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Procurement/projects

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

 

  • 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. 22/09/2016
  • 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. 22/09/2016
  • 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. 22/09/2016
  • Starting small thinking bigCan FM be used as a transformation catalyst? That was the question raised on a project to procure a total FM contract for the London boroughs of Westminster, Hammersmith and Fulham and Kensington and Chelsea. Steve McDowell and David Cartwright of Comet Advisory explain. 22/09/2016
  • Healthy alternativesHealth secretary Jeremy Hunt says the NHS needs to undergo a 'technology revolution'. Here, a research report by Prof Ilfryn Price of Sheffield Hallam University and Sarah Tobin, property asset manager at Fulcrum presented at the recent EuroFM research symposium looks at what health-related services delivered remotely from hospitals might mean for future NHS estate facilities and their management. 22/09/2016
  • Between the linesThe need for regular independent audits of contract documentation and management for outsourced FM contracts cannot be overstated, says Lynda Cox, a project director at the Sweett Group. 22/09/2016
  • 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 22/09/2016
  • Service sector returns to growth after Brexit uncertaintyThe UK service sector rebounded in August after Brexit uncertainty saw the sector fall to an 89-month low in July. 05/09/2016
  • Professionalism is the key demand in security outsourcingCompetences of staff and getting the supplier to deliver on the terms of the contract are the two main challenges businesses face when outsourcing their security. 30/08/2016
  • Print document management providers 'must evolve to remain relevant'Document management could undergo a massive overhaul, says a report by Infotrends. 23/08/2016
  • Study outlines document outsourcing growth opportunitiesA survey of 551 large organisations in North America and Western Europe has found that improvements in predictive analytics and the development of mobile communications strategies will characterise successful document outsourcing service providers in the coming years. 19/08/2016
  • BIFM launches new supply chain guide for FMsBIFM has launched a new guidance note about how facilities management professionals can collaborate more effectively within the supply chain. 17/08/2016
  • Service sector slows in JulyThe UK service sector registered a fall in business activity in July, according to fresh data from analytics company IHS Markit and the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply. 03/08/2016
  • 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
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