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Sescom looks to grow across Europe

The Polish FM company that bought into the UK market last year has a new investor.

Circular economy: M&A points to growth

Like FM, the circular economy sector has been a busy place for M&A deals as investors see a bright future.

Good half-year figures for Compass

Europe is looking particularly strong, the group says.

Veolia placed on NHS Scotland framework 

New framework enables health boards to access compliant and comprehensive general waste and recycling services.

HSS Hire launches new service for FM

HSS ProService aims to reshape the way FM businesses buy and hire equipment and materials.

Orbis Protect acquires Vigilance Properties

Acquisition of the specialist technology-enabled security services company will expand the offer to customers.

Veganuary works

New study shows the seasonal initiative in workplace restaurants can boost plant-based choices over a full year.

BSIA updates cyber exposure COP

The British Security Industry Association code of practice focuses on the design, testing and manufacture of safety and security products.

Ranger buys again to extend offer

The investor-backed Ranger Fire and Security has announced its latest acquisition.

ISS hails promising start to the year

Total revenue and organic growth both up in Q1 2024 for the facilities services group.

Third acquisition for Environmental Essentials

The asbestos service provider’s ambitious buy-and-build growth strategy continues at pace.

Amulet trialling transport safety service

The security business is partnering with several boroughs in Essex on a 15-month pilot project.

Raikes leaves Vinci FM

Long-serving managing director Tony Raikes has retired.

EMCOR launches Carbon Transformation solution

The new service offer comes in response to evolving market trends and customer needs, the company says.

Compass completes acquisition of CH&CO

Bringing in a new portfolio of brands results in a “broad and exciting client proposition”, the buyer says.

Property company targets 1m sq ft of flexspace

The London-based developer/landlord GPE plans to double its existing portfolio.

ISS secures place on CCS framework

The Mediclean division is listed on four lots under the RM6331 Healthcare Soft FM Framework.

New Master at Worshipful Company of Environmental Cleaners

The Company has announced the installation of Lorraine Larman as its new Master.

NHS Exemplar status for Southern Health Trust

Medirest has supported the Trust in achieving Exemplar status for outstanding cleaning services at four sites.

CCS place for Sodexo

The Health & Care division has been named on the Healthcare Soft Facilities Management Services framework.

Flexspace: faith in the future

One of the UK’s major property developers/owners has committed to converting 20% of its office portfolio to flexible space.

Apleona in second Irish buy

The Germany-headquartered group says it is now the number one self-delivery provider in Ireland.

Q1 rebound for outsourcing in Europe

Business services and IT both up after four quarters of decline.

Change at the top for SWG

Gary Watkins, long-serving CEO at Service Works Global, is to leave that role in May.

FY24: we are pleased, says Mitie CEO

The facilities management group is reporting record revenue of at least £4,500m.

Demand for analytics and optimisation driving controls market

The global building automation and control systems market grew by nearly 6% in 2023.

CCS updates on the Procurement Act 2023

The Crown Commercial Service has compiled advice ahead of the expected autumn implementation.

EMCOR offers insights for FM success

EMCOR UK has published a strategic guide setting out advice and insights under key headings for the industry.

ISS completes sale of French business

A deal has been struck with Onet SA, an international services group headquartered in Marseille.

Bidvest Noonan launches Dynamic Workplace

New intelligence-driven service solution employs cutting-edge sensor-based technology.

Graham appointed to decarbonisation framework

New Pagabo Healthcare Decarbonisation Framework is worth about £1.6bn.

OCS in pest control buy

The group continues on its growth track with the acquisition of Norfolk-based Abate Pest Management Services.

Axil marks six years of growth

The waste management company is reporting a 570% surge in growth with turnover hitting £34m.

Cleanology CEO to lead on Living Wage

Dominic Ponniah has been elected co-chair of the Living Wage Foundation’s Recognised Service Provider Leadership Group.

Keysource acquires GDM Building Consultants

GDM brings M&E, sustainability and FM expertise to the data centre specialist.

Advantos acquires United FM

The acquisitions platform for the M&E and FM sectors has added a fourth business to its group.

OCS targets £15k for charities

The FM group is in the midst of a challenge to raise money for the London Youth Rowing Club and the OCS Foundation.

CIWM launches circular economy fund

The fund will help to fast-track innovators on the road to growth.

Vacherin targets food waste

The workplace caterer has launched a chef-focused sustainability initiative aimed at reducing waste.

Diamond launches major works division

The Birmingham-based support services business responds to client demand and its own growth plans.

ISS partners with Olio

The new partnership focuses on fighting hunger and food waste.

New investment for growth at Mecsia

Additional backing will support the next phase of development for the technical inspection and maintenance services group.

Envirotech expands in Ireland

The FM business has opened an office in Dublin in pursuit of continued growth.

Ranger Fire & Security buys Synchro

A month after its own launch the business has already made its third acquisition.

Atlas acquires cleaning provider

The acquisitive FM company has added the Tudor Group to its family of businesses.

Edwin James plans growth

The Glasgow-headquartered hard services group has announced it is firmly on the acquisition trail.

Mitie added to CCS soft services framework

The Crown Commercial Service Healthcare Soft Facilities Management Framework agreement runs for three years with an option to extend for one more.

Tango buys Locatee

Workplace analytics sector continues to consolidate as software group buys solutions provider.

NHS estate: action needed

Health and care leaders are calling for the next government to boost investment to repair and update dilapidated buildings.

The future of cleaning

Two industry bodies and a university are set to explore innovation in the UK cleaning sector.

Serco: strong ’23 and positive outlook for ‘24

The government services specialist is reporting another year of growth in revenue and profit.

Nurture expands in Scotland

Another buy for the acquisitive grounds group strengthens its operations north of the border.

Kingdom acquires recruitment business

The facilities services group has increased its activity in recruitment with the latest acquisition.

