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22 November 2014
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Includes advice on good facilities management practice and legal issues, plus 'How to...' guides on common issues.


  • 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
  • Land and power procurementFinding the right place to build a data centre involves a thorough search, 
taking into account local planning laws, power costs and even seismology, says Akber Jaffer 25 March 2013
  • Reducing water billsWith water bills rising every year, facilities managers need to know how to hold back the financial flood. Cedric Rodrigues offers three golden rules that will help save buckets of cash. 11 March 2013
  • Contractual gain-shareOrganisations are increasingly using gain-share contracts to split the proceeds of successful business. Martin Bell explains how, done well, it can incentivise future co-operation. 22 February 2013
  • Instil a sense of passion in your teamWith Valentine's Day fresh in the air, passion is all around. But what about 'passion' in business? As Tom Robinson writes, it's far from just a fluffy, nice-to-have idea. 11 February 2013
  • Specify a partitioning systemJoe Cilia, technical manager at the Association of Interior Specialists, looks at what to consider when specifying partitions an important part of an office fit-out. 28 January 2013
  • Boost efficiency with correct battery selectionToday's maintenance professionals face many challenges, from limited staff to shrinking budgets. Elke Hirschman highlights an interesting way to increase cleaning efficiency. 03 December 2012
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