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Growth opportunity for safety tech specialists

UK technology companies with game-changing safety tech products are being invited to get involved with a new Health & Safety Executive-backed initiative.

Public sector framework place for Amey

This is the sixth framework the business has been awarded a place on over the last twelve months.

Caterer counts £20m of new contracts

Contract caterer BM has hit that milestone over the past six months, with new business in the financial, tech, media, construction and legal sectors. 

Property looks to accelerate decarbonisation

Market prospects may be uncertain over the short-term, but many UK property companies intend to increase investment in carbon reduction this year.

Atlas Security boasts strong first year

Atlas FM’s security services division is reporting growth of over 120% in its first year, with a string of new business wins.

Inviron raises £20k for Mind

Throughout 2022, employees, clients and suppliers took part in fund-raising events for charity partner, Mind.

Levy launches build-out service

Levy UK&I, Compass Group’s sports and venue catering specialist, has launched BUILT by Levy.

Mitie reports 'encouraging performance'

The facilities management group saw Q3 revenue climb 3% above Q2 and 6% above Q1, according to a new trading statement.

Bidvest Noonan backs food body

The facilities services provider has become a supporting member of the Society of Food Hygiene and Technology, the highest level of membership offered.

Eurest supports Heathrow with free food scheme

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 takes stake in PropTech company

Planon has acquired a majority share in Ubigreen, a company focused on energy performance and workspace optimisation.

Projects: SPIE appointed at pharma lab

Llife science company Evotec has appointed SPIE UK to deliver M&E works at its Abingdon site.

Projects: Novus lands trio of healthcare contracts

Novus Property Solutions has been awarded a series of hospital-based contracts across the North West and Midlands.

Sodexo reports strong start to FY23

First quarter group revenues reached €6.3bn, up 20.2% year-on-year, with organic growth remaining strong at 12.3%.

Planon partners to extend cloud offering

The global provider of building management software is partnering with Microsoft and adding Microsoft Azure to its cloud platform.

Buckthorn completes Amey buy

The investment group confirms that the deal was sealed at the end of December.

Vegetarian and vegan dishes on the rise

To mark Veganuary 2023, Sodexo has published its food sales data for 2022.

December news you may have missed

Here’s a brief round-up of stories that may have passed you by in the busy run-up to the holiday period.

Elior in major multi-services move

Elior Group has signed a memorandum of understanding to acquire Derichebourg Multiservices as a part of its ongoing turnaround strategy.

Atalian sale changes focus

The group will not be sold as a whole to the US investment company Clayton, Dubilier & Rice.

CBRE to buy Swedish firm

The property services group has announced a definitive agreement to acquire hard services provider H2M Sverige.

Imtech completes SPIE UK acquisition

With the customary conditions and regulatory approvals in place, SPIE UK is now wholly owned by Imtech.

Compass Foodbuy business grows

Foodbuy Europe, the Compass group business, has acquired Regency Purchasing Group, its third acquisition this year.

Serco: better than expected 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.”

DIO updates on Built Estate contracts

As new contracts reach the year-one milestone, innovation and collaboration have paved the way for success, the Defence Infrastructure Organisation says.

Portico targets employee engagement

The specialist provider of tailored guest services has launched a new online directory of more than 300 value-add experiences from local businesses.

Milner to return to Amey as CEO

Buckthorn Partners has confirmed that Andy Milner will return as chief executive of the infrastructure and support services company.

GSH rebrands Team Q

Following the acquisition earlier this year, Team Q has now become GSH Facilities Management Ltd.

14forty in sustainable cleaning drive

The FM service provider has introduced a stabilised aqueous ozone system at three sites for its client N Brown Group plc.

Galliford Try awarded place on security framework

Galliford Try, the construction and services group, has been appointed to the new £3bn Crown Commercial Service framework.

Asbestos specialist buys to grow

Specialist service provider Environmental Essentials has acquired Adams Environmental, with the help of a follow-on investment.

Croma looks at selling guarding business

The AIM-listed security services group is in discussion about an MBO at Vigilant, its largest division.

