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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.

ISS exits four markets

The group has entered into an agreement to divest its activities in four Eastern European countries.

Corps launches key holding solution

Corps Monitoring’s KeySafe service combines secure key holding with a nationwide network of service partners and state-of-the-art remote monitoring.

Union to target outsourced FM workers

The Public and Commercial Services union is planning an organising campaign aimed at improving the terms & conditions of staff employed on outsourced contracts.

Compass cautiously optimistic

In a pre-close statement ahead of reporting its half-year performance the group says figures are headed in the right direction.

Seal of approval for student accommodation

The Sodexo-managed student accommodation at Northumbria University has received the Rise Safe label from Bureau Veritas.

Derwent secures place on FM framework

Derwent FM has been awarded a place on Prosper’s Dynamic Purchasing System for Compliance and Facilities Management Services.

Access Group buys Ezitracker

Ezitracker, the provider of workforce management solutions well known in the FM sector, has been acquired.

Reconomy buys to grow

The latest acquisition for the waste management and environmental services specialist is Eurokey Recycling Ltd.

SoftBank Robotics teams up with Ricoh

Collaborative robot specialist SoftBank Robotics EMEA has appointed Ricoh Europe to support the increased demands in the deployment of its smart cleaning innovation, Whiz.

Bidvest Noonan buys Irish hard services firm

The deal boosts the buyer’s resources, but it has no plans to move into hard FM in the UK.

Totalmobile buys analytics firm

The UK-based field service management software company has announced the acquisition of Cognito iQ.

NIC on FT companies list for second year

NIC Services Group has been listed in the Financial Times top 1000 Europe’s Fastest Growing Companies for the second consecutive year.

Offer for G4S goes unconditional

The US-based buyer, Allied Universal, has received acceptances from almost 80% of G4S investors, effectively sealing the deal.

NHS cleaning protocol launched

The protocol, developed by an NHS trust in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, is being rolled out across England.

Prolectric sold as M&A activity grows

The off-grid solar energy solutions specialist has been acquired by Hill & Smith Holdings.

Amey builds technical and energy capabilities

The group’s Secure Infrastructure business is strengthening its technical compliance and energy management capability to support growing customer needs.

MBO at Pareto

The £18m deal will provide funds to continue the company’s pattern of strong growth.

Bellrock acquires B38

In its latest acquisition, the property services company has added Wakefield-based B38 Group to the fold.

Bidvest Noonan partners with ISRM

The UK's fourth largest security provider has signed a partnership agreement with the Institute of Strategic Risk Management.

MRI adds safety and security capability

In its latest acquisition the real estate software company has extended its offer into workplace safety and security needs.

Anabas announces change in ownership

Mark Cooper, founder and chairman of Anabas, has sold the business to Armonia, a French facilities management provider.

Fusion21 suppliers named

The procurement organisation and social enterprise has confirmed the suppliers appointed to its national Workplace & Facilities Framework.

ISS: recovery journey has commenced

The facilities services group reports that key turnaround initiatives are progressing with dedicated improvement programmes to enhance performance of underperforming contracts and countries.

Serco returns to health

The support services group is boasting a ‘very strong year’ across its business globally.

NSS reports growth, new hires

The Manchester-based support services group has seen a 20% increase in revenue following a series of contract wins.

Demand sees Cleanology grow

The London cleaning services provider has won a pair of contracts thanks, it says, to commitments to quality and flexibility.

G4S recommends American bid

This week’s planned auction between bidders for the security services group was pretty much a non-event.

Mace sets out its path towards 2026

The group has overhauled its strategy to set out a vision of a more sustainable and inclusive business model that puts purpose at its heart. 

CBRE takes stake in flex space provider

The group has acquired a 35% interest in Industrious, a provider of premium flexible workplace solutions in the US.

Norse updates Daventry jv

Daventry Norse has been renamed West Northamptonshire Norse ahead of the county’s reorganisation of local government.

Security: Bidvest Noonan plans 'disruptive new technologies'

The company says it is moving ahead to implement its vision of truly touchless and frictionless security.

Q3 moves into security services

Q3 Services Group has expanded its range of self-delivered services to include security.

