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UK workers have mixed views on where they want to work

Rumours of the demise of the office are much exaggerated is the predictable conclusion emerging from research commissioned by the British Council for Offices.

Sodexo unveils support to help organisations adapt​

'Rise with Sodexo' has been designed to support clients in meeting health, operational and confidence challenges when reopening workplaces.

Honeywell offers real-time 'healthy building' solution

With the prospect of a return to the workplace nearing a reality for many, support strategies of all shapes and sizes continue to emerge from product and service suppliers.

Back to work: social distancing will be critical

A UK-based technology company providing workplace sensors, digital signage and data intelligence has launched a social distancing solution to support businesses with the phased return to work.

BESA warns on false claims

There is a lot of smoke and mirrors being used to drive demand for particular HVAC technologies in the Covid-19 crisis, according to the chair of an influential industry group.

Universities plan for an uncertain future

Living under pandemic conditions has split the country along numerous lines, one of the most recent being how to deliver education services.

Axis Group signs C-19 Business Pledge

The security, cleaning and front-of-house services provider is supporting the pledge's goal for businesses and universities to help employees, customers and the community during the pandemic.

Compass launches £2bn fundraising

The food and support services group has released half-year results and at the same time launched a major equity fundraising initiative to cut debt and boost its finances.

CH&CO strengthens position through refinancing

The catering services group has completed a refinancing and fundraise with its existing lenders and shareholders. 

Employers plan cautious return

Most companies plan to take a gradual approach to bringing employees back to their workplaces as governments begin to lift restrictions tied to Covid-19.

i-FM WF20 White paper

People, organisations and buildings all need to work towards the same aim, an aim expressed in the idea of wellness and the benefits this brings to both people and the organisations they work for. This was the goal of Workplace Futures 2020.

Trends and opportunities Report 2020

Our authoritative annual market overview provides clear and helpful analysis of the UK FM industry.

Insight: FM Audit Report 2019

The FM Audit Report series, which we first launched more than 10 years ago, aims to provide accurate and informative insights into our industry – something that has huge benefits for in-house FMs, service providers, advisors, individual professionals and anyone thinking about joining this business.

World FM Day 2020: reports from the frontline

People in FM hold all kinds of roles in all kinds of situations, working these days under considerable pressure. It is inspirational to hear what they do and how. We asked a whole selection to tell us about themselves in their own words.

Why smart businesses minimise risk with smart detectors

Market research firm Gartner has predicted that in the internet of things marketplace building automation will be the segment with the largest growth rate in 2020, at 42%.

What happens after lockdown?

On Thursday 16 April, the UK government extended the lockdown by at least another three weeks. That’s not to say life will return to normal on early in May, of course. But, in the meantime, how should we think about this?

Why hot-desking is the way forward

The government is wrong. Hot-desking is a good solution to get people back to work.

Returning to the workplace: a matter of consent?

The subject of returning to work is on everyone's lips at the moment, following the relaxation in England of restrictions to control the spread of coronavirus.

Survival....

Boris Johnson announced on Sunday evening that he wanted the UK to begin returning to work. An appealing change from lockdown conditions for some no doubt, but a troubling and even frightening one for others.

It's intelligence that matters, not information

Graham Perry of Datore tells Fiona Perrin how analytics using multiple data sources can solve FM problems for competitive advantage.

Social impact for the long term

George Lilley, MD of Eric Wright FM, tells Fiona Perrin why the company's commercial yet charitable focus also liberates creative thinking for the future.

Workplace change: getting it right

We recently caught up with David Bricknell, MD of Yorkshire-headquartered design and build company Dale Office Interiors, to talk about changing trends in workplace design.

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