• Jaguar takes Belgrave House deal

    Jaguar takes Belgrave House deal
    Jaguar Building Services has secured a hard services contract at Belgrave House, SW1, following a competitive tender process.
    The prestigious building located on Buckingham Palace Road provides 270,000 square feet of office space over six floors and has a unique open terrace and winter garden on the fifth floor.
    Commenting on the contract award, Luke Poole, Account Manager at Jaguar said: “We are delighted to be partnering with BNP Paribas at Belgrave House. This will be an exciting o
  • SFMI white paper outlines sustainable ambition for the FM sector

    SFMI white paper outlines sustainable ambition for the FM sector
    The Sustainable Facilities Management Index (SFMI) has published a new white paper which provides FM organisations with a framework that can help propel them to leading sustainability status.
    The document titled, ‘Sustainable Ambition for the FM Sector’, outlines the current challenges and opportunities for FM service providers during a period of massive social and political turmoil. It aims to provide the FM sector with the building blocks to transform environmental, social and gove
  • Wates FM celebrates first year success

    Wates FM celebrates first year success
    Wates FM has announced a successful first year as part of Wates Property Services, having secured seven new contract wins and six extensions in the 12 months to July 2020. The facilities management arm of Wates Group says it has also “defied disruptions arising from the pandemic to maintain high levels of productivity and provide a market-leading example of how to return to work safely after lockdown”. Its deep cleaning services have been cited as “exemplar best practice&r
  • Compass signs Race at Work Charter

    Compass signs Race at Work Charter
    Compass Group UK & Ireland has signed up to the Race at Work Charter, in partnership with Business in the Community (BITC).
    The Race at Work Charter is designed to foster a commitment to improving outcomes of black, Asian and minority ethnic BAME employees in the workplace across the UK.
    It consists of five principles to ensure organisations address the barriers to BAME recruitment and progression. Organisations that sign up to the charter are committing to:Appointing an Executive
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  • Supporting businesses reassure employees during the return to work post Covid-19

    Supporting businesses reassure employees during the return to work post Covid-19
    As a Crown Commercial Supplier supporting the government’s fight against all manner of pathogens including Covid-19, facilities managers can rest assured CryoGen will deliver the levels of service quality expected by the UK government.
    Whether your business requires a deep clean of an office, an open workspace, a stringent clean of public areas, or process lines, using the latest disinfection spray and dry ice blasting technology, CryoGen will deliver a comprehensive solution.
    More than ev
  • InnuScience urges cleaning and FM sectors to practice ‘Justified Disinfection’ post-lockdown

    InnuScience urges cleaning and FM sectors to practice ‘Justified Disinfection’  post-lockdown
    InnuScience, a global leader in commercial cleaning systems based on biotechnology, is urging the cleaning and FM sectors to adopt high levels of hygiene with an emphasis on effective cleaning using high performing detergents rather than an over reliance of disinfectants that do not clean and risk negative impact for the environment.
    The biotech company with a vision to change the way the world cleans is advocating a cleaning regime called ‘Justified Disinfection’ which encourages d
  • Webinar – FM and the future of the workplace

    Webinar – FM and the future of the workplace
    On 25 June, FMJ Editor, Sara Bean, was joined by a panel of industry experts to discuss the impact of Covid-19 on the workplace and the new normal for operations.
    The 60-minute roundtable hosted by leading outsourced communications provider, Moneypenny, invited Head of Operations, Ceri Henfrey, to discuss how Moneypenny has supported business continuity since the outbreak as well as reveal their return-to-work strategy.
    Joining them to discuss how they’ve organised their communications to
  • COVID-19 update: Axis launches ‘back-to-work’ campaign

    COVID-19 update: Axis launches ‘back-to-work’ campaign
    As lockdown measures ease and businesses start to return to work, Axis Cleaning and Support Services has launched a ‘back-to-work’ campaign to support its customers in safely returning to work premises.Central to the campaign is the COVID-19 deep cleaning service, a thorough cleaning process designed to help Axis clients give their employees and customers robust reassurance that every measure has been taken to remove any potential traces of the virus from their premises.Simon Giles,
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  • Refinishing flooring surfaces reduces carbon footprint, says report

