UK technology companies with game-changing safety tech products are being invited to get involved with a new Health & Safety Executive-backed initiative.
This is the sixth framework the business has been awarded a place on over the last twelve months.
Contract caterer BM has hit that milestone over the past six months, with new business in the financial, tech, media, construction and legal sectors.
Market prospects may be uncertain over the short-term, but many UK property companies intend to increase investment in carbon reduction this year.
Atlas FM’s security services division is reporting growth of over 120% in its first year, with a string of new business wins.
Throughout 2022, employees, clients and suppliers took part in fund-raising events for charity partner, Mind.
Levy UK&I, Compass Group’s sports and venue catering specialist, has launched BUILT by Levy.
The facilities management group saw Q3 revenue climb 3% above Q2 and 6% above Q1, according to a new trading statement.
The facilities services provider has become a supporting member of the Society of Food Hygiene and Technology, the highest level of membership offered.
With the winter in full swing and a cost-of-living crisis raging, Heathrow Airport has launched a free meal scheme for all employees.
Planon has acquired a majority share in Ubigreen, a company focused on energy performance and workspace optimisation.
Llife science company Evotec has appointed SPIE UK to deliver M&E works at its Abingdon site.
Novus Property Solutions has been awarded a series of hospital-based contracts across the North West and Midlands.
First quarter group revenues reached €6.3bn, up 20.2% year-on-year, with organic growth remaining strong at 12.3%.
The global provider of building management software is partnering with Microsoft and adding Microsoft Azure to its cloud platform.
The investment group confirms that the deal was sealed at the end of December.
To mark Veganuary 2023, Sodexo has published its food sales data for 2022.
Here’s a brief round-up of stories that may have passed you by in the busy run-up to the holiday period.
Elior Group has signed a memorandum of understanding to acquire Derichebourg Multiservices as a part of its ongoing turnaround strategy.
The group will not be sold as a whole to the US investment company Clayton, Dubilier & Rice.
The property services group has announced a definitive agreement to acquire hard services provider H2M Sverige.
With the customary conditions and regulatory approvals in place, SPIE UK is now wholly owned by Imtech.
Foodbuy Europe, the Compass group business, has acquired Regency Purchasing Group, its third acquisition this year.
"2022 will turn out much better than we expected at the start of the year as strong growth across the business largely replaced Covid contracts.”
As new contracts reach the year-one milestone, innovation and collaboration have paved the way for success, the Defence Infrastructure Organisation says.
The specialist provider of tailored guest services has launched a new online directory of more than 300 value-add experiences from local businesses.
Buckthorn Partners has confirmed that Andy Milner will return as chief executive of the infrastructure and support services company.
Following the acquisition earlier this year, Team Q has now become GSH Facilities Management Ltd.
The FM service provider has introduced a stabilised aqueous ozone system at three sites for its client N Brown Group plc.
Galliford Try, the construction and services group, has been appointed to the new £3bn Crown Commercial Service framework.
Specialist service provider Environmental Essentials has acquired Adams Environmental, with the help of a follow-on investment.
The AIM-listed security services group is in discussion about an MBO at Vigilant, its largest division.
Acquisition of the Protector Group follows stake taken in Amberstone Security.
The healthcare division of Compass UK & Ireland and partner Royal Surrey Hospital have been cited for the implementation of the 2021 National Standards for Cleaning.
The latest phase in its partnership with Merlin Entertainments sees Aramark UK rolling out services at Alton Towers Resort and Warwick Castle.
OCS Group has confirmed completion of the sale of its facilities services division to Clayton, Dubilier & Rice.
£117m worth of new contracts, awarded by the Defence Infrastructure Organisation, came into force on 1 December.
The All-Party Parliamentary Group for the Cleaning and Hygiene Industry has made a series of recommendations for government, regulators and the industry itself.
The energy solution provider has raised close to £1m to support expansion into new sectors.
OakTree Power has reported a sixfold capacity increase in six months.
The facilities management company has opened a new restaurant with online retailer N Brown Group plc.