Date set for World FM Day

This year's global celebration of facilities management will take place on 12 May.

ISS to negotiate future of defence deal

The facilities services group is to start negotiations with the Danish Ministry of Defence Estate Agency which could see the early end of a major contract.

MRI takes Manhattan

MRI Software has entered into an agreement to acquire the Trimble group’s real estate and workplace solutions division.

Lovett to chair CBI Public Sector Partners Council

ENGIE UK & Ireland CEO Nicola Lovett has been appointed to lead a key CBI standing committee.

What next for G4S?

You may have thought it was all over, but the group's future won't be resolved until sometime next week.

Ambitious growth plans at Bidvest Noonan

The services provider has strengthened its UK cleaning business with two senior appointments.

SoftBank Robotics sees 'soaring demand'

SoftBank Robotics EMEA has signed a series of strategic partnerships with leading cleaning solutions providers across Europe.

Knight Frank names new head of FM

The property services group has appointed Anthony Watson to head a newly expanded facilities management business.

New engineering services alliance launched

Bringing together eight trade, technology, research and professional bodies, Actuate UK aims to deliver a single voice for the sector.

Totalmobile acquires Geopal

The UK-based field service management software company says the Dublin-based provider of mobile workforce management technology is a good fit.

Talkington Bates launches new catering concept

The bespoke contract caterer has introduced a flexible offer to support businesses as they start planning the post-Covid return to the office.

Bidvest Noonan buys Axis Group

The deal brings two complementary businesses together and takes the buyer’s annual revenue to over £500m.

Compass: progress is positive, pace slow

In its latest trading statement, the group says the business is going in the right direction but with lockdown measures in place it’s going to take time.

Axis launches Lobby Ambassador service

The new service features SIA-licensed front of house staff who also have 5-star hospitality skills.

Parliamentary cleaning group launched

An All-Party Parliamentary Group for the cleaning and hygiene sector has been inaugurated.

PHS acquires OCS Compliance

The facilities services provider has extended its compliance resources and sealed a preferred supplier deal with OCS Group.

Westgrove commits to TFM

The Warrington-based FM group, best known for soft services, has extended its offer into hard services too.

Mitie reports ‘encouraging’ third quarter

That extends to organic revenue, which was up, as well as the integration of Interserve into the group.

BCC backs key worker status for cleaners

The proposed All Party Parliamentary Group for the cleaning and hygiene industry will prioritise workers’ essential status and their access to Covid-19 vaccinations.

SoftBank Robotics in second partnership deal

SoftBank Robotics EMEA has signed a strategic partnership with distribution and outsourcing specialist Bunzl Cleaning & Hygiene Supplies.

ISS names interim CEO

Andrew Price has been confirmed as the interim country manager for the UK and Ireland.

New workplace catering model launched

Mosaic is a subscription-based contract catering and front-of-house services model offering flexible solutions in a post-Covid workplace.

New engineering services alliance planned

The multi‐billion pound UK engineering services sector is set to launch an important new industry alliance of eight organisations.

SoftBank Robotics signs strategic partnership

SoftBank Robotics EMEA has signed a strategic partnership with BOMA, the leading cleaning solution provider in Belgium, The Netherlands, Luxembourg and France.

IWG optimistic despite persistent pandemic

The flex space operator says its anticipated recovery has been delayed into 2021 as virus control measures remain in place in many of its markets.

Planon buys for growth

The global CRE and FM software group has taken a majority stake in a complementary Dutch business.

Pareto reports sixth year of growth

The facilities and engineering services provider has seen its turnover rise 15% for the year ending September 2020.

Busy season: merger follows MBO

A change of ownership at property services business GDM has been capped off by merging with an FM provider.

A good time to launch an FM business?

Ten months into a pandemic, with recession hovering in the wings, a Milton Keynes-based group is pushing ahead with its expansion plans regardless.

Incentive in top 3% of security companies

Incentive FM has completed its recent SIA Approved Contractor Scheme audit, achieving a top score.

Mitie teams up with Crimestoppers

Mitie Security has teamed up with the independent charity in an innovative partnership to help keep communities and businesses safe.