EMCOR UK bolsters executive team

A newly created decision-making group will drive the strategy and vision of the business.

ISS reports solid performance for 2023

The group is on the way to realising its full potential, says CEO.

Entegra in CCS success

The Sodexo procurement solutions business has been named to a key public sector agreement.

Mitie launches podcast 

A six-episode series will look at the transformation of FM as it adapts to new customer demands and new ways of working.

100 named to £3.2bn framework

The agreement covers planned and responsive installation, servicing, repairs and maintenance works.

OCS named for CCS framework

OCS has been awarded a place on the Crown Commercial Service framework for RM6331 Healthcare Soft Facilities Management Services.

Council plans ‘hybrid model’ for service delivery

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

Nurture completes 45th acquisition

Nurture Group has bought the Birmingham-based Midland Pest Control Ltd, strengthening its presence across the region. 

£9m injection for SJA Group

Kent-headquartered integrated property services provider attracts new investment from Key Capital Partners.

Amey and MRI to launch ‘first of its kind’ software

The new technology platform will revolutionise the way public sector clients manage their workplaces, they say.

Compass reports strong start to the year

The Compass Group is reporting double-digit organic growth for Q1 FY24.

Reconomy launches tech hub in Romania

RecoTek, opened in Bucharest, is the next step in its growth strategy, says the circular economy specialist.

CBRE set to buy public sector services provider

A $1bn deal will see the US-headquartered specialist join the property services group.

BCO defines new research programme

The British Council for Offices hopes its new agenda will guide and inspire the office sector amid disruption.

Unprecedented demand for data centres

Demand for data, storage and the development of AI are driving the need for more sites and more energy.

Atlas unveils workplace services division

Andrew Lunt is named as the new division’s managing director.

Workplace Futures delegate lists: don’t believe it

We are aware again this year that ‘delegate lists’ are being offered for sale. This is a scam.

Codifying standards for building services

Initiative comes as part of wider industry and government efforts to raise the bar on individual competence.

Spotless buys Norwich-based cleaner

The ambitious East Lothian-headquartered company has further extended its footprint in England.

Mitie boasts record quarterly revenue

The group’s third quarter report shows a 14% year on year jump.

Right FM launches

Into the busy and diverse FM marketplace comes a new London-headquartered service provider.

Polyteck secures place on £346m framework

Construction and facilities management company is one of the 70 suppliers for Fusion21’s Building Improvements Framework.

Compass has CH&CO in its sights

The UK’s largest food and support services business has agreed to acquire the growing independent, subject to regulatory approval.

Bellrock buys mobile data collection specialist

Mobiess Ltd is the group’s second acquisition announced this month.

NHS Property Services hails £45.9m in cost efficiencies

Annual report cites support for patients, prioritisation of customer care and drive for sustainable services. 

Bolton to bring services back in-house

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

Bellrock buys property specialist

The property and FM group's latest acquisition will boost its project management and consulting services.

Bouygues E&S rebrands as Equans

With the integration process underway for some months, January marks a rebrand for Bouygues Energies & Services in the UK.

Veganuary success

Sodexo is reporting another year-on-year increase in the consumption of meat-free meals.

Celnor takes majority stake in Assurity Consulting

The growth and consolidation trend in the compliance sector continues.

CIWM acquires Circular Economy Institute

The move aims to push responsible resource management up the agenda, with increased professional support.

Ground Control secures net zero targets approval

Commitment to reach net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2038 has been validated by SBTi.

HqO buys to grow

The real estate experience platform has acquired the Symbiosy portfolio of smart building solutions.

Edwin James buys to grow

The Glasgow-headquartered hard services group has acquired Automated Control Solutions Holdings and its subsidiaries.

Sodexo sees strong organic revenue growth

The group is also reporting high single-digit underlying growth in all regions for Q1 FY24.

Clearway buys German security business

The London-based security services group has moved to extend its European operations.

Reconomy extends role at Wolves

A relationship that dates back over 25 years has been extended through the 2023/24 season.

New chair for Flexible Space Association

Andrea Kolokasi now chairs the flexible workspace providers group.

SUEZ in second acquisition

The recycling and waste management group closed out 2023 with news that it had bought Luton-based F&R Cawley Ltd.

Sodexo Live!: frictionless store for Brighton & Hove Albion

Building on a relationship launched in 2013, the venue partner says this will further enhance the experience for fans and guests.

Seriös about growth

Technology consultancy Seriös Group is aiming to treble its workforce following a six-figure investment.

NHS maintenance backlog soars

New figures show the cost of running the health service estate, but the big worry is maintenance.

The year in FM: 2023 news review

Our annual round-up of the key events in UK facilities management over the past 12 months is online now.

SBFM marks ‘unprecedented year of growth’

The Leeds-based soft services company has won recognition from multiple organisations during the year.

Serco reports strong 2023

Good performance in the second half produces better then expected full year results.

Strategic suppliers see revenue slip

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

OCS buys to bolster security business

The latest acquisition is Profile Security Services, a top 20 firm with offices across the UK.

Landsec names FM partners

The property investment and development group has unveiled a new retail operating model which includes more direct involvement in service delivery.

DIO contracts get bigger

New sites have been added to the hard FM contracts awarded in 2021.

Danhouse launches security information platform

London-headquartered Danhouse Security says its new hub is designed to help rapidly implement and manage key service functions.

ABM moves on growth plans

Two senior appointments and new London offices for the services provider.

Equans named on new CCS framework

The RM6280 Postal Services and Solutions Framework provides the public sector with a range of services.

ESS teams up with Olio to cut food waste

The Compass business is partnering with the community sharing app to redistribute surplus food to local communities.

NIC Group acquires training provider

Worldweaver Training and Development is now a part of the facilities services group.

New investor for Pareto

Private investment group takes a controlling interest to back further growth and development.

