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Yesterday

Incentive lands another retail contract

Incentive FM has been appointed to manage the facilities at The Howard Centre in Welwyn Garden City.

CIBSE responds to government's 10-point plan

The plan, published last week and meant to support the UK's net zero carbon target, was broadly welcomed but with some serious reservations.

Spurring the delivery of net zero buildings

The UK Green Building Council has published new guidance examining how current barriers to the delivery of net zero carbon buildings can be overcome.

Wates tackles social housing energy challenge

The group has launched a new service which will help social landlords to prepare their housing stock to meet zero carbon obligations.

Catch 22 targets FM growth opportunities

The facilities management recruitment specialist has announced a new management structure to implement its plans for future growth.

This Week

Sodexo launches Vital Spaces

The new offering brings together the company’s diverse expertise to provide employers with a connected, people-centric approach to transforming the workplace.

Gritit acquisition doubles business size

The winter services specialist has acquired NMC Group, becoming a £50m player in the external environment maintenance sector.

G4S issues second defence circular

In its ongoing campaign to head off unwelcome acquisition moves, the security services group has published more making the case for continued independence.

Visible cleaning key to consumer confidence

People want to see cleaners in action, according to new research from ABM UK.

JLL signs workplace deal with BP

JLL is to provide workplace and real estate solutions to support the oil and gas group's transformation and net zero carbon ambitions.

Compass optimistic despite plunging profit

The group started FY 2020 on track to deliver its strongest performance ever. The fourth quarter didn't look too bad either.

Planning for 2021

What's on the agenda for the coming year? FM never stands still for long: we want to hear about your workplace plans. And we have something to offer in return.

Fontana steps into RICS presidency

Kathleen Fontana has become President of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.

Young Manager Award winner

Livery company the Worshipful Company of Pattenmakers has selected Laura Newnham as the winner of its annual busary for young professionals in the FM sector.

Pareto secures university place

Ravensbourne University London has appointed Pareto FM to provide hard services at its 200,000 sq ft campus on the Greenwich Peninsula.

Mount Charles scoops Dublin contract

The soft services specialist has won a new contract with the Irish Department of Health.

Covid-19: a boost for technology in the workplace

The pandemic could be the death knell for 'dumb buildings' as it catalyses and accelerates the long-term shift to smart technologies.

Work, workplace, risk: shaping property in 2021

Ten trends, all in play now, will shape the commercial real estate industry in the coming year.

Senior appointment for CIS Security

The London-based security services company has named Steve Hall as its new director of corporate strategy.

This Month

Mitie upbeat despite decline

The group's interim results for the six months to 30 September show a 'resilient performance' in the face of Covid impacts.

Jaguar in Cheapside win

Jaguar Building Services has been appointed to provide hard services at 107 Cheapside in the City of London.

Tivoli extends West Lindsey deal

West Lindsey District Council has extended its grounds maintenance contract with Tivoli for a further year.

Sodexo unveils student lockdown services

Sodexo has adapted a number of its services to meet the needs of today’s students, offering options and resources designed for these difficult times.

Workplace: the future is more human-centric

The workplace of the future will be versatile and hybrid, focusing on employee-centric solutions, according to a global survey.

Senior appointment at Churchill

Facilities services provider Churchill Group has appointed Nick Easey as relationship director for Churchill Environmental.

North Ayrshire Council signs BAM FM

A new three-year contract covers hard services for over 200 sites.

Workplace: a post-Covid flight to quality

The next three to five years will see a strong focus on flexibility, demanded by both workers and corporates, relating to work activity, space and location.

HR: key trends shaping the future

A new report identifies the trends that will have an impact on organisations, work and workers.

RICS partners for new report on FM in Europe

Researched by the multi-national built environment group Drees & Sommer, the report looks at major service providers operating across borders.

Interserve in Madrid win

Interserve has been awarded a £3.6m contract to deliver cleaning services and pest control at the campus of Autonoma University of Madrid.