New market research finds that just over half of UK contract cleaners reported rapid growth in the last 12 months, but the market is polarising.
As the group continues on its recovery journey full-year figures for FY22 show Q4 at 116% of the 2019 revenue level.
Compass Group UK & Ireland’s sports and leisure business topped off last week’s Living Wage Week by committing to the campaign for all its UK employees.
First half saw strong performance reflecting momentum across all divisions, says CEO Phil Bentley.
In its third move this year, Atlas FM has acquired cleaning and support services business Lewis & Graves Partnership.
A brand update aims to emphasise the firm’s purpose and range of expertise to help clients amid a changing real estate environment.
This is Living Wage Week, and the British Cleaning Council has renewed its call for sector businesses to consider becoming real Living Wage Employers.
The hard services group has signed a binding agreement to sell Suir Engineering Ltd.
The document establishes a coordinated, cross-government vision for facilities management, setting the strategic approach and standards for ‘what good looks like’.
ISS product development manager Matthew Dean has secured the Chartered Practitioner award from the Worshipful Company of Environmental Cleaners.
The commercial cleaning firm has continued its expansion programme with the acquisition of TC Bibby & Sons, one of the largest cleaning contractors in northwest England.
Amplify has been launched, offering reception, switchboard, reservations, events and technical services.
Equans has invested in two net zero carbon software specialists through the Clean Growth Innovation Fund.
The FM services provider says it is evolving from a period of turnaround to a new phase of strong growth at sustainable and attractive margins.
New standards published last week set the target for healthcare organisations, as well as contracted service providers.
Building intelligence SaaS technology company Infogrid has acquired Aquicore, an ESG data and analytics specialist.
The facilities services group is reporting strong figures for the first nine months of 2022.
A new report by the British Council for Offices urges the property industry to ‘retain, extend life, reduce impact’ to future-proof the office sector.
One of London’s leading cleaning companies, City West Support Services brings to Atlas FM new customers in a range of sectors.
The first of a new suite of contracts to provide key services for the UK Armed Forces on overseas Ministry of Defence bases has been come into service.
Bid consultancy Stephen Alexander has partnered with Lightbulb Credit to enhance its consultancy services for clients looking to win new public and private sector contracts.
The group has acquired FM company Livit, gaining 11 local branches throughout Switzerland.
The acquisition will complement and enhance Imtech’s current offering, the buyer says.
A number of senior appointments have also been made following the acquisition by Ecoserv Group last year.
The reception management specialist has promoted Anthony Laser to managing director.
“All our activities delivered a strong recovery in Fiscal 2022,” says group CEO Sophie Bellon.
Workplace caterer Lexington has extended it cloud offer, Lex Unboxed, to reach more workplaces in London.
The Germany-based FM group is set to acquire Dublin-headquartered Acacia.
Europe’s outsourced services market continued its year-on-year growth in Q3 2022, amid signs that economic concerns may be dampening demand.
In what has been described as “a momentous game-changing moment”, the standards used to manage costing, carbon, and building and facilities maintenance are to be aligned.
Leaders of one of the UK’s biggest industries have branded Home Secretary Suella Braverman’s comments about reducing migrant workers entering the country as ‘ridiculous’.
Spanish infrastructure group Ferrovial has struck a deal with two investment groups for the sale of its UK services business.
One of the largest charging installations in the UK, NatWest offices in Gogarburn, Edinburgh, benefit from 264 sockets in total.
Entegra, the group’s procurement business, has acquired Beacon Purchasing, bringing together two of the UK’s leading purchasing organisations.
ISS UK has announced a new partnership with apetito, one of the UK’s largest suppliers of delivered-in meals
London-headquartered Combined Technical Solutions Limited has been acquired by the Apleona group
The deal will see Bouygues Energies & Services merging with EQUANS in January.
Kingdom Cleaning is reporting significant growth, following a number of new business wins, appointments and acquisitions.
Bringing the provider of workspace scheduling software together with the workplace and asset management company creates Eptura.
The acquisitive real estate software group has announced the acquisition of UK-based Springboard, a provider of footfall counting and artificial intelligence-powered analytics.