Elior Group now ‘stronger and more agile’

Full-year figures post-acquisition show a solid uplift in revenue and a return to profitability.

Mitie on track to hit targets

Interim results show double-digit growth in revenue and operating profit.

Amey aims to drive net zero across the NHS

The firm has secured a place on the recently announced transport infrastructure framework.

Cushman & Wakefield to embed AI across operations

The property services group becomes the latest to roll out artificial intelligence to enhance client and employee outcomes.

Sustainable transport framework for the NHS

NHS Shared Business Services has launched a new agreement designed to help achieve net zero emissions ambitions.

Business is in great shape, says Compass CEO

That’s operationally and financially, and it is well positioned for a more focused growth phase.

Datore launches Analytics as a Service

The data services provider specialising in the built environment aims to help all organisations to harness data “like a large enterprise”.

Mitie opens Facilities Transformation Hub

The Hub showcases a range of cutting-edge technologies being used to drive change.

Avrenim reports project wins of over £3.6m

The Liverpool-based FM services provider says it’s had a good Q3, following a good start to the year.

New framework place for Richard Irvin

The hard services provider has been appointed to the Scotland Excel Property Maintenance and Refurbishment Framework.

IWFM signs Armed Forces Covenant

The Institute is backing the promise to active personnel, veterans and their families that they will be treated fairly.

WeWork acts to stave off collapse

It's been quite a ride, but now it's come to bankruptcy protection for the flexspace provider.

Compliance Group grows with ARA buy

The specialised water treatment services provider has become the latest business to join the group.

Mitie grows fire and security expertise

The FM company has announced the acquisition of GBE Converge Group.

Diamond shines in challenging market

Birmingham-based Diamond Facilities Support is reporting a record period for new business.

Macro is back

A management buy-out at Mace Group sees the return of a past name to the FM scene.

ISS reports Q3 growth

In a new trading update the group cites continued strong organic growth and strengthened focus on the execution of the OneISS strategy.

Carlisle marks 23 years at Tottenham

Carlisle Support Services is celebrating a relationship with Tottenham Hotspur that spans more than two decades.

Bellrock reports Concerto success

The property services group’s CAFM and IWMS platform is marking a period of record-setting double-digit growth.

Sodexo ahead of guidance

The group says its post-Covid momentum is continuing to deliver good results.

Real Living Wage increase confirmed

Over 460,000 people working for 14,000 employers throughout the country are set for a cost-of-living pay boost.

Clearway buys to grow

The London-headquartered security services provider has acquired Secure Empty Property Limited.

Grazing puts on £8m

The delivered-in office and venue catering specialist has won a series of new contracts.

OCS buys critical FM specialist

In its first post-merger move, the group has acquired Surrey-headquartered Accuro.

Mitie reveals three-year plan

Covering the period FY25 - FY27, the theme is ‘from facilities management to facilities transformation’.

Carillion: KPMG fined £21m

Auditors penalised for performance prior to the group’s collapse in 2018.

Safety and compliance framework launches

Consultancies and contractors named for a £135m framework to deliver life safety and maintenance for the public sector.

Good H1 sees Mitie upgrade forecast

Confidence in its performance leads to increase in FY24 expectation for operating profit.

Mitie buys waste specialist

Cliniwaste is a specialist in treating plastic waste generated by the NHS and pharmaceutical manufacturers.

Apleona buys into predictive maintenance specialist

The Germany-headquartered FM group has acquired a stake in the Irish predictive maintenance business Eastway.

Entegra backs responsible procurement plan

The Sodexo procurement specialist has joined forces with leading hospitality companies to launch a new industry initiative.

Ex Carillion CEO disqualified

The saga rolls on, with former CEO Richard Howson now being disqualified as a director for eight years.

Precision buys security business

The acquisition of Red Dot Security significantly extends self-delivery capacity.

FRG buys ISC

First Response Group says acquisition of the events and stadia security management firm will fuel growth.

Anabas launches new Welcome service

Anabas Welcome is a front-of-house, guest services and lifestyle brand that responds to surging customer demand.

Two acquisitions for Atlas

Atlas FM has increased its reach with buys in Scotland and southern England.

SUEZ expands with DCW buy

SUEZ recycling and recovery UK has acquired Devon Contract Waste, a southwest-based independent recycling and waste management company.

CIBSE Guide M revised

New edition of the ‘maintenance bible’ sets out the technological and legislative developments that will impact FMs, designers and building owners.

Sodexo’s AiP business launches Kitcheneers

Education caterer Alliance in Partnership sets out to reimagine school food and dining rooms.

Momentum Group triples turnover

The North West-based property services company has hit £7.5m in its fifth year, up from £2.5m in its first 12 months.

Action-packed summer for Sodexo Live!

This summer the business delivered memorable food and hospitality experiences more than 2.6m customers.

ABM collaborates with Disability Rights UK

The focus is on developing and certifying new induction materials for its Persons with Reduced Mobility team members.

Pareto confirms expansion

The FM business reports it is now operating in Europe and North America.

Network Rail frameworks for Amey

Amey has been appointed to agreements that span the rail infrastructure group’s North West & Central regions. 

Wates lands Procure framework place

The framework will see public sector bodies procuring contractors for a wide range of projects.

Lancer Scott restructures

The Bristol-based construction and FM company reorganises in response to growth.

Barnet Hospital achieves triple exemplar status

Portering, catering and cleaning services at the hospital have been recognised as NHS exemplars.

NJC bringing robotics to window cleaning

The firm has teamed up with a Dutch specialist to bring a new solution to the UK and Ireland.

14forty marks 10th anniversary

The FM business has relaunched its brand as it moves into its second decade of operating.

Companies see security threats increasing

Almost 9 in 10 UK chief security officers anticipate an increase in physical security threats over the next 12 months.

Sodexo revamps offshore services

Sodexo Energy & Resources has reworked its offer to provide a best-in-class experience for offshore workers.

