2018

In Focus

Visualizing Workplace Utilization Data

Vantage Space is prototyping an augmented reality analysis platform for workplace utilization and occupancy studies. Augmented Reality is the overlaying of digital images onto a real world view in real time through a camera of an electronic device.

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Acquisition of Aktrion Group

Servest has acquired the Aktrion Group, a specialist in the provision of bespoke manufacturing support services, to further its growth and diversification strategy. The acquisition now sees the Group’s annual turnover increase to in excess of £1 b...

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2018 German Design Award

SLENTITE®, the high-performance insulating material from BASF based on PU aerogel, has received the 2018 German Design Award ("Building and Elements" category) from the Design Council for excellent design.

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Scottish Canals Contract for Servest

Servest has won a building services contract from Scottish Canals following a competitive tender. Scottish Canals is the public corporation of the Scottish Government responsible for managing the country's inland waterways.

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Update on Health FM Acquisition

Further to the announcement on 13 December 2017, Serco Group plc has provided an update on its planned acquisition of a portfolio of selected UK health facilities management contracts from certain subsidiaries of Carillion plc.

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Intelligent Parking Award Nomination

Cheshire West and Chester Council’s new concessionary parking system which was designed and installed by WPS, has been nominated for the "Intelligent Parking Award" at the British Parking Awards.

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Paper Logbooks and EU GDPR Compliance

Visitor management specialist Proxyclick is urging organisations to consider digital alternatives to visitor books, in light of The European Union's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) which comes into effect on 25 May.

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Poison-resistant Rats Spark Trade Body Warning

The British Pest Control Association (BPCA) is highlighting the importance of expert pest control after a report revealed a new generation of rats carrying a genetic mutation which makes them resistant to conventional poison.

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Groundforce Spanish Airports Contract for Interserve

International support services and construction group, Interserve, has won a facilities services contract worth over £10 million with Globalia’s handling division – Groundforce - to provide aircraft cleaning services for planes across multiple air...

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Luxonic Becomes Lighting Industry Academy Ambassador

For over 30 years, Luxonic’s passion for developing and manufacturing energy efficient equipment has seen the company deliver a portfolio of lighting products to some of the world’s most innovative businesses - and earn its accolade as one of the ...

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PACOM 8003 Achieves BS8243 PD662-2017 Compliance

PACOM Systems, part of leading provider of security and access control solutions STANLEY Product & Technology, has announced its PACOM 8003 intelligent security control panel has achieved BS8243 PD662-2017 approval.

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Securing the Future

The Odyssey Complex, a premier entertainment venue in Belfast that plays host to many of the city’s high-profile concerts, exhibitions and sporting events, has installed a future-proofed IP security solution that ensures its 1,000,000 visitors eac...

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Senior Hires for Mitie Ireland

Mitie Ireland today announces that it has appointed Gareth Fanning as Business Development Director and Stephen Connolly as People Director. These appointments further bolster the breadth of experience in Mitie’s Executive Team in Ireland.

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Reconsidering the Workplace Dynamic

Adam Kingl, Executive Director of Thought Leadership, Executive Education, for London Business School, recently joined Speakers Corner for the fifth and final instalment of their “In Conversation With…” video series, in which business leaders and ...

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Inaugural UKAA Trade Show Expo

Dominic Martin, Operations Director at Atlas Residential and Chair of the UK Apartment Association (UKAA)'s Policy Committee, shares his thoughts on the association's first Trade Show Expo which took place yesterday on 6 February.

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Enterprise ISMS Technology Receives UK CPNI Approval

Intergrated Security Manufacturing (ISM) has received formal notification from the Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure (CPNI) that its Genesys integrated security management system (ISMS) has met the CPNI standard for CAPSS.

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Global Award for Serco Street Cleaner

A Serco street-cleaning supervisor working on our environmental services contract with Hammersmith and Fulham Council has been recognised by the company with a global award after he developed an innovative app in his own spare time which helps to ...

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Sector First for EMCOR UK

EMCOR UK announces it has recently become the facilities management sector's first Leesman® consulting partner and will offer clients the Leesman standardised benchmarking survey for assessing how the entire workplace experience is supporting occu...

