• Sue Gray report: anger that cleaning staff treated with ‘contempt’

    Sue Gray report: anger that cleaning staff treated with ‘contempt’
    Following the release of Sue Gray’s final investigation report into a number of alleged gatherings taking place at Downing Street during Covid restrictions, several industry leaders are said to be “appalled and upset” after the report found that during these illegal get togethers there were “multiple examples of a lack of respect and poor treatment of security and cleaning staff” in Number 10.In a statement, Jim Melvin, Chairman of the British Cleaning Co
  • Rentokil Pest Control launches intelligent internal rat control solution

    Rentokil Pest Control launches intelligent internal rat control solution
    Rentokil Pest Control has launched an industry first; an intelligent rodent control monitoring system for use in internal settings. The Internal Dual Autogate (IDAG) is a slimline, robust, metal bait box, providing a professional and low-profile solution for internal rodent monitoring and control.
    The IDAG provides access for rats and mice, while at the same time reducing the risk of accidental rodenticide spillage, and enables Rentokil Pest Control to comply with the latest CRRU code of practic
  • Incentive QAS cleans up at Botanica Ditton Park

    Incentive QAS cleans up at Botanica Ditton Park
    Botanica Ditton Park, the multi-let office building with an on-site gym and restaurant surrounded by 200 acres of land has awarded commercial cleaning specialist, Incentive QAS, with a three-year contract for daily cleaning, housekeeping, waste management, washrooms and window cleaning services.
    Incentive QAS will be working with a leading management agent to provide cleaning services for the significant 200,000 square ft of workspace. The team will provide a flexible service wit
  • BCO calls for the urgent need to invest in design for neurodiversity

    BCO calls for the urgent need to invest in design for neurodiversity
    The British Council for Offices (BCO) has today launched a research report: Designing for Neurodiversity which examines how the neurodiverse community remains underserved and often unsupported in the current employment ecosystem and as a result is hinder wellbeing.
    A significant principle of neurodiversity is the belief that it is not the pathology of the condition that causes barriers to societal inclusion or causes a disability; rather, it is the socio-cultural architecture of a society that i
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  • FES lands place on Scottish Water framework

    FES lands place on Scottish Water framework
    Stirling-based hard FM specialist, FES, has secured a place on Lot 3 of the Scottish Water’s Regional Contractor Services Framework, which covers mechanical, electrical and non-infrastructure services.
    The six-year framework attracts an anticipated spend of £500 million, with £224 million in Lot 3.
    The work packages cover reactive and planned works, low value, non-complex operational and capital investment projects. FES will deliver these services across water and waste-water a
  • Willmott Dixon recognised as one of UK’s best employers for women

    Willmott Dixon recognised as one of UK’s best employers for women
    Willmott Dixon has been listed again by The Times as one of the UK’s top 50 places to work for women.
    It’s the fourth successive year the company has featured in The Times Top 50 Employers for Women 2022 guide, which is run by the charity Business in the Community (BITC) – The Prince’s Responsible Business Network in conjunction with The Times and involves a very competitive process to identify companies that make gender equality part of the way they do business, working
  • Sustainability is about making good decisions, you just need to dig a bit deeper

    Sustainability is about making good decisions, you just need to dig a bit deeper
    Blog from Owen George, Divisional Commercial & Resource Strategy Manager at Grundon Waste Management
    When facilities managers are tasked with how best they can meet their organisation’s environmental goals, they will invariably be shown a plethora of interesting and innovative options that promise the earth – in all senses of the word. As with many things, it’s not always that simple.Long-term changes that really deliver practical solutions are about so much more than sign
  • Amberstone secures multi-site deal with Midcounties Co-operative

    Amberstone secures multi-site deal with Midcounties Co-operative
    Following a rigorous competitive tender process against other leading security firms, Amberstone Security has been appointed by the largest independent co-operative in the UK, Midcounties Co-operative, to provide a range of security services across its network throughout England.
    Amberstone Security says it impressed Midcounties Co-operative with its “data-driven approach” which ensures it will save the client money whilst simultaneously reducing risk by supplying security officers,
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  • Mitie launches Cleaning and Hygiene Centre of Excellence

