• Office Depot receives top industry accreditation

    Office Depot’s work in the area of cleaning and hygiene has been recognised with a prestigious accreditation from a leading industry body.
    The Cleaning and Hygiene Suppliers Association (CHSA) represents major manufacturers and distributors in the cleaning and hygiene sectors and has included Office Depot in its newly-launched Accredited Distributor’s Scheme.
    The scheme, governed by a panel of representatives and overseen by the Association’s council, was launched on 1 January
  • ISS announces financial results for first half of 2017

    ISS has reported a continued growth in total revenue and stable margins in its interim financial report for the first six months of 2017.
    Total revenue increased by two per cent in H1 and Q2, driven by organic growth which grew by 1.8 per cent in H1 although decreased to one per cent in Q2, and a positive effect from the net impact from acquisitions and divestments, partly offset by a negative impact from foreign exchange effects.
    However, net profit (adjusted) decreased to DKK 1,056 milli
  • ISS awarded 5-year Asia Pacific IFS deal with ABB

    ISS has won an initial five-year contract providing a full range of facility services across the Asia Pacific region to ABB, a global pioneering technology leader in electrification products, robotics and motion, industrial automation and power grids, serving customers in utilities, industry and transport & infrastructure sectors.
    With a phased-in commencement from 1 November 2017, the contract includes further extension options subject to ISS achieving specific performance measures and both
  • ABM UK reports significant growth following key contract wins

    ABM has landed several key contract wins which collectively total more than £75 million of annualised revenue signifying the Company’s growing business in the UK.ABM UK was recently awarded a five-year contract for facilities services by Transport for London (TfL). The agreement includes the cleaning of Tube stations, trains, bus depots, head office buildings and the London Transport Museum.
    The company’s contract with TfL is one of six facilities
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  • New LG airport robots are trialling in South Korea, says @EuroCleanJour europeancleaningjournal.com/magazine/artic…

    New LG airport robots are trialling in South Korea, says @EuroCleanJour europeancleaningjournal.com/magazine/artic…
  • NWH Group names new chairman

    Scottish-based firm, NWH Group, has appointed John McCormick as its new Chairman.
    McCormick has been involved with NWH Group since 2012 in a non-executive capacity. He is also Chairman of Coneworx and sits on the board of Enterprise Foods.
    First established in 1967, NWH Group is a second generation family-run business. The company operates across five sites, Dalkeith, Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Kirkcaldy, offering a variety of industrial services such as waste recycling, road sweepers,
  • The finalists for the BICSc Annual Award 2017 have just been revealed. Full details here bics.org.uk/finalists-reve…… twitter.com/i/web/status/8…

    The finalists for the BICSc Annual Award 2017 have just been revealed. Full details here bics.org.uk/finalists-reve…… twitter.com/i/web/status/8…
  • ISS and Barclays agree 5-year extension of global IFS partnership

    ISS has agreed with Barclays to extend its global agreement until 2022, which will see ISS delivering integrated facility services (IFS) to approximately 1,600 Barclays sites in 35 countries.
    The announcement follows Company Announcement No. 4 of 20 March 2017, where ISS stated that it had signed heads of terms to extend the global facility services partnership with Barclays.
    Jeff Gravenhorst, ISS’ Group CEO, commented: “We are proud and honoured by the confidence of Barclays wh
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  • Historic Eyemouth venue protected by Advanced panels

    An intelligent fire system from Advanced has been chosen to protect The Hippodrome arts centre, a newly opened community hub housed in an historic listed building in Eyemouth.
    Opened in 2016 and managed by a community interest company, The Hippodrome provides as a much-needed arts centre and performance space for the local community. The landmark 1830s building was originally a granary and went through various uses, most recently as a Fisherman’s Mission, before closing in 2012.
    The instal
  • Paul Morton joins OCS as director of healthcare excellence

