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More proof: how people experience the workplace is critical

Human factors-oriented workplace research suddenly seems to be very much in vogue: many would say about time, too. The latest comes from design and engineering consultancy Atkins.

Business centres: serious alternative to traditional offices

Research published by the Business Centre Association in collaboration with CBRE shows that the business centre sector across the UK continued to thrive in 2015 and 2016 despite fears about the impact of Brexit and its effect on the economy.

Foreign interest in UK FM grows

Over the last four years, the UK facilities management sector has experienced a rising level of cross-border deals as international buyers either look to acquire a platform or build further presence in this country.

AWE awards five-year facilities data contract to BakerHicks

The multi-disciplinary design and engineering company has been awarded a new five-year managed services assignment by the Atomic Weapons Establishment.

Kingdom secures college place

The support services group has been appointed to provide security and reception services at Epping Forest College in Essex.

Maintenance costs set for Brexit rise

The latest BCIS forecast for the facilities management sector sees maintenance costs rising steadily for the next five years.

CIC offers learning guide on inclusive design

'Bringing inclusive design into built environment education' is the new teaching and learning guide published by the built environment industry group.

Imtech Inviron signs shopping centre deal

Managing agent Broadgate Estates has awarded a three-year contract to Imtech Inviron, covering the provision of hard services for Drake Circus.

EMEA outsourcing shows double-digit growth

The outsourcing sector appears to be either unaffected by current economic and political uncertainties or perhaps it is driven by them.

BIFM confirms finalists for annual awards

Now in their 17th year, the BIFM Awards aim to shine a spotlight on the individuals and organisations driving innovation and delivering exceptional results in facilities management.

Flexible working challenges

Just as today's workers expect greater flexibility from their companies, so should facilities managers look for adaptability and innovation from their contractors. Chris Parkes considers what flexible working means for FMs and their outsourcing partners.

Next-gen FM?

Facilities management has a relatively brief past, and throughout virtually all of it requirements, expectations and practices have been changing. Gary Barbour looks at one new solution model, the Integrator.

Five ways to safeguard your mobile lone workers

Under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 employers have legal duties to assess all risks to health and safety, including the risk of lone working.

Working out the future of work

If there was ever a thing that might be needed it's probably a review of modern working practices. If there was ever a thing that might be difficult to do, it's probably a review of modern working practices.

Brexit: final straw for the industry's recruitment crisis?

There has been talk of a skills shortage and recruitment crisis in the FM sector for some years. Guy Pakenham looks at how the emerging political situation changes the discussion.

Stability and growth on the agenda

David Emanuel reports from Thursday's Annual General Meeting of the British Institute of Facilities Management.

Shaping the user experience

Emmanuel Chautemps tells Simon Iatrou why personalised service is the future.

The Integrator: A sign of things to come

Simon Iatrou talks to Mark Seastron about a new service delivery model for Sodexo.

The Chief Happiness Officer

Debra Ward tells Simon Iatrou why corporate real estate is now very much in the business of people.

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