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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.

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.

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.

Wates FM extends HMRC deal

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

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.

Amey scoops Highways England FM contract

Amey has been appointed to provide facilities and estate management services across an extensive and growing operational estate.

Call for more clarity on social value in contracts

New CBI research suggests that progress on embedding social value in government contracts is being slowed by confusion around definitions and application.

Covid-19: new framework for return-to-work technology

A procurement framework to help public sector organisations access technology that supports social distancing in the workplace has been launched.

Report highlights simmering problems within the NHS

The parliamentary Public Accounts Committee issued a new report this week highlighting a number of areas where urgent action is required, including around the state of the NHS estate.

CCS opens new Facilities Management Marketplace portal

Buyers from both central government and the wider public sector can access the online portal to purchase a range of FM services, from maintenance and cleaning to security and catering.

CBI calls on government to back green recovery

Fast-tracking green investment and making rapid progress towards net-zero emissions while delivering sustainable jobs must be central to recovery plans, the CBI says.

Lessons from the US: influencing government

The High Performance Buildings Coalition, based in Washington, represents about 200 organisations involved in building efficiency, innovation and sustainability. Its key focus is the US Congress.

Updated Outsourcing Playbook published

The Outsourcing Playbook, designed to ensure that government and the private sector work together well, has been revised and updated.

BCC seeks to meet minister

The British Cleaning Council has written to the Minister for Small Business, Consumers and Labour Markets to ask for a meeting to discuss key industry issues.

Government publishes back-to-work guidance

A series of publications aim to offer practical guidelines to make workplaces as safe as possible and give people confidence to go back to work during the pandemic.

Public sector outsourcing market may be stabilising

April saw a 66% in new public sector contract opportunities compared to February according to Tussell, the market intelligence firm.

FM suppliers for MoD training estate named

Five service providers have secured places on a new Crown Commercial Service agreement to support facilities management for the UK's Defence Training estate.

Amey extends prisons role

Amey has recently started to install the first wave of temporary cells at two facilities as part of the battle to reduce the spread of covid-19 within the prison estate.

Landscaping industry asks for help

Three major plants and landscaping bodies are pressing their case with the government for a rescue package for the industry.

Employers urged to issue letters to cleaners

Employers of cleaning staff operating in critical industries have been urged to provide them with written proof that they should be treated as critical and key workers.

Cabinet Office asks outsourcers to work together

Outsourcing groups have been asked to share staff resources to ensure the delivery of public sector contracts, according to reports.

Calls for key worker status grow

Following the publication of the key worker list last week the government has been on the receiving end of appeals to add further disciplines, initially cleaning and security and now FM.

Industry to provide buildings for key workers

Organisations representing thousands of professionals across the surveying, architectural and planning specialisms have written to the Prime Minister to offer their help in fighting back against the growing coronavirus epidemic.

Public sector ordered to pay suppliers immediately

The Cabinet Office has published guidance for public bodies on payment of their suppliers to ensure service continuity during and after the current coronavirus outbreak.

Vinci wins in Wales

Vinci Facilities has won a three-year total facilities management contract with Cadw, the Welsh Government's historic monument service, across its entire estate.

Think-tank warns on dangers of 'another Carillion'

The Institute for Government argues that Whitehall has yet to address the problems that led to the collapse of the construction and services group two years ago.

HMRC calls in Atalian Servest again

The FM provider has secured its fourth contract with Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs in less than 18 months.

Mitie lands Home Office deal

Mitie has secured a three-year contract to provide security services to the Home Office.

ENGIE secures place on CCS framework

ENGIE has been named as a supplier on Lot 6 of the new Crown Commercial Service RM6017 Postal Goods, Services and Solutions framework.

Prisons: contracting out services has failed

That's the top-line conclusion of a damning report published late last week by the National Audit Office, the parliamentary spending watchdog.

FCO contract staff to strike

February sees staff on Interserve's contract at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office ready to launch one month's strike action in a simmering dispute over union recognition.

CBI offers Outsourcing Playbook follow-up

A new report from the business group outlines a series of measures both the public and private sectors can take to improve the management of contracts.

The cost of Carillion's collapse

The National Audit Office has published the findings of its investigation into two PFI hospitals that Carillion was building at the time it failed in January 2018.

Courts contracts for OCS and ENGIE

HM Courts and Tribunals Service has awarded two contracts worth a combined £1.1bn over nine years.

UK public procurement up 17% in 2019

Over 2000 buyers awarded more than 45,000 contracts adding up to £93bn in total value, according to public sector specialists Tussell.

Go green, says RICS

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors has launched its General Election 2019 manifesto, calling on the future government to move past Brexit and to overhaul current domestic policies to build a more sustainable country.

Interserve wins extension on multi-department deal

The group has secured a six-month extension to provide total facilities management services at a London site used by eight government departments.

Liquidator finds £500m for Carillion creditors

The Insolvency Service has recovered £510m as all the strands of the collapsed contractor are wound up.

NHS Property Services: set up to fail

That's the assessment from the parliamentary Public Accounts Committee in a new report listing a series of problems faced by NHSPS, coupled with recommendations for action.

CBI calls for decade of action on climate change

The run up to the COP26 meeting in the UK must be used by the next government to kick-start ambitious and focused action to tackle the climate emergency.

PHS lands supply contract for 20,000 schools

The Department for Education has appointed PHS Group to provide free period products for girls and young women in schools and colleges throughout England.

Committees seek update on Carillion investigations

The chairs of the parliamentary Work and Pensions and Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy committees have requested progress reports from the Insolvency Service and the Financial Reporting Council.

Mitie scoops nationwide deal with HMRC

Mitie has won a five-year contract to provide technology-led security services to Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs.

Whitehall's Strategic Suppliers: new insights

Tussell, the public sector procurement advisor, reports that central government's 'Strategic Suppliers' will be earning £10bn over the 2018/19 contract year.

Sodexo introduces new Public Service Pledge

Sodexo has published the third edition of its unique set of strategic and ethical commitments to its customers, employees and the communities in which it operates. 

