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Warrington extension for Equans

An extended partnership with Warrington Borough Council covers FM with the addition of net zero consultancy.

Manchester extends Equans contract

Equans is set to continue delivering FM services across the council’s estate.

Two local authority wins for Churchill

Group’s Environmental Services business has been appointed by New Forest District Council and the London Borough of Hounslow.

Wates kicks off Derbyshire deal

New contract covers planned and responsive maintenance works for South Derbyshire District Council.

United Living in RBKC win

The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea deal is worth £23.3m.

Wates renews Herts deal

Hertfordshire County Council has extended the 19-year partnership.

Veolia in 8-year win

The resource management company will deliver waste and street cleansing services to the London Borough of Sutton.

Birmingham extension for Equans

Birmingham City Council has extended its partnership with Equans with the award of a new contract.

Fortem extends Birmingham deal

The long-held property services contract will run for at least another two years.

OCS renews SCTS contract

The Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service is building on a 13-year relationship with the decision.

Contract extension for Equans in Manchester

The extended partnership will see maintenance works continue across Greater Manchester.

Macro wins in Surrey

The FM company has signed two contracts with Surrey County Council.

Council plans ‘hybrid model’ for service delivery

North East Lincolnshire Council will move to a new model as its outsourcing contract comes to a close.

Wates seals Greenwich deal

665 homes will benefit from energy improvement works under a £21m contract.

BCIS calls for priority on repairs and maintenance

The Building Cost Information Service is asking the government to address urgent R&M issues.

Birmingham:10-year deal for Veolia

Veolia has won the contract to run the city’s recycling and refuse treatment solutions until 2034.

Serco in Buckinghamshire leisure win

Serco Leisure and its partner have been appointed to operate five centres.

Venture in Wiltshire Council win

Venture Security has won a mobile security contract covering multiple sites.

Haringey extension for Veolia

The London Borough of Haringey’s existing deal is extended by two years.

Bolton to bring services back in-house

Bolton Council is set to reclaim facilities and estates services when its current outsourcing contract ends.

Biffa renews shared contract

The two clients have extended the deal for a further two years.

Q4 sees continued fall in public sector FM deals

The trend is up and down over time, but our latest report finds a considerable decline in activity for the final quarter of 2023.

Strategic suppliers see revenue slip

Top public sector supply partners have seen a decline in their overall sector revenue of 17% in the past year.

Sodexo extends six public sector contracts

The Government division has renewed deals with a combined value of £34m.

Tivoli kicks off county council contract

Grounds maintenance service provider now looking after 130 sites for West Sussex County Council.

SUEZ to stay on in East Devon

East Devon District Council has extended its recycling and waste contract.

Wakefield turns to Robertson

Wakefield Council has awarded a new contract to the Stirling-headquartered FM business.

Amey helps courts drive down carbon

Amey is reporting a 30% reduction in carbon consumption for Avon & Somerset Courts.

Q3 sees £1bn of public sector FM deals

The UK government awarded more than 250 contracts relating to facilities management in Q3 2023, worth a total of £1.1b.

Wates in £35m major works win

Established client returns with a new social housing works programme.

Mitie partners on major solar project 

Set to be one of the largest solar parking canopy projects in the UK, solar PV and battery installation has been confirmed in Portsmouth.

Swindon extends Amey partnership

Swindon Borough Council will retain Amey for a further year to support its carbon reduction strategy.

Public sector deals jump in value

The number of contracts procured in Q2 2023 fell against Q1, but total value was up more than £250%.

DMA named as CCS supplier

The building services group has been added as a supplier on the Crown Commercial Service’s FM and workplace DPS system.

Net zero: Edinburgh turns to Turner & Townsend

The consultancy group will support the city’s plans to decarbonise homes, workplaces and public buildings.

Public sector: top FM business winners

A new report from public sector procurement specialist Tussell reviews market trends to identify 150 ‘FM Titans’.

Public sector procurement on the rise

The number of contracts awarded for FM services in the public sector rose in Q1 2023, reversing 2022’s second half decline.

Services move in-house at Barnet

Once dubbed ‘easyCouncil’ for its commitment to outsourced service delivery, the London borough is leaving almost all of that behind.

Tivoli expands council contract

The grounds care group has secured an expanded contract with South Tyneside Council.

Suez in Milton Keynes win

The new contract covers waste management and grounds care services.

Veolia: long-term London waste win

The resource management company has won a nine-and-three-quarter-year contract with Hammersmith & Fulham Council.

Public sector procurement slips again

Contract awards for FM services in the public sector fell for a second quarter to the end of 2022.

Stirling rolls out largest of its kind IoT network

This is the UK's first scalable and secure technology roll-out designed to improve the health, safety and wellbeing of council tenants.

Public sector procurement falls

Contract awards for FM services in the public sector were at a two-year low in Q3 2022.

Mears in South Cambridgeshire win

South Cambridgeshire District Council has appointed Mears as its repairs and maintenance contractor.

