• Sodexo goes digital with Dynamify

    Sodexo goes digital with Dynamify
    Sodexo has partnered with food technology expert Dynamify to support the implementation of digital retail and hospitality across its sites in the UK.
    Covid-19 has significantly impacted people’s behaviours, particularly with regards to foodservice, retail and hospitality. Over the next 12-18 months the foodservice industry needs to change in order to provide consumers and clients with more flexible solutions, both to manage the post-Covid environment and to build future solutions.
    Dynamify
  • The BCC is ‘proud’ to support the Living Wage

    The BCC is ‘proud’ to support the Living Wage
    The British Cleaning Council (BCC) has renewed its commitment to being a Living Wage employer, encouraging member organisations to support the payment of the real Living Wage.
    This commitment should apply equally to directly employed staff and also to third party contracted staff.
    The real Living Wage is higher than the government’s minimum, or National Living Wage, and is an independently calculated hourly rate of pay that is based on the actual cost of living. It is currently £9.50
  • EMCOR UK awarded Sword of Honour by British Safety Council

    EMCOR UK awarded Sword of Honour by British Safety Council
    The provider of facilities, asset and workplace management services, was one of 66 organisations worldwide that achieved a Sword of Honour, which is awarded to companies which have demonstrated excellence in the management of health and safety risks at work.
    In order to be eligible for the Sword of Honour, EMCOR UK first had to achieve the maximum five stars in the British Safety Council’s health and safety management audit which concluded in February 2020. EMCOR UK also demonstrated to an
  • Sodexo’s Vital Spaces is the ‘perfect fit’ for Adidas deal

    Sodexo’s Vital Spaces is the ‘perfect fit’ for Adidas deal
    Sodexo has been appointed as the new workplace partner for sports brand Adidas based on its recently launched Vital Spaces suite of services.
    The multi-million-pound three-year contract which comes with the option to extend to five years covers four of Adidas’ sites within the UK.
    Commencing on 1 February Sodexo will deliver a range of services including food, cleaning, grounds maintenance, security, concierge, M&E, and helpdesk based on various elements of its Vital Spaces framew
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  • New engineering services alliance will be an ‘agent for positive change’

    New engineering services alliance will be an ‘agent for positive change’
    The UK engineering services sector is launching a major new industry alliance of eight organisations on 10 February.
    The new alliance says it will be an “agent for positive change” and  will support the delivery of a “safer, more productive and sustainable” UK built environment.
    The eight organisations bring a broad range of technical, practical and commercial expertise to focus on four strategically important themes – skills, building safety, carbon reduction
  • NEC and IWFM unveil first bespoke procurement suite for FM sector

    NEC and IWFM unveil first bespoke procurement suite for FM sector
    NEC, procurement contractor provider for the construction industry, has launched a new suite of contracts developed specifically for the facilities management industry, developed with the support of the Institute of Workplace and Facilities Management (IWFM).
    The new suite consists of four contracts, six user guides and two flow charts and is designed to cover most FM procurement and delivery strategies. These include ‘total FM’ / integrated services FM contracts, managing contr
  • White paper explores the power of data for cleaning service providers

    White paper explores the power of data for cleaning service providers
    Cleaning software specialist, Clenetix, has launched a new white paper - Data: Demonstrating the power of cleaning.
  • co-cre8 launches a unique range of sustainably-sourced infrastructure to promote recycling and reuse

    co-cre8 launches a unique range of sustainably-sourced infrastructure to promote recycling and reuse
    co-cre8, one of the UK’s leading practioners in creating and implementing circular systems, has launched an innovative range of British-designed and manufactured infrastructure that will enable retailers, hospitality and foodservice operators and businesses to recycle more, provide better hygiene and encourage greater adoption of reuse.
    The range of modular products includes beverage cup recycling bins, recycling stations, PPE disposal and hygiene stations and beverage reuse stations. Ther
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  • Cleaning - no longer invisible

    The pandemic has highlighted the role of cleaners more than ever, writes Christian Bouzols in France.The cleaning of company premises and public spaces has never seemed so important as today, according to Pascal Gahery, general manager of cleaning company Espace 72. This is because of the renewed expectations of clients who, since the pandemic, need their premises to be completely safe. This means in effect that the term “housekeeping” can be equated with that of “hygiene&rdquo
  • SafeGroup sees Spotless opportunity for growth

    SafeGroup sees Spotless opportunity for growth
    National soft FM and waste management specialist SafeGroup Services has expanded its network with the acquisition of Dorchester-based cleaning company Spotless Cleaning Solutions.
    The deal according to SafeGroup provides the business with an experienced and skilled team of cleaning professionals and a well-established set of clients, along with a new base to expand services in South-West England.
    Janet Nash, who established Spotless Cleaning Solutions in 2011, has been working with SafeGroup to
  • Balanced Food Co in Brakespear Park win