CMA clears Mitie/Interserve merger

The Competition and Markets Authority has raised no objections to the deal.

Spica to deliver workplace app for Mace

The workplace experience app will initially be available at the construction management group's global headquarters in London.

Sustainability tool scoops award

In fact, The Sustainability Tool, developed by Action Sustainability, has been awarded this year's Innovation prize by the French Chamber of Commerce in Great Britain.

Mitie in £56m win

Mitie has been awarded a new integrated facilities management contract with Magnox Ltd.

CMS bags John Lewis deal

Commercial Maintenance Services has secured a major contract covering 173 John Lewis and Waitrose stores nationwide.

Portico to handle guest services at 22 Bishopsgate

The services specialist has been awarded the contract at London's newly constructed 'vertical village'.

FCA to censure Carillion for reckless behaviour

The Financial Conduct Authority notified Carillion and the plc's executive directors eight weeks ago of its intention to take action following the 2018 collapse of the business.

ENGIE takes on charging point challenge

ENGIE and its subsidiary EVBox Group have entered into a four-year partnership with Scania spanning 13 countries.

NuServe gains B Corp certification

The family-run cleaning contractor has been recognised for meeting rigorous social and environmental standards.

SSE launches data analysis service

Many businesses could save up to 30% on ‘hidden’ energy costs while increasing energy efficiency by up to 10% by changing their approach to data collection.

ABM UK merges hard services with B&I division

The FM provider has effectively brought its hard services operation in-house, integrating it into its Business & Industry Group.

Acuity in West End win

Axis Group's specialist division has been appointed to provide reception, concierge and event support services at 100 New Oxford Street, London.

Wates launches social value strategy

The Wates Group has committed to each of its business units achieving Living Wage Recognised Service Provider status within five years.

Mitie offers net zero playbook

The company says its playbook provides a step-by-step guide to reaching net zero carbon emissions.

Graham in Belfast hard services deal

Business advisors Grant Thornton have awarded a three-year contract at their Belfast headquarters.

Axis in national portfolio win

Axis Security has been awarded a £1.2m security services contract by the property group CEG.

RICS FM survey opens

RICS has launched its latest quarterly survey designed to gather information on current and emerging trends across FM.

Should we tax homeworkers?

A new report from Deutsche Bank suggests that the answer should be yes, bringing a new dimension to discussions about what the 'new normal' might look like.

Lincolnshire Police to release G4S

The longstanding contract between the two will not be extended beyond its 2022 expiry date.

CBRE on the acquisition trail

The global real estate services firm has formed CBRE Acquisition Holdings, a special-purpose company with the purpose right there in the name.

ISS: realising the potential

What's it like taking on a new job, a big job, in the middle of a pandemic crisis? New UK CEO Purvin Patel is almost six months into that challenge.

Mitie in three-year Bravissimo win

The new contract covers provision of maintenance and security services for the lingerie and swimwear retailer.

Compass commits to Living Wage

Compass Group UK and Ireland has been awarded Recognised Service Provider status by the Living Wage Foundation.

Senior appointment at SmartSec

Specialist security and reception provider SmartSec Solutions has appointed a new sales director to accelerate its organic growth.

HSE to lead Covid-19 research programme

The Health and Safety Executive study will focus on the transmission of the coronavirus in environments including workplaces, transport and other public settings.

CIBSE unveils new Covid award

The Covid-19 Achievement Award aims to recognise the work undertaken by building services professionals and the wider supply chain to combat the effects of the pandemic.

Andron scoops five site deal

The Aberdeen-headquartered facilities management company has secured a five-year soft services contract with JLL, following a competitive tender process.

Third of home-workers feel disconnected

Data from Leesman's ongoing home-working study of more than 145,000 workers has revealed that a significant number of employees feel disconnected from their colleagues and their organisation.

Travel to work: management advice

Amongst everything else Covid-19 has impacted, there's the journey to work. Whether travelling now or at some point in the future, that journey may well need a rethink.

