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CMA to investigate Bouygues-EQUANS deal

The Competition and Markets Authority has announced the launch of a merger inquiry.

FES appointed to Scottish Water framework

The hard services specialist been awarded a place on a new six-year framework.

EQUANS launches digital services

The new brand, EQUANS Digital, is designed to help customers develop their performance and accelerate their tech transition.

AI liquid sensor business attracts new backers

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.

CBRE increases commitment to flex space

The property services group has announced a new $100m investment in Industrious, a rapidly growing provider of premium flexible workplace solutions.

Major deal in the works?

Sky News is reporting that a private equity investor is looking at engineering a merger between OCS and Atalian Servest.

Mitie opens northern technology hub

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 Summit coming May 19th

FM Innovators, the global group that fosters tech start-ups in FM, has scheduled its 1st Digital Cleaning Summit for Thursday the 19th.

Compass reports strong growth

The group looks like it is back on track, with Q2 underlying revenue virtually at pre-Covid levels.

Sodexo reveals Accelerators finalists

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.

Johnson Controls acquires net zero business 

The smart and sustainable building specialist has announced the acquisition of Asset Plus.

Novus reports healthcare wins

The national maintenance and compliance contractor has been awarded a series of healthcare sector contracts and frameworks in the first quarter of the year.

CBRE partners with Microsoft for enhanced FM

The partnership focuses on providing a significantly enhanced suite of technology offerings to serve large retailers and other companies with distributed-site footprints.

NHS SBS offers £800m hard FM framework

NHS Shared Business Services says this framework is designed to respond to the need for high-quality, innovative and cost-effective solutions.

ISS sells Restoration business

The facilities services provider has entered into an agreement to divest its UK specialist restoration business, ISS Damage Control Limited.

SoftBank Robotics at Interclean 2022

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.

Norse in new joint venture

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

Another mobile move for Mitie

The group has announced the acquisition of 8point8, a provider of design and construction services in the UK predominantly for mobile telecoms tower infrastructure.

Atalian reports solid growth for 2021

The French facilities services group has reported a 5% uplift in net sales for the year.

Procurement: Pagabo launches soft FM framework

The latest offer from the procurement services provider has an anticipated full-term value of £100m.

Mitie opens centre of excellence

There was a welcome return to in-person press days this week with the launch of Mite’s Cleaning & Hygiene Centre of Excellence.

EQUANS secures energy transition funding

A funding extension from Innovate UK will enable progress on plans for a town-wide, smart local energy system in Rugeley, Staffordshire.

CSG FM in administration

The West Yorkshire-based soft services business was placed in administration on 11 April but a partial sale has been negotiated.

GPA updates on contract progress

The Government Property Agency has several FM contracts in the works, one to be awarded soon and more to follow early in the summer.

Senior appointments at BMG

Business Moves Group, the relocation and change management company, has grown its team with several new appointments.

Amey finalises sale of Utilities business

In a move completed last week, the business is now owned by private equity investor Rubicon Partners.

Strong Q1 for EMEA outsourcing market

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.

SoftBank Robotics signs strategic partnership in Italy

ISC, the leading Italian services provider, will now offer Whiz, Europe’s first industrial cobotic vacuum sweeper, to its FM and cleaning contractor clients.

Economy generates new source of labour for cleaning

The cleaning sector is seeing a surge in people seeking extra sources of income as the cost-of-living crisis bites.

Suffolk restructures Vertas businesses

Suffolk Group Holdings, the company wholly owned by Suffolk County Council, has revised the structure of its portfolio.

Allied Universal buys international monitoring business

The US-headquartered security services business has acquired Attenti Group, a leading electronic monitoring company.

NG Bailey extends facilities services business

The engineering and services group has completed the acquisition of the trade and assets of Cambridge-based Kershaw Service and Maintenance.

ABM expands footprint with Irish buy

The ABM group has acquired Momentum Support, a soft services specialist headquartered in Dublin.

Cautious Sodexo reports good first half

The support services group saw revenue growth of more than 19% for the six months ending February 28.

Mitie buys to expand telecoms offering

Mitie has announced the acquisition of P2ML, a specialist telecoms tower design house.

MoD contracts kick off

Friday the 1st saw the start of a series of major new contracts procured by the Defence Infrastructure Organisation.

Robertson FM up by a quarter

The Stirling-based construction to FM group says FY21 was a year of “positive progress”.

Mitie brings in two non-execs

The group has strengthened its board with two appointments that suggest the direction it is heading in the marketplace.

Wates books £90m sustainability loan

The three-year facility, believed to be the second largest such loan in the sector, will help Wates achieve its ESG objectives.

Whitehall publishes digital playbook

FM singled out amongst the areas targeted for transformation in how services are assessed, procured and managed.