SPIE lands North Lanarkshire deal

A new contract with North Lanarkshire Council covers servicing and maintenance for CCTV and related systems at multiple sites.

Council has the Ansa

Cheshire East Council has appointed a council-owned business to provide waste management and recycling services.

MSPS helps Basildon to optimise energy use

Morgan Sindall Property Services is working with smart thermostat provider Switchee to help Basildon Council improve the energy efficiency of its housing stock.

Pinnacle lands Solihull cleaning contract

Pinnacle Group will provide specialist cleaning services to more than 600 properties for Solihull Community Housing.

EQUANS bags Birmingham contract

EQUANS has been appointed by Birmingham City Council to retrofit 300 homes in a pilot project for decarbonising the council’s 60,000 properties.

Northumberland turns to Totalmobile

Northumberland County Council is deploying the company’s field service management solution to digitalise its FM operations and link the FM business unit with other council services.

Perth sights Summit

Perth and Kinross Council has appointed Dundee-based Summit Facilities Services on a four-year contract.

Novus appointed in Sheffield

Sheffield City Council has awarded an £11m deal to the maintenance and compliance contractor.

Richard Irvin extends Aberdeen role

The Stirling-based hard service specialist has won an additional contract with Aberdeen City Council.

Market insight: public sector procurement picks up

FM-related deals in the public sector were worth a total of £872m in the second quarter of this year, up significantly on Q1 levels.

Mears lands Tower Hamlets contract

The deal covers day-to-day responsive repairs and emergency repairs in homes and in communal areas, void properties and out-of-hours call handling.

Council wins for Norse

The services group is using its tried & tested partnership model on new contracts with three local councils.

Morgan Sindall signs Welwyn Hatfield deal

Morgan Sindall Property Services has signed a new contract with Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council covering a range of services for 9,500 properties.

Skanska wins in Edinburgh

Skanska UK has been awarded a seven-year facilities management contract by the City of Edinburgh Council.

Norse in new joint venture

Devon County Council and Norse Group are teaming up to launch a new FM and property business.

Market insight: public sector procurement falls in Q1

FM-related deals in the public sector were worth a total of £360m in the first quarter of this year, slipping back to 2020 levels.

Mountjoy extends Fareham contract

Fareham Borough Council has awarded the property services provider a two-year extension on its housing services contract.

Saltire in North Lanarkshire win

A new contract for hard services specialist Saltire FM extends a long-running partnership.

Mears lands Havering deal

The London Borough of Havering contract covers repairs and maintenance for 12,000 homes.

Polyteck in Islington win

The London Borough of Islington has awarded a 24-month building repair contract to the services provider.

EQUANS extends Birmingham relationship

Birmingham City Council has appointed EQUANS to deliver planned and responsive repairs, maintenance and refurbishment works to more than 40,000 properties.

McGill in second Falkirk win

The ambitious Dundee-headquartered contractor has been appointed on a new £2.6m deal.

BAM in multi-service leisure centre win

Following a competitive process, the group has been appointed to provide design, construction and FM for the Bedworth Physical Activity Hub.

Serco in 10-year Mansfield win

Following a competitive tender process, Serco Leisure has been appointed by Mansfield District Council to operate three centres in the town.

Sodexo named for London framework

The service provider has been appointed as the single supplier on the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime property services integrator framework.

Woking names new service partner

Woking Borough Council has awarded a new contract to Portsmouth-based property services company Mountjoy.

Amey backs Barnsley’s sustainability plans

The services group has helped Barnsley Council secure £1.3m from the government’s Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme. 

Great Yarmouth to go its own way

The council has confirmed plans to end its joint venture company and take full charge of service delivery.

Public sector FM deals hit 2-year high

In 2021, government procurement for FM services was worth over £5bn, nearly double the value of FM procurement in the year before.

UKGBC offers guidance for local authorities

The UK Green Building Council has published a framework to support local authorities to measure the impacts and wider benefits of building retrofit.

Novus in Harrogate win

The maintenance contractor has secured a four-year contract with Harrogate Borough Council.

FM framework webinar

Baachu, the facilities management marketing and business development consultancy, is planning a free webinar focused on the upcoming £35bn RM 6232 contract opportunity.

CCS publishes FM contract notice

Valued at £35bn, the new ‘collaborative agreement’ will have a life of four years and cover facilities management and workplace services.

Manchester extends EQUANS deal

Manchester City Council has awarded the ENGIE services business division a two-year extension on its FM contract.

UKGBC offers guidance for local authorities

The guidance is designed specifically to drive up the sustainability of new commercial buildings.

Northants contracts to be tendered

The new West Northamptonshire Council has said it intends to put a series of services out to tender in the near future.

EQUANS in 10-year Cheshire win

The ENGIE group’s services-led business has secured a new contract with Cheshire East Council.

Novus wins in Leeds

Novus Property Solutions has been awarded a contract to deliver essential maintenance works to social housing properties owned by Leeds City Council.

Norse extends Waltham Forest deal

Norfolk County Council’s services business has secured an extension of its longstanding partnership with Waltham Forest Council.

