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28 April 2016
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  • JVs can thrive in 'culture of trust', says reportLocal authorities increasingly look to joint ventures, but their success relies on shared objectives and good governance, according to a report. 25/04/2016
  • Analysis: Business giants join initiative to foster public engagementThe £1 billion 'Buy Social' Corporate Challenge was due to be launched at Downing Street this week. Its aim is to get big businesses to join forces to spend £1 billion with social enterprises. 25/04/2016
  • Churchill wins a three-year deal with CroydonChurchill has forged a new partnership with London Borough of Croydon. 22/04/2016
  • 'Getting' CarterLord Carter of Coles' NHS review set out to show how savings could be made through collaboration and standardised FM procurement procedures. Nick Martindale asks those on the ground whether this vision is realistic or just a pipedream 21/04/2016
  • FM procurement process ''hinders public sector outsourcing''The procurement process in FM has become a hindrance to public sector outsourcing, according to Bellrock's Martin Holt. 20/04/2016
  • Devolution could improve public services, says CCSRegional devolution could help public sector FM services become more efficient, according to a spokesman from the Crown Commercial Service. 20/04/2016
  • FM giants set to prosper from 'tri-borough' trendLast month's Budget made it clear that the government will not be swayed from its course of slashing government spending. The ideological drive to turn the UK's budget deficit into a surplus by the end of the decade remains in place and it appears nothing will blow the chancellor off course. 19/04/2016
  • In Focus: FM finds strength in numbersIn October 2010, Westminster City Council, Hammersmith & Fulham London Borough Council, and Kensington & Chelsea London Borough Council combined several services and awarded a 10-year £150 million contract to Amey. 14/04/2016
  • School wall collapse probe reveals safety issuesThe chief executive of the City of Edinburgh Council and senior education officials have met directors of the Edinburgh School Partnership (ESP) after the collapse of a wall at a local primary led to the closure of 17 schools in the area. 11/04/2016
  • Norse set to expand joint venture links in MidlandsNational FM and contract services group Norse Commercial Services is exploring two new joint ventures in the Midlands during 2016, FM World has learned. 11/04/2016
  • NHS Property Services lists soft FM deals winnersNHS Property Services has announced the appointment of the following companies to carry out some of its 'soft FM' contracts across England as a part of the second phase of its national procurement exercise to streamline its FM works. 07/04/2016
  • Apex lifts Camden with new M&R contractApex Lifts has been awarded a contract with the London Borough of Camden to provide lift repair and maintenance services to its 33,000 homes across Camden. 07/04/2016
  • Smaller FM fry still losing out to big operatorsWhen the coalition government came to power in 2010, much was made of the drive to encourage a wider supplier base when it comes to private sector involvement in public sector contracts. 07/04/2016
  • NHS repair budget 'slashed by £1.1bn'The NHS repairs budget has been slashed by £1.1 billion in a cut that was not publicised in George Osborne's Budget last month, according to news reports. 01/04/2016
  • NLW will push social care to 'breaking point'The introduction of the National Living Wage (NLW) this week will push services caring for the elderly and disabled to breaking point and bring a care provider crisis closer unless new funding is made available, say council leaders. 30/03/2016
  • Croydon looks to community to help manage parksCroydon council is planning to get community groups and volunteers to help manage its green spaces to ease financial pressures. 24/03/2016
  • Mastering apprenticesThe government's apprenticeship levy is part of a bold plan that aims to raise £3 billion a year in order to fund three million apprentices across the UK by 2020. What impact will it have on facilities management, and is it addressing the right skills gap? Jamie Harris reports. 23/03/2016
  • Analysis: Government must focus on how to sign up more SMEs as suppliersA report from the National Audit Office as noted that while the proportion of public services spending through SMEs is increasing, government figures could be skewed by subcontractor work through larger service providers. Jamie Harris reports on the barriers that smaller firms are still facing. 21/03/2016
  • ISS plots carbon-neutral future for Scots councilISS has won a contract to provide energy services at Aberdeenshire Council. 18/03/2016
  • BIFM: Budget falls short on productivity driversBIFM chief executive James Sutton has suggested that Chancellor George Osborne's latest budget, delivered yesterday, was somewhat limited as regards the drive for greater productivity. 17/03/2016
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