CBI calls for reform of apprenticeship levy

Urgent steps must be taken by government to reform the apprenticeship levy in England so firms can offer more of the high-quality training they need to succeed.

Whitehall introduces new prompt payment rules

New rules designed to make sure government suppliers pay their bills on time came into force on 1 September.

The CCS framework place industry

Recent moves by the Crown Commercial Service suggest that securing a place on a service provision framework has become a bit of an industry in itself, with a growing number of third-party organisations promising assistance.

Mitie on Prison Operator Services framework

The Ministry of Justice launched the POS framework to manage a pipeline of competition for new prisons and, potentially, existing privately managed prisons over the next six years.

Interserve named to Prison Operator Services framework

Interserve Group has been awarded a place on the new Ministry of Justice £4bn framework agreement.

Catch 22 secures place on CCS framework

The recruitment services specialist has been selected for the new Crown Commercial Service framework for non-clinical staff across the NHS and a wide variety of governmental and public sector organisations.

New PM has 'once in a generation' chance to transform buildings

The new government team led by Boris Johnson has an unprecedented opportunity to dramatically shift policy on the built environment and deliver higher standards of safety, sustainability and social justice.

Union calls for indefinite action at BEIS

A dispute over pay rates for outsourced staff at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy has been rumbling on for months. Now the union involved has increased the stakes, with plans for "indefinite" strike action.

Sodexo in two HMRC wins

HM Revenue and Customs has awarded the group a new contract covering soft services in two regions. 

Kier sell-off: public sector contracts on the way out

When construction and services group Kier, a 'Strategic Supplier' to government, sells a portfolio of non-core businesses this will include off-loading £200m in public sector contracts.

NHS Property Services: must do better

NHSPS has met many of its objectives, including in FM, but it lacks the powers to solve other growing problems, according to parliamentary watchdog the National Audit Office.

ENGIE team in major Canadian energy win

Innovate Energy has closed a 35-year public-private partnership contract to modernise, maintain and operate the district energy system that heats and cools multiple buildings in Canada's capital region.

Businesses call for legislation on net zero economy

More than 120 leading UK businesses, investors and business networks are calling on the UK government to put climate neutrality by 2050 into legislation immediately.

Swing to frameworks leaving service providers behind

Public procurement specialist Tussell says that facilities management suppliers are missing out on hundreds of opportunities with the public sector because they aren't listed on some of the most important frameworks.

Mitie confirms CCS framework success

The group has been named as a supplier on the Crown Commercial Service facilities management frameworks for security and defence.

Government warns on paying on time

More than 10,000 businesses have been warned by the government that they must pay their suppliers on time or face being prevented from winning further government contracts.

Think-tank urges better public sector procurement

Reform, which focuses on public services improvement, has published a lengthy analysis of commissioning policy and practice in England, culminating in a series of recommendations.

Public procurement standard out for consultation

Views are being sought on a new draft standard that sets out generic requirements for organisations providing products and services to the public sector.

Atalian Servest in HMRC's sights

A new contract award positions the company as a critical engineering services provider to HMRC across its central region within the UK.

Government 'shake up' around contracts and social value

Businesses that want to secure future government contracts will be urged to show they can also help improve society by tackling issues such as modern slavery and climate change.

Vinci lands DfE FM contract

The Department for Education has awarded a four-year multi-services contract to Vinci Facilities.

HMRC turns its focus on Bellrock

Bellrock is to support HMRC in its northern region to deliver the department's smart building vision, part of the biggest modernisation of the UK tax system in a generation.

Whitehall publishes Outsourcing Playbook

A new guide on outsourcing decisions and contracting has been designed to improve how government works with industry and to deliver better public services.

Central government, contracts and the way forward

Outsourcing has been firmly in the news again as we pass the anniversary of the Carillion collapse and learn more about the situation at other big-name firms, as well as government thinking on the future.

Living wills become a thing in FM

Central government is looking seriously at them as a requirement for key service providers, and that may set the scene for broader application.

NAO questions NHS financial sustainability

In its annual report on the NHS, the National Audit Office concludes that substantial deficits in some parts, offset by surpluses elsewhere coupled with growing waiting lists and increases in waiting times, does not paint a picture that is sustainable.

Facilities services staff at MoJ set to strike

Outsourced staff including security guards, cleaners and receptionists at the Ministry of Justice are planning a 48-hour strike beginning 21 January, which may force MoJ offices to close.

Government outsourcing: "a turbulent year"

An annual review from public procurement analyst Tussell also highlights some key trends for the future.

Government cut-backs: some positive news

New figures from the Cabinet Office show that the size of the government estate has continued to fall, along with costs, resource consumption and emissions.

Understanding the scale of government contracting

Government spends £284bn a year on buying goods and services from external suppliers. That's around a third of all public expenditure.

Crack down on supplier payment

Whitehall has announced a new prompt-payment initiative to ensure all government suppliers and subcontractors benefit from being paid on time.

New contracts to "revolutionise government procurement"

Cabinet Office Minister David Lidington has announced new measures to deliver better public services and use contracts as a "force for good".

MoD plans to diversify supply base

The Ministry of Defence has announced plans for modernising its estate and establishing a broader and more diverse supply base.

CCS tackles renewable energy for government

The Crown Commercial Service is setting out to make it easier for public bodies to reduce their carbon footprint by launching a new agreement that makes renewable energy easier to source.

100% Hackitt campaign launched

An industry initiative to encourage the government to deliver all of the recommendations contained in Dame Judith Hackitt's report has been launched with the backing of two key industry bodies.

Think-tank takes on PFI

The Private Finance Initiative has been a controversial policy virtually from the day it was introduced in the early '90s. Nowhere has this been more so than in the UK health sector and one group has been looking at alternative strategies.

Vinci lands £38m Welsh Government TFM deal

Vinci Facilities has won a new five-year contract with the Department of Economy and Infrastructure to provide total facilities management and affiliated services across its property portfolio.

ISS retains Irish Parliament contract

ISS Ireland has been reappointed to deliver cleaning and related services at the Houses of the Oireachtas for a further four years.

Amey wins UKHO contract

The UK Hydrographic Office has awarded a three-year contract to Amey covering a range of facilities management services at its new head office.