US investor boosts position in UK security

Acquisition of the Protector Group follows stake taken in Amberstone Security.

Medirest site awarded exemplar status

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.

Aramark launches at major Merlin sites

The latest phase in its partnership with Merlin Entertainments sees Aramark UK rolling out services at Alton Towers Resort and Warwick Castle.

OCS completes sale to CDR

OCS Group has confirmed completion of the sale of its facilities services division to Clayton, Dubilier & Rice.

DIO contracts launch

£117m worth of new contracts, awarded by the Defence Infrastructure Organisation, came into force on 1 December.

Cleaning APPG publishes first report

The All-Party Parliamentary Group for the Cleaning and Hygiene Industry has made a series of recommendations for government, regulators and the industry itself.

EcoSync secures growth funding

The energy solution provider has raised close to £1m to support expansion into new sectors.

Climate tech start-up growing fast

OakTree Power has reported a sixfold capacity increase in six months.

New restaurant opened by 14forty

The facilities management company has opened a new restaurant with online retailer N Brown Group plc.

Contract cleaning: opportunities & headwinds

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.

Compass beats 2019 revenue

As the group continues on its recovery journey full-year figures for FY22 show Q4 at 116% of the 2019 revenue level.

Levy UK announces move to Living Wage

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.

Mitie positive despite mid-year profit fall

First half saw strong performance reflecting momentum across all divisions, says CEO Phil Bentley.

Atlas in third acquisition

In its third move this year, Atlas FM has acquired cleaning and support services business Lewis & Graves Partnership.

JLL launches new brand positioning

A brand update aims to emphasise the firm’s purpose and range of expertise to help clients amid a changing real estate environment.

BCC backs Living Wage

This is Living Wage Week, and the British Cleaning Council has renewed its call for sector businesses to consider becoming real Living Wage Employers.

Imtech sells Irish engineering business

The hard services group has signed a binding agreement to sell Suir Engineering Ltd.

Government publishes first FM strategy

The document establishes a coordinated, cross-government vision for facilities management, setting the strategic approach and standards for ‘what good looks like’.

Matthew Dean named Chartered Practitioner

ISS product development manager Matthew Dean has secured the Chartered Practitioner award from the Worshipful Company of Environmental Cleaners.

Cleanology boosts growth

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.

New workplace guest service business

Amplify has been launched, offering reception, switchboard, reservations, events and technical services.

Equans helping to fund net zero start-ups

Equans has invested in two net zero carbon software specialists through the Clean Growth Innovation Fund.

ISS gears up for next phase of its strategy

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 NHS food & drink standards

New standards published last week set the target for healthcare organisations, as well as contracted service providers.

Infogrid acquires data analytics firm

Building intelligence SaaS technology company Infogrid has acquired Aquicore, an ESG data and analytics specialist.

ISS sees strong growth momentum

The facilities services group is reporting strong figures for the first nine months of 2022.

Offices: call for circular economy principles

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.

Atlas acquires City West

One of London’s leading cleaning companies, City West Support Services brings to Atlas FM new customers in a range of sectors.

DIO confirms start of Gibraltar contract

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.

Lightbulb moment for bid advisors

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.

ISS builds its position in Switzerland

The group has acquired FM company Livit, gaining 11 local branches throughout Switzerland.

Imtech to acquire SPIE UK

The acquisition will complement and enhance Imtech’s current offering, the buyer says.

Cooltech rebrands to Ecoserv Technical Services

A number of senior appointments have also been made following the acquisition by Ecoserv Group last year.

New MD for Office Concierge

The reception management specialist has promoted Anthony Laser to managing director.

Sodexo reports good figures for FY22

“All our activities delivered a strong recovery in Fiscal 2022,” says group CEO Sophie Bellon.

Lexington expands cloud catering service

Workplace caterer Lexington has extended it cloud offer, Lex Unboxed, to reach more workplaces in London.