Mitie buys Spanish security business

The FM services company has extended its operations in Spain with the acquisition of Biservicus Group.

NG Bailey secures framework place

The engineering and services business has been appointed to the £8bn Procure Partnerships National Framework.

ISS: Benison to leave UK&I for group role

Liz Benison, ISS UK&I CEO since 2021, has been appointed chief people & transformation officer at group level.

Surrey hospital named exemplar

Royal Surrey County Hospital have been awarded the first NHS Exemplar status for outstanding portering services.

£346m improvements framework open

Social enterprise Fusion21 has announced the renewal of its national Building Improvements Framework.

AWA expands into India

The workplace consultancy is opening its first hub in the country in recognition of India’s status as an economic powerhouse.

Mitie acquires engineering firm

JCA Engineering, based in Stevenage, is a critical environment project designer and principal contractor.

Apleona buys technical FM provider

The Germany headquartered company has acquired Royston-based JCW Group Limited.

Cleaning apprenticeship approved

Proposals for an apprenticeship standard for the cleaning and hygiene industry have been approved.

Landmarc reaffirms commitment to SSAFA

The services provider pledges support for the duration of its latest seven-year contract.

Contract catering: Q2 sales up

Sales in the second quarter of 2023 finished 18.5% above the same period in 2022, but costs are an issue.

Engineering services: rising demand, skills shortages

Concern is growing in the building services engineering sector about labour shortages amid a continuing economic squeeze.

Building services: taking the message to schools

New initiative in Wales will introduce students to the building services industry with a view to tackling the skills gap.

Graham appointed on DfE pilot programme

Graham Asset Management will install low-carbon heating solutions and improve the fabric of selected Cheshire schools.

CH&CO grows education business

The independent catering group has extended its reach with the acquisition of education specialist Pabulum. 

Cleanology launches third fundraiser

The beneficiary will once again be the charity The Hygiene Bank.

Suppliers announced for M&E framework

Procurement services group Pagabo has confirmed the 47 suppliers appointed to a new £545m framework agreement.

Arcus acquires Trios Group

The move adds to its mobile engineering, technology and project delivery strength, Arcus says.

Eric Wright on NHS SBS framework

Eric Wright Partnerships has been appointed to a new NHS healthcare planning framework.

Social housing frameworks live

Frameworx, the not-for-profit procurement organisation, has announced another round of new frameworks for a range of services.

ISS upgrades outlook, plans to cut French business

Against positive results for the first half of the year, the group has announced plans to retain only the key accounts business in France.

FM M&A: still strong

The facilities management sector continues to defy a global M&A downturn.

RSK sets out big plans for the future

The ambitious sustainable solutions business intends to quadruple its turnover to more than £5bn in 2030.

Serco ‘making good progress’

Half-year results for the public services specialist show figures up on all key measures.

King's planning to in-source FM

King’s College London has announced the decision to in-source services at two key sites.

Compliance Group confirms second buy

It’s water and air this time, following June’s move in the fire sector.

Mitie expands electrical engineering capabilities

The group is welcoming the former G2 energy team into its business.

CH&CO adds Blue Apple to its portfolio

The independent catering group has brought onboard another workplace specialist.

Peacock adds colour to asset management group

Asset management solutions provider BPD Zenith has acquired Peacock Engineering Limited.

Equans earns second gold

Equans has been awarded a gold EcoVadis medal for the second year running.

Commercial property: good news and bad

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors Q2 UK Commercial Property Monitor is reporting a renewed downturn in the market.

Swindon extends Amey partnership

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

BigChange marks ‘record breaking’ first half

Leeds-based job management software provider celebrating its best ever six months for customer acquisition and contract wins.

Good start to the year for Mitie

The facilities management group is reporting good figures for what is traditionally its lowest revenue quarter.

Strong organic growth continues at Compass

Group revenue was up 15% for the third quarter overall, 17% in Europe.

OCS team pioneers MudCam

New system addresses legislative and safety concerns for construction sites and mitigates the multi-million-pound risks of site shutdowns.

Bidvest Noonan buys in NI

Acquisition of Robinson Services and its specialist security business Sword Security boost the group’s position in Northern Ireland.

Sodexo slashes waste at Oasis academies

Since 1 September 2022 WasteWatch has reduced food waste by 43%, the equivalent of 30,249 meals.

Danhouse Security relaunches with new team

The London-based security services provider is pairing a new senior management team with a new purpose.

BCIS offers five-year FM forecast

The cost information advisor sees the market facing restricted budgets as inflation comes down slower than expected and interest rates rise.

Amulet turns five

Churchill Group’s security services business is marking its fifth birthday with news of a 2023 turnover of £60m.

Nearly 20% of office space could be unlettable

Without investment, this stock is unlikely to be fit for purpose in terms of meeting the needs of occupiers and complying with MEES legislation.

Johnson Controls acquires FM:Systems

The acquisition adds complementary cloud-based software-as-a-service workplace management capabilities to the buyer’s existing portfolio.

Second Carillion director disqualified

Richard Adam, the group’s finance director between 2007 and 2016, has been disqualified for 12 and a half years.

EMEA outsourcing bounces back

Europe’s demand for IT and business services reached an all-time high in the second quarter of 2023.

Sustainability: Reconomy cracks £1bn mark

The circular economy specialist has reported record annual turnover of over £1bn in 2022, more than doubling its 2020 figure.

Strong start to 2023 for Lewis & Graves

The Atlas Group cleaning business has secured 11 contract wins in the first half of the year.

Curran named BESA president

Claire Curran, managing director of building services specialists Linaker, has been elected president of the Building Engineering Services Association.

Administrators appointed at J Tomlinson

The Nottingham-based construction to services group has collapsed, with most of its 400 employees facing redundancy.

