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The changing face of our libraries

Libraries are merging with GP surgeries, housing police front desks, providing shop space for local entrepreneurs and laying on music gigs and speed dating, a new report into the changing face of library services has revealed.

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Grant Thornton highlights investment growth in the UK business support services market

The business support services industry is set for a strong year, according to the latest Smart Money study from business and financial adviser, Grant Thornton UK LLP.

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School of life – FM in the public sector industry report

The UK's further education institutions are not only revolutionising the way young people achieve vocational qualifications, they are also helping to provide the skilled workforce the country needs as it emerges from recession. To help them do that, they will need groundbreaking facilities such as the new campus of West Cheshire College, reports Freddie Steele.

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Councils call for urgent action to tackle soaring rise in metal thefts

Metal thieves are costing council taxpayers millions of pounds a year, a new survey of local authorities has revealed. Councils are warning that, with theft of metal continuing to rise, the financial burden is only likely to increase until government passes new legislation to better regulate the scrap metal industry.

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The risks of the very small

There are serious gaps in our awareness of the potential risks involved in handling nanomaterials at work, and serious shortcomings in the way that those risks are communicated to workplaces, according to a new literature review from the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA).

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RICS Wales welcomes review of business rates

RICS welcomed the review of business rates in Wales, published by the Minister for Business, Enterprise, Technology and Science, Edwina Hart AM last week (12 June).

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Could the answer to hospital acquired infections really be this simple?

The answer to decreasing the incidence of Hospital Acquired Infections (AHI) could be as simple as reminding your superior (politely) to wash their hands and giving recognition to employees that set an exemplary hygiene standard.

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Who exactly is the customer? FM in retail focus

The contemporary view of facilities management is that it is a people-oriented industry, but is this amplified further in retail environments? Are FM providers to shopping centres working for the shoppers as much as they are for the building owners? Martin Reed, managing director at Incentive FM, attempts to answer.

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