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New head of FM at Clugston

The privately owned property and construction group has appointed Nick Blackstock as director of its facilities management division.

Four-year Barnet deal for Wates

London's Barnet Council has appointed Wates Living Space to handle maintenance services for 98 buildings.

BIM: challenges and opportunities for FM

BIFM has published a new Leaders' Forum report focused on the challenges and practical solutions for embedding building information modelling processes across the sector.

ISS signals workplace move

SIGNAL, the ISS group's strategic workplace management and design firm, is opening a new office in London to further strengthen partnerships with key account customers.

Helistrat: best way for Bestway

Environmental consultancy and contract manager Helistrat has won a three-year contract with Bestway Retail covering over 200 stores.

CBRE names top trends in FM

Increasingly people want to choose where and when they work and they look to the workplace, wherever that may be, to deliver much more in terms of services and amenities. This is reshaping FM, says the property services group.

BIFM to

The British Institute of Facilities Management has entered into a two-year deal with a specialist business and market development agency that will focus on building a strategic partnership programme.

Westgrove projecting £25m turnover this year

The Warrington-headquartered support services specialist says it will increase revenues by over 30% in its current financial year. And it aims to continue growing, targeting £40m by the end of 2021.

Mid-market Incentive group joins BSA

The Incentive FM Group has become a member of the Business Services Association, with a keen focus on helping to promote the benefits of outsourcing to the private sector. 

Coworking heading for empty retail space

Property advisor JLL predicts that coworking ventures could become a significant occupier on many high streets.

Five strategic sourcing approaches

To accommodate new market needs and increasing hyper-competition, the way business partners interact will change over the coming decade. The experts at ISS outline some of the options on the horizon.

How 'ethical commissioning' could curb the worst effects of outsourcing

While inadequate budgets, supervision, and regulation are often blamed for the failures of public sector outsourcing, the absence of ethical standards in the commissioning and procurement process remains an overlooked issue.

Coworking comes to the corporation

Coworking spaces create community and collaboration. Some enterprises want a bit of that buzz, reports Fiona Perrin from the frontline of flexible working.

Mutually beneficial

Collaborations between facilities management membership bodies have happened before. So, what makes the partnership between RICS and IFMA any different?

Planning for tomorrow

One of the big challenges for every FM service provider these days is sorting out its strategy for the future: how does it see its markets developing? how does it want to be perceived? what sort of clients does it want? what's the right service offer?

What's in a name?

Naming, and the related branding, forms part of the bedrock of marketing strategy. There’s a lot of science to both and a huge amount of material on good and bad experiences. But in the end, you make your decision, unveil your work and pray for the best.

A fresh perspective

Immersed in the world of FM, it’s only by talking to a newcomer that you are reminded what a strange business this is: the multi-layered procurement processes, the relentless pressure on costs, the temptation to make promises based on a hope and a prayer.

Onwards & upwards

OCS is an FM service provider on the up. Bob Taylor tells i-FM that the secret to its success isn’t really a secret at all.

An elite new venture

After 15 years with Macro, Bill Heath left to explore new opportunities. They’ve certainly come knocking and include a new international business proposition, as he tells Fiona Perrin.

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