• London Underground steps up cleaning regime to tackle superbugs theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/j…

    London Underground steps up cleaning regime to tackle superbugs theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/j…
  • Star Tissue UK launches new website fb.me/3diLYw2lG

    Star Tissue UK launches new website fb.me/3diLYw2lG
  • Be sure to check out our annual Contract Cleaning Supplement, which is OUT NOW: bit.ly/2tW9Arg https://t.co/7dJp8n8JGy

    Be sure to check out our annual Contract Cleaning Supplement, which is OUT NOW: bit.ly/2tW9Arg https://t.co/7dJp8n8JGy
  • Another great year for Facilities Show

    The FMJ team has spent much of this week at the Facilities Show, which took place at London’s ExCel from Tuesday 20th to Thursday 22nd. There was lots to see at the show, from access to a wide selection of suppliers across facilities management as well as top seminars expertly delivered from industry leaders.
    During the show FMJ produced a daily round up of just some of the topics covered; from reviews of the latest seminars taking place in three different theatres to some of the late
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  • Stannah brother’s awarded MBEs

    Stannah is proud to announce that Joint Chairmen, Brian and Alan Stannah, have been awarded MBEs in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list, 2017. The brothers and fourth generation business leaders have received the honour in recognition of services to British Manufacturing.
    Brian and Alan have been awarded MBEs as Stannah celebrates its 150th year in business as manufacturer and supplier of lifting products. The brothers have worked together for 54 years, not only turning around the fortunes o
  • Mental Health Trust invites ISS back

    ISS has been awarded a new healthcare contract with the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust (SLaM), worth an estimated £55 million over the initial five year term. Based in and around South East London, SLaM provides the widest range of NHS mental health services in the UK. The contract, which commenced on 1 May, will see ISS deliver catering and healthcare cleaning across the Trust.The SlaM implementation team stated: “We are delighted to welcome ISS back into the Trust.
  • Another summer of litter shaming?

    Should we rely on civil service employees to clean up after us? ECJreporter Lotte Printz takes a look at summer littering in Denmark in her latest blog.Read it here
  • Gemini expands market share with Lancashire Cleaning Services fb.me/6eOYxNMON

    Gemini expands market share with Lancashire Cleaning Services fb.me/6eOYxNMON
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  • Seeking Out The Oldest Working Nilfisk Machine

    With over 110 years of history Nilfisk have complete confidence in the quality, reliability and durability of their product range. To put this confidence to the test the company recently ran a competition to find the “Oldest Working Nilfisk Cleaning Machine” with the winner receiving new equivalent Nilfisk cleaning machine from the 2017 range as a replacement.
    For 60 years a Nifisk GAE vacuum cleaner has been used daily to collect dust and debris in industrial environments by the Ros
  • Serco signs deal for Australia’s largest prison

    Serco Group has signed the contract and completed financial agreements to operate the New Grafton Correctional Centre (NGCC) in New South Wales, Australia. Serco previously announced in March 2017 that it had been named preferred bidder on the project.
    The international service group is part of the NorthernPathways consortium which will design, build and operate NGCC in a Public Private Partnership for the NSW Government (the State). When completed, NGCC will be the largest correc
  • Mountjoy to take care of Hampshire’s buildings for up to 10 years

    Construction and maintenance services provider, Mountjoy, has won a contract with Hampshire County Council to provide a reactive repairs and planned maintenance service to over nine hundred Council and school buildings located across the East of Hampshire.
    The contract, which further expands Mountjoy’s presence in the FM market includes maintenance to a number of high profile sites including the County Council’s Head Office complex in Winchester as well as schools, museums, libr
  • GSH Group appoints UK Regional Manager

    Following a relaunch into the UK market after a two-year absence, global integrated facilities management company, GSH Group, has appointed Michael (Mickey)
    Rooney to the role of UK Regional Manager.
    Rooney, who joins the company from NG Bailey where he was a Director in the Facilities and IT Services division, has extensive experience in the technology and transformation areas of the defence industry, facilities management of the public and private sectors in residential and finance and mo
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  • Advanced Axis EN system protects students at Sofia University

