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First Response in Scotland buy

The Leeds-based security, risk management and FM group has acquired Aberdeen-based service provider Apardion to expand its national capabilities in the corporate security sector.

Monthind contract on target

The contract cleaning specialist has won a three-year deal to work with the East Anglia Reserve Forces & Cadets Association.

IWFM gets formal launch

The new Institute of Workplace and Facilities Management, formerly the BIFM, held its initial event Thursday evening and offered its ten-point plan for becoming "a modern professional body".

Coworking: is it a new workplace cult?

This particular new way of working has taken off fast, with implications for corporate occupiers, facilities management and the entire commercial property world. David Emanuel has been to Amsterdam for full immersion in the coworking movement.

Launching IWFM: Cathy Hayward reports

"Will the last person to leave the Cabinet please turn out the lights" was the Evening Standard's headline, echoing The Sun's famous 1992 Neil Kinnock front page, being sold outside the UBM building last night.

ISS signs TFM deal with London NHS Trust

The healthcare business at ISS has secured a five-year TFM contract with Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust.

Paradigm shift: another CRE firm weighs in on change

There are five themes that will shape future occupational demand across global real estate markets. Each will be highly influential but in combination they represent nothing short of a new occupational orthodoxy, Knight Frank says.

Styles&Wood group restructures and rebrands

The whole-life property services business formed through the acquisitions of Styles&Wood Group and Southerns is on track to achieve more than a 20% increase in sales for its first full year of trading, as it unveils a rebrand to become Extentia Group.

Interserve attempts to calm speculation

The construction and services group has issued a brief statement designed to be reassuring in the face of a sliding share price.

Arcus secures Sainsbury's cleaning contract

Tailor-made for the supermarket group's needs a decade ago, the facilities services company has extended its existing relationship with a new multi-site cleaning deal.

What next for Interserve?

The group is very much in the news these days, mainly for the wrong reasons. As it continues to grapple with stabilisation and recovery, we've been looking back at its path over the past couple of decades.

The work app for employee engagement

Engaging employees has never been more important. Fiona Perrin explores how an application that mirrors those we use as consumers is keeping soft services staff connected.

Coworking and the demise of the commercial property lease

Traditional commercial office leases are under threat, as an increasing number of organisations begin to recognise the value of flexible working. But why should facilities managers care about this new trend?

Is technology FM's game-changer?

It's a common view in FM these days: we're on the brink of fundamental, widespread change in what we do and how we do it. The driver is clear: rapidly developing technology. But is this really the case?

Brands talk, and people listen

'Brand' is one of those ideas that can seem a bit too trendy for their own good. Of course this particular concept means something in the fast-paced and increasingly global commercial world; but what's it got to do with real life?

Showcasing values-based activity in FM and workplace

Today is World Values Day, an opportunity to think about the principles that are important to us and to act on them.

What does good feel like?

It's time we looked at our workplaces through a new lens, Nicola Morris, Sodexo's Divisional MD for Corporate Services, tells Fiona Perrin.

Standard mission

Sodexo is committed to 'Quality of Life Services'. Keith Hamer, its Global VP of Engineering and Asset Management, tells Fiona Perrin why operating to a global standard for hard services is so integral to that vision.

Servest: what next?

Rob Legge talks to i-FM about the ambitious plans behind the newly merged Atalian Servest business.

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