    Mitie launches Cleaning and Hygiene Centre of Excellence
    Mitie has launched a new Cleaning and Hygiene Centre of Excellence in Birmingham to showcase the latest products and service innovations in the cleaning industry.
  • Is it time to ditch the work phone? Second handsets produce 776k tons of CO2e per year

    Is it time to ditch the work phone? Second handsets produce 776k tons of CO2e per year
    UK businesses could reduce their carbon footprint by over 776,000 tons per year, by making one simple change to their comms policy, finds new research carried out by YourBusinessNumber.
    It’s estimated that 38 per cent of UK workers are provided with a second mobile handset in addition to their own personal mobile phone. This places the UK just below the global benchmark of 39 per cent.
    With 29.6 million of us currently in employment across the nation, this equates to almost 11.3 million of
  • Incentive QAS wins at Botanica Ditton Park

    Incentive QAS wins at Botanica Ditton Park
    Commercial cleaning specialist, Incentive QAS, has won a three-year contract at Botanica Ditton Park for the delivery of daily cleaning, housekeeping, waste management, washrooms and window cleaning services.
    Botanica Ditton Park is a multi-let office building with an on-site gym and restaurant surrounded by 200 acres of land. Incentive QAS will be working with a leading management agent to provide cleaning services for the significant 200,000 square ft of workspace.  
    The t
  • 2N upgrades answering unit into a surveillance device and home automation control panel

    2N upgrades answering unit into a surveillance device and home automation control panel
    2N® Indoor View answering unit enhanced with video surveillance
    The ability to send HTTP commands has brought the answering unit into the heart of the smart home
    The enhancements are a response to calls from residents in luxury properties for greater security and convenience
    2N, the global market leader in internet-enabled intercoms and access control systems, has updated the firmware of the 2N® Indoor View, the company’s answering unit for high-end residential projects
  • Dussmann Group achieves record sales in 2021

    The Dussmann Group, multi-service provider based in Germany, achieved the highest sales in its history in 2021 with consolidated group turnover of €2.31 billion. The company also increased its EBITDA margin to 6.4 per cent.The company attributes its continuing growth to its 'Next Level' strategy, adopted in 2018.The main driver of sales and earnings growth was organic growth. This stemmed from major orders secured in plant engineering and technical services, as well as Covid-related disinfe
  • Keysource launches new service to help with the impact of skills shortage

    Keysource launches new service to help with the impact of skills shortage
    Data centre and critical environment specialist, Keysource, has launched a new specialist service designed to help organisations that are struggling to recruit candidates with the right experience.
    It has been designed to help address the current skills shortage across the datacentre, pharmaceutical and wider technology sectors, which is also making it challenging to retain people, often resulting in a lack of consistency and momentum for major transformation strategies, programmes and projects.
  • The challenges and opportunities of integrating ESG into organisations

    The challenges and opportunities of integrating ESG into organisations
    Meeting Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) criteria is now an essential part of the FM remit, encompassing as it does the many strands of sustainability, from achieving net zero to supporting the supply chain. It also incorporates the core goal of FMs in achieving compliance. What are the challenges and opportunities for FMs in integrating ESG into their organisations?
    SOCIAL VALUE EXPERT’S VIEWGUY BATTLE,CEO, SOCIAL VALUE PORTAL
    Environmental, Social and Corporate Governance (ESG)
  • Winners of the Rising Star Awards 2022 are announced

    Winners of the Rising Star Awards 2022 are announced
    WeAreTheCity, together with the Royal Bank of Canada, have revealed the winners of their 2022 Rising Star Awards.
    Now in their eighth year, the awards are the first to focus on the UK’s female talent pipeline below management level, celebrating 100 individual female contributors that represent the leaders and role models of tomorrow.
    The awards were entered by over 1,000 individuals and were judged by a panel of over 40 independent judges. Over 35,000 public votes of support were received
  • Baldwin Boxall celebrates 40 years at Firex and announces seven year warranty gift!

