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21 February 2017
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News Analysis

Regular analysis of the leading stories in the facilities management industry. Comment on topics such as environmental issues, wellbeing in the workplace, the Living Wage and more.


  • Service families being let downLast month the House of Commons Pubklic Accounts Committee published a report concluding that the Ministry of Defence and its contractor were "badly letting down service families" by providing them with poor accommodation. Herpreet Kaur Grewal reports on the evidence, and speaks to those involved. 12 August 2016
  • The war on wasteFood waste costs the UK food service sector £2.5 billion+ a year. How can FM combat this? Herpreet Kaur Grewal reports. 12 August 2016
  • Brexit, PM May, reshuffle and FMSince the last issue of FM World, and following the EU Referendum, the country has a new Prime Minister and Cabinet. The FM sector's sheer size and prominence means it should be considereed a bellwether of the UK's economic performance, writes Herpreet Kaur Grewal. 11 August 2016
  • Think Tank: The great productivity debateMay saw the launch of The Stoddart Review, a project aimed at ensuring business leaders fully understand the contribution workplace has to overall organisational performance (more details at stoddartreview.com). So we asked is there an appetite in your organisation in the link between workplace and productivity? 28 July 2016
  • High noon for high heelsA petition demanding a change in workplace rules on dress code for women gathered more than 130,000 signatures over the last few months, which means it could now be debated in Parliament. FM World asked those involved and experts about what the implications of the petition could be. 19 July 2016
  • Brexit and facilities managementAll the latest on the UK's decision to leave the European Union and its potential impact on facilities management. 04 July 2016
  • Analysis: Councils must learn to fully embrace social value dutiesEnglish councils are now more likely than ever to consider social value in commissioning, according to research published last month. 09 June 2016
  • Analysis: Is 'community stewardship' the future for park management?The maintenance of parks and waste services risks significant decline by 2020 because of the huge funding pressures on local councils, says a report published by the Association for Public Service Excellence (APSE) and New Policy Institute (NPI). 20 May 2016
  • Analysis: Firms fear the Apprenticeship Levy is a 'step in the dark'Over the past month or so several business organisations have called for either a delay in the government's Apprenticeship Levy or have expressed concern about how it will work, writes Herpreet Kaur Grewal. 19 May 2016
  • Analysis: FM industry barometer shows fair weather aheadThe FM sector has been described as a barometer of the economy. Well, if that's the case, the outlook seems rosy even if optimism is not perhaps quite as high as it was last year. 05 May 2016
  • Analysis: The evolving breed of local authority joint venturesBetween 2009/10 and 2014/15, spending by England's local authorities was cut by a fifth because of austerity measures. This has required councils to find alternative funding models to sustain themselves and protect frontline services. 05 May 2016
  • Analysis: Business giants join initiative to foster public engagementThe £1 billion 'Buy Social' Corporate Challenge was due to be launched at Downing Street this week. Its aim is to get big businesses to join forces to spend £1 billion with social enterprises. 25 April 2016
  • Analysis: Industry looks set to prosper despite cost challengesThe UK FM market's profitability is set to rise by £200 million in 2016, according to a report by MTW Research. Researchers say that this profitability will sustain optimism in the market despite a slight slowdown in growth. 25 April 2016
  • Analysis: Government must focus on how to sign up more SMEs as suppliersA report from the National Audit Office as noted that while the proportion of public services spending through SMEs is increasing, government figures could be skewed by subcontractor work through larger service providers. Jamie Harris reports on the barriers that smaller firms are still facing. 24 March 2016
  • Analysis: Which projects are actually energy-efficient?Commercial buildings in the UK may be producing an average of 3.8 times more carbon than estimated at their design stage, according to research from a government-appointed body. Herpreet Kaur Grewal reports. 10 March 2016
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