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Winter wisdom

This coming winter will present some exceptional challenges for FMs; restarting sites after lockdown and maintaining them compliantly and safely through the winter. The experts from Mitie and Adler and Allan offer advice on preparing for a winter like no ...

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Industry tributes pour in for Mark Lopez

Tributes from across the sector have poured in for Founder and Co-director of De-ice, Mark Lopez who sadly passed away on 2 April 2020 at the age of 59, after losing his battle to Covid-19. Mark’s contributions to both the ...

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A tribute to Mark Lopez

It is with great sadness that winter maintenance services firm, De-ice, announces the loss of Mark Lopez – a loving husband to Vicky, and father to Dean, Ryan, Paige, Isobella and Reece. Mark was born in Peckham, London in July ...

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Protecting employees and customers – through grit

By Prettpal Somel, UK Marketing Executive, Ambius According to the Met Office, freezing temperatures are expected to hit the UK as a cold spell descends from the Arctic. The winter months present new challenges for businesses to guarantee the safety ...

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Ground Control acquires JW Crowther & Son

External maintenance and commercial landscaping provider Ground Control has acquired JW Crowther & Son, known as The Gritting Company. Over the past 160 years, the company has gained a reputation for outstanding customer service by developing its capabilities and people ...

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Keep on running

A UPS system depends on its battery backup to maintain power following a blackout – but winter can be hard on batteries, warns Stephen Peal, Director of PPSPower On 10 August, almost a million people were affected by a major ...

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Outside chance

Peter Fane, Founding Director of grounds maintenance specialist Nurture Landscapes, warns FMs to start planning now for managing ice and snow SAFETY FIRST All site managers have a responsibility to protect staff and visitors from accidents and risk. Education on ...

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Going into reverse

Vicky Lopez, Co-Founder and Director of De-ice, explains the concept of reverse winter timeline planning When you run a winter maintenance business, you have to look at the seasons backwards. There’s very little ‘looking forward to summer’, as we primarily ...

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Slippery slope

When clearing snow and ice from the organisation’s premises, it’s everyone’s neck on the line should something go wrong, warns winter maintenance specialist Gritit No ifs, no buts. If you run a business or are responsible for employees, customers or ...

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Heavy weather

In the face of unpredictable, extreme winter weather, what can FMs do to protect their organisations? Start planning now, says Vicky Lopez, Founder and Director of De-ice We hear the same message year after year – companies need to be ...

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