    Baldwin Boxall celebrates 40 years at Firex and announces seven year warranty gift!
    Since its formation in 1982, the Baldwin Boxall brand has become a steadfast symbol of reliability and quality. Celebrating 40 years the company has announced the introduction of a seven-year warranty on all its own manufactured products purchased on or after 17th May 2022. The news was revealed to all at Firex in May this year.
    The announcement is seen as proof of Baldwin Boxall’s confidence in their products and sends a strong message to anyone consider
  • EQUANS launches new brand EQUANS Digital

    EQUANS launches new brand EQUANS Digital
    EQUANS is launching a new brand, EQUANS Digital, to help its customers develop their performance and accelerate their digital transition.
    EQUANS Digital brings together all of the specialist ICT and digital expertise of EQUANS, comprising of 6,000 employees working together as a global network to implement these innovative solutions. This buoyant and fast-growing market represents a turnover of one billion euros for EQUANS, half of which is in France.
    Digital technology is becoming a key element
  • NHS SBS launches £800 million hard FM framework with focus on sustainability

    NHS SBS launches £800 million hard FM framework with focus on sustainability
    Leading finance and accounting, digital, procurement, and workforce services provider, NHS Shared Business Services (NHS SBS), has launched its second-generation Hard FM framework agreement.
  • Compass recognised for high standards of health and safety

    Compass recognised for high standards of health and safety
    Compass Group UK & Ireland has again been recognised by the RoSPA (Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents) for achieving high levels of health and safety across its sectors.
    Compass acknowledgements awarded in 2022 include:Levy UK + Ireland has achieved a Gold Award for the seventh consecutive year, for its high standards operating in some of the UK’s leading sports and events venues.
    ESS Defence and Government Services has received its fourth President’s Award, having rec
  • Makita provides the cordless power for cleaning tasks

    Makita provides the cordless power for cleaning tasks
    Power tools manufacturer Makita UK has expanded its leading XGT 40VMax range with the launch of two new battery powered L-Class vacuum cleaners. Thanks to Makita’s unique XGT 40VMax cordless technology, the VC001GL 8-litre) and VC003GL (15-litre) offer cleaning professionals and facilities managers a selection of powerful cleaning solutions to make light work of any task.
    With XGT 40VMax technology at their core, the VC001GL and VC003GL vacuum cleaners deliver impressive output that is eq
  • CHSA launches Roadmap to Sustainability

    CHSA launches Roadmap to Sustainability
    The Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association (CHSA) has formally launched its Roadmap to Sustainability, announcing the first webinar – ‘Sustainability and the Cleaning Industry’.
    Explaining the Roadmap to Sustainability, CHSA Chair, Lorcan Mekitarian said: “Sustainability is one of the biggest issues facing our sector and it is one of the most complex. Identifying the best way forward and making the right environmentally and ethically sustainable choices is challeng
  • Interclean triumphs for Northwood

    Interclean triumphs for Northwood
    Northwood Hygiene Products Ltd – the leading manufacturer and supplier of away-from-home (AfH) professional paper hygiene and wiping products – has hailed the recent Interclean show as a success, describing it as ‘full of energy and positivity’.
    Paul Mulready, Marketing Manager at Northwood Hygiene, said: “The show was a real success for Northwood. After several turbulent years, it was great to engage with customers face-to-face once again. It’s been four
  • Commercial properties urged to adopt smart grid technology to support increased EV charging capabilities

    Commercial properties urged to adopt smart grid technology to support increased EV charging capabilities
    With electrified vehicles totalling 18.5 per cent of all new cars registered in 2021 and that figure only set to increase, renewables specialist, Bureau Veritas, is urging local authorities, commercial property owners and facilities managers to adopt smart grid technology, to ensure control of electricity during peak demand.
    Smart grid systems utilise photovoltaic panels (solar power) and battery energy storage (BESS) to provide bi-directional electricity, to enable a building to both produce an
  • Legionella: The hidden risk

    Legionella: The hidden risk
    Eric Myers, Senior Industry Technical Consultant at Ecolab and a Waterborne Pathogen Risk Reduction Strategist, on how the unique circumstances for buildings that wouldn’t typically experience months-long shutdown may have increased the risk of legionella and how to mitigate that risk
    Many businesses around the world have had little to no occupancy during the COVID-19 pandemic. Low occupancy could potentially become a public health threat within commercial office buildings that have remain
  • Director appointment at Ecoserv

