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Includes advice on good facilities management practice and legal issues, plus 'How to...' guides on common issues.


  • The paperless office dreamHard copies can't be eradicated, but businesses could be embracing digital and paper in a 'paper light' environment. 30 January 2014
  • Informed choices on renewablesChoosing a renewable solution can be hard for FMs who feel they lack the technical acumen. Cathryn Hickey, executive director at the National Skills Academy for Environmental Technologies, explains the basics. 29 November 2013
  • Door managementSafety and security are obvious concerns for facilities managers, with doors critical to both. Justin Freeman breaks down the basic steps that need to be taken to ensure good 'door management'. 11 November 2013
  • Car park controlCar parking facilities can make a customer's experience all plain sailing or fraught with frustration. Essy Eslamian discusses ways in which businesses can monitor and control their car park. 11 November 2013
  • Cloud computing and securitySecurity should be priority number one when you are choosing a cloud provider. Jochem Binst, director corporate communications and public affairs at Vasco Data Security, explains why. 25 October 2013
  • Carpet maintenance planningA planned management programme can prolong the lifespan of a carpet. Tom Campton explains how to protect the customer's investment in this valuable asset. 01 October 2013
  • Ergonomic seatingInvesting in good ergonomic seating will save you more in the long run. Pakize Nasuh, Humanscale managing director, UK and Ireland, explains why. 19 September 2013
  • Back to basics with securityAs mobile technology becomes increasingly sophisticated, so too does the means by which malicious parties can intercept valuable corporate data, explains Peter Clements. 04 September 2013
  • Managed document servicesManaged document services (MDS) are marketed as an attractive option for controlling print. Jeremy Spencer explains why MDS is becoming popular in the UK 16 July 2013
  • Procuring FM servicesEnsuring procurement works with the FM department sometimes involves educating the former in the everyday activities of the latter. 04 July 2013
  • Video conferencingSeeing is often believing. But does the new interest in video conferencing mean there is even more pressure on space? Not necessarily, says Dan Tanel. 04 July 2013
  • Ensure cleaning contract securityEnsuring peace of mind when specifying the personnel responsible for cleaning your facilities involves putting in place rigorous systems to check that they are who they say they are. 03 June 2013
  • Disability-sensitive procurementMany FMs don't consider disabilities when procuring services. Here, Shaid Latif suggests why it's important and offers several tips on how to do it efficiently. 23 May 2013
  • Identify common pestsNesting rodents can cause untold damage to properties and spread serious diseases. Here, David Cross gives a run-down of the main offenders and suggests several defence strategies. 23 May 2013
  • Deliver sustainabile FM cost reductionNearly all organisations want FMs to reduce cost. Done badly, cost reduction delivers short-term gain and long-term pain. Martin Bell puts forward key principles to deliver sustainable cost reduction. 08 April 2013
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