• When a home becomes a business

    From Italy, Anna Garbagna tells us about the growth of cleaning business in short-term rental properties.Among the many effects of the pandemic, there has certainly been an increase in short rentals, today a sector of great interest. In addition to hosting healthcare professionals during the health emergency, the short rental has guaranteed hygienic safety features as well as confidentiality andit is still doing well. Today more than ever in Italy, where the development of short term rentals sho
  • Sodexo secures place on CCS Healthcare framework

    Sodexo secures place on CCS Healthcare framework
    Sodexo Health & Care has landed a place on the Crown Commercial Service’s (CCS) RM6331 Healthcare Soft Facilities Management Services framework.
    The appointment is for a period of three years with an option to extend for an additional year.
    This national framework is available to all UK public sector bodies to easily access services from a range of suppliers who have already gone through a procurement process to assess the quality and price of services. The RM6331 framework has been sp
  • IWFM partners with Equans to empower WFM to lead on sustainability

    IWFM partners with Equans to empower WFM to lead on sustainability
    The Institute of Workplace and Facilities Management (IWFM) has joined forces with Equans to help drive sustainability across organisations.
    The workplace and facilities management (WFM) profession is uniquely placed to lead on sustainability, and net zero plans in particular, because it is the only function that brings together the needs of the landlord, the end-user and the supply chain. Both the IWFM and Equans share a mission to change the perception of this lynchpin role in driving sustain
  • The evolving landscape of legislation and regulations impacting FM

    The evolving landscape of legislation and regulations impacting FM
    The last few years have seen notable changes in legislation and regulations within the FM space such as the Fire Safety Act 2021, The Building Safety Act 2022 and the Fire Safety Regulations (England) 2022, to name a few. These changes in the industry have forced a shift in priorities and duties within the built environment. Which areas do you think will be particularly impactful for those working in FM?
    INDUSTRY STANDARD FOR BUILDING MAINTENANCE SPECIFICATION’S VIEWPAUL BULLARD,PRODUCT DI
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  • Mitie reaches 5,000 EV milestone

    Mitie reaches 5,000 EV milestone
    Mitie has marked a milestone in its decarbonisation journey having welcomed its 5,000 electric vehicle (EV) to its fleet.
    Two-thirds (66 per cent) of the company’s fleet is now electric, ramping up Mitie’s pursuit of creating a zero-emission fleet by the end of 2025.
    The latest vehicle, a Volkswagen ID Buzz, was unveiled at Mitie’s headquarters at The Shard in London, and will be used by its National Maintenance Network team, playing a crucial role for mobile engineers carrying
  • ISS extends FM partnership with East Cheshire NHS Trust

    ISS extends FM partnership with East Cheshire NHS Trust
    ISS has extended its facilities management contract with East Cheshire NHS Trust (ECT) for five more years, with a lifetime value of £33 million and a two-year option to extend.
    The partnership, which already spans more than two decades, will see more than 200 ISS team members providing a wide range of soft FM services across the Trust’s four sites.
    With shared values and shared investment, this partnership is an example of ISS’s collaborative approach to support the Trust to
  • Building control system business secures funding for MBO

    Building control system business secures funding for MBO
    Birmingham-based business Robell Control Systems, which specialises in the design, installation, commissioning, and maintenance of automated heating, ventilation, environmental and air-conditioning control systems in a range of commercial buildings has secured the future of more than 40 jobs after completing a management buyout (MBO).
    The MBO was supported by a six-figure equity investment from business investment specialist UKSE and will secure the long-term future of the company.
    With a combin
  • CCS appoints new chief executive

    CCS appoints new chief executive
    Sam Ulyatt has been appointed as the new Chief Executive of the Crown Commercial Service (CCS) when Simon Tse retires in the summer. The appointment follows an external competition that launched at the beginning of this year.
    Ulyatt will be known to many at CCS from her prior time as Commercial Director for Buildings, before she left to join Home Office as Chief Commercial Officer in July 2020. During her time at the Home Office, she has led on the many commercial and operational challenges
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  • Experts estimate the true cost of the NHS’s laundry losses

