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Dominance of FM firms in contract cleaning market challenging for smaller cleaning firms

Despite ongoing economic pressures and continued cuts across budgets in both the private and public sectors, the contract cleaning market has continued to observe year-on-year growth over the past five years, although this slowed significantly in 2012. While the occurrence ...

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Workplace Art – part two

How do workplace occupiers feel about art in their offices? In the second of three columns, Patrick McCrae, founder and director of Works in Print, analyses the current state of workplace art research A 2003 survey by New Hampshire Business ...

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Cleanliness – a real deal breaker for hotel customer retention

Cleanliness is the number one concern for customers as well as a leading global driver of value for the hotel sector, and facilities management (FM) can play a strategic role in increasing revenues and improving guest retention a new whitepaper ...

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Commercial office benchmarking study finds service charge practices still falling short of the mark

A report that presents analysis of almost £400m of UK commercial office service charge expenditure over the past four years, found accounting and compliance practices are still falling short of the mark. On average, occupiers pay just above £9.00 per ...

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Fruit at work boosts productivity, energy and wellbeing study finds

Providing fresh fruit at people’s desks increases employee’s productivity by more than 10 per cent, substantially boosts their energy levels and encourages them to adopt a healthier lifestyle new research has found. Workplace fruit supplier, Fruitful Office teamed up with the ...

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Hot in the city – designing buildings to protect against temperature extremes

Britain has been sweltering under the longest heatwave for seven years. The Met Office has declared a ‘level three’ heatwave warning for London and the South East whilst yesterday (Monday) was logged as ‘hottest day of 2013 so far with ...

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FMs’ sustainable business practices can be improved on, BIFM survey finds

The British Institute of Facilities Management (BIFM) has published the findings from the 7th annual Sustainability in Facilities Management survey that provides a barometer on how facilities management professionals and the businesses they represent are engaging with the sustainability agenda. ...

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Proving value of FM services – still the industry challenge, finds survey

Leading up to the British Institute of Facilities Management’s conference Think FM in June, Workplace Law conducted its second annual research study into the value that great facilities management (FM) delivers, as part of its ongoing investigation into how those ...

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Efficient lighting tops energy efficiency investment table for business

Efficient lighting tops the list of green technology investments in a new survey from the Carbon Trust. Over three-quarters of businesses polled* (77%) said they’d invested in energy efficient lighting in the past year, followed by employee awareness training (59%) ...

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Industry calls for skills and training to be more focused on employers’ needs

A report detailing how firms are struggling to find employees with the skills to fit their respective profession and calling for profession-targeted qualifications, has prompted agreement from the British Institue of Facilities Management. The recent survey for the Confederation of British Industry and education ...

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