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BASF Extends IFM Contract with Sodexo

BASF has awarded a two year extension to Sodexo’s soft and hard services contract at six sites in the UK and Ireland including its UK head office in Stockport. The foodservice and facility services provider has delivered services to BASF for over 30 years, with the current agreement for integrated facilities management (IFM) services at…

News

Control Room Technology Installed at High Security Prison

A high-security prison in the United Kingdom has upgraded its video control room to the latest technology. UVS which installed a security control room video wall consisting of an LCD video wall and video wall controller at the prison in 2009 was commissioned to undertake the updates. The prison, which cannot be identified for security reasons,…

Engineering

What Can the FM Industry Expect in 2023?

John McPherson, Managing Director of ABM in the United Kingdom, shares his thoughts on what ‘s in store for the facilities management sector this year. At the beginning of a new year, it’s always useful to consider what will influence the facilities management industry during the next 12 months and prepare for what could challenge…

Blog

Saving the Environment or Breaking the Bank?

Electricity network provider Northern Powergrid takes a look at the cost of rapid electric vehicle charging following recent suggesting prices in the United Kingdom soared by 21 per cent between September 2021 and May 2022. There’s no doubt that electric vehicles can be beneficial for the environment. In fact, one electric car can save up…

Europe

European Retailers Fear for In-store Operations

New research from Sony Professional Displays & Solutions reveals UK and German retailers are preparing proactively for the critical Christmas and New Year trading period as their counterparts in France adopt a more laissez-faire approach. Despite retailers entering the first un-disrupted Christmas since 2019, close to half (43%) of those in the Europe are concerned…

Cleaning

All-Party Parliamentary Group Calls for New Cleaning Standards Following Pandemic

A new report by MPs in the United Kingdom into the role of cleaning and hygiene during the Covid-19 pandemic has recommeended the introduction of minimum standards for hand and other hygiene infrastructure and cleaning of venues to prepare the country for future public health emergencies. The All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for the Cleaning and…

Letters to the Editor

Letters: Genetic Technology Bill will Cost the UK Dearly

Roger Kerr, Chief executive of Organic Farmers & Growers (OF&G), discusses the impact of the Genetic Technology (Precision Breeding) Bill which is currently going through the United Kingdom parliament. As the Genetic Technology Bill races unhindered through parliament, the potentially seismic consequences to the UK food industry from this contentious policy are simply being ignored.…

FM

Supporting Refugees Entering the FM Sector

Soft services provider Churchill Group has made a commitment to supporting refugees living in the United Kingdom by joining the Tent Partnership for Refugees (Tent) network Tent, which was established to mobilising the global business community to improve the lives and livelihoods of more than 36 million refugees who have been forcibly displaced from their…

Net Zero

ROCKWOOL to Trial Green Hydrogen

ROCKWOOL is piloting hydrogen as a power source for its Bridgend factory in the United Kingdom under an initiative which is being funded by the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy’s (BEIS) Net Zero Innovation Portfolio. The project which is part of BEIS’ wider Industrial Hydrogen Accelerator programme, is a partnership between ROCKWOOL Ltd,…

News

Supporting Care Leavers

As the United Kingdom marks National Care Leavers’ Week, EMCOR UK has become a signatory to the Care Leaver Covenant – an initiative to supports people aged between 16 and 25 to live independent lives. The covenant creates opportunities for care leavers in five key areas: independent living; education, employment and training; safety and security;…

COP

Why the UN is Right to Call for Business to Act on Climate Change

With the United Nations urging businesses to recognise how they will meet the expectations and demands of stakeholders to reach net zero by 2050, David Lloyd, general manager of Connected Energy Performance at Johnson Controls UK&I, says technology is key. Across the world, businesses are battling to keep the lights on amid urgent calls for…

Defence Infrastructure Organisation

Landmarc and Partners Triumph at 2022 IWFM Impact Awards

Landmarc Support Services (Landmarc) has brought home the Positive Climate Action Award at the prestigious IWFM Impact Awards for its Net-Zero Carbon Accommodation Programme (NetCAP), delivered in partnership with the British Army, the Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) and modular construction specialist, Reds10. The IWFM Impact Awards celebrate and showcase outstanding best practice and ingenuity in…

Case Studies

Accelerating Northumberland Towards Carbon-Neutrality

Northumberland County Council (NCC) in Northern England has been leading a local green energy revolution by retrofitting non-domestic buildings with low-carbon ground source heat pumps. In 2019, the council declared a ‘climate emergency’ following a finding that burning gas and other fuels for heat had contributed to 38 per cent of the country’s emissions the…

News

Atkins Leads on Road ‘Noise Camera’ Trials

A road camera which has been designed to identify and track drivers who rev-up engines and use modified exhausts in contravention of current rules is being installed at four UK locations as part of a trial to clampdown on antisocial driving. The Transport Secretary has confirmed the four locations, Bradford, Gloucestershire, Great Yarmouth and Birmingham,…

Net Zero

Paint Can Recycling Scheme Reaches Million Milestone

A free-of-charge recycling scheme offered by AkzoNobel brand Dulux Decorator Centre in the UK in cooperation with Veolia has disposed of a staggering one million paint cans. The service is designed to make it easy for tradespeople to dispose of empty paint cans in a responsible and suitable way. Professionals can arrange for cans to…

Belgium

European Partnership to Support Surplus Food Donations

Sodexo and Stop Hunger have launched a region-wide partnership with the European Food Banks Federation (FEBA) to prevent food waste and help alleviate food insecurity. The new initiative builds on an existing collaboration between the organisations at the European and local levels by formally recognising FEBA, which represents a network of more than 340 food…

