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Organisations fall short on BYOD to work use and security policies

As enhanced efficiency, employee productivity and the reduced burden on IT teams continue to drive adoption of Bring Your Own Device (BYOD), a recent survey of more than 500 IT decision makers suggests that UK firms are leaving themselves dangerously ...

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SMEs encouraged to “shop” poor public sector procurement practices

In the 18 months since its launch, over 300 complaints have been investigated through Mystery Shopper – a Cabinet Office initiative that asks businesses to ‘shop’ bad public procurement practice. The service, which allows businesses to anonymously complain about practice ...

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Sandwell Primary Care Trust awards two year security contract to OCS

International total facilities management provider OCS has been awarded the contract to provide security services across six properties for Sandwell Primary Care Trust. The trust is now part of the Black Country Cluster, bringing together four Primary Care Trusts  – ...

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New bands to make solar ‘a serious option’ for commercial buildings

In order to incentivise solar projects on buildings such as large factory and warehouse building-mounted solar PV projects, will receive higher rates than ground-mounted projects, the Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC) has announced. A significant majority of respondents ...

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Local authorities carve £250m off frontline costs through shared services

Local authorities have saved council taxpayers a quarter of a billion pounds by teaming up to deliver frontline services such as social care and waste disposal, and sharing back office functions like HR, legal services and accountancy. New figures released ...

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Building company helps people to live crime-free lives by learning new skills

A charitable trust has collaborated with a building and maintenance company to help train ex-offenders in painting and decorating techniques at a one-day skills workshop. Langley House Trust and Princebuild have joined forces to host the first training event, which ...

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Whitehall blitz on environmental waste delivers £50m savings

Cost-cutting measures such as extending teleconferencing facilities, installing efficient server room chillers, biomass heating and washroom water saving solutions has saved Whitehall nearly £50m over the last year following a blitz on greenhouse gas emissions, unnecessary waste and water consumption. ...

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Viessmann acquires 51% of building automation specialist, MSR-Solutions

International heating systems manufacturer, Viessmann Group, has acquired 51% of MSR-Solutions, a hardware and software solutions provider for the automation of buildings. Based in Allgäu in southern Germany, the company has 50 employees involved in the development and marketing of ...

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Refurbishment creates collaborative learning environment at Sheffield

Students at Sheffield Hallam University are benefiting from a three year project which is completely refurbishing the University’s two learning centres. The £6m three phase project has resulted in more PCs, new furniture, more group learning and presentation spaces, more ...

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Bouts of norovirus up 83 percent

In this season to date, there have been 3,046 confirmed laboratory reports of norovirus –  83 per cent higher than the same period in the last season when 1,669 cases were reported. Figures released from the Health Protection Agency (HPA) ...

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