    Balanced Food Co in Brakespear Park win
    Breakspear Park in Hertfordshire has awarded The Balanced Food Co. a two-year contract to provide catering services across its multi-tenanted office site which stretches over 300,000 sq. ft., featuring four storeys of open space, with a central atrium.
    The deal will see The Balanced Food Co. provide an artisanal cafe, offering both full-service catering and grab and go options. Post lockdown, full restaurant service will commence for the building’s 1,300 inhabitants.
    The contract come
  • Engineered for success

    Engineered for success
    Between 20–30 per cent of all UK engineers are employed in FM, but the UK faces an engineering skills shortage. Sara Searle, Head of HR & Payroll and Julie Connell HR Generalist at Liebherr, explain how a long running National Apprentice Scheme is helping to address the skills shortfall
    Sean Maughan is the living embodiment of an apprenticeship success story. Now 27 years old, Maughan was 18 when he joined Liebherr-Great Britain as a Workshop Apprentice, having first completed his Leve
  • Expansion for Milton Keynes plumbing firm with the launch of FM sister company

    Expansion for Milton Keynes plumbing firm with the launch of FM sister company
    A Milton Keynes-based plumbing business is expanding with the launch of a facilities management sister company – Facilities Management Solutions.
    Plumbing and Gas Solutions, launched by Carl Yeomanson nearly 11 years ago has used the disruption of Covid to rethink and reshape his business and is pushing ahead with its expansion plans this month.
    The firm has already begun recruiting, bringing on new clients and says it is confident it will hit at least a £500,000 turnover by the end
  • Sixth year of consecutive growth for Pareto FM

    Sixth year of consecutive growth for Pareto FM
    Pareto FM has reported its annual turnover has risen for the sixth consecutive year despite seven months of trading being impacted by Covid-19.
    Figures published for the year ending September 2020 show a 15 per cent growth in turnover to £16.2 million, with the facilities and engineering services provider on course to grow by a further 25 per cent next year.
    This achievement builds on the 55 per cent growth the company accomplished the previous year ending September 2019.
    According to the
  • SafeGroup acquires Spotless Cleaning Solutions

    SafeGroup acquires Spotless Cleaning Solutions
    National soft FM and waste management specialist, SafeGroup Services, has acquired Dorchester-based cleaning company Spotless Cleaning Solutions.
    The deal, according to SafeGroup will provide the business with an experienced and skilled team of cleaning professionals and a well-established set of clients, along with a new base to expand services in South-West England.
    SafeGroup Managing Director Mike Drake  said: “We’re delighted to have acquired Spotless Cleaning Solutions, whi
  • Stereze workspace cleaners and hand sanitisers launched

    Stereze workspace cleaners and hand sanitisers launched
    MicroCare LLC has announced the launch of a new product line - Stereze workspace cleaners and hand sanitisers - to support the fight against Coronavirus.
  • Platinum Facilities wins M&E deal with Legal & General Investment Management

    Platinum Facilities wins M&E deal with Legal & General Investment Management
    The technology led hard FM service provider, has been appointed by Bellrock and Legal & General Investment Management (LGIM) to provide mechanical and electrical maintenance services for a London portfolio of 20 properties across the LGIM estate.
    The three-year contract includes The Aircraft Factory Hammersmith, 55 Strand and 120 Aldersgate Street.
    Commenting on the contract award, Glen Cardinal, Managing Director Platinum Facilities said: “We are delighted to have been awarded the har
  • Altipeak go for gold with Condair

    Altipeak go for gold with Condair
    Altitude training specialist, Altipeak, has selected Condair humidifiers to control the humidity in their innovative new Altipeak Mobile Altitude Pod. The six-man, environmentally controlled training chamber can simulate any climate worldwide, enabling athletes to train under the atmospheric conditions they will ultimately be competing in.
    Noel O’Brien, founder and CEO of Altipeak International Holdings Ltd, commented, “The Altipeak Mobile Altitude Pod was initially designed to assis
  • Regular, effective cleaning key

    In the current pandemic, fear can lead to bad advice when it comes to hygiene, writes VSR’s John Griep.Cleaning and disinfection are not the same. Disinfection is about killing or inactivating microorganisms, thus reducing the number of microorganisms to an acceptable level. Cleaning is about removing dirt and the microorganisms it contains.Disinfection is what we do after cleaning, in the food industry, care homes and hospitals and in cleanrooms. Cleaning alone is what we do in all other
  • BICSc announces imminent launch of NHS compliant cleaning skills

    BICSc announces imminent launch of NHS compliant cleaning skills
    The British Institute of Cleaning Science (BICSc) has announced the imminent launch of a selection of NHS compliant cleaning skills, which have been adapted from the long-established Cleaning Professional’s Skills Suite.
    The selected skills will be compliant with both PAS 5748:2014, and the draft ‘NHS National standards of healthcare cleanliness manual’.
    The Cleaning Professional’s Skills Suite now has over 40 skills, each providing a methodology behind the task, from the
  • Foodservice trends accelerated by Covid-19 set to continue post-pandemic