MPs slam government on supplier oversight

Two parliamentary committees, working together to look at the lessons from the Carillion collapse and how Whitehall manages major service providers, have registered alarm about a lack of action.

ISS in multi-site win with BEIS

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy has awarded ISS a four-year contract covering over 50 sites.

Amey takes over MoD contracts

Amey has completed the acquisition of the Ministry of Defence Regional Prime and National Housing Prime contracts, picking up the agreements formerly jointly held with Carillion.

Government outsourcing bounces back

Public sector outsourcing spend increased sharply in the first six months of 2018 despite a backdrop of Brexit uncertainty.

Interserve extends FCO deal

The new five-year contract to provide total facilities management services for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office is worth £67m.

iSite appointed to G-Cloud 10 Framework

Software specialist iSite has been awarded supplier status on the government's G-Cloud 10 Framework, making it available to government departments and the wider public sector.

BIFM welcomes PAC recommendations

The British Institute of Facilities Management has welcomed recommendations made by the Public Accounts Committee following its Strategic Suppliers Inquiry.

PAC singles out government procurement failings

The latest report from the parliamentary Public Accounts Committee highlights a series of flaws in central government procurement policy and procedure.

CCS launches FM Marketplace, confirms providers list

The Crown Commercial Service has launched the Facilities Management Marketplace agreement, designed to give the public sector access to a wide range of suppliers for their FM requirements.

Carillion exposes flaws in government outsourcing

The Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee has published a hard-hitting report on the Carillion saga.

Whitehall offers simplified public sector contract

The government has launched a new, simplified contract designed to make it easier for businesses to apply for public sector work.

Government announces post-Carillion changes

Cabinet Office Minister David Lidington has unveiled a package of new measures designed to promote "a healthy and diverse marketplace" of companies bidding for government contracts.

NAO reviews Carillion's final months, and the cost

The National Audit Office has published an investigation into the government's handling of the collapse of Carillion. The likely cost to taxpayers is £148m, though that could well rise.

Strategic suppliers inquiry launched

We've argued several times that the Carillion collapse has to mean something for the industry, ideally in terms of lessons learned. Certainly the groundwork for that is being laid by the number of examinations spurred at central government level.

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.

Servest extends FCO deal

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office has added another year to its security contract with the services provider, pushing the end date out to 2020.

Cordant boss calls for social value in government contracts

Public sector contracts should no longer be given to the lowest bidder but awarded to "social business" companies that agree to share profits with staff and employ local workers.

Bentley offers MPs views on Carillion lessons

Addressing the Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee yesterday, Mitie CEO Phil Bentley highlighted six lessons he suggested should be learned from the collapse of Carillion.

KBR acquires Carillion's share of Aspire Defence

KBR is now the sole backer of the former joint venture that has supported the Ministry of Defence on Project Allenby Connaught since 2006.

OCS in five-year MoJ win

The Ministry of Justice has awarded the new multi-service contract as part of the government department's integrator service delivery model.

TUC offers insights on lessons to be learned from Carillion

The TUC has published a report on the reforms needed to protect public services and improve quality in the wake of Carillion's collapse three months ago.

ENGIE secures extension double at DWP

ENGIE has extended its relationship with the Department for Work and Pensions with two new contracts for administrative support services.

Whitehall tightens up subcontractor protections

In a move at least partly inspired by the Carillion experience, the Cabinet Office is planning new measures designed to help secure the position of smaller businesses working on government contracts.

Whitehall launches property agency

The new Government Property Agency intends to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the government estate and generate benefits of between £1.4bn and £2.4bn over the next ten years.

DWP turns to WSP for security advice

As the Department for Work and Pensions makes the transition to a new estates and FM services model consulting firm WSP has been appointed as Security Technical Advisor.

Singapore rolls out smart bins

JTC, the Singapore government's development agency, has installed more than 40 solar-powered smart waste bins around its key commercial sites.

Calls for change, but will they stick?

Yesterday, a profit warning from Capita sent its share price plummeting by nearly 50%, cutting the company's stock market value by more than £1 billion.

MoJ launches FM company as Carillion impacts roll on

Acting on the government's "robust contingency plans", the Ministry of Justice has announced the creation of a new government-owned facilities management company.

Apprenticeship Levy numbers down again

New Department for Education figures show that the number of apprenticeship starts fell by 27% in the first quarter of this academic year compared to last year.

Financial watchdog takes a hard look at PFI

The National Audit Office has published a report on PFI and its successor PF2, an unexpectedly timely review of a key contracting concept that reshaped one big part of the public sector outsourcing landscape.

Carillion fallout continues

Following news of Carillion’s liquidation on Monday, question marks over the stability of another government supplier have emerged.

CCS FM framework update

The next Crown Commercial Service Facilities Management Framework is moving ahead, with the contract notice published and the latest briefing due at the end of this week.

G4S lands multi-site DWP contract

G4S Secure Solutions has won a contract with the Department for Work and Pensions to provide security services for an estate of over 700 properties.

Mitie seals Home Office deal

Mitie's Care & Custody business has been awarded a 10-year contract with the Home Office worth an estimated £525m.

Mitie lands highways safety deal

The group's security business has been awarded a two-year contract with Highways England to provide up to 50,000 road workers with a health & safety passport.

Gearing up for the next-gen CCS framework

Preparations are underway for introduction of the next FM services framework from the Crown Commercial Service. There's plenty of time to get involved, but providers should be planning their bidding strategies now.

Change at the top in Interserve

Bruce Melizan, Managing Director of Interserve Support Services, has stepped down from the board as part of the organisation's ‘Fit for Growth’ programme.

Public sector outsourcing spiked in Q3

The public sector outsourcing market experienced its strongest quarter in 2017 between July and September, as government bodies renewed investment in transforming back-office services.

FM framework to trial new streamlined contract

The next Crown Commercial Service facilities management framework looks set to be the testbed for a shorter, simpler, easier to use central government contract.

DWP: some good news for Interserve

Interserve has been awarded a five-year contract worth £227m to provide facilities management services for the Department for Work and Pensions.