KST to acquire Cougar Monitoring

Kings Secure Technologies has signed a definitive agreement to acquire the Midlands-based security services and monitoring business.

Excellerate expands with buy

Excellerate Services has acquired national contract cleaning specialist CCM Facilities Ltd.

Apleona extends 15-country deal

The Frankfurt-headquartered FM company has secured a five-year extension to its multi-service contract with international engineering group ABB.

Freedom for Fundamentals business

The NG Bailey Group company has completed the acquisition of HV Services from its parent, Fundamentals Limited.

Reconomy buys second German business

The ambitious resource management group has announced a further acquisition, this one based in Munich.

ENGIE buys Saudi TFM business

The buyer says it will leverage the company’s countrywide coverage and client base to expand its presence in Saudi Arabia.

News review: a year unlike any other

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

Serco buys Australian FM business

The support services group has reached agreement to acquire Sydney-headquartered Facilities First Australia Holdings.

Serco reports ‘robust’ performance

Serco says it is closing out its 2020 financial year with results comfortably ahead of earlier expectations.

RICS: optimistic market view

The latest RICS survey of sentiment in the UK FM market has found positive views about growth continuing to rise in key areas.

ISS unveils new operating model

The group has also announced a refreshed strategy and a number of senior management changes.

Tivoli buys Sodexo horticultural business

The Tivoli Group has exchanged contracts to acquire Sodexo Horticultural Services. Completion is set for 31 January.

Reconomy buys to grow

The provider of outsourced resource management and environmental services has acquired Waste Source Ltd to further strengthen its service offer.

Principle launches Safe Space

The cleaning services specialist says its new offer utilises science and technology to ensure workplaces are clean and protected.

Parliamentary cleaning group expected in 2021

The British Cleaning Council is sponsoring the creation of an All-Party Parliamentary Group to represent the cleaning and hygiene sector.

G4S strikes sale deal

The security services group has rebuffed the persistent Canadian acquisition offers and instead struck a deal with its low-key American suitor.

Pareto on Fast Track 100 list

Pareto FM has been included on the Sunday Times Virgin Atlantic Fast Track 100 league table ranking Britain's private companies with the fastest growth.

Apleona finds a buyer

Investment firm EQT has struck a deal to sell the FM business to another investor, PAI Partners.

GardaWorld ups offer for G4S

The Canadian group has returned with a final offer in its bid to acquire G4S.

Sodexo takes majority stake in Fooditude

Investment in the London-based delivered-in office food services provider will allow Sodexo to grow new digital-enabled and consumer-focused services.

Another senior departure at Interserve

Ian Mulholland becomes the fifth senior executive set to leave the company.

Interserve: and in other news....

In addition to completing the sale of its FM business this week, the group announced a second sale as well as a number of executive team departures.

Mitie seals Interserve deal

The group has confirmed that its acquisition of Interserve Facilities Management has been completed.

Compass commits to Scotland

After 70 years of operation in the country, Compass Group has launched a distinct business: Compass Scotland.

Catch 22 targets FM growth opportunities

The facilities management recruitment specialist has announced a new management structure to implement its plans for future growth.

Sodexo launches Vital Spaces

The new offering brings together the company’s diverse expertise to provide employers with a connected, people-centric approach to transforming the workplace.

G4S issues second defence circular

In its ongoing campaign to head off unwelcome acquisition moves, the security services group has published more making the case for continued independence.

Visible cleaning key to consumer confidence

People want to see cleaners in action, according to new research from ABM UK.

Compass optimistic despite plunging profit

The group started FY 2020 on track to deliver its strongest performance ever. The fourth quarter didn't look too bad either.

Fontana steps into RICS presidency

Kathleen Fontana has become President of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.

Mitie upbeat despite decline

The group's interim results for the six months to 30 September show a 'resilient performance' in the face of Covid impacts.

Sodexo unveils student lockdown services

Sodexo has adapted a number of its services to meet the needs of today’s students, offering options and resources designed for these difficult times.

CMA clears Mitie/Interserve merger

The Competition and Markets Authority has raised no objections to the deal.