    Experts estimate the true cost of the NHS’s laundry losses
    New research claims to reveal how much the NHS is losing as a result of textile and laundry wastage.
  • Europe tackles talent challenges

    Europe’s got talent, and has the plaudits to prove it. But the region will need to up its game still further if it is to remain a global skills magnate at a time of fast-paced demographic change, writes Hartley Milner.THE SWISS have found themselves the butt of more than their fair share of lampooning around national stereotypes down the years, much of it of eye-rolling banality.In the film The Third Man, for instance, Orson Welles’ character Harry Lime says: “In Switzerland, t
  • ASFP appoints new Council

    ASFP appoints new Council
    A new 12-strong Council has been appointed at the Association for Specialist Fire Protection (ASFP).
    Following a successful election held in February-March in which 21 nominations were received, the new Council was announced at the Association’s 2024 Annual General Meeting (AGM) at Drapers’ Hall, London on 11 April.
    The Association’s Chair and Vice Chair retain their seats for another year, with the remaining 10 places now elected for two years. The Council includes representa
  • Health and safety recognition for Compass

    Health and safety recognition for Compass
    Compass Group UK & Ireland has been recognised for its health and safety standards by the RoSPA (Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents) having picked up a number of awards- including five Gold Awards – across its sectors.
    The RoSPA Awards programme now celebrates its 68th year as the UK’s largest and most impactful health and safety programme. With almost 2,000 entries annually from over 50 countries, impacting over seven million employees, they offer a platform to s
  • Power resilience

    Power resilience
    Richard Henderson, Power Consultant, Critical Power Supplies with advice on building power resilienceHaving resilient power infrastructure in place is now a key component of an energy management strategy. Just this month, the UK government warned that while it would continue to move forward with its net zero commitments, gas was still needed as a “back-up” to minimise the risk of blackouts. As the population and the demand for electricity grows, organisations must manage the shift t
  • Solid first half performance for Sodexo

    Solid first half performance for Sodexo
    Sodexo’s results for first half Fiscal 2024 show consolidated revenues were at 12.1 billion euros, up +4.5% year-on-year.Group organic revenue growth was +8.5%, with the most significant drivers continuing to be increased attendance, new business and pricing. Food services organic growth continued to outperform FM services at +10.7% and +4.5% respectively.
    Broken down by region, North America achieved organic growth of +10.0%; Europe was up +8.0%, boosted 80bps by the Rugby World Cup, in t
  • Cushman & Wakefield banks five-year deal with Standard Chartered

    Cushman & Wakefield banks five-year deal with Standard Chartered
    The global real estate services firm has been appointed by Standard Chartered Bank to provide services to support its Asia workplace transformation, and global asset and transaction management for the Bank’s 11 million square foot global real estate portfolio for a five-year term.
    Taking effect from 1 July 2024, the contract will encompass global asset and transactions management and property services across Asia, including integrated facilities management, project and design management se
  • British workers would monitor air quality from their desks amid health concerns

    British workers would monitor air quality from their desks amid health concerns
    New research has revealed that concerns about indoor air quality are at an all-time high, with 64 per cent of British workers concerned about the impact of indoor air quality on their health and 46 per cent concerned about air quality in schools.
    Almost half of all workers are worried about becoming ill from airborne germs at the office with more than half (54 per cent) saying they would monitor air quality from their desks if equipment it was made available to them, rising to 71 per cent of Lon
  • Key hire for new workspace operator

    Key hire for new workspace operator
    Following its launch into the UK flex sector, Koba, the new flexible workspace company has appointed Taylor Farrimond as Head of Operations.
    Farrimond joins the business from Industrious where he was Head of Operations for the EU & UK, managing all operational aspects of 12 locations and leading teams across six European cities.
    Koba recently announced its first UK venture at AEW’s 100 Barbirolli Square in Manchester City Centre, which has undergone a £30 million investment progr
  • Mitie secures spot on CCS Framework

