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Combat FM- the challenges of delivering facilities services in the middle of a war zone

While the staff of the medical treatment facility in Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan may not be fighting on the frontline, the team operates in the shadow of a very real and very constant threat. Paul Holt of G3 Systems talks to ...

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Stay seated

This month Jorgen Josefsson, managing director of Scandinavian Business Seating UK, talks about the importance of good design for task chairs and how the right choice can affect performance and productivity. How can good design make a difference? At a ...

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A match made in heaven

This month, MITIE’s Tom Robinson reflects on the nature of relationships between clients and suppliers and ponders the secret behind long and successful marriages. Last week, after five years together, I finally proposed to my girlfriend – I was lucky ...

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Iain Murray’s no holds barred report from the Public Sector FM Conference

In September, the Public Sector FM Network Annual Conference 2012 welcomed delegates to Sheffield Business School to discuss new ways of providing services to the public. In his role as chair for the fourth year in succession, Iain Murray reports ...

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Chain of command

It’s no longer enough for suppliers to contend that their products are environmentally friendly. There is increasing demand for them to demonstrate that the entire supply chain is green. Mark Eltringham reports on how some firms are responding to the ...

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Diary of a graduate – Part 11

Joely Thomas, the first graduate from the ISS scheme to write in FMJ, reflects on what she has learnt, as a new set of trainees join the team. At the end of June it was announced that ISS had secured ...

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David and Goliath a year on

In November 2011, Martin Corbett, managing director of Derwent FM, in the article ‘David and Goliath’, showed how his organisation had won a number of government contracts as an SME including a £1.65 million contract with HMRC in Nottingham. One ...

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Third time lucky

While the third sector may share many of the same challenges as its public and private sector cousins, Andy Christophi, head of facilities management at Shelter and founder of the FM Charity Network Forum, believes an engrained culture of sharing ...

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Didn’t they do well?

The myriad of challenges and obstacles that await organisations creating a sustainable compliance strategy can leave those tasked with its implementation feeling a lot like a contestant in the latest TV game show. Assurity Consulting’s Greg Davies is that ‘phone ...

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In my View: Fee for Intervention, retrofitting washrooms and FM & the environment

Subject to parliamentary approval, the proposed Health and Safety (Fees) Regulations 2012 will be in effect from 1 October 2012. These regulations allow the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) to recover the costs of its activities where a “material breach” ...

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