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  • Construction firm focuses on social valueConstruction firm Willmott Dixon has published a report in an attempt to achieve game change in how organisations assess and measure social value. 29/05/2015
  • Energy saving still on government's 'blind side'The Queen's Speech represents a missed opportunity for how the government could reduce emissions from the built environment, says a sustainability charity. 28/05/2015
  • New rules ban zero-hour exclusivity clausesNew rules introduced by former business secretary Vince Cable to ban exclusivity clauses in zero-hours contracts come into effect today. 26/05/2015
  • Environment Agency issues second ESOS warningThe Environment Agency has issued a second warning to organisations to comply with the Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS). 26/05/2015
  • Norse to step up joint ventures with councilsPartnerships with councils will continue to represent a major source of business for support services group Norse, says its managing director. 20/05/2015
  • Amey selected for £235m Trafford Council dealSupport services provider Amey, has been selected to deliver a £235 million contract to provide environmental and infrastructure services for Trafford Council. 15/05/2015
  • Councils sharing services save nearly £500mCouncils have made £462 million of savings by sharing services with each other, the Local Government Association (LGA) has found. 14/05/2015
  • Tories must tackle skills shortageThe new Conservative government must tackle the catastrophic skills shortage in the utilities and facilities management industry, says the chief executive of a training firm. 11/05/2015
  • Starting small thinking bigCan FM be used as a transformation catalyst? That was the question raised on a project to procure a total FM contract for the London boroughs of Westminster, Hammersmith and Fulham and Kensington and Chelsea. Steve McDowell and David Cartwright of Comet Advisory explain. 07/05/2015
  • £144m investment in 52,000 apprenticeshipsA £144 million EU and Welsh Government investment to fund more than 50,000 apprenticeships in Wales has been announced by the First Minister, Carwyn Jones. 28/04/2015
  • The City, slickerAgile working, changing demographics, corporate flexibility and the quality of public realm are all factors at play in an evolving City of London, as a new report reveals. Martin Read picks out some key findings. 27/04/2015
  • Living Wage: how many firms will adopt it?Much has been made in this election campaign about the cost of living and wage growth, zero-hours contracts and the financial hardship still facing many, writes Graeme Davies. 22/04/2015
  • Tories pledge tax-free minimum wageNo one earning the minimum wage will have to pay income tax, according to the Conservative's manifesto published this week. 15/04/2015
  • Labour's manifesto promises a 'green economy'The Labour Party has launched its manifesto promising that it will pursue a green economy should it come into power. 14/04/2015
  • Businesses slam 'threat to flexible labour market'Labour's plans to overhaul zero-hours contracts have been attacked in an open letter from 100 business leaders. 13/04/2015
  • Parliament to flee to QEII centre as Palace sinksMPs and peers are set to move from the Palace of Westminster to the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre when the Houses of Parliament undergo essential renovation, according to a news report. 13/04/2015
  • Analysis: Government reports £11bn in property efficiency savingsThe recent State of the Estate report suggests that central government's property estate is down by a fifth and the government has vacated 2,018 buildings the equivalent of one a day since 2010, writes Herpreet Grewal 10/04/2015
  • Big outsourcers set to profit from shrinking stateAmong the many tweaks made in the Budget, chancellor George Osborne made one concession that could prove to be hugely significant to the outsourcing sector, and many FM companies within it, writes Graeme Davies. 09/04/2015
  • Share in the communityAt West Berkshire Community Hospital, the sharing of day-to-day and project information between the facilities team and its Trust clients is critical, as Martin Read reports 09/04/2015
  • Tri it and see?In October 2010, Westminster City Council, Hammersmith & Fulham London Borough Council, and Kensington & Chelsea London Borough Council combined specific areas of service delivery as a response to financial pressures facing local government. It was a gutsy answer to challenging times but should this model be adopted more widely? Nick Martindale investigates. 09/04/2015
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