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.
The London Borough of Hillingdon has renewed its managed services contract with data centre and critical environment specialist Keysource.
The deal, won in competitive tender, covers more than 50 London Borough of Redbridge sites.
Leeds City Council has selected the energy and water services company to provide support in delivering a £14m carbon reduction upgrade.
The Portsmouth-headquartered building services group has been awarded a five-year fabric repairs contract.
Aberdeen City Council has awarded a three-way partnership the contract to deliver a decarbonisation retrofit scheme across 100 social housing properties.
Islington Council has awarded Mears Group a new contract to manage the planned maintenance of council homes.
The property services company has renewed its maintenance contract with Isle of Wight Council.
Redbridge Council has extended its maintenance contract with Mears Group.
Bouygues Energies & Services and energy company SSE Enterprise are teaming up to deliver a range of services for the county council.
The grounds maintenance and landscape specialist has been awarded a contract with the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.
Mitie has been appointed as a supplier on the Crown Commercial Service agreement for Covid community testing sites.
Manchester City Council has appointed the company on a three-year repairs and maintenance contract.
The east of England council has appointed Wates on a housing services deal worth £45m.
Sandwell Council has awarded the company a new four-year hard services contract.
Daventry Norse has been renamed West Northamptonshire Norse ahead of the county’s reorganisation of local government.
The waste management specialist has won a three-year contract extension with the City of Edinburgh.
The Winchester City Council contract includes a strategy focusing on lower emission vehicles and new services.
Samsic UK has been appointed to provide security services for Charnwood Borough Council in Leicestershire.
The Welsh Government is to strengthen legislation to ensure workplaces and shops are safer, as pandemic conditions persist.
North East Lincolnshire Council has extended its long-standing partnership with ENGIE following the award of a new three-year contract.
West Lindsey District Council has extended its grounds maintenance contract with Tivoli for a further year.
A new three-year contract covers hard services for over 200 sites.
Procurement organisation and social enterprise Fusion21 has announced the launch of its national Workplace & Facilities Framework. It is now inviting bids from interested suppliers.
South Somerset District Council has contracted ENGIE to develop a net zero carbon roadmap.
Veolia has been appointed by Bedford Borough and Central Bedfordshire Councils on a waste management deal.
Exeter City Council has awarded the company an integrated asset management contract covering repairs and refurbishment services.
The facilities services provider has launched a joint venture with Derbyshire County Council to provide services to over 450 sites.
Buckinghamshire Council has confirmed its decision on a waste management services contract that begins this week.
The services provider has emerged from a tender exercise with a new eight-year waste and recycling contract.
Wates Living Space has started a 10-year contract for Crawley Borough Council, deploying virtual and social distancing mobilisation measures.
August sees the start of a new contract for the social housing specialist with Hammersmith and Fulham Council.
Wates Facilities Management has been appointed to the four-year Constructing West Midlands Framework.
New CBI research suggests that progress on embedding social value in government contracts is being slowed by confusion around definitions and application.
Hammersmith and Fulham Council has awarded United Living Property Services a repairs and maintenance contract worth in excess of £20m.
Anglesey has awarded a new £40m waste collection and cleansing contract to Biffa.
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.
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.
April saw a 66% in new public sector contract opportunities compared to February according to Tussell, the market intelligence firm.
The borough council has created its own company, which is already on the job providing waste and recycling services.
The coronavirus epidemic has produced a wide range of impacts on companies and contracts, including a three-month delay in change in Barnsley.
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.
The hard services specialist has won a multi-site repairs, maintenance and minor works contract with Worcester City Council.
Graham has secured a legionella management services contract with Northern Ireland's Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council.
Wates Living Space has been appointed on a new repairs and maintenance contract by Barnsley Council.
The company has renewed its 16-year relationship with Lancaster Gas Partnership, with a deal that runs through to 31 March 2022.
Crawley Borough Council has appointed two contractors to manage the maintenance of council homes.
Tamworth Borough Council has awarded new contracts worth more than £100m for the improvement, repair and maintenance of more than 4,200 council houses.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Richmond Council confirms the award of a 10-year waste and recycling collection contract to Serco.
ENGIE has launched a high-profile new carbon-reduction district energy centre in partnership with Newcastle City Council.