    Refinishing hardwood and resilient floors is more sustainable for the environment than replacing the flooring surfaces, according to a new report in Sweden.The study, which was carried out by the IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute with input from Bona, states a 78 per cent carbon footprint reduction when refinishing rather than replacing wood floorsRefinishing resilient floor surfaces can offer up to 92 per cent reduction in carbon footprint versus replacing, it says.The researchers al
  • Salisbury rebrands for next stage of growth

    Salisbury rebrands for next stage of growth
    Facilities services company, Salisbury Group, has unveiled a new branding for the next stage of its growth story. The modern and fresh rebrand nods to Salisbury’s position as an increasingly prominent player with a growing number of high profile clients.
    The new cube-shaped logo showcases the company’s warm and friendly personality, while recalling the strong, solid blocks of the buildings and facilities it services. The new strapline – We take it personally – reflects Sa
  • CCS FM Marketplace goes live online

    CCS FM Marketplace goes live online
    The Crown Commercial Service (CCS) has opened an online portal enabling buyers from both central government and the wider public sector to purchase a range of FM services, from maintenance and cleaning to security and catering.
    The portal has been developed to provide a simplified procurement route to save customers time and allow them to focus on the priorities that matter most to their organisation.
    Users of the portal can benefit from:a compliant route to market for both further competition a
  • CBRE joins Buy Social Corporate Challenge

    CBRE joins Buy Social Corporate Challenge
    CBRE Global Workplace Solutions (GWS) has committed to engaging with more social enterprises by joining the Buy Social Corporate Challenge, a ground-breaking initiative led by Social Enterprise UK (SEUK).
    CBRE and a selection of other high-profile businesses have committed to contributing to the overall target of collectively spending £1 billion with social enterprise suppliers.
    Social enterprises are businesses which use their profits to help tackle pressing social or environmental i
  • AM Services names new ops director

    AM Services names new ops director
    North West-based AM Services Group has appointed Neil Cooper to take on the role of Operations Director.
    Cooper has held senior operations management positions in Mitie’s Gather & Gather, where he was involved in the launch of the 2013 rebrand and the roll out of the cultural change programme for the corporate catering ‘challenger’, and in Booths and Compass. Having worked in hospitality since the age of 16, he has “extensive experience of understanding what makes cus
  • Cleanology issues uniforms made from plastic bottles

    Cleanology issues uniforms made from plastic bottles
    Cleanology is saving 7000 plastic bottles a year from landfill by kitting out staff in uniforms made from recycled plastic.
    CEO Dominic Ponniah said: “We are extremely proud to be the first to introduce recycled uniforms within our industry. This is just the latest drive to make Cleanology a truly sustainable business. We already operate an electric fleet, and tackle portion control with our chemical-free sachets. Buying recycled, in the form of recycled uniforms, helps to close the loop e
  • Please wash, and dry, your hands

    VSR’s John Griep on how crucial hand hygiene is.Although everyone has an opinion about the measures to be taken to combat Coronavirus, luckily there is one body in the Netherlands offering clear guidelines: the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM). Staff at this independent government body are working overtime to keep citizens, mayors, hospital directors and the cleaning industry informed of developments.The VSR is also following its coverage closely. I frequentl
  • FSI and FMJ webinar: Meeting the new building reality

    FSI and FMJ webinar: Meeting the new building reality
    As lockdown rules slowly start to ease, FM’s key role is to assure stakeholders, from operatives to occupants, that their buildings are being safely managed.
    To do this, they must undertake comprehensive strategy planning to prepare buildings for reoccupation, to ensure their buildings are ready for any inspections and compliance checks, whilst remaining as agile as possible to react to ongoing Government guidelines.
    Join us for a Webinar on 9th July at 11am where Sara Bean, Editor of FMJ,
  • Leaving lockdown with purpose

    Leaving lockdown with purpose
    Blog from Rory Murphy, Commercial Director, VINCI Facilities
    Almost eight weeks to the day since my last blog and we seem to be taking pigeon steps out of lockdown. The delicate balancing act of public health versus economic wellbeing means that the stay at home message has been loosened and a version of normal life, albeit very slowly, is beginning to return.
    Before writing anything of substance though this month I must take a moment to thank every member of the FM family throughout the UK tha
  • Over six in 10 businesses finding it difficult to obtain RPE

