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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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Shojin Reports Asian Investor Growth

FCA-regulated online real estate investment platform Shojin is reporting a 35 per cent increase in Asian investors over the past year as real estate in the United Kingdom continues to be in demand from global investors. The company is gaining strong momentum among investors based in Hong Kong, Singapore and Taiwan, mirroring the changing appetite…

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Summer School: A Fire Safety Curriculum

As educational facilities revel in a summertime of empty hallways and classrooms, Sue Corrick, EMEA Product Manager at Allegion UK, explains why it’s the perfect time to assess fire door hardware. The great British summertime has arrived, known for its quintessential rainy days, packed out beach fronts and extended educational term breaks. By the time…

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Qualifying Residential Tenants in Multi-tenancy Disposals

Sophie Bedwell, commercial property lawyer with Clarke Willmott LLP, explains why UK landlords and developers must consider qualifying owners of leasehold flats before disposing of multi-tenancy residential premises. Landlords of mixed-use residential premises in the United Kingdom need to take account of qualifying tenants in their forward planning prior to disposing of any property. Disposing…

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Pinnacle Group Regains Community Housing Contract

Solihull Community Housing (SCH) which operates housing services on behalf of Solihull Council in England’s West Midlands has selected Pinnacle Group as the cleaning contractor for a council-owned portfolio of over 600 homes and administrative facilities. Pinnacle previously held the £1 million contract between 2010 and 2015. As part of the latest agreement which came…

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Diversity and Inclusivity Essential to Closing UK Construction Skills Gap

Thirty-six per cent of construction companies recently surveyed by UK recruitment firm and job board Monster are experiencing difficulty in recruiting.  More positively, 23% of construction businesses have diversity and inclusion programmes specifically for neurodivergent staff. These findings are contained in t he first part of Monster’s multipart “Future of Work” survey released in April…

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Sickness Absences Fall After Groundbreaking Flexible Working Pilot

Contractors BAM Construct, BAM Nuttall, Skanska UK and Willmott Dixon have reported reduced sickness absence rates in a follow-up study to an 18-month flexible working pilot. The follow-up study which was commissioned by the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) from social enterprise and flexible working consultancy, Timewise, obtained updated data on sickness absences from the…

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Parr FM Secures Place on New £800m NHS Hard FM Framework Agreement

UK facility services provider Parr Facilities Management (Parr FM) which operates offices in Manchester, Glasgow and