Mitie cuts Interserve price, updates on trading

Mitie has reduced the price it will pay for Interserve's facilities management business, on the basis of its own recent good performance.

ISS "not satisfied" with recent performance

In a trading update covering the first nine months of the year the group says it has continued to feel the impact of Covid-19 and it has started to look at necessary changes for the future.

Tomlinson scoops East Midlands deal

J Tomlinson has won a three-year facilities management contract with East Midlands Ambulance Service.

G4S: second bidder makes initial move

The US-headquartered Allied Universal Security Services has tabled an offer to acquire the G4S group.

EQT moves on sale of Apleona

A year after floating the idea the Swedish investment group has taken the first step towards a sale, according to reports.

BBP publishes net zero carbon framework

The Better Buildings Partnership's framework is designed to support property companies with change and encourage greater transparency on pathways. 

Axis in shopping centre deal

Axis Group has been appointed to provide integrated cleaning and security services for seven shopping centres.

Reconomy in first international buy

The outsourced waste management and environmental compliance services provider has signed an agreement to acquire a German business.

Leeds provider books GPs appointment

Servo Group will deliver a range of facilities management services to GP practices across the city.

Secure Empty Property in two public sector wins

The vacant property specialist has landed two OJEU-tendered public sector contracts.

Incentive bags mixed use portfolio

The Incentive FM Group's cleaning business has been appointed on a long-delayed 65-property contract.

Generational divide in views on place of work

Older home-workers are showing a significantly greater preference for returning to the office than their younger counterparts, according to new research.

Workplace Week full line-up confirmed

The four-day festival showcasing how world-leading organisations are navigating the challenges of 2020 is set to provide virtual delegates with a window into multiple work strategies.

Annual market insight report online now

i-FM has published its latest Trends & Opportunities Report, providing a unique look at major events in the marketplace over the past year, their impact on the industry and how they, and events in the wider environment, are shaping FM for the future.

Sodexo: counting the price of the pandemic

The group says it has managed effectively through an unprecedented crisis and remains confident in its business model for the future.

Service Response Group buys to grow

The acquisition of Birmingham-based CPL FM Ltd marks a bid to expand market share in the facilities management sector.

Brayborne in schools cleaning win

Brayborne Facilities Services has won the contract to provide cleaning services to eight primary schools in southeast London.

ISS in five-year international win

An unnamed international manufacturing company will benefit from integrated facilities services across sites in the United States, Canada and Latin America.

WSH acquires Bartlett Mitchell

Westbury Street Holdings has added Bartlett Mitchell to its assembly of catering brands, which also includes BaxterStorey.

Senior FM appointment at Norse

Norse Commercial Services has appointed Nicola Holden as commercial director for its TFM business.

A “radically collaborative” approach to sustainability

The UK Green Building Council has announced a new partnership with Enfield Council, seeking radical solutions for the delivery of sustainability on large schemes.

A hub & spoke future?

Over a third of business leaders are considering downsizing their primary office space and shifting towards smaller satellite offices.

Vinci targets 40% carbon emissions reduction

The Facilities and Construction divisions have taken delivery of the first tranche of Polestar 2 electric vehicles.

BMG expands environmental credentials

Business Moves Group, the relocation company, has appointed a head of sales with expertise in sustainable furniture management.

Atalian Servest signs Race Charter

The FM group has signed the Race at Work Charter as part of its new diversity and inclusion platform and its commitment to race equality.

This Quarter

A hub & spoke future?

Over a third of business leaders are considering downsizing their primary office space and shifting towards smaller satellite offices.

Vinci targets 40% carbon emissions reduction

The Facilities and Construction divisions have taken delivery of the first tranche of Polestar 2 electric vehicles.

BMG expands environmental credentials

Business Moves Group, the relocation company, has appointed a head of sales with expertise in sustainable furniture management.

Atalian Servest signs Race Charter

The FM group has signed the Race at Work Charter as part of its new diversity and inclusion platform and its commitment to race equality.