    Mitie secures spot on CCS Framework
    Mitie has been awarded a place on the Crown Commercial Service’s (CCS) Healthcare Soft Facilities Management (FM) Framework agreement for a period of three years with an option to extend for a further year.
  • Apleona acquires Irish firm Neylons Facility Management

    Apleona acquires Irish firm Neylons Facility Management
    Apleona has signed an agreement to acquire Neylons Facility Management, one of the largest owner-managed integrated facility management providers in Ireland
    Headquartered in Loughrea, Co. Galway Neylon Facility Management has approximately 900 full-time employees throughout Ireland who provide a full range of FM services to clients, including numerous pharmaceutical and life sciences clients. The business also includes subsidiary companies providing specialist services including water treatment
  • Young cleaner wins national title

    ECJ correspondent in Germany Katja Scholz reports from the latest Craft Skills championship.The winner of the 72nd German Craft Skills championship in the contract cleaning sector is Sarah Lutz. The 20-year-old from Baden-Württemberg in south Germany was the only female trainee worker along with nine men at the start of the competition, secured the national title in the final.This kind of championship is unique in Europe and has German federal president Frank-Walter Steinmeier as its patron
  • CIBSE launches its Chartered Organisation programme

    CIBSE launches its Chartered Organisation programme
    The Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) has launched its CIBSE Chartered Organisation Programme, as it seeks to elevate standards within building services engineering industry.
    At its core, the CIBSE Chartered Organisation Programme represents a commitment to professionalism and excellence. It offers organisations a unique pathway to not only demonstrate their dedication to best practices but also to achieve the prestigious status of being chartered with CIBSE.
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  • Makita unveils new high power, high performance brushless motor upright vacuum cleaner

    Makita unveils new high power, high performance brushless motor upright vacuum cleaner
    Makita’s VC010G upright vacuum cleaner is the latest cleaning product to be added to the company’s battery powered XGT portfolio. This high-powered, high-suction, highly manoeuvrable vacuum is an ideal solution for aiding professionals with more efficient and smoother cleaning, via features such as a redesigned suction port.
    Makita’s new powerful VC010G upright vacuum has three settings, with a suction power of 110W on its highest mode, 50W on normal and 25W on quiet mode, with
  • Pinnacle grows housing management contract with LGAH

    Pinnacle grows housing management contract with LGAH
    The housing services provider is set to more than double the number of homes it manages on behalf of Legal & General Affordable Homes (LGAH) as it becomes the firms leading managing agent.
    In recent weeks, Pinnacle has taken on management services for an additional 900 homes, which include a mix of affordable rented and shared ownership located across the Southwest and Midlands, including The Berries in Paignton, Devon and Cross Trees Park in Shrivenham, Oxfordshire.
    Now, a further 40 shared
  • Sodexo extends its support of veterans with new partnership

    Sodexo extends its support of veterans with new partnership
    Sodexo Government has joined forces with Combat2Coffee, a community interest not-for-profit company (CIC) committed to supporting veterans and ex-uniformed personnel.
    Founded by Royal Anglian veteran Nigel Seaman, Combat2Coffee uses coffee as a vehicle of conversation to support the wellbeing and mental health of ex-service personnel and their families.
    The vision of Combat2Coffee is to provide:mental health and signposting support through a dedicated and experienced outreach team and community
  • Amey’s CRED programme delivers £67m in social value

    Amey’s CRED programme delivers £67m in social value
    Amey has delivered £67 million in social value through its Clean, Rehabilitative, Enabling and Decent (CRED) programme, which was developed in 2018 in collaboration with clients Ministry of Justice, HMPPS and prison Governors.
    The CRED programme takes a proactive stance in supporting rehabilitation by engaging prisoners through meaningful work experiences and employment support. With 44 prisons currently running the operation, it successfully delivers 64,000 hours of quality purposeful act
  • New DEIB lead appointed at Institute of Hospitality