North Lanarkshire Council has added three years to an existing highways maintenance and management contract.
The nationwide waste services provider has been awarded a new contract by Cornwall Council.
Over 2000 buyers awarded more than 45,000 contracts adding up to £93bn in total value, according to public sector specialists Tussell.
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.
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.
YPO, the UK's largest publicly owned buying organisation, has delivered £7.8m in dividends to its 13 local authority owners.
The council has introduced policies designed to target SMEs for the delivery of facilities management, construction and support services across its estate.
The energy and services specialist has been appointed to handle repairs and maintenance for almost 10,000 homes.
More news from the public sector service provider market as North Yorkshire Education Service grows through acquisition.
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.
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.
Following lengthy discussion, Norwich City Council is moving to break up its joint venture with Norse Group.
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.
The energy and services group has been announced as the preferred bidder for two new contracts with Milton Keynes Council.
Tower Hamlets Council has awarded a four-year refurbishment works contract to the group's Living Space division.
Tussell, the public sector procurement advisor, reports that central government's 'Strategic Suppliers' will be earning £10bn over the 2018/19 contract year.
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.
Portsmouth City Council has appointed the property services advisor to provide a range of management services at Lakeside North Harbour.
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.
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.
The Portsmouth-based property services company has been awarded a planned and reactive building maintenance contract by Horsham District Council.
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 has extended its housing repairs and maintenance contract with the city for a further two years.
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 Borough Council has appointed Robinsons Facilities Services to look after more than 60 public buildings, including a number of key landmarks.
With a two-year contract extension agreed, Skanska will continue to provide total facilities management services for Kent County Council.
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.
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.
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.
East Devon District Council has appointed the property services group to maintain its 4,200 council homes over a 10-year contract period.
UK local authorities awarded outsourcing contracts worth £20bn over the three-year period 2016 to 2018. The biggest spend area was FM.
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.
The services group has been awarded a 10-year contract with Ashford Borough Council worth £25m.
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 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 UK has been awarded a 10-school hard FM contract by Liverpool City Council.
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.
The support services group has secured two contract renewals, each covering a range of hygiene and washroom services across multiple sites.
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 Living Space is set to commence repairs and maintenance for 7,000 homes on behalf Hammersmith & Fulham Council.
The hard services specialist, best known for its relationship with Sainsbury's, has been awarded a seven-year deal by Central Bedfordshire Council.
Bouygues Energies & Services has worked with Brent Borough Council to transform their street lighting, completing a 12-month investment programme in January.
Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council has awarded a four-year contract to Vinci Facilities covering improvement works to its social housing estates.
The London local authority's cabinet has given the go-ahead for cleaning of council estates to be done directly by council staff.
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.
The support services group has been awarded a three-year cleaning contract for the London Borough of Barnet.
An annual review from public procurement analyst Tussell also highlights some key trends for the future.
Surrey Heath Borough Council has awarded its five-year grounds maintenance contract to Sodexo.
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'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.
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.
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.
Cordia, Glasgow City Council's arm's-length services business, has been wound up, with all staff and services brought in-house.
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 government's appetite for outsourcing to the private sector is declining, according to research from the independent think-tank New Local Government Network.
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.
London's Barnet Council has appointed Wates Living Space to handle maintenance services for 98 buildings.
Public sector outsourcing spend increased sharply in the first six months of 2018 despite a backdrop of Brexit uncertainty.
Middlesbrough Council has partnered with Durham County Council to see off stiff competition for a five-year pest control deal.
Robertson FM has secured a 12-month contract following the collapse of the council's previous service provider.
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.
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.
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.
The council is considering undertaking a review of its wide-ranging, long-term outsourcing deal which could lead to significant changes.
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.
Tunbridge Wells Borough Council has renewed its contract with Cordant Cleaning for a further three years and extended the remit to include additional services.
London's Southwark Council has awarded a two-year contract extension worth over £10m to its TFM provider.
Interserve has been appointed as the single principal supply chain partner for a force-wide security services framework at West Yorkshire Police.
Norse Group has appointed Nick Drake as operations director for the group's recently formed partnership with Daventry District Council.
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.
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.
In-house maintenance teams, once common at large public sector organisations, are rapidly becoming a thing of the past.
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.
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.
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.