Fusion21 launches £1.1bn framework

Procurement organisation and social enterprise Fusion21 has announced the launch of its national Workplace & Facilities Framework. It is now inviting bids from interested suppliers.

Totalmobile plans growth following investment

The field service management software provider has secured major backing to accelerate its investment in R&D, organic growth and acquisitions.

ISS sees guards graduate with new qualification

Thirty-eight ISS guards are the first to have successfully achieved the police-endorsed qualification.

EMEA outsourcing deals up in Q3

The region’s supply market saw a strong pick-up in recent months, though much of that was powered by new IT outsourcing contracts.

Scottish Water names Tivoli for winter services

Tivoli will provide scheduled winter maintenance services at over 30 sites throughout Scotland for the 2020-2021 winter season.

Mitie scoops green fleet award

Mitie was presented with the ‘Green Fleet of the Year’ award at last week’s Business Car Awards 2020.

Sodexo backs young people on careers

The company has partnered with Generation Success to help empower 40 young people to achieve their career aspirations through a 14-month mentorship programme.

Bennett Hay launches support network

Forward Together has been created to support, mentor and help up-skill members of the team who have been made redundant or face the prospect of redundancy. 

Wates names October inclusion month

The construction to services group says this is set to become an annual thing.

Foodbuy re-commits to Buy Social Corporate Challenge

The Compass Group’s food procurement business has extended its membership of Social Enterprise UK’s corporate challenge for a further three years.

ENGIE targets zero carbon for South Somerset

South Somerset District Council has contracted ENGIE to develop a net zero carbon roadmap.

Derwent secures Coventry deal

Derwent FM has won a new contract to deliver facilities management services at two of Coventry University’s London campuses.

Corps offering complimentary service reviews

The specialist security services provider has launched a ‘working in the new normal’ service review offer for new and existing customers.

BigChange puts RFM on the road

The hard services company RFM Group is rolling out a new cloud-based mobile workforce management system. 

Carbon Trust hat trick for ENGIE

ENGIE UK has achieved the Carbon Trust Triple Standard, certifying exemplary performance over the last three years in managing carbon, water and waste.

OCS names training partner

The facilities services group has appointed Qube Learning to support its strategy to upskill, develop and retain staff.

BCO reveals London award winners

Five businesses have been recognised in London at the annual British Council for Offices regional awards.

Vinci confirms mobilisation in Liverpool

Vinci Facilities has mobilised a five-year contract to deliver hard FM services to The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre NHS Foundation Trust.

Wilson James acquires The Security Group

The buyer says this will enable it to meet increasing demand from customers for information-led security solutions.

Is flex space the answer?

It could be, says a new report, at least for many UK occupiers facing an uncertain future and needing an alternative to traditional corporate accommodation.

Serco reports strong Q3 trading

The services group says it has achieved strong revenue growth in the third quarter, strong enough to upgrade full-year guidance.

BESA updates Covid H&S guidelines

The Building Engineering Services Association has published new guidance to help engineering and construction firms keep their staff safe in the light of new government restrictions.

Sodexo IFM academy sees 19 graduates

The group’s Global Integrated Facilities Management Academy has awarded Level 4 diplomas to nineteen managers.

Global FM reveals award winners

The group for FM membership bodies says the number and quality of nominees has continued to grow each year, with 2020 producing some outstanding entries from across the globe. 

Solent keeps Sodexo on

Sodexo has extended its partnership with Solent University in Southampton, following a competitive re-tender of the catering and hospitality services contract.

Workplace change: research backs research

An extensive report on the future of the office and office workers in the UK confirms that the seismic change in the way people work now is here to stay.

ISS scoops customer connection award

The ServicePoint solution has come top in the ‘Use of technology to connect with customers’ category at the annual O2 Blue Door Awards.

Mitie commits to new ESG targets

The FM group has launched its 2020 Social Value Report, which includes targets described as “industry-leading” for environmental, social and corporate governance performance.