    Foodservice trends accelerated by Covid-19 set to continue post-pandemic
    The effects of Covid-19 have caused an acceleration in foodservice trends which are set to continue long after the pandemic has been brought under control, according to a new report.
    ‘Foodservice Trends 2021 and Beyond’ points to some of the new and innovative ways in which operators have reached their customer base, and examines how the challenges of the pandemic have offered the opportunity to refocus portfolios and search out new revenue streams – many of which will continue
  • GRAHAM extends water hygiene deal

    GRAHAM extends water hygiene deal
    Northern Ireland’s South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust (SEHSCT) has awarded facilities management contractor, GRAHAM, a three-year contract extension for the delivery of legionella treatment and risk management services.
    The SEHSCT is one of five Trusts within Northern Ireland and covers the local government districts of Ards, North Down, Down and Lisburn. The integrated organisation, incorporating acute hospital services, community health and social services, serves a population of
  • Workplace Ergonomics Survey 2021

    Workplace Ergonomics Survey 2021
    Leading ergonomics specialist, DURABLE, is conducting research in partnership with FMJ to gain insights into how FMs approach ergonomics at home to equal that of the workplace.
    What began as a short-term response in March 2020 has morphed into a way of life for office staff who continue to work from home. Businesses had to act quickly to adapt to flexible working and consider their employee’s ergonomic needs in these new working environments.
    In this short questionnaire we would like to es
  • IWBI, ISSA and GBAC align to deliver streamlined COVID-19 solutions

    IWBI, ISSA and GBAC align to deliver streamlined COVID-19 solutions
    The International WELL Building Institute (IWBI) and the Global Biorisk Advisory Council (GBAC), a division of ISSA, has announced a joint strategic initiative to accelerate the uptake of best practices that strengthen the role of buildings in the fight against COVID-19 and other infections.
  • C.K launches cutting edge power tool accessories

    C.K launches cutting edge power tool accessories
    Renowned for high quality power tool accessories, C.K offers everything trade professionals need to power through jobs quickly and efficiently. With that in mind, C.K has enhanced its range with innovative new products, including three new Multitool Blade Sets; a new 40mm HSS Cobalt Sheet Steel Hole Saw; and a Glass and Ceramic Drill Bit Set of 5, all designed to consistently achieve the best results.
    The three C.K Multitool Blade Sets, all feature bi-metal blades and include: The C.K Multitool
  • Coming up: A Licence to Clean

    ECJ’S Lotte Printz reports on a new digital training programme for the Swedish cleaning industry.Cleaning isn’t just cleaning! It has become increasingly recognised that cleaners too must receive education and training to ensure they are competent in their roles. Still, in Sweden two experienced ladies in each of their fields have seen a need within the cleaning industry for more people to master the skill of cleaning professionally. And to learn how to do so in a flexible manner, at
  • Ideagen chooses Velway for TFM services

    Ideagen chooses Velway for TFM services
    Property management and compliance company, Velway, has been appointed by software firm Ideagen to provide total facilities management (TFM) services at its new 28,000 sq ft operational headquarters in Nottingham.
    Velway will be providing a bespoke service that has been built around the needs of Ideagen. Working closely with Ideagen’s COO, Barnaby Kent, Velway successfully proposed a TFM contract using its integrated property management systems and will be providing a personable service ba
  • Ecocleen strengthens team with new appointments to drive national growth

    Ecocleen strengthens team with new appointments to drive national growth
    Commercial contract cleaning provider, Ecocleen, has announced two new appointments to its team to spearhead its ambitious growth plans. Sarah Fear has been appointed as the company’s new Business Development Manager, with Nicholas Calderwood joining the team as Bid Writer.
    Bringing a sound and solid background within the service sector specialising in national accounts, Fear joins Ecocleen from Citron Hygiene, where she was responsible for identifying prospect national account opportuniti
  • Office fit-out and design specialist bolsters workplace strategy offering

    Office fit-out and design specialist bolsters workplace strategy offering
    Workplace design and build specialist, Peldon Rose, is investing in an in-house strategy team to provide clients with bespoke, evidence-based consultancy, to help them derive value from their real estate decisions.
    The Workplace Strategy team will work closely with business leaders to gain a thorough understanding of business objectives, current performance, and business aspirations to develop bespoke evidence-based design and occupational strategies.
    This includes a comprehensive analysis
  • Ex-Carillion directors face legal bans

    Ex-Carillion directors face legal bans
    The Insolvency Service, acting for the new business secretary, Kwasi Kwarteng, has applied to the High Court for director disqualification orders against eight directors and former directors of Carillion, which could see them banned from holding board positions for up to 15 years.
    Carillion plc was wound up by the court exactly three years ago today (15 January 2018) and the Official Receiver was appointed as the Liquidator. The Official Receiver has a duty to investigate the causes of the failu

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