ISS supports Gatwick as terminal re-opens

After a nearly two-year closure during the pandemic, Gatwick Airport has reopened its South Terminal to the public.

NG Bailey launches EV charging business

The move comes after a series of successfully completed projects, the firm says.

Bidvest Noonan launches sourcing business

The Sourcing Solutions unit, based in Ireland, will leverage the group's expertise and purchasing power.

TEAM Software offers Lite option

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.

Compass exits Russia

Compass has confirmed completion of the disposal of its operations in Russia.

G4S buys TSS

G4S Secure Solutions UK has acquired London-headquartered Total Security Services Ltd.

Wates FM reports best trading year

A record year for the FM business helped to boost division performance by 14%.

Sodexo backs Scottish suppliers

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 reports 7th consecutive year of growth

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.

GPA sets out facilities management standards

The Government Property Agency, Whitehall’s in-house property advisor, has published standards on management of services and asset data.

Nordomatic AB acquires Spica Technologies

Spica, the UK workplace software company, has been bought by the Stockholm-headquartered smart buildings systems integrator.

Social Bite partners with BaxterStorey 

Social Bite, the social enterprise that aims to end homelessness, has launched its first coffee shop in London.

Atlas FM buys Salisbury Group

The acquisition raises turnover at Atlas to about £160m, with the enlarged group operating at over 6000 sites around the country.

Elior to gift over £450k in apprentice funds

The contract caterer has committed to donating £480,000 of its apprenticeship levy to fund positions in hospitality, healthcare and education.

Sodexo forms FM alliance in Ireland

The workplace services provider has announced a new strategic alliance with Dublin-headquartered Sensori Facilities Management.

Workplace: the future is technology

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.

Birkin secures funding for growth

Welwyn Garden City-based Birkin Cleaning Services intends to create new jobs and invest in new technology.

Barts to take 1800 staff back in-house

Cleaners, porters, security guards and domestic staff working at the Barts Health group of hospitals will come into direct employment from 1 May 2023.

BAM PPP business restructures

The group’s infrastructure investment operation is changing its name to Invesis, reflecting a change in ownership and the broadening of its interests.

Catering sector sales below pre-Covid levels

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.

Vertas unveils food waste service

The FM group’s waste management consultant arm, Vertas Environmental, has announced the launch of a new food waste recycling service.

Optimum rebrands for BGIS expansion

Optimum Group Services has changed its name to BGIS Global Integrated Solutions Limited.

ISS reports a solid 2021

Group results are in line with expectations and the business is turning to the next phase of its OneISS strategy.

‘Another strong year’ for Serco

The group is reporting strong operational and financial delivery in 2021 and expecting a good 2022.

Staff worries for engineers

Finding and retaining skilled people is the biggest concern for employers across the building engineering services sector.

Avison Young commits to the flex market

The real estate advisor has grown its London Markets team by recruiting two specialists from WeWork.

Research highlights the patient experience

YouGov research for Sodexo Healthcare found 93% of inpatients placing a high value on a positive hospital experience.

Security: the robots are coming

Global security services group Allied Universal has struck a deal to supply autonomous security robots to customer sites.

Bidvest Noonan strengthens presence in London

The services group has announced the launch of a new London-focused security services business unit.

Sodexo partners with British Nutrition Foundation

The Healthy Futures Partnership was formed following research conducted by Sodexo in partnership with Business in the Community.

Atalian Servest launches social value partnership

The FM group has upped its efforts to deliver social value within its local community with sponsorship of Bury Town Football Club.

Q3 buys M&E business

The facilities services company has acquired Newtons Group, a London and southeast-based company delivering M&E and associated hard services.

Totalmobile buys to grow service offer

The field service management software company has acquired shift planning, rostering and workforce management specialist Working Time Solutions.

GSH Group acquires Team Q

The US-headquartered facilities services group has set out fresh ambitions for business in the UK with its new acquisition.

Carillion: liquidator seeks over £1bn

The Official Receiver has lodged a claim against auditor KPMG, seeking a total of £1.3bn in damages.

Compass reports ‘encouraging’ first quarter

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.

Mitie grows landscaping services

The latest acquisition for the group is Biotecture, a leading specialist in living walls.

Sodexo founder Pierre Bellon passes away

Founder and chairman emeritus Pierre Bellon has died in Paris at the age of 92.

Serco staff at Barts on strike

Outsourced staff at St Bartholomew’s, the Royal London and Whipps Cross hospitals launched action on Monday in a dispute over pay.

End in sight for ISS divestment programme

The group has confirmed the sale of ISS Taiwan and its Hong Kong-based waste handling business.

Bartlett Mitchell rebrands

The catering business has announced the launch of a new post-Covid brand strategy.

Mitie reports solid Q3 performance

The three months to 31 December 2021 saw group revenue climb to £1008m.