Bruntwood launches FM business

The Manchester-based property development and management group says its new integrated FM business already has 30 contracts.

New appointments at Arthur McKay

The hard services provider has appointed two regional directors to strengthen its team and expand sales development opportunities.

ISS awarded platinum sustainability rating

The rating secures the group's position in the top 1% of assessed companies for the second year in a row.

i-FM welcomes new sponsor

SoftBank Robotics designs and manufactures interactive robots. One addresses a key need for FM currently, delivery of efficient and effective cleaning services.

Bennett Hay launches concierge service

The company’s new offering integrates traditional reception and hosting services with building security.

Veolia wins two-horse race in Bedford

Veolia has been appointed by Bedford Borough and Central Bedfordshire Councils on a waste management deal.

Sodexo’s Dhariwal recognised in Honours List

Amolak Dhariwal, VP finance, global supply management and service operations, has been awarded a British Empire Medal for his services to business in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.

IWFM reveals award winners in virtual ceremony 

The Institute’s 2020 awards set out to honour exceptional effort in exceptional times.

RICS launches global FM procurement code

The new industry code of practice sets out high-level steps to bring transparency and consistency to the facilities management procurement process.

NJC scoops McCann contract

The cleaning and support services company has secured a new contract win with leading global marketing services provider McCann Worldgroup.

Cleaning tips for Covid-secure workplaces

As organisations struggle to plan the way forward amidst a national increase in Covid-19 cases and changing government advice, good hygiene in the workplace has never mattered more.

Hybrid workplaces will not work for everyone

Organisations could be caught up in a matrix of pain if they do not carefully manage the new realities of hybrid working.

Welcome to a new day at i-FM

We’ve made a whole series of changes that both refresh the look and feel of the site and enhance the operational efficiency. We hope you’ll like it!

FM Brands Survey: the results

Brand is important in facilities management: 90% of FMs rank it as a key factor when buyers are procuring services.

G4S: a possible new suitor?

A second North American security group is expressing interest in a possible deal to acquire G4S.

Biffa grows with Simply Waste buy

The waste management and recycling business has acquired Camo Ltd in a £35m deal.

Law firms looking to hybrid working

Even lawyers, perhaps the most traditional-minded when it comes to offices, now seem convinced that the future is about flexibility.

Mears in new win with Exeter

Exeter City Council has awarded the company an integrated asset management contract covering repairs and refurbishment services.

Mitie helps Vodafone slash carbon footprint

Mitie has supported Vodafone UK in saving 100 gigawatt hours of energy, equivalent to 25,000 tonnes of CO2, in just three years.

GardaWorld turns up the pressure on G4S

Having put a 'firm offer' on the table, the Canadian company is now seeking to open talks with G4S investors.

Commercial property: time for a change

For a whole series of reasons there is change underway in the property world, but underlying this is a more fundamental question: what is property actually for?

Calls for POE on all publicly funded buildings

Post-occupancy evaluation should be standard practice to ensure all new buildings meet intended energy efficiency ratings and provide optimum value for money.

Atalian Servest launches D&I platform

The initiative is designed to give all employees a voice, promote individuality and drive the company's approach to diversity and inclusion.

MBO for Interserve's learning division

Interserve Learning & Employment has left the Interserve Group via a management buy-out.

Q3 adds to senior team

The facilities services provider has named James Douglas as commercial director.

Wilson James promotes security MD to COO

Gemma Quirke, formerly managing director for security and aviation, is now the group's chief operating officer.

Cushman & Wakefield reappointed on NAB deal

National Australia Bank has renewed its nation-wide integrated facilities management services contract for an additional four years.

Vinci on board with East Midlands Railway

Vinci Facilities has been in place with EMR since early this year, delivering a total FM contract.

Venture Security locks in Simplyhealth deal

The healthcare plan provider has awarded a contract for the protection of its four office buildings in Andover and Winchester to Hampshire-based Venture Security.

King turns to Pareto for hard services

Pareto FM has been appointed on a hard services contract at King.com's UK headquarters in London.

