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  • New tax breaks for energy-saving technologyWaste heat energy recovery technology will now be included in the Enhanced Capital Allowance (ECA) scheme for energy-changing technologies, affecting financial support for businesses. 01/04/2015
  • 'Security guards working illegally in UK' probe revealsThousands of security guards could be working illegally in the UK, an undercover BBC investigation has claimed. 27/03/2015
  • Incentive FM signs up to the Living WageIncentive FM Group has become the latest FM service provider to be accredited as a Living Wage provider for employees in its central services team. 27/03/2015
  • BIFM and NHS announce partnershipNHS Property Services Ltd, has announced a partnership with the British Institute of Facilities Management (BIFM) to provide membership and professional development for 1,500 of its FM employees. 26/03/2015
  • UK-GBC to measure retail property performanceA task group has been set up to measure the health, wellbeing and productivity benefits of sustainable retail property. 25/03/2015
  • Mitie secures deal with InterxionMitie has been awarded a three-year security contract with Interxion. 18/03/2015
  • Property worries put stretched charities under stressA third of charities have not paid for any property advice in the past three years, according to a survey by the Ethical Property Foundation. 18/03/2015
  • Churchill cleans up at Canary WharfChurchill has won a contract with Canary Wharf Management Limited for the delivery of cleaning services across link boxes, offices and mess rooms within the wharf's financial nexus. 16/03/2015
  • OCS cleans up social housing in Northern IrelandInternational total facilities management provider OCS has been awarded a contract to provide cleaning services to social housing providers in Northern Ireland. 16/03/2015
  • Imtech Inviron adds iconic London buildings to its portfolioTechnical facilities management provider Imtech Inviron has landed a contract for two new London buildings Zig Zag and Kings Gate. 16/03/2015
  • Skanska in Cambridgeshire hospital dealSkanska has signed a contract to deliver operational services at the New Papworth Hospital in Cambridge. 16/03/2015
  • FMs to evaluate companies for 'Fairplace Award'Five assessors including facilities managers have been appointed by the Ethical Property Foundation to evaluate the new 'ethical' workplace accreditation, the Fairplace Award. 16/03/2015
  • Galliford Try wins £56.6m schools maintenance dealHouse building group Galliford Try's facilities management division has been awarded a 25-year maintenance and life cycle contract for a school buildings programme in north-east England and Wales. 13/03/2015
  • Cordant acquires UKFMCordant Services has acquired two specialist companies from the UKFM Group. The acquisition is of air conditioning businesses Thermotech Engineering Services and G8 Environmental Solutions both businesses will become part of Cordant's new technical projects division, enhancing its HVAC engineering capacity. 11/03/2015
  • Kingdom buys CDO GroupSecurity group Kingdom Security has acquired the business CDO Group Ltd. 10/03/2015
  • CBRE offers £1bn for Johnson Control's workplace solutions armGlobal real estate group CBRE is in talks to buy Johnson Controls Inc's global workplace solutions business for an estimated $1 billion, according to news reports. 10/03/2015
  • Bilfinger suits retailer McArthurGlen for cleaning dealA new multi-million pound contract has been agreed for Bilfinger Europa to extend its relationship with McArthurGlen designer outlets. 09/03/2015
  • Guide to maintaining guttersMark de Rozarieux explains why it is in the best interests of facilities managers to carefully maintain the gutters of their properties, and offers advice on how best to do soark de Rozarieux explains why it is in the best interests of facilities managers to carefully maintain the gutters of their properties, and offers advice on how best to do so 09/03/2015
  • Façade access body publishes safety guidanceSAEMA, the trade body representing the façade access systems sector, has published new guidance aimed at anyone using components of existing building maintenance units (BMUs) as anchorage points for industrial rope access equipment. 06/03/2015
  • FM sees drop-off in merger and acquisition movesMerger and acquisition (M&A) activity in the UK facilities management sector slackened in the final quarter of 2014, following two quarters of robust activity. 05/03/2015
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