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27 May 2016
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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 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. It is months since he has mentioned it in public and even before last year's election an audit by the Civil Exchange concluded that many of the early aims of the Big Society project were left unfulfilled. 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
  • Smaller FM fry still losing out to big operatorsWhen the coalition government came to power in 2010, much was made of the drive to encourage a wider supplier base when it comes to private sector involvement in public sector contracts. 07 April 2016
  • In Focus: FM finds strength in numbersIn October 2010, Westminster City Council, Hammersmith & Fulham London Borough Council, and Kensington & Chelsea London Borough Council combined several services and awarded a 10-year £150 million contract to Amey. 07 April 2016
  • Turning the 'supertankers' of FM aroundEquity market investors say that it is better to travel than to arrive. Graeme Davies reports on results recently published by G4S and Serco, and the outlook for the next 12 months. 24 March 2016
  • In Focus: FM cuts the cost of powerForming energy divisions within FM businesses. Herpreet Kaur Grewal speaks to individuals from two companies that have done just that. 24 March 2016
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