Integral partners to deliver defibrillators

The hard services specialist is currently installing defibrillator units at 154 train stations.

EV: easy money?

A new report says that commercial landlords could be missing out on a new income source.

Imtech rebrands as Dalkia

The move sees the majority of the technical and energy solution provider’s UK operations adopting the new brand.

London flexible office space: growth market

A new market report shows costs down with space available up significantly.

Merger creates UAE’s largest property & FM operation

A three-way merger will bring more than 1m sqm of commercial space under a single source of management.

Wates joins forces to boost retrofit

Wates has become one of the first members of the National Homes Decarbonisation Group.

Serco reports strong first half

The public sector-focused services group has upgraded guidance for the full year following a good H1.

ESS unveils frictionless store 

The Compass Group business has opened its first fully frictionless store, at the Defence Academy of the United Kingdom.

RICS back in the headlines

And not in a good way, as the entire Standards and Regulation Board resigns.

Accruent and ServiceChannel partner up

The two tech platforms are aiming to deliver a unique integrated real estate and facilities management solution.

Emerging Workplace Leaders new podcast

The community platform for young professionals in FM has launched the premier episode of its new monthly podcast.

Major investment for Halifax FM firm

A £6.5m injection will support growth plans at MSL Property Care Services Ltd.

Mitie launches Midlands hub

The hub provides a base for a key group business, as well as a home for the state-of-the-art Cleaning and Hygiene Centre of Excellence.

Bellrock and Lorne Stewart sign Armed Forces Covenant

FM is a natural home for former members of the armed forces, and the number of service providers pledging support continues to grow.

£1.5m funding milestone for food campaign

The Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation has donated a record amount to FareShare, the food redistribution charity.

Chartwells partners with Feeding Britain

Compass Group’s school and education catering company has teamed up with the food aid charity to help tackle hunger.

Reconomy buys to grow

The circular economy specialist has been on the acquisition trail again.

Compliance Group expands fire division

The multi-disciplinary provider of safety and regulatory compliance services has acquired Alpha Fire Alarms.

Lewis & Graves on CPC framework

The Atlas Group business has secured a position as a supplier on the Crescent Purchasing Consortium framework for cleaning services.

Portico teams up with transACT

A new partnership brings the guest services specialist together with the workplace technology solutions and services provider.

ISS commits to hire 1,000 refugees in Europe

This new pledge builds on the group’s ongoing commitment to hire, train and upskill immigrants and refugees.

Amey claims energy management first

The facilities and asset management services provider has achieved ISO 50001, the international standard for energy management systems. 

Lorne Stewart Facilities boasts good start

The hard services specialist has reported a strong start to 2023, driven by new contract wins and extensions.

Bidvest Noonan: new energy management service

The launch comes in response to rising energy prices driving businesses to search for solutions to control costs.

Kingdom buys to build reach

Kingdom Services Group has acquired two businesses, bringing more than 750 additional staff into its workforce. 

Elior business in 5-year win

Caterplus, specialist in the care and retirement living sector, will provide services for 13 sites in England and Wales.

Croma to sell guarding business

The AIM-listed security services group has signed a conditional agreement to sell as it shifts focus to higher margin businesses.

Mitie passes £4bn mark

The group continues to haul in new and renewal business, cementing its position as the UK’s biggest FM group by some way.

ESS confirms Defence Training Estate role

The Defence infrastructure Organisation‘s recent renewal of the contract sees ESS retain its role as catering services provider.

Tivoli Group to buy Greenfingers Landscape

In the latest move in this busy marketplace, Tivoli has exchanged contracts on a deal that will extend its scale and reach.

CBRE acquires workplace change advisor

The Paris-based workINprogress specialises in workplace strategy and change management services.

DMA named as CCS supplier

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

Investor acquires United Living

The social housing construction to maintenance services company has signed a definitive agreement with US investment group Apollo.

Catering: post-Covid revival continues

Contract caterers’ sales in the first quarter of 2023 finished 30% above the same period in 2022.

Reconomy acquires UK Waste Solutions

This strengthens its position in the commercial waste sector as the biggest technology-enabled resource management provider, Reconomy says.

Labour shortages hitting engineering services

The latest building services industry survey shows the growing impact rising labour shortages are having on businesses in the sector.

London refurbishment at all-time high

The looming spectre of obsolescence has seen a record level of office upgrade projects get underway in the capital.

Growing flexspace group unveils conference plan

The Flexible Space Association, the trade body for the flexible workspace industry, has hit the 1000-location mark.

Planon partners with SAP

The software powerhouses have announced a strategic partnership with the objective of offering companies an integrated solution for real estate and facilities management.

Bidvest Noonan moves on robot technology

The FM services provider is extending its security operations with the deployment of a Boston Dynamics Spot unit.

Pareto reports eighth year of growth

Figures for the year ending September 2022 show a 75% growth in organic turnover to £32m.

Strong start for Liverpool services provider

Liverpool-based FM and project services company Avrenim is reporting new contract wins totalling more than £3.25m in the first quarter of 2023.

Nurture buys East Anglia service provider

The landscape company has completed the acquisition of Norfolk-based CGM Group in a deal that will strengthen the buyer’s presence in the region.

Servo growing fast

The Leeds-based service provider has made several senior appointments to help propel continued growth.

Compass points to strong growth

First-half results lead to upgraded full-year guidance and commitment to an extended share buyback programme.

Principle moves to employee ownership

The cleaning services company is transferring the majority of its shares to its 2,300 employees.

Record flexible occupancy rates

Flexible workspace locations in the UK have hit their highest ever occupancy levels.

Amey in framework success

The facilities management and project services company has secured a place on its sixth public sector framework in under a year.

ISS reports strong start to the year

So strong, in fact, that the facilities services group has upgraded its outlook for organic growth in 2023.

Mitie buys to expand security offer

The group has acquired RH Irving Industrials Ltd, a specialist in security systems design and maintenance.