    Over six in 10 businesses finding it difficult to obtain RPE
    Image CC credit: Jernej Furman – flickr
    Over six in 10 engineering services businesses (63 per cent) are having “sustained difficulty” in obtaining suitable face masks (FFP3) for use on site, according to the results of a new survey from ECA, BESA, SELECT, SNIPEF, LEIA and the CICV Forum.
    Of these businesses struggling to obtain FFP3 masks, 15 per cent said their situation was “impossible’” and 36 per cent said it was “highly challenging”.
    Addition
  • COVID-19 anxiety changing commuter travel habits

    COVID-19 anxiety changing commuter travel habits
    New research by London-based premium managed car service, Addison Lee, has found six out of 10 London commuters will change the way they travel when the return to work begins with COVID-19 safety concerns changing transport demand patterns.
    In a survey of 1,000 commuters across the capital’s 32 boroughs, 56 per cent of commuters who travel into London said that they plan to do their journey to work differently, with many already clear about changes they’ll make:55 per cent plan to ch
  • NG Bailey wins M&E deal at West Yorkshire Combined Authority HQ

    NG Bailey wins M&E deal at West Yorkshire Combined Authority HQ
    NG Bailey has secured a £2.3 million deal to deliver the installation of new mechanical and electrical (M&E) services in the refurbishment of Wellington House in Leeds city centre, the headquarters of the West Yorkshire Combined Authority.
    A team from NG Bailey’s Engineering Division will be working with Principal Contractor Willmott Dixon Interiors to fully refurbish the five-storey office block, including the roof and basement, during the year-long project which is set to start
  • myPRO XL launched

    myPRO XL launched
    Electrolux Professional has unveiled its latest laundry solution for small business with high laundry load demands up to 12kg, the myPROXL range of washers and dryers.Specifically designed for small businesses that require greater laundry capacity, such as holiday and caravan parks, as well as public sector organisations such as local authorities and housing associations, the myPROXL range offers a combination of small footprint and commercial quality. The most notable feature of the myPROXL is
  • BCC announces election of two new directors

    BCC announces election of two new directors
    Two new directors have been elected to the board of the British Cleaning Council (BCC). Delia Cannings (pictured left), national lead for education and training, the Association of Healthcare Cleaning Professionals (ahcp), and Kim Phillips (pictured right), chair of the Association of Building Cleaning Direct Service Providers (ABCD), both regularly represent their trade associations at the BCC.
    BCC chair, Paul Thrupp, said: “I warmly congratulate Delia and Kim on their election as directo
  • Is someone missing the point?

    Latest UK industry news from ECJ’s Lynn Webster.The announcement from the British government outlining new immigration rules has been met with serious concern among the sector’s associations. Under new post-Brexit rules starting next January, migrants will have to meet a number of criteria to qualify for a work visa, including specific skills and an ability to speak English. Under the new system foreign nationals applying to work in cleaning and facilities seem certain to fall well s
  • Clean smarter, not harder

    An event on digitalisation in the cleaning sector took place just before Denmark went into lockdown. This report from ECJ’s Danish reporter Lotte Printz.All 100 attendees were welcomed personally with a handshake when RENT Digitalt (Clean Digitally or Pure Digital, in translation), a one-day conference on digitalisation in the cleaning industry, opened in March. In itself a clear indicator the event took place in pre-Coronavirus lockdown times. But only just. The event beat – not COV
  • BCC names two new board directors

    BCC names two new board directors
    Delia Cannings of the ahcp and Kim Phillips of the ABCD have been elected to the board of the British Cleaning Council (BCC).
    Delia CanningsCannings, National Lead for Education & Training, the Association of Healthcare Cleaning Professionals (ahcp), Phillips, Chair of the Association of Building Cleaning Direct Service Providers (ABCD), both regularly represent their trade associations at the BCC. 
    Cannings has over 40 years’ experience with th
  • How much bacteria is there in your office?