FCA to censure Carillion for reckless behaviour

The Financial Conduct Authority notified Carillion and the plc's executive directors eight weeks ago of its intention to take action following the 2018 collapse of the business.

SSE launches data analysis service

Many businesses could save up to 30% on ‘hidden’ energy costs while increasing energy efficiency by up to 10% by changing their approach to data collection.

ABM UK merges hard services with B&I division

The FM provider has effectively brought its hard services operation in-house, integrating it into its Business & Industry Group.

Lincolnshire Police to release G4S

The longstanding contract between the two will not be extended beyond its 2022 expiry date.

CBRE on the acquisition trail

The global real estate services firm has formed CBRE Acquisition Holdings, a special-purpose company with the purpose right there in the name.

ISS: realising the potential

What's it like taking on a new job, a big job, in the middle of a pandemic crisis? New UK CEO Purvin Patel is almost six months into that challenge.

Mitie cuts Interserve price, updates on trading

Mitie has reduced the price it will pay for Interserve's facilities management business, on the basis of its own recent good performance.

ISS "not satisfied" with recent performance

In a trading update covering the first nine months of the year the group says it has continued to feel the impact of Covid-19 and it has started to look at necessary changes for the future.

G4S: second bidder makes initial move

The US-headquartered Allied Universal Security Services has tabled an offer to acquire the G4S group.

EQT moves on sale of Apleona

A year after floating the idea the Swedish investment group has taken the first step towards a sale, according to reports.

Reconomy in first international buy

The outsourced waste management and environmental compliance services provider has signed an agreement to acquire a German business.

Sodexo: counting the price of the pandemic

The group says it has managed effectively through an unprecedented crisis and remains confident in its business model for the future.

Service Response Group buys to grow

The acquisition of Birmingham-based CPL FM Ltd marks a bid to expand market share in the facilities management sector.

WSH acquires Bartlett Mitchell

Westbury Street Holdings has added Bartlett Mitchell to its assembly of catering brands, which also includes BaxterStorey.

Totalmobile plans growth following investment

The field service management software provider has secured major backing to accelerate its investment in R&D, organic growth and acquisitions.

ISS sees guards graduate with new qualification

Thirty-eight ISS guards are the first to have successfully achieved the police-endorsed qualification.

EMEA outsourcing deals up in Q3

The region’s supply market saw a strong pick-up in recent months, though much of that was powered by new IT outsourcing contracts.

Corps offering complimentary service reviews

The specialist security services provider has launched a ‘working in the new normal’ service review offer for new and existing customers.

Wilson James acquires The Security Group

The buyer says this will enable it to meet increasing demand from customers for information-led security solutions.

Bruntwood launches FM business

The Manchester-based property development and management group says its new integrated FM business already has 30 contracts.

Bennett Hay launches concierge service

The company’s new offering integrates traditional reception and hosting services with building security.

RICS launches global FM procurement code

The new industry code of practice sets out high-level steps to bring transparency and consistency to the facilities management procurement process.

Biffa grows with Simply Waste buy

The waste management and recycling business has acquired Camo Ltd in a £35m deal.

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G4S: a possible new suitor?

A second North American security group is expressing interest in a possible deal to acquire G4S.

GardaWorld turns up the pressure on G4S

Having put a 'firm offer' on the table, the Canadian company is now seeking to open talks with G4S investors.

ISS launches new 'stay well' campaign

The Food Services arm of ISS UK has unveiled a refreshed health and wellbeing strategy, created to support its customers in staying well this winter.

Q3 buys disinfection business

Q3 Services has purchased the Channel Islands-based business Biofog Limited.

Compass Group: looking better, but still not great

Compass reports that organic revenue performance in its fourth quarter improved as clients in Education and Business & Industry began to return to schools and offices.

Mears sharpens its focus

Mears Group has sold its care businesses in order to concentrate on services, including FM, for the housing sector.

BGIS to buy hard services specialist

BGIS, headquartered in Canada, is to acquire the UK-based Optimum Group Services.

Social value in procurement model launched

Businesses seeking to win government work will need to set out how they will also deliver social value priorities, following new measures introduced last week.

