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USGBC Reports on IAQ in Schools

A new report from the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and ASHRAE details how school districts in the United States have continued to manage air quality within their schools during the COVID-19 pandemic. “Managing Air Quality in the Pandemic: How K-12 Schools Addressed Air Quality in the Second Year of COVID-19” builds on an April 2021 report,…

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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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Envoy Expands Hot Desking Features for Hybrid Employees

Envoy latest additions to its hot desking platform bring a personalized touch to hybrid working by allowing emloyees to tailor their experience via the addition of favourites, photo profile, multi-day scheduling and “desk” features. The updates also allow admin and workplace teams to complete tasks more efficiently with its admin booking and neighborhoods and proof of vaccination for visitors.   With…

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Aramark Recognizes Community Volunteers

With National Volunteer Month underway in the United States, Aramark is recognizing several outstanding employee volunteers from around the world for their service to local communities during the Covid-19 pandemic. The group’s Be Well. Do Well sustainability plan outlines Aramark’s goal of making a positive impact by working to reduce inequity, supporting and growing communities, and protecting the planet. Every…

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Utelogy to Showcase Technology and Platform Innovations for the Connected World at ISE 2022

Connected workplace software iprovider Utelogy Corporation will be exhibiting its latest product innovations during the Integrated Systems Europe (ISE 2022) exhibition at Fira de Barcelona from 10th to 13th May.  The company returns to the event after announcing significant increases in YoY revenues and bookings of more than 270% following the Covid-19 pandemic. New software capabilities to be featured at…

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The Business of Health Equity

A major new report from the UCL Institute of Health Equity (UCL-IHE) and Legal & General lays a roadmap for the role of industry in ‘levelling up’ the United Kingdom, and examines the evidence of how businesses affect health and what they can do to improve health equity.  In the past, businesses have often been absent from the conversation, despite…

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Colliers Appointment Heralds Allianz ‘New Ways of Working’ Review

Allianz Holdings has appointed Colliers as its preferred UK real estate partner to deliver a new ways of working review focused on the insurer’s ESG objectives, with the additional objective of maximising the efficiency of its real estate through the use of technology and innovation. Allianz’s Property and Workspace Services team issued a competitive request for a proposal for real…

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Why Gyms are Driving Demand for Cleaning Products

Sam Greaves, managing director of the Cleenol Group, considers the impact of demand for fitness facilities on the cleaning products market following the pandemic. In the early days of the Covid-19 pandemic we saw a rapid increase in the use of cleaning and disinfection products as individuals and organisations stepped up hygiene practices to prevent the spread of the virus.…

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Events

Postponement of CIFF Guangzhou 2022

Following the recent suspension of all live events by the provincial government of Guangzhou in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, the 49th edition of FM Industry partner exhibition, the China International Furniture Fair (CIFF), has been postponed until further notice. A rescheduled date for the event – the largest event in the furniture industry calendar, globally, will be issued in…

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Thornton Hall Country Park Goes Electric

A trail-blazing family business near Skipton has been named as the first location in Yorkshire to launch a Be.EV electric vehicle charging hub. Emma and Chris Harrison, who run Thornton Hall Country Park in Thornton-in-Craven, transformed their family farm into a thriving business and tourist attraction after they took over the business from Chris’ parents. Emma says: “We like to…

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Whitepapers

PROTECTION AGAINST AIRBORNE VIRUSES

Considerations for choosing your clean air solutions for your work place. Choosing-the-right-clean-air-solution_booklet_ENG_FINISH

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Preventing Infection in Care Homes

Donna Mitchell, sector marketing manager, Long Term Care for Diversey in the UK and Ireland, considers the infection control measures that are available to housekeeping teams working in the residential care sector. Protecting residents, staff, and visitors from infections is a core requirement in care homes. The range of products available, and the different ways they can be used, means…

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Solving the Recruitment Crisis in Asbestos

With reported recruitment shortages within the asbestos industry leading to delays and service cancellations, facilities managers would be wise to review their continuity planning, says OHS director, Aaron Dodd.   Over the last 12 years, Australia and New Zealand have worked hard at attracting expertise from the UK to solve their labour shortages in the construction industry.  A quick look…

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Events

Final Call for Exhibitors: International Property Show Dubai 2022

FM Industry partner event, International Property Show (IPS) Dubai, will take place from 24 to 26 March 2022, offering regional and global real estate investors the opportunity to benefit from an upturn in demand created by Expo 2020. Dubai’s real estate market continues to recover from the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic following the introduction of  economic reforms and an…

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What the T.W.a.T Phenomenon Means for Facilities Managers

John Nicklin, managing director of workplace technology specialist Juggl Desks, provides insights into one of the newest, and rudest of terms to enter into the post-Covid-19 workplace vernacular. There’s a new term for employees who go into the office on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, and work from home on Mondays and Fridays, and it’s making some people blush. So-called T.W.a.Ts are now commonplace, with…

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Best Practice

Sustainable Cleaning and the Covid-19 Pandemic

Global hygiene products manufacturer Diversey Holdings considers some of the lessons learnt by businesses during the Covid-19 pandemic. Businesses large and small rushed to introduce additional and stricter cleaning and hygiene processes during the Covid-19 pandemic. The overriding requirement has been to protect customers and staff while also providing additional reassurance by cleaning more frequently and more visibly. Ready-to-use products…

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Invisible Chef Reaches Sales Milestone