One of the biggest names in the waste management business is set to be acquired in a £1.3bn deal.
A group-wide strategic review sees the hard services specialist taking the Connect Energy team into the fold.
The security services provider plans to launch a new customer and industry-focused campaign to support businesses facing rising costs.
VPS Group, the temporary security specialist, has acquired Nexus National Security Network.
ABM has opened its doors to the fifth cohort to take part in its Junior Engineering Engagement Programme, with an additional school on the roster.
The group’s IT Services business has revealed ambitious plans for growth following a strong financial performance.
The property and facilities management group’s latest acquisition is Huntingdon-based Martech Technical Services Ltd.
Former Amey CEO Andy Milner is in talks to return and lead a buyout of the business, Sky News is reporting.
The Warrington-based company says CDX Aviation Services comes in response to “soaring demand”.
Specialist software developer Altuity Solutions has secured a place on the Crown Commercial Service’s G-Cloud 13 framework.
Despite a challenging 2021, Inviron has reported a strong set of accounts underpinned by solid growth.
Contrary to the post-Covid expectations of many, the Central London office leasing market has seen occupiers expanding their footprint at record levels.
Compass Group UK & Ireland has acquired Equinoxe Solutions which will be merged into the group’s Foodbuy procurement business.
Next week sees the start of an inquiry into the role of cleaning and hygiene, and the associated challenges, during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Dundee-based McGill Facilities Management moved into administration last week, but one division has already been sold.
The UK’s largest independent engineering and services business is reporting healthy figures for FY22.
The Competition and Markets Authority has instructed Veolia to sell three businesses after an in-depth investigation.
A new national control centre aims to further professionalise operations, expand the service offering and create a more comfortable working environment.
The property services group has announced the acquisition of E2C Technology, an artificial intelligence/machine learning specialist.
The acquisition brings together both companies to strengthen the service offering to the enlarged group’s customers.
The FM group has shipped PPE and other hygiene supplies to the GE Operator Humanitarian Centre in Warsaw.
Headquartered in Dundee, IRT Surveys provides a range of data-led services focused on addressing fuel poverty, decarbonisation and energy efficiency.
The real estate advisory group and the workplace experience platform have sharpened their focus on the importance of workplace experience for building owners and occupiers.
The facilities services group is reporting accelerating growth momentum for the first half of the year.
An international survey of CFOs suggests real estate, facilities management and finance functions are most likely to face cuts in the next 12 months.
Growth in other parts of the business more than offset the wind-down of one contract and the exit from another.
The company has confirmed its place as a supplier on the Crown Commercial Service’s new facilities management framework, RM6232.
The multi-disciplinary service group WSP is to acquire Capita Real Estate & Infrastructure and GL Hearn for £60m.
Compass Group UK & Ireland’s independent school catering division reports it has added a record number of schools to its estate.
The Dundee-headquartered building services business is grappling with financial issues but continues to be operational.
Principle Windows, the vertical cleaning division of Principle Cleaning Services, has become the second largest window cleaning operation in the UK.
BAM Charging Solutions offers an end-to-end EV charging infrastructure service to support organisations on their road to zero emissions.
Home to Wigan Athletic and Wigan Warriors, the DW Stadium now boasts modern hospitality, conference and events spaces, thanks to a £1m investment from the venue partner.
Three ex-senior executives at the collapsed construction to services group have been issued with fines by the Financial Conduct Authority.
The leading-edge AI and machine learning sensor technology business was recently visited by Her Excellency the Honourable Dr Jeannette Young AC PSM.
Investment group Clayton, Dubilier & Rice has announced agreement to acquire the OCS Group and a binding and irrevocable offer to acquire the Atalian Group.
Underlying group revenue and B&I revenue are both back up to pre-Covid levels.
New contract wins and acquisitions have helped the FM group to surpass the revenue delivered in Q1 last year, which included £110m of Covid-related contracts.
Europe’s IT and business services market delivered strong year-on-year growth in the second quarter, but showed signs of slowing amid rising economic concerns.