    An industry-leading fire system from Advanced has been selected to protect the world-renowned Faculty of Chemistry and Pharmacy at Bulgaria’s Sofia University.
    Originally founded in 1925 and restructured into its present form in 1962, the Faculty of Chemistry and Pharmacy is one of the most respected university departments in Europe, working closely with many global organisations and private companies on research and development projects.
    A recent upgrade of the fire systems at the Faculty
  • Tork exelCLEAN – the latest performance improvement solution for cleaning

    To stay competitive, today’s manufacturing industry is investing heavily in technology – the internet of things, robotics and automation. In this process, it is easy to forget the basics when looking for ways of improving performance. Tork, global provider of professional hygiene products and services, launches improvements to the exelCLEAN cleaning cloth range; making cleaning more efficient than ever before.
    Maintenance and cleaning are fundamental day to day tasks across most indu
  • Putting a cap on product contamination

    Hereford based Gelpack has developed a strong and durable stretch pallet cap to avoid the risk of bottom-up product contamination throughout the supply chain. 
    Manufactured using the company's tried and tested mitre seal technology, the caps are easily applied and primarily aimed at those who use wooden pallets, where the risk of moisture and other contaminants is high. With their tight, elasticated fit, the stretch caps provide a low-cost option, while also reducing the need for cardboard
  • TCFM wins contract at Kingston’s Eden Walk

    TC Facilities Management (TCFM) is now delivering cleaning and security services at Eden Walk in Kingston, part of the regional multi-let retail portfolio managed by Broadgate Estates and owned by British Land and USS.This new contract commenced on 1 April and will help enable the 10 million visitors that go to Eden Walk each year to have a safe and enjoyable shopping experience. The team from TCFM will be led by Andy Farley, TCFM contract manager.
    The contract will utilise smart manag
  • Glastonbury Festival uses 'Pee Power' to turn urine into electricity

    Information boards powered by urine will keep visitors up to date with events at this year's Glastonbury Festival.Liquid waste from some of the festival's toilets will be fed through microbial fuel cells to create sufficient "Pee Power" to light up 10 boards. The technology has been designed by scientists at the Bristol Bioenergy Centre at the University of the West of England.Urine has been employed to power the lights and recharge mobile phones in some Glastonbury Festival urinals since 2015.
  • Hot or Not? Hot-desking offices have dirtier desks, study finds

    Study by Initial Washroom Hygiene finds microbiological activity is 18 per cent higher in hot-desking office environments
    A study released today (21 June) by Initial Washroom Hygiene has found that hot-desking workplaces may be less hygienic than those with fixed-desks, increasing the risk of cross-contamination and the spread of colds and viruses, such as Norovirus.
    Hot-desking, where employees don’t have one fixed workstation, but instead switch desks every day, has become increasingly p
  • Perth & Kinross Council awards £1.3m hard FM deal to Robertson

    Robertson Facilities Management (FM) has secured a three-year deal, worth £1.3 million with Perth & Kinross Council.
    Under the contract terms, Robertson FM will provide electrical and security maintenance services at over 200 non-domestic sites – including schools, council buildings and community centres. The scope of works includes intruder and fire alarms, access control, CCTV, lifts and lighting protection.
    Ian Gibson, Managing Director of Robertson FM, said: “
  • Servest’s new 100 Club initiative to nurture internal talent

    Servest has launched a company-wide learning and development initiative called The 100 Club, as part of its Hidden Talent programme.
    The campaign, inspired by the arrival of the apprenticeship levy in April, which exists to help the government achieve its target to fund three million places for apprentices by 2020, has been launched by the company’s L&D team to communicate the benefits, dispel the myths and drive interest in apprenticeships across the Group. The FM
  • Mitie clinches major deal with Home Group

