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BSI publishes safe working guidelines

The UK's National Standards Body has published new safe working guidelines to help businesses manage the return to work and the reoccupation of their facilities.

Businesses look to 'hold on' through coronavirus storm

A new building engineering services sector survey shows that almost three-quarters of businesses expect their turnover to fall in the second quarter of 2020, compared to the first quarter.

Home-working: a success for most in financial services

Almost three-quarters of employees (70%) working in financial services rate their working from home experience as positive, according to a new survey from Deloitte.

Compass buys food and health technology start-up

Compass Group UK and Ireland has acquired Feedr in a move to accelerate its digital transformation.

Mears tells the story of a changing market

The social housing maintenance and management specialist pushed up revenue by double figures over the course of 2019, but also saw an £87m loss on discontinued activities.

Sodexo introduces new Medical Advisory Council

Sodexo is committing to a clinically-informed approach to the development of new protocols and standards, supported by the newly appointed council.

Calls to couple pandemic recovery with climate challenge

KPMG, the advisory group, has joined growing calls on the government and business community to put the green agenda at the heart of economic recovery plans.

Return to work: employee experience gets high priority

A survey of HR professionals finds almost two-thirds prioritising employee experience more highly now than before the coronavirus outbreak.

Many FMs fear they are years behind innovative competitors

Recent market research found 90% of FMs surveyed citing innovation as a top business priority, with 70% of those on the supply-side saying they are facing increasing pressure from clients on this. 

Good news story: CMS in pair of wins

Gateshead company Commercial Maintenance Services has marked its 20th anniversary with two significant contract wins.

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.

Retrofitting workspace to meet new demands

The Covid-19 pandemic is causing us to rethink what is important for the workplace and how offices are designed, built and managed.

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%.

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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