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27 October 2016
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Read in-depth facilties management features, interviews with leading figures, round table reports and building case studies.


  • 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
  • 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. 19 November 2015
  • A special bondThe 10-year collaboration between Cofely and North East Lincolnshire Council has developed way beyond traditional FM and outsourcing partnership to embody a revolutionary set of societal and operational aims, says Sara Bean. 19 November 2015
  • Planning for new arrivalsBIFM has been on an evolutionary journey over the last few years driven in no small part by the leadership of the now CEO, James Sutton. James is set to leave the institute next year, to focus on his new family, but not before a successor has been appointed. The search is on 18 November 2015
  • Exhibiting green credentialsBirmingham NEC's facilities team, 'Team NEC' beat its own high targets in waste management and has been recognised for its commitment to new sustainability initiatives including cutting landfill, water use, energy wastage and costs, writes Jamie Harris. 16 November 2015
  • Out in the coldData centres are wasting energy by producing far more cooled air than necessary according to David Hogg, managing director, 8 Solutions. 09 November 2015
  • In full flightAlan Russell, head of facilities management at Heathrow Airport for Terminal 5, has made the most of what's turned out to be an ideal environment for an ambitious, self-starting engineering & facilities manager. Martin Read reports. 05 November 2015
  • Cable & tirelessIt can be physically draining work to maintain the essential wiring keeping the UK's phone and broadband networks going, as Jamie Harris reports. 26 October 2015
  • Law inspiringThe Dublin County Courts of Justice showcase a PFI project in which elements of building design, operational management and energy efficiency have rewritten the way an entire profession operates. Martin Read reports. 19 October 2015
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