    Mitie’s property management business has won a new seven-year contract with Home Group, one of the UK’s leading providers of affordable housing.
    The new deal, which will see Mitie deliver responsive repairs, void works, servicing and heating repairs and planned works across central and northern regions of the UK, is worth in the region of £84 million and has an optional seven-year extension which would bring the total value of the contract to £168 million.
    Mitie has
  • Light Efficient Design UK offers dimmable LED HID retrofits for Post Top Re-lamping

    Light Efficient Design UK Limited announces the LED 8085 60W retrofit lighting solution for fast, non-invasive replacement of 250W HID post top lamps.
    Significant LED energy savings are increased with the dimmable external driver which can be mounted up to 20 metres from the lamp. Two colour temperatures – 5700K or 4200K – are available.
    A unique ‘rugby ball’ shape mimics that of traditional HID post top lamps to ensure that a consistent look is maintained, especially use
  • Problems with speeding traffic on your site?

    As a major supplier of Home Office approved fixed and mobile speed cameras to the UK Police, Truvelo is the perfect partner to assist you in promoting compliance with site speed limits and ensuring vehicle and pedestrian safety on site.
    Truvelo has developed a range of products to assist site managers to satisfy their health and safety obligations including vehicle-activated speed indication signs, data collection units, hand-held speed guns and low cost speed cameras.
    • Configurabl
  • Major healthcare contract awarded by Croydon NHS Trust

    G4S has secured a major healthcare contract with Croydon Health Services NHS Trust. The contract, worth a total of £41 million over seven years, began on 8 May 2017 with G4S providing cleaning services to eight sites, including the Croydon University and Purley War Memorial hospitals. The contract will also see G4S deliver pest control, window cleaning and portering services. Up to 315 members of staff are expected to TUPE across from the incumbent provider. 
    As part of this new agree
  • Green’R pre-dosed cleaning sachets now available

    Klenzan Ltd, based in Warrington, Cheshire, has launched its new eco-friendly pre-dosed range of concentrated surface cleaning products, under the brand name Green’R.The Green’R range offers cleaners and sanitisers designed to be used for all routine cleaning jobs and where storage space is limited. The eco-friendly products come in pre-dosed water-soluble sachets (PVOH) that dissolve in under 60 seconds and include a sanitiser, tested and approved to BS EN 1276 for effective bacteri
  • Superbug outbreak blamed on hospital cleaning cuts

    A decision to cut cleaning schedules from seven days a week to six has been implicated in an outbreak of a superbug at an Irish hospital.Carbapenemase-producing enterobacteriaceae (CPE) was first identified at Dublin’s Tallaght Hospital in 2015. Since then more than 2,000 patients have come into contact with the superbug.
    The outbreak has forced the hospital to cancel 7,000 operations, restrict visiting hours and test hundreds of patients on a weekly basis, it is claimed.The hospital has a
  • Central Intelligence

    With the Metropolitan Police Service currently seeking new FM suppliers, Matthew Punshon interim Head of Property Services at the Metropolitan Police, looks back at the Met estate’s transformation over the past few years and what has been achieved
    If you think about the Metropolitan Police buildings in London, you’re likely to think of the famous New Scotland Yard building or your nearest police station. But the police estate in London stretches far beyond the high-profile headquart
  • WeAreTheCity names FM’s top five female Rising Stars

    WeAreTheCity has revealed the names of its top 100 female Rising Stars as part of its Annual Awards Programme, five of which fall under the Property and Facilities Management category.
    Now in its third year, the Rising Star Awards celebrate the female talent pipeline across the UK, focusing on the achievements of women under a management level regardless of age. Over the past three years, WeAreTheCity has built up an alumni of 200 previous winners, of which 78 have since been prom
  • RR1089 – Leadership and Worker Engagement in the Ports Industry

    HSE’s 2014 Approved Code of Practice (ACOP) on Safety in Docks (L148) was developed through close consultation with employer and employee representatives. This qualitative study explored how leadership and worker engagement practices were implemented in GB ports.
  • Apleona HSG appoints new FM Business Development Director