Apleona to buy Irish FM provider

The Germany-based FM group is set to acquire Dublin-headquartered Acacia.

Outsourcing: pace of growth slows

Europe’s outsourced services market continued its year-on-year growth in Q3 2022, amid signs that economic concerns may be dampening demand.

Industry bodies to align data standards

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.

BCC blasts Home Secretary

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’.

Amey sold to investors

Spanish infrastructure group Ferrovial has struck a deal with two investment groups for the sale of its UK services business.

Equans delivers vast EV car park

One of the largest charging installations in the UK, NatWest offices in Gogarburn, Edinburgh, benefit from 264 sockets in total.

Sodexo subsidiary grows

Entegra, the group’s procurement business, has acquired Beacon Purchasing, bringing together two of the UK’s leading purchasing organisations.

ISS awards patient meals contract

ISS UK has announced a new partnership with apetito, one of the UK’s largest suppliers of delivered-in meals

Apleona acquires maintenance services specialist

London-headquartered Combined Technical Solutions Limited has been acquired by the Apleona group

Bouygues completes EQUANS acquisition

The deal will see Bouygues Energies & Services merging with EQUANS in January.

Kingdom business grows

Kingdom Cleaning is reporting significant growth, following a number of new business wins, appointments and acquisitions.

Condeco merges with iOffice + SpaceIQ

Bringing the provider of workspace scheduling software together with the workplace and asset management company creates Eptura.

MRI grows with retail specialist

The acquisitive real estate software group has announced the acquisition of UK-based Springboard, a provider of footfall counting and artificial intelligence-powered analytics.

Biffa agrees sale

One of the biggest names in the waste management business is set to be acquired in a £1.3bn deal.

Inviron strengthens net zero offering

A group-wide strategic review sees the hard services specialist taking the Connect Energy team into the fold.

Corps responds to cost challenges

The security services provider plans to launch a new customer and industry-focused campaign to support businesses facing rising costs.

VPS grows with Nexus acquisition

VPS Group, the tem­po­rary secu­ri­ty spe­cial­ist, has acquired Nexus Nation­al Secu­ri­ty Net­work.

ABM expands social mobility initiative

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. 

NG Bailey ‘transforming connectivity’ as it targets growth

The group’s IT Services business has revealed ambitious plans for growth following a strong financial performance.

Bellrock buys technical services business

The property and facilities management group’s latest acquisition is Huntingdon-based Martech Technical Services Ltd.

Amey: buy-out in the works?

Former Amey CEO Andy Milner is in talks to return and lead a buyout of the business, Sky News is reporting.

CDX Security launches aviation division

The Warrington-based company says CDX Aviation Services comes in response to “soaring demand”.

Altuity secures listing on CCS framework

Specialist software developer Altuity Solutions has secured a place on the Crown Commercial Service’s G-Cloud 13 framework.

Inviron reports healthy growth across all sectors

Despite a challenging 2021, Inviron has reported a strong set of accounts underpinned by solid growth.

Offices: London occupiers growing footprint

Contrary to the post-Covid expectations of many, the Central London office leasing market has seen occupiers expanding their footprint at record levels.

Foodbuy buys again

Compass Group UK & Ireland has acquired Equinoxe Solutions which will be merged into the group’s Foodbuy procurement business.

MPs set for inquiry into Covid cleaning and hygiene

Next week sees the start of an inquiry into the role of cleaning and hygiene, and the associated challenges, during the Covid-19 pandemic.

McGill in administration again

Dundee-based McGill Facilities Management moved into administration last week, but one division has already been sold.

NG Bailey returns to profitability

The UK’s largest independent engineering and services business is reporting healthy figures for FY22.

CMA unwinds Veolia/Suez merger

The Competition and Markets Authority has instructed Veolia to sell three businesses after an in-depth investigation.

Atlas Security unveils new control room

A new national control centre aims to further professionalise operations, expand the service offering and create a more comfortable working environment.

CBRE extends FM technology offer

The property services group has announced the acquisition of E2C Technology, an artificial intelligence/machine learning specialist.

