• Survey sets out to help align pest control and FM sectors

    Survey sets out to help align pest control and FM sectors
    Independent professional register of qualified pest controllers, BASIS PROMPT, has launched a short online survey to gain an insight into customer perceptions of professionalism within the pest control industry.
    Greg Hopkinson Head of Business Development and Marketing at PROMPT is asking those working within the facilities management or public sectors to fill in the questionnaire by the end of May.
    The survey also aims to understand whether respondents believe the accreditations of th
  • Cromwell boosts kerbside recycling following 30 local authority contract wins

    Cromwell boosts kerbside recycling following 30 local authority contract wins
    Cromwell Polythene, specialists in sacks, bags and speciality products for the capture and containment of waste and recyclables, has helped boost kerbside recycling over the past year, through thirty local authority contract wins.
    In total, the sacks bags and liners supplied by Cromwell each year, have helped the containment and collection, and treatment, of around 1.5m tonnes of dry recyclables. Additionally, using these products, 300k tonnes of food waste for composting and anaerobic digestion
  • Over two-thirds of people working from home during lockdown cite social engagement as the thing they missed the most

    Over two-thirds of people working from home during lockdown cite social engagement as the thing they missed the most
    A poll conducted by ISS UK during ‘Lockdown 3’ found that 67 per cent of respondents missed social engagement when working from home during the Covid lockdown periods.
    According to the facility services company, the impact on workspace management will be a focus on flexible space geared toward collaborative workspaces, rather hot desks for focused work time.
    Will Richards, Head of Workplace Experience commented: “OurResearch – and that of others – indicates a n
  • The right fit

    The right fit
    Organisations pondering the post pandemic workplace need to determine exactly what is the right fit for them. This begins by asking the right questions, finds the 2021 Workplace Trends Research Summit
    The world has gone through the most disruptive year in living memory. From a workplace perspective there have been many predictions, most more headline grabbing than useful, on how the world of work may look when the pandemic ebbs.
    The annual Workplace Trends Research Summit, which took place in Ap
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  • Mitie secures Associated British Ports deal

    Mitie secures Associated British Ports deal
    Image CC credit: Ronald Saunders – flickr
    Mitie has been awarded a three-year contract to deliver security services for Associated British Ports (ABP), the UK’s leading ports group.
    The deal, which has the option to extend for a further two years, will see Mitie deliver security services, including site patrols and access control, for restricted areas across all of ABP’s 21 ports in England, Scotland and Wales.
    Mitie will conduct passenger searches and screening, including body
  • BESA becomes first trade body to adopt prequalification standard

    BESA becomes first trade body to adopt prequalification standard
    The Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) has become the first trade body to adopt a new industry agreed prequalification standard that promises to cut expensive and time consuming ‘red tape’ for contractors.
    The new Common Assessment Standard, developed by Build UK and endorsed by the Construction Leadership Council, means suppliers will only need to be certified once a year by a single recognised assessment body before tendering for work with contractors and clients who
  • UKWSL rebrands to Novati

    UKWSL rebrands to Novati
    Outsourced waste solutions provider, UKWSL, has rebranded to Novati.
    According to the company, the name Novati was chosen because it is “quite literally at the centre of in-novati-on”. It also believes the new name and brand identity “better reflects its personality and cements its distinct position” in the UK’s waste and resource management sector.
    Underpinning the brand development is a belief that waste collection is not Novati’s core business. Instead, Nov
  • Take control of washroom hygiene, efficiency and sustainability

    Take control of washroom hygiene, efficiency and sustainability
    New from Kimberly-Clark Professional is the Scott Control Mini Twin centrefeed toilet tissue system designed to deliver maximum hygiene, efficiency and sustainability in washrooms.
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  • Portfolio lands three-year cleaning contract at the IoD