    Apleona HSG continues to strengthen its senior management team following the appointment of Terence McGuire as Business Development Director for the company’s recently launched facilities management and workspace services business. 
    For much of his career, McGuire has worked within marketing and business development across several industry sectors, including engineering, construction, professional services and facilities management. He previously worked at Colliers
  • Interserve secures £265m defence contract extension

    The Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) on behalf of the Joint Forces Command (JFC) has awarded Interserve a two-year contract extension worth up to £265 million to continue as the infrastructure support provider for four strategic international UK Armed Forces bases.
    Interserve is responsible for infrastructure support at JFC’s international Permanent Joint Operating Bases in the Falkland Islands and Ascension Island in the South Atlantic Ocean, as well as
  • NIC’s Atherton promoted to Main Board Director

    Ken Atherton, National Operations Director at NIC Services Group has been promoted to Main Board Director.
    NIC says the promotion is an acknowledgement of Atherton’s achievements during his time with the company, which has seen him play a pivotal role in cementing and developing partnerships with many major clients, as well as being instrumental in the development of the company’s bundled service solutions.
    Speaking about the appointment, John Spencer, Group Chairman f
  • JLL launches ‘Workplace powered by Human Experience’ report

    JLL has today launched ‘Workplace powered by Human Experience’, a new global report series and accompanying tool, the ‘Human Experience model’, looking at how workplace experience can help businesses thrive in the new world of work.
    Findings of the report, which is part of JLL’s recently launched Future of Work research programme, are based on consultations with decision makers at 40 corporations around the world and the results of a separate, anonymous survey of mo
  • Safeguard’s Drybase range tackles damp other treatments can’t reach

    The Drybase range from Safeguard Europe – the UK’s leading specialist in damp-proofing and waterproofing technology – is designed for use when it is not possible to protect building materials and interior surfaces from the sources of dampness, like rain penetration or rising damp. A collection of damp-proof coverings, coatings and membranes; the Drybase range aims to provide solutions to a wide range of dampness issues, whether in small residential properties through to larger
  • The ‘first sustainable collaborative laundry project’ announced

    Xeros has announced the Symphony Project, an innovative technology collaborative with a mission to improve the sustainability of the world’s laundry rooms. The Symphony Project will include access to the Xeros polymer science, product designs, IoT platform, and its entire commercial laundry eco-system to any participating partner. The goal is to enable partner brands to offer customers a more sustainable laundry system with significant operational and end-user benefits while retaining thei
  • Washing machines ‘set fresh industry benchmarks’

    Miele Professional has launched two new washing machine ranges that, according to the company, ‘set fresh benchmarks for the UK laundry sector’.The Performance and Performance Plus product lines are the latest washing machines from the German brand. ‘Performance’ redefines the 13kg to 18kg load size category, with cycle times from just 52 minutes, while ‘Performance Plus’ has an even better package of features and cycle times from just 45 minutes.
    The Performa
  • Super-fast hand dryers in public toilets are 'as loud as pneumatic drills'

    Modern jet air hand dryers have the same impact on our ears as a close-range pneumatic drill, according to a hearing aid company.Jonathan Ratcliffe from Audiologist.co.uk claims that powerful drying machines can cause lasting damage to children, the elderly and those with hearing problems.“The effects are particularly dangerous for children as the machines are typically positioned at the same height as their head which means they are getting it full blast,” he says.According to Ratcl
  • Metsa Tissue launches major Katrin.com update fb.me/8VBHgQEgb

    Metsa Tissue launches major Katrin.com update fb.me/8VBHgQEgb
  • Acas issues hot weather guidance for employers

    Workplace expert, Acas, has offered some top tips today to help employers manage workplace challenges due to the hot weather.
    The Met Office has predicted that a heatwave could be on its way and the hot weather looks set to continue over the next couple of days this week.
    Acas Senior Guidance Adviser, John Palmer, said: “Today’s sizzling weather may be ideal for the beach but staff getting into work on one of the hottest days of the year may not feel the same way.
  • New FM standard open for comment

