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31 January 2015
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Articles on benchmarking, contract management, outsourcing, procurement, project management 


  • How to finance a fit-outTo own or not to own that is the question. In this era of renting software and other products, we are increasingly accustomed to the idea of having, but not being tied to a range of products. So does leasing office furniture and interiors make financial sense? Mark Eltringham reports. 29/01/2015
  • Cofely and Cheshire council JV criticisedCheshire council's joint venture with Cofely has been criticised as "wrong in every respect" by local councillors. 28/01/2015
  • Best practice: managing supply chain relationshipsEarlier this month, the BIFM and its Procurement Special Interest Group produced a guidance note for facilities managers, outlining the key factors in a successful supply chain relationship. This is an extract from the guide, which is available online. 26/01/2015
  • 2014: A year of recovery and consolidationGraham Davies on the UK FM sector. 16/01/2015
  • In Focus: Looking to the longer termThe interviewee: Tony Raikes, managing director, Vinci Facilities The issue: A growing awareness among clients of the strategic value of building assets 15/01/2015
  • OCS becomes a BIFM Recognised CentreOCS has gained accreditation as a BIFM Recognised Centre, allowing it to deliver BIFM qualifications. 08/01/2015
  • Soames battles to push Serco back on trackGraham Davies on the UK FM sector. 18/12/2014
  • Living Wage included in Glasgow procurement rulesGlasgow City Council has announced fresh measures to tackle the issue of in-work poverty in the city. 15/12/2014
  • Calling the shotsLast year, BT bought out its FM services provider Monteray and, in September 2012, launched BT Facilities Services Ltd. One year on, BTFS is not only thriving, but aims to offer facilities services to other organisations. 11/12/2014
  • Role modelThe new facilities manager of the year's championing of building information modelling across the central Government estate has set her apart from her peers, as Sara Bean reports. 11/12/2014
  • FM and procurement need to develop better partnership, webinar hearsProcurement professionals must meet facilities management clients to develop a better relationship with their organisation's FM function, a webinar has heard. 05/12/2014
  • DIO set to revitalise soft FM deliveryThe Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) has published a plan to rejuvenate its soft services delivery across the defence estate. 04/12/2014
  • Analysis: SME FM contractors and the CCSIn January, the Crown Commercial Service (CCS) is launching a new version of its Contracts Finder website designed to provide a simpler procurement process for smaller organisations tendering for public contracts. Here's a short guide on what to expect 04/12/2014
  • FM will 'play central role in looming energy crisis'Facilities management professionals will play a crucial role in the evolving energy debate, but knowledge and skill levels will need to increase if this is to happen, says a panel of energy experts. 01/12/2014
  • In Focus: Links in a national chainThe interviewee: Thornton Tasker, managing director, Nationwide Window Cleaning The issue: Contracting on a nationwide scale in collaboration with other FM suppliers 24/11/2014
  • Child services could be next on outsourcing listGraham Davies on the UK FM sector. 24/11/2014
  • Mott MacDonald takes spot on NHS procurement partnershipsMott MacDonald has been awarded a place on two National Health Service (NHS) London Procurement Partnership (LPP) Buildings and Facilities Management Professional Services frameworks. 19/11/2014
  • Long-term PFI debt is hobbling NHS trustsHistoric private finance initiative (PFI) debt within the NHS can make it more difficult to change the way estates and buildings are used, says a National Audit Office report. 12/11/2014
  • FM contract model updatedThe new Facilities Management Contracting Model (FMCM) has been revised, according to the Cabinet Office. 04/11/2014
  • Hospitals need food procurement sustainability plansAll hospitals should develop a food and drink strategy that takes into account sustainable procurement, say experts. 04/11/2014
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