    Director appointment at Ecoserv
    Ecoserv Group has appointed Natalie Coleman as Sales Director as part of its ambitious plans to expand the size and scope of the business.
    Coleman, who has more than 20 years of experience in facilities management, will lead the company’s business development team, bringing extensive soft services and specialist cleaning expertise to the role.
    Coleman has worked for some of the largest names within the marketplace including Mitie, Interserve and Initial Facilities. Most recently she was Re
  • Umbrella Training unveils new culinary school

    Umbrella Training unveils new culinary school
    The nationwide training and apprenticeship provider for hospitality and corporate sectors, is launching a new culinary school to provide apprentices with access to a professional kitchen environment and further learning and development opportunities.
    The Umbrella Training Culinary School, which launches this month, will be based at Lakefield Hospitality College in London, and will host a series of apprenticeship clubs and masterclasses where aspiring chefs can develop their skills and knowledge
  • Pareto appoints HR director

    Pareto appoints HR director
    Following a successful 12 months as People Experience Manager of Pareto FM, Alishya Artwell has been promoted to HR Director.
    Artwell has over 10 years of successful HR experience which includes achieving an HR degree from Greenwich University London & attaining a CIPD Level 7 Diploma.
    Since joining Pareto, she has made an immediate impact on the business, implementing many new processes and ensuring successful day-to-day delivery.
    Artwell will join the team of Directors and become one
  • How Swedish companies are planning their return to the office

    How Swedish companies are planning their return to the office
    Two questions on both employees and employers’ minds right now are, how and when will we get back to the office. “When” might be more difficult to answer, but companies in Sweden have now started to discuss the “how”. Flowscape, one of the leading smart office companies in Scandinavia, have interviewed nine respondents in Sweden, who are all in some way responsible for the management or design of offices.
    Is working from home the future?
    When Flowscape started speak
  • The ambiguity at the heart of sustainability reporting

    A gap in the way we measure corporate CO2 emissions and product sustainability is risking the creation of lower quality products as well as hitting corporate sustainability goals. Here, Malene Thiele, Director, Global ESG & Sustainability at Nilfisk, discusses the challenges of working with lowering GHG emissions in Scope 3, whilst also preparing for the EU's Sustainable Product Initiative.The decarbonisation of our world is non-negotiable. We need, collectively, to halt the climate crisis t
  • Mitie showcases latest innovation in new Centre of Excellence

    in the UK, facllities services provider Mitiehas launched a new Cleaning and Hygiene Centre of Excellence to showcase the latest products and service innovations in the cleaning industry.Featuring a broad range of science and technology, the Centre, based in Birmingham, demonstrates how the Science of Service can ensure the highest cleaning standards, while limiting the impact the sector has on the environment.The centre consists of six zones, each highlighting how different solutions can drive
  • Portfolio by Churchill wins three-year cleaning contract with international law firm

    Portfolio by Churchill wins three-year cleaning contract with international law firm
    Portfolio, the high-end cleaning and hygiene service by Churchill Group, has won a three-year contract with law firm Penningtons Manches Cooper.
    The contract commenced on 1 April and includes cleaning and hygiene services, feminine washroom services, window cleaning and consumables. Portfolio employees will work on the contract at seven Penningtons Manches Cooper sites – London, Basingstoke, Birmingham, Cambridge, Guildford, Oxford and Reading.
    Penningtons Manches Cooper is
  • Nuneaton & Bedworth strengthens environmental enforcement

    Nuneaton & Bedworth strengthens environmental enforcement
    Nuneaton & Bedworth Borough Council has selected District Enforcement (District), a specialist enforcement company offering environmental crime enforcement, to support it with achieving its ambition of making the borough a cleaner and safer place for residents and the wider community.
    District Enforcement’s officers will seek to engage with the general public and inspire people to protect and take pride in their local community – it has also been delegated powers t
  • Churchill’s Portfolio in Penningtons Manches Cooper win