Sodexo welcoming new start-ups

Employee experience, sustainability and smart buildings are the focus for its Accelerator initiative.

Derwent joins Everything FM list

Derwent fm is now an approved supplier on the public sector procurement platform.

SPIE heads back to school

The hard services company has been appointed on an M&E contract at the new Boclair Academy in Bearsden, Glasgow.

AtlasFM launches security business

Atlas Security arrives with an ambition to redefine how people see and experience security services.

Condeco acquires Proxyclick

The workspace management software provider has extended its reach with the acquisition of a leading visitor management specialist.

Compass launches Edinburgh delivery service

The group’s workplace foodservice platform, Feedr, has launched in Scotland.

Great Yarmouth to go its own way

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

Novus launches new divisions

Both new service areas aim to build on the company’s record growth in 2021.

2021: record year for outsourcing in Europe

Europe’s technology and business services outsourcing markets reached a record high in 2021, according to a state-of-the-industry report.

Planon completes European offer

New acquisition is the last building-block in its cost control and financial optimisation offering in the European markets.

Novus reports record work-winning year

Maintenance, refurbishment and compliance contractor Novus Property Solutions says 2021 was its most successful year for securing new contracts.

Servo expands with Network Rail win

The Leeds-headquartered Servo Group recently won a two-year contract to provide security and welfare services to mainline stations in Southern England.

Customer demand reveals cleaning trends for 2022

Sustainability and hygiene concerns underpin the key concerns going into a new year.

Veganuary: riding an upward trend

Sodexo has released food sales data showing a month-on-month increase in purchases of both vegan and vegetarian meals.

BCC warns on staff burn-out

The British Cleaning Council reports worries that cleaning staff in healthcare, hospitality and other sectors are facing burn-out due to increased workloads.

Richard Irvin appointed to regional framework

The Stirling-headquartered hard services provider has secured a place on the four-year, £650m EN:Procure framework.

JLL acquires proptech company

The property services group has announced the acquisition of California-based Hank, a virtual engineering optimisation platform powered by artificial intelligence.

CBRE extends occupier strategy services

The property services group has acquired a US-headquartered provider of occupancy planning and technology services.

‘Marked recovery’ predicted for property in 2022

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%.

Covid-19: massive hit to office property market

The amount of office space in England fell by millions of square feet during the peak pandemic period, reports the Financial Times.

Reconomy buys for growth

The ambitious waste management services group has acquired Leicester-based recycling company Casepak.

News review: the good, the bad and the uncertain

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

Positive trends in RICS survey

The fourth quarter UK Facilities Management Survey shows employment levels rising across the industry with demand picking up in all sectors.

Sodexo in exclusive coffee deal

The company’s corporate services business has announced a three-year partnership with one of the UK’s longest standing coffee roasters, Origin Coffee.

ABM announces ELEVATE Strategy

The New York-headquartered group recently unveiled its strategic plan at an investors day.

14forty confirms COP26 role

FM provider 14forty, via its leisure arm LSS Facilities Management, was the cleaning contractor at last month's Glasgow Climate Change Conference.

Rentokil in major push into US market

Rentokil Initial is reshaping the pest control market with the acquisition of the North American leader, Terminix.

Three stations re-accredited for Churchill

St Pancras International, Stratford and Ebbsfleet stations have been certified by Bureau Veritas for Covid-19 risk management.

Bidvest Noonan targets transport sector

The facilities services company has announced plans to create a new specialist business unit focusing on the transport sector.

Parr FM opens Scottish office

The move follows a £500,000 investment in the Belfast-headquartered property services group.

CMA red-flags Veolia/Suez merger

The Competition and Markets Authority has found that the proposed merger of these service providers could lead to a loss of competition.

Government aims to open door for SMEs

The newly published ‘Selling to Government Guide’ offers information on how to bid for and win government contracts.

Lord Bichard appointed for RICS review

RICS has appointed Lord Michael Bichard to lead a wide-ranging independent review into the governance and purpose of the Institution.

Incentive opens business insight centre

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.

Cordant Services rebrands to Bidvest Noonan

The acquisitive services group has marked the completion of Cordant’s integration with a change of brand.

ISS sells US single-service business

The ISS group has agreed to sell its US-based portfolio of single-service janitorial and specialised services contracts.

Kings Secure Technologies in acquisition

The security services group has completed the acquisition of fire risk assessment and risk management reporting specialist Quidvis Ltd.

Sodexo launches accelerator lab

The FM services provider has partnered with innovation specialist L Marks to launch its innovation lab in the UK and Ireland.

Atalian Servest placed on LUPC framework

The FM provider has been awarded a place on the London Universities Purchasing Consortium framework.