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Ombudsman Services Withdraws ADR

Ombudsman Services has announced it will no longer be offering alternative dispute resolution (ADR) services in the UK, with regard to building surveyors, managing agents, estate agents and letting agents, and their services, from 6 August 2018.

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Bringing Life and Character to the Southbank

Signbox has printed and installed 39 graphic artworks at new Cardinia Real Estate UK properties in London. Previously home to RBS, the two adjacent buildings on the Southbank now house a leading marketing communications firm and needed an injectio...

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"Women Who Inspire" Awards

Bartlett Mitchell has launched the ‘Women Who Inspire’ awards to commemorate the centenary of female enfranchisement in the United Kingdom.

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Thames Valley SME of the Year

Workplace specialists and relocation firm, Active, has been awarded ‘SME of the Year’ at the prestigious Thames Valley Business and Community Awards.

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New CEO for UK Security Company

First Response Group (FRG) has announced the appointment of Simon Alderson as its CEO. Simon will implement the multiservice and security provider's partnership business plan and rebrand the group to "FRG".

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Colour Zones Key to Workplace Performance

Using specific colours in discrete ‘zones’ around the workplace can increase productivity, according to top colour psychologists and design consultants interviewed by office fit-out specialist Dale Office Interiors who said choosing the right shad...

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Celebrating a Decade

2018 marks the 10th anniversary of the expansion of Icicle Creek Center for the Arts and the breath-taking Canyon Wren Recital Hall—a redevelopment project that transformed the site into a Pacific Northwest (PNW) destination in western North Ameri...

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Bryn Williams at Somerset House

Celebrated Welsh chef Bryn Williams is set to open his first London restaurant in a decade within renowned arts and cultural centre, Somerset House.

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Accelerating Vega Global's Expansion

Vega Global have launched several strategic initiatives to expand and accelerate their international business. These include updates to their platform to improve global business operations, service offerings, and the expansion of its global sales ...

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EFI Launches 3D Garments Design Illustrator

EFI Optitex has launched the 3D Design Illustrator, a plug-in tool allowing designers the freedom to validate and customize 3D garments in Adobe® Illustrator®. The new 3D Design Illustrator was announced at the 19th annual EFI Connect users’ confe...

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Fuelling House Building

Aggregate Industries, a leading player in the UK construction and infrastructure industries, found what it was looking for on the internet to supply the Bardon Hill quarry with the fuel improvements it needed.

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Workwear and PPE Contract

SAFPRO has secured a contract to supply workwear and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to the plant equipment hire Speedy Hire's entire UK workforce of more than 4,000 employees.

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Stop Seasonal Basement Flooding

Rough winters can mean excessive ice jams, snow melt and rain. Prevent basement flooding and messy floors...with the Flood-Guard™ from General Pipe Cleaners!

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Walk Friendly Accreditation

Thorpe Park Leeds has become the first business park in West Yorkshire to achieve an official ‘Walk Friendly Workplace’ accreditation. It was presented through CityConnect Walking, a joint initiative with UK Charity Living Streets which supports ...

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Warwick Quadruples Mersive Solstice Installation

Mersive Technologies announces that the University of Warwick in England has expanded its deployment of Solstice Pods to over 90 units, in its Oculus Building and in a variety of learning and conference spaces across the campus.

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Are You Ready for Data Privacy Day?

3M shares advice with organisations in the United Kingdom on how to make printed or on-screen information less visible to onlookers, ahead of Data Privacy Day on Sunday 28 January (which will also be known as "Data Protection Day" in Europe).

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Two-thirds of UK Businesses Hoard Paperwork

UK businesses could be putting themselves at risk of document loss due to the mismanagement of vital business paperwork, with many lacking any document management strategy and leaving themselves open to serious threats including GDPR fines.

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Utrecht Opening for Savills

Savills has today announced that it will be opening a second Dutch office, in Utrecht, to support the rapid growth of the business in this region as the Netherlands consolidates its position as one of Europe’s most popular real estate markets.