Mitie Foundation marks 10th anniversary

Funded by Mitie, the Foundation operates independently, with a separate board and management structure.

Equans launches Smartr digital offer

The advanced digital platform will drive efficiencies and help accelerate decarbonisation efforts across the built environment.

Inviron extends Birmingham role

Birmingham City University has appointed Inviron as principal contractor on a new HVAC project.

Atlas Security shortlisted for top award

The security services business is in contention for Security Guarding Company of the Year at the Fire and Security Matters Awards 2023.

Occupier demand: quality over quantity

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors sees the UK property market remaining subdued, but there are signs of optimism too.

Sodexo Live! moves on growth strategy

The group’s dedicated business for sports, events and hospitality has taken full ownership of the STH joint venture.

Polyteck takes stake in managed solutions provider

The construction and facilities management organisation has announced a multi-million-pound investment in MetSpace.

‘Aggressive’ growth plan for Nurture Group

The five-year plan for the grounds services business is underpinned by new investment of £57m.

Pagabo opens £545m M&E framework 

Specialist M&E subcontractors will be appointed to the new framework, which will run for four years. 

Cleanology sees ‘record breaking’ growth

The cleaning services provider has taken on 600 new staff over the past 12 months following a series of contracts wins.

Islands growth for Q3

Q3 Services Channel Islands has acquired Jersey’s Millenium Cleaning Services Limited.

Richard Irvin in second CCS win

The hard services provider has been named as a supplier on Crown Commercial Service’s Housing Maintenance & Management Services DPS.

Mitie looks strong

The group has closed FY23 with revenue up and operating profit ahead of the forecast.

Property and proptech groups to merge

The British Property Federation and the UK PropTech Association will join forces to drive innovation in the property sector.

Polish FM company buys into UK market

Gdansk-headquartered Sescom says the acquisition provides a platform to expand its initial UK operations.

BCC slams government lack of interest

Failure to pursue recommendations for cleaning and hygiene to be made a national priority is ‘arguably reckless’ and ‘inexplicable’.

Richard Irvin FM secures CCS place

The hard services firm has been named as a supplier on the Crown Commercial Service Facilities Management & Workplace Services DPS.

Mitie buys security consultancy

Linx International Group is a risk management consulting business which also provides technical and management training to the security industry.

10 on major works housing deal

L&Q has signed contracts with ten partners on a programme worth up to £300m per year.

Sodexo reports solid H1 results

First half figures are up strongly and organic growth guidance has been upgraded.

Services move in-house at Barnet

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

Pinnacle sells district heating business

Independent infrastructure fund manager DIF Capital Partners is set to take a significant majority stake in the business.

Mace Operate reports strong start to 2023

The specialist facilities management business says it has secured new contracts and retained business across various locations and sectors.

Robertson FM revenue up

Year-end figures show solid growth in turnover despite some challenges for the group.

Major investment for Ecoserv

The cleaning and related services group has secured a £4m asset-based lending facility.

BCC calls for action on lobbying

The British Cleaning Council has thanked the more than 150 industry members who have backed its lobbying campaign and called on more colleagues to get involved.

14forty supports critical refinery shutdown

The facilities management business recently provided support for Essar's Stanlow oil refinery in Ellesmere Port during its vital shutdown event.

Wates reports record turnover

The construction to services group says its record order book will propel further growth, too.

CIWM warns on skills and labour shortage

The professional body for the waste and recycling sector is calling on the government to provide additional support.

EMCOR UK leads on growth and innovation

Market analyst Frost & Sullivan rates the firm as the leader on both scores in the European FM market.

Compass launches Vested contract in US

The food and facilities services group and its client AstraZeneca are taking supplier management ‘to the next level’.

REAMS extends Bouygues partnership

The deal sees the continued provision of engineering advice and asset management technology solutions for FM contracts.

Foodbuy retains NHS supply contract 

Compass Group’s food and beverage procurement company has retained a major contract with NHS Supply Chain.

Demand for security officers ‘soars’

New figures published by the British Security Industry Association indicate that the sector is booming.

Two framework wins for United Living

United Living Property Services has been awarded a place on two National Housing Maintenance Forum frameworks.

SPIE named supplier on CCS framework

SPIE UK will be providing physical, technical and support services for the provision of security services.

Three selected for safetytech sandbox

Balfour Beatty, BAM Nuttall and Heathrow Airport will take part in the world’s first regulatory sandbox for industrial safetytech.

BaxterStorey opens Just Walk Out store

The micro supermarket leverages artificial intelligence to create a checkout-free experience at Amazon’s London headquarters in Shoreditch.

Churchill joins IPS

The soft services group has joined the Infection Prevention Society as a corporate member.

Updated client guide to office fit-outs

The revised guide aims to promote best practice in the fit-out process and to take account of new working practices.

Apleona in major merger move

The Frankfurt-headquartered integrated FM provider has signed a deal that will nearly double its headcount.

CBRE names winners in innovation challenge

The firm’s Global Workplace Solutions business has announced the winners of its annual UK Supplier Innovation Challenge.

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Headquarters, hubquarters and haulovers

From sustainability to skills shortages, the need to work together to overcome some of the key challenges of our time has never been more pressing for organisations operating in the built environment.

Workplace: airing the big issues

Three years on since The Workplace Event was last held face to face, it made its long-awaited return to the Birmingham NEC this month. Craig Peters reports.

The i-FM News Review 2020

This was a year that started like any other, with reports of contract wins, business changes, people moves, as well as the familiar big themes in the marketplace: competition, sustainability, workplace trends.

World FM Day 2020: reports from the frontline

People in FM hold all kinds of roles in all kinds of situations, working these days under considerable pressure. It is inspirational to hear what they do and how. We asked a whole selection to tell us about themselves in their own words.

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.