Market insight: 176 public sector contracts in Q2

The public sector continues to be fertile ground for new contracts, with FM-related deals totalling almost £230m awarded in the second quarter of this year.

Local government and net zero: more to be done

Central government has not provided local authorities with clarity about their roles in achieving net zero by 2050, and its approach to funding their net zero work is piecemeal.

CBRE plans Cornwall meet-the-buyer event

As part of its bid to be selected as Cornwall County Council’s FM partner the firm is looking to connect with local SME service providers.

Wates in multi-year London win

Lambeth Borough Council has appointed Wates to provide repairs and void works as part of a new borough-wide contract.

Powys to bring property services back in-house

Powys County Council is calling an end to its joint venture with Kier, which will see services shift to an in-house model in a year’s time.

Bouygues E&S delivers on lighting project

Bouygues Energies & Services has completed a partnership with Redcar & Cleveland Borough to replace 90% of its street lighting with LED lights.

Market insight: £465m in new contracts in Q1

The public sector should probably be on your business development target list. Over 180 new FM contracts were awarded in the first quarter of this year, according to public procurement experts Tussell.

Hillingdon extends Keysource deal

The London Borough of Hillingdon has renewed its managed services contract with data centre and critical environment specialist Keysource.

Q3 in multi-site London win

The deal, won in competitive tender, covers more than 50 London Borough of Redbridge sites.

Cenergist partners on decarbonisation project

Leeds City Council has selected the energy and water services company to provide support in delivering a £14m carbon reduction upgrade.

Mountjoy in Elmbridge win

The Portsmouth-headquartered building services group has been awarded a five-year fabric repairs contract.

Landmark decarbonisation project gets go-ahead

Aberdeen City Council has awarded a three-way partnership the contract to deliver a decarbonisation retrofit scheme across 100 social housing properties.

Mears scoops Islington deal

Islington Council has awarded Mears Group a new contract to manage the planned maintenance of council homes.

Mountjoy retains Isle of Wight deal

The property services company has renewed its maintenance contract with Isle of Wight Council.

Mears in 7-year Redbridge win

Redbridge Council has extended its maintenance contract with Mears Group.

Cambridgeshire names Bouygues as net zero partner

Bouygues Energies & Services and energy company SSE Enterprise are teaming up to deliver a range of services for the county council.

Idverde in 10-year London win

The grounds maintenance and landscape specialist has been awarded a contract with the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.

Mitie named for Covid testing sites

Mitie has been appointed as a supplier on the Crown Commercial Service agreement for Covid community testing sites.

ENGIE in £33m Manchester deal

Manchester City Council has appointed the company on a three-year repairs and maintenance contract.

Wates in five-year win with Thurrock

The east of England council has appointed Wates on a housing services deal worth £45m.

Graham extends Sandwell role

Sandwell Council has awarded the company a new four-year hard services contract.

Norse updates Daventry jv

Daventry Norse has been renamed West Northamptonshire Norse ahead of the county’s reorganisation of local government.

Biffa appointed in Edinburgh

The waste management specialist has won a three-year contract extension with the City of Edinburgh.

Biffa in eight-year Winchester deal

The Winchester City Council contract includes a strategy focusing on lower emission vehicles and new services.

Samsic wins council security contract

Samsic UK has been appointed to provide security services for Charnwood Borough Council in Leicestershire.

Wales plans risk assessment legislation

The Welsh Government is to strengthen legislation to ensure workplaces and shops are safer, as pandemic conditions persist.

ENGIE secures council extension

North East Lincolnshire Council has extended its long-standing partnership with ENGIE following the award of a new three-year contract.

Tivoli extends West Lindsey deal

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

North Ayrshire Council signs BAM FM

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

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.

ENGIE targets zero carbon for South Somerset

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

Veolia wins two-horse race in Bedford

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

Mears in new win with Exeter

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

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.

Veolia in 10-year Bucks deal

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

Veolia retains double district council deal

The services provider has emerged from a tender exercise with a new eight-year waste and recycling contract.

Wates mobilises long-term Crawley deal

Wates Living Space has started a 10-year contract for Crawley Borough Council, deploying virtual and social distancing mobilisation measures. 

Mears extends London role

August sees the start of a new contract for the social housing specialist with Hammersmith and Fulham Council.

Wates secures hard services framework place

Wates Facilities Management has been appointed to the four-year Constructing West Midlands Framework.

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.

United Living scoops 5-year London deal

Hammersmith and Fulham Council has awarded United Living Property Services a repairs and maintenance contract worth in excess of £20m. 

Biffa scoops Anglesey deal

Anglesey has awarded a new £40m waste collection and cleansing contract to Biffa.

Norse scoops Derbyshire waste deal

The Norse Group will be providing domestic refuse collections for more than a million people when it adds a new waste service for Amber Valley to its portfolio later this month.

A new dawn for the bicycle?

Emergency road closures, widening of footways and the creation of new pop-up cycleways mean that bikes could be the fastest way of getting around cities like London, Manchester and Birmingham as the UK eases slowly back to work.

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.

