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Third of UK workers spend over 5 per cent of their salary on commuting

  UK workers are battling with increasing commuting costs according to a survey of over 4,000 senior business people across the UK by workplace provider, Regus. With train fares and petrol costs continuing to rise, the results show that nearly ...

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Vibration technology to safeguard buildings

Researchers at Nottingham Trent University have developed a technology that can detect cracks in buildings which cannot otherwise be seen to help avert emerging structural damage following catastrophic events. Using the natural frequencies which occur when concrete vibrates, civil engineers ...

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‘Mystery shop’ reveals only 23% of FM businesses answer all their calls in person

A ‘mystery shop’ of a mixture of 138 FM providers and suppliers; large and small, has revealed some major shortcomings when it comes to handling telephone calls with only 32 companies (23 per cent) answering all their calls in person ...

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Coffee is becoming a hot favourite perk in the office

More offices are now ditching the traditional kettle to make their hot beverages in favour of filter machines, coffee pod machines or fresh bean-to-cup coffee machines according to the latest hot drinks survey from the Office Coffee Company. Richard Doherty, ...

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RWM launches Rising Stars campaign

RWM 2015, the international event for recycling innovation has announced the launch of a global search to find ‘Rising Stars’ within the industry. The competition will celebrate trailblazing initiatives that challenge the way the recycling industry works, identify the top ...

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New research reveals high levels of public distrust in business

A major new nationwide public survey released today (17 March), highlights the extent of public distrust in business and the need for businesses to communicate better with the public to regain that trust. The nationally-representative survey of more than 2,000 ...

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New best practice guide ‘The Future of Cleaning’ is launched

Cleaning is essential both in the office and at home – that is the overwhelming message from new research commissioned by cleaning industry PR specialist, Ceris Burns International (CBI PR), who has launched a best practice guide on shaping the cleaning products ...

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Public-Private Partnerships: what the world can learn from Canada

Public-Private Partnerships (P3s) may have originated in the United Kingdom and developed in a number of other countries such as Australia, but no country has come close to Canada in perfecting the model, and it is something from which the ...

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Workplace ‘weightism’: Bosses less likely to recruit overweight staff

Up to nine out of ten managers with responsibility for recruiting staff wouldn’t hire a candidate who is obese, according to research. A recent survey by UK-based employment law consultancy Protecting.co.uk has revealed that bosses would rather employ the thinner ...

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Research predicts faster growth for security market

A new report by independent market research provider, Apex Insight, has revealed that despite a hesitant economic recovery, the outsourced security guarding services market is approaching £5 billion in size. According to the research, the industry is being shaped by a number ...

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