    New DEIB lead appointed at Institute of Hospitality
    The Institute of Hospitality (IoH) has appointed Devarshi Shah AIH as its new Diversity Equity, Inclusivity and Belonging Lead (DEIB).
    The role, which fits within the Institute’s Professional Development team, is funded by the Savoy Educational Trust (SET) and is pivotal in informing, influencing and supporting the Institute’s members, leading the global hospitality sector in DEIB, and championing key DEIB collaborations.
    With over five years of experience in talent management a
  • WorldGBC calls on EU policymakers to prioritise sustainable built environment policies

    WorldGBC calls on EU policymakers to prioritise sustainable built environment policies
    A set of new sustainable building policy recommendations has been launched by the World Green Building Council (WorldGBC), in collaboration with 24 of its European Green Building Council members.
    The ‘European Manifesto for a sustainable built environment‘ has been designed for EU policymakers to implement more robust initiatives and incentives to secure sustainable buildings across the continent, the recommendations come on the back of mounting pressure from the building and co
  • Sodexo recognised in RoSPA Safety Awards

    Sodexo recognised in RoSPA Safety Awards
    Sodexo UK & Ireland has been recognised for its commitment to health and safety with six gold and two silver medals in the 2024 RoSPA awards programme as well as four President’s Awards, given to organisations with 10 or more consecutive gold medals.
  • Hygiene in healthcare - cleaning on the front line

    What are the main challenges facing healthcare cleaning personnel today? And what can be done to make their lives easier? Ann Laffeaty finds out.CLEANERS IN THE HEALTHCARE sector have had a tough few years, to say the least. Working throughout the global pandemic was stressful and life-threatening enough, but this was closely followed by the cost-of-living crisis which made it difficult for the lower-paid to make ends meet.  And add to this the stringent new cleaning regimes put in place af
  • BETTER RECYCLING IS BETTER FOR BUSINESS

    Sponsored contentHow getting a handle on waste and recycling could see your business save
    For 60% of businesses, the perceived investment and increase in ongoing costs for implementing more sustainable practices is considered a barrier to implementation (1). But with legal requirements to consider and budgets to protect, upgrading your business' waste and recycling solutions, no matter your sector, could see your business save in more ways than one.Rubbermaid Commercial Products (RCP) discuss ho
  • ABCO shares 4 ways facilities can support the planet this Earth Day 

    ABCO shares 4 ways facilities can support the planet this Earth Day 
    It’s estimated that 40 per cent of the ocean’s surface is covered in plastic waste. To celebrate Earth Day (22 April), ABCO Cleaning Products, a leading provider of sustainable cleaning tools, shares recommendations on how facilities can help support the planet.
    “Earth Day serves as a reminder of our impact on the environment,” said Carlos Albir, Jr., Vice President of Operations, ABCO Cleaning Products. “In today’s landscape, where sustainability dominates di
  • Tork compressed hand towels are both sustainable and efficient

    Tork compressed hand towels are both sustainable and efficient
    New from Essity are Tork Xpress® Multifold hand towel bundles that have been compressed by 50 per cent compared with standard folded Tork towels.
    Essity uses compression technology to halve the amount of air in these bundles. This means the dispenser caters for double the number of customers and accommodates twice as many towels before requiring a refill.
    “Businesses today deeply understand the need for access to hand hygiene,” said Tork Hand Wiping Product Director David Chalmer
  • Healthcare Cleaning Forum announces 2024 programme

    Healthcare Cleaning Forum announces 2024 programme
    On 16 May 2024 Interclean’s Healthcare Cleaning Forum (HCF) will once again open its doors to healthcare cleaning enthusiasts from far and wide. With a packed programme aimed at cleaning professionals, healthcare experts, hospital managers, infection prevention specialists, facility managers and industry leaders – this much anticipated event is a highlight on the professional cleaning industry calendar.
    Running alongside Interclean Amsterdam, a leading trade fair for cleaning and hyg
  • Koba signs first UK flex location

