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27 May 2016
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Articles on benchmarking, contract management, outsourcing, procurement, project management 


  • FM needs to embrace social enterprisesAs we read about how the UK is polarised between the 'haves' and the 'have nots', many commentators have questioned whether David Cameron's 'Big Society' vision has been quietly put to rest. It is months since he has mentioned it in public and even before last year's election an audit by the Civil Exchange concluded that many of the early aims of the Big Society project were left unfulfilled. 27/05/2016
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Don't let your KPI count get out of controlThe subject of key performance indicators has been on my mind again in the last week or two and, once again, the obsession with having a multitude of KPIs seems to continue unabated, writes John Bowen. 06/05/2016
  • The NLW and its unintended consequencesThe national living wage (NLW) may only be a few weeks old, but already thoughts are turning to the possible longer-term consequences of the uptick in pay for the lowest earners. Over the coming months we will discover whether the prophets of doom who predicted that companies' profitability will be hit by the millions in extra costs were right and if the warnings from companies as diverse as FM provider Interserve to retailer Next and hospitality specialist Whitbread were correct. 05/05/2016
  • Larger FM players must use social enterprisesRecent initiatives to encourage larger organisations to procure more services from social enterprises and SMEs have been welcomed by the director of an FM consultancy. 03/05/2016
  • Analysis: FM industry barometer shows fair weather aheadThe FM sector has been described as a barometer of the economy. Well, if that's the case, the outlook seems rosy even if optimism is not perhaps quite as high as it was last year. 28/04/2016
  • In Focus: FM speaks in many tonguesThe interviewees: Ian Entwisle, CEO of EMEA at Global Workplace Solutions, CBRE, and Richard Williams, managind director of UK Asset Services at CBRE The issue: The changing landscape of global FM 26/04/2016
  • Analysis: Industry looks set to prosper despite cost challengesThe UK FM market's profitability is set to rise by £200 million in 2016, according to a report by MTW Research. Researchers say that this profitability will sustain optimism in the market despite a slight slowdown in growth. 25/04/2016
  • Analysis: Business giants join initiative to foster public engagementThe £1 billion 'Buy Social' Corporate Challenge was due to be launched at Downing Street this week. Its aim is to get big businesses to join forces to spend £1 billion with social enterprises. 25/04/2016
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