    How much bacteria is there in your office?
    An unclean office doesn’t just make for an unpleasant working environment but can have serious ramifications on the health of all those spending time there. As the country prepares for a staggered return to work following the COVID-19 pandemic, issues of cleanliness and hygiene around the office are more important than ever.
    Offices are breeding grounds for bacteria. Without an extensive sanitisation and cleaning routine, illness can quickly spread. But which areas of the office are the wo
  • Foodbanks to benefit as FM business gets creative with charity challenge

    Foodbanks to benefit as FM business gets creative with charity challenge
    Workers at Robertson Facilities Management have been raising money for foodbanks across Bolton.
    Staff took part in the C2.6 charity challenge as a fundraising replacement for the London Marathon, which was cancelled due to the Covid-19 crisis.
    Participants were encouraged to tackle a challenge with ‘2.6’ at its heart – whether it was a 2.6mile walk, a 26km cycle, 26 consecutive cartwheels or even, in the case of one person, baking 26 Yorkshire puddings.
    In total, the activity r
  • Career Ladder talks to UK Workplace Manager at Amnesty International

    Career Ladder talks to UK Workplace Manager at Amnesty International
    Q: How did you progress in FM to your current role?I stumbled into the world of Facilities when I started working as Receptionist in a multi-tenanted building, a mix of commercial and office space. I quickly realised I wanted to pursue a career in it and I worked my up to Premises Manager.My next role, my longest, was for a charity who advise business on corporate responsibility. It was here where I learnt of the pivotal role Facilities plays in helping to shape the culture. I used my role to in
  • Research asseses the key reasons behind security officers’ susceptibility to Covid-19

    Research asseses the key reasons behind security officers’ susceptibility to Covid-19
    The Office for National Statistics published data in May which revealed that security officers have one of the highest death rates from Covid-19 – 45.7 deaths per 100,000 people.
    According to a new report commissioned by Corps Security from Perpetuity Research and Consultancy International, there are a number of factors that may be contributing to security officers having one of the highest  death rates of any occupation.
    The seven issues the research points to are:Low-paid occup
  • BCC elects two new directors

    BCC elects two new directors
    Delia Cannings of the ahcp and Kim Phillips of the ABCD have been elected to the board of the British Cleaning Council (BCC).
    Delia Cannings
    Cannings, National Lead for Education & Training, the Association of Healthcare Cleaning Professionals (ahcp), Phillips, Chair of the Association of Building Cleaning Direct Service Providers (ABCD), both regularly represent their trade associations at the BCC. Cannings has over 40 years’ experience with the cleaning
  • COVID-19 update: Facilities worldwide commit to GBAC STAR accreditation programme

    COVID-19 update: Facilities worldwide commit to GBAC STAR accreditation programme
    Organisations from more than 30 countries in America, Europe, Middle East, and Asia have committed to accredit their facilities to GBAC STAR in the programme’s first weeks. This accreditation establishes requirements to assist facilities with work practices, protocols, procedures, and systems to control risks associated with infectious agents, such as SARS-CoV-2, the virus responsible for COVID-19. The programme was launched by the Global Biorisk Advisory Council (GBAC), a division of ISSA
  • New DURABLE range of removable markings out now

    New DURABLE range of removable markings out now
    Keep a safe distance, observe hygiene rules: Modern Work Expert DURABLE releases new range of removable safety marking // Removable products for temporary use // Great sales potential for the trade in COVID 19 times
    Hairdressers, gyms, offices, restaurants, schools – currently all businesses have to meet distance and hygiene requirements.
    Modern Work expert DURABLE has therefore expanded its existing range to include removable labelling solutions that are suitable for temporary use, becaus
  • Metalline employ Origami to solve design issues

    Metalline employ Origami to solve design issues
    A series of stunning balconies finished in gold have added a touch of luxury to the recently completed “Residence” project, part of the Vauxhall Nine Elms regeneration plan in South London.
    Each balcony features a series of sophisticated aluminium soffits and fascia panels finished in gold anodised that provide a 3D symmetry to the balconies and building’s exterior. The external finish to these balconies was the brainchild of specialist metal architectural fabricator Metalline,
  • Marketing and Technology Summit to be held for cleaning and hygiene sector