PHS grows floorcare business

The facilities services provider has bought the floorcare and associated hygiene services division of workwear and industrial wiper rental firm Lindström UK.

RICS plans redundancies as pandemic bites

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors is placing 150-170 roles at risk of redundancy.

Bidvest reports on "unprecedented" year

The South African conglomerate has struggled with the impact of Covid-19 but that didn't dent its growing interest in the UK facilities services sector.

Building services: industry remains optimistic

A new engineering services sector survey shows that two-thirds of businesses expect turnover to increase or remain the same in the third quarter of 2020.

Innovise acquires cleaning software specialist

Templa is the software company behind TemplaCMS and the leading financial contract management system for cleaning contractors in the UK and Australia.

Eric Wright: growing the Professional Services business

Professional Services, part of the group's FM division, has set out its ambition to grow its education sector business by 20% in the next year.

Principle raises £25k for children's hospice

London-based Principle Cleaning Services has raised £25,000 for Richard House Children's Hospice in East London.

Canadians return with offer for G4S

Early in 2019 Montreal-headquartered GardaWorld launched a bold plan for the acquisition of G4S. But that came to nothing within a matter of weeks.

Arcus FM acquires controls specialist

Following a three-year partnership, the FM company has acquired building energy management controls specialist BEMS.

Sodexo provides more information on Covid impact

The support services group has issued a broadly positive trading update on FY2020, coupled with news of actions taken.

Sodexo goes digital with new partnership

The services provider is teaming up with food technology expert Dynamify to support the implementation of digital retail and hospitality across its sites in the UK.

Bennett Hay shifts focus to workplace experiences

The soft services specialist has refreshed its brand and repositioned to reflect the changing face of the workplace a decade after the company was launched.

Incentive FM restructures to deliver specialist support

The company is switching to a sector approach to ensure it is best placed to continue to support its clients while maximising opportunities in key markets.

ISS welcomes new CEO

September 1st marked the first day in the office for new Group CEO Jacob Aarup-Andersen.

Sodexo division unveils delivery service

The Good Eating Company has launched Good Eating Delivered, a new workplace food delivery solution.

Winter is coming: and there's news

It may still be August, but there is already quite a bit happening in the winter services marketplace.

Caterer launches workplace delivery service

Bartlett Mitchell has developed the new service to support clients looking for temporary food solutions during the post-lockdown period.

NHS Trusts strike partnership deal

Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals and Gateshead Health have signed a cooperation agreement that will see each getting access to the other's specialist FM services. 

New £500m FM framework opens

A new soft services procurement framework has been launched by NHS Shared Business Services.

Caterers launch support platform for former employees

More than 20 leading companies and individuals from the food service sector have joined forces to launch Food Service Circle.

Servest's Fine leads buy of Getronics

Kenton Fine, group chairman at Atalian Servest, is now also executive chairman at the company's IT partner.

ABM establishes expert advisory council

In a focused Covid-19 response, the facilities services provider has lined up leading advisors on infectious disease and industrial hygiene.

"Extraordinarily challenging" first half for ISS

The facilities services group won't be the only company to describe business conditions in 2020 with words like those.

Compass and FareShare support over 800 charities

Working together, the catering services group and the anti-food waste campaigner have saved more than 172 tonnes of food through the lockdown period.

Imtech Inviron reports strong 2019 growth

The hard service provider's newly available figures show both turnover and profit up substantially.

Serco happy with H1 figures

The support services group has reported first-half revenue up 24% over H1 2019, with underlying trading profit up 53%.

Mitie goes nuclear

The low-level nuclear waste management company LLW Repository Ltd has awarded a new contract to the facilities management provider.

EMCOR UK launches new vision

Its new strategic purpose aims to re-imagine the potential and positive impacts that the UK facilities management sector can bring to the workplace, the environment and society.

MRI Software acquires housing specialist

MRI Software has confirmed the acquisition of Housing Partners, a specialist technology provider for the social housing sector in the UK and Ireland.

Mitie launches global security operations service

The service brings together Mitie Security's suite of technology solutions into a single smart and seamless package.

RICS survey sees change coming

Occupier demand for floorspace is down across the board, not surprisingly, but the future looks different too.

