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25 June 2017
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Opinions on facilities management from all corners of the sector. Want to get something off your chest? We're happy to consider any relevant comment that is topical, inspirational, angry or amusing.



  • 06 June 2017
  • The problem with engineering apprenticeships
    The most pressing problem for the UK's industrial sector in recent years has been the skills shortage, and the current engineering apprenticeships on offer will not solve the issue, writes Andy Owen. 06 June 2017
  • Being reasonably practicable on vehicle checks
    After several high-profile fatal vehicle road traffice incidents in recent years, pre-use vehicle checks should be completed in a thorough, yet reasonably practical manner, writes Adam Gomes. 06 June 2017
  • Working sensationally
    Workplace is the context in which we expect people and their minds to function, writes Steve Maslin. But are we taking account of the impact the sensory evironment has on their minds? 06 June 2017
  • Why I love FM recruitment
    Joanne Crampton shares some of the reasons why she loves to work in FM recruitment. 06 June 2017
  • Making the invisible, visible
    The FM department's rare opportunities to be more visible to those they serve should be grasped with all available gusto, writes Martin Read. 05 June 2017
  • Six ways for an FM to get their board to take them seriously
    As every FM knows, their role is seen by many boards simply as a cost centre, rather than a strategic part of the business. It means senior management don't always take FM seriously, writes Jason Choy. 16 May 2017
  • Meeting a broader range of needs
    Business Disability Forum has been focusing on inclusive procuremeent with a wide range of private and public sector businesses, writes Angela Matthews. It means that more is being demanded of facilities and estates management suppliers. 12 May 2017
  • Sharing the health vision
    Hospital environments are increasingly demanded to be more like home/hotel environements than the traditional healthcare that we know, writes Elaine Cloutman-Green. This is important for patient mental well-being, but it is challenging in terms of wider patient safety in terms of infection prevention and control. 12 May 2017
  • Interpreting the data
    The goal for our sector is surely to disrupt ourselves by improving transparency and inventing new roles and processes before someone from another industry does it, writes Mark Tyson. 12 May 2017
  • A little information goes a long way
    For many years there was little attention paid to the analysis of available data across comparable sites, writes Finbarr Murray. But those views are now consigned to history with significant steps being taken to use this information as a key driver for cost reduction. 12 May 2017

BIFM Columns

  • 09 June 2016
  • Important changes to the delivery of Apprenticeships in England
    Apprenticeships are government-funded, work-based training programmes for people aged 16 and over. The BIFM's Fraser Talbot details the institute's work with employer groups in developing new standards for apprenticeships in FM.
  • Reaching across borders
    Meeting with FM professionals and members, in both the UK and further afield is always the best part of my job, writes Lee Grant.
  • Evolution
    FM World has been a cornerstone of the Institute's offering for many years, having recently celebrated its 12th birthday and this is its 279th issue. It provides a range of news, analysis, case studies and insights to support the facilities management profession and the Institute's membership, writes James Sutton.
  • A gold standard for FM excellence
    The BIFM Facilities Management Awards are always a highlight of the facilities management calendar and over the past few years we have been on a development journey to further enhance the Awards programme for the profession and to reflect the institute's new mission and strategic intent.