    Koba signs first UK flex location
    New flexible workspace company, Koba, is launching its first UK venture at 100 Barbirolli Square in Manchester.
    Koba has agreed a partnership lease on a 10-year term with AEW to design, fit-out and operate its inaugural circa 30,000 sq ft location at the flagship 100 Barbirolli Square office building in Manchester City Centre.
    The new flex site, to be known as Koba @ 100 Barbirolli Square, will operate on Levels 0 & 1 within the 200,000 sq ft, 10 storey Grade A office building whose transfor
  • Navigating the future of FM

    Navigating the future of FM
    By Richard Sykes, SVP and President, ABM UK and Ireland
    An ancient philosopher said that “the only constant in life is change”; that is truer today than ever before. The facilities management industry is responding to everything from technological advancements to evolving workplace dynamics; a plethora of changes which are influencing how we deliver our services. For me, there are three overarching considerations for the immediate and long-term, and the way businesses evolve and adju
  • Mitie donates £2m in Apprenticeship Levy gifting pledges

    Mitie donates £2m in Apprenticeship Levy gifting pledges
    Mitie has exceeded the £2 million milestone for its Apprenticeship Levy gifting pledges, which has enabled over 30 small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) and local community services across the UK to fund apprenticeship schemes for future talent.
    With less than three per cent of Levy-paying employers gifting Levy funding to SMEs, this makes Mitie one of just 580 companies investing unspent Levy funds to support their local communities.
    The facilities management and professional services
  • 2024 UKHA Summer Ball

    2024 UKHA Summer Ball
    The 2024 UKHA Summer Ball is taking place on Saturday 29th June in Scotland
  • New BESA specification will ‘revolutionise building air quality’

    New BESA specification will ‘revolutionise building air quality’
    A new specification for ventilation hygiene has been launched by the Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) as part of its ongoing efforts to minimise the risk posed by contaminated indoor air to human health and wellbeing.
    BESA has also updated two of its air hygiene training courses to ensure delivery against the new specification and improve safety standards in buildings. The courses are designed so that contractors can advise their clients about ventilation cleanliness to
  • SBTi approval for Churchill’s near-term science-based targets

    SBTi approval for Churchill’s near-term science-based targets
    Churchill Group’s science-based greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions near-term reduction targets have been validated by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi).
    The SBTi’s target validation team has determined that Churchill Group’s 1 and 2 scope emission targets align with the 1.5°C Business Ambition trajectory. Churchill Group first formally committed to developing a science-based target aligned with the SBTi criteria in 2021.
    The SBTi is a corporate climate action organisa
  • Dalkia UK recognised at RoSPA Health and Safety Awards

    Dalkia UK recognised at RoSPA Health and Safety Awards
    EDF Group subsidiary, Dalkia UK, has been recognised by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) in its 2024 Health and Safety Awards.
    Teams across the business received the following Awards; Presidents, Highly Commended and Gold, demonstrating the company’s commitment to health and safety in the workplace.
    The RoSPA Awards are the UK’s largest and most impactful. With almost 2,000 entries annually from over 50 countries, impacting over seven million employees, they
  • Ecover launches laundry capsules

    Ecover launches laundry capsules
    Ecover, washing and cleaning product pioneer, has unveiled Ecover Laundry Capsules.
  • Truvox International partners with i-Team Professional to bring imop Lite and i-scrub 21B to the UK

    Truvox International partners with i-Team Professional to bring imop Lite and i-scrub 21B to the UK
    Hedge End, Southampton-based Truvox International has signed an agreement with Eindhoven, The Netherlands-based i-Team Professional to bring two of its products to the UK cleaning and FM market under the Truvox brand.
    Joining the existing Truvox line-up are imop Lite and the i-scrub 21B cordless power scrubber.
    “i-Team Professional BV has entered into an OEM partnership with Truvox International, a subsidiary of Tacony Corporation, headquartered in Southampton, UK,” says i-Team Profe
  • Wages and Olympics bring doubt