    A new one-day event specifically for marketing professionals, senior leaders, owners and influencers in the cleaning, hygiene and FM industries is being launched in 2021.Organised by LaCerta, the Marketing and Technology Summit promises to be a full day of practical advice to help businesses develop their strategic marketing approach and adapt their skill set.The summit will feature a programme of speakers from various sectors - not just from within the cleaning business. Experts will be discuss
  • Cleaning industry bodies warn of profiteers cashing in on Coronavirus fears

    Cleaning sector trade bodies in the UK are warning the industry and the publicpublic to beware of possible profiteers cashing in on the Coronavirus situation.As lockdown lifts, organisations need to clean and keep clean offices, shops, and all other public spaces. Demand for certain cleaning and hygiene products - hand and hard surface sanitisers, gloves, disposable polythene aprons, non-woven wipes - continues to far outstrip supply.Unscrupulous profiteers are capitalising on the opportunity -
  • HSE warns against the use of KN95 facemasks

    HSE warns against the use of KN95 facemasks
    The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is warning against the use of KN95 facemasks as Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
    This follows a safety alert which was issued on 11 June 2020 urging all employers and suppliers not to purchase or use KN95 facemasks as PPE.
    KN95 is a performance rating that is broadly equivalent to the EU standard for FFP2 facemasks. Products manufactured to KN95 requirements rely on a self-declaration of compliance by the manufacturer. There is no independent certificati
  • Pest prevention is vital especially when buildings are empty

    Pest prevention is vital especially when buildings are empty
    There are reports that some businesses don’t envisage employees returning to their offices to work until early 2021 due to the risk of contracting COVID 19 and the difficulties of putting social distancing measures in place.
    This means there are many buildings that are being left empty, particularly in cities like London, and offices are becoming ‘playgrounds’ for mice and other pests.
    At the same time, these businesses and/or the premises owners will be looking at ways to redu
  • Eric Wright FM strengthens team with key director hires

    Eric Wright FM strengthens team with key director hires
    Eric Wright Facilities Management (EWFM), one of seven businesses within the Eric Wright Group, has made appointments at director level as part of its on-going programme of investment.
    Drew Hird
    Drew Hird has been promoted to Professional Services Director having worked with the company for five years.
    John Cripps, who joined the company from Kier Group last November as Interim Director, takes on the permanent role of Operations Director.
    Cripps brings over 30 years’ board leadership exper
  • Returning to work: How to energise building sustainability targets

    Returning to work: How to energise building sustainability targets
    According to a recent survey 10 per cent of buildings have achieved over half (54 per cent) reduction in energy use since the lockdown. Once we get back to BAU how can organisations aim to reach their sustainability targets, especially if buildings are subject to social distancing measures?
    THE ENERGY SERVICES DIRECTOR’S VIEWSTUART DENTON-BROWN,ENERGY SERVICES DIRECTOR CORPORATE, ENGIEDuring the COVID-19 lockdown, many businesses have successfully transitioned to staff working from home an
  • UKGBC sets up task group to define social value

    UKGBC sets up task group to define social value
    The UK Green Building Council (UKGBC) has announced a new task group which will develop a definition of social value for the built environment sector.
    Despite growing interest, there is still significant confusion around social value in the context of the built environment. Planners, procurement teams and investors often don’t know what to require from delivery partners and sometimes set requirements in an inconsistent way. There are often calls for standardisation, particularly around th
  • Bartlett Mitchell launches contact-free workplace app

    Bartlett Mitchell launches contact-free workplace app
    Independent catering business, Bartlett Mitchell, has launched a a new contact-free food app enabling customers to order food straight to their desks and minimise the risk of transmitting coronavirus.
    Working in partnership with Dynamify, the ‘Pear Pay’ app offers innovative features such as allergen filtering, time slot reservations for restaurant access, and scheduled desk deliveries.
    The app allows customers to avoid queues through its preordering and mobile self-checkout function
  • Covid-19 safe training programme launches in the UK