Allerdale takes waste services in-house

The borough council has created its own company, which is already on the job providing waste and recycling services.

Unexpected delay in Barnsley

The coronavirus epidemic has produced a wide range of impacts on companies and contracts, including a three-month delay in change in Barnsley.

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.

Graham secures Worcester contract

The hard services specialist has won a multi-site repairs, maintenance and minor works contract with Worcester City Council.

Graham lands legionella deal

Graham has secured a legionella management services contract with Northern Ireland's Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council.

Wates wins in Barnsley

Wates Living Space has been appointed on a new repairs and maintenance contract by Barnsley Council.

EMCOR UK extends Lancaster partnership

The company has renewed its 16-year relationship with Lancaster Gas Partnership, with a deal that runs through to 31 March 2022.

Wates and Mears split Crawley deal

Crawley Borough Council has appointed two contractors to manage the maintenance of council homes.

ENGIE and Wates secure 10-year council contracts

Tamworth Borough Council has awarded new contracts worth more than £100m for the improvement, repair and maintenance of more than 4,200 council houses.

Rugeley plans smart energy system

An ENGIE-led consortium will create the design of a Smart Local Energy System that will demonstrate how carbon and energy costs can be reduced for residents of the Staffordshire town.

Amey working to digitise Sheffield

By spring, Amey will have created a digitised public highway network for Sheffield, with thousands of individual sensors communicating wirelessly via smart sensors deployed to the city's assets. 

Biffa lands eight-year deal in Winchester

Winchester City Council has renewed its waste contract, based on a bid that provides best value for money and a package of service improvements.

Nottingham scoops contracts in Derby

Nottingham City Council's school catering service has beaten leading private sector operators to win a tender for four new contracts based in its neighbour to the west.

Councils unsure of their carbon footprints

Almost half of local authorities in England do not know their own carbon footprint, according to a freedom of information request from engineering services trade body ECA.

The future of work is the future of the city

A poll of over 30,000 full- and part-time workers across 50 cities in 18 countries has found people significantly more optimistic about their local communities than the state of their nations.

Serco in London waste management win

Richmond Council confirms the award of a 10-year waste and recycling collection contract to Serco.

ENGIE launches Newcastle energy centre

ENGIE has launched a high-profile new carbon-reduction district energy centre in partnership with Newcastle City Council.

Amey secures extension

North Lanarkshire Council has added three years to an existing highways maintenance and management contract.

Cornwall names Biffa for waste management

The nationwide waste services provider has been awarded a new contract by Cornwall Council.

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.

Graham in compliance double

Graham FM has secured two compliance services contracts, one with Derry City and Strabane District Council and a second with Ards and North Down Borough Council.

Mears confirms Rotherham win

The social housing specialist has won a 10-year repairs and maintenance contract with Rotherham Council, extending an established relationship that has been in place for nearly 10 years.

Public sector procurement pays dividends

YPO, the UK's largest publicly owned buying organisation, has delivered £7.8m in dividends to its 13 local authority owners.

Bolton to focus on local suppliers

The council has introduced policies designed to target SMEs for the delivery of facilities management, construction and support services across its estate.

ENGIE in £60m Rotherham win

The energy and services specialist has been appointed to handle repairs and maintenance for almost 10,000 homes.

North Yorks grows service company

More news from the public sector service provider market as North Yorkshire Education Service grows through acquisition.

Wakefield teams up with ENGIE for zero carbon

Following its declaration of a climate emergency, Wakefield Council has commissioned the energy and services group to help achieve its target of becoming a carbon-neutral organisation by 2030.

Council names in-house delivery as default choice

In what it calls "a significant shift in approach", the London Borough of Haringey has adopted a new policy making direct delivery of council services the preferred option.

Norwich to take services back in-house

Following lengthy discussion, Norwich City Council is moving to break up its joint venture with Norse Group.

Maxim in pair of local authority wins

Sunderland-headquartered Maxim FM has signed a four-year partnership agreement with Lancashire County Council, as well as securing a place on a framework agreement with Liverpool City Council.

Milton Keynes double for ENGIE

The energy and services group has been announced as the preferred bidder for two new contracts with Milton Keynes Council.

Wates in London housing win

Tower Hamlets Council has awarded a four-year refurbishment works contract to the group's Living Space division.

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. 

Avison Young appointed in Portsmouth

Portsmouth City Council has appointed the property services advisor to provide a range of management services at Lakeside North Harbour.

Derwent FM team in Irish win

Torc Housing Partnership has been selected as preferred tenderer for the second phase of the Irish government's social housing PPP programme, covering design through to ongoing service delivery.

Think-tank puts the case for outsourcing

Labour's policy of bringing public services back into government hands would be a mistake says a new report. But, on the other hand, politicians consistently overstate how much money is saved by outsourcing services. 

Mountjoy lands five-year Horsham deal

The Portsmouth-based property services company has been awarded a planned and reactive building maintenance contract by Horsham District Council.

