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Reinventing the wheel

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This month Martyn Freeman’s blog looks at whether the FM industry has become too set in its ways. I greatly enjoyed the ‘ThinkFM’ conference, which examined the impact of facilities management on productivity. One of many excellent speakers was Simon Carter ...

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Career Ladder talks to Channel 4’s workspace and facilities manager

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Q: What was your first ever job? My first ever job was as a silver-service waitress at weddings in a local hotel. I really enjoyed it until I spilt some gravy on a mother of the bride’s hat at the ...

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Board of the question

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We often talk about FM getting recognised at board level. Obviously this is important for a number of reasons, but one is the question of where FMs actually turn to. Most departments know exactly where they fit into the corporate ...

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The surprising world of HVAC

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The hidden world of air conditioning is an often overlooked yet vital part of a building’s structure. Operating in almost every industry from healthcare and manufacturing to IT and education, effective temperature control is essential to a facilities manager’s role ...

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Demystifying performance based contracts

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The increasing trend for outsourcing FM services, with the sector predicted to grow by five per cent annually over the next couple of years, has added a new dimension. Failure to manage supplier relationships correctly can have major financial and ...

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You’re hired

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When people think about apprenticeships the first thing that comes to mind is usually young people, just out of school or college taking their first steps toward learning a trade. Whilst that is often the case there are now plenty ...

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Taking to the skies

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Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) have soared in popularity in recent years, both for personal and commercial users. Terry Hanley, director of security (centre of excellence) at Interserve, considers the benefits and risks their use could bring for security teams The ...

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Uberisation of Facilities Management

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Back in February ISS’ head of group marketing, Peter Ankerstjerne gave one of the most talked about lectures, focusing on what he termed the ‘uberisation’ of facilities management at the Workplace Futures Conference. This month FMJ sat down with Ankerstjerne ...

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The importance of being committed to the health of employees

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With health and wellbeing critically affecting today’s society, economy and quality of life, it is important that employers understand the importance of being committed to the health of employees. Here, Mark Bauer, environment specialist at Forbo Flooring Systems, discusses how ...

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Facilities Show 2016

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This month the Facilities Show returns to the ExCeL in London once again. In fact there is every chance you are reading this at the event itself. There are expected to be over 11,000 visitors over the three days for ...

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