    Covid-19 safe training programme launches in the UK
    An online employee training and business certification programme that is helping beat Covid-19 in Australia has been launched in the UK.
    Soul Safe has arrived in the United Kingdom from Australia to train, educate and certify thousands of UK businesses and their workforces in infection prevention and control, thereby boosting confidence amongst employees, customers and government as lockdown restrictions continue to ease.
    The online training company has been at the forefront of infection prevent
  • COVID-19 update: The tole of training and certification in the post-pandemic era

    COVID-19 update: The tole of training and certification in the post-pandemic era
    Neil Nixon speaks with Peter Tessa, global infection prevention expert, Diversey.With COVID-19 lockdown and quarantine measures slowly lifting across Europe, facilities are reopening to a new normal. Heightened expectations of cleanliness and hygiene are creating unique challenges for building service contractors (BSCs) and facility management companies.
    As a BSC or facility management company, training your staff to align new technology or service requirements with your existing cleaning practi
  • Prioritising pets

    Prioritising pets
    From traversing the aisles of retail outlets to sleeping soundly on the floors of local pubs and cafés, there is no denying the influx of furry, four-legged patrons in commercial environments. According to the PDSA, 49% of UK adults own a pet, which includes 8.9 million pet dogs*. As consumers, we are gravitating more towards businesses that cater to our canine companions and of course, more pets mean more vets…
    Selecting the most effective flooring surface is the foundation of de
  • Parry MWBT Mobile Basin

    Parry MWBT Mobile Basin
    The Parry Mobile Handwash Basin is ideal for maintaining vital handwashing in locations where water and waste services are not directly available. It is manufactured form high grade stainless steel, has a 2 years parts and labour warranty and is ideal for use in a variety of sectors including hospitals, care homes, schools, colleges, building sites, factories and office blocks.
    Fitted with a 13mp plug, the MWBT is supplied ready to fill and use straight from the box. Hygienic handwashing facilit
  • Hotel and B&B guests should brace themselves for bed bugs say experts

    Hotel and B&B guests should brace themselves for bed bugs say experts
    Hotel and B&B guests should brace themselves for starving and aggressive bed bugs which have been lying dormant in mattresses and bed frames for three months, according to experts.
    From July 4 (at the earliest), hotels, B&Bs and AirBnB hosts will once again be welcoming paying guests as we move into phase three of the lockdown exit plan.
    But while most punters will assume that their room has been lying empty for three months, there is a good chance that they’ve been permanently occ
  • New award recognises efforts in the fight against Covid-19

    New award recognises efforts in the fight against Covid-19
    The IWFM Impact Awards 2020 has created a new category in recognition of the work that workplace and facilities individuals have undertaken at the frontline of the nations effort to combat Covid-19 and protect the public.
    The Covid-19 Response Award acknowledges individuals or teams and the positive impact they have made in responding during these unprecedented times.
    The category is free to enter and multiple entries are allowed. The entry criteria period is between 1 March 2020 and 1 August 20
  • Blazing the trail

    Blazing the trail
    The Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers is taking on the mantle of applied learning, with its wholehearted support of the new Trailblazer apprenticeships. Angela Ringguth, Professional Development Consultant to CIBSE explains why
    In this strange new world, where building managers are having to grapple with a whole new series of challenges, the role of the building services engineer is coming into the spotlight. The training and expertise of the people who advise on ventilation
  • Mitie shows resilience in the face of Covid-19

    Mitie shows resilience in the face of Covid-19
    Alongside this morning’s announcement that Mitie has signed a sales and purchase agreement to acquire Interserve’s FM division, the outsourcing company has also published its full-year results for the year ended 31 March 2020 which reports that although the outbreak of Covid-19 has continued to impact Mitie’s performance through the start of FY 20/21, the business is “proving to be more resilient than initially expected” especially on the fixed contract element of t
  • POST-COVID: where sustainable FM makes cost sense

    POST-COVID: where sustainable FM makes cost sense
    Sustainable FM has never been more appropriate – not least because of its cost-savings.
    Post-Coronavirus: sanitising and cleaning are key priorities for building owners readying workspaces for re-occupation. So too, are security and protection.
    The requirement to get buildings virus-free and reinstate confidence in their users finds budget stretched by the commercial impact of the pandemic.
    Sustainable FM can deliver better value at a time many organisations need to look at reducing their

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