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Mintel: demand for FM services is set to grow

Demand for facilities management services is set to grow by 16 per cent over the next decade according to Mintel’s Facilities Management UK 2014 Report. The past few years have seen a spate of mergers and acquisitions, a notable example ...

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Box-ticking approach to sustainability reaps fewer rewards

According to the annual  sustainability survey from the British Institute of Facilities Management (BIFM), UK businesses are missing out on a range of benefits by operating on the ‘border’ of compliancy when it comes to sustainable business practice. The survey, ...

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Lack of fire education is putting lives and businesses at risk

Findings of UK-based fire risk assessment company FireUK, reveal that four-fifths of British workers would not feel confident enough if confronted with a small fire at work. According to the new figures, up to 95% of staff claim to have had ...

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UK public sector spend of £51 billion almost double that of commercial sector

The UK public sector is spending almost twice as much on outsourcing as the commercial sector, a result of governmental services striving to cut costs. New research by Information Services Group (ISG) reveals that the total contract value (TCV) of ...

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Saving unaffordable property through joint use

A new study by the Local Government Agency (LGA) has revealed that buildings which are no longer affordable as single-use facilities may not have to face closure if public bodies work together using a ‘united estate’ model. The study found that when public ...

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Helping staff to make healthier choices

The recent guidance from the government’s chief advisor on obesity, Professor Susan Jebb, that families should only serve water with meals and ban fizzy drinks and juices from the dining table in order to reduce sugar consumption, is a matter that ...

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Service management models are key to success

If all companies are effectively competing on service, the key differentiator must therefore lie in the organisations service management models and their abilities to execute it. This is the focus of a new white paper published by ISS, which details ...

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Guardians provide empty property security solutions

The security of empty commercial or social housing properties is a major concern for any landlord, however, according to a new white paper from vacant property experts Orbis, the introduction of property guardians, who essentially act as baby-sitters for inhabitable ...

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Report looks at green growth in commercial properties

The UK Green Building Council (UK-GBC) has today (18 June), commented on the findings of a new report on carbon reduction and energy efficiency in commercial buildings. The report ‘Carbon Penalties & Incentives: A review of policy effectiveness for carbon reduction and ...

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Preventing ‘World Cup’ sickness

As tonight sees the start of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, a survey commissioned by business communications provider Daisy Group reveals that live streaming of sport’s biggest tournament will help businesses to overcome the rise in ‘illnesses’ which occur ...

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