9 megatrends that every FM provider should know

Economic growth, globalisation, technological development... here are a just some of the megatrends that are shaping the future of FM, analysed by the experts at ISS.

Smaller players with big ambitions

The latest in a series of i-FM features identifying some of the smaller, but growing players in UK FM.

Building innovation on international expertise

Phil Smith offers some advice on moving into, and benefiting from, international partnerships in a fast-changing FM sector.

Small, medium and enterprising

We hear a lot about the big organisations in UK FM. But who are the rising stars and what makes them successful? Fiona Perrin talked to four of the challengers.

Smart technology leads the way for cleaning

In the right environment, complete robotic cleaning could only be a year or two away. Alex Blake looks at the ways smart technology is changing the cleaning industry and calls for benchmarked standards on how it's being used.

Living wills are coming in facilities management

So embrace them now to get ahead of the game, say Derrick Tate and Farah Abou.

Securing the future

Consumer electronics have changed people's expectations and that change is filtering down to slower placed, traditional sectors such as security. So, what should you expect from the security industry asks Derek McLean.

Specialist services: medical equipment safety testing

Bouygues Energies & Services doesn't just look after buildings and the people who work in them. The company has developed some surprising specialisations, too. Simon Hayman turns the spotlight on one of these.

The changing role of FM in universities

Facilities management has become a critical factor for students when choosing their university. We talked to the experts at Bouygues E&S about this.

Can FM be disrupted?

Simon Iatrou examines how the gig economy and new technologies may soon revolutionise FM and other built environment disciplines.

Finding your voice

Simon Iatrou talks to Nicola Lovett, CEO of ENGIE Services, about how her organisation is adapting to the changing landscape of support services.

BIFM: a long and winding road

The latest in our occasional history series looks at the path of the British Institute of Facilities Management, definitely a case of moving forward though with a fair few potholes and switchbacks along the way.

The i-FM News Review 2017

As always in UK FM, it's been a busy year. It has also been a year notable for its mixed messages, with many service providers reporting growth but a significant number of others, including some of the biggest in the business, reporting problems.

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.

Creating Incentives

i-FM looks back through the archives to explore the story behind Incentive FM and its leader Jeremy Waud, one of the FM sector’s most enduring figures.

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.

Apleona: tracking the path from cleaning to FM

Apleona appeared on the UK FM scene in mid 2017. Who is this company with the unusual name and where did they come from?

A quick catch-up with Guy Tucker

In October 2014, i-FM met up with Guy Tucker, Head of Business Development at Arthur McKay, as the Scottish-based hard services specialist was eyeing expansion south of the border.

Sleeping Giant Awakes

Saudi Arabia has the potential to be far and away the largest FM market in the Gulf region. Trends in both the private and public sectors suggest that it is now poised to realise that potential and shed its historic low-cost, low-quality image.

The Success of Trade Shows

Matt Benyon explains why trade shows still have an important role to play in the sales and marketing mix.

The i-FM News Review 2014

The great thing about facilities management is that it is not like waiting for a bus: two or three big stories may occasionally come along together, but almost never are you left standing on the street corner waiting for something interesting to happen.

The Complicated Lineage of SGP

SGP Property & Facilities Management is a fine example of business evolution in the FM marketplace. For all the big names that have always been themselves, there are plenty of others that grew and changed through the busy M&A scene typical of UK FM.

10 Years of Rentokil

Rentokil Initial has been in the news with the £250m sale of its FM business to Interserve, which in a way signals the close of a remarkable and not always comfortable decade of change.

Global FM Makeover

i-FM caught up with Global FM Chairman Duncan Waddell in Australia last week to hear how 'the association for associations' has re-built itself with a clearer focus on goals and outcomes.

A Fresh Look at PHS

The support services group PHS is what you might call 'a solid little business'. And you’d be right: it has been solid, safe, maybe even unexciting; but it is not so little and it does have some new ideas for growth.

The i-FM News Review 2012

Another post-recessionary year, widely summed up by industry observers and financial directors alike with the phrase 'challenging market conditions'.

Middle East Success Story

After Macro International's fifth win of the FM Consultancy of the Year Award in the UAE, Jessica Jarlvi talks to MD Bill Heath.

Joining Forces

In an industry often accused of lacking differentiation, SGP is a company that seems to know exactly what it is about; and it appears to be making a success of it.

Ready for Action

In the three years since Neil Murray's appointment to run Sodexo's corporate FM division, that business has consciously avoided the spotlight. But things have changed now. Why?

Growth Strategy

Maybe it's fate. Highly regarded M&E specialist Norland Managed Services is making a strong move into integrated service delivery. That name choice of 15 years ago looks prescient indeed.

Dealing Direct

The future lies in the hands of service providers who can self-deliver at agreed quality and cost levels, consistently and with a bit of creativity. That's the view from Rob Legge, CEO of Servest.

A Short Shelf Life for Trade Magazines

There's a slow but steady revolution underway in the publishing industry. No one’s quite sure of the timing, but the direction is clear: the internet has changed the rules fundamentally.

i-FM News Review 2010

Despite the lingering effects of recession, this was an eventful year for UK facilities management.

Going for Growth the SGP Way

SGP's decision to buy a series of contracts from the collapsed Jarvis group looked to some like a bold and opportunistic move. Was it?

Reinventing OCS

Martin Gammon said he would wake the 'sleeping giant' when he was named MD for the group's UK business a year ago. Has he delivered?

Small is Beautiful

For a small company to win one PFM award is impressive but not so unusual. Scooping two is remarkable.

Born Again

Amey's FM business has been a bit of a dark horse over the past couple of years. That may change as the Built Environment division reaches a new level of maturity.

The ISS Way

Andrew Price explains why one of the biggest service companies in the world is really quite a simple business.

Winds of Change

When Paul Yearley declared two years ago that we were on the brink of a flood of new international FM deals, people stopped and listened.