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 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 Security Services has won the contract to provide security at The Hive in Worcester, Europe's first joint public and university library.
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 Council has confirmed a long-term extension of the environmental services contract that covers four south London local authorities.
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.
The London Borough of Richmond upon Thames has signed a deal with project and FM business Concerto.
Kier Workplace Services has been awarded two new FM contracts in the Welsh region worth a total of £5.5m.
The City of London Corporation has awarded an extensive high-level cleaning services contract to Skanska, building on a successful existing collaboration.
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.
The London Borough of Lambeth has extended the TFM deal for a further two years, adding about £12m to the total contract value.
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 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 Commercial Services has sealed a 10-year, £50m deal with Daventry District Council, creating Daventry Norse.
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's Leisure division has secured a five-year extension to its contract with Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council to manage three major sites.
Warwickshire County Council has set up its first trading company, and put it in charge of the school meals service across its estate.
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 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.
Simpler rules regulating how councils buy goods and services after Brexit could boost local growth and create jobs, the Local Government Association says.
The Fareham-based hard services specialist has won a "substantial" maintenance contract covering multiple sites for Hampshire County Council.
Medway Council has awarded a four-year schools cleaning contract to Norse Commercial Services.
Oxfordshire County Council and Carillion have agreed to an early end for part of a 10-year property and facilities management services contract.
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 secured a seven-year extension to its environmental services contract with Selby District Council.
Perth & Kinross Council has awarded a three-year contract covering more than 200 buildings to Robertson FM.
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.
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's Living Places business has increased the scope of a contract with Southampton City Council, taking on additional responsibility for CCTV systems.
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 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'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.
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 County Council has awarded a new three-year contract to the schools catering specialist.
Hampshire's Rushmoor Borough Council has awarded a long-term environmental services contract to Serco.
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.
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.
Portsmouth City Council has awarded a five-year reactive repairs and building maintenance deal to the maintenance services specialist.
Lewisham Council has awarded a three-year multi-site hard FM contract to Kier.
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 Services has been awarded a five-year cleaning contract by Wiltshire Council, building on an existing relationship.
The building maintenance specialist has won a four-year contract to deliver day-to-day services for Isle of Wight Council.
Amey has been named the preferred supplier for a 10-year waste and recycling services contract covering four local authorities.
Aberdeenshire Council reports that it has awarded a property and facilities maintenance contract with 'a strong community focus' to FES FM.
Bouygues Energies & Services has won a three-year total facilities management contract at the Local Government Association's headquarters in London.
The Nottinghamshire County Council jv, responsible for a £200m projects and services programme, is getting its first Managing Director.
Serco's Environmental Services business has recently been awarded three contract extensions and one new contract, in total valued at over £45m.
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 has been awarded a 10-year total facilities and property management contract by Wakefield Council.
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.
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.
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.
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 has emerged from a competitive battle to secure a 10-year greenspace management contract with Arun District Council in West Sussex.
ENGIE has landed a 10-year multi-service contract with Wakefield Council.
Leeds City Council has appointed the critical environment specialist to provide support for its data centres in and around the city centre.
The group's facilities management business has been awarded a four-year contract with Southwark Council worth £32m.
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 Facilities Management has won a two-year contract with East Renfrewshire Council to supply electrical maintenance services across the region.
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 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.
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.
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.
The building support services company has been awarded a five-year hard services contract with Croydon Council.
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.
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.
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.
The Northern Ireland Civil Estate has awarded G4S FM a two-year contract to deliver FM services at more than 200 of its locations.
Aberdeenshire Council, one of Scotland's largest councils, has awarded a three-plus-two energy services contract to ISS.
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.
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.
Wiltshire Council has added water hygiene monitoring to its existing cleaning services contract with Churchill.
The local government outsourcing market saw substantial growth in 2015, with the total value of contracts signed by councils up 23% year-on-year.
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.
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 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.
Following the successful delivery of a three-year hard services contract, Cornwall County Council has awarded a one-year extension to Lorne Stewart Facilities.
Flexible contracts, greater innovation and collaborative risk management are among commercial behaviours the public sector should adopt, the CBI says.
Somerset County Council has decided to exit the Southwest One outsourcing contract early, taking all its services back in-house.
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.
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 Inviron has been awarded preferred contractor status on a framework agreement for Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire County Councils.