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Working with Footcandles

Although the Footcandle is the most common unit of measurement used by lighting professionals in the United States, The Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IES) makes specific recommendations for different building application which...

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Seeking Specialist Agents

UK-based Total Facilities Management (TFM) company SSiFM are excited to announce the launch of their latest project, Conforta, which aims to grow the company’s resource pool within the West Midlands by encouraging businesses across a wide variety ...

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5-Year Food & Beverages IFM Contract

ISS has entered into a five-year partnership with a large international production company in the food & beverage segment. The partnership covers Integrated Facility Services at offices, warehouses and production facilities in 20 countries across ...

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Results of Public Spaces Survey

3M has announced the results of its Public Spaces Survey, underlining concerns and risks around mobile working and ‘visual hacking’: in other words, being able to view sensitive or confidential data on someone’s laptop, tablet or phone.

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Haggling Over House Prices

A survey has revealed that first-time buyers in the North East of England and Wales knock the biggest values from the asking prices of their properties, whilst those in London and Scotland are more likely to pay the asking price or higher.

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Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh - The Caledonian Sale

JLL and HVS Hodges Ward Elliott have jointly advised on the sale of the Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh – The Caledonian to an offshore investor in the largest single asset hotel to trade in the regional UK market over the past 12 months.

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New Mexican Manufacturing Facility

AkzoNobel Specialty Chemicals is investing more than €12 million to expand production capacity and upgrade its organic peroxides facility in Los Reyes, Mexico. Organic peroxides are essential ingredients in the manufacturing of a wide range of pol...

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Pioneering Cloud-Based Work Management

Property management specialist ECO Integrated Property Solutions has developed a cutting edge work management system thought to be the first of its kind used by a property service company in the UK.

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London Luton Airport Contract

Incentive FM Consultancy, part of Incentive FM Group, has been chosen to help further improve the standard of cleanliness at London Luton Airport (LLA).

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Aramark Top 50 Company for Diversity

Aramark has again been named one of the top 50 companies for diversity in the United States by BLACK ENTERPRISE for its professional inclusion of people from all races and demographics.

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Beat the Carillion Blues

Today marks the most depressing day of the year, supposedly. With the combination of the darkest, coldest and often wettest days of the year, alongside the post-Christmas blues, the majority of the nation is also worn out, strapped for cash and ba...

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Carillion Goes into Liquidation

In a statement to the London Stock Exchange, Carillion's board has confirmed that one of Britain's biggest construction and support service firms has entered into compulsory liquidation.

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Carillion on Verge of Collapse

Carillion is holding weekend crisis talks with the UK government after failing to secure extensions to its banking covenants on Friday, and is expected to go into administration as early as Monday with estimated debts of £1.4bn (of which £580m is ...

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Streamlining Reggiani Textile Printing Workflows

Businesses looking to grow with digital industrial textile production for apparel and décor can advance their operations with the new EFI™ Fiery® Textile Bundle - a set of design and production workflow innovations from Electronics For Imaging, Inc.

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ICEE and Rapid Launch One-Stop EV Charging Solution

A fully integrated, single-source service for the implementation of high quality electric vehicle (EV) charging systems has been formed between ICEE Managed Services and UK Schneider Electric premium brand EV charging and related equipment distrib...

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Leisure Centre Opens in Stechford

Serco Leisure has opened the doors to a state-of-the-art new leisure centre in Stechford, Birmingham as part of an investment programme which is transforming leisure provision in the city.

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2018 Sustainable Plant of the Year

The Dairy Farmers of America (DFA) milk plant in Garden City, Kansas has recently been named “Sustainable Plant of the Year” by Food Engineering magazine for its new state-of-the-art, 267,000 sq ft whole and skim milk powder drying facility, the l...

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Keith Prowse Appointed Super Bowl LII Sales Agent

On Location Experiences, the official hospitality partner of the National Football League (NFL), is proud to announce the appointment of Keith Prowse as one of its Authorized Sales Agents in the United Kingdom for Super Bowl LII.