Derbyshire looking to Suffolk for facilities services

Derbyshire County Council, under the financial pressure that every local government body seems to be facing, is talking with Suffolk County Council about launching joint venture service provision businesses.

Wates secures Birmingham extension

Wates has extended its housing repairs and maintenance contract with the city for a further two years.

Councils part ways with waste service providers

Two councils have recently ended their relationships with outsourced service providers, one to bring the service back in-house and the other because central government has undermined their strategy.

Harrogate awards major contract to local firm

Harrogate Borough Council has appointed Robinsons Facilities Services to look after more than 60 public buildings, including a number of key landmarks.

Kent extends Skanska FM deal

With a two-year contract extension agreed, Skanska will continue to provide total facilities management services for Kent County Council.

Serco secures £120m in public services wins

Serco's Environmental Services business has signed a new contract with the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead as well as securing a number of contract extensions with existing local authority customers.

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.

Interserve lands adult education deal

Here's a reminder that the construction and services group is still in some surprising sectors: its new one-year, £1m contract to deliver adult education in Liverpool.

Ian Williams lands East Devon deal

East Devon District Council has appointed the property services group to maintain its 4,200 council homes over a 10-year contract period.

Outsourcing is a big business, but a good one?

UK local authorities awarded outsourcing contracts worth £20bn over the three-year period 2016 to 2018. The biggest spend area was FM.

Bouygues E&S lands Westminster deal

Westminster City Council has appointed Bouygues Energies & Services to deliver a range of services across 160 locations including City Hall, libraries and other community facilities.

ENGIE lands Ashford repairs and maintenance deal

The services group has been awarded a 10-year contract with Ashford Borough Council worth £25m.

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.

Peterborough brings services in-house

Peterborough City Council has negotiated an end to its contractual relationship with Amey, moving a range of services into a new local authority trading company.

SPIE takes Liverpool schools deal

SPIE UK has been awarded a 10-school hard FM contract by Liverpool City Council.

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.

PHS lands Leeds and Dudley deals

The support services group has secured two contract renewals, each covering a range of hygiene and washroom services across multiple sites.

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.

Wates lands LBHF maintenance deal

Wates Living Space is set to commence repairs and maintenance for 7,000 homes on behalf Hammersmith & Fulham Council.

Arcus lands first public sector contract

The hard services specialist, best known for its relationship with Sainsbury's, has been awarded a seven-year deal by Central Bedfordshire Council.

Bouygues sheds light on Brent streets

Bouygues Energies & Services has worked with Brent Borough Council to transform their street lighting, completing a 12-month investment programme in January.

Vinci confirms £20m Sandwell contract

Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council has awarded a four-year contract to Vinci Facilities covering improvement works to its social housing estates.

Brent brings cleaning services in-house

The London local authority's cabinet has given the go-ahead for cleaning of council estates to be done directly by council staff.

Third of councils at risk of financial failure

New analysis from business and financial adviser Grant Thornton has found that 36% of all local councils in England are at risk of financial failure in the next ten years.

Norse lands Barnet Council deal

The support services group has been awarded a three-year cleaning contract for the London Borough of Barnet.

Government outsourcing: "a turbulent year"

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

Sodexo lands Surrey grounds deal

Surrey Heath Borough Council has awarded its five-year grounds maintenance contract to Sodexo.

Charging ahead: ENGIE commissioned for West Yorks network

The energy and services group has been appointed by West Yorkshire Combined Authority to provide a new network of at least 88 rapid electric vehicle charging points across the region.

Mitie in £32m Waverley win

Mitie's property management business has won a new contract with Waverley Borough Council to provide and manage repairs and maintenance services for 5,000 properties.

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.

Shutting down outsourcing could cost LAs billions

Moving all services in-house would cost local authorities at least £30bn potentially outstripping any hoped-for savings, according to a new report from think-tank Localis.

Glasgow takes support business back in-house

Cordia, Glasgow City Council's arm's-length services business, has been wound up, with all staff and services brought in-house.

Norse named largest local authority trading company

The Norse Group is the largest of the 743 trading companies in England, Scotland and Wales, according to research from business services firm Grant Thornton.

Local authorities: going off outsourcing?

Local government's appetite for outsourcing to the private sector is declining, according to research from the independent think-tank New Local Government Network.

ENGIE enters local authority energy market

The energy and services group has signed its first energy white-label contract with a local authority to supply householders across the north-west of England.

Four-year Barnet deal for Wates

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

Government outsourcing bounces back

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

Councils team up to win contract

Middlesbrough Council has partnered with Durham County Council to see off stiff competition for a five-year pest control deal.

Stockport replaces Carillion with Robertson

Robertson FM has secured a 12-month contract following the collapse of the council's previous service provider.

Local authority service sharing continues to grow

The latest analysis from the Local Government Association shows that there are now 555 individual shared service arrangements across the country, resulting in £840m of cumulative efficiency savings. 

Councils routinely breach rules on payment

Almost nine in 10 local authorities are not monitoring if their supply chain is getting paid within 30 days for services provided, according to data obtained by the ECA and BESA trade associations.

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.