Confident Compass reports strong recovery

At its year-end, the group is back to nearly 90% of pre-Covid revenues, supported by record new business wins and client retention.

Carillion rears its head again

The Official Receiver has filed a high court claim against the auditors of the failed construction to services group, according to news reports.

Mitie reports strong first half

The FM group says six-month performance is ‘encouraging’ as it reports an uplift across all key measures.

Mitie in Esoteric acquisition

Esoteric Limited, a provider of specialist counter-espionage services, will be integrated into Mitie Security.

ABM lands CAA accreditation

The services group has boosted its aviation division with the award of an inflight supplier accreditation by the Civil Aviation Authority.

New chair for CBI public sector partners council

Sam Hockman, divisional CEO of EQUANS UK & Ireland, has been appointed to this key role.

Property spreads recruitment message to young people

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.

Walkers secures multiple certifications

The Essex-based cleaning and support services company has achieved certification under three ISO standards.

EQUANS: Bouygues is preferred bidder

ENGIE has entered into exclusive negotiations with Bouygues for the sale of its services-led operations in a deal worth €7.1bn.

ISS confident at close of Q3

The first nine months of 2021 show positive organic growth, the facilities services group reports.

Three in the running to buy EQUANS

Three companies are battling to come out on top in the competition to acquire the €12bn ENGIE services division.

Serco to pull out of Barts contract

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 buys AM Services

Pinnacle Group has announced the acquisition of AM Services Group, expanding its service footprint across the Midlands and North of England. 

Bellrock deal to accelerate growth

Bellrock Property & Facilities Management has a new owner and investor.

CCS publishes FM contract notice

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

Mitie in high voltage buy

The group has strengthened its high voltage, new connections and electric vehicle capabilities with the acquisition of Rock Power Connections.

Adler and Allan acquires Jet Aire

The environmental and energy infrastructure specialist has announced the acquisition of drainage experts Jet Aire Services.

Bellrock’s Concerto partners for IoT solutions

The group’s CAFM software business has teamed up with Disruptive Technologies, the award-winning developer of the world’s smallest IoT sensors.

Cushman & Wakefield invests in WeWork

The real estate services firm has made a strategic investment of $150m in the global flexible space provider WeWork.

BCC warns on staff shortages

The cleaning and hygiene industry is suffering ‘severe’ staff shortages with the rate of vacancies having increased dramatically, according to the British Cleaning Council.

Novus Solutions reports £23m in new business

The build, maintenance and compliance contractor says it has ended the summer on a high, following new business secured in August and September.

Chequers launches gritting service

Churchill Group’s grounds service business has launched a new winter maintenance service including proactive gritting and snow clearance.

Altuity wins grant for retrofit services

Altuity Solutions, the Bristol-based developer of facilities and asset management software, has won a £15,000 grant to help it expand into the growing but challenging retrofit sector.

Sodexo sees better than expected performance

The services group has reported 12-month figures that show revenue picking up progressively through the year.

JLL acquires building operations technology company

Acquisition of Building Engines will expand its reach and extend the open ecosystem of the property management platform for real estate investors and operators.

Compass invests in new industry academy

The group has announced the launch of a multi-million pound flagship training and development hub in West Midlands.

New partnership for World Workplace Europe

EuroFM, the International Facility Management Association EMEA and Facility Management Netherlands have come together to back a “gold standard” event.

Ecoserv diversifies with acquisition

The support services group has completed the purchase of Cooltech Environmental Engineering Ltd in a £3.5m deal.

Building services: businesses worry

Rising costs and a shortage of skilled people are giving building services contractors sleepless nights, according to a new business survey.

AM launches food brand

The northern-based facilities services provider AM Services Group has expanded its service range with the addition of workplace catering.

Pinnacle acquires social housing specialist

Pinnacle Group is expanding its geographical footprint and service capability nationwide through the acquisition of Orchard & Shipman.

Serco extends Oz FM commitment

Serco’s Australian FM business has won a place on a maintenance services framework for sites in New South Wales.

Interserve sells RMD Kwikform

The disposal process at the former multi-division group has moved forward a step, leaving just the construction business standing as an independent.

Planon named a leader for CMMS and FM

The recognition comes from technology market specialist IDC in two of its recent MarketScape assessment reports.

EQUANS rolls out chargers for West Yorkshire

ENGIE’s services division has installed 85 free-to-use electric vehicle chargers, working in partnership with the West Yorkshire Combined Authority.

Derwent secures place on TFM framework

Derwent Facilities Management has been awarded a place on the Crescent Purchasing Consortium framework for the provision of total facilities management services.

Sign of the times: energy solution backed

EcoSync, a dynamic energy management platform that adapts temperature control to changing occupancy levels, has attracted substantial new investment.

Trades businesses bounce back, but worries remain

Demand for trade services has boomed over the past year, yet compliance and cost issues are weighing the industry down.

