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19 July 2018
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Read in-depth facilties management features, interviews with leading figures, round table reports and building case studies.


  • Futures shock?February's Workplace Futures conference saw presenters speaking about FM at a point in time in which the sector has the potential to have a fundamental impact on its own workers and the people they serve. Is the sector ready for the challenges ahead? Here, the FM World team selects some of the key quotes from the day 25 February 2016
  • Batteries included: a new way to power facilities?Battery technology is moving fast as manufacturers compete to produce the cleanest, most cost-effective answer to predicted UK power shortages within the next few years. By Sara Bean. 25 February 2016
  • Living proofUnderstanding how client organisations work and what they need is key to creating successful workplaces. Richard Byatt considers the art and science of user briefing with a look at the WWF's award-winning Living Planet Centre 25 February 2016
  • Making change payEach year the BIFM Awards process throws up a wealth of innovative thinking. These three success stories show how teamwork has led to strong examples of change management in action and a positive response from clients. 11 February 2016
  • The country filesMeeting the needs of all stakeholders can be a tough call for FM operatives working out of town not least because they are often battling the elements. Duncan Glen discusses the challenges of meeting the diverse needs of rural land users. 11 February 2016
  • Figuring it all outGlobal accountancy body the ACCA has sought to combine heritage with modernity - and a cohesive brand identity - at its new London headquarters. Martin Read reports. 11 February 2016
  • Easily led?LED lighting technology is set to replace conventional tungsten and fluorescent lighting not just to cut energy costs, but to help the climate, claims Future Designs' Brian Teale 28 January 2016
  • ''Lean in, step up and play your part''Always an engaging and often energising event, January's 2016 BIFM Women in FM conference gave attendees much to ponder from a range of inspiring speakers. The FM World team reports 28 January 2016
  • Waging battleWill the introduction of a mandatory National Living Wage lead to job losses, erosion of earnings differentials and lost margins in the FM sector? Or could it mean less staff churn and a happier, more productive workforce? Graeme Davies assesses its likely effects 28 January 2016
  • Shrinking the stateThe government aims to reduce the state to its pre-war size and spending cuts are driving both central government and local government to outsource for cost-effectiveness. 18 January 2016
  • The DNA of city devolutionTransfer of powers to cities and regions will give more control to local decision makers over the new built environment that FMs will ultimately manage. In the first of a 'future influences' series looking at wider built environment trends, Benjamin Mansell and Michael Pocock of law firm Pinsent Masons look at the potential impact of 'devo-deals' 18 January 2016
  • Further food for thoughtAs we enter the New Year, we may resolve to eat more healthily by cutting out sugar and fat and consuming more fruit and vegetables, but it's already a major driver for the contract catering sector. According to the British Hospitality Association's (BHA) latest report on Britain's Food Service Management (FSM) sector, every one (100 per cent) of the FSM companies it surveyed provide healthier alternatives and lower-calorie options. 18 January 2016
  • FM's inner chimp challengeA provocative BIFM People Management SIG meeting in November celebrated the new FM of the Year as well as many of his predecessors. Also, in seeking to determine the 'DNA' of a successful FM, mind coach Glenn Mead explained that, inside of our heads, we all have an 'inner chimp' to deal with. Bananas? Not a bit of it, as Martin Read reports. 22 December 2015
  • Connect and communicateCould BIM transform the way we design, construct, and manage buildings? Richard Byatt reports from Bristol on a project for the University of the West of England. 08 December 2015
  • More than cold logicCommercial catering and refrigeration maintenance specialist McFarlane Telfer not only makes sure its staff are technically adept, its training also addresses the vital soft skills prized by clients a strategy that helped its team win a top award, says Sara Bean. 03 December 2015
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