Orbis Protect acquires Veritas Property Management

The acquisition brings together both companies to strengthen the service offering to the enlarged group’s customers.

Mitie donates hygiene equipment to relief centre

The FM group has shipped PPE and other hygiene supplies to the GE Operator Humanitarian Centre in Warsaw.

Mears buys energy specialist

Headquartered in Dundee, IRT Surveys provides a range of data-led services focused on addressing fuel poverty, decarbonisation and energy efficiency.

JLL and HqO extend strategic relationship

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.

Bullish ISS upgrades 2022 outlook

The facilities services group is reporting accelerating growth momentum for the first half of the year.

Property and FM could see budget cuts

An international survey of CFOs suggests real estate, facilities management and finance functions are most likely to face cuts in the next 12 months.

Solid first half for Serco

Growth in other parts of the business more than offset the wind-down of one contract and the exit from another.

Bouygues E&S named to CCS framework

The company has confirmed its place as a supplier on the Crown Commercial Service’s new facilities management framework, RM6232.

Capita to sell real estate businesses

The multi-disciplinary service group WSP is to acquire Capita Real Estate & Infrastructure and GL Hearn for £60m.

Chartwells Independent hails “outstanding year”

Compass Group UK & Ireland’s independent school catering division reports it has added a record number of schools to its estate.

McGill working to avoid administration

The Dundee-headquartered building services business is grappling with financial issues but continues to be operational.

Window cleaner climbs to number 2 spot

Principle Windows, the vertical cleaning division of Principle Cleaning Services, has become the second largest window cleaning operation in the UK.

BAM launches EV charging service

BAM Charging Solutions offers an end-to-end EV charging infrastructure service to support organisations on their road to zero emissions.

Sodexo Live! unveils DW Stadium makeover

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.

Former Carillion directors fined

Three ex-senior executives at the collapsed construction to services group have been issued with fines by the Financial Conduct Authority.

InferSens welcomes Governor of Queensland

The leading-edge AI and machine learning sensor technology business was recently visited by Her Excellency the Honourable Dr Jeannette Young AC PSM.

Atalian and OCS set to be acquired

Investment group Clayton, Dubilier & Rice has announced agreement to acquire the OCS Group and a binding and irrevocable offer to acquire the Atalian Group.

Compass: Q3 figures surpass 2019

Underlying group revenue and B&I revenue are both back up to pre-Covid levels.

Mitie: strong Q1 and good momentum

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.

Q2 outsourcing strong, but faltering?

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.

KPMG fined millions for Carillion audits

The Financial Reporting Council has announced sanctions against the auditing firm, a former partner and four former employees.

IWFM publishes accounts, relocates AGM

The Institute's annual general meeting will take place in Bishop’s Stortford on Thursday, relocated in anticipation of rail disruption.

Securitas buys Stanley business

The acquisition of Stanley Security and Healthcare accelerates the transformation journey toward technology-based solutions, Securitas says.

Cleanology launches industry fundraiser

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.

Atlas Security signs up to Living Wage

Having met the necessary standards Atlas Security is now a Recognised Service Provider, joining the wider Atlas FM business.

Foodbuy buys e-foods

Compass Group’s procurement business extends its reach with e-foods’ purchase-to-pay solutions and supply chain management expertise.

Galliford Try buys MCS Controls Systems

The systems integrator to the industrial and utilities sectors is to be acquired for a consideration of £1.

Pareto: new senior team, new brand

Pareto FM has added five roles to its senior team and announced a new brand identity for the company.

Bellrock buys John Rowan

Bellrock Property & Facilities Management has acquired award-winning construction consultancy John Rowan and Partners.

Pareto lands place on NHS framework

Pareto FM has been awarded a place on the 2022 NHS London Procurement Partnership TFM framework.

RSK acquires MSS Group

Cardiff-headquartered MSS is the latest addition to the environmental and engineering services group.

Sodexo sees better than expected Q3

The services group reports that activity is back up to 97% of the pre-Covid level.