FM

Mitie Runners-Up in Social Mobility Awards

A school volunteering programme delivered by Mitie employees was the proud recipient of a Silver Award at the 2022 UK Social Mobility Awards (SOMOs).  Its initiative, which is part of a wider ‘Giving Back’ community programme, offers various sessions, activities and mentoring opportunities to students in schools across the United Kingdom, helping them navigate the…

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Compass Scotland Announces Food Charity Partnership

Compass Scotland has launched a new surplus food partnership with food charity, FareShare. This partnership will encourage Compass Scotland sites to work with FareShare to donate surplus food so that meals can be distributed to those who need it most. The announcement comes as more individuals and families struggle to cope with the rising cost…

Net Zero

Supporting Sustainable Renting with Technology

Technology is reducing water and energy use and helping residents live more sustainablly at Quintain’s 85 acre Wembley Park development in north west London. Saving on utilities consumption is more important than ever, with individuals and businesses all needing to play their part. At Quintain Living, the award-winning management company overseeing the rental of more…

Events

A Review of LiftEx 2022

LiftEx, the flagship event of the Lifting Equipment Engineers Association (LEEA), took place from 5th to 6th October at P&J Live in Aberdeen – one of the UK’s principal centres for the oil and gas indutries. Celebrating some of the industry’s most notable successes, the event provided a one-stop shop to find services, products as…

Net Zero

Why the UK Needs to ‘Fundamentally Rethink’ Future Cities

Britain’s cities need urgent transformation in the next decade and beyond if the country is to meet its 2050 net zero targets and create cleaner, safer spaces for citizens, according to a major study from E.ON and the UK Green Building Council. The two organisations have collaborated on a new initiative called Streets of the…

FM

Success for Pareto at IWFM Awards

Pareto FM are celebrating wins in three categories of the 2022 Institute of Workplace and Facilities Management (IWFM) Impact Awards. The facility services provider’s support for the Kickstart scheme (a UK government initiative to get young people into jobs which ended earlier this year) won it a ‘Social Value’ award, with a ‘Sector Breakthrough’ award…

News

Why Net Zero is Calling on British Cities

David Hall, VP Power Systems at Schneider Electric and Kas Mohammed, VP Digital Energy, comment on a finding by a new study from E.ON and the UK Green Building Council that half of all adults in the United Kingdom agree faster movement is needed on climate change in cities. David Hall, VP Power Systems UK…

Best Practice

How Properties Can Be Insulated More Effectively

Ian Paton, partner in building consultancy at property advisor Cluttons, provides guidance on how homeowners and landlords can insulate their properties more effectively. There are ways to insulate a home more cost effectively these days, and retrofitting needn’t be too complicated or expensive. If you own your own home or you are a landlord then…

News

Lord Mayor of the City of London to Present Training Awards

Finishes and Interiors Sector (FIS) and the Worshipful Company of Plaisterers have announced the 694th Lord Mayor of the City of London, Nicholas Lyons, will attend a presentation event for their annual training awards on 22nd November. The presence of the Lord Mayor of the City of London continue a tradition established by previous holders…

FM

Supporting Parr FM’s Digital Transformation

Radius has been helping Parr Facilities Management connect teams seamlessly as the facility services and fit-out specialist embraces technology to achieve productivity gains. Parr FM is one of Northern Ireland’s most successful FM companies with a roster of major clients including BOC, GLL, Triangle Housing, NHS Shared Business Services (NHS SBS), Co-op, and Lidl. The…

News

Sculptor Transforms Westminster’s Waste into Beautiful Installation

Renowed 3D artist and sculptor Faith Bebbington supported by Veolia has unveiled ‘Tree Goddess’, the latest installation to be exhibited as part of the cultural art initiative from Art of London, ‘Brighter Future’, which features interpretations by up-and-coming artists of the theme, ‘building a better, brighter future in the city’. The installation at The Londoner…

News

Sea Cadets to Take London by Storm on Trafalgar Day 2022

Thousands are expected to watch The Sea Cadets’ annual Trafalgar Day Parade from Horse Guards Parade and The Mall towards Buckingham Palace on Sunday 16th October. Some 400 cadets from across the UK, ranging in age from 10 to 17, will be in the capital to commemorate the Battle of Trafalgar and display their skills,…

Cleaning

British Cleaning Council Condemns Home Secretary for ‘Out of Touch’ Comments On Migrant Workers

The British Cleaning Council (BCC) has branded recent comments on migrant workers made by Home Secretary Suella Braverman as being ‘ridiculous’, ‘completely out of touch’ and ‘divorced from reality’. According to the BCC, the United Kingdom’s hygiene and hygiene and waste sector has been suffering from severe staff shortages since a tightening of immigration rules…

News

Electricians Bill Goes Before Scottish Parliament

Construction trades association SELECT is hailing a new Bill which has been presented to the Scottish Parliament by Conservative Member of the Scottish Parliament (MSP) Jamie Halcro Johnston to regulate the use of professional titles within the electrical industry.  If successful, the Private Member’s bill will protect Scotland from poor and potentially dangerous electrical work…

Contracts

University of Reading Hard Services Contract

The University of Reading has appointed Pareto FM to provide hard services at the Gateway Building on its Thames Valley Science Park campus. The contract will see the facility services provider deliver all associated mechanical, electrical and fabric related planned and reactive maintenance to the innovative building. Reading, which ranks consistently as one of the…

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