The Financial Reporting Council has announced sanctions against the auditing firm, a former partner and four former employees.
The Institute's annual general meeting will take place in Bishop’s Stortford on Thursday, relocated in anticipation of rail disruption.
The acquisition of Stanley Security and Healthcare accelerates the transformation journey toward technology-based solutions, Securitas says.
The contract cleaner has brought together some key names in the cleaning and FM industry to support a new annual fundraising event in aid of The Hygiene Bank.
Having met the necessary standards Atlas Security is now a Recognised Service Provider, joining the wider Atlas FM business.
Compass Group’s procurement business extends its reach with e-foods’ purchase-to-pay solutions and supply chain management expertise.
The systems integrator to the industrial and utilities sectors is to be acquired for a consideration of £1.
Pareto FM has added five roles to its senior team and announced a new brand identity for the company.
Bellrock Property & Facilities Management has acquired award-winning construction consultancy John Rowan and Partners.
Pareto FM has been awarded a place on the 2022 NHS London Procurement Partnership TFM framework.
Cardiff-headquartered MSS is the latest addition to the environmental and engineering services group.
The services group reports that activity is back up to 97% of the pre-Covid level.
The Eastbourne-based cleaning services provider has been rebranded as Kingdom Cleaning.
The building management software provider has announced the launch of Planon Workplace Edition.
Marking the culmination of a merger initiated last year, Concourse FM has re-branded to GDM Workplace Solutions.
The FacilityCobot project aims to develop a mobile robot that can relieve cleaning staff from repetitive or physically exhausting tasks.
The expert companies will develop a variety of automated and intelligent tray delivery systems to help with challenges in the service industries.
The US-headquartered security services group has announced the acquisition of three companies.
Sodexo Live! helped to welcome 275,000 racegoers to the first full-scale meet since 2019.
The Leeds-headquartered multi-service provider reports it has made a strong start to 2022.
After 20 years servicing London and nearly 10 years in Manchester, the cleaning specialist is opening new hubs across the Midlands, Scotland and the Southwest.
The latest quarterly Building Engineering Business Survey reveals an expected bounce back for the sector in Q2.
The Crown Commercial Service has awarded 44 suppliers places on its new Facilities Management and Workplace Services framework.
HqO, an industry-leading workplace experience platform, has announced the acquisition of Leesman, the world’s leader in measuring employee workplace experience.
The acquisition, the first in the UK for the buyer since the merger of Servest with Atalian Global Services in 2018, is a strategic move to expand the firm’s core service offering.
Building Cost Information Service becomes independent company as RICS focuses on core services.
NHS Lanarkshire says soft services at University Hospital Wishaw will move in-house, ending a 22-year relationship with Serco.
The London-headquartered commercial security services provider has acquired Sitewatch Fire and Surveillance Ltd.
A new CBRE report aims to provide advice, as many companies are already involved in budget planning for next year.
Post-pandemic, the FM services group has returned to profit as it notches up nearly £4bn in revenue for FY22.
Custom Solar Ltd specialises in the development, design, installation and maintenance of solar power systems for public and private sector clients.
Pareto FM is first out of the gate with news that it has been awarded a place on the Crown Commercial Service Facilities Management & Workplace Services framework.
Waste management company Biffa has received an unsolicited offer of acquisition valuing the company at £1.36bn.
Nurture Landscapes has added to its portfolio of services with the acquisition of London-based Plantforce.
The procurement organisation has confirmed the suppliers appointed to its national framework worth up to £85m over four years.
The global group that fosters tech start-ups in FM will hold its first Digital Maintenance Summit on Thursday the 9th.
The British Cleaning Council is frustrated with the government’s apparent lack of interest in one of the top 10 biggest industries in the UK.
ABM Ventures will aim to accelerate growth through investments in both client and team member experiences and industry-leading use of technology and data.
Two of the biggest names in FM are proud contributors to ‘Her Majesty The Queen: The Official Platinum Jubilee Pageant Commemorative Album’.
