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Career Ladder talks to Simone Fenton-Jarvis, Workplace Services Consultancy Development Director

Q: What was you first job in the FM sector? Facilities Assistant in a Leisure Centre. Q: What made you choose FM as a career? I had a passion for health and fitness and started to work in Leisure without ...

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Understanding the risk and rewards of outsourced FM contracts: The questions you should be asking

The recent advice from the independent Reform think tank included a range of recommendations to improve outsourcing outcomes. This includes “Statements of responsibility” – i.e. measures to make sure that civil servants are aware of their responsibilities. When negotiating private ...

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Signed, sealed, delivered

Entering into contractual arrangements for the supply of services is an everyday occurrence for facilities managers and FM service providers – even when they don’t realise it. Too often people mistakenly believe that there is no binding contract in place ...

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Compliance: Benchmarking to improve recycling and waste management practices

Given the constant pressure to improve service and demonstrate added value, it would be fair to assume that most traditional disciplines within facilities management have now been perfected. Recycling and waste management seems an obvious candidate for this argument, yet ...

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Taking the heat

Neil Budd and Robert Thilthorpe, Technical Managers at the Fire Industry Association (FIA), explain the core responsibilities involved in fire protection management Among facilities managers’ many responsibilities, fire protection is one of the most important. All non-domestic buildings are required ...

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Sowing the seeds

Jane Bell of Quadrilect explains how putting the emphasis on management in Facilities Management training means equipping facilities professionals for future success Attracting the next generation into FM and ensuring a strong feed of new talent into the profession is ...

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Safety first

Ignorance and poor practice in construction are compromising fire safety – and something needs to be done about it, argues Glyn Coates, Director at Zeroignition Following the devastating fire at Grenfell Tower, it was reported that the intumescent cavity closers, ...

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Something in the air

The UK’s dismal productivity performance could be improved by a fresh approach to creating stimulating and appealing work environments, argues Keith Chanter, CEO of EMCOR UK From governments responsible for the health of national economies to CEOs looking to boost ...

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Emergency announcement

Voice sounders provide clear and unambiguous messages in the event of a fire or other emergency, and are an effective technology for public and commercial buildings Facilities managers are responsible for fire safety and emergency planning. As such they must ...

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Planet before profit

Nick Oettinger, Managing Director of The Furniture Recycling Group, looks at the need for effective policies to recycle bulky waste and promote a circular economy Every year, we throw out 1.6 million tonnes of bulky waste in the UK, and ...

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