Evolution at Work

Most business ideas dreamed up in a pub over a few drinks go no further than the lounge bar – and the world is probably a better place for it.

i-FM News Review 2009

In an industry known for the pace of change, this was a relatively quiet year. Recession held a tight grip but was defied by big contract wins, a few important deals and some interesting moves.

Joined-up Problem Solving

Noel Clancy has been on FM's fast-track growth and development path more than once: first at Integral, then Stiell and finally Alfred McAlpine.

Thinking Big

CBRE is the largest commercial property advisor in the world - and it loves FM. Over the past 18 months, it has doubled the size of its business in this sector.

Parallel Lives

Iain Murray currently has at least two careers and seems to be enjoying that situation immensely. Elliott Chase reports on a wide-ranging conversation.

Right Man, Right Time

Understanding what's happening in our recession-hit markets is no simple matter. Elliott Chase talks to Jamie Reynolds of GSH.

Positive Move

Where does FM provider Europa go from here? Elliott Chase talks with Chief Exec Greig Brown.

SGP - Finding a Place in the Market

Elliott Chase writes: Now sitting comfortably in the middle rankings of the i-FM Top 50, SGP Property & Facilities Management has one of the more interesting histories in the brief and sometimes colourful annals of UK FM.

Betting on a Dark Horse

Elliott Chase writes: Interserve - industrial heritage, mainly hard services, public sector bias. And, oh yeah, they're the ones that bought MacLellan Ð so lots of blue-collar services for the retail sector, tooÉ.right? Well, not entirely.

New Advocate for the Cause

Elliott Chase writes: If there is one common lament in facilities management, it must be this: the industry's 'recognition factor' is too low; what FMs do is not widely understood and the value they can bring is not fully appreciated.

i-FM News Review 2008

Elliott Chase writes: The credit crunch was just a few months old as 2008 dawned. At first, it seemed like an obscure concept that only City financiers would have to think about. Later, we realised there was no escape, as things went from bad to worse.

Report from Dubai

Elliott Chase writes: If you haven't been to 'the investor's playground', you should go. If you have, you should go back periodically to check on progress. Dubai is a world-class experiment in commercial, environmental and cultural development.

Compete to Win

Lucy Jeynes writes: As the construction of facilities for London 2012 begins, service providers of all sizes have the opportunity to bid for the business opportunities that arise.

Making Things Happen

Elliott Chase talks with Don Kenny, MD at Carillion Business Services and a key change-maker in UK FM.

The Credit Crunch and the FM Sector

James Stander offers an expert view on what market turmoil means for merger and acquisitions activity in FM.

World Traveller

Elliott Chase writes: We hear a lot about cross-border deals in global markets these days. SMI, the facilities services business set up specifically to play in this field, is proving the scale of the opportunity with its record of 70% annual growth.

How Big is FM?

Qi Moss examines why market researchers vary by £billions in their estimates of the size of the FM sector and suggests new ways of looking at the industry to arrive at a more accurate calculation.

Raising FM's Game

Elliott Chase talks with Mark Purnell, managing director of Intelligent Property Group, about opportunities in the marketplace and plans for growth.

Making Integration Work

Elliott Chase talks with Mark Rogers about why the integrated facilities services concept hasn't lived up to its promise and what Johnson Workplace Management is doing about it.

Building Bridges

Elliott Chase talks with Keith Martin of property adviser Donaldsons about their new joint venture with ISS Coflex - a move that could foster a revolution in property services.

Carving Out a Market

Elliott Chase writes: One clear theme in the brief history of facilities management in the UK is the decline of the freestanding management specialist.

PFM Interview

Jane Fenwick talks to Alfred McAlpine Business Services MD Craig McGilvray about recent successes and future prospects.

Playing by the rules?

Corporate governance is making headlines and sustainability is also moving up the agenda. In a special report i-FM looks at how the FM sector measures up. By Richard Byatt with additional research by Fiona Perrin and Elliott Chase.

Team players aiming for the premier league

In a couple of months Carillion Services will have its new senior management team in place. Richard Byatt spoke to Don Kenny and Oliver Jones, the two men leading Carillion's bid to become one of a select group of support services providers.

Taking the wheel in rough seas

Adrian Ringrose becomes chief executive of Interserve in July. Richard Byatt spoke to him about opportunities, threats and his personal ambitions for the business he will lead.

Alan Soper interview

Alan Soper, managing director of EMCOR Facilities Services talks to Jane Fenwick about how the company's strong technical skills base is leading it into new sectors.

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Survival of the fittest

The only thing that is constant is change: perhaps a fair observation for the wider facilities management and contract service industry in 2019. So what are the main influencers and disruptors of the moment?

FM outsourcing: a bigger role for SMEs?

Active Workplace Solutions worked with online facilities management resource and insights provider i-FM to survey FM practitioners on the key issues, needs and opportunities they face today. The research provided some interesting insights.

Talking the industry up

I think it’s very easy to talk down the FM industry right now; but more than ever I am seeing a real movement behind positive change and some urgency in creating a conversation that elevates the perception of the value of what FM does.

What's the point of marketing in FM?

In these uncertain times, how can CEOs and managing directors hope to deliver shareholder value, drive long-term profitability and create stability for their businesses?

The demise of Carillion and what it means

Even before there was a Carillion, stretching back into the days of its Tarmac predecessors, this business was a pioneer of the facilities management industry. Now that it has crashed so spectacularly what should we take away from this sorry situation?

What's in a name?

So now we know. Building Futures Group is the name of the combined organisation that brings together the FMA, the CSSA and Asset Skills.

Where is everybody?

If you look at the latest i-FM Top 50 list there are few surprises at the top end with companies like ISS, Carillion, Interserve and Rentokil getting bigger and bigger.

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.

Safe to Hope?

If anybody is clear about what is happening in the economy, please raise your hand.