Kingdom acquires Colvin Cleaning

The Eastbourne-based cleaning services provider has been rebranded as Kingdom Cleaning.

Planon extends workplace services

The building management software provider has announced the launch of Planon Workplace Edition.

Concourse FM rebrands

Marking the culmination of a merger initiated last year, Concourse FM has re-branded to GDM Workplace Solutions.

ISS joins FM cobot development team

The FacilityCobot project aims to develop a mobile robot that can relieve cleaning staff from repetitive or physically exhausting tasks.

SoftBank Robotics partners for enhanced service solutions

The expert companies will develop a variety of automated and intelligent tray delivery systems to help with challenges in the service industries.

Allied Universal grows in Europe

The US-headquartered security services group has announced the acquisition of three companies.

Sodexo confirms success at Royal Ascot

Sodexo Live! helped to welcome 275,000 racegoers to the first full-scale meet since 2019.

Servo Group eyes further growth

The Leeds-headquartered multi-service provider reports it has made a strong start to 2022.

Cleanology goes national

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.

Building services: sector positive but wary

The latest quarterly Building Engineering Business Survey reveals an expected bounce back for the sector in Q2.

CCS confirms ‘social value-enabled’ FM framework

The Crown Commercial Service has awarded 44 suppliers places on its new Facilities Management and Workplace Services framework.

HqO acquires Leesman

HqO, an industry-leading workplace experience platform, has announced the acquisition of Leesman, the world’s leader in measuring employee workplace experience.

Atalian Servest acquires Incentive FM

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.

RICS spins off BCIS

Building Cost Information Service becomes independent company as RICS focuses on core services.

Wishaw services set to come in-house

NHS Lanarkshire says soft services at University Hospital Wishaw will move in-house, ending a 22-year relationship with Serco.

Clearway buys fire and security business

The London-headquartered commercial security services provider has acquired Sitewatch Fire and Surveillance Ltd.

Big issue: managing costs in FM

A new CBRE report aims to provide advice, as many companies are already involved in budget planning for next year.

Mitie delivers record revenue

Post-pandemic, the FM services group has returned to profit as it notches up nearly £4bn in revenue for FY22.

Mitie buys solar power business

Custom Solar Ltd specialises in the development, design, installation and maintenance of solar power systems for public and private sector clients.

Pareto claims place on CCS FM framework

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.

Muck and brass

Waste management company Biffa has received an unsolicited offer of acquisition valuing the company at £1.36bn.

Nurture Group grows

Nurture Landscapes has added to its portfolio of services with the acquisition of London-based Plantforce.

Fusion21 launches grounds maintenance framework

The procurement organisation has confirmed the suppliers appointed to its national framework worth up to £85m over four years.

FM Innovators turn focus on maintenance

The global group that fosters tech start-ups in FM will hold its first Digital Maintenance Summit on Thursday the 9th.

BCC accuses government of ignoring cleaning sector

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 launches new ventures programme

ABM Ventures will aim to accelerate growth through investments in both client and team member experiences and industry-leading use of technology and data.

ISS and Sodexo contribute to Jubilee album

Two of the biggest names in FM are proud contributors to ‘Her Majesty The Queen: The Official Platinum Jubilee Pageant Commemorative Album’.

Landmarc and DIO set training estate record

Landmarc Support Services and the Defence Infrastructure Organisation have managed a record twelve months of programme delivery on the Defence Training Estate.

Buoyant Serco revises full-year guidance

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 confirms NHS appointment

Eric Wright FM has been re-appointed by NHS Shared Business Services to its hard facilities management framework agreement.

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.

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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.

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Survival of the fittest

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

FM outsourcing: a bigger role for SMEs?

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

Talking the industry up

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

What's the point of marketing in FM?

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

The demise of Carillion and what it means

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

What's in a name?

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

Where is everybody?

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

No sector can afford to think it's better than another

As the post-Olympics row about public sector outsourcing simmers on, Sodexo's Phil Hooper calls for balanced thinking.

Safe to Hope?

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