    French cleaning firms face uncertainty in 2024 as wages rise and the Olympic Games take place there. Christian Bouzols tells us more.The year 2023 was an active but quite varied one for French cleaning companies and their clients. The economic background encouraged a high number of takeovers among companies large and small.According to Patrick Klug, managing director of Entreprises et Décisions, a financial planner based in Paris, “the cleaning market is in quite good shape although
  • CCS marks 10th anniversary having saved £3.8bn of taxpayers money in the last year alone

    CCS marks 10th anniversary having saved £3.8bn of taxpayers money in the last year alone
    The Government’s procurement department, the Crown Commercial Service (CCS) has saved over £3.8 billion of taxpayer money in the last year alone, as the agency celebrates its 10th anniversary this year.CCS centralises government procurement, allowing thousands of public sector organisations to procure services quicker and easier, whilst saving taxpayers substantial sums of money each year.
    Over 21,000 public sector organisations are now supported through the central system, includin
  • Excel Dryer pioneers blueprint for healthy and sustainable workplaces of the future

    Excel Dryer pioneers blueprint for healthy and sustainable workplaces of the future
    Excel Dryer, a global leader in touchless hand hygiene solutions, recently unveiled a comprehensive office expansion and renovation project. This initiative, rooted in the company’s mission to lead through innovation, aimed to merge beauty, health, wellness and sustainability into its workplace. The project’s insights and methodologies are set to educate through a unique continuing education unit (CEU) course, offered by Architectural Record magazine in its Continuing Education Cente
  • Chicopee to take Interclean visitors on a journey of sustainable cleaning

    Chicopee to take Interclean visitors on a journey of sustainable cleaning
    Chicopee, a pioneer in sustainable wiping solutions, will underscore its commitment to innovation and environmental leadership at this year’s Interclean, held on 14–17 May at RAI Amsterdam.
    With over four decades of experience in developing wiping solutions across the healthcare, hygiene, food and industrial sectors, Chicopee continues to lead the way towards greener cleaning practices.
    Taking centre stage on Chicopee’s stand 01.505 is the latest addition to its product portfol
  • Mats Broman to succeed Gary Watkins as CEO of SWG

    Mats Broman to succeed Gary Watkins as CEO of SWG
    Mats Broman
    Gary Watkins, Group CEO of facilities, property, and workplace management software provider, Service Works Global (SWG) has decided to step down on 1 May 2024, following which Mats Broman, currently Head of SWG Nordic, will take over the role as CEO of SWG.
    Watkins, who will continue to lead Service Works International’s (SWI) operation in the Middle East, founded SWG 30 years ago and since it was acquired by Addnode Group in 2017, he and his team have grown the company th
  • Administration transformation

    Administration transformation
    Roger Marks, Managing Director at Aeromark says it is time to ditch the manual processes and digitally transform your back-office processes
    It’s surprising how many organisations still carry out their commercial processes manually, using multiple spread sheets and out-dated disparate systems that often fail to provide all the information they need.Gathering all the evidence to prove an invoice is accurate, for example, can require an enormous amount of unnecessary to-ing and fro-ing with l
  • GPA appoints Gleeds as a key strategic partner

    GPA appoints Gleeds as a key strategic partner
    The Government Property Agency (GPA) has appointed international property and construction consultancy, Gleeds, as a strategic partner to provide professional services for its Capital Programmes.
    The new contract, which is for an initial four-year term, with up to three-year extension options covers project management and cost management services for the Government Hubs and Whitehall Campus Programmes as well as a variety of client funded projects. Gleeds will work collaboratively with the
  • Keysource acquires data centre solutions provider 2bm

    Keysource acquires data centre solutions provider 2bm
    Keysource Group, a global specialist in sustainable data centre solutions and strategic advisory services, has acquired Nottingham-based data centre and critical environment firm, 2bm Limited.
    With over 20 years of experience, 2bm has established itself as a trusted expert in the industry, offering cutting-edge solutions tailored to the unique needs of its clients.The acquisition of 2bm broadens Keysource Group’s service offering and strengthens its position in the continually growing data

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