    Portfolio lands three-year cleaning contract at the IoD
    Portfolio, the high specification cleaning service offered by the Churchill Group, has won a prestigious three-year cleaning contract with the Institute of Directors (IoD) that will be mobilised when the IoD reopens after the COVID-19 pandemic. The Portfolio and IoD partnership will enable IoD members to return to the built environment in a safe and hygienic manner.
    The IoD is the UK’s longest running organisation for professional leaders, having been founded in 1903 and incorporated by Ro
  • Exclusive Services Group achieves GBAC STAR accreditation to Covid-19 disinfection

    Exclusive Services Group achieves GBAC STAR accreditation to Covid-19 disinfection
    Accreditation to the GBAC STAR Facility Program on cleaning, disinfection and infectious disease prevention has been made to UK cleaning contractor Exclusive Services Group.
    The performance-based accreditation is designed to help facilities establish a comprehensive system of cleaning, disinfection, and infectious disease prevention for their staff and their building.
    The program relies on GBAC’s comprehensive training, which teaches protocols, correct disinfection techniques, and cleaning
  • Using smart sensor technology to optimise workspaces

    Written by Peter Burbidge, MD, Pressac
    One of the biggest costs for most organisations is their office space. Or at least, it has been up until now.
    Companies have been forced to take a highly agile approach to meet challenges from coronavirus restrictions. Which has led many businesses to realise they can manage with less space. On top of this realisation comes the related thought: how to fully get the best out of the space they do use? In other words, space optimisation.
    Creating a safe, produ
  • Regional lead appointments for Mace’s FM division

    Regional lead appointments for Mace’s FM division
    Mace’s facilities management business, Operate, has appointed new regional leads for the Asia Pacific and Middle East regions.
    In line with its 2026 strategy, the business intends to solidify its presence across its global hubs. By working with Mace’s wider Engine, the FM division intends to target and win work with more leading global occupiers, expanding its presence in its established markets.
    Parris Ullrich, who returns to Mace after a year away, will assume the role of Operation
  • WeMaintain to provide lift maintenance at all Workspace sites

    WeMaintain to provide lift maintenance at all Workspace sites
    PropTech company, WeMaintain, has secured a three-year deal with serviced office provider, Workspace, for the provision of lift maintenance solutions to all its 56 sites across London.
    Under the terms of the deal, which began on 1 April, WeMaintain will provide its solutions to Workspace properties throughout their London portfolio. It will also install its proprietary Internet of Things technology, which gives building owners and managers greater knowledge of the condition of their critica
  • Eurest and 14forty working in partnership with Mental Health UK

    Eurest and 14forty working in partnership with Mental Health UK
    Workplace caterer Eurest and facilities management service provider, 14forty, have partnered with charity Mental Health UK in a new UK-wide campaign to emphasise the benefits of taking regular breaks at work.
    The partnership will see Eurest and 14forty’s employees and customers benefit from enhanced mental health policies, initiatives to increase awareness and a wealth of resources such as guides, webinars, and signage.
    Over the next year, the companies will donate 5p for every cup sold of
  • Cawleys takes off with London Luton Airport contract win

    Cawleys takes off with London Luton Airport contract win
    Independently owned waste and resource recycling firm, Cawleys, has landed the recycling and waste management contract for London Luton Airport (LLA).
    The Luton-based company is one of the few privately owned enterprises running its own Materials Recycling Facility (MRF). Use of the MRF will ensure that all general waste generated by the airport will be sorted and segregated to extract as many recyclables as possible. Any residual, non-recyclable, waste will be converted into refuse derived fuel
  • Nilfisk launches Core Pressure Washer range

    Nilfisk launches Core Pressure Washer range
    Nilfisk has introduced a new range to the UK market - the Nilfisk Core Pressure Washers.
  • Arcus FM announces CCO appointment

    Arcus FM announces CCO appointment
    Arcus FM has appointed Theresa Bell as the company’s new Chief Commercial Officer.
    Bell, who joins the business from a distinguished career at CBRE as Regional Managing Director, has a solid background in total facilities management as well as catering and hospitality, in sales and operations. She brings with her a wealth of international business leadership experience having held leadership roles across the whole of Europe, the Middle East, and Africa, delivering programmes across the glo
  • Snickers Workwear stretch shorts – for street-smart comfort this summer

