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Firestone Launches Self-adhered Gutter Repair Solution

Firestone Building Products, part of the Holcim Group, has launched RubberGutter™ – an EPDM gutter repair and upgrade system it claims can extend the service life of gutters and protect buildings from leaks. Suitable for refurbishment projects or new-builds, RubberGutter™ can be used on metal, concrete, plywood lined, and valley gutters. As part of Firestone’s EPDM roofing product range, RubberGutter™…

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Building Compliance in Hospitality Under Fire

The hospitality sector in the United Kingdom is facing fresh warnings following the release of data from Cloudfm suggesting that only 30 per cent of restaurant estates meet the required standards. Building testing and certification is a legal requirement with non-conformity resulting in fines and even the imprisonment and disqualification of company directors. Companies also have a duty of care…

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Meet CHAS at Safety & Health Expo 2022

Visitors to Safety & Health Expo 2022 are invited to visit Stand SH1254 where they can meet the CHAS team and find out more about how CHAS can help you work safer and more efficiently while safeguarding your reputation. Businesses can also visit the CHAS stand to learn about new risk management standards, such as CHAS Elite which helps organisations…

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SOCOTEC Acquires Quantity Surveying Practice

SOCOTEC Group has acquired Base Quantum, a Quantity Surveying, Dispute Resolution and Expert Witness practice, based in the UK. Base Quantum is a fast-growing organisation dedicated to the provision of Quantity Surveying services in relation to the pre and post contract commercial management of construction and infrastructure projects, and Expert Witness services involving the evaluation of change, loss, damages and…

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BAM FM Awarded Contracts by Merseyside Police

Merseyside Police have appointed BAM FM, the facilities management business of BAM UK and Ireland, to provide hard FM services at their state-of-the-art headquarters in Liverpool, and a further 78 buildings in and around Merseyside. Under the terms of two separate three-year contracts (extendable by an additional two years) BAM FM will deliver 24/7 electrical and mechanical maintenance services including…

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Corporate

A New Vision of a Better World at Work

EMCOR UK’s latest business report sets out the company’s vision to create a better world at work for people, communities and the planet. The report acknowledges and echoes the following UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as general corporate objectives going forward: Global Goal 3: Good Health and Wellbeing: Ensuring healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages Global…

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DS Smith Appoints CBRE as Global Real Estate Advisor

CBRE has been appointed global real estate advisor to sustainable packaging business DS Smith. Under the terms of the agreement, CBRE will provide account management, real estate strategy, portfolio services and transactions and estates management services across DS Smith’s portfolio of around 500 properties across 34 countries with a total built footprint of 5.3 million sqm (57.2 million square feet).…

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Elior UK Renews Armed Forces Corporate Covenant Commitment

Elior UK has re-affirmed its support for The Armed Forces Corporate Covenant at a signing ceremony attended by CEO, Cathering Roe and Air Vice Marshal, Ranald Munro. The Armed Forces Covenant is a commitment from the nation that those who serve or have served, and their families, are treated fairly and not disadvantaged in their day-to-day lives because of their…

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Mayoral Summit to Discuss Decarbonisation in the British Isles

SSE Energy Solutions supported by Green TV will host a Mayors’ Leadership Group from 7th to 8th June with participants invited from across the UK and Ireland to discuss the actions needed to decarbonise cities and entire regions.  Following the success of an inaugural summit last November, the two-day event at the Science and Industry Museum in  Manchester will bring…

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BAM FM Secures Place on NHS Shared Business Services Framework

BAM’s facilities management business has been appointed by NHS Shared Business Services (NHS SBS), to its Hard Facilities Management framework agreement (Hard FM). BAM was awarded a place for eight main lots, and places on 23 sub lots. The full list is below. BAM’s healthcare credentials were also recently recognised by its appointment to the P22 healthcare framework for capital…

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Wiltshire Development Secures New Tenants