Landmarc Support Services and the Defence Infrastructure Organisation have managed a record twelve months of programme delivery on the Defence Training Estate.
Stronger than expected trading in the first four months of the year, along with a positive outlook for the balance of the year, underpins confidence.
Eric Wright FM has been re-appointed by NHS Shared Business Services to its hard facilities management framework agreement.
The Competition and Markets Authority has announced the launch of a merger inquiry.
The hard services specialist been awarded a place on a new six-year framework.
The new brand, EQUANS Digital, is designed to help customers develop their performance and accelerate their tech transition.
InferSens, a ground-breaking machine learning-based sensor business, has attracted substantial new investment setting it up for success in the FM and building services sectors.
The property services group has announced a new $100m investment in Industrious, a rapidly growing provider of premium flexible workplace solutions.
Sky News is reporting that a private equity investor is looking at engineering a merger between OCS and Atalian Servest.
The Technical Services Operations Centre in Wythenshawe showcases the group’s industry workplace technology as well as being its hub for the North of England.
FM Innovators, the global group that fosters tech start-ups in FM, has scheduled its 1st Digital Cleaning Summit for Thursday the 19th.
The group looks like it is back on track, with Q2 underlying revenue virtually at pre-Covid levels.
Five start-ups have been selected to take part in a 10-week programme to road-test their propositions for new solutions in smart buildings, employee experience and sustainability.
The smart and sustainable building specialist has announced the acquisition of Asset Plus.
The national maintenance and compliance contractor has been awarded a series of healthcare sector contracts and frameworks in the first quarter of the year.
The partnership focuses on providing a significantly enhanced suite of technology offerings to serve large retailers and other companies with distributed-site footprints.
NHS Shared Business Services says this framework is designed to respond to the need for high-quality, innovative and cost-effective solutions.
The facilities services provider has entered into an agreement to divest its UK specialist restoration business, ISS Damage Control Limited.
The world’s largest robotics company will host a special session at Interclean showing visitors how to design and manage a transformative cleaning service with collaborative cleaning robots.
Devon County Council and Norse Group are teaming up to launch a new FM and property business.
The group has announced the acquisition of 8point8, a provider of design and construction services in the UK predominantly for mobile telecoms tower infrastructure.
The French facilities services group has reported a 5% uplift in net sales for the year.
The latest offer from the procurement services provider has an anticipated full-term value of £100m.
There was a welcome return to in-person press days this week with the launch of Mite’s Cleaning & Hygiene Centre of Excellence.
A funding extension from Innovate UK will enable progress on plans for a town-wide, smart local energy system in Rugeley, Staffordshire.
The West Yorkshire-based soft services business was placed in administration on 11 April but a partial sale has been negotiated.
The Government Property Agency has several FM contracts in the works, one to be awarded soon and more to follow early in the summer.
Business Moves Group, the relocation and change management company, has grown its team with several new appointments.
In a move completed last week, the business is now owned by private equity investor Rubicon Partners.
Europe’s IT and business services outsourcing market jumped to a strong start in 2022, with record first-quarter demand for cloud-based services and continuing momentum in managed services.
ISC, the leading Italian services provider, will now offer Whiz, Europe’s first industrial cobotic vacuum sweeper, to its FM and cleaning contractor clients.
The cleaning sector is seeing a surge in people seeking extra sources of income as the cost-of-living crisis bites.
Suffolk Group Holdings, the company wholly owned by Suffolk County Council, has revised the structure of its portfolio.
The US-headquartered security services business has acquired Attenti Group, a leading electronic monitoring company.
The engineering and services group has completed the acquisition of the trade and assets of Cambridge-based Kershaw Service and Maintenance.
The ABM group has acquired Momentum Support, a soft services specialist headquartered in Dublin.
The support services group saw revenue growth of more than 19% for the six months ending February 28.
Mitie has announced the acquisition of P2ML, a specialist telecoms tower design house.
Friday the 1st saw the start of a series of major new contracts procured by the Defence Infrastructure Organisation.
The Stirling-based construction to FM group says FY21 was a year of “positive progress”.