Barnet Council may review Capita partnership

The council is considering undertaking a review of its wide-ranging, long-term outsourcing deal which could lead to significant changes.

Bellrock expands Runnymede contract

Bellrock's FM services contract with Runnymede Borough Council has been enhanced with the council's selection of group company Concerto to roll out its project and facilities management software.

Satisfied of Tunbridge Wells sticks with Cordant

Tunbridge Wells Borough Council has renewed its contract with Cordant Cleaning for a further three years and extended the remit to include additional services.

Interserve in £10m Southwark extension

London's Southwark Council has awarded a two-year contract extension worth over £10m to its TFM provider.

Interserve locks up West Yorks police deal

Interserve has been appointed as the single principal supply chain partner for a force-wide security services framework at West Yorkshire Police.

Operations director appointed at Daventry Norse

Norse Group has appointed Nick Drake as operations director for the group's recently formed partnership with Daventry District Council.

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.

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.

Public sector directly employed maintenance staff in decline

In-house maintenance teams, once common at large public sector organisations, are rapidly becoming a thing of the past.

Oxford City Council companies split for growth

Oxford Direct Services, established in 2012 in response to reduced central government funding, has now set up a new commercial division that plans to deliver £10.4m in value back to the council over the next four years.

Cambridgeshire to wind up cleaning and catering service

In-house isn't always an attractive alternative. Cambridgeshire County Council has concluded that its own service supply operation can't compete in an increasingly tough market.

Johannesburg taking 4000 security guards in-house

One of South Africa's leading cities is reversing its reliance on outsourcing as it moves to bring security services in-house. Cleaning will be next.

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.

Oxfordshire seals early exit from Carillion contract

Oxfordshire County Council struck an exit deal with Carillion in December, avoiding what it says was the likely prospect of lengthy litigation which would have arisen following the service provider's collapse.

Trigion secures landmark Worcester library deal

Trigion Security Services has won the contract to provide security at The Hive in Worcester, Europe's first joint public and university library.

Slough FM contract for Bouygues E&S

Bouygues Energies & Services has been awarded a four-year contract to work in partnership with the council to deliver facilities management services to over 80 buildings across Slough.

Croydon confirms new Veolia deal

Croydon Council has confirmed a long-term extension of the environmental services contract that covers four south London local authorities.

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.

Concerto wins Richmond contract

The London Borough of Richmond upon Thames has signed a deal with project and FM business Concerto.

Kier wins in Wales

Kier Workplace Services has been awarded two new FM contracts in the Welsh region worth a total of £5.5m.

Skanska eyes up high-level deal

The City of London Corporation has awarded an extensive high-level cleaning services contract to Skanska, building on a successful existing collaboration.

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.

Lambeth extends partnership with ENGIE

The London Borough of Lambeth has extended the TFM deal for a further two years, adding about £12m to the total contract value.

Serco extends Herts partnership

Serco has been awarded a two-year extension to its partnership contract with Hertfordshire County Council, pushing the end date out to March 2021.

EMCOR renews Hants deal

EMCOR UK has been awarded a new contract by Hampshire County Council that extends the maintenance services it has been providing for more than 20 years.

Norse signs 16th local authority partnership agreement

Norse Commercial Services has sealed a 10-year, £50m deal with Daventry District Council, creating Daventry Norse.

Medway Norse takes over recycling centres

The Norse Group's local jv has taken on responsibility for running three waste recycling centres owned by Medway Council, in a deal valued at £1.2m per year.

Serco lands five-year extension at Basingstoke and Deane

Serco's Leisure division has secured a five-year extension to its contract with Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council to manage three major sites.

Warwickshire launches catering business

Warwickshire County Council has set up its first trading company, and put it in charge of the school meals service across its estate.

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.

Southampton plans service delivery business

Southampton City Council has taken another step towards the formation of a local authority trading company that will assume responsibility for delivering a range of services, including FM.

LGA calls for procurement rules simplification post-Brexit

Simpler rules regulating how councils buy goods and services after Brexit could boost local growth and create jobs, the Local Government Association says.

Corrigenda lands Hampshire hard FM deal

The Fareham-based hard services specialist has won a "substantial" maintenance contract covering multiple sites for Hampshire County Council.

Norse cleans up in Medway

Medway Council has awarded a four-year schools cleaning contract to Norse Commercial Services.

Carillion splits with Oxfordshire

Oxfordshire County Council and Carillion have agreed to an early end for part of a 10-year property and facilities management services contract.

Shared services now 'business as usual' for local councils

New data from the Local Government Association shows that there are 486 individual shared service arrangements amongst local authorities across the country, resulting in £643m of efficiency savings.

Amey has Selby extension in the bag

Amey has secured a seven-year extension to its environmental services contract with Selby District Council.

Robertson secures multi-site Perth deal

Perth & Kinross Council has awarded a three-year contract covering more than 200 buildings to Robertson FM.

Mountjoy wins in Hampshire

The construction and maintenance services provider has been appointed by Hampshire County Council to deliver reactive repairs and planned maintenance services across an extensive portfolio.