Next CCS briefing next week

Manchester is the site of the next update from the Crown Commercial Service on plans to launch a new facilities management framework.

Interserve secures prison training deal

The services group has signed a £12m contract with the Ministry of Justice to run a series of employment workshops at HMP Berwyn, a large new prison in Wrexham.

Australia names three big winners

The Australian government has awarded three major contracts for the provision of integrated property and facilities management services, each encompassing multiple government clients.

BIFM calls for evidence-based migration policy

The British Institute of Facilities Management is calling on the government to ensure that any future migration policy is evidence-based and meets the skills needs of the British economy and its industries.

Interserve motors off with DfT contract

The Department for Transport has awarded a five-year, multi-customer TFM deal worth £90m to Interserve.

CCS unveils new estates framework

The Crown Commercial Service has launched a new Estates Professional Services framework which, it says, could save public sector bodies £35m over the next four years.

CCS plans second briefing on FM framework

The Crown Commercial Service is developing a new FM framework and will hold a feedback event on 13 July in Manchester.

Sodexo wins largest integrator contract in the public sector

Sodexo has secured a five-year contract with the Department for Work & Pensions to provide an integrated asset and estates management service.

Still time to learn about new FM framework

The new Crown Commercial Service Framework, due to be tendered in 2018 and worth a total of £12bn, will be the focus of a key event tomorrow, 6 June.

Premier reselected for Parliament

Premier Workplace Services has been awarded a new contract for the provision of removals, porterage and storage at the Houses of Parliament. 

CCS plans new FM framework

With the current Crown Commercial Service framework for facilities management due to expire in July 2019 notice of the next one, with a total value of up £12bn, has been published.

Praise and criticism for government estate strategy

Government is getting better value for money from its estate, but the Government Property Unit is not making much progress towards its key objective.

NHS property: Naylor review published

The end of March saw the publication of a long-awaited investigation into estates strategy needs and options within the NHS. What happens now will be a measure of the commitment to sorting out some longstanding issues.

Government must focus on improving contract management

Central government is improving the way it manages outsourced public services but precarious reforms could still fail, according to new research by independent think tank the Institute for Government.

Interserve gets Justice

The support services business has been awarded a one-year extension to its TFM contract with the Ministry of Justice.

Xenon supporting property professionalisation initiative

As part of a drive to increase skills and capabilities within the 2000-member Government Property Profession group, the training services provider has been appointed to deliver accredited facilities management qualifications.

Crown Commercial Service: a work in progress

The government's central buying agency was certainly born out of a laudable ambition, but assessing its effectiveness so far is not easy according the National Audit Office.

Interserve sweeps up government 'cluster' deal

The support services and construction group has won a five-year total facilities management contract encompassing six central government departments.

One Public Estate passes 150 mark

The Cabinet Office and the Local Government Association have confirmed that 159 councils will join the next phase of the programme that targets improvements in the use of public sector property.

Interserve secures Environment Agency extension

The company has been awarded a two-year extension to its multi-service, multi-site deal with the Environment Agency.

Mitie secures place on CCS G-Cloud agreement

Mitie has been awarded a Crown Commercial Service contract under the G-Cloud framework, which covers a range of cloud-based services for public sector bodies.

DWP plans replacement of PRIME contract

The Department for Work and Pensions has launched a tender process that will ultimately lead to the appointment of a new services provider, as its existing 20-year outsourcing deal comes to a close.

Servest lands FCO security services deal

The group will be working with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office for the next three years at six sites in the UK.

Servest retains Parliament contract

Servest has won a new five-year contract at the Houses of Parliament, building on an existing three-year working relationship.

Interserve secures TFM deal at Home Office

The services provider has won the five-year contract under the new Crown Commercial Services facilities management framework.

Built environment industry backs low carbon commitment

In a letter printed in the Financial Times late last week, a long list of organisations representing the construction and property sectors came together to underline their views on the importance of sustainability.

KBR secures Home Office contract

The FM services provider has won the first contract to be awarded under the Crown Commercial Service FM Assurance Framework.

Shared service centres: missed opportunity?

Whitehall's programme to transfer back-office functions to two shared service centres is making savings, but it's not delivering value for money.

Government launches social enterprise buying challenge

Interserve and Wates are amongst the major companies backing a campaign to see more goods and services procured from the UK's social enterprise sector. The initiative marks the start of Responsible Business Week.

NOA aims to 'rid public sector of outsourcing failure'

The National Outsourcing Association is launching a campaign to drive improvements in public sector outsourcing at a time, it says, when an unprecedented number are choosing outsourcing to improve services and help deal with cuts to funding.

CIBSE slams government energy policy

A lack of consistent policymaking and disjointed attempts at delivery are behind past failures of energy efficiency policy, says the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers.

Grounds contractors challenge NLW impact

BALI-NCF, the National Contractors' Forum for grounds maintenance contractors, has written to government ministers and the Low Pay Commission highlighting the implications for local authorities of the introduction of the National Living Wage.

Whitehall to slash office estate

Central government has pledged to reduce the size of its office estate by 75% by 2023. And it is calling on local government bodies to publish their own rationalisation plans.

Changing how government does outsourcing

Flexible contracts, greater innovation and collaborative risk management are among commercial behaviours the public sector should adopt, the CBI says.

New guidance for public sector service providers

The Committee on Standards in Public Life has published a new guide for providers of services to the public sector, aiming to promote high ethical standards across the board.

SMEs most at risk ahead of BIM deadline

Small and medium-sized firms could find themselves unintentionally frozen out from competing for tens of billions of pounds of central government contracts in just a matter of months.

Think tank launches public sector outsourcing support tools

The Institute for Government says research has highlighted a lack of practical information and support for management teams in central and local government tasked with designing and implementing outsourcing programmes. It has set out to fill that gap.

SMEs and public sector contracts

The past couple of years have seen several policy announcements focused on a government campaign to open up competition for contracts to small and medium sized enterprises. But does Whitehall actually understand the needs and resources of SMEs?

Government's living wage will not lead to job losses in London

That's the conclusion from new think tank research, which finds that the London economy can currently support an uplift in wages without impacting employment.

