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27 November 2015
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Business analysis

Regular analysis of the facilities management industry. Incisive comment on deals, merger and acquisition activity, investment trends and the business stories behind the headlines from commentators including FM World columnist and Investors Chronicle writer Graeme Davies


  • Investors start to look for scope outside LondonThe growing appeal of regional market conditions could prompt forays into new areas either organically or through acquisitions in the sector, writes Graeme Davies. 23 November 2015
  • In Focus: Some valuable lessons learntThe interviewee: Colin Kenton, managing director, FM Services, Kellogg, Brown & Root The issue: KBR wins new Crown Commercial Services contract after work with the MPS 05 November 2015
  • Expect more deals but of smaller valueWe heard recently of a calming down in the 'exuberance' which had characterised the trends in outsourcing in the NHS during the past two years, but has this pattern been repeated elsewhere, and indeed in the private sector, writes Graeme Davies. 02 November 2015
  • In Focus: FM gem fits into a new settingThe interviewees: Noel Clancy, MD, Shepherd FM and Helen Bunch, MD, Wates Smartspace The issue: Wates's acquisition of Shepherd FM 30 October 2015
  • Pace of NHS outsourcing is slowing downRecent research suggests that the pace of outsourcing in the NHS has slowed dramatically, writes Graeme Davies. 27 October 2015
  • In Focus: Pleasing clients Pareto's wayThe interviewee: Andrew Hulbert, managing director of Pareto FM The issue: Advantages of being a small FM player in a big industry 07 October 2015
  • Government set to 'sweat' its property assetsOn taking office in 2010, the coalition set about a drastic deficit reduction programme. The government's vast and sprawling property portfolio was identified as an easy way to slash costs, writes Graeme Davies. 07 October 2015
  • In Focus: It's the time and the PlaceThe interviewee: Andrew Pollard, managing director, Place Partnership The issue: Future plans for a new UK asset vehicle scheme launched this month 25 September 2015
  • Will FM clients be footing the living wage bill?while the living wage is to be welcomed, it will bring big challenges for the FM sector for several years to come, writes Graeme Davies. 25 September 2015
  • Minimum wage threatens FM's tight marginsFor the industry as a whole, the minimum wage could pose some tricky problems in the years to come especially as margins across the sector tend to be rather thin, writes Graeme Davies. 11 September 2015
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