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  • '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
  • 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. 26/03/2015
  • Staff wellbeing maintains profits and productivity, says reportThere is a direct relationship between wellbeing and healthcare costs, productivity and more, says a report by analyst Global Workplace Analytics. 25/03/2015
  • Government reforms save £11m in costsMinister for the Cabinet Office Francis Maude has announced that for the financial year 2014 to 2015 up to January 2015, the government has already identified £11 billion of efficiency and reform savings, compared with a 2009 to 2010 baseline an increase of a third from the same point last year. 25/03/2015
  • OCS joins accredited Living Wage organisationsSupport services organisation OCS Group has become the latest FM service provider to gain recognition as a Living Wage service provider by the Living Wage Foundation. 20/03/2015
  • VAT relief a big win, says BSA chiefThe Business Services Association (BSA) has hailed the Budget announcement of an extension to VAT relief for shared services as a big win. 20/03/2015
  • FM leaders welcome Budget reforms of NI and apprenticeshipsBudget measures announced by George Osborne yesterday have been welcomed by those in the FM and built environment sectors. 19/03/2015
  • Skills minister announces FM supervisor standardThe government's Trailblazer initiative, by which groups of employers join in designing apprenticeship schemes, has resulted in the approval by government of an apprenticeship standard for the role of facilities management supervisor. 13/03/2015
  • Accessible Britain winners announcedWinners were announced yesterday in the Department of Work and Pensions' Accessible Britain Challenge Awards, a scheme sponsored by the BIFM to highlight those making an outstanding contribution to inclusive and accessible communities for disabled people. 13/03/2015
  • G4S results show progress of strategic planSecurity services provider G4S has published its annual results, showing steady progress in growth and profits despite a slight decline in revenues in the UK and Ireland. 11/03/2015
  • Public sector contract finder launchedThe government has introduced its new contracts finder website to help organisations to bid for future public sector contracts. 27/02/2015
  • Havant consults on combined FM servicesHavant Borough Council has launched a consultation into the way its facilities management services are being delivered. 24/02/2015
  • Northants Council agrees on a 'next-generation' councilNorthamptonshire County Council is to move its service provision to four separate social enterprises as part of a 'next-generation' council. 23/02/2015
  • FM must develop new markets to bolster growthThe facilities management market has exhibited good levels of growth for the past 20 years, but maintaining a high standard of service will be key in continuing this, according to the latest market research. 19/02/2015
  • Kier seals five-year Barnsley extensionKier has renewed its repairs and maintenance contract with Barnsley Council for another five years. 19/02/2015
  • Think Tank: The big public retrofitThe Building & Engineering Services Association (B&ES) is calling for the next government to do more to incentivise carbon efficiency in buildings. 18/02/2015
  • Babcock's support services arm reports solid growthBabcock International Group, an engineering support services company, has reported strong performance in the second half of its 2014/15 financial year. 17/02/2015
  • Social Value Act 'will not be extended'The Social Value Act will not be extended to goods and works until issues of awareness, understanding, and measurement are overcome, concludes a review led by the Prime Minister's enterprise adviser, Lord Young of Graffham. 16/02/2015
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