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UAE Students Driving Demand for London Homes

Estate agency Chestertons Global reports that a record number of applicants to UK universities from the UAE is increasing demand for new homes in Central London. Data from the UCAS university admission service confirms a record number of students from the UAE have applied to UK universities in 2022. The UK is highly regarded as…

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Driving Innovation in East Birmingham with Digital Twin Modelling

A ‘digital twin’ which can model and test pathways to clean energy and net zero emissions in East Birmingham is being planned in a partnership between the University of Birmingham, Birmingham City Council and Siemens. A feasibility study has been commissioned which demonstrates how a virtual representation of the energy and transport infrastructure within East…

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Totaljobs Awards Hard FM Contract

Totaljobs has selected Pareto FM to deliver hard services across its offices in London and Belfast, and project support at locations in Birmingham, Havant, Cardiff, Leeds, Manchester, Nottingham and Glasgow. Under the contract, Pareto FM will assume responsibility for all mechanical and electrical (M&E), and building fabric-related planned and reactive maintenance. UK job board Totaljobs…

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SPIE UK to Service and Upgrade North Lanarkshire Council CCTV System

SPIE UK has been awarded a new contract with North Lanarkshire Council to service and maintain Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) and related services in various sites across North Lanarkshire. For the CCTV contract, the local authority has appointed SPIE UK on a planned servicing and maintenance basis to carry out reactive repairs to the council’s…

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BCC Hits Out at UK Opposition Parties

Angry and disappointed cleaning and hygiene industry leaders have hit out after opposition parties so far avoided meeting with them to discuss key and pressing sector issues. Leading Trade association, The British Cleaning Council (BCC) wrote t,o the Labour, Scottish Nationalist, Lib Dem and Green parties in August but none of them have so far…

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ABM Expands Junior Engineering Engagement Programme

ABM UK has opened its doors to a fifth cohort of participants on its Junior Engineering Engagement Programme (J.E.E.P.), and added another school to its roster.  The 2022 programme kicked off at Bobby Moore Academy in London with the immersive course then touring schools in Bradford, Manchester and London between September and December. While previous years have focused primarily on the engineering side of…

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Bennett Hay Appoints Culinary Director

Candice Webber has joined Bennett Hay to lead the boutique UK hospitality operator’s focus on food and drink and to head its culinary team. As Culinary Director, Candice will take on a senior role in the operator’s leadership team which already has a notable female headcount. Candice will be responsible for developing Bennett Hay’s company-wide…

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EMCOR Progresses to Level 2 of UK Government Disability Scheme

EMCOR UK’s disability inclusion policies now satisfy requirements stipulated for ‘Disability Confident’ employers, the second level of the UK government’s Disability Confident scheme. The scheme was introduced by the government to help employers recruit and retain great people, and to: challenge attitudes and increase understanding of disability draw from the widest possible pool of talent secure…

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A Taxing State

Leigh Anderson, Bis Henderson Recruitment managing director, believes misconceptions about off-payroll working and HMRC IR35 rules in the UK are exacerbating difficulties recruiting top managerial talent into the supply chain sector.       For some years now a wave of misunderstanding and misinformation has swept the temporary employment market. Companies large and small have…

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Postponement of APPG Inquiry into UK Cleaning and Hygiene Industry

The remaining two sessions of the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for the Cleaning and Hygiene Industry inquiry into the role of cleaning and hygiene during the Covid-19 pandemic have been postponed following the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. The APPG inquiry, which is entitled “Embedding Effective Hygiene for a Resilient UK“, held its…

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Pareto FM Selected for Business of the Year Award

Pareto FM has been named Business of the Year at the 2022 Signature Awards which are dedicated to championing the ‘Best in British Business’. The awards ceremony at the Hilton Park Lane in London which was sponsored by Investec and Cobra Beer attracted over 500 guests including representatives from the legal, financial and social enterprise…

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Super-prime Chelsea Contractor Goes Into Administration

Alex Cadwallader and Neil Bennett of Leonard Curtis have been appointed as Joint Administrators of renowned prime contractor, Cheevers Poole Limited, which entered into administration on 8th September. The Chelsea-based business – established in 2013 –  has operated in the super-prime property sector, offering a wide range of bespoke solutions for global clients on more…

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How G4S is Securing the UK’s Hinkley Point C Nuclear Power Station

Noah Price, head of the G4S Academy, provides an overview of the security threats faced by critical national infrastructure, what makes good security and the work G4S is doing to secure Hinkley Point C. Critical national infrastructure (CNI) is, by its very nature, fundamental to the running of any country. Without the contribution from sectors…

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Start Living Chooses MRI Residential Property Management Solution

Start Living, a single-family build-to-rent joint venture between TPG Real Estate Partners and Gatehouse Bank PLC, is implementing the MRI Living suite of solutions to drive operational efficiencies for their property management portfolio. Start Living offers two-, three- and four-bedroom homes in areas that provide family-focused amenities such as schools and leisure facilities, typically as…

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Free Period Product Partnership Takes off at Heathrow Airport

Staff at Heathrow Airport will now have access to free period products thanks to a new multi-way partnership involving an award-winning social enterprise. More than 100 Hey Girls free vend dispensers will be placed in the airport’s staff female and accessible toilets from August, providing employees with free and environmentally-friendly tampons and pads. The partnership,…

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IAQ Sub-standard in Three Quarters of UK Classrooms

