked in facilities management for 25 years, honing the perfect skills to be an FM over this time. Simon Iatrou visited him at Airbus Defence & Space in Newport to find out what makes him tick.
FM's Fountain of Youth
Is FM doing enough to nurture young talent? Andrew Hulbert, winner of the PFM Young Manager of the Year Award in 2010, knows there is much work to be done.
A brave new world
Speaking at the Rising FMs' Careers Day in Central Saint Martins College, BIFM CEO Gareth Tancred told the audience that the world was changing at an ever-increasing rate.
TUPE regulations: good in parts
On 31 January 2014, new regulations on TUPE came into effect updating the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations 2006.
Social value: why should FMs take notice?
Tony Raikes argues that social value will become central to all support services providers and will no longer just be a tick in a box on a tender document.
Where next in the FM journey?
Like all business disciplines, facilities management is a great place for connoisseurs of buzzwords. My favourite at the moment is 'convergence'.
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