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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.

One Public Estate programme expands

The One Public Estate programme, which enables local councils and other public sector organisations to share buildings and services and reduce running costs, has been promised a substantial injection of new funds.

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.

Imtech lands shared service framework deal

Imtech Inviron has been awarded preferred contractor status on a framework agreement for Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire County Councils.

Edinburgh says no to FM outsourcing

Edinburgh Council has agreed a range of actions to address a major budget shortfall, but it will not outsource facilities management. That idea has been rejected again.

Edinburgh looks for the best way forward on service delivery

Having turned away from outsourcing in 2012, the prospect is back on the agenda again as Edinburgh City Council faces up to an urgent need for cost savings.

Burnley awards ten-year deal to Liberata

The BPO specialist will take on a range of support services, including facilities management, beginning next January.

Bristol Energy appoints managing director

Norfolk and Suffolk Councils have both launched support service businesses. Bristol City Council has gone down a different commercial route with the launch of an energy company.

EFMS launches jv with Suffolk councils

Eastern Facilities Management Solutions, the Ipswich-based services provider, has formed a new commercial facilities management business with Forest Heath District Council and St Edmundsbury Borough Council.

Havant considering Norse services jv

Havant Borough councillors have given the go-ahead to a formal analysis of the business case for setting up a joint venture services delivery company with the Norse group.

Thurrock exits Serco contract early

Thurrock Council is terminating a 15-year multi-service deal with Serco four years early.

Nviro wins Hounslow renewal

The London Borough of Hounslow has renewed its relationship with its cleaning services provider with the award of a new three-year contract.

Cofely lands Harrow Council deal

Cofely has been awarded a five-year contract by Harrow Council to deliver a range of facilities and energy efficiency services.

Amey preferred bidder for Isle of Wight waste deal

Amey's waste management business, AmeyCespa, has been named as the preferred bidder for a 25-year contract to provide waste collection and treatment services for the Isle of Wight.

Councils' shared services savings hit new milestone

More than £450m has been saved by councils sharing services, new research from the Local Government Association reveals.

Optimum deal for local Surrey council

Elmbridge Borough Council has awarded an M&E contract to Optimum Group Services.

Mears seals Gateshead extension

Gateshead Council has extended its home repairs and maintenance contract with Mears for a further two years.

Somerset names Skanska for hard FM

Somerset County Council has appointed Skanska to deliver hard FM services at 500 sites across the county.

Serco at leisure in Birmingham

The support services group has won a 15-year contract with Birmingham City Council to manage nine leisure centres.

Orbis lands Fife clean and clear contract

Vacant property expert Orbis has won a contract with Fife Council to provide clean and clear services for up to four years to void properties across the council's housing portfolio.

Is austerity good for waste management?

New research into the impact of austerity on local authority waste collection and cleansing services has found a range of innovative approaches being taken by councils across the UK and Ireland to deliver efficiency improvements and savings.

Havant consults on back-office plan

Havant Borough Council has launched a local consultation exercise focused on a plan to join forces with four other councils and outsource a range of services to a private sector supplier.

Northants plans 'biggest ever' transformation

Northamptonshire County Council has voted to adopt a 'next generation' model, stripping itself down to an expert core that will commission the services it needs to deliver.

Local government outsourcing values on the rise

New research focused on BPO and IT contracts shows that the local government outsourcing surged ahead in 2014 as organisations procured more sophisticated services.

Kier secures Barnsley housing deal

Kier Services' housing maintenance business has won a five-year extension to its existing repairs and maintenance contract with Barnsley Council.

Babcock in wide-ranging deal with Richmond Council

Babcock International has won a seven-year contract with the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames to deliver an integrated property and estate management solution.

Norse boasts £32m increase in jv turnover

Norse Commercial Services, which might well be the market leader in local authority joint venture contracts, reports that 2014 was its most successful year to date for these deals.

Cofely in jv with Cheshire & Chester Council

Cheshire West and Chester Council has teamed up with Cofely to launch a joint venture company that will deliver both customer and integrated workplace management services.

Galliford Try closes on second Scotland deal

The group's Morrison Construction business has achieved financial close on the £48.5m Hub North Scotland Ltd contract with The Highland Council to deliver a community campus in Wick.

Lincs inks VinciMouchel deal

Lincolnshire County Council's new five-year property and facilities services contract with its joint venture providers has been signed by all parties.

Glasgow to challenge contractors on Living Wage

Glasgow City Council has adopted new procurement policies that mean companies bidding for contracts with the city will have to demonstrate their commitment to paying the Glasgow Living Wage.

