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  • KBR wins first government 'single supplier' dealGlobal technology, engineering, procurement and construction company Kellogg, Brown & Root (KBR) have been awarded the first contract under a new government single supplier framework agreement with the UK's Home Office. 27/05/2016
  • BIFM devises new FM supervisor apprenticeshipsBIFM has been working with an employer Trailblazer group to develop a new apprenticeship for FM supervisors. 27/05/2016
  • In Focus: A ticket to ride with OmniServThe interviewee: Martin Benfield (left) and Mark Hicks (right), OmniServ The issue: Catering for passengers with reduced mobility (PRM) as an FM provider 26/05/2016
  • Wilkinson appointed new City of London SurveyorThe City of London Corporation has appointed Paul Wilkinson to the role of City of London Surveyor. Wilkinson will replace Peter Bennett, who is retiring after holding the position since 2008. 24/05/2016
  • SMEs need more support to win state contractsSmall and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are not necessarily better able to compete with larger providers or get any more business than before the government set a target to encourage greater procurement of the sector's services in 2010, says a public accounts committee report. 23/05/2016
  • Queen's Speech 'does not address productivity issue'Measures outlined in the Queen's Speech do not go far enough in dealing with productivity, according to workplace experts. 20/05/2016
  • Engie forms energy JV with Cheshire East CouncilEngie (formerly Cofely GDF SUEZ) has been selected to form a joint venture (JV) with Cheshire East Council to create a new flagship company to promote eco-efficient district heating networks in the Borough. 20/05/2016
  • The irreplaceable Chris StoddartFM World managing editor Martin Read pays tribute to Chris Stoddart, who passed away yesterday. 19/05/2016
  • Firms fear the Apprenticeship Levy is a 'step in the dark'Over the past month or so several business organisations have called for either a delay in the government's Apprenticeship Levy or have expressed concern about how it will work. 17/05/2016
  • Is 'community stewardship' the future for park management?The maintenance of parks and waste services risks significant decline by 2020 because of the huge funding pressures on local councils, says a report published by the Association for Public Service Excellence (APSE) and New Policy Institute (NPI). 17/05/2016
  • Public sector FM: a shared visionA recent university of Salford event, The Future of Facilities Management in the Public Sector, explored the problem of ineffective public facilities and had speakers proposing ideas to 'rationalise and transform' the sustainability of public sector FM operations. Jamie Harris picks out some of the day's key contributions 16/05/2016
  • Business and third sector need closer partnershipsHalf of businesses and at least 60 per cent of charity/community groups don't know how to get the most out of partnerships with each other, according to a survey by support services group Carillion. 12/05/2016
  • Poor school buildings hinder education, says RIBAOne in five teachers has considered quitting because of the wretched condition of the school buildings they have to teach in, according to a report by the professional body for architects. 12/05/2016
  • Bosses must act over 'unnecessary' levy costsThousands of UK businesses are likely to be hit by unnecessary costs simply because they are unprepared for or do not understand the new Apprenticeship Levy, warns a firm of apprenticeship experts. 11/05/2016
  • Analysis: The evolving breed of local authority joint venturesBetween 2009/10 and 2014/15, spending by England's local authorities was cut by a fifth because of austerity measures. This has required councils to find alternative funding models to sustain themselves and protect frontline services. 11/05/2016
  • In Focus: New partners, new directionsThe interviewee: Peter Hawes, managing director of Norse Commercial Services The issue: Joint ventures between councils and private providers 09/05/2016
  • Birmingham's bid to help poor estates save energyMaking low-income estates in Birmingham more energy-efficient through low-carbon retrofit is one of the ways to deal with the city's built environment challenges, says a report by campaign body the UK Green Building Council (GBC). 09/05/2016
  • '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 29/04/2016
  • Parks services risk significant funding pressuresThe maintenance of parks and waste services risks significant decline by 2020 because of the huge funding pressures on local councils, according to a new report. 29/04/2016
  • Basildon awards £300m deal to Morgan SindallBasildon Council has signed a long-term contract with property manager Morgan Sindall Property Services to maintain and repair the local authority's housing stock and corporate buildings. 29/04/2016
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