Bartlett Mitchell commits to coffee

The caterer's new coffee incubator programme will support independent brands aiming to grow their foodservice market presence.

Amulet’s Blueprint for enhanced security

The Churchill Group’s security business has launched a new information platform called Project Blueprint.

Hines means business with Helix buy

The international real estate firm has agreed a deal to acquire one of the UK’s leading specialist commercial property management companies.

Optimistic Mitie raises profit forecast

The facilities management group says it is seeing continued strong trading performance.​

Two possible buyers eyeing Amey

Two investment firms have been named as the possible future owner of the services group.

Sodexo launches sports, events & hospitality brand

Sodexo Live! will unify and leverage all of the group’s expertise across the world in this sector.

Portico launches online concierge platform

Portico Lifestyle provides access to a range of products and experiences for customers and clients.

Charity fundraiser tops £14,000

Over 100 of the best-known names in cleaning and FM came together recently to raise an impressive £7,000 in cash and a further £7,000 in product donations.

Maxim grows following contracts success

Sunderland-based Maxim FM says it is looking to create up to 100 new jobs over the next year after winning a string of new contracts.

Ocado serves up catering robots

Food service robots are preparing fresh, personalised lunches for the 4,000 employees returning to the group’s HQ.

Compass hails strong close to the year

In a trading statement ahead of the end of its financial year the group says fourth quarter performance has surpassed projections.

Autodesk invests in iOFFICE pair

Autodesk, one of the biggest names in built environment technology, says its strategic investment will give businesses unequaled ability to optimise their assets.

SCSS backs plant hire charter

The Supply Chain Sustainability School is leading an initiative that will see the UK’s built environment sector drastically reduce onsite emissions.

Leadec acquires Partners in Hygiene

The move extends the cleaning and hygiene services offered by the manufacturing site specialist.

HPS acquires FMI

HPS Services Group has extended its offer with the acquisition of hard FM specialist FMI Services.

Northants contracts to be tendered

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

Thursday: thank your security officer day

This is International Security Officer Appreciation Week, and Thursday has been designated the day to say thank you.

CBRE unveils new brand positioning

A new brand vision emphasises multidimensional expertise across all aspects of commercial real estate, the group says.

WorkWave to acquire TEAM software

The provider of software-as-a-service solutions has extended its reach into the services sector with this latest acquisition.

MBO at Premier Support Services

The Birmingham-headquartered service provider has secured a multi-million pound investment to back a management buyout.

Mitie extends Plan Zero offer

BoltON packages offer simple solutions designed to support Britain’s decarbonisation, the company says.

MRI fills in a gap

The acquisitive real estate software group has announced the acquisition of customer relationship management solution provider Box+Dice.

Public sector procurement: could do better for SMEs

Over 90% of British SMEs think the public sector should do more to remove the tendering barriers they face when bidding for contracts.

Sustainability: electric cargo bikes find a role

The UK’s largest specialist electric bike retailer will host an event on Wednesday the 15th in central London to showcase the Energy Saving Trust’s eCargo Bike Grant Fund.

Sodexo donates funds to ambulance service

The company has awarded a grant to London Ambulance Service worth £300,000 to fund the training of 10 paramedics and three new emergency ambulance crew.

Salisbury boasts record-breaking year

Following the early market disruption caused by Covid-19, the group has gone on to enjoy a ‘superb 12 months of business’.

Whiz adds disinfection capability

SoftBank Robotics’ best-selling collaborative robot has now been paired with a disinfection unit enabling it to clean and sterilise at the same time.

ISS to cut food waste in half in the US

The group’s US business has announced a programme to reduce by 50% all food waste produced in facilities where it provides FM services.

Sodexo unveils Protecta

An improved, evidence-based infection prevention approach for hospitals, the company says its new offering goes beyond simply ensuring surfaces are visibly clean.

Business: confidence rises, focus shifts

CEOs are increasingly optimistic about the outlook for their own business as their confidence in the global economy returns to pre-Covid levels.

Carillion: FRC issues formal complaint

The Financial Reporting Council has delivered a disciplinary formal complaint against KPMG LLP, a former KPMG partner and certain current and former KPMG employees.

Bellrock confirms place on CCS framework

The company has joined others listed as suppliers on the Crown Commercial Service’s Estate Management Services framework.

ABM in major US acquisition

The New York-headquartered group is set to acquire San Francisco-based Able Services, in an $830m cash deal.

Key merger in workplace software sector

iOFFICE, an industry leader in workplace experience and asset management solutions, and SpaceIQ, a leading integrated workplace management system provider, have merged.

Mitie sells Document Management division

The FM group has struck a £40m deal to sell the business to Swiss Post Solutions Limited.

