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


  • 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
  • Clean your way to fire safetyCleaning in commercial kitchens is a thorough and routine process. But Gary Nicholls explains the significance these methods have in fire prevention and the safety of staff. 25 October 2012
  • Marketing for stronger growthService providers need to beef up their marketing operations to compete for the best FM contracts. Bev Burgess explains how strategic marketing can bring major returns. 15 October 2012
  • Use emergency lifts for evacuationsEmergency evacuations must be conducted swiftly and safely. Specialised lifts have their advantages, but can't be used in every situation, explains Barry Scholes. 14 September 2012
  • Understanding data centre infrastructure managementhe freshly coined acronym 'data centre infrastructure management' involves a marriage of building and IT management systems. Simon Terry explains what this means. 15 August 2012
  • Digital communications and imageThe siting of display network screens and the information they convey can have a significant impact on the perception of a business. Matthew Mackaness explains. 15 August 2012
  • Green your print functionWhen you set yourself the objective of 'greening your print function', you set a course to optimise your business. So where do you start? The answer lies not only in eco-technology but rationalising your print processes. Gary Downey explains. 11 July 2012
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