    Snickers Workwear stretch shorts – for street-smart comfort this summer
    Brand NEW Men’s and Women’s Work Shorts for the flexible working environment – designed for superior comfort and freedom of movement.
    Combining 4-way stretch fabric that delivers working comfort all day with street-smart, slim-fit designs, Snickers Work Shorts are great for grafting in the warmer months.
    These lightweight garments feature a body-mapping design and are made from a self-ventilating stretch fabric with CORDURA® reinforcements for durability all-round mobility
  • How an investment in cleaning can return confidence in a post-lockdown world

    How an investment in cleaning can return confidence in a post-lockdown world
    By James White, Managing Director at Denis Rawlins Ltd
    Who would have thought this time last year that we would be navigating our way out of a third national lockdown?
    COVID-19 has turned our lives upside down and the freedoms we once took for granted have been kept from us for far too long. But with Spring in full swing, there is finally light at the end of the tunnel.
    If all goes to plan with the government’s roadmap, we will be lockdown-free in a matter of months. The 21st of June, or &
  • Portfolio by Churchill takes contract with the Institute of Directors

    Portfolio by Churchill takes contract with the Institute of Directors
    Image CC credit: James Petts – flickr
    Churchill Group’s high specification cleaning service, Portfolio, has been awarded a three-year cleaning deal with the Institute of Directors (IoD).
    The contract, which will be mobilised when the IoD reopens after the Covid-19 pandemic will enable its members to return to the built environment in a safe and hygienic manner.
    The IoD is the UK’s longest running organisation for professional leaders, having been founded in 1903 and incorporate
  • Smart buildings survey

    Smart buildings survey
    Individual sub-systems within a building have long operated in silo. However, the current trend is headed toward a greater interconnected environment. Global technology research powerhouse, Omdia, connects the dots to reveal the value of the building’s intelligent environment through its Smart Buildings research.
    As part of this research, Omdia is conducting a survey of end-users and installers/integrators in collaboration with IFESC, the Facilities Show and Intelligent Building Europe. Th
  • Back for good

    Back for good
    As lockdown eases and people travel back into the office, Leanne Beeken, Head of Business Communications Technology at Remark Group looks at the range of technologies available to support worker wellbeing
    With the roadmap out of lockdown underway, reassuring occupants that the workplace is a safe place will be essential for FMs to consider when planning the reopening of the workplace. Adjusting to both returning to the workplace and the way it must now be organised, may present challenges for th
  • Preserving the past

    Preserving the past
    The installation of technology which enables the live real-time monitoring of an historic building could revolutionise how we protect and preserve heritage sites finds Sara Bean
    During the pandemic one of the most longed for aspects of normal life has been the opportunity to visit museums, stately homes and other heritage sites. Whether they’re open or closed to the public, preserving these buildings and their contents from damage is a key concern. Take for example the devastation caused b
  • Long-term leases cited as the biggest barrier to adopting a hybrid workplace model

    Long-term leases cited as the biggest barrier to adopting a hybrid workplace model
    A survey of UK business leaders and C-suite executives has found that many businesses may have to wait to adopt a hybrid working model because of being locked into a long-term lease.
    This key finding in a survey that forms part of a new white paper published by flexspace operator, Clarendon, suggests that while hybrid work is being lauded as the solution to the post-pandemic workplace, it may not be easy for many companies to make an immediate switch.
    Other notable barriers to hybrid working wer
  • Student accommodation receives hygiene verification label

    Student accommodation receives hygiene verification label
    The Sodexo-managed student accommodation at Northumbria University has received the Rise Safe label from Bureau Veritas.
  • Servo Group achieves gold standard compliance accreditations