Wates lands £14m Tamworth deal

The group's Living Space business has been appointed to carry out a repairs and investment contract for Tamworth Borough Council, covering 4200 properties.

Balfour Beatty extends deal with Southampton

Balfour Beatty's Living Places business has increased the scope of a contract with Southampton City Council, taking on additional responsibility for CCTV systems.

Kent council business targeting public sector FM

Gen2 Property Management, a property and facilities management business set up and operated by Kent County Council, is looking for new clients across the Southeast.

Churchill fires up new Lewisham contract

Churchill Services has confirmed the mobilisation of a new contract with the London Borough of Lewisham, covering cleaning and associated services to 50 council properties.

Amey Tri-borough contract safe

Amey's 10-year facilities management contract with three London local authorities is not affected by the decision to terminate key parts of the Tri-borough partnership.

Tri-borough deal collapses

The landmark partnership bringing together three London councils to share services procurement and delivery has come to a premature end, with two parties turning their backs on the third.

Gloucestershire puts Caterlink on the menu

Gloucestershire County Council has awarded a new three-year contract to the schools catering specialist.

Serco in 10-year Rushmoor win

Hampshire's Rushmoor Borough Council has awarded a long-term environmental services contract to Serco.

Vertas adds transport to its service offer

The facilities services group has signed a five-year deal with Suffolk County Council to provide school transport services for children with special educational needs.

Mears wins 10 year Manchester deal

The Mears Group has signed a long-term repairs and maintenance contract with Manchester City Council and its arm's length housing management organisation, Northwards Housing.

More joy for Mountjoy in Portsmouth

Portsmouth City Council has awarded a five-year reactive repairs and building maintenance deal to the maintenance services specialist.

Kier scoops Lewisham hard FM deal

Lewisham Council has awarded a three-year multi-site hard FM contract to Kier.

Norse jv takes Suffolk TFM deal

Suffolk Coastal Norse has been appointed to provide Total Facilities Management services at East Suffolk House, the new-build home of Suffolk Coastal District Council. 

Churchill retains Wiltshire deal

Churchill Services has been awarded a five-year cleaning contract by Wiltshire Council, building on an existing relationship.

Isle of Wight gig for Mountjoy

The building maintenance specialist has won a four-year contract to deliver day-to-day services for Isle of Wight Council.

Amey preferred supplier for massive Surrey waste deal

Amey has been named the preferred supplier for a 10-year waste and recycling services contract covering four local authorities.

FES in five-year deal with Aberdeenshire

Aberdeenshire Council reports that it has awarded a property and facilities maintenance contract with 'a strong community focus' to FES FM.

Bouygues lands LGA deal

Bouygues Energies & Services has won a three-year total facilities management contract at the Local Government Association's headquarters in London.

Maher named Arc Partnership MD

The Nottinghamshire County Council jv, responsible for a £200m projects and services programme, is getting its first Managing Director.

Serco reports three contract extensions and a new win

Serco's Environmental Services business has recently been awarded three contract extensions and one new contract, in total valued at over £45m.

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.

ENGIE confirms Wakefield TFM deal

ENGIE has been awarded a 10-year total facilities and property management contract by Wakefield Council.

Buoyant half year for local government outsourcing

The value of outsourcing contracts signed by UK local authorities in the first half of 2016 increased by 84% year-on-year to £684.9m.

Amey's Tube maintenance deal headed in-house

For the past 13 years Amey has been contracted to manage maintenance work across three lines, the Jubilee, Northern and Piccadilly. At the end of next year, that will come to an end.

Working alone getting safer in Essex

Mitie and its partner Lone Worker Solutions have been awarded a contract to protect employees of Essex County Council when they are working alone or out of sight of colleagues.

Mitie helping Scotland stay green

The Scottish Government has retained its unique status as the only government in the world to hold the Carbon Trust Triple Standard, and Mitie is citing its supporting role.

ISS renews Arun deal

ISS has emerged from a competitive battle to secure a 10-year greenspace management contract with Arun District Council in West Sussex.

ENGIE preferred solution for Wakefield

ENGIE has landed a 10-year multi-service contract with Wakefield Council.

Keysource lands Leeds critical FM contract

Leeds City Council has appointed the critical environment specialist to provide support for its data centres in and around the city centre.

Kier lands Southwark consolidation deal

The group's facilities management business has been awarded a four-year contract with Southwark Council worth £32m.

Local authority procurement: a mixed bag

A survey of procurement practices at almost 200 local councils in England shows some encouraging consistency, as well as some gaps where suppliers would probably appreciate some progress.

Robertson bags East Renfrewshire deal

Robertson Facilities Management has won a two-year contract with East Renfrewshire Council to supply electrical maintenance services across the region.

Arthur McKay renews contract with National Records of Scotland

The building support services company has won a four-year facilities management contract with the Scottish Government department that looks after registration, statistical and archival services.

Sodexo in Scottish agency win

Sodexo has been awarded a five-year contract to provide a range of services to the Scottish Public Pensions Agency, an arm of the Scottish Government.