Compass optimistic despite Q3 hit

Group organic revenue was down 44% in the third quarter of FY2020, the peak of the lockdown period.

Wates secures hard services framework place

Wates Facilities Management has been appointed to the four-year Constructing West Midlands Framework.

Churchill unveils workplace hygiene programme

The soft services group says its new initiative will help organisations create safe and hygienic workplaces.

Mitie names Interserve integration director

Karen Thomas-Bland has been appointed to the new role of programme integration director.

Mitie proving to be resilient

Over the three-month period ending 30 June the FM group has seen revenue slip but new business is coming in and existing deals are being renewed.

G4S holds steady in first half

The group's Secure Solutions business saw a largely flat performance for the six months ending 30 June, not bad in a pandemic-struck world.

Savills buys German FM business

The real estate advisory group has announced the proposed acquisition of a pair of property and facilities management firms.

EMEA outsourcing activity plummets in Q2

The first industry assessment of the impact that Covid-19 has had on the managed services outsourcing sector is chilling but not surprising.

ISS launches back-to-work food services

ISS Food Services has introduced Simply MADE, a food offering tailored to the post-lockdown 'new normal' world.

Tesco to take small store cleaning in-house

In-house cleaning will start on 24 August in 1,920 Convenience Metro and Express stores.

Compass to decline furlough pay-out

The catering and support services group has joined a handful of companies that do not plan to take the government's jobs retention bonus.

Wates restructures to sharpen focus

The Wates Group has unveiled a series of organisational changes designed to intensify its focus on the opportunities it sees across its markets.

Robinsons secures NHS framework place

Robinsons Facilities Services has secured a place on the NHS North of England Commercial Procurement Collaborative framework, following a competitive tender.

Flex space: JLL benefits from Serendipity

Another vote in favour of a flexible workspace future as US provider Serendipity Labs appoints the property services group to develop a series of UK locations over the next two years.

IWFM reveals award finalists

The institute has confirmed the shortlisted competitors for its 2020 awards and announced that the awards ceremony will be a virtual one.

Construction turns the focus to values

UK construction could soon be on the verge of a fundamental shift towards value-based decision-making involving all key stakeholders in a project.

Excitech's CAFM business moves to Service Works

The change comes as a restructuring of resources between members of the same group.

Rights issue approved at Mitie

Shareholders have voted strongly in favour of a key step in Mitie's acquisition of Interserve Support Services.

Record year for MSS Group

The Cardiff-headquartered facilities services provider has reported strong growth in turnover and profit for FY2020.

Marlowe buys Elogbooks

The fast-growing safety and compliance group has added contractor management services to its portfolio.

Covid-19: new framework for return-to-work technology

A procurement framework to help public sector organisations access technology that supports social distancing in the workplace has been launched.

Report highlights simmering problems within the NHS

The parliamentary Public Accounts Committee issued a new report this week highlighting a number of areas where urgent action is required, including around the state of the NHS estate.

Sodexo confirms Covid hit in Q3 report

Organic growth was down almost 30% for the support services group; but that's actually better than its earlier expectations.

Mitie in Royal London win

Mitie has secured a new integrated facilities management contract with the UK's largest mutual life insurance, pensions and investment company.

BESA teams up with TEMA

New partnership brings together the Technology Enabled Maintenance Association and the Building Engineering Services Association to help accelerate the adoption of emerging technologies by the building maintenance sector. 

UK keen to get back to stadia and venues

Research commissioned by Sodexo shows that, as lockdown conditions are eased, growing numbers of people across the UK are eyeing up a return to sports and leisure sites.

Totalmobile in pair of acquisitions

The UK-based field service management software company has struck deals that see its total revenue grow by 25%.

Incentive lands five shopping centre deals

Property development and investment company British Land has awarded the FM provider three new contracts and renewed another two.  

Kier optimistic, though problems linger

The group, which has been working to stabilise itself for the past 18 months or so, could have done without the extra pressure of Covid-19. But all things considered, it's doing OK.

CBRE in commitment to social procurement

CBRE GWS has joined the Buy Social Corporate Challenge, a ground-breaking initiative led by Social Enterprise UK.

