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Low cost improvements for workplace productivity
Sunday 9th April 2017

The Stoddard Review argued that an effective workplace can improve business productivity by as much as 3.5%, potentially contributing billions to the UK economy. But this largely depends on employees being able to work more productively.

The Apprenticeship Levy: challenge or opportunity?
Wednesday 5th April 2017

Today, the UK's first ever Apprenticeship Levy officially comes into force, meaning 22,000 businesses will be liable to pay 0.5% of their annual wage bill into the fund. Andy Donnell offers a view of what this means.

What's it all about?
Monday 27th March 2017

There was a brief but spirited Twitter discussion last week in which some highly experienced FM players debated the relationship between workplace and facilities management. The two are grappling for primacy at the moment, at least in some quarters.

Using technology to ensure compliance
Sunday 19th March 2017

The property and facilities management sectors are often slow adopters of innovation, even when it offers significant benefits and is straightforward to implement.

Business rates: how can FMs help?
Sunday 12th March 2017

Despite an optimistic defence from the government and a promise to alleviate pressures on smaller firms, there has been a highly negative response from a large number of businesses to the long awaited new business rates, which come into effect in April.

Lies, damned lies and big red buses
Tuesday 7th March 2017

In a recent blog post, workplace commentator Simon Heath criticised The Stoddart Review for its assertion that a 1% productivity gain could add £20 billion to the UK economy.

FM BLT
Monday 27th February 2017

I've wanted to write this piece for a while. I suspect it'll annoy a few people. But I need to get it off my chest.

Disruption in FM: competing in a Google world
Tuesday 7th February 2017

Colin Kenton explains why the FM discipline needs to scenario plan for the future of work and create the flexibility to deliver services in uncertain times.

The long view
Wednesday 1st February 2017

A new year is a time for looking forward, of course. But looking forward is inevitably built on a foundation of looking back, at things left undone and things that perhaps aren't going quite as planned. And then there are regrets.

Scrubbing up on security
Wednesday 18th January 2017

Are the personnel who clean your facilities really who they claim to be? There may be more chance that they're not than you think. Security vetting needs to be improved across the professional cleaning industry, says Chris Parkes.

Is FM bulletproof in 2017?
Tuesday 10th January 2017

Happy New Year! In some ways, it feels particularly good to be moving on from 2016, which brought with it a few changes and challenges that many of us may be happy to see recede into the past.

Improving maintenance standards in our buildings
Monday 19th December 2016

To safeguard the future of our cities, conserve resources and meet environmental demands, a radically improved focus on building maintenance and operations is necessary, says George Adams.


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