Derwent in Egham win

Derwent FM's Derwent Students has won a two-year contract for the management of a 100-bed student accommodation site at Egham Gateway West in Surrey.

Platinum appointed for London portfolio

Property management company Ashdown Phillips & Partners has selected Platinum Facilities to provide mechanical and electrical maintenance services.

Two senior appointments at Cloudfm

These come as part of an accelerated transformation and growth programme, the hard services specialist says.

SWC in LloydsPharmacy win

Specialist Window Cleaning, a part of the Incentive FM Group, has been appointed by one of the UK's leading pharmacists on a two-year deal.

Q3 extends Chelsea Harbour deal

Q3 Services has been awarded a new cleaning contract within the residential areas at London’s Chelsea Harbour complex.

NHS commits to net zero carbon

The NHS has adopted a multi-year plan to become the world's first net zero national health system.

Workplace Trends online next week

The long-running conference series will be back, in virtual form, with a strong programme on 15 October.

Sodexo extends student concierge services

Sodexo has launched its concierge service at two university campuses as part of its Residential Living programme.

ISS launches new 'stay well' campaign

The Food Services arm of ISS UK has unveiled a refreshed health and wellbeing strategy, created to support its customers in staying well this winter.

Q3 buys disinfection business

Q3 Services has purchased the Channel Islands-based business Biofog Limited.

Julius Rutherfoord goes to law

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP has appointed the company on a cleaning and waste services contract at its London offices.

Compass Group: looking better, but still not great

Compass reports that organic revenue performance in its fourth quarter improved as clients in Education and Business & Industry began to return to schools and offices.

John Lewis Partnership teams up with ENGIE

Designed to drive progress on ambitious environmental targets, a new three-year contract covers both John Lewis and Waitrose operations.

Bellrock in academies win

Bellrock has been appointed to provide hard FM services to Oasis Community Learning, one of the largest multi-academy learning trusts in England. 

Leeds College deal for G&H Maintenance

G&H Maintenance has been appointed by Leeds City College to manage services for its new purpose-built £60m campus.

Houston & Hawkes named for Aviva site

The independent catering firm has been appointed to provide café, hospitality and free-issue services for up to 800 customers at The Belmont Building in Uxbridge.

Compass names Totalmobile for safety initiative

The field service management software specialist has been selected to develop a mobile app to power Compass Group's digitised Safety Walks programme.

NJC in City win

The cleaning and support services company has landed a new contract at a residential development in the City of London.

New MD for Arthur McKay

Atalian Servest's building support services business has appointed Steve Wallbanks as managing director to spearhead growth.

ENGIE in long-term heat and energy network wins

ENGIE has begun work on a major new heat network which will serve future developments in the Nine Elms area of London, one of the capital's largest brownfield regeneration sites.

BMS too often overlooked in carbon strategies

Many property professionals are not fully aware of the carbon reduction capabilities offered by their building management systems.

Mears sharpens its focus

Mears Group has sold its care businesses in order to concentrate on services, including FM, for the housing sector.

Healthcare win for Artic

The hard services provider has regained the planned preventative maintenance contract at South London and Maudsley Hospital.

Lockdown good news: waste levels drop

According to facilities services group PHS, the amount of washroom waste generated by UK organisations in the last four months dropped by 49% year on year.

Membership organisations: facing up to change

David Emanuel writes: our professional institutes and associations need to react to market change just as quickly as do commercial businesses.

BGIS to buy hard services specialist

BGIS, headquartered in Canada, is to acquire the UK-based Optimum Group Services.

Social value in procurement model launched

Businesses seeking to win government work will need to set out how they will also deliver social value priorities, following new measures introduced last week.

Working from home works

Research with a sample size of more than 125,000 workers shows that the home is outperforming the office in some fundamental areas.

Wates FM extends HMRC deal

The service provider has expanded its partnership with HMRC after a "hugely successful" first year. 