    Servo Group achieves gold standard compliance accreditations
    Jack Hill, Compliance Manager and Nickie McIntyre, Group Sales Director
    Multi-service provider, Servo Group, has achieved UKAS accredited ISO 9001, 14001 and 45001 – which are the gold standards in quality management assurance, occupational health and safety and environmental management.
    The Leeds-headquartered firm, which provides full FM services, S.I.A licensed manned guarding, CCTV, vetted and screened rail labour, property management and construction services, has undertaken a rigorou
  • Johnson Controls launches 700 Series microprocessor-based conventional fire detectors

    Johnson Controls launches 700 Series microprocessor-based conventional fire detectors
    New series of conventional detectors have built-in microprocessors that monitor and respond to smoke density, fixed temperature, and rate-of-rise of temperatureDrift compensation feature extends service life and reduces maintenance needs
    Detectors are designed and manufactured in Europe and comply with EN54 and LPCB standardsJohnson Controls, the global leader for smart, healthy and sustainable buildings – and architect of OpenBlue connected solutions and services – announces the new
  • Ecocleen to drive a greener future with key appointment

    Ecocleen to drive a greener future with key appointment
    Commercial contract cleaning provider, Ecocleen, has promoted Peter David to Head of Systems and Compliance. With over 25 years of experience in the franchise industry, he ensures the business, its employees and its franchisees comply with all relevant regulations and specifications, focussing on improving efficiency and driving sustainability.
    In his new role as Head of Systems and Compliance, David is instrumental in reviewing Ecocleen’s current compliance systems, procedures and process
  • Churchill Group’s Charlotte Parr signs on to support APPG for the UK cleaning and hygiene industry

    Churchill Group’s Charlotte Parr signs on to support APPG for the UK cleaning and hygiene industry
    Churchill Group has announced that Charlotte Parr is working to support the work of the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for the UK cleaning and hygiene industry. The APPG exists to promote the importance of cleaning and hygiene to everyone in the UK, a cause that Parr is both knowledgable and passionate about.
    The APPG aims to raise public interest issues surrounding the sector. This includes the impact of immigration rules, the importance of commiting to the real living wage, and reco
  • GRAHAM takes three-year water hygiene contract with East Kent Hospitals Trust

    GRAHAM takes three-year water hygiene contract with East Kent Hospitals Trust
    GRAHAM has secured a three-year water hygiene contract with East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust.
    The deal, will see GRAHAM deliver Legionella planned maintenance, risk assessments and remedials across five main hospital sites – Canterbury Hospital, Buckland Hospital, Queen Elizabeth Hospital, William Harvey Hospital and Royal Victoria Hospital.
    East Kent Hospitals is one of the largest hospital trusts in England, serving a local population of around 695,000 people. It has d
  • Employee-facing apps failing to meet end user needs

    Employee-facing apps failing to meet end user needs
    While facilities management businesses are now making use of employee-facing mobile applications, new research has shown that the vast majority face regular reports of issues from their workforce.
    The research by mobile data capture specialist, WorkMobile, which explores the rising case for ‘no coding’ app development, revealed that 91 per cent of FM Chief Information Officers (CIOs) have received complaints from end users about their apps’ functionality.
    The two most comm
  • Willmott Dixon named one of UK’s best employers for Women

    Willmott Dixon named 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, which follows its position as the UK’s highest placed contractor in the 2020 FT Diversity Leaders list of the top 850 European companies for inclusion.
    The company is included in The Times’ prestigious Top 50 Employers for Women for the third consecutive year, in recognition of its focus on being a workplace that’s inclusive for all people. Companies appear on the list af
  • Churchill Group’s Charlotte Parr joins APPG for the UK cleaning and hygiene industry

    Churchill Group’s Charlotte Parr joins APPG for the UK cleaning and hygiene industry
    Charlotte Parr, Director at soft services provider, Churchill Group, is working to support the work of the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for the UK cleaning and hygiene industry.
    The APPG aims to raise public interest issues surrounding the sector. This includes the impact of immigration rules, the importance of commiting to the real living wage, and recognising operatives within the sector as key workers. The APPG was inaugurated in February of this year and includes 70 MPs and thre
  • NCCA achieves CPD status for carpet and upholstery training course