RO Real Estate, a subsidiary of UK family-owned business, The RO has successfully pre-let two food retail units on its development at Solstice Park in Amesbury, Wiltshire.  Work on the units is underway with completion expected over the summer and customer visits expected to commence later this year. Tenants include leading food retailer Greggs, the well-loved British bakery chain, which…

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Perspectives

How Security is Changing in the Real Estate Sector

Noah Price, head of the G4S Academy, provides an overview of the changing security landscape in commercial property and advances in technology that are helping business stay ahead of threats whilst supporting their wider sustainability goals. The Impact of Covid Covid is accelerating changes in work patterns and locations. Fewer workers, and potentially more lone workers on-site, can increase risks…

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Co-op Live Arena Signs Official Sponsor-Suppliers

The Co-op Live which will open in Manchester as Britain’s largest outdoor arena in December 2023 has announced a raft of new sponsor-supplier partners taking total revenue generated from sponsorships to 50 per cent of its initial target, with supporting brands including Britvic, Elavon, Unilever, and Schneider Electric.   Britvic joins as official soft drink partner with exclusive rights to…

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Mace Announces New Global Head of Responsible Business

Mace has appointed James Low who has previously oversees its responsible business service offering for consultancy and facilities management as Global Head of Responsible Business. Low, who has been with Mace for eight years, has been instrumental in the company’s drive to reduce industry carbon emissions. He played a key role in the development of Mace’s net zero carbon strategy, ‘Steps…

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MSL Calls on Businesses to Reduce Energy Waste

With the UK experiencing an on-going energy crisis, MSL Property Care Services has released recommendations to help businesses save an estimated £33.9 billion of wasted energy this year. Following the news surrounding the increasing energy bills for residents in the UK, businesses are also facing a crisis. Corporate energy doesn’t currently have a price cap in the UK, with some…

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Corporate

European Divestments Pave Way for Rentokil Initial Takeover of Terminix

Terminix has entered into a definite agreement to divest its pest management businesses in the United Kingdom and Norway in response to regulatory stipulations relating to its pending acquisition by Rentokil Initial plc. The Divestment is expected to close in the next 30 to 60 days, subject to limited closing conditions. Terminix expects to record a loss on the sale…

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Landmarc to Address Mental Health in the Workplace

In support of Mental Health Awareness Week (9th-15th May 2022), Landmarc Support Services (Landmarc) has signed the Mental Health at Work Commitment, curated by the Thriving at Work Leadership Council, Business in the Community (BITC) and mental health charity Mind, to demonstrate its commitment to developing a thriving and inclusive workplace environment. In a survey of UK adults, conducted by…

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Johnson Controls Acquisition of Asset Plus

Johnson Controls has acquired Asset Plus, a specialist provider of energy reduction and zero-carbon measures for the UK public sector. Delivering sustainability savings for multiple NHS organisations, local authorities, and educational establishments, Asset Plus provides strategic support and project management for energy efficiency measures and retrofitting across complex built environments. This includes low-carbon heating through Air Source Heat Pumps, low-energy…

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Case Studies

Noelle Jones – Compass Group Women in Food Lead Ambassador

Noelle Jones was recently appointed Lead Ambassador of Compass Group UK & Ireland’s Women in Food network. With Compass Group UK & Ireland for almost 12 years, Noelle’s appointment as managing director of Chartwells Independent in 2020 followed on from her previous role as Business Director within ESS Government Services. In her current role she supports clients within the private…

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Perspectives

Tackling Loneliness at Work

With Mental Health Awareness Week 2022 (9th-15th May) focusing on Loneliness at Work, Alex Minett, Head of Products and Markets at health and safety compliance solutions provider CHAS, sheds light on how employers can tackle the issue as part of a wider mental health agenda. Who is affected by loneliness? In short, anyone can be affected by loneliness. Loneliness triggers…

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Fergus Keane to Join BNP Paribas Real Estate from Cushman & Wakefield

BNP Paribas Real Estate (BNPPRE) has announced the strategic appointed of Fergus Keane from Cushman & Wakefield as the new Head of its Central London Office Investment team. Keane, currently an international partner in Cushman & Wakefield’s London Markets team, has over two decades of experience in commercial property throughout the UK and Ireland. Working primarily in the West End…