PHS grows floorcare business

The facilities services provider has bought the floorcare and associated hygiene services division of workwear and industrial wiper rental firm Lindström UK.

RICS survey: Covid-19 making itself felt

The latest RICS UK Facilities Management Survey shows the healthcare sector still seeing the strongest growth in demand for FM services.

RICS plans redundancies as pandemic bites

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors is placing 150-170 roles at risk of redundancy.

Encore for Imtech Inviron at conservatoire

The Royal Birmingham Conservatoire has agreed a new strategic partnership to drive service delivery and cost performance enhancements.

JLL targets net zero carbon by 2030

The property services group has committed to achieving net zero carbon emissions across all JLL-occupied buildings by 2030.

World Workplace to go virtual

The biggest facilities management conference and exhibition in the world has bowed to the realities of a global pandemic.

BaxterStorey scores at Aberdeen

Aberdeen Football Club has awarded its stadium catering contract to BaxterStorey.

New MD for Boden

The Devon-based building services group has named Andrew Beagley as managing director.

Search on for 2021 Young FM Award winner

The Worshipful Company of Pattenmakers is looking for the next winner of its annual Young Manager Award, a unique career development opportunity.

Workplace Week to go virtual for 2020

The annual showcase for some of the best in work models and workstyles from some of the world's most forward-thinking organisations will take place 9–12 November.

Bidvest reports on "unprecedented" year

The South African conglomerate has struggled with the impact of Covid-19 but that didn't dent its growing interest in the UK facilities services sector.

London school extension for Julius Rutherfoord

The London Borough of Merton has renewed the service provider's cleaning contract for the second time.

Practical guide for cobotics in FM published

The International Facility Management Association and industry specialist SoftBank Robotics have come together to produce the guide, along with a range of expert contributors.

Innovise acquires cleaning software specialist

Templa is the software company behind TemplaCMS and the leading financial contract management system for cleaning contractors in the UK and Australia.

Building services: industry remains optimistic

A new engineering services sector survey shows that two-thirds of businesses expect turnover to increase or remain the same in the third quarter of 2020.

Julius Rutherfoord in St Barnabas win

The cleaning services specialist has been appointed at The House of St Barnabas in London's Soho.

C&W enters flex space market

Cushman & Wakefield, the global real estate services firm, has teamed up with workplace operator Industrious to offer a flexible space solution.

Covid-19: health and safety climb the agenda

The great pandemic work-from-home experiment has proved, broadly, a success. But a quarter of such workers express some concern about their mental wellbeing.

Home-working works, but mental health support needed

New research from the CIPD shows the shift to home-working over the lockdown period has been a positive experience for most employers.

New software aims to transform cleaning efficiency

Clenetix has launched a software-as-a-service solution that it says ensures cleaning operations meet needs and enhance service efficiency.

Technology in FM Award: October closing date

If you are doing good things with technology in FM, we want to hear from you. And you only have another six weeks before entries close.

McGill in £2.3m win

The Dundee-based services provider has landed a further contract with long-standing client Govanhill Housing Association.

Artic lands BMA deal

Artic Building Services has been awarded the hard FM contract for the British Medical Association's Grade II listed HQ building in Tavistock Square, London.

Eric Wright: growing the Professional Services business

Professional Services, part of the group's FM division, has set out its ambition to grow its education sector business by 20% in the next year.

Mitie and Interserve: CMA opens inquiry

The Competition and Markets Authority is inviting comments on Mitie's proposed acquisition of Interserve's FM business.

ISS boosts its sustainability offering

The facilities services business has appointed Jamie Hall as energy and sustainability director for its UK Sustainability division.

Covid-19: Anabas invests in training

The facilities management company has launched The Art of Brilliance training to support its workforce in weathering the Covid-19 storm.

Principle raises £25k for children's hospice

London-based Principle Cleaning Services has raised £25,000 for Richard House Children's Hospice in East London.

Frontline heroes: Mitie awards extra day of holiday

Mitie has awarded an extra day of holiday to more than 25,000 frontline non-management staff.

