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Report warns there is still work to to be done on government contract management

A new report by the National Audit Office (NAO) ‘Transforming government’s contract management’ has concluded that whilst significant improvement programmes have been introduced by central government, since recognising the magnitude of the problem they face in managing their annual £40 billion of ...

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Construction Industry Group publishes report on its digital future

The BIM2050 group has published its Built Environment 2050: A Report on our Digital Future. A compilation of essays authored by BIM2050 work stream leads, the report is the result of the group’s research into what an interdisciplinary scope of work ...

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Flexible working – an all year round benefit

The summer holidays are known to many as a time when flexible working conditions come into its own, especially for working parents however, recent research from global workspace provider Regus reveals that it may play a fundamental role in long-term ...

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Commission publishes findings on employment practices in the cleaning sector

Back in September 2013, the Equality and Human Rights Commission embarked on a project to analyse employment practices in the cleaning sector in England, Scotland and Wales, in order to better understand how employers comply with their equality obligations in the work ...

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Research reveals 90% of company car drivers fake mileage reports

Nine out of ten company car drivers are taking their employers for a ride by faking their driving miles according to car leasing firm, Flexed.co.uk The company has discovered that large numbers of business drivers are committing simple frauds such as ...

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Theft in the construction sector is costing millions

With the construction industry facing £1 million in costs every day due to theft and vandalism, vacant property security specialists VPS, has recently published a special construction edition to its well-received ‘Guards versus Technology’ white paper which was issued last ...

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Trust in operational data boosts FM’s status

A new study carried out on behalf of the British Institute of Facilities Management (BIFM) has revealed that real time, trust worthy data is most likely to improve an organisation’s ability to deliver on its FM priorities. The BIFM’s latest report ...

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CIC invites sector to participate in an online consultation

The Construction Industry Council (CIC) has invited the construction sector to take part in an online consultation of its review of the Construction Senior Management National Occupational Standards. The review has focussed on integrating new industry practices relating to sustainability, ...

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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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