The group has strengthened its board with two appointments that suggest the direction it is heading in the marketplace.
The three-year facility, believed to be the second largest such loan in the sector, will help Wates achieve its ESG objectives.
FM singled out amongst the areas targeted for transformation in how services are assessed, procured and managed.
After a nearly two-year closure during the pandemic, Gatwick Airport has reopened its South Terminal to the public.
The move comes after a series of successfully completed projects, the firm says.
The Sourcing Solutions unit, based in Ireland, will leverage the group's expertise and purchasing power.
TEAM, which specialises in the facilities services market, says its new option is an easy-to-use, all-in-one platform that empowers small and early-stage companies.
A record year for the FM business helped to boost division performance by 14%.
Food and drink producers from across Scotland have successfully won places in Sodexo’s new Supplier Development Programme to help them enter foodservice markets.
Pareto FM reports it has achieved 12% organic growth at the end of its seventh year of trading and is on course to grow by a further 50% in 2022.
The Government Property Agency, Whitehall’s in-house property advisor, has published standards on management of services and asset data.
Spica, the UK workplace software company, has been bought by the Stockholm-headquartered smart buildings systems integrator.
Social Bite, the social enterprise that aims to end homelessness, has launched its first coffee shop in London.
The acquisition raises turnover at Atlas to about £160m, with the enlarged group operating at over 6000 sites around the country.
The contract caterer has committed to donating £480,000 of its apprenticeship levy to fund positions in hospitality, healthcare and education.
The workplace services provider has announced a new strategic alliance with Dublin-headquartered Sensori Facilities Management.
That’s certainly the way IWG, parent to Regus and other flex space brands, sees it as it backs a merger with specialist The Instant Group.
Welwyn Garden City-based Birkin Cleaning Services intends to create new jobs and invest in new technology.
Cleaners, porters, security guards and domestic staff working at the Barts Health group of hospitals will come into direct employment from 1 May 2023.
The group’s infrastructure investment operation is changing its name to Invesis, reflecting a change in ownership and the broadening of its interests.
Contract catering sales saw a modest recovery in the last quarter of 2021, but Covid-19 concerns continued to hold them well below pre-pandemic levels.
The FM group’s waste management consultant arm, Vertas Environmental, has announced the launch of a new food waste recycling service.
Optimum Group Services has changed its name to BGIS Global Integrated Solutions Limited.
Group results are in line with expectations and the business is turning to the next phase of its OneISS strategy.
The group is reporting strong operational and financial delivery in 2021 and expecting a good 2022.
Finding and retaining skilled people is the biggest concern for employers across the building engineering services sector.
The real estate advisor has grown its London Markets team by recruiting two specialists from WeWork.
YouGov research for Sodexo Healthcare found 93% of inpatients placing a high value on a positive hospital experience.
Global security services group Allied Universal has struck a deal to supply autonomous security robots to customer sites.
The services group has announced the launch of a new London-focused security services business unit.
The Healthy Futures Partnership was formed following research conducted by Sodexo in partnership with Business in the Community.
The FM group has upped its efforts to deliver social value within its local community with sponsorship of Bury Town Football Club.
The facilities services company has acquired Newtons Group, a London and southeast-based company delivering M&E and associated hard services.
The field service management software company has acquired shift planning, rostering and workforce management specialist Working Time Solutions.
The US-headquartered facilities services group has set out fresh ambitions for business in the UK with its new acquisition.
The Official Receiver has lodged a claim against auditor KPMG, seeking a total of £1.3bn in damages.
The support services group says organic revenue grew by over 38% in the three-month period, with revenues reaching 97% of their pre-Covid level.
The latest acquisition for the group is Biotecture, a leading specialist in living walls.
Founder and chairman emeritus Pierre Bellon has died in Paris at the age of 92.
Outsourced staff at St Bartholomew’s, the Royal London and Whipps Cross hospitals launched action on Monday in a dispute over pay.
The group has confirmed the sale of ISS Taiwan and its Hong Kong-based waste handling business.
The catering business has announced the launch of a new post-Covid brand strategy.
