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New public sector procurement alliance to focus on FM efficiency

A new strategic alliance between the Government Procurement Service (GPS) and the Research Councils Shared Service Centre (RCUK SSC) has been created to help drive better value and improve procurement efficiency across the entire public sector. Governed by a Memorandum ...

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OCS secures Feltham shopping centre contract

International total facilities management firm OCS has won a security contract with the Centre, Feltham in the London Borough of Hounslow. Under the three-year contract, OCS will provide the shopping centre with 24 hour manned guarding services through a 15-man ...

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Procuring to protect the local community

Service provider, Willmott Dixon has published a report setting out how public authorities and registered providers can leverage construction and housing repairs contracts to deliver additional social value to local communities and gives examples of how the service provider itself ...

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Should FMs be questioning the authenticity of their beef products?

Facilities managers, their catering service providers and their respective food suppliers may be questioning the authenticity of their beef supplies today, after Findus became the latest high profile food manufacturer to fall foul of the horse meat-contaminated beef scandal. Both Findus’s French supplier, Comigel and Ministry of Justice food supplier, 3663 ...

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Lovell awarded £17m Welsh housing refurb contract

Contracts have been signed by housing regeneration specialist Lovell and social housing provider Cartrefi Cymunedol Gwynedd Cyf (CCG) for the delivery of £17 million of housing improvement works in Gwynedd, north-west Wales. The contracts will see Lovell complete the remaining ...

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Starting a new school term with ISS

ISS Facility Services Education has successfully started to provide catering services to three PFI secondary schools in Hull. The contract, which includes Andrew Marvell College (AMC), The Kingswood Academy and Oakfield School, began on the 7 January, ready for the ...

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Removal of washroom cleaning products due to perceived risk ‘over cautious’ say HSE

The Health and Safety Executive’s myth-busting panel* was called upon to settle a dispute where an enquirer had been told that they could not have any cleaning products or air fresheners in the toilets following an incident where a member ...

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FSA to widen tests on meat supplies for horse and pork contaminants

Following the recent horse meat burger revelations and subsequent pork-tainted, Halal prison food debacle, the Food Standards Agency (FSA) has published a new protocol for the UK-wide survey of food authenticity in processed meat products. This has been drawn up in collaboration ...

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Serco’s PPP bid secures preferred status at National Water Sports Centre

Nottinghamshire County Council has named Serco as preferred bidder by to manage, operate and develop the National Water Sports Centre, one of the UK’s premier sporting venues and outdoor leisure attractions. In a major boost to the local economy, Serco’s proposal ...

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Doormen urged to comply with new licensing rules

The public will now benefit from better trained door staff following the introduction of new licensing rules. As of 4 February, door supervisors renewing their Security Industry Authority licence* will need to have taken additional training and gained the Level 2 Award ...

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