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25 July 2016
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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


  • FM firms sign off on a mixed bag of resultsIn the FM sector trading conditions have long been mixed, and more recently exacerbated by the uncertainty in the run-up to the EU referendum, and recent financial statements from the UK's largest FM operators have proved to be a mixed bag too, writes Graeme Davies. 19 July 2016
  • New partners, new directionsInterviewee: Simon Weston, chairman, Weston Facilities Management Issue: The security business 15 July 2016
  • In Focus: Making OCS a flexible friendThe interviewee: Bob Taylor, CEO of OCS UK The issue: Adapting to an ever- changing facilities management industry 09 June 2016
  • Is building tide about to go from gush to trickle?It has often been said that one can gauge the health of the economy of a city by looking at how many cranes are on the skyline at any one point. If that is the case then London's economy has never been healthier. It is almost impossible to look anywhere in the capital at the moment without the view being blighted by a metal monster soaring above a construction site. 09 June 2016
  • FM needs to embrace social enterprisesAs we read about how the UK is polarised between the 'haves' and the 'have nots', many commentators have questioned whether David Cameron's 'Big Society' vision has been quietly put to rest, writes Graeme Davies. 19 May 2016
  • In Focus: A ticket to ride with OmniServThe interviewee: Martin Benfield (left) and Mark Hicks (right), OmniServ The issue: Catering for passengers with reduced mobility (PRM) as an FM provider 19 May 2016
  • The NLW and its unintended consequencesThe national living wage (NLW) may only be a few weeks old, but already thoughts are turning to the possible longer-term consequences of the uptick in pay for the lowest earners. Over the coming months we will discover whether the prophets of doom who predicted that companies' profitability will be hit by the millions in extra costs were right and if the warnings from companies as diverse as FM provider Interserve to retailer Next and hospitality specialist Whitbread were correct. 05 May 2016
  • In Focus: New partners, new directionsThe interviewee: Peter Hawes, managing director of Norse Commercial Services The issue: Joint ventures between councils and private providers 05 May 2016
  • FM giants set to prosper from 'tri-borough' trendLast month's Budget made it clear that the government will not be swayed from its course of slashing government spending. The ideological drive to turn the UK's budget deficit into a surplus by the end of the decade remains in place and it appears nothing will blow the chancellor off course. 25 April 2016
  • In Focus: FM speaks in many tonguesThe interviewees: Ian Entwisle, CEO of EMEA at Global Workplace Solutions, CBRE, and Richard Williams, managind director of UK Asset Services at CBRE The issue: The changing landscape of global FM 25 April 2016
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