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Sodexo-Huawei Global IFM Partnership

Sodexo and Huawei have announced a new global partnership for the delivery of integrated facilities management (IFM) services, during the state visit of French premier Emmanuel Macron to China.

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Updates to Canopy Hood Range

The HEMCO Corporation has upgraded its canopy hood range to provide even better capture of exhaust fumes and steam that is corrosive, heated, or of a noxious odor.

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Creating Solutions Together at ISE 2018

Sony is pleased to announce it will be returning to ISE 2018 in Amsterdam. This year, attendees will get to experience Sony’s industry-leading solutions in a real-life setting, thanks to an innovative, forward thinking stand design.

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Carillion Cautions Hedge Fund Speculators

Carillion's board has issued a statement to the London Stock Exchange (LSE) in relation to a recent rally that saw the value of its shares increase by 28 per cent between 2 January and 8 January.

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Multi-location Chubb Fire Service Contract

Chubb Fire & Security is helping to protect employees, visitors and property through a significant new contract with Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service to install, upgrade, maintain and monitor fire alarm systems throughout the Service’s entire estate.

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FEMA Contract Awarded to Serco

Serco Inc., has been awarded a position on the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Public Assistance Technical Assistance Contract (PA TAC) IV.

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Perspectives

Bespoke v Off-the-Shelf Software

Although internal software can be a powerful business tool, care in its selection and deployment are essential for deriving all its benefits. Okappy's Richard Harris explains why.

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Dilemmas in Digitisation

Facilities management won’t escape the rise of the robots but winter maintenance specialists GRITIT are working towards a future where man and machine work in harmony.

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Choosing Office Space in Hobart

Although Hobart, the financial and administrative capital of Tasmania, may not immediately spring to mind as a place for setting up business operations, the busy seaport and setting-off point for Antarctic expeditions is home to over 220 000 peopl...

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The New Rules of Meeting Room Etiquette

Tony Booty, director of workplace flexibility specialist Abintra, takes a long-overdue look at the rules of meeting room etiquette in light of advances in office technology and the growth of collaborative working.

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Boosting Workplace Productivity

Iain Bell, co-owner of Minted Box - developers of the MintCentral branded staff app, on improving employee advocacy in the workplace to boost productivity.

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Outlook for UK Build to Rent Market

The evolution of the UK's nascent Build to Rent sector will continue in 2018 with several factors influencing assets developers deliver, says Jonathon Ivory, UK managing director of Atlas Residential.

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Best Practice

Securing Schools

Andrew Shaw, architectural consultant for Allegion UK, calls for more schools to consider a number of security solutions to further improve their lockdown protocols.

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Is Your Fire Safety Training Up-to-Date?

Allegion UK's South East business development manager Karen Trigg says staff training for personnel with fire safety duties is imperative to avoid potentially costly and dangerous situations.

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Events

Spike in Visitors to Saudi Trade Shows

The more than 5,000 visitors at last week’s HVACR Expo Saudi and co-located FM EXPO Saudi & Saudi Clean Expo events, represented an 18 per cent increase on 2017 figures, according to dmg events Middle East, Asia & Africa.

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Hotting Up Jeddah's Biggest HVACR Expo

HVACR has become a discussion-point in Saudi Arabia in 2018 following increases to power/fuel tariffs and a strengthened sense of environmental responsibility. Facing a new paradigm in their industry, thousands of HVACR professionals have already ...

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Leaders’ Summit Returns to FM EXPO Saudi

After its success last year, the Facilities Management Leaders’ Summit has returned on the opening day of FM EXPO Saudi and Saudi Clean Expo, which runs until 16 January at the Jeddah Centre for Forums & Events.

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understand, decode, offer

The 41st edition of The China International Furniture Fair (CIFF), the world’s largest furniture exhibition and FM Industry/FM Magazine event partner, will be held from 18 to 21 March and 28 to 31 March in Guangzhou, China.

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The Facilities Event Signs Top Industry Players

The Facilities Event (10th – 12th April 2018, NEC Birmingham) will deliver its strongest and most practical training and education offering in April, as leading international specialists demonstrate how the profession can boost the bottom line as ...

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