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18 December 2018
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Feature articles

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


  • A call to almsAs the bailiff for a 350-year-old charitable trust set up to provide hospitality for fifteen gentlemen 'of poor or modest means', Bob Rabagliati has an unusual FM role but it's one that brings him immense joy. Martin Read reports 24 March 2016
  • Smart city cyber securityThe advent of smart cities will offer businesses unprecedented economic opportunities as well as unprecedented levels of cyber security threats resulting from an explosion in the number of interconnected devices. Nicolas Reys explains 24 March 2016
  • Quest for perfectionMaintaining high-quality goods or services to the customer is the fundamental goal of any industry, and as consistency in service and operation is the sine qua non of FM, could it also be key to delivering quality management? asks Nick Martindale 24 March 2016
  • Mastering apprenticesThe government's apprenticeship levy is part of a bold plan that aims to raise £3 billion a year in order to fund three million apprentices across the UK by 2020. What impact will it have on facilities management, and is it addressing the right skills gap? Jamie Harris reports. 10 March 2016
  • Cutting catering's capacityContract caterers are taking lessons from the high street and elsewhere as they seek new ways of maximising the smaller amount of food prep and dining space from which they're being asked to operate. Nick Martindale reports on a rapidly changing sector. 10 March 2016
  • 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
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