    OCS Group UK Ltd has appointed Paul Morton as Director of Healthcare Centre of Excellence. In this role Paul will spearhead best practice in FM service delivery across all healthcare contracts. Paul will report to Petra Moss, Managing Director of Healthcare and Education and will liaise with key stakeholders in all regions to ensure successful execution of the Group’s international healthcare strategy.
    Before joining OCS, Paul spent 18 years at GE, first as Commercial Director of the Solut
  • Tidy Green Clean launched following management buy out

    The Scottish arm of Ecocleen, a UK-wide commercial cleaning specialist, has been sold as part of a management buyout. Andrew Alleway, who was previously director for Scotland at Ecocleen, together with his Dundee-based business partner David Moncur, concluded the buyout at the end of June and have relaunched the company under a new name, Tidy Green Clean.Tidy Green Clean will operate as a franchise model, comprising master franchises, which will be responsible for franchisee activity in regional
  • New LG airport robots trialling in South Korea

    Electronics giant LG is trialling new robots in South Korea's largest airport, in preparation for next year's Winter Olympics. Seoul's Incheon International Airport is currently home to two of the company's latest prototype bots: the Airport Guide Robot and the Airport Cleaning Robot.Unveiled earlier this year, both bots do exactly what their names suggest. The Guide Robot roams the terminals, ready to provide travellers with directions and information about boarding times. It speaks four langua
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  • Career Ladder talks to the FM director at ACS Facilities

    Q: What was your first ever job?
    Mechanical and Electrical Engineering Apprentice. Well technically it was fine, culturally I think they weren’t quite ready for me in 1992, with that said it certainly made me stronger.
    Q: What was your first job in the FM sector?
    My first coming off the tools was a supervisor position for John Lewis managing the in-house engineers and external contractors. I owe a lot to that first step on the management ladder, to be able to work in the fie
  • Norse rakes in cleaning deals worth £¾ million

    Norse Commercial Services’ cleaning division has generated close to £750,000 in renewed and new business contracts in the first four months of its new financial year.
    Norse has won major new educational establishment cleaning agreements, jointly worth around £560,000 with Anglian Learning, Great Yarmouth College and Otley and Easton College.
    Moulton School in Suffolk renewed a three-year deal, and the company has also formed a new three-year agreement with Cambridgeshire Fire a
  • First wave of training courses to be delivered by the BIFM Academy are unveiled

    This autumn will see the BIFM Academy commence its first wave of training courses which will be made available to FM professionals both face-to-face and online.
    The British Institute of Facilities Management (BIFM) released the dates as it nears the end of its long standing training agreement with Quadrilect in September 2017.
    The courses on offer are for those in the FM sector looking to fill skills gaps identified throughout any stage in their career.
    Linda Hausmanis, CEO at BIFM commente
  • ISG banks office fit out project in London

    ISG has won the contract to fit out a new office for Investec situated on London’s Gresham Street.
    Investec currently occupies two floors of the building at 30 Gresham Street, and the new 135,000 sq ft office will see the specialist bank and asset management company move into the fourth, fifth and sixth floors, as well as the lower ground.
    The project will see ISG work on the full strip out and fit out of the existing floors, which includes installing an atrium staircase from levels four t
  • The right stuff

    Richard Sutton, General Manager at Horbury Property Services, explains why it can be false economy to cut costs when specifying and installing flooring
    Choosing flooring for a building is a decision that should not be taken lightly. If the properties and performance of the floorcovering do not match the requirements of the building and its occupants, it could prove to be more expensive in the long run. That is why it’s worth considering the lifetime cost of the flooring choice, rather than
  • Interserve announces new retail director

    Ian Mcilroy has been appointed to the role of Retail Director at international support services and construction group, Interserve. 
    The appointment comes as part of the company’s ongoing work to help retailers create engaging environments for shoppers.Mcilroy brings with him over 30 years’ experience in the retail industry, including 20 years spent specialising in store and regional operations for some of the UK’s largest brands such as Tesco and Matalan.
    As head of 
  • ISS extends Telenor partnership across Scandinavia