Kier preferred for joint Staffs project

Kier Group has been selected as the preferred bidder for a new £400m, ten-year strategic property partnership with Staffordshire County Council and the Police and Crime Commissioner for Staffordshire.

Kent awards TFM contract to Amey

Amey's new five-year contract with Kent County Council will span a range of services delivered to 120 buildings.

Burnley plans to outsource

Burnley Borough Council is looking for a partner to supply services ranging from IT to property and FM in a 10-year deal valued at about £118m.

Tri-borough deal gets early review

The three-way central London shared services contract looks set to benefit from an independent review that has produced some criticisms and a series of recommendations for improved operations and efficiency.

Norse and Great Yarmouth in new joint venture

Norse Commercial Services and Great Yarmouth Borough Council have formed a new joint venture company to manage and maintain the council's community housing stock.

Amey extends Tri-borough deal to fourth council

Amey has been awarded a £10m TFM contract with Camden Council in London.

Somerset recounts lessons learned from outsourcing

The multi-client, multi-service Southwest One outsourcing deal, first put in place in 2007, was perhaps ahead of its time and appears to have paid the price periodically ever since.

Nviro renews Brighton & Hove deal

The support services specialist has secured a new four-year contract with Brighton & Hove City Council to clean a wide range of its facilities, in a deal worth potentially in excess of £10m.

Ian Williams in 4-year Exeter win

Exeter City Council has awarded a four-year, £3.7m maintenance contract to property services provider Ian Williams.

Councils plugging 'black hole' by cutting maintenance

Research from the Local Government Association indicates that councils are covering at least £1bn of funding for school places by abandoning building projects and cutting back on maintenance.

Interserve team in 27-year waste deal

A joint venture between Interserve and Shanks Group has entered into an agreement with Derby City and Derbyshire County Councils to build and operate a new waste treatment facility in the city.

Norse preferred for Norfolk waste services

Norse Waste Solutions has signed a four-year deal with Norfolk County Council to supply waste collection services to its entire estate.

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.

Public sector comes together on property

A new joint body put together by seven West Midlands authorities looks set to take on responsibility for the management and development of their property assets.

Financial close for Stoke PFI deal

The Stoke Extra Care Housing PFI project is set to get underway as contracts were signed between Sapphire Extra Care Limited and Stoke-on-Trent City Council.

Vinci homes in on Caerphilly win

Caerphilly County Borough Council has named Vinci Facilities as a part of the contractor team set to transform around 10,000 homes in an investment programme worth £200m.

VINCImouchel named for Lincs deal

Lincolnshire County Council has selected a new joint venture company established by Vinci Facilities and Mouchel Ltd as preferred supplier of property-related services.

Nviro enjoying Isle of Wight stay

Contract cleaning specialist Nviro has been retained by Isle of Wight Council to provide services at a wide range of facilities, in a deal worth in excess of £200,000 per annum.

LGA calls for move to 'unified estate' model

A new study by the Local Government Association argues that public sector organisations should consider sharing facilities where a single-use approach threatens to make buildings unaffordable.

Boxing match: Derwent and West Sussex

Derwent Records Management, the document storage division of Derwent FM, has been appointed by West Sussex County Council to help it bring all of its records into a single management structure.

Vinci, Lovell and Wates in major housing deal

Sandwell Council has formally launched a new partnership that will see a £50m package of repairs and improvements delivered to 6000 council homes over the next three years.

Norse unveils latest local government jv

Norse has added another to its growing portfolio of joint venture companies with the formation of Newport Norse.

Galliford Try closes on Kent deal

Galliford Try has reached financial close with Kent County Council on the 25-year, £100m Excellent Homes for All scheme.

OCS keeping an eye on Barnet

The London Borough of Barnet has appointed OCS to install and monitor a wireless CCTV system across the town centre.

Local government sitting on £2.5bn of surplus assets

The UK local government estate includes billions of pounds of 'surplus' property assets, according to the Audit Commission. A new report argues for strategic plans to ensure all this property is being managed for best value.

Chartwells in jv with Hounslow Council

Chartwells, Compass Group UK & Ireland's specialist provider of catering to schools, academies, colleges and universities, has launched a joint venture with the London Borough of Hounslow to provide food and caretaking services.

Councils see 'end of road' on efficiency savings

Local services are likely to bear the brunt of funding cuts over the next two years according to a review of councils' financial strategies from the Local Government Association.

Osborne survives to land £235m repairs deal

Following a two-year procurement process, Dacorum Borough Council has appointed Osborne Property Services to carry out repairs; maintenance and improvement work to its council homes.

Local sharing saves millions

More than £350m of taxpayers' money has been saved by local councils sharing services ranging from social care to back-office support, according to the Local Government Association.

