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24 August 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


  • A productivity challengeSteve Davies, managing director of Kier's FM business, on the rise of workplace services divisions within construction companies. 12 August 2016
  • Kier looks strong despite merger painsMerging two businesses, even complementary ones, is never straightforward, writes Graeme Davies. 12 August 2016
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Analysts split over aftermath of Brexit voteAfter the phoney war of recent months, suddenly the UK electorate has to take the Brexit question seriously, writes Graeme Davies. 10 March 2016
  • Analysts predict the economic toll of 'Brexit'For industries such as FM, which rely on large numbers of migrant workers willing to take on lower-paid roles, a cut in migration after a 'Brexit' could make recruitment more difficult, writes Graeme Davies. 11 February 2016