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  • Lead roleThe theme of this year's ThinkFM conference is 'the leadership challenge'. Are FMs in a position to take a lead role in their organisations because of their breadth of reporting roles? Adam Bernstein reports. 03 June 2013
  • Island lifeThe new regional BIFM group for the Channel Islands has been welcomed enthusiastically. Martin Read reports on the unique environment for FM that exists in the bailiwicks of Jersey and Guernsey. 23 May 2013
  • Matter of tasteA challenging economic situation has changed the landscape for contract caterers. Customers can't afford to eat as many meals in the work environment and are looking for better value for money. 23 May 2013
  • Chair and chair alikeA year ago, Ismena Clout and Liz Kentish took on the roles of BIFM chair and deputy chair, respectively. It's been an eventful 12 months... 23 May 2013
  • Wireless wonders'Machine-to-machine' communication surely belongs in science fiction. However, as Jürgen Hase explains, buildings are increasingly able to adjust their own controls without any direct human involvement. 23 May 2013
  • Standard issueBS 11000 is known as 'The Collaboration Standard' since it is designed to advise organisations on best practice when working together. Is there evidence that it is succeeding in its aim? Kevin Stanley reports. 07 May 2013
  • Waste not, want notWith the impending publication of a BIFM guide on the topic, Tony Windsor looks at the drivers forcing facilities managers to take a closer look at their waste management obligations 07 May 2013
  • Cashless conundrumCashless payment systems are being challenged by self-contained contactless systems and near-field communication technology. So, asks Matthew Wright, what are the specification options? 07 May 2013
  • Healing touchTablet computers are replacing other communication devices for FMs working on Telereal Trillium's major government contract, improving key processes. Steve Castle explains. 07 May 2013
  • Bottling it upThe case for plumbed-in vs. delivered bottles of drinking water has moved on a step with refillable water bottles that can be branded, as Paul Proctor explains. 22 April 2013
  • Vat navFor VAT-exempt organisations, the decision to outsource services can add a tax liability that is difficult to justify. Here, Nick Martindale looks at why some organisations are revisiting the issue. 22 April 2013
  • The burning issueHas the FM sector realised the true energy potential of biomass? Mark Harrison asks whether a wood-burning system can really be an alternative for energy buyers. 22 April 2013
  • We can work it outOrganisations are continuously searching for ways to boost workplace wellbeing. Jamie Harris finds that introducing a gym into the workplace poses a mix of challenges. 08 April 2013
  • Light workOn average, 25 per cent of an organisation's electricity costs come from lighting. Simon Fisher explains how FMs are switching on to LEDs and finding significant cost-reductions 08 April 2013
  • Pest intentionsGreg Pitcher finds that the UK pest control market is now worth almost £350 million, according to recent research . 08 April 2013
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