    ISS has signed a letter of intent for delivering integrated facility services over a five-year period to more than 5,000 Telenor facilities across Norway, Sweden and Denmark.
    ISS has serviced mobile operator Telenor since 2008, initially with catering, cleaning and property services, and from 2012 as full integrated facility services provider.
    The new contract covers all Telenor’s buildings, offices, retail stores and technical installations managed by Telenor Real Estate across Scandinav
  • Feel the power at Energy 2017

    Responding to visitor demand, Energy 2017 will feature even more innovative products and solutions.
    Among the nine shows held during UK Construction Week at Birmingham’s NEC from 10th-12th October, Energy 2017 will be dedicated to renewables, innovation and power solutions within the building environment and will explore the reduction of costs through energy saving ideas.
    As official content partner, The Renewable Energy Association (REA) – the trade association representing renewabl
  • Employee-owned Union Industries enjoys record sales year and most profitable trading year ever

    Union Industries, the Leeds-based leading manufacturer of Rapid Roll Industrial Doors, has announced its second record sales year in a row, with an increased turnover and its most profitable trading year to date.
    Union Industries results for the 2016/2017 financial year included a £7.4m turnover, an increase of around 27% from the previous year, with a profit of £1.1m. A proportion of the company’s profit is distributed as an Employee Ownership bonus and shared equally among fu
  • BoilerMag secures Level 2 BIM compliance for industrial boiler filter range

    BoilerMag has secured Building Information Modelling (BIM) Level 2 compliance for its range of XT industrial heating system filters. BIM drawings can be downloaded for all sizes of the industrial BoilerMag XT on the BoilerMag website at www.boilermag.com, enabling architects and project managers to include digital representations of industrial filters in their construction project plans.
    Aimed at industry professionals including architects, specifiers and building consultants, BIM drawings of th
  • Latest Sapphire is largest jewel in the crown

    Five years post-launch and Prochem Europe is celebrating the introduction of the Sapphire range with its latest variant. The new Sapphire 870SS liquid-cooled triple-operator truck mounted carpet and upholstery cleaning system delivers more heat, more vacuum and more pressure than any other unit in the Sapphire range.
    For durability and performance, this high extraction capacity machine employs premium components throughout including the commercial-grade 1.6 litre Hyundai petrol power unit, the u
  • Cordant jumps 25 places in Top Track 100

    Cordant Group has been named in The Sunday Times HSBC Top Track 100 league table, which ranks Britain’s 100 privately owned companies with the biggest sales. The services and recruitment specialist was 70th in the annual listings with £829 million in sales, up from 95th place last year.The Sunday Times HSBC Top Track 100 is compiled by Fast Track and published in the newspaper every July. The company recorded annual growth of 27.7% and a £9 million profit, whilst its workforce
  • Norovirus hits international athletics championships

    An outbreak of norovirus blighted this year's World Athletics Championships when more than 40 people associated with the event displayed symptoms of the illness.Members of the German, Canadian, Botswana and Irish teams were among those athletes and officials affected. Four cases of norovirus were confirmed with more than 40 other people showing symptoms such as vomiting and diarrhoea.Around 30 athletes had to be relocated away from the hotel at the centre of the outbreak- the Tower Hotel nearLon
  • New HSJ Partnership Awards will recognise inspirational FM suppliers helping to transform the NHS

    Healthcare facilities management suppliers are invited to enter a new awards scheme designed to recognise private sector organisations that work behind the scenes to help the NHS deliver better and more cost-effective patient care.
    The unique programme, which has categories for 19 different types of organisations, has been launched by Health Service Journal (HSJ), the premium intelligence and events service for all healthcare leaders working in, for, or with the NHS.
    Known as the HSJ Partne
  • Considering CAFM

    Does the complexity and breadth of modern CAFM projects demand a different approach from businesses, and what opportunity exists for vendors to enhance their role to support this challenge? Matt Hodgson, Director at independent consultancy Makonsult, provides some answers
    In recent years there has been a rise in the complexity of CAFM (computer-aided facility management) projects, with advancements in technology offering businesses an opportunity to choose between CAFM providers – all of
  • How a regular cleaning schedule can reduce the need for reactive maintenance