McGill acquires asset management business

The ambitious Dundee-headquartered firm has bought The McDougall Group in a move to expand its geographic coverage and service provision.

Sodexo gifts £1m for apprenticeships

The services group is helping small companies and not-for-profit organisations to upskill their workforce by gifting apprenticeship levy funds to support 106 new apprentices.

MRI acquires FSI

The highly acquisitive MRI Software has added another provider to its portfolio with the acquisition of UK-headquartered FSI.

EQUANS named to ESPO TFM framework

The rebranded ENGIE services business has been awarded a position on all three lots of the East Shires Purchasing Organisation’s new framework.

Altuity ranked in proptech top 50

Altuity Solutions Ltd, the award-winning developer of facilities management software, has been included in Business Cloud’s inaugural #PropTech50 innovation ranking.

Aramark: new future for Workplace Solutions business

Turnover at the catering group’s facilities services division fell off the proverbial cliff in 2020.

ISS: solid foundation for turnaround

The ISS group says it has hit a number of important milestones as it reported on first-half performance.

Kier restructures to support growth

The group has announced a new five-business structure designed to support its ambitions for sustainable growth.

C&W partners with WeWork

Real estate services firm Cushman & Wakefield has teamed up with the flexible space provider to develop flex space solutions for landlords and occupiers.

Sodexo secures place on CCS framework

Sodexo’s Integrator business has been named as a supplier on the new £500m Estate Management Services Framework.

Sodexo gears up for Henley

The group will provide hospitality services for Henley Royal Regatta 2021 as rowing supporters and crews return to the world-renowned event.

Amey bidders invited to line up

It looks like the sale of Amey is back on the agenda, with prospective buyers asked to put forward their bids this week.

Early notice: CCS plans £35bn framework

A new facilities management and workplace services framework is due to launch in 2022, with an approach-to-market date of this autumn.

Novus refocuses in line with growth plan

Novus Property Solutions has launched a streamlined market offering based on three service streams.

Mitie buys to grow telecoms capability

The FM group has acquired DAEL Ventures Ltd, a provider of acquisition, design and construction services for mobile telecoms infrastructure.

Serco: ‘very strong’ half year results

The support services group has reported positive first-half figures, with profit jumping ahead by almost a third.

Berkshire company rebrands as FM provider

Pioneer FM says the move reflects its growing range of services and its goal of transforming into a TFM partner.

Ecocleen rebrands as service offer grows

The commercial contract cleaning provider has changed its name to Ecoserv Group.

Westgrove: new wins, new investor

Facilities services provider Westgrove Group has secured over £1m of new contracts and £6m in new funding.

USA: Eurest becomes ESFM

In the US, the Compass Group division has rebranded to reflect its increasing commitment to a wider facilities management offering.

Compass happy with Q3 performance

The group says the three months since 31 March have seen further margin growth and good first-time outsourcing momentum.

Chartered Practitioner status for WCEC

The Worshipful Company of Environmental Cleaners has received a grant of Royal Approval to confer the award of Chartered Practitioner in Environmental Cleaning on members.

CBRE takes majority stake in Turner & Townsend

CBRE is set to acquire a 60% ownership interest in and enter into a strategic partnership with the programme, project and cost manager.

Mitie sees Q1 revenue double

The group is reporting a strong start to FY22, boosted by Covid-related projects awarded by central government, additional new wins and the gradual re-opening of UK businesses.

Sodexo names workplace design partner

TSK Group has joined the partnership that underpins Vital Spaces, Sodexo’s people-centric proposition for workplace.

Bidvest Noonan restructures

Following a series of acquisitions, the service provider has announced its investment in a new operating structure.

CBRE plans Cornwall meet-the-buyer event

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

14forty celebrates growth

The FM provider is reporting an “outstanding start” to the year after winning new clients and retaining 95% of its existing portfolio in the first half of 2021. 

Churchill-cleaned stations certified

St Pancras International, Stratford and Ebbsfleet rail stations have received Certificates of Assurance from testing and certification specialist Bureau Veritas.

Arcus partners with refrigeration specialist

Arcus FM is working with national refrigeration plant manufacturer and carbon reduction specialist Clade to provide a new comprehensive service and maintenance offering.

Vote of confidence in FM technology

Technology investment group Fortive is to buy procurement and service delivery platform ServiceChannel in a $1.2bn deal.

Powys to bring property services back in-house

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

Sodexo sees strong Q3

The support services group has reported an uplift in revenue across all business streams.

ENGIE introduces new brand for services

EQUANS will manage the majority of the group’s services-led activity in 17 countries including the UK & Ireland.

IFMA launches IFMA EMEA

The International Facility Management Association has announced the formation of a new group catering to the Europe, Middle East and Africa markets.