UK family-owned “Cook and Serve in Pack” food producer Invisible Chef has reported it sold 250,000 products in the six months to December 2021, following the easing of government Covid-19 lockdown restrictions. The company, which provides hand-held snacks ranging from burritos, paninis and breakfast muffins, has seen demand soar for its products since its formal launch in the UK foodservice…

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Whitepapers

JLL: Perspectives for Enterprise 2022

Despite widespread acknowledgment hybrid working will be a mainstay of the post-Covid-19 era, employers are experiencing considerable structural difficulties implementing strategies that work, according to the latest research on the EMEA market from JLL. JLL-Perspectives-for-Enterprise-2022-1

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Companies Unprepared for Hybrid Working

Over half of companies in the EMEA region are still not ready to implement a structural shift to support hybrid working and must do more to create responsible, personalised and experiential workplaces, according to a new report from JLL. A key finding of the research is that organisations, globally, are looking to continue flexibility in relation to where and when…

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Whitepapers

Five-point Strategy for Countering Supply Chain Uncertainty

The Christmas peak may have been a big mountain to climb, but retailers are increasingly aware that many of the challenges faced will continue well into the future. The sector must plan now for even higher levels of agility going forward. Louisa Hosegood, Digital and Strategy Director at Bis Henderson Consulting, draws on the team’s experience to set out a…

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Johnson Controls Launches IAQ as a Service Solution

Johnson Controls has launched an OpenBlue Indoor Air Quality Software-as-a-Service (SaaS). The new offering is the first dedicated “as-a-service” Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) solution for buildings, delivering energy-efficient, turnkey clean air outcomes with an innovative financing model. “Johnson Controls believes the best healthy buildings strategy is a holistic one,” explains Ganesh Ramaswamy, vice president and president, Global Services at Johnson Controls. “This…

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Why Collaboration is Key to Solving the UK’s Technical Skills Gap

ABM UK managing director, John McPherson, explains how collaboration can plug a widely reported technical skills gap in the UK. The events of the past 18 months have changed many things, but one which remains is the acute skills gap which the facilities management industry faces. There is no denying that the sector’s technical workforce is approaching retirement while the…

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ESS, DIO Scoop Collaborative Working Award

Compass Group business ESS Defence and the UK’s Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) have won the Institute for Collaborative Working Service Sector Award. The award recognises teams that excel in improving service delivery through a collaborative approach. It marks the successful relationship between ESS and DIO in the delivery of three large Defence Soft FM contracts in the East, South West…

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New Name, Same Vision

The Construction Industry Coronavirus (CICV) Forum has rebranded to reflect an expanding remit as its members increasingly collaborate on other issues its expanded remit and ongoing collaborative vision for the future.  The unique alliance of trade associations and professional bodies has been rebranded as the Construction Industry Collective Voice (CICV), putting more emphasis on its shared focus and willingness to…

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Golden Service Awards Finalists

The British Institute of Cleaning Science (BICSc) has announced the finalists for the Kimberly-Clark Professional™ Golden Service Awards 2022. Dubbed the ‘Oscars’ of the cleaning industry by their organisers, the awards recognise “excellence, performance and commitment” within cleaning and facilities management. An independent panel of judges from BICSc has shortlisted 59 finalists from 24 companies, with key criteria for selection…

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Blog

What Are Commercial Heat Pumps and Why are they so Popular?

02.12.2021, 18:40 What Are Commercial Heat Pumps and Why are they so Popular? The extraordinary impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on commercial energy bills is the latest in a series of price increases that have doubled costs for businesses over the past decade and driven renewed interest in energy saving measures including commercial heat pumps. Against a backdrop of rising…

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ASM Global Names Chris Bray as EVP Europe

02.12.2021, 18:04 ASM Global Names Chris Bray as EVP Europe Chris Bray has joined ASM Global from Sodexo UK&I as executive vice president of European operations. In his new role, Bray, who will be based in Manchester in the United Kingdom, will assume responsibility for all aspects of the global entertainment company and venue operator’s European business. During a career…

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Serco Starts RAF Brize Norton Support Services Contract

Serco has commenced delivery of a range of specialist support services at RAF Brize Norton under a three-year £40 million contract announced by the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) in July. The number of people employed at the air base is expected to more than double as new services are introduced to add to existing roles the company has been…

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Whitepapers

Remobilisation Strategies for the Workplace

Despite wide acceptance of the role of ventilation in containing transmission of the SARS-CoV-2 virus in multi-occupant spaces, facilities managers continue to encounter difficulties upgrading HVAC filtration systems to support recommended high-efficiency particular air (HEPA) filtration capabilities. In this whitepaper, Swedish multinational clean air solutions provider, Camfil A/S, considers alternative solutions currently available. Remobilisation_Strategies_for_the_workplace

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New Institutional Investor Support for Mindspace

25.11.2021, 18:24 New Institutional Investor Support for Mindspace Mindspace, the global flex office provider, has secured US $72 million of funding in its latest round. The investment is intended to support the continuation of the company’s growth and its further expansion in Europe, the United States and Israel. The round was led by Harel Insurance Investments and Financial Services Ltd.,…

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Dramatic Post-Pandemic Shift in UK Workplace Preferences

23.11.2021, 12:40 Dramatic Post-Pandemic Shift in UK Workplace Preferences A new survey of 500 UK employees suggests a halving of the numbers of staff working full time in offices following the Covid-19 pandemic. The survey results also reveal only 24 per cent of employees who were asked to express their preference would chose to return to working full time in…

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