Outcome focused and delivering the goods

ENGIE's wide-ranging long-term contract with North East Lincolnshire Council is proving that in the right circumstances a private sector outsourcing company can deliver financial, operational and social benefits to a public sector client.

Eric Wright FM moves into Stoke

With building work completed on the first of three multi-million pound PFI retirement living sites in Stoke-on-Trent, consortium partner Eric Wright will launch its 25-year FM services contract.

Arthur McKay in Croydon win

The building support services company has been awarded a five-year hard services contract with Croydon Council.

ENGIE and Cheshire East in low-carbon district energy JV

ENGIE has teamed up with its facilities management client, Cheshire East Council, to create a new joint venture company to promote eco-efficient district heating networks.

LA JVs: insights into success

With local authorities under sustained funding pressures, joint venture companies have emerged as one possible route to service delivery. A new report looks at the critical success factors.

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.

G4S extends reach across Northern Ireland

The Northern Ireland Civil Estate has awarded G4S FM a two-year contract to deliver FM services at more than 200 of its locations.

ISS plugs into Aberdeenshire deal

Aberdeenshire Council, one of Scotland's largest councils, has awarded a three-plus-two energy services contract to ISS.

Local government partner

Given the financial challenges facing local councils in our post-recession world, insights and advice from private sector partners should be more than welcome, especially when it comes to complex and technical areas like energy.

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.

Churchill extends Wiltshire service range

Wiltshire Council has added water hygiene monitoring to its existing cleaning services contract with Churchill.

Local government outsourcing up by a quarter

The local government outsourcing market saw substantial growth in 2015, with the total value of contracts signed by councils up 23% year-on-year.

Havant teams up with Norse on jv

In parallel with its five-council strategy for FM, Havant is now to form a joint venture company with Norse Commercial Services covering a range of supplementary areas.

Kier's Bournemouth services going back in-house

Bournemouth councillors are to look at a series of cost-saving moves next week, including the option of bringing services currently provided by Kier back in-house.

Vinci preferred for five-council FM contract

Vinci Facilities has been selected as the preferred bidder for a shared services contract that covers FM and property for five councils in the south of England.

Lorne Stewart extends Cornwall stay

Following the successful delivery of a three-year hard services contract, Cornwall County Council has awarded a one-year extension to Lorne Stewart Facilities.

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.

Somerset pulls the plug on Southwest One

Somerset County Council has decided to exit the Southwest One outsourcing contract early, taking all its services back in-house.

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Government FM deals fall again in Q4 2023

UK government awarded 183 contracts relating to facilities management in Q4 2023, worth a total of £184m.

Q3 sees over £1bn in FM contracts

The UK government awarded 274 contracts relating to facilities management in Q3 2023, worth a total of £1.1b.

Market insight: public sector contracts climb

Across the public sector 263 contracts relating to facilities management were awarded in Q2 2023, worth a total of £2.5b.

Market insight: public sector contract values down

The UK Government awarded 419 contracts relating to facilities management in Q1 2023, worth a total of £418mn.

Market insight: public sector procurement falls again

The UK government awarded 357 contracts relating to facilities management in Q4 2022, worth a total of £312mn.

Market insight: public procurement up in second quarter

The UK Government awarded 321 contracts relating to facilities management in Q2 2022, worth a total of £872m.

Market insight: FM procurement falls in Q1 2022

The UK government awarded 264 contracts relating to facilities management in Q1 2022, worth a total of £360 million.

Market insight: Public FM procurement hits £5bn in 2021

The UK government awarded 252 contracts relating to facilities management in the fourth quarter of 2021, worth a total of £445m.

Market insight: 292 public sector contracts in Q3

This is the third in a quarterly series of updates exclusively for i-FM from Tussell, the public sector procurement experts.

Enhancing the value of facilities management

Baskar Sundaram looks at the changing face of public sector FM procurement, as evident in the upcoming Crown Commercial Service framework.

UK government facilities management contracts: Q2 2021

This is the second in a quarterly series of updates exclusively for i-FM from Tussell, the public sector procurement experts.

UK government facilities management contracts: Q1 2021

This is the first in a quarterly series of updates exclusively for i-FM from Tussell, the public sector procurement experts.

Councils are doing it for themselves

Cornwall Council was an early adopter in setting up a wholly-owned FM operation; and Cormac is now winning third-party business. Fiona Perrin reports on the model.

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.

The energy pay-off

How can local authorities use energy performance efficiency improvements to create savings at a time of public sector austerity? Bouygues Energies & Services' Michael Still and Miles Messenger discuss the initiatives that can make this happen.

A Tri-borough Transformation

Last month, the architects of the Tri-borough deal, a new TFM contract that will service three London boroughs, were presented with the BIFM Board Social and Economic Impact Award. Simon Iatrou sat down with them before their win to find out more.

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.

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Perfect timing for a LATCO?

Maria Warner highlights how the waste sector has benefitted from a new hybrid business model in Oxford. Are there lessons here for FM more generally?

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.

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.