Ankerstjerne takes top role at IFMA

Peter Ankerstjerne has been appointed as chairman of the International Facility Management Association global board of directors.

FM providers mark milestones

Wates FM is celebrating its first anniversary and Salisbury has introduced its new brand to the market.

CCS opens new Facilities Management Marketplace portal

Buyers from both central government and the wider public sector can access the online portal to purchase a range of FM services, from maintenance and cleaning to security and catering.

Growing demand for cleaning robots

SoftBank Robotics reports that, as of the end of June, it recorded cumulative sales of more than 10,000 units of its AI-enabled vacuum-cleaning robot, making it No.1 in the global market.

Hyde leads on major security framework

The London headquartered Hyde Housing Association has signed up five service providers to a four-year security services deal.

ISS in good shape on most measures

The facilities services group says it is cautious on performance predictions but the business remains solid.

Doncaster win for AM Services

The group has been appointed to provide security and cleaning services at Lakeside Village Shopping Outlet, on-site now as the retail centre opens again to the public.

Mitie to buy Interserve FM business

In a strategic update issued this morning, Mitie says it has signed a sale & purchase agreement to acquire Interserve Facilities Management for £271m to be paid in cash and shares.

BSI launches workplace hygiene solution

The group's package includes standards, consultancy, training, auditing and the BSI Kitemark.

Security industry aims to reset perceptions

The industry has launched a campaign to highlight the essential role that security officers play in public life and to increase respect and recognition for their capabilities.

Pinnacle offering Covid-secure cleaning service

The facilities services group has launched a specialist Covid cleaning service to provide cost-effective anti-microbial surface protection.

Wates FM extends services for accountancy body

Wates has renewed its service agreement with the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants to deliver comprehensive FM services.

Boden launches M&E division

The Devon-based construction and hard services group has extended the range of services on offer in pursuit of it "ambitious growth plans".

Serco looking towards good first half

The group reports strong trading and reinstated guidance for the full year in a pre-close update.

Mitie launches zero carbon energy service

Zero Carbon for Zero Cost is a new programme intended to help businesses drive a green lockdown recovery.

Churchill updates compliance software

The Churchill Group has launched an advanced version of its award-winning Cati software featuring Covid-19 functionality.

Bunzl benefits

File this under 'it's an ill wind....': Bunzl, the supplier of cleaning materials, PPE and similar consumables, is anticipating good growth for the six months ending 30 June.

Occupancy-based cleaning solution launches

Workplace technology company Freespace says its solution supports the implementation of dynamic cleaning schedules using live occupancy data.

Arcus FM and GMS form partnership

The FM services provider has struck a deal with national security firm GMS Group, enabling the two companies to work together.

Updated Outsourcing Playbook published

The Outsourcing Playbook, designed to ensure that government and the private sector work together well, has been revised and updated.

CBRE lands new Liverpool management role

The property services group has been appointed to provide a range of management services at the Port of Liverpool Building.

Mitie lands two-year extension at Groupe PSA

Europe's second largest carmaker has extended this 10-year partnership, in a deal worth £5.2m.

Mitie offers long-term anti-covid service

Mitie has launched the UK's first cleaning service with a chemical-free cleaning product proven to kill Covid-19 on surfaces for six months.

Corps appoints archivist

Corps Security has hired an archivist to review and catalogue the records of its 161-year history.

Cloudfm restructures: more technology, fewer people

The company says a major restructure of the business is part of its preparation to lead the move to a more advanced FM industry as the UK comes out of lockdown.

Derwent secures FM contract with NHS business

The supplier has signed a three-year deal with Supply Chain Coordination Limited covering services at their head office in Nottingham.

Compass buys food and health technology start-up

Compass Group UK and Ireland has acquired Feedr in a move to accelerate its digital transformation.

Mears tells the story of a changing market

The social housing maintenance and management specialist pushed up revenue by double figures over the course of 2019, but also saw an £87m loss on discontinued activities.

Compass supporting employees and communities

Compass Group UK & Ireland has announced a series of new initiatives to support its clients, its communities and its people through their safe return to work.


Features - Search found 68 features

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.