Mitie homes in on Kingston deal

The Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames has awarded Mitie a new property management contract under the borough's Better Homes programme.

Five in running for Wakefield deal

Wakefield Council has shortlisted five potential partners for a new contract covering delivery of property, buildings and facilities services, including cleaning and catering.

50 ways to save £50m

Having lost almost a third of its government funding over the past three years, Warrington Borough Council has compiled a list of the steps it has taken to cut costs. A sharp focus on support services and effective procurement are up there at the top.

Miller team in North Tyneside win

The Solutions 4 North Tyneside joint venture has reached financial close on a £78m construction project to deliver over 900 homes, followed by ongoing facilities management.

Vinci extends Welsh government deal

Vinci Facilities has secured a year's extension to its multi-service contract with the Welsh government.

Harrow Green wins two-year deal in Wakefield

Wakefield Council has appointed relocation specialist Harrow Green for a two-year term following a competitive tender process through the Pro 5 framework agreement.

Devon Norse adds more Devon

The Devon Norse services partnership has been awarded more business with Devon County Council.

Cumbria joins transparency movement

Cumbria has opened a public consultation on its draft sustainable procurement strategy, inviting views from individuals, businesses and organisations to help shape the way the county council buys goods and services.

Scape plans national FM framework

Scape, the public sector procurement body, has begun development of a new national framework for delivery of facilities management services with an anticipated value of between £1bn and £1.5bn.

Hot deal in Liverpool for Vivark

Vivark, the social enterprise FM business, has secured a gas and winter boiler contract with Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council.

Mitie secures £15m deal in Sutton

The London Borough of Sutton has awarded a seven-year multi-services contract to Mitie.

Lincolnshire shortlists six

Lincolnshire County Council has confirmed the bidders in the running for a new property and facilities management contract worth between £6m and £10m a year.

London boroughs launch e-procurement system

London’s tri-borough councils have signed up to capitalEsourcing, a new platform that hosts tender information and contract bidding.

Stoke names Eric Wright consortium

Stoke-on-Trent Council has selected Sapphire, an Eric Wright-led consortium, to build, finance and operate 390 extra-care apartments in the biggest scheme of its kind for the city.

Integral sticks with Barrow

Barrow Borough Council has re-appointed Integral UK to provide mechanical maintenance services for their corporate buildings across the Furness region.

Mears wins in Manchester

Manchester City Council has achieved financial close with the S4B consortium on a £100m regeneration scheme, to be implemented via a 25-year PPP contract.

Galliford Try closes on Edinburgh deal

The construction group has added another schools build and manage contract to its portfolio.

Galliford Try preferred for 25-year Kent deal

The construction group has been appointed preferred bidder by Kent County Council on a multi-site build and maintain housing contract.

Carillion to partner Sunderland

Carillion has been selected by Sunderland City Council as the preferred bidder for a strategic partnership to deliver a range of property services essential to the city's regeneration programme.

MITIE in Southampton ECO partnership

MITIE has been awarded a contract worth an initial £30m for energy efficiency improvements to over 2000 council properties in Southampton over the next 18 months.

Lincolnshire opens search for FM provider

Lincolnshire County Council has published an OJEU notice inviting FM service providers to compete for a wide-ranging contract valued at up to £100m.

Vivark grows

Vivark, the social enterprise FM services provider, has landed a contract with Knowsley Council worth in excess of £800,000 over two years.

Kier preferred in Sheffield

Kier Services has been selected as preferred bidder for a £100m repairs and maintenance contract to be awarded by Sheffield City Council.

London boroughs pioneer joint FM solution

The Tri-borough project brings together three local councils who are targeting coordinated action on the delivery and management of FM services across a huge and diverse area.

MITIE adds second in west London

The support services group has been awarded a 10-year £177m contract with Hammersmith & Fulham Council to carry out housing repairs and maintenance.

City in second LLW move

The City of London Corporation has agreed to supplement a series of existing cleaning and catering contracts to bring them in line with the London Living Wage.

Local councils: no time for innovation

A study of 80 local authorities around the UK found their drive to be innovative in management and service delivery hampered by lack of time and capacity.

Shared service boost

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

Mountjoy starts first London contract

The Portsmouth-based construction and maintenance services provider has secured a four-year deal with Ealing Borough Council.

Waste authority bins outsourcing plan

The North London Waste Authority has decided to end a procurement process for long-term waste management services.

Oldham/Mouchel deal gets makeover

The Unity Partnership, a joint venture between Oldham Council and infrastructure services specialist Mouchel, has been renewed with 'significant changes'.


Features - Search found 6 features

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.


Comments - Search found 5 comments

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.