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Articles on benchmarking, contract management, outsourcing, procurement, project management 


  • Sodexo and Interserve picked to bid on justice contractsSupport services firms Sodexo and Interserve have been chosen as preferred bidders to run probation and rehabilitation services in the UK, says the Ministry of Justice. 30/10/2014
  • Inter-government departments lack drive and efficiency, says PACDepartments are making unacceptably slow progress on some central efficiency initiatives such as shared back-office services, resulting in taxpayers' money being wasted, say an influential group of MPs. 24/10/2014
  • A quarter of Europe's workers are stressedAbout 25 per cent of workers in Europe report feeling stressed at work all or most of the time, and a similar proportion believe that work affects their health negatively, says a study. 23/10/2014
  • International standard for FM gets green lightAn international standard for facilities management has been given the go-ahead by the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO). 22/10/2014
  • Think tank: Place or performance?We asked 100 FMs To what extent is your company already moving away from a 'place' mindset to a 'performance' one? 20/10/2014
  • FM firms join drive to de-stigmatise ex-offendersTwenty-five employers with a combined workforce of 200,000 including three major FM firms have banned the criminal conviction 'tick box' from application forms. 17/10/2014
  • Bosses must support carers with flexible work practicesMore than a third of employers are witnessing increasing absences because staff are struggling to balance caring responsibilities with work, says a report from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD). 13/10/2014
  • FMs failing to bang the drum for recruitmentFacilities managers can be their own worst enemies when attempting to attract young people into the profession, attendees heard this week at a BIFM event at London's Somerset House. 10/10/2014
  • Bellrock enjoys rapid appointment to UKDN WaterflowProperty and facilities management provider Bellrock has won a contract with UKDN Waterflow to manage its warehouse, office and storage properties across the UK. 10/10/2014
  • Jockey Club launches new services armThe Jockey Club, the largest commercial group in British horseracing, has launched a services arm for the sports industry. 09/10/2014
  • Nearly one in five FM firms 'do not measure performance'Eighteen per cent of FM companies do not measure performance, according to a survey. 08/10/2014
  • Future planningRichard Branson's 'unlimited holidays' add to the soup of influencing factors making the planning of future office requirements ever trickier, writes Martin Read. 08/10/2014
  • Human evolutionTechnology has a habit of fundamentally changing our behaviour before we even notice it's done so, writes Martin Read in his latest leader column. 24/09/2014
  • The commercial Green Deal: worth reviving?Is there a future for any type of commercial Green Deal? asks Bill Wright, head of energy solutions at the Electrical Contractors Association (ECA). 11/09/2014
  • Building engineers must learn the construction supply chainBuilding engineering training programmes must be broad-based so that apprentices and students acquire not just the skills and competences of this sector alone, but also fully understand the operation of the entire construction supply chain, says the president of the Building & Engineering Services Association. 11/09/2014
  • Question marquesJust how similar is the FM sector to the state-owned car maker British Leyland's cacophonous clash of contrasting brands in the 1970s? Quite, writes Martin Read in his latest leader column. 11/09/2014
  • FDs plan to raise more cash for universitiesSixty-one university finance directors say they plan to invest more money into facilities for teachers and students. 09/09/2014
  • Think tank: good practice with cleaning staffHow many of the recommendations in the recent EHRC report concerning cleaners do firms already practice? It's a mixed picture, as our latest poll responses suggest. 08/09/2014
  • Procurement is 'low status' to governmentThe procurement profession has traditionally had a low status in the civil service and has lacked the sway over colleagues to implement good practice. 08/09/2014
  • Hospitals need food procurement sustainability plansAll hospitals should develop a food and drink strategy that takes into account sustainable procurement, say experts. 04/09/2014
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