According to a new survey of 133 schools across the United Kingdom, three-in-five teachers believe there is a link between indoor air quality and student health, with as many believing poor air quality is aggravating asthma and other lung conditions. The Air Quality in UK Classrooms Report survey commissioned by ventilation solutions provider Airflow Developments also…

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Launch of Innovative Off-grid Lighting System

Scottish solutions business Eco Group has launched an innovative off-grid lighting system to cut energy bills and reduce the carbon footprint of businesses in partnership with renewable energy solutions specialist Kight Off-Grid Solutions. Eco Off-Grid is a standalone LED street lighting system which works independently from the grid. Powered by solar and wind energy, it can…

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Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust Deploys Diversey UV-C Disinfection Technology

Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust has recently introduced two of Diversey’s advanced Moonbeam3 Disinfection Technology UV-C devices to augment its infection prevention capabilities at the Walsall Manor Hospital. The devices are initially being used in bathrooms and other confined spaces although the trust’s facilities team anticipates they will be used in other parts of the hospital…

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Serco Acquires European Immigration Services Provider

Serco has announced the acquisition of ORS, a provider of specialist immigration services to public sector customers in Switzerland, Germany, Austria and Italy. The business is to be acquired for a total consideration of up to CHF44 million (approx. £39 million).  ORS’s revenue for the year ended 31 December 2021 was CHF110 million (approx. £97…

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Acquisition Bolsters Compass Procurement Capabilities

Compass Group UK & Ireland has expanded the range of services offered by its procurement business Foodbuy folowing the acquisition of Essex-based procurement and supply chain systems management company, Equinoxe Solutions. Both businesses strive to offer bespoke solutions by understanding individual customer needs and Equinoxe Solutions brings a wealth of sector experience, in particular in…

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Abloy UK at International Security Expo 2022

Abloy UK is showcasing its comprehensive range of access control solutions at International Security Expo (ISE) 2022 from 27-28 September at Olympia London. The company will be presenting new digital access control systems, as well as tried and trusted electromechanical and mechanical locks in its portfolio, with representatives on hand to explain how these solutions…

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Bidvest Noonan Appoints UK CEO

Bidvest Noonan has named Jeff Flanagan as Chief Executive Officer of its business in the United Kingdom. Flanagan brings over 25 years of senior executive experience in the facilities services industry to the role. Flanagan succeeds Charlotte Marshall, who has decided to step down as CEO to pursue other interests. During her time at Bidvest…

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Survey Uncovers Inadequate Succession Planning by Smaller Professional Landlords in the UK

Handelsbanken Wealth and Asset Management is urging professional landlords in the United Kingdom to plan for the future following a survey finding that 52 per cent of owners of small portfolios of four or more properties have no succession planning. The survey findings by the local relationship bank also suggest a worrying lack of succession…

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Social Partnership to Ease Cost of Living Crisis

UK supplier of lone worker safeguarding solutions Reliance Protect has teamed up with two longstanding customers to create social value funds dedicated to supporting people experiencing hardship during the cost of living crisis. The social value funds provide an invaluable safety net for some of the most disadvantaged members of society, in addition to funding…

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Clear Safety Joins BAFE Register

Clear Safety has achieved BAFE SP205 certification as a third-party provider of Life Safety Fire Risk Assessments. The consultancy offers a range of fire safety services, spanning dedicated fire risk assessments and oversight of the completion of remedial works to satisfactory standards. The business is now approved to join the ranks of the elite by…

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Supporting University Estate Directors with Decarbonisation

SSE Energy Solutions has partnered with The Association of University Directors of Estates (AUDE) in the United Kingdom to inform Universities on the best practices to go green and decarbonise. Energy professionals from SSE have provided certified Continuing Professional Development training across university campuses, on the topic of decarbonisation. The sessions, led by subject matter…

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Savills IM Announces Acquisitions as it Launches UK Build-to-Rent Strategy

Savills Investment Management (“Savills IM”), the international real estate investment manager, has acquired Pitmore, the UK Development and build-to-rent (BTR) specialist, as a key part of plans to grow its UK residential and BTR platform. As one of the UK’s most experienced residential advisors, being involved in the sector since 2012, the senior partners of…

Case Studies

Case Study: Securing University Research Facilities

ASSA ABLOY’s ARX access control solution is helping secure new SafePod research facilities in universities across the United Kingdom. The SafePod Network is a world first service to provide standardised safe settings across the UK for data that requires secure access for research. The network was launched in September 2021. SafePods include the ARX access…

Perspectives

Energy Crisis: Why Now’s the Time for UK Businesses to Act

Jamie Cameron, Director of Digital Solutions at Johnson Controls UK&I, comments on the need for businesses to reduce their expenditure on energy as hundreds of thousands of businesses are projected to fall victim to rising energy prices. As measures are being implemented to ease the effects of the energy crisis for households, we’re officially starting…

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Why the Commercial Property Sector Needs to Take Responsibility for Water Scarcity

With hose pipe bans coming into effect across the United Kingdom, Ross Sheil, SVP at AI powered building intelligence platform Infogrid asks why so much of the onus for reducing water consumption is falling on consumers rather than the commercial real estate sector. With rivers drying up around the world and droughts being declared across…

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PHSO Extends Churchill Services Contract

The Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman (PHSO) in the UK has renewed and expanded the remit of its cleaning contract with Churchill Group. PHSO helps people with complaints that have not been resolved by the NHS, government departments and other public sector organisations. Churchill began its partnership with the PHSO in 2018 at its head…

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