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Perspectives

Arena Savoy Lecture 2022

Rhian Thomas, Head of Insight – Shopper and Eating Out at advocacy organisation for Commercial Insight and Social Impact, IGD, reviews Compass Group chief, Robin Mills’ recent address to the annual Arena Savoy Lecture. The Arena Savoy Lecture returned the first time in two years, attracting 150 guests back to the impressive Lancaster Ballroom, for an evening of insight-sharing, inspiration…

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Perspectives

The BoE’s Interest Rate Hike and First-time Buyers

Vladim Toader, CEO and co-founder of neolender Proportunity, comments on the impact of the Bank of England’s 1 per cent hike in interest rates on first-time buyers. Today’s interest rates hike announcement from the Bank of England is a further blow to first-time buyers trying to get onto the housing ladder. Many who have been saving for years are now…

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Case Studies

Information Management for HMPS Estates

Digitalised building information management (BIM) solutions provider Glider recently worked alongside the UK Ministry of Justice to implement its flagship Common Data Environment (CDE at new prison, HMP Wellingborough, as part of a complex project involving a substantial data set. Due to the extent of data involved, and the project being mandated as ISO 19650-4 deliverable, COBie (Construction Operations Building Information…

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Consultancy Relocates to Larger London Offices

Project and cost management consultancy Stature London has relocated to new offices in Wilton Road near Victoria Station. The 2,500 sq ft premises were previously a Pret A Manger training academy, with Stature London managing their fit-out prior to its move. The consultancy recently recruited five new members of staff and appointed Lee Marple as a director to head project…

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Flexible Workspace Specialist Signs First Enterprise Member

B Corp certified flexible workspace specialist x+why has signed the social care staffing app Florence as the first enterprise member of its new Birmingham site, Foundry at Brindleyplace. The fast-growing company will take 48 desks with its own meeting room and break out space. Founded in 2017 to help relieve the UK’s social care crisis, Florence has grown to over…

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NHS SBS Launches Revised Hard FM Framework

NHS Shared Business Services (NHS SBS), has launched its second-generation Hard Facilities Management (Hard FM) framework agreement. The second iteration of the organisation’s highly successful framework is designed to respond to the need within the NHS for high-quality, innovative and cost-effective solutions, which help NHS trusts manage their estates successfully. The new framework’s scope has broadened to encompass Covid-19 safety…

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Abloy UK at IFSEC 2022

Abloy UK will be showcasing its comprehensive range of digital access solutions on stand IF4435 at IFSEC International 2022 from 17 to 19th May at ExCeL London.   A wide range of digital, electromechanical and mechanical products in Abloy’s portfolio can be combined in a variety of ways to meet virtually any requirements, allowing the company to tailor solutions to…

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Perspectives

Lessons in Hygiene from COP26

Dr Lisa Ackerley, CEnvH, FRSPH, Director of Medical and Scientific Engagement and Hygiene at Reckitt, shares insights into what brands can learn from the hygiene protocols she helped develop for COP26. The first UK lockdown – announced on 23 March, 2020 in a televised press conference – may seem a distant memory, but its legacy looks set to remain for…

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DHL Delivery Drivers Vote for Strike Action

JCB delivery drivers employed by DHL in the UK have voted 96 per cent in favour of industrial action during a formal strike ballot organised by the GMB union. The vote follows a below-inflation pay offer of 5 per cent with inflation currently running at 9 per cent according to GMB or 7 per cent according to Office for National…

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EV Investment Saves 29,000 Tonnes of CO2 Annually

UK Family-owned supply specialist PPS has demonstrated its commitment to reducing its carbon footprint by purchasing three electric vans, saving more than 29,000 tonnes of CO2 a year. The investment has seen the business enhance its fleet of delivery vehicles with the addition of the new Maxus eDeliver9, along with the installation of four rapid charging points at its warehouse…

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