    A new international standard is being developed for facilities management by the British Standards Institution (BSI), which will provide a framework for the management, operation and maintenance of the workplace.
    ISO 41001 Management System – Requirements [with Guidance for Use] will assist organisations of all sizes to create a management structure and allocate resources for effective day-to-day operation.
    The new ISO was developed to provide a framework and criteria against which fa
  • Some UK businesses are breaking basic H&S laws according to research

    Almost two thirds of UK businesses are failing to meet basic health and safety laws and are putting their employees in danger, according to new research conducted ahead of Health and Safety Week (19-23 June 2017).
    A survey of 2,000 employees, working for businesses that have over five employees, found that 65 per cent have not received any information on their company’s health and safety policies. This is despite it being a basic legal requirement for all companies with five employees or m
  • A great turnout at the Savoy for the @cssauk 50th anniversary luncheon! https://t.co/L2m5Hxfxtq

    A great turnout at the Savoy for the @cssauk 50th anniversary luncheon! https://t.co/L2m5Hxfxtq
  • Cordant bags a healthy deal

    Cordant Security, part of the Cordant Group, has won a contract with Florette Salad Ltd.
    Under the terms of the deal, Cordant will provide a range of security services at the company’s head office in Lichfield and its production and distribution site in Skelmersdale. This includes 24/7 gatehouse duties, site patrols and night-time security which will be carried out by a team of six guards.
    Brendan Musgrove, Managing Director at Cordant Security, commented: “Florette is
  • Updated Magnx range offers flexible fitting and bespoke customisation for collaborative working

    Gx Glass has launched the updated MagnX magnetic glass whiteboard range, providing customers with new bespoke finishes as well as a simpler fixing system for its fixed size whiteboards. A durable and long lasting alternative to traditional whiteboards, the MagnX range provides a cost effective solution for creating a collaborative office space.
    Available with a standard, metallic or sparkle finish as well as bespoke text, images and patterns, the flexible MagnX range can be customised to meet th
  • Top tips for efficient toilet facilities provision

    There are legal and Regulatory obligations to provide appropriate toilets in buildings to which the public have access. But often, installation takes longer than necessary- costing time and money- just because the process has not been thought through and co-ordinated.
    To help specifiers and contractors deliver a smooth project, a new “top tips” guidance document is now available, specifically for ‘away from home’ accessible toilets with bench and hoist- Changing Places an
  • NICE contract secured for next three years

    Emprise Services has been awarded a three-year contract to provide cleaning and support services for NICE (the National Institute for Care and Excellence). The deal, won through a competitive tender process, began on 1 April 2017 and sees Emprise provide cleaning and hygiene services, consumables and window cleaning at NICE’s offices in City Tower, Piccadilly Plaza, Manchester.Originally set up in 1999 as the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE), the organisation merged with t
  • North Manchester Health, Safety and Advisory Group (NMHSAG) Conference – Harrogate, 22 June 2017

    The conference will take place at The Organisational Learning Centre Bolton, Old Police Station, 66 Castle Street, Bolton, BL2 1AE. Places are in demand and so please only place a nomination if you are able to attend for the FULL DAY of the Conference.
  • Company fined after the death of worker

    A North East based contractor Pyeroy Ltd has been fined due to failings in their work at height rescue planning.
  • HSL: Practical Management of Local Exhaust Ventilation Controls – BOHS Approved – Buxton, 28 Sept 2017

    Local exhaust ventilation is a commonly used method of controlling workers’ exposure to airborne contaminants. However, LEV is not always as effective as it could be and all too often fails to protect workers’ health. The reasons for LEV failure are varied, ranging from a failure at the design stage to poor maintenance and testing practices. The course will demonstrate how to successfully manage LEV systems in order to get effective, efficient, and reliable control of contaminants at
  • HSL: Human Factors in Accident and Incident Investigations

    For those wishing to improve human performance, personal safety, management systems and loss control, effective investigation of the Human Factors within accidents and incidents is an essential part of achieving this aim. This course is designed to give participants an impartial and pragmatic understanding (and experience) of some of the techniques that are available for investigating Human Factors issues.

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