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  • A sense of ownershipWhen debating whether to keep FM services in-house or turn them over to an outside provider, the ramifications of the decision are both commercial and personal, says Nick Martindale. 22 September 2014
  • Green versus leanKenneth Freeman, head of innovation at Ambius, discusses new research that demonstrates the tangible benefits of greenery in the office. 12 September 2014
  • Engaging the clientHealthy human relationships require work by both parties so why should those between FM service providers and clients be any different? A new combined form of surveying and consultancy service gives supplier assessment of client performance the potential for as much weight as the reverse. Martin Read reports 11 September 2014
  • Powering downFuture energy supplies are far from certain but FMs could become guardians of UK fuel economy by following the kind of energy-saving skills put into practice by the University of the Arts London (UAL), says Simon Francis. 11 September 2014
  • Go eastThe boom times might be over, but for those FMs who have the requisite skills and are prepared to adapt to the stricter lifestyle rules, there's still eastern promise to be found in the Gulf States, says Nick Martindale. 08 September 2014
  • FM's trust dividendRecently published BIFM research suggests that a client's confidence in its facilities service department, and the FM service providers it works with, can generate an invaluable 'feel-good' factor. Martin Read reports. 11 August 2014
  • Playing above parIt wasn't only victor Rory McIlroy who had to make the perfect pitch at the British Open last month. Sodexo's FM players start sharpening up their game at the course a year before the first tee-off, as David Arminas reports. 11 August 2014
  • Town hall of plentyBrent's Civic Centre has replaced the 14 individual buildings that previously provided the council's services. But that's just the start of it, as Martin Read reports. 11 August 2014
  • Shift up a gearShift management software can help you to make optimal use of your FM teams by automating even the most complicated tasks, balancing your staff's strengths with your clients' needs and your company's service objectives, says Philip Antoniou. 11 August 2014
  • After a passionThe word 'passion' features frequently in the vocabulary of Julie Kortens, who took the reins as BIFM chairman in April. Here, she tells Martin Read how she intends putting her characteristic enthusiasm for FM to good use during her tenure. 14 July 2014
  • After the floodBupa Health Funding UK's response to last winter's flooding proved the value of an FM team working together with their business continuity colleagues, as Martin Read reports. 14 July 2014
  • Colt statusColt Technology Services' decision to centralise its FM provision across Europe through service provider Mace Macro has led to the function gaining greater recognition for its contribution to corporate performance, reports Martin Read. 14 July 2014
  • A park to lastThe Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, once a site filled with elite athletes, is now open to the public. Jamie Harris reports on the site's transformation and the challenges of hitting Lord Coe's ambitious legacy targets. 01 July 2014
  • The heat is onDemand for environmentally responsible and resource-efficient building materials and products is increasing. Elisabeth Jeffries looks at recent innovations that have been picked out by awards judges for their potential. 01 July 2014
  • Safe and soundFor companies operating in the competitive world of FM services, high standards of security are vital for business continuity, says David Thorp, of the Security Institute. 23 June 2014
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