    NCCA achieves CPD status for carpet and upholstery training course
    The NCCA has announced a new milestone in its aims to promote excellence in the cleaning sector as it has achieved CPD status, from the CPD Certification Service.
  • Reconomy celebrates prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise

    Reconomy celebrates prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise
    Outsourced resource management and environmental services provider, Reconomy, has been awarded a highly prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise for demonstrating excellence in the field of innovation.
    Now in its 55th year, the Queen’s Awards for Enterprise recognise outstanding achievement by UK businesses in the categories of innovation, international trade, sustainable development and promoting opportunity through social mobility.
    Reconomy’s innovative business model has tra
  • Sodexo secures five-year MoD contract in Portsmouth

    Sodexo secures five-year MoD contract in Portsmouth
    Sodexo has landed a £54 million contract to provide a range of soft services at Her Majesty’s Naval Base (HMNB) Portsmouth, as part of Ministry of Defence’s Future Maritime Support Programme (FMSP).
    The five-year deal, with the opportunity to extend this for a further two years, will see Sodexo’s Government & Agencies team deliver services including cleaning, waste management, catering, retail, leisure, grounds maintenance and helpdesk services at the base, located at
  • The post-lockdown commute to work

    The post-lockdown commute to work
    When COVID restrictions lift we will see more people return to work, in the high street, the office and service sectors. But how will we get to work? What’s our route? Urban environments are likely to have more, not fewer traffic restrictions – so public transport or walking or riding a bike will be the main option for many of us. What can FMs and workplace professionals do to make different, healthy and safe routes to work more accessible for everyone?
    THE ACTIVE TRAVEL EXPERT&rsquo
  • CBRE to acquire Danish technical services provider

    CBRE to acquire Danish technical services provider
    CBRE Group has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Intego A/S, a leading technical facility services provider in Denmark.
    Founded in 2007 and headquartered in Aalborg, northern Denmark, Intego A/S employs more than 850 employees in 16 locations, self-performing hard facilities management technical services across numerous sectors with particular expertise in electrical, automation and mechanical solutions.
    CBRE has a long-established relationship with Intego A/S, which has served some
  • Bidvest Noonan hires microbiologist to support life sciences growth

    Bidvest Noonan hires microbiologist to support life sciences growth
    Bidvest Noonan has appointed Tessa Rossi, a microbiologist with extensive research and laboratory experience, to enhance its support to its growing portfolio of life sciences clients.
    Rossi previously served as Lead Research Scientist at Ophthalmica, a South African ophthalmic medical devices company, and as Quality Control Microbiology Analyst at a multi-national pharma leader.
    In this newly created role, Rossi will contribute to the design of contamination control programs, procedures, and pol
  • NG Bailey awarded IT services contracts worth £10m

    NG Bailey awarded IT services contracts worth £10m
    HM Naval Base in Portsmouth. Image CC credit: Rab Lawrence – flickr
    NG Bailey’s IT Services business, part of its Services division, has secured contracts worth in excess of £10 million to support Fujitsu in delivering a range of services for the Ministry of Defence (MoD).
    NG Bailey has worked with Fujitsu for six years. The majority of the work is being delivered as part of the Defence Connectivity Network Services project and will see a team of NG Bailey IT specialists provid
  • Ground Control receives Queen’s Award for Enterprise

    Ground Control receives Queen’s Award for Enterprise
    Landscaping and maintenance services firm, Ground Control, has been awarded the highly prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise for Innovation for its unique ‘Gateway Compliance Matrix’ resource management system, which allows the company to target and compete for contracts.
    The platform also automates the assessment and management of the risk of each project in accordance with a sub-set of compliance, enabling complex, repeatable and scalable, risk management and compliance.
    &
  • Microban 24 Professional: The new disinfectant brand offering up to 24 hour bacteria protection for your business

