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Servest confirms acquisitions

The FM services provider has confirmed details of the two deals that were underway as it became Atalian Servest following its own acquisition.

Sodexo Crusshes it

The services group has signed a franchise partnership with juice bar and beverage specialist Crussh to introduce the high-street brand to its retail offer across the UK and Ireland.

CH&CO re-structures, launches new brand identity

The catering group has unveiled a simplified structure that will operate across the UK under the same name and with a new brand identity that clearly defines the marketplaces in which it is operating.

Union hails

The university's central administration has announced that it will start a process to end some outsourcing and bring some of its facilities management contracts in-house.

CBRE secures multi-site TFM deal

The real estate services group has won a five-year total facilities management contract with Aker Solutions.

Interserve helping Met Police

The services and construction group has won a seven-year special events services contract worth over £15m.

Axis lands double deal with Savills

Real estate advisor Savills has appointed both Axis Security and Axis Cleaning and Support Services to work at two leisure sites, Xscape Yorkshire and Cardigan Fields.

Committees launch next round of Carillion inquiry

The Work and Pensions and Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committees have written to all witnesses and key stakeholders, inviting responses to the inquiry's findings.

RLB brings senior consultants on board

Independent construction, property and management consultant Rider Levett Bucknall UK has announced two new appointments, bolstering its facilities management consultancy offer.

Eric Wright FM appointed to NHS framework

Eric Wright Facilities Management has secured a place on a new national framework for NHS Shared Business Services, covering the delivery of project management and building surveying consultancy services.

Change vs transition in service outsourcing

Change management and transition management are important processes of any service outsourcing project. But what is the difference between them and what outcomes can they help you to achieve? ISS offers insights and advice.

Replicating Carillion? The financial health of FM companies

The collapse of Carillion in January has put the spotlight on the facilities management sector and more generally on outsourcing. Jo Kettner turns that light on some of the big players in the business.

Intelligent management: the key to a sustainable future?

Cities could be humanity's biggest challenge or our best opportunity; regardless, we are experiencing rapid expansion of urban populations. And the buildings that exist within these areas are guzzling up the world's finite resources.

A tale of two FMs

It was the best of times. It was the worst of times. It was the age of wisdom. It was the age of foolishness. Sometimes it can indeed be hard to tell where you and others actually are.

Making technology work for FM

If technology is going to become an increasingly necessary and perhaps even an enhancing part of FM going forward, how do we ensure that this promise is delivered? Mark Hazelwood looks at some of the issues.

Thinking about what we're doing and why

I'm usually the interviewer not the interviewee. Being the one questioned is an unusual experience for those of us on the media side of the business; but it can bring a new perspective to the issues.

Pledging to do more

Sodexo's recently published Public Service Pledge has drawn a lot of interest in an FM marketplace that, if not troubled, is at least a bit unsettled. It would be easy to see the document as one more by-product of the Carillion debacle, but it is not.

A sustainable strategy

In light of the FM market’s recent troubles, Tony Raikes tells i-FM that the outsourcing sector might have forgotten what it means to be sustainable.

Putting the patient first

Public healthcare in the UK is facing extreme financial pressure, with NHS trusts struggling to fund vital services. James Taylor tells i-FM how facilities services companies can help to ease the burden.

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