The three months to 31 December 2021 saw group revenue climb to £1008m.
Employee experience, sustainability and smart buildings are the focus for its Accelerator initiative.
Derwent fm is now an approved supplier on the public sector procurement platform.
The hard services company has been appointed on an M&E contract at the new Boclair Academy in Bearsden, Glasgow.
Atlas Security arrives with an ambition to redefine how people see and experience security services.
The workspace management software provider has extended its reach with the acquisition of a leading visitor management specialist.
The group’s workplace foodservice platform, Feedr, has launched in Scotland.
The council has confirmed plans to end its joint venture company and take full charge of service delivery.
Both new service areas aim to build on the company’s record growth in 2021.
Europe’s technology and business services outsourcing markets reached a record high in 2021, according to a state-of-the-industry report.
New acquisition is the last building-block in its cost control and financial optimisation offering in the European markets.
Maintenance, refurbishment and compliance contractor Novus Property Solutions says 2021 was its most successful year for securing new contracts.
The Leeds-headquartered Servo Group recently won a two-year contract to provide security and welfare services to mainline stations in Southern England.
Sustainability and hygiene concerns underpin the key concerns going into a new year.
Sodexo has released food sales data showing a month-on-month increase in purchases of both vegan and vegetarian meals.
The British Cleaning Council reports worries that cleaning staff in healthcare, hospitality and other sectors are facing burn-out due to increased workloads.
The Stirling-headquartered hard services provider has secured a place on the four-year, £650m EN:Procure framework.
The property services group has announced the acquisition of California-based Hank, a virtual engineering optimisation platform powered by artificial intelligence.
The property services group has acquired a US-headquartered provider of occupancy planning and technology services.
A growing economy and a strengthening of the labour market will provide a positive backdrop for real estate in 2022, with total returns for all UK property forecast at just over 6%.
The amount of office space in England fell by millions of square feet during the peak pandemic period, reports the Financial Times.
The ambitious waste management services group has acquired Leicester-based recycling company Casepak.
Our annual round-up of the key events in UK facilities management over the past 12 months is online now.
The fourth quarter UK Facilities Management Survey shows employment levels rising across the industry with demand picking up in all sectors.
The company’s corporate services business has announced a three-year partnership with one of the UK’s longest standing coffee roasters, Origin Coffee.
The New York-headquartered group recently unveiled its strategic plan at an investors day.
FM provider 14forty, via its leisure arm LSS Facilities Management, was the cleaning contractor at last month's Glasgow Climate Change Conference.
Rentokil Initial is reshaping the pest control market with the acquisition of the North American leader, Terminix.
St Pancras International, Stratford and Ebbsfleet stations have been certified by Bureau Veritas for Covid-19 risk management.
The facilities services company has announced plans to create a new specialist business unit focusing on the transport sector.
The move follows a £500,000 investment in the Belfast-headquartered property services group.
The Competition and Markets Authority has found that the proposed merger of these service providers could lead to a loss of competition.
The newly published ‘Selling to Government Guide’ offers information on how to bid for and win government contracts.
RICS has appointed Lord Michael Bichard to lead a wide-ranging independent review into the governance and purpose of the Institution.
The FM services provider has opened the centre in a move designed to support its data-driven solutions and further improve the service it delivers to customers.
The acquisitive services group has marked the completion of Cordant’s integration with a change of brand.
The ISS group has agreed to sell its US-based portfolio of single-service janitorial and specialised services contracts.
The security services group has completed the acquisition of fire risk assessment and risk management reporting specialist Quidvis Ltd.
The FM services provider has partnered with innovation specialist L Marks to launch its innovation lab in the UK and Ireland.
The FM provider has been awarded a place on the London Universities Purchasing Consortium framework.
At its year-end, the group is back to nearly 90% of pre-Covid revenues, supported by record new business wins and client retention.
The Official Receiver has filed a high court claim against the auditors of the failed construction to services group, according to news reports.
The FM group says six-month performance is ‘encouraging’ as it reports an uplift across all key measures.