    Microban 24 Professional: The new disinfectant brand offering up to 24 hour bacteria protection for your business
    P&G Professional is pleased to introduce a new way for the hospitality industry to keep surfaces protected from bacteria for up to 24 hours
    With a roadmap back to a new normal and the reopening date in sight, businesses across the hospitality industry must prepare to welcome back guests.
    The pandemic has had a severe impact on business and customer confidence – especially when it comes to cleanliness and hygiene – and effective cleaning products are some of the best lines of defe
  • NIC growth highlighted for second consecutive year

    NIC growth highlighted for second consecutive year
    NIC Services Group has been listed in the Financial Times top 1000 Europe’s fastest growing companies for the second consecutive year.
  • Advanced’s MxPro 5 selected for £485m hospital redevelopment project

    Advanced’s MxPro 5 selected for £485m hospital redevelopment project
    A fault-tolerant network of fire alarm control panels from Advanced has been selected to protect the 3Ts Redevelopment programme at the Royal Sussex County Hospital.
    36 4-loop MxPro 5 fire panels, 46 repeater panels and two custom-built AdSpecials panels from UK-manufacturer, Advanced, are to be installed at Brighton’s 3Ts hospital redevelopment as part of phase one of the programme.
    Phase one involves the construction of a 13-storey building with two basement levels, located on the main R
  • Case study from Japan - cleaning as a life changer

    In Japan, some people are tired from overwork, especially in the metropolis Tokyo. One Buddhist monk wants to change this, and he thinks cleaning is the way to go. Bobbie van der List reports.It’s at 7.25 am in the morning when the commute to work is at its peak in the Kamiyacho district of central Tokyo. While most people walk from the station’s exits to the enormous surrounding skyscrapers, just a few people take a turn into a hidden alleyway. In this passage, one can spot Buddhist
  • Churchill's Charlotte Parr supports APPG

    Churchill's Charlotte Parr supports APPG
    Charotte Parr is working to support the work of the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for the UK cleaning and hygiene industry.
  • Boden Group awarded FM deal at North Devon Enterprise Centre

    Boden Group awarded FM deal at North Devon Enterprise Centre
    Boden Group has won a new contract to manage the building facilities at the North Devon Enterprise Centre, Devon County Council’s flagship development offering high-quality office and collaboration space for entrepreneurs, business start-ups, and small and medium-sized businesses.
    The deal, will see the facilities management specialist deliver a system of planned preventative maintenance to ensure the safety and compliance of the building’s heating, electrical distribution, fire &
  • Training and education is key to growth in commercial cleaning

    Training and education is key to growth in commercial cleaning
    Procedures within the commercial cleaning sector are constantly evolving. From equipment to protocol, cleaning teams are constantly challenged to stay up to date with best practice, innovation and time-management. With the added complications of a pandemic, leading commercial cleaning specialist Incentive QAS has emphasised the importance of developing staff teams to stay ahead in the competitive sector.
    Oliver Game, Incentive QAS Learning and Development Manager, said: “Innovation has pro
  • Jangro joins CHSA’s new sustainability committee

    Jangro joins CHSA’s new sustainability committee
    Independent janitorial and cleaning distributor, Jangro, has joined the CHSA’s (Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association) new sustainability committee, which was recently formed to focus on how the sector can adopt more environmentally friendly processes and systems.
    A roadmap towards sustainability is essential for the long term future of the cleaning and hygiene industry. Together, with representatives from all areas of the CHSA membership, Jangro will work to define the way forward.
  • Levy renews two major sporting deals

    Levy renews two major sporting deals
    Compass Group UK’s sport and leisure hospitality arm, Levy UK + Ireland has secured two major contract renewals with Jockey Club Racecourses and The Kia Oval.
    Levy has renewed its catering deal with Jockey Club Racecourses for a further three years. The contract sees Levy extend its catering venture Jockey Club Catering which was launched in 2019 with an initial 10-year partnership agreement to provide grade one catering, hospitality and service at the Jockey Club’s 15 nationwide rac

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