KBR named for FM assurance role

The Crown Commercial Service has awarded its new Facilities Management Assurance agreement to Kellogg, Brown & Root, the international advisory services group.

Whitehall moves again in support of SMEs

Matt Hancock, Minister for the Cabinet Office, has announced a new target to get more small businesses working on central government contracts.

CCS to build apprenticeship commitment into contracts

Declaring that procurement will play a key part in Whitehall's support for apprenticeships, the Crown Commercial Service has said that it will write contractors' commitments into contract documents.

BSRIA calls for single point of contact on carbon

In a recently launched white paper on the issues involved in achieving carbon targets the building services group sets out the challenge of making progress in a confusing policy climate.

CCS unveils new facilities management agreement

The much-discussed agreement will provide access to standardised services for the public sector and is expected to save hundreds of millions of pounds.

Zero carbon buildings off the agenda

Plans to introduce zero carbon homes in 2016 and zero carbon non-domestic buildings in 2019 have been dropped by the government.

Carillion lands registry extension

The Land Registry has extended its TFM contract with Carillion for a further two years.

A living wage vs the Living Wage

In his summer Budget Chancellor George Osborne set out plans for a national living wage to replace the national minimum wage.

Open-book accounting a closed book to Whitehall

The National Audit Office is calling for government to negotiate greater access to, and to make better use of, information about how much outsourced public services are actually costing suppliers and therefore how much profit they are making.

Action needed now on climate change

The Committee on Climate Change is calling for early action in the new Parliament in order to keep the UK's emissions reductions on track and to adapt to climate changes.

The incredible shrinking government estate

The Cabinet Office has published its latest State of the Estate report, highlighting the fact that the government has exited over 2000 buildings since 2010.

BSA hails VAT relief for shared services

The extension of VAT relief for shared services to non-departmental public bodies has been welcomed by BSA Chief Executive Mark Fox, who declared it a 'big win'.

Procurement: Whitehall targets SMEs, again

Last week saw the launch of changes in public sector procurement systems aimed at making it easier for SMEs to win contracts for the supply of goods and services, worth a total of about £187bn annually.

Bellrock secures place on G-Cloud 6 framework

Property and facilities management services provider Bellrock has been awarded a place in two categories on the 2015 G-Cloud 6 framework, for software as a service and specialist cloud services.

Carillion signs prisons deal

Carillion has signed contracts with the Ministry of Justice to provide a range of hard and soft facilities management support to the National Offender Management Service for prisons in two regions.

Checking up on paying on time

There is little evidence the government's commitment to pay 80% of undisputed invoices within five working days is having the intended effect of helping the UK's 5m small and medium-sized enterprises, according to a report by the National Audit Office.

Interserve team confirmed for MoJ contract

The Purple Futures partnership, led by the services to construction group, will be providing probation and rehabilitation services in five areas of the UK from February, the Ministry of Justice has confirmed.

MoJ names Carillion and Amey for prison FM

The Ministry of Justice has selected Carillion and Amey as preferred bidders for facilities management services, maintenance and the management of a range of works for public sector prisons.

In-sourcing vs outsourcing in the NHS

It seems there's life in this debate still; and there's nothing like the prospect of a general election to encourage politicians to take up positions on both sides of the argument around a range of FM services.

Sodexo and Interserve top list of MoJ preferred bidders

The list of preferred bidders for 21 probation service contracts reflects the government's commitment to transfer much of the service requirement to the private sector and charities.

FCO shares details of its FM strategy

The Foreign & Commonwealth Office has published its response to a Freedom of Information query about its arrangements for outsourced facilities management services.

Government to slim London presence

There's a ring of familiarity about this: the government says it plans to reduce the number buildings it occupies in London and move vast numbers of civil servants to cheaper parts of the country.

Government contract management is better but....

A new report from the National Audit Office concludes that central government has made 'significant improvements' in managing contracts, but a lot remains to be done.

New FM contracting model PIN published

In the culmination of a comprehensively communicated programme to develop the new Facilities Management Contracting Model, the OJEU notice has now been published.

CCS offers draft tender documents

The Crown Commercial Service has published draft tender documents for the planned new Facilities Management Contracting Model.

One Public Estate programme expands

Twenty councils have been selected to take part in the second phase of a programme to release excess government land and property by encouraging greater collaboration between local and central government.

FM contracting model: briefing planned

You certainly can't fault the Crown Commercial Service for communication efforts in the run-up to the launch of its new Facilities Management Contracting Model.

FM contracting model revisions

The much-discussed new Facilities Management Contracting Model, due to be launched this summer by the Crown Commercial Service, has seen some revisions.

Green policies: could do better

Government policy designed to reduce carbon emissions from commercial buildings needs to be better understood, more efficiently monitored and easier to enforce, according to a new report.

New dates for FM contracting model

The Crown Commercial Service has announced new dates for the launch of its new Facilities Management Contracting Model.

G4S strikes deal with taxman

G4S Integrated Services has been awarded a three-year contract to provide FM for the HM Revenue and Customs Commercial Directorate.

BIM must be mandated in FM

The government should mandate Level 2 BIM in facilities management if the industry is to take it seriously, according to Kath Fontana, Managing Director at BAM FM.

PAC: government must get house in order on outsourcing

Late last week the Public Accounts Committee published a report on the contracting out of government services, slamming management skills, policies, performance and even the market structure.

CBI calls for new transparency measures

The CBI has proposed new measures to boost transparency and trust in private and third sector managed public services contracts.

Retail property body slams Green Deal

The Green Deal is not fit for purpose for the commercial property sector, according to the British Council of Shopping Centres.

Mitie lands £180m immigration centre deal

Mitie has been awarded a new contract with the Home Office covering a range of services at two immigration centres in west London.

CCS confirms dates for new FM model

The Crown Commercial Service, successor to the Government Procurement Service, has outlined its latest plans for the introduction of a new Facilities Management Contracting Model.

Treasury targets PFI costs

Plans have been announced to deliver £1.5bn in savings across the 495 operational Private Finance Initiative schemes in England.

