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Pester power

Gulls and other pest birds, such as pigeons, can be a major problem for facilities managers which may not only damage or dirty their buildings but may even attack visitors. A natural solution is the use of trained birds, says ...

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FM Clinic: Addressing the skills gap in FM through training and development

According to the Facilities Management Business Confidence survey by the BIFM, 27 per cent of respondents felt a shortage of skilled staff could be a barrier to success over the next 12 months. Yet in a separate report by the ...

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Career Ladder talks to EMCOR UK’s group executive director

Q: What was you first job in the FM sector? Actually, how do you define FM? I’ve been running services businesses since I was 24. Initially that was oil engineering services and then I moved across to what people would traditionally ...

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State of the FM nations – EuroFM 2018 round-up

By Thomas Went, Account Manager from specialist B2B communications, public relations and content agency for the built environment and facilities management industry, Magenta  Roughly 2290 metres below the summit of Vitosha, the mountain that looms over the Bulgarian capital of ...

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Blockchain explained

Blockchain is a relatively new digital technology which is finding its way into the property sector. Polly Plunket-Checkemian, Property Management Director, Broadgate Estates explains what it is and how it could impact the built environment A leading light in the ...

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Inconvenient conversations

Blog from Rory Murphy, Commercial Director, VINCI Facilities Having just returned from Workplace Europe 2018 in Barcelona, one of my favourite keynote presentations looked at the theme of Inconvenient Conversations and tried to address some of the taboos for all ...

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The smallest room

The state of the toilets strongly affects perceptions of an organisation. Leading suppliers share their thoughts on how to create a welcoming washroom and promote good hygiene, even in a limited space DR PETER BARRATT TECHNICAL MANAGER, INITIAL WASHROOM HYGIENE ...

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Keeping it cool

In our special HVAC focus, heating and ventilation specialists explain the importance of local climate when specifying cooling systems, the significance of Lot 20, and what to do if your systems break down In the search for energy and water ...

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Facilitating change

Organisations are subject to continual change, yet their facilities often remain static, impeding progress that is critical to business success. We ask Dave Wilson, FRICS, IFMA Fellow and Director of Effective Facilities Ltd, how facilities managers can manage change to ...

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The elemental workplace

Neil Usher, Workplace Consultant and Author of new book The Elemental Workplace, tells us not to bother with creating the perfect workplace. Create a fantastic one instead “Perfection is achieved not when there is nothing left to add, but when ...

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