    Churchill’s Portfolio in Penningtons Manches Cooper win
    Churchill Group’s high-end cleaning and hygiene service, Portfolio, has been awarded a three-year, multi-site contract with law firm Penningtons Manches Cooper.
    The contract, which commenced on 1 April, sees Portfolio employees working on the contract at seven Penningtons Manches Cooper sites – London, Basingstoke, Birmingham, Cambridge, Guildford, Oxford and Reading. The team are providing cleaning and hygiene services, feminine washroom services, window cleaning and consumables.&nb
  • Chief climate and sustainability advisor appointment at Compass

    Chief climate and sustainability advisor appointment at Compass
    Leading University of Oxford expert, Professor Sir Charles Godfray FRS, has been appointed by Compass Group UK & Ireland as Chief Climate and Sustainability Advisor to its Executive Team.
    The role will see Professor Godfray support the clients of Compass by primarily shaping and delivering the organisation’s industry leading commitment of reaching Climate Net Zero by 2030.
    Professor Godfray is a population biologist with broad interests in the environmental sciences and has publis
  • High energy

    High energy
    Paul Walsh, General Manager – EMEA at CIM, looks into the role a smart building analytics strategy can play in managing high energy using industrial sites
    The everyday burden of keeping large life sciences and micro-electronics manufacturer sites as efficient as possible often falls to facilities management teams. But the impact of recent ongoing global crises is hard to ignore, and industry sources are warning that electricity prices may see costs up to 60 per cent more than on the contin
  • BCO honours Midlands and Central England’s best workplaces

    BCO honours Midlands and Central England’s best workplaces
    Five workplaces across the Midlands and Central England have been recognised at the annual British Council for Offices’ (BCO) Regional Awards.
    The BCO Midlands and Central Awards Lunch returned in-person to the ICC in Birmingham, recognising the region’s highest quality developments and setting the standard for excellence in the office sector across the UK.
    The winning workplaces include: 
    Three Snowhill, Queensway, Birmingham (Commercial Workplace)
    Joules Head Office, The Barn,
  • The office is being repurposed on a global scale finds ISS survey

    The office is being repurposed on a global scale finds ISS survey
    A new global survey by ISS has found employee engagement is now the top priority for global businesses with nearly two-thirds (62 per cent) of respondents saying they are investing in their offices.
    The survey also found that the majority of companies (69 per cent) have no plans to reduce office space while those which do plan to reduce are at the same time investing significantly in enabling better innovation and collaboration among their employees. All in all, the office is being “repurp
  • Sodexo’s Joanna Harris wins prestigious BCIA award

    Sodexo’s Joanna Harris wins prestigious BCIA award
    Joanna Harris, Sodexo’s Hard FM ambassador, has been awarded the prestigious Outstanding Contribution award at the Building Controls Industry Association (BCIA) 2022 awards.
    Harris is a passionate advocate of careers in engineering, and of apprenticeships as a route into the industry, having started out herself as a maintenance apprentice.
    Harris joined Sodexo in November 2020, to compliment the development of best practice Hard FM in the UK&I region. She is responsible for promoting,
  • CSE Chatterbox (formerly Chatterbox Ltd) turns 30!

    CSE Chatterbox (formerly Chatterbox Ltd) turns 30!
    Leading British two-way radio systems provider celebrated 30 years in business on Wednesday 18th May 2022.
    Gary Leatherby, Founder and Managing Director of Chatterbox Ltd, and his wife Deana started the two-way radio business 30 years ago from the garage of their home in Surrey. As the business grew Deana’s sister Laura joined and both sets of parents got involved. This family business went from strength to strength, taking on new people, building relations with leading suppliers in the se
  • New modular retractable barrier system launched by Seton

    New modular retractable barrier system launched by Seton
    A new retractable barrier system, named EasyExtend, has been launched into the market, offering unique features and benefits for use in industrial and outdoor spaces.
    Developed by the health and safety solutions provider Seton, the new and rugged unit is designed to cordon off areas in warehouses, factories, distribution centres and construction sites.
    It can span 10 metres — further than most other retractable barriers on the market — meaning a more efficient use of resources. It ca
  • Survey finds businesses are looking to expand office portfolios as working patterns evolve

