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20 December 2014
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  • Coffee in the workplaceAs well as a move towards more informal work environments and break-out areas, millennials (generation Y) want easy access to quality coffee in the workplace. Jamie Harris reports. 11 March 2014
  • Fit for businessBusiness intelligence paves the way for smarter contract and service delivery management. Steve Sawyer, director of professional services solutions for business software provider Access Group, explains. 11 March 2014
  • A bigger pictureInterserve hopes its purchase of Initial will give it greater weight when bidding for larger FM contracts. But in the current market, is bigger necessarily better? Will the £2bn Interserve juggernaut bowl over the smaller big players? David Arminas reports. 11 March 2014
  • Working chemistryThe move by pharmaceutical giant Astellas to refit and occupy an abandoned Norman Foster building has resulted in a BCO fit-out award and a burgeoning respect for the company's FM function. Martin Read reports. 10 March 2014
  • The A to Z of LPGRob Shuttleworth of UKLPG, the national association for Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG), argues that the fuel can be a convenient and efficient alternative to more traditional choices. 03 March 2014
  • What did apprenticeships ever do for me?National Apprenticeship Week runs from 3rd to 7th March, and while there's much to praise now that a full apprenticeship structure is in place across the profession, the people who can really explain the virtues of apprenticeships are former apprentices themselves. 03 March 2014
  • The ties that bindThe extent to which FM services providers are embedded with clients often comes down to a delicate balancing act for both provider and customer. How do both parties maintain a healthy relationship rather than one that strangles initiative? Nick Martindale reports. 24 February 2014
  • Working apart togetherHow much can corporate facilities managers learn from the cloud-based desk jockeys embracing co-working in the UK's big cities? Juriaan van Meel and Rikke Brinkø report on a growing movement. 13 February 2014
  • Seeing the lightSoftware that diverts automatic meter reading data into usage reports gives facilities managers a welcome new tool for analysing consumption. Tim Hipperson explains 13 February 2014
  • Sporting chanceMore than 70 per cent of sports halls in the UK are sited in educational facilities. Making them available out of school hours can be a huge benefit to local communities. Martin Read reports on a way of doing so that was recently recognised in the BIFM Awards profound impact category. 13 February 2014
  • A lift into workThe London Borough of Ealing's apprenticeship programme sees disadvantaged youngsters and former offenders introduced into the facilities services team. Martin Read looks at how the programme works. 13 February 2014
  • Big brother or big botherBalancing the security of your property against the possible impact on people's privacy when using CCTV can be a tough call for FMs, reports Andrew Gallie. 31 January 2014
  • Know your rightsAnti-fracking protests and Occupy camps have spelled trouble for neighbouring businesses. But when it comes to commerce versus freedom of expression, which will win? Here's how the law decides. 30 January 2014
  • Taking the stageFacilities management for a film studio site demands an almost superhuman combination of both customer and project management skills and a determination not to be fazed by the presence of celebrities, as Martin Read reports. 27 January 2014
  • Moving is changingNigel Dews of move management firm Harrow Green looks at the changing demands from clients of service providers in the sector. 16 January 2014
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