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Apprenticeship numbers fall off post-levy

Department for Education figures indicate a 59% drop in the number of people taking up apprenticeships following the introduction of the apprenticeship levy in April.

EFS lands major Saudi deal

Dubai-based EFS Facilities Services has been awarded a three-year contract to launch an integrated facilities management programme at King Abdullah Economic City in Saudi Arabia.

Top cleaning awards shortlist confirmed

Thirty-six entries have made the list of finalists for the 2018 Golden Service Awards.

Three on CIBSE FM award shortlist

CIBSE has confirmed the shortlisted entrants in contention for its 2018 Building Performance Awards.

Wonky but nice: Vacherin challenges industry on imperfect vegetables

The London caterer has invited foodservice companies to forget competing and instead unite around an issue with considerable potential benefits for the industry, its suppliers and customers.

BIFM offers counter-terrorism advice

The Institute's latest guidance note is designed to help facilities management professionals evaluate risks to their buildings and decide what they should do about them.

Compass serves up 18% profit growth

"Compass had another strong year,” declared Group Chief Executive Richard Cousins, citing good performance in most markets around the world.

Pilgrims lands BBC role

BBC Studioworks, the broadcaster’s commercial arm which runs the former White City studio complex in London, has awarded Pilgrims Group a contract to provide a range of security services.

Law around outsourced workers' rights to be tested

The Independent Workers' Union of Great Britain has filed a test case against the University of London aiming to broaden the rights of employees working for outsourced service providers.

Mitie looks OK on adjusted figures

The facilities management group has released half-year figures that show both revenue and operating profit up, against the backdrop of a transformation programme reported to be making "good progress".

Bidding in the public sector

Looking for public sector contracts? Nicola Bramwell explores some of the common pitfalls for bidders and offers advice on ways to avoid them.

Apleona: tracking the path from cleaning to FM

Apleona appeared on the UK FM scene in mid 2017. Who is this company with the unusual name and where did they come from?

Helping workers escape the concrete jungle

Research from bicycle manufacturer Ribble recently found that most Britons spend 92% of their time indoors. So, if people spend just 8% of their time outside, when do they get to interact with nature? Kenneth Freeman looks at some of the opportunities.

We need to talk about jobs

Crisis may be too strong a word. Challenge might be a better description for the array of workforce issues that seem to be looming up on the horizon for facilities management.

The secret to employee engagement

Graeme Hughes explains why the UK leads the way when it comes to keeping the workforce happy and engaged.   

Broadening the FM view

Considering how an environment makes employees feel and interact is key to creating business-supporting workspaces, says Jeff Flanagan.  

Changing with the times

Sean Haley, Regional Chair for Sodexo UK & Ireland, tells Simon Iatrou why a changing world should mean a change of business.  

From rags to riches

Joel Briggs tells Simon Iatrou why the rapid growth of his FM business won’t be punctuated by the mistakes of his competitors.

Being green isn't so black & white

Simon Iatrou sits down with Bouygues Energies & Services’ Steve McDonald to discuss how the business is shaping its sustainability strategy in an increasingly uncertain world.

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