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23 July 2016
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Articles on benchmarking, contract management, outsourcing, procurement, project management 


  • Outlook darkens as UK services expansion weakensGrowth in the UK's service sector activity weakened in June to match the 38-month low recorded in April, according to the latest Purchasing Managers' Index survey data from Markit and the Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply (CIPS). 05/07/2016
  • Brexit: 88% of EU workers 'ineligible for visa'New research suggests that 88 per cent of EU workers in the UK might not qualify for a visa in the event of Britain leaving the EU. 04/07/2016
  • Analysts split over aftermath of Brexit voteAfter the phoney war of recent months, suddenly the UK electorate has to take the Brexit question seriously, writes Graeme Davies. 04/07/2016
  • Most English councils are failing to make savingsA Freedom of Information (FOI) request has found that three-quarters of councils in England are unable to identify savings achieve from efficiency reviews since the launch of the National Procurement Strategy in 2014. 21/06/2016
  • Universities must make estates more efficientUniversities across the UK could save 10 per cent on their estates repair and maintenance bills by implementing efficiency drives, particularly for procurement of materials. 20/06/2016
  • Analysis: Councils must learn to fully embrace social value dutiesEnglish councils are now more likely than ever to consider social value in commissioning, according to research published last month. 09/06/2016
  • Analysis: 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). 07/06/2016
  • You are what you eat - especially in hospitalFood, glorious food - as the saying goes - has never been more relevant in the National Health Service of today, writes Finbarr Murray. 06/06/2016
  • FMs role in streamlining project processesThe way in which project managers (PMs) work with FMs to oversee such activities as relocation projects is critical to their successful delivery. Fred Rademeyer advises on how to identify the pressure points in the PM / FM relationship 06/06/2016
  • 'Greater transparency' needed to improve contractingGreater transparency of suppliers' performance, costs and revenues is needed to improve contracting and make better savings for public services, according to a report. 06/06/2016
  • NAO: Shared services scheme 'not value for money'A project to merge the back-office functions of a number of Whitehall departments has not achieved value for money, says a National Audit Office report. 03/06/2016
  • 33% of English councils add social value to dealsEnglish councils are now more likely than ever to consider social value in commissioning, according to research published today. 31/05/2016
  • 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
  • UK office take-up slow but still robust in Q1Investment transaction volumes in Q1 2016 of offices across the UK were 26 per cent lower than that in the same period last year, according to a briefing by commercial real estate firm Avison Young. 26/05/2016
  • Mitie reports strong FM growthFacilities, property and energy management provider Mitie Group has reported significant growth in profit for the year ended 31 March 2016. 23/05/2016
  • 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
  • The irreplaceable Chris StoddartFM World managing editor Martin Read pays tribute to Chris Stoddart, who passed away yesterday. 19/05/2016
  • 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
  • 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
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