Canadians return with offer for G4S

Early in 2019 Montreal-headquartered GardaWorld launched a bold plan for the acquisition of G4S. But that came to nothing within a matter of weeks.

Arcus FM acquires controls specialist

Following a three-year partnership, the FM company has acquired building energy management controls specialist BEMS.

Hearst appoints Churchill and Pareto

Magazine publisher Hearst UK has named the two to provide soft and hard services for its London portfolio.

Senior appointment at Incentive FM

Incentive FM has confirmed the appointment of Matthew Pilling to head up its workplace solutions business.

Sodexo provides more information on Covid impact

The support services group has issued a broadly positive trading update on FY2020, coupled with news of actions taken.

MoJ's "naïve" approach to outsourcing slammed

A new report condemns the Ministry of Justice and HM Prison and Probation Service's "failure" in attempts to improve the condition and suitability of the prison estate.

Less space, close to transport 

As Londoners start to return to the city, flexible space providers are seeing some clear trends emerge.

Firms short on green skills

Seven in 10 engineering services businesses say they currently do not have enough competent employees to undertake low to no carbon work.

OCS settles in at university

OCS is on-site delivering security services for the University of Gloucestershire.

Call for faster take-up of smart access control

New white paper highlights the benefits of integrated access control systems to help organisations transform security and operations, but stresses that existing barriers are preventing adoption.

New research: FM looks surprisingly good

A new report on the UK facilities management market concludes that outsourcing will outperform the UK economy in 2020.

Wembley win for Incentive

Incentive FM has been awarded a three-year contract at Wembley Central Shopping Centre.

Sodexo goes digital with new partnership

The services provider is teaming up with food technology expert Dynamify to support the implementation of digital retail and hospitality across its sites in the UK.

Bennett Hay shifts focus to workplace experiences

The soft services specialist has refreshed its brand and repositioned to reflect the changing face of the workplace a decade after the company was launched.

Is corporate branding important in FM?

The i-FM Facilities Management Brands Survey is back following a two-year pause. And with the challenges the market is facing now the timing couldn't be better.

Vertas teams up with Derbyshire

The facilities services provider has launched a joint venture with Derbyshire County Council to provide services to over 450 sites.

BGIS scoops Shell US deal

The integrated services provider has been Shell's maintenance partner in Canada since 2001.

ISS scoops BITC award

The service provider's JointForces@ISS employability programme has been singled out for praise in the recent Responsible Business Champion Awards.

JLL identifies priorities for the property sector

Ensuring climate resilience and the transition to net zero carbon, delivering healthy buildings, and creating a fair society are all essential in a post-Covid-19 recovery.

Veolia in 10-year Bucks deal

Buckinghamshire Council has confirmed its decision on a waste management services contract that begins this week.

ENGIE to help deliver carbon-negative fruit

UK fruit producer Bardsley England has selected ENGIE as its long-term delivery partner for achieving carbon-negative produce.

Incentive FM restructures to deliver specialist support

The company is switching to a sector approach to ensure it is best placed to continue to support its clients while maximising opportunities in key markets.

Interserve wins at London Fire Brigade

The support services business has secured a new three-year deal with an expanded scope.

Award news: recognition where it is due

Both Landmarc Support Services and EMCOR UK have been singled out for market-leading performance in recent days.

Mitie in Yorkshire Ambulance Service win

The five-year contract with the Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust covers a range of services at 100 sites.

ISS welcomes new CEO

September 1st marked the first day in the office for new Group CEO Jacob Aarup-Andersen.

BCC calls for 'show of strength'

The Manchester Cleaning Show will be the first live event for the industry as it opens in October, and its backers are hoping for widespread support.

CBRE and Compass benefit from contract revamp

The University College London Hospitals Trust has retendered its FM contracts and narrowed the suppliers down to two.

Sodexo division unveils delivery service

The Good Eating Company has launched Good Eating Delivered, a new workplace food delivery solution.

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