Good news & bad for Serco & G4S

The two companies at the centre of the storm around tagging contracts with the Ministry of Justice have had opposite news from the same client in a different area.

CIBSE calls for action on EPB regs

CIBSE reports that lack of enforcement of Energy Performance of Buildings Regulations is both costing money and undermining green strategies.

PCS to strike over outsourcing

Here's a reminder that the path to change isn't always a smooth one in the public sector. The Public and Commercial Services union has called on civil servants to strike on Friday.

GPS adds supplier webinar

You can't fault the Government Procurement Service for its communications efforts in the run-up to the launch of a new FM contracting model.

GPS plans one to one clinics

The Government Procurement Service is set to move on to a further stage in the preparations for the introduction of a new facilities management contracting model next year.

Shared service boost

Eighteen local authorities are to share £6.9m in new funding for the development of 'cutting edge' shared service projects.

Re-energise the green agenda: report

The All Party Parliamentary Group for Excellence in the Built Environment has backed the government's flagship green policy, but says it urgently needs to be reviewed.

GPS reports positive response to FM model

The Government Procurement Service says it is 'delighted' with the positive feedback from participants at its first supplier conference focused on a proposed new Facilities Management Contracting Model.

Whitehall moves again to be SME-friendly

Plans to make it simpler and easier for smaller businesses to bid for and win work across the entire public sector have been announced by Cabinet Office Minister Chloë Smith.

Welsh focus on asset management

Millions of pounds of public money could be saved if the Welsh Government tightened up its management of its own estate, according to a new report.

G4S secures prison extension deal

The Ministry of Justice has commissioned G4S to design, build and operate a new 216-cell extension to Parc Prison at Bridgend.

GPS confirms FM contract lot structure

The Government Procurement Service, which is in the process of developing a new FM contracting model, has published details of the proposed lot structure.

GPS names FM supplier dates

The Government Procurement Service is moving ahead with its plans 'to actively engage' with service providers prior to the launch of a new FM contracting model.

H&S goes top secret

MI5 is looking for a Health and Safety Advisor; but don’t bother asking any questions about the job.

Whitehall launches Commercial Service

The new Crown Commercial Service is intended to strengthen the government's business-like approach to how it buys goods and services, maximising public sector buying power and generating savings.

Government FM outsourcing climbs

The central and local government outsourced FM market has been on a growth trend which looks set to continue, though at reduced levels, through to 2016.

GPS plans new FM contracting model

The Government Procurement Service has given initial notice of its intention to launch a new contracting model for facilities management. This will replace an existing framework due to expire in July 2014.

Amey wins extension at Home Office

Amey has been awarded a two-year contract extension to the TFM service it provides to the Home Office and Ministry of Justice across London, the south and east of England.

Interserve bags government extension

Interserve has been awarded a contract extension with HM Revenue and Customs and the Department for Work and Pensions across their Newcastle estate.

Whitehall backs 'one estate' move

Whitehall is backing a new pilot scheme designed to encourage local councils to work with central government and other public sector organisations to share buildings and re-use or release surplus property and land.

Government cuts estate by 15%

Whitehall's latest State of the Estate report shows that the size of the government's holding has been reduced by 15%.

Whitehall moves on shared services

The government is moving ahead with its second new joint venture between the public and the private sectors, again targeting efficiency in civil service back office functions.

Police procurement hampered

A new analysis from the National Audit Office praises initiatives to improve procurement practices at the 43 police forces in England and Wales but notes there is still considerable room to do better.

Whitehall moves for single registration system

The government is developing a new centralised supplier registration system intended to make it easier and cheaper for companies to compete for public sector contracts.

Whitehall told to integrate

By operating in a more integrated way, including through better coordinated use of office space, government could reduce inefficiencies and deliver better services, according to a new National Audit Office report.

Government off-loads £1 billion of property

Government departments have raised over £1 billion since May 2010 by selling property and land no longer required by the Civil Service.

Whitehall unveils new shared service scheme

After what it calls 'a decade of frustrated attempts', the government is aiming to cut the cost of back office functions by establishing the first independently-run shared service centre.

NAO questions procurement success

The National Audit Office says that current government procurement strategy is 'the most coherent approach to reform yet', but calls for more effective implementation if it is to live up to expectations.

Cabinet Office changes consultant rules

The government has introduced new procedures for buying consultancy services which it says will cut costs, end reliance on big business and give more work to smaller firms.

Whitehall launches commissioning academy

Cabinet Office Minister Francis Maude has unveiled plans for a new academy designed to provide public sector organisations with 'commissioning skills for the future'.

Sodexo stays at Home Office

The support service group's contract with the Home Office has been extended for a further two years.

Whitehall plans next-gen shared services

Fundamental changes to the way the government shares its corporate services are set to radically improve efficiency across departments and save taxpayers up to half a billion pounds a year, the Cabinet Office says.

Whitehall cuts waste to save

According to the Cabinet Office, nearly £50m has been saved over the past year through a blitz on greenhouse gas emissions, unnecessary waste and water consumption.

Re-shaping public sector outsourcing

As the FM industry looks at the public sector, primarily seeing business opportunity, it is easy to forget that outsourcing is not universally popular. A new report warns of possible 'serious consequences' flowing from growing private sector involvement.

Collaborating to win government business

Whitehall's commitment to increasing the share of government spending that goes to SMEs has drawn little more than scepticism within the FM sector. But there might be a way to work the system.

Remove barriers to outsourcing: BHA report

The British Hospitality Association has for the first time used its annual food service and management report to call on the government for action that the BHA argues would improve services and cut costs.

Government's £84bn pipeline

The government has moved to share more details of future projects and contracts with a view to stimulating growth and helping businesses to plan for opportunities.

Energy efficiency strategy promises 'revolution'

DECC has published the nation's first comprehensive energy strategy, promising that it will lead to a revolution in UK energy efficiency.

MoJ revises prison plan

The Ministry of Justice has issued an update on its plans for outsourcing prison management, revealing a big change in direction and a snub for G4S.

DfT failure highlights procurement issues

A range of senior Whitehall figures has weighed into the West Coast Main Line cancellation quagmire, arguing that it shows that more expertise in procuring and managing complex contracts is needed in the public sector.