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.
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.
The BPO specialist will take on a range of support services, including facilities management, beginning next January.
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.
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 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 Council is terminating a 15-year multi-service deal with Serco four years early.
The London Borough of Hounslow has renewed its relationship with its cleaning services provider with the award of a new three-year contract.
Cofely has been awarded a five-year contract by Harrow Council to deliver a range of facilities and energy efficiency services.
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.
More than £450m has been saved by councils sharing services, new research from the Local Government Association reveals.
Elmbridge Borough Council has awarded an M&E contract to Optimum Group Services.
Gateshead Council has extended its home repairs and maintenance contract with Mears for a further two years.
Somerset County Council has appointed Skanska to deliver hard FM services at 500 sites across the county.
The support services group has won a 15-year contract with Birmingham City Council to manage nine leisure centres.
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.
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 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.
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.
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 Services' housing maintenance business has won a five-year extension to its existing repairs and maintenance contract with Barnsley 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 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.
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.
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.
Lincolnshire County Council's new five-year property and facilities services contract with its joint venture providers has been signed by all parties.
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 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.
Amey's new five-year contract with Kent County Council will span a range of services delivered to 120 buildings.
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.
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 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 has been awarded a £10m TFM contract with Camden Council in London.
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.
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.
Exeter City Council has awarded a four-year, £3.7m maintenance contract to property services provider Ian Williams.
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.
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 Waste Solutions has signed a four-year deal with Norfolk County Council to supply waste collection services to its entire estate.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Lincolnshire County Council has selected a new joint venture company established by Vinci Facilities and Mouchel Ltd as preferred supplier of property-related services.
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.
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.
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.
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 has added another to its growing portfolio of joint venture companies with the formation of Newport Norse.
Galliford Try has reached financial close with Kent County Council on the 25-year, £100m Excellent Homes for All scheme.
The London Borough of Barnet has appointed OCS to install and monitor a wireless CCTV system across the town centre.
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, 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.
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.
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.
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.
The Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames has awarded Mitie a new property management contract under the borough's Better Homes programme.
Wakefield Council has shortlisted five potential partners for a new contract covering delivery of property, buildings and facilities services, including cleaning and catering.
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.
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 Facilities has secured a year's extension to its multi-service contract with the Welsh government.
Wakefield Council has appointed relocation specialist Harrow Green for a two-year term following a competitive tender process through the Pro 5 framework agreement.
The Devon Norse services partnership has been awarded more business with Devon County Council.
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, 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.
Vivark, the social enterprise FM business, has secured a gas and winter boiler contract with Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council.
The London Borough of Sutton has awarded a seven-year multi-services contract to Mitie.
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’s tri-borough councils have signed up to capitalEsourcing, a new platform that hosts tender information and contract bidding.
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.
Barrow Borough Council has re-appointed Integral UK to provide mechanical maintenance services for their corporate buildings across the Furness region.
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.
The construction group has added another schools build and manage contract to its portfolio.
The construction group has been appointed preferred bidder by Kent County Council on a multi-site build and maintain housing contract.
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 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 County Council has published an OJEU notice inviting FM service providers to compete for a wide-ranging contract valued at up to £100m.
Vivark, the social enterprise FM services provider, has landed a contract with Knowsley Council worth in excess of £800,000 over two years.
Kier Services has been selected as preferred bidder for a £100m repairs and maintenance contract to be awarded by Sheffield City Council.
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.
The support services group has been awarded a 10-year £177m contract with Hammersmith & Fulham Council to carry out housing repairs and maintenance.
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.
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.
Eighteen local authorities are to share £6.9m in new funding for the development of 'cutting edge' shared service projects.
The Portsmouth-based construction and maintenance services provider has secured a four-year deal with Ealing Borough Council.
The North London Waste Authority has decided to end a procurement process for long-term waste management services.
The Unity Partnership, a joint venture between Oldham Council and infrastructure services specialist Mouchel, has been renewed with 'significant changes'.
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.
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.
Looking for public sector contracts? Nicola Bramwell explores some of the common pitfalls for bidders and offers advice on ways to avoid them.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
As the post-Olympics row about public sector outsourcing simmers on, Sodexo's Phil Hooper calls for balanced thinking.