    Reactive maintenance is an integral part of running any business, unexpected repairs or equipment replacements can be expensive and take time. However, introducing a cleaning strategy will help keep the incidents requiring reactive maintenance to a minimum and save you time and money.
    Sticking to a regular cleaning schedule, whilst helping your facility look clean, hygienic, and presentable for clients, is also a way to ensure that aspects of your business are kept running smoothly. For example,
  • Update your ordering pattern: why it pays to understand your cleaning supplies usage

    When ordering cleaning supplies for your company workspaces, it can be easy to get familiar with a particular product or brand and become reluctant to try anything new. However, familiarity should not be mistaken for efficacy. By continually reordering the same products, companies often fail to take advantage of opportunities to optimise their cost-efficiency as well as their hygiene.
    These failings can often stem from a fear of not abiding properly to health and safety regulations, or simply fr
  • Sheffield residents warned to expect dirtier streets if cuts to cleaning service are approved thestar.co.uk/news/sheffield…

    Sheffield residents warned to expect dirtier streets if cuts to cleaning service are approved thestar.co.uk/news/sheffield…
  • Barbour webinar: Managing mental health well

    To manage mental health well in your organisation, it requires a sustained and multi-faceted approach.  This webinar will feature Heather Beach, Martin Coyd and Clare Forshaw all advocates from around the industry in promoting positive mental health in the workplace. These three fantastic speakers will aid you in incorporating or improving mental health and wellbeing in your organisations safety culture.
    Heather Beach will look at organisations she is working with and how they are tackling
  • Building Tour, Royal Exchange London

    By Deanna Johnson (member of the BIFM Rising FMs Special Interest Group)
    On a pleasant evening in summer, a party of interested FM employees gathered at the Royal Exchange in London for the BIFM Rising FMs Special Interest Group building tour led by Rodney Welch, Senior Building Manager & Stephen Taylor, Site Engineer from service provider EMCOR Group (UK). 
    Situated at one of the busiest junctions in the City of London, many people have no idea of the current function of the Royal
  • Workplace Health Expert Committee Open Meeting – Glasgow University, 10 Oct 2017

    Admission is free and by prior arrangement with HSE. Spaces are limited therefore you must register your interest by 31st August 2017 if you want to attend. It would be appreciated if you would send in any questions before the meeting.
  • New COO at City FM

    Campbell Murdoch, Chief Operating Officer. Pic: Peter Devlin
    City has appointed Campbell Murdoch as Chief Operating Officer for its City FM business.
    Murdoch has over 25 years’ experience and a solid background in new business development and marketing.
    Since joining the privately owned facilities management business in 2016, as Managing Director of City FM he has been instrumental in developing a pipeline and growth strategy for the company. His new role will now see him lead a
  • Interserve JV secures £160m Sellafield framework

    OneAIM, a joint venture between Interserve and Amec Foster Wheeler has been awarded a framework contract to support reprocessing plants and linked facilities at the Sellafield nuclear site in Cumbria over a four-year period.
    Operations Site Works, which is worth up to £160 million covers engineering support services for asset care and maintenance.
    OneAIM’s participation in the full project lifecycle is designed to produce greater cost-efficiencies for Sellafield Limited, the company
  • .@ChsaCleaning Accredited Distributors demand conformance from suppliers - tomorrowscleaning.com/chsa-accredite…

    .@ChsaCleaning Accredited Distributors demand conformance from suppliers - tomorrowscleaning.com/chsa-accredite…
  • Vertas grows security offering with Oakpark acquisition

    Multi-service facilities management provider, Vertas Group, has expanded and strengthened its security offering with its acquisition of Oakpark Security Systems Ltd.
    Based in Colchester, Oakpark is a multi-million pound business which operates more than 500 contracts across East of England and specialises in a range of security-related services including mobile patrol, CCTV monitoring, keyholding, locking, unlocking and response, and resilience consultancy.
    Ian Surtees, Vertas Group Limited
  • Grotech turns tap on to water treatment contract