Esoteric Limited, a provider of specialist counter-espionage services, will be integrated into Mitie Security.
The services group has boosted its aviation division with the award of an inflight supplier accreditation by the Civil Aviation Authority.
Sam Hockman, divisional CEO of EQUANS UK & Ireland, has been appointed to this key role.
A new website, backed by 12 major firms, aims to educate a new generation of young people about career choices in the built environment sector.
The Essex-based cleaning and support services company has achieved certification under three ISO standards.
ENGIE has entered into exclusive negotiations with Bouygues for the sale of its services-led operations in a deal worth €7.1bn.
The first nine months of 2021 show positive organic growth, the facilities services group reports.
Three companies are battling to come out on top in the competition to acquire the €12bn ENGIE services division.
The company, which supplies a range of soft services at the healthcare group, has handed in its notice with effect from the end of April 2023.
Pinnacle Group has announced the acquisition of AM Services Group, expanding its service footprint across the Midlands and North of England.
Bellrock Property & Facilities Management has a new owner and investor.
Valued at £35bn, the new ‘collaborative agreement’ will have a life of four years and cover facilities management and workplace services.
The group has strengthened its high voltage, new connections and electric vehicle capabilities with the acquisition of Rock Power Connections.
The environmental and energy infrastructure specialist has announced the acquisition of drainage experts Jet Aire Services.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The latest in a series of i-FM features identifying some of the smaller, but growing players in UK FM.
Phil Smith offers some advice on moving into, and benefiting from, international partnerships in a fast-changing FM sector.
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.
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.
So embrace them now to get ahead of the game, say Derrick Tate and Farah Abou.
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.
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.
Facilities management has become a critical factor for students when choosing their university. We talked to the experts at Bouygues E&S about this.
Simon Iatrou examines how the gig economy and new technologies may soon revolutionise FM and other built environment disciplines.
Simon Iatrou talks to Nicola Lovett, CEO of ENGIE Services, about how her organisation is adapting to the changing landscape of support services.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Looking for public sector contracts? Nicola Bramwell explores some of the common pitfalls for bidders and offers advice on ways to avoid them.
Apleona appeared on the UK FM scene in mid 2017. Who is this company with the unusual name and where did they come from?
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.
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.
Matt Benyon explains why trade shows still have an important role to play in the sales and marketing mix.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Another post-recessionary year, widely summed up by industry observers and financial directors alike with the phrase 'challenging market conditions'.
After Macro International's fifth win of the FM Consultancy of the Year Award in the UAE, Jessica Jarlvi talks to MD Bill Heath.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
Despite the lingering effects of recession, this was an eventful year for UK facilities management.
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?
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?
For a small company to win one PFM award is impressive but not so unusual. Scooping two is remarkable.
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.
Andrew Price explains why one of the biggest service companies in the world is really quite a simple business.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Iain Murray currently has at least two careers and seems to be enjoying that situation immensely. Elliott Chase reports on a wide-ranging conversation.
Understanding what's happening in our recession-hit markets is no simple matter. Elliott Chase talks to Jamie Reynolds of GSH.
Where does FM provider Europa go from here? Elliott Chase talks with Chief Exec Greig Brown.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Elliott Chase talks with Don Kenny, MD at Carillion Business Services and a key change-maker in UK FM.
James Stander offers an expert view on what market turmoil means for merger and acquisitions activity in FM.
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.
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.
Elliott Chase talks with Mark Purnell, managing director of Intelligent Property Group, about opportunities in the marketplace and plans for growth.
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.
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.
Elliott Chase writes: One clear theme in the brief history of facilities management in the UK is the decline of the freestanding management specialist.
Jane Fenwick talks to Alfred McAlpine Business Services MD Craig McGilvray about recent successes and future prospects.
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.
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.
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, 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.
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?
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.
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.
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?
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?
So now we know. Building Futures Group is the name of the combined organisation that brings together the FMA, the CSSA and Asset Skills.
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.
As the post-Olympics row about public sector outsourcing simmers on, Sodexo's Phil Hooper calls for balanced thinking.