    Survey finds businesses are looking to expand office portfolios as working patterns evolve
    Sixty-eight per cent of businesses expect to be promoting a more regular return to the office by the middle of this year, according to CBRE.
    The global real estate advisor’s latest EMEA Occupier Sentiment Survey found that from nearly a quarter of those surveyed (23 per cent) said the process is already underway, with 45 per cent focussing on the remainder of H1 as the return period. The survey also pointed to some notable sector differences, with nearly 80 per cent of financial companies
  • DTGen sends power to Ukraine

    DTGen sends power to Ukraine
    UK leading generator specialist, DTGen, is working with the team at Opir, a Scottish-based voluntary organisation, to ship a generator to Ukraine in support of the humanitarian appeal.
    The 250kVA generator, which has been donated by DTGen along with more than 30 boxes of other essential  items donated by the team, is being transported to Ukraine by Finnie Heavy Haulage. It is understood that the generator is expected to arrive in Ukraine by next weekend, and will be taken right in to the wa
  • FDIS data finds three quarters of fire doors do not meet UK standard

    FDIS data finds three quarters of fire doors do not meet UK standard
    The Fire Door Inspection Scheme (FDIS) is warning of a “tragedy waiting to happen” after it found that three quarters of the fire doors inspected in the UK by its approved inspectors did not meet the required standard.
    The data, based on more than 100,000 fire door inspections carried out by FDIS’s approved inspectors in 2021, found that 75 per cent of fire doors failed to meet the required standards, putting lives at risk in the event of a fire.
    Alarmingly, buildings that had
  • Why professional insect removal is necessary in commercial spaces

    Why professional insect removal is necessary in commercial spaces
    Keeping commercial properties in good repair is important for attracting new visitors and protecting your business’ reputation. ICE Cleaning are a specialist cleaning company who conduct insect removal services nationwide. They use only non-harmful and non-abrasive solutions to carry out their work, which cause no further harm to human health or to surfaces.
    Here, they explore why it’s necessary to carry out insect removal in commercial spaces.
    Insects deter customers
    If customers be
  • Diamond unveils new national EV division

    Diamond unveils new national EV division
    National maintenance and facilities management firm, Diamond Facilities Support, has launched a new division – Diamond EV Solutions, which will specialise in both the corporate and residential EV charging sectors.
    Diamond has partnered with some of the leading manufacturers in both fields and with a dedicated team of engineers says it can not only advise on the correct solution but can also carry out any enabling works, the supply and fit of the proposed solution and any works required fol
  • Smart engineering

    Smart engineering
    The proliferation of new technologies has led to an explosion of data in recent years. Here, Shane Betts, Head of Corporate, Integral UK looks at maintenance for the digital age
    Sixteen years since the British mathematician and Tesco marketing guru Clive Humby declared data to be the “new oil”, many industries are now harnessing digital information to spur innovation and drive strategic decision-making. This is true even for building maintenance. The traditional view is that the disc
  • ECH Awards presented in Brussels

    ECH Awards presented in Brussels
    The 2022 winners of the European Cleaning & Hygiene Awards were revealed at the end of April.
  • FM firm highlights top ways businesses can reduce energy waste

    FM firm highlights top ways businesses can reduce energy waste
    Following the news surrounding the increasing energy bills for residents in the UK, businesses are also facing a crisis. Corporate energy doesn’t currently have a price cap in the UK, with some suppliers increasing their contract rates by over 120% in recent years, and fears this could increase further.
    Businesses are also wasting a staggering amount of energy each year; in fact, it’s expected in 2022 over £33.9 billion worth of energy will be wasted from businesses alone.
  • Senior promotions at J S Wright

    Senior promotions at J S Wright
    J S Wright has promoted two highly experienced members of staff to directors.
    Matthew Coy
    Matthew Coy and David Cook have taken on the positions of Contracts Director and Design & Estimating Director at the Birmingham-based building services company respectively.
    With 47 years of industry experience between them, they are the latest examples of J S Wright’s investment in staff progression and development as the company moves forward as an employee ownership trust (EOT).
    Coy, who joined

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