    CONTRACT manufacturer, Grotech Production has turned on the tap of innovation and won a new contract to secure out of season production and boost export sales during its 40th year.
    The Goole based business won the initial contract to blend, pack and ship seven tonnes of water treatment granules on a trial basis, but the first batch proved so successful their contract has now been confirmed.
    Stephen Moore is Customer Relationship Manager. He said: “Our customer was on a tight deadline to ha
  • eyevis UK’s video wall technology boosts Sheffield Council traffic control centre

    A video wall installed by eyevis UK at Sheffield City Council’s Urban Traffic Control Centre has monitored millions of journeys and helped fight congestion in its first 12 months.
    The system has aided the smooth running of 200 major events and the management of 1,000 road incidents such as accidents and breakdowns and 100 road closures.
    eyevis UK installed eight 55-inch extremely narrow bezel EYE-LCD-5500-XSN-LD-FX displays in the 24/7 control centre when it relocated to Sheffield Town Hal
  • Low level access offering enhanced

    UK powered access company, Star Platforms, has invested in a further 100 low level access platforms from UK based manufacturer PowerTower to supplement its existing low level product range.
    Sales director, Bryan Freeman, said: “Due to increasing demand from our customer base for a full range of low level access platforms (both push around and self-propelled products), we have decided to enhance our low-level access offering. We have standardised our low-level product range now to all Power
  • ECJ readers - win a free ticket to the WFBSC congress in Berlin this September!

    ECJ is offering two readers a free ticket to the World Federation of Building Service Contractors (WFBSC) Congress taking place in Berlin from September 18-20.Cleaning in a Digital World - with its impact on processes, people and technology - will be the central focus of the programme. Together with specialists from all overthe world, participants will discuss which aspects of businessactivities will be impacted by digitalisation.This includes what consequences digitalisation will have on servic
  • Recruitment of trainee health and safety inspectors awareness event

    Have you got a 2.1 degree or higher? If the answer is ‘YES’ come and find out about what it takes to become a trainee inspector.
  • HSL: Practical Management of Local Exhaust Ventilation Controls – BOHS Approved – Buxton, 17 Oct 2017

    The course will demonstrate how to successfully manage LEV systems in order to get effective, efficient, and reliable control of contaminants at least cost.
  • HSL: Human Factors in Accident and Incident Investigations – Buxton, 26-27 Sept 2017

    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.
  • HSL: Behaviour Change: Improving Health and Safety Performance – Buxton, 20-21 Sept 2017

    This course, delivered by HSL psychologists, will provide you with an understanding of the many factors that influence both workers’ and managers’ behaviour. It will also highlight the strengths and weaknesses of traditional behaviour modification strategies for correcting unsafe and unhealthy behaviour, highlighting why such approaches may have limited impact.
  • HSL: DSEAR Compliance for Managers and Supervisors – Buxton, 19 Sept 2017

    This course explains the duties that DSEAR places on employers and the actions needed to comply with them. It focuses particularly on the assessment of risks and the application of controls to both minimise and mitigate those risks.
  • HSL: Site and Transport Safety – Buxton, 14 Sept 2017

    This course will help you understand the legal requirements of both road traffic law and workplace safety law, how and why things go wrong, and how you can take practicable steps to reduce risk in your business.
  • HSL:PPE Essentials – Buxton, 12-13 Sept 2017

    This course will increase your knowledge and understanding of PPE and its limitations, so that you can use PPE as an effective workplace control measure. It will provide training in what a successful PPE programme is, what you need to consider, and what actions are required. The course includes hands-on elements to enhance learning and provide practical skills.
  • ESG appointed to SUPC Asbestos Consultancy Framework

    The UK’s leading provider of testing, inspection and compliance services, ESG, a SOCOTEC company, has been awarded a place by the Southern Universities Purchasing Consortium (SUPC) in a new framework agreement for asbestos consultancy and associated services.
    ESG is one of a limited number of suppliers that has been awarded by the SUPC on all six lots of the framework. The SUPC is a membership-based buying organisation for universities and further education colleges across England that dev

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