Investment group acquires iOFFICE

Private equity firm Thoma Bravo will back the workplace and asset management SaaS software leader in accelerating innovation and expansion.

Serco looking at strong first-half performance

In its latest trading update Serco reports that performance in all its regions is ahead of last year, with group revenue and profit up comfortably.

Planon launches online marketplace

The global provider of real estate and facilities management software has launched a new resource for organisations looking for PropTech innovations.

Gartner names Cloudfm as a global leader

The technology research and advisory company has singled out Cloudfm as a leader in IoT-enabled predictive maintenance.

FM services face cost pressures

Supply-side issues will affect maintenance prices over the next year or so, and labour shortages may be an issue after that.

ISS and Danish Defence agree to exit partnership

ISS Facility Services and the Danish Ministry of Defence Estate Agency have entered into an agreement to exit the partnership contract between the two parties.

Amulet launches ‘temp & vacant’ service

Churchill’s specialist security firm is offering nationwide support for businesses that have temporary and vacant properties.

Serco launches new integrated FM business

With its ‘does what it says on the tin’ name, the Facilities Management Business Unit will provide a new platform to enhance existing FM contracts and broaden capabilities in the Asia-Pac region.

DVLA checks the route ahead

The Swansea-headquartered agency is planning for what comes next, with its 20-year outsourcing deal due to end in 2025.

Sodexo launches Fooditude in Dublin

The move sees the launch of the business in Ireland and the opening of a new cloud kitchen in Dublin.

Portico launches security offering

The specialist provider of tailored guest services has unveiled a ‘soft yet secure’ offer with Portico Safe.

Serco lifts forecast for the year

In a trading update, the group says the strong performance it saw at the beginning of the year has continued.

MBO for Orbis Protect

With a management buy-out completed, Orbis says it is ready to invest in smart technologies, grow existing UK business and prepare for international growth.

Bidvest Noonan acquires Amber Support Solutions

The company has gone and done it again, making its fifth acquisition this year.

Altuity secures R&D funding

A business growth grant from the West of England Combined Authority will fund 80% of the hardware costs for an R&D project.

Green Task Force secures key certifications

Accreditations for environmental, systems and supply chain management have been won by a charity that re-trains veterans as tree specialists and land-based workers.

Profit down but confidence up at Mitie

FY21 was a ‘defining year’ marked by resilience in the face of Covid and the bedding down of the Interserve acquisition.

Post-pandemic acquisition boom likely

United Capital, specialist in the fragmented UK building services and facilities management sector, is reporting a boom in identified acquisition targets.

Procurement guidance published

New guidance sets out how public spending should help drive wider benefits, from job creation to helping protect the environment.

New partnership deal for SoftBank Robotics

SoftBank Robotics EMEA has signed a strategic partnership with NextFMRobotics covering Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

BAM FM commits to Living Wage

BAM Facilities Management is now an accredited Living Wage Foundation Recognised Service Provider.

ISS to sell Spectrum franchise business

The facilities services provider has entered into an agreement to divest its specialist franchised B2C restoration business.

EMCOR joins AKAM

EMCOR UK is the first facilities management company to join the Association for Key Account Management.

ISS targets life sciences & manufacturing

The facilities services group has strengthened its senior team with the appointment of Sebastian Volders as global head of growth for this market segment.

Bidvest Noonan scoops up Cordant businesses

The acquisition brings revenues to £700m and significantly strengthens Bidvest Noonan’s position as a leading UK provider of security and soft services. 

Bouygues joins drive for innovation and digital transformation

Bouygues Construction has joined forces with The Cambridge Service Alliance, with a focus on research around digital twins.

City stake sold for housing initiative

Lord Haughey, founder of City FM, has sold a significant stake in the business in order to back a new venture.

Amey secures place on ESPO framework

Amey Secure Infrastructure has been named a supplier on the ESPO Total Facilities Management framework.

Asda turns to ENGIE for EV charging

The retail giant has appointed ENGIE to deliver electric vehicle charging points at 19 locations across West Yorkshire.

Biffa buys Viridor business

The £126m deal focuses on Viridor’s collections business and certain recycling assets.

BAM FM sees turnover climb 10%

Running counter to the prevailing winds, the business has reported a solid uplift for 2020.

Government tightens focus on consulting and procurement

A new strategy and consulting hub has been launched to boost internal expertise across government.

Carillion saga lives on

The collapse of the construction to services group three years ago is set to spawn new legal action.

Amey assembles team for Defence contract

The team will bid to secure the massive MoD Training Estate Support Contract.

Derwent awarded ESPO place

Derwent Facilities Management has been awarded a place on Eastern Shires Purchasing Organisation’s framework for the provision of FM Services.

GRITIT out; OUTCO in

GRITIT Group, best known for winter services, is re-launching under a new brand that reflects its evolution into outdoor estate compliance services.