LGA rejects CBI report

Responding to the CBI report calling for more public services to be opened up to competition, the Local Government Association has described the estimated savings figures as 'pie in the sky'.

CBI: outsourcing could save £22.6bn

A new report from the employers group argues that billions of pounds of taxpayer money could be saved by further opening up public service delivery to independent providers, with no loss in quality.

CIBSE backs POE for government buildings

CIBSE has thrown its weight behind a new call for post-occupancy evaluation of all government building projects above a minimum value.

UKGBC grades green progress

As we settle into World Green Building Week, the UK Green Building Council has been assessing the government's progress towards its aspiration to be the 'greenest ever'.

Government property: could do better

The Government Property Unit, established in 2010 to drive efficiency savings from the vast public sector estate, is not up to the job in its current form, according to the Public Accounts Committee.

Thinking again on public sector outsourcing

In recent days Defence Secretary Philip Hammond and Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt have both questioned the success of the private sector in supporting public sector service delivery.

DECC slashes energy use

The Department of Energy and Climate Change is practising what it preaches with the award of a new, much improved Display Energy Certificate rating of C for its Whitehall headquarters building.

Government appoints new CPO

Whitehall has made another move as part of its drive to operate in a more business-like way with the appointment of a Chief Procurement Officer with a new broadened remit.

Shared service missing targets

The Commons Public Accounts Committee has joined in the recent criticism of Whitehall's shared services strategy, arguing that much stronger leadership is needed.

Whitehall tries again to help SMEs

Cabinet Office Minister Francis Maude has unveiled the latest step in a campaign intended to help SMEs compete for a share of central government's outsourced business.

Public sector outsourcing set to boom

That's according to the Financial Times, which says market analysts are looking forward to 'the biggest wave of outsourcing since the 1980s'.

CBI calls for CRC to be dumped

The business group has made a case to the Department of Energy and Climate Change for the scrapping of the Carbon Reduction Commitment and the implementation of mandatory carbon reporting.

Government cuts cost of space

The costs of running the central government property estate have been cut by £278m in the financial year 2010/11, according to Cabinet Office Minister Francis Maude.

CCC turns green spotlight on local government

The Committee on Climate Change has declared that if national carbon reduction targets are to be met, local authorities must take tougher actions in key areas, including commercial buildings.

Derwent stores up a win

Derwent FM has been appointed to a national government storage framework agreement worth up to £37.5m per annum.

Serco looks to future with AWE

Serco has added £1.5bn to its order book following the agreement of new pricing schedules with the Ministry of Defence for its work at the Atomic Weapons Establishment.

Public sector: look harder at property

Public sector budget cuts are driving fundamental changes in the size and shape of governments around the world. As a result, a much clearer focus on property resources is required.

Public sector growth market

It's a sure bet that the outsourcing market across central and local government bodies will grow strongly over the next several years. Is FM ready for that?

DIO starts discussions with 4 bidders

The Defence Infrastructure Organisation is in detailed discussions with four private sector bidders competing for the first of four regional facilities management contracts.

DIO opens door on England and Wales

The Defence Infrastructure Organisation has hosted more than 200 industry representatives at an event to discuss future contracting arrangements for managing Defence facilities across England and Wales.

CRC revisions aim to cut costs

Millions of pounds will be saved for businesses through ambitious new proposals to simplify the Carbon Reduction Commitment Energy Efficiency Scheme, DECC has declared.

CRC to be simplified, or scrapped

Amongst all the noise generated by the Chancellor's Budget announcements, Jones Lang LaSalle has noted that the CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme is to be reviewed.

New date for HSE fee scheme

The Health and Safety Executive has confirmed that its controversial cost recovery scheme will go ahead but will now not start in April as originally planned.

Big providers sign up to SME pledge

Amey, Balfour Beatty and Serco, amongst other big service providers, have pledged to support government initiatives to open more contract opportunities up to small and medium sized businesses.

£1m boost for Green Deal training

The government has announced that funding is to be made available to Asset Skills to deliver training for up to 1000 Green Deal advisors ahead of the programme launch.

Shared service concept disappoints

A new report from the National Audit Office looks at the initiative for government departments to share back-office functions. It concludes that, despite significant cost and effort, the benefits are not being delivered.

Government property: could do better

The latest report from the National Audit Office looks at the efficiency of central government office property since 2004. The conclusions are a mix of praise for progress and calls for more action.

Energy plans could make buildings unlettable

GVA, the UK's largest independent property advisor, believes that 20% of UK commercial building stock could be unlettable by 2018 if the government doesn't act to address the problem.

Government needs to get a grip on its property

A new approach to property management in the public sector is needed to reduce costs and manage changing workspace requirements, according to a report from business advisors Deloitte.

AECB challenges new Energy Secretary

Energy and Climate Change Secretary Ed Davey has declared that energy efficiency 'has to be right at the heart of what we do'. The sustainable building association wants to know how, exactly.

Whitehall moves to develop project skills

The University of Oxford's Said Business School is to host a leadership academy for civil servants responsible for major government projects.

Government plans NHS property company

Secretary of State for Health Andrew Lansley has confirmed plans to create a property company to own and manage much of the primary care trust estate.

MITIE is Prison Service bid partner

MITIE Group has been selected by the Prison Service as its partner to bid for the management of nine prisons.

Green Deal: welcomed, with reservations

Business and professional groups have given a positive welcome to the government's flagship energy saving initiative but at the same time warned that serious problems lie ahead.

MPs criticise PFI plans

The Treasury Select Committee has reacted to the government's proposed changes to the Private Finance Initiative, highlighting in particular concerns about project funding.

Preferred bidders for asylum services named

The UK Border Agency has named three outsourcing specialists as preferred bidders to deliver the COMPASS project, a scheme to improve support services for asylum seekers.

Less talk, more action

How seriously should we take Whitehall's pledge to involve more SMEs in government outsourcing contracts?

Autumn Statement: green opportunity goes begging

Amidst all the reaction to the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement comes praise and concern in equal measure from the UK Green Building Council.

