Covid-19

The Covid-19 pandemic is an unprecedented event in living memory. It has had, and continues to have, far-reaching impacts on individuals, our society, the economy and our industry. Many of those impacts have of course been negative; and the challenges implied by that, as well as by the long list of other changes we have been experiencing, will be with us for some time to come. On the more positive side, this does bring some opportunities, too, in terms of highlighting the possibilities of working in different ways, deploying new and appropriate technologies and finding ways to better use resources, for example. And, yes, there may also be some new business opportunities.

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CEOs see 'enduring shift' in office use

More than two-thirds of UK CEOs believe there will be a shift towards low density office usage as a consequence of the Covid-19 experience.

BSI publishes third update to Covid-19 guidance

The standards organisation has refreshed its 'single-source' safe working guidance, coupling it with a planned webinar on implementation.

Caterer launches workplace delivery service

Bartlett Mitchell has developed the new service to support clients looking for temporary food solutions during the post-lockdown period.

Online tool aims to get office occupiers thinking

A property consultancy has launched an online service to help organisations determine what their occupancy requirements will be in preparation for employees returning to the office.

Uneven recovery for flex space operators

Remote working may be an increasingly popular idea, but currently UK flexible office providers are seeing much lower levels of occupancy than elsewhere in Europe.

Closing the measurement gap in cleaning

A lot has been said and written about the need for the cleaning industry to adapt to the challenge presented by Covid-19. Improved cleaning and hygiene standards are seen as critical in protecting against the spread of the virus.

Caterers launch support platform for former employees

More than 20 leading companies and individuals from the food service sector have joined forces to launch Food Service Circle.

Sodexo launches Space eXperience

The group's workplace experience design consultancy, Wx, has launched a connected building management solution that supports organisations' return to the office.

ABM establishes expert advisory council

In a focused Covid-19 response, the facilities services provider has lined up leading advisors on infectious disease and industrial hygiene.

The humble risk assessment

Amongst the many impacts of Covid-19 is this: everyone is talking about risk assessment.

Mixed feelings about returning to the office

Many are already back and some don't know when or if they will be back, as employers look for the best way forward.

CEOs see change as here to stay

Almost nine in ten UK CEOs see a permanent shift towards more remote working coming out of the Covid-19 experience.

Going up: BCO lift and escalator guidance

The British Council for Offices has published new guidance for the safe use of escalators and lifts, as the country begins to return to the workplace.

Compass and FareShare support over 800 charities

Working together, the catering services group and the anti-food waste campaigner have saved more than 172 tonnes of food through the lockdown period.

Sodexo takes on 40 more testing sites

The services provider is now responsible for a total of 59 Covid-19 mobile testing units following the latest transfer from the Ministry of Defence.

BMG delivers for NHS Scotland

Business Moves Group, the commercial relocation specialist, has completed a different sort of project for NHS Scotland.

Covid-ready communal areas

Facilities managers across all sectors are incredibly busy right now, as throughout the UK businesses are urged back to work by the government.

Different sort of virus hits data centre plans

Cyber attacks will always be a worry, but Covid-19 has pushed its way towards the top of the list of issues shaping decisions around sourcing and managing data centre space.

Covid-19: the long-term impact on workplace dining

London caterer Vacherin has published its predictions for the future workplace and its proposals for a more fluid and flexible approach to catering.

What future for face-to-face events?

Conferences, exhibitions and networking events have always been an important and popular feature of the FM scene. For many people, the Covid-19 pandemic has changed all that.

Compass optimistic despite Q3 hit

Group organic revenue was down 44% in the third quarter of FY2020, the peak of the lockdown period.

Churchill unveils workplace hygiene programme

The soft services group says its new initiative will help organisations create safe and hygienic workplaces.

Mitie proving to be resilient

Over the three-month period ending 30 June the FM group has seen revenue slip but new business is coming in and existing deals are being renewed.

We have seen the future and it is mixed

A report from property advisors JLL concludes that the pandemic working-from-home experiment is forcing companies to re-imagine the future of work and question the purpose of the office.


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