Confidence is back: UK FM looks towards growth

New research shows that overall confidence levels across the sector are pushing back towards the highs recorded early last year prior to the damage wrought by Covid-19.

Compass thinks positive

Half-year results still look pretty uncomfortable, but there is some good news too.

Sport Ireland Campus goes digital

Workplace management solutions provider Over-C is partnering with the Sport Ireland Campus to digitally transform facilities management.

Kingdom buys Facilicom businesses

Kingdom Services Group has completed the purchase of Facilicom Cleaning Services and Trigion Security Services.

Churchill launches new business

Churchill Group has unveiled On Verve, a new guest services offering.

SoftBank Robotics announces deal in Spain

SoftBank Robotics EMEA has signed a strategic partnership with the leading cleaning product provider in Spain.

Trios is back and reporting a £37m turnover

Trios FM has extricated itself from Spie and returned to reporting as an independent business.

Forth emerges on the fourth

Building services group Royston unveiled a wholesale rebrand yesterday.

Buy-out for Greenzone

Independent waste management business Greenzone Facilities Management has completed a shareholder buy-out.

BESA backs pre-qual standard

The Building Engineering Services Association has become the first trade body to adopt a new industry agreed prequalification standard designed to cut red tape.

Queen’s Award for Ground Control

The company, the UK’s largest landscape and maintenance contractor, has won a second Queen’s Award for Enterprise.

UAE partnership for SoftBank Robotics

SoftBank Robotics EMEA has signed a strategic partnership with Jacky’s Business Solutions LLC, a leading B2B solutions provider in the UAE.

Parr to support cleaning industry APPG

Churchill Group director Charlotte Parr has signed on to support the recently launched All-Party Parliamentary Group for the UK cleaning and hygiene industry.

CBRE set to buy Danish hard services firm

The property services group has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire hard FM specialist Intego A/S.

Jones restructures with growth in mind

Jones FM has secured external funding for a share buy-back programme aimed at supporting organic growth.

BGIS buys to extend data centre services

The facilities services group has acquired data centre and IT infrastructure management software provider Cormant.

IFMA publishes new vision and mission

The International Facility Management Association has refreshed its positioning, as well as its logo and website.

Compass launches dedicated Welsh business

Compass Cymru is committed to supporting the Welsh hospitality industry, championing local suppliers and fostering the next generation of talent.

NJC offers ‘return to the workplace’ assurance

The cleaning and support services provider has launched NJC Assure, aiming to help companies and their employees return stronger from the pandemic.

EMEA outsourcing market continues to climb

The European market for IT and business services remains robust, with record demand for cloud-based services in the first quarter and continued strength in managed services.

Building services: labour issues loom

The speed of the economic recovery is already revealing cracks in the building services labour market, according to the Building Engineering Services Association.

Bidvest Noonan buys waste management business

In its latest move the facilities services group has acquired Ancove, an award-winning provider of waste management solutions.

Ecocleen acquires JPM Group

The JPM Group of Companies is a family-run facilities services business based in Watford.

Atalian Servest: 2020 was a challenging year

Perhaps that goes without saying, but its latest annual report shows the Paris-based facilities services group coped reasonably well.

Leeds turns to Business Moves Group

Leeds Building Society has appointed the workplace change and relocation specialists for its head office move.

MPs and Peers to be briefed on cleaning

The briefing will focus on how to restore people’s confidence in using work and public spaces following the Covid-19 pandemic.

Can you save money on manned guarding?

Corps Security has launched an online calculator to help businesses rightsize their security provision as they plan the return to the workplace.

Q3 commits to Living Wage

Q3 Services is now a Recognised Service Provider, supporting the Living Wage Foundation.

McGill merges with sister company

Building services and construction company McGill and electrical and renewables contractor Alliance Electrical will trade under the McGill name.

Sodexo moves into medical equipment management

Sodexo has acquired the award-winning MTS Health Limited to expand its business in the healthcare sector.

Grounds Care grows across Thames Valley

Surrey-based Grounds Care Group has completed the acquisition of Green & Tidy Landscapes Ltd.

Tivoli secures ESPO framework place

Tivoli Group has been awarded a position on ESPO Framework 245 to supply grounds maintenance services to public sector buyers across the UK.

Allied Universal completes G4S buy

The deal, now complete, values G4S at £3.8bn and makes Allied Universal the third largest employer in North America.

Sodexo H1 report: cautious optimism

Despite the negative year-on-year figures in its first-half report, the group sees the trend going in the right direction and predicts an uptick for H2.

Feedr takes on WFH challenge

Compass Group UK and Ireland’s flexible food tech platform has expanded its suite of office catering solutions to service employees working from home.


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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.


Comments - Search found 9 comments

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.