Cautious welcome for Green Deal

This week's launch of the Green Deal, the government's scheme to 'revolutionise the energy efficiency of British properties', has been met with a mixture of enthusiasm and concern.

SMEs welcome procurement change

News that the government will implement 'radical reform' to the public procurement system has been welcomed by the Forum of Private Business.

Whitehall plans new approach to procurement

The Cabinet Office says that new measures will revolutionise how the government buys products and services, including facilities management, from the private sector.

Greener public buildings, homeworking could save £8bn

A new report has suggested that the public sector could raise the productivity of its workforce by £8 billion a year by using buildings in a leaner and greener way and offering more flexible working.

Sustainability group slams government

The AECB, the sustainable building association, has called on the government to stop wasting billions of pounds on a 'green energy' strategy that delivers neither value for money nor energy security.

Shared service initiative comes up short

A project intended to streamline back-office functions for the seven UK Research Councils has not been good value for money and the investment made may not be recovered, according to a government watchdog.

Approach to climate change causing uncertainty

A new report by the Environmental Audit Committee welcomes the Government's decision to set the fourth carbon budget. required under the Climate Change Act, at the level recommended by the independent Committee on Climate Change.

Target 'middle office', says BSA

In its response to the government's Open Public Services White Paper, the Business Services Association has highlighted the prospect of big savings in the space between traditional back office and front office operations.

MITIE scoops two MoJ contracts

The flow of contract news from MITIE Group continues unabated. The latest covers two wins with the Ministry of Justice.

MoJ names G4S for integrated FM deal

G4S has been awarded a contract to provide integrated facilities services to the Ministry of Justice in a deal worth up to £300m over five years.

Derwent does deal with the taxman

Derwent FM and its parent Derwent Living have won a £1.65m contract with HM Revenue and Customs to provide office support services at its Nottingham headquarters.

Second committee questions PFI value

PFI looks like a better deal for the private sector than for the taxpayer, according to the latest report from the Commons Public Accounts Committee.

CIBSE calls on Osborne to back DECs

CIBSE President Andy Ford has written to the Chancellor of the Exchequer, calling for the introduction of Display Energy Certificates in the commercial sector.

New school building programme unveiled

Secretary of State for Education Michael Gove has announced new government plans to launch a £2bn privately financed school building programme.

Treasury to turn the screws on PFI contracts

The government intends to deliver at least £1.5bn in savings across the 495 operational Private Finance Initiative projects in England, recycling the money back into frontline services by the contracting authorities.

Serving time: more prisons to be outsourced

This autumn, the Ministry of Justice will be looking for private sector partners to take over the management of nine more prisons.

Outsourcers call for more support for SMEs

A survey of outsourcers, including facilities management providers, has found over two-thirds agreeing with the suggestion that Government should do more to help smaller businesses win more of its work.

DWP beats carbon reduction target

Telereal Trillium, the Department for Work and Pensions property services provider, reports that they have exceeded the government 10% energy reduction challenge, launched in May 2010, by a comfortable margin.

G4S confirms prison takeover plans

The security services provider has pledged to keep redundancies ‘to a minimum’ at HMP Birmingham, as it announced details of its plans to take over operational control from 1 October.

Centralised fire control goes down in flames

The project to replace the local control rooms of the 46 Fire and Rescue Services across England with nine purpose-built regional control centres linked by a new IT system has been declared 'a comprehensive failure' by the National Audit Office.

Joint low carbon construction plan due

The Government has announced that it intends to work with the construction industry to 'decarbonise' the built environment by 2050.


Features - Search found 4 features

Next Gen CCS Framework: an FM opportunity

As the market prepares itself for the government's next-gen FM CCS framework, Baskar Sundaram helps providers ascertain if the framework is the way forward for them.

Bidding in the public sector

Looking for public sector contracts? Nicola Bramwell explores some of the common pitfalls for bidders and offers advice on ways to avoid them.

A brief history of Carillion

Recently, Carillion reported pre-tax losses of £1.153m for the first half of 2017. It is the latest chapter in the sometimes tumultuous history of one of the FM market's most active businesses.

Public Perceptions

At a time when government cuts make front-page headlines, it is easy to forget that facilities managers are on the frontline making the difficult decisions.


Comments - Search found 11 comments

Playing whack-a-mole with schools funding

Years of under-funding have exacerbated the problem of the condition of school buildings to such an extent that the recently announced £1bn spend on re-building schools in England is nowhere near enough.

Why we must support SMEs in the supply chain

SMEs continue to be undervalued and under-represented in FM. But they offer numerous benefits and it’s high time we offered them more support to enter and stay in the supply chain.

Time for change in government outsourcing practice

On exactly the same day that yet another key supplier of services to the government ran into financial problems, last week saw a speaker from the Cabinet Office tell the Workplace Futures conference that "we need significant cultural change on all sides".

Outsourcing in the public sector: a social commitment

The Public Service Act (Social Value) 2012 puts social value at the heart of commissioning, ensuring that authorities consider the wider economic and environmental benefit that they can achieve when buying goods and services. The Act became law in 2013.

Sizing up public sector contracts

The way that central government contracts are allocated, awarded and serviced has, for a long time, been a cause of deep concern for me.

Politicians are missing the point (again)

The pros and cons of outsourcing FM in the NHS is once again a hot topic with some politicians campaigning for services such as cleaning to go back in-house. Jeremy Waud joins the debate.

Umbrella solution

Back in 2010 the government announced that 25% of its business would be awarded to SMEs. What has that meant in practical terms for our industry?

Public sector panacea

In our post-recessionary climate the general market wisdom has often seemed to be that the public sector would provide significant growth prospects for the outsourcing community.

No sector can afford to think it's better than another

As the post-Olympics row about public sector outsourcing simmers on, Sodexo's Phil Hooper calls for balanced thinking.

Public sector challenge

In the 10 seconds or so that it takes you to read this sentence, it is a fact that the public sector will be spending in the region of £100,000 on outsourcing.

Hollow Rhetoric from the PM

It was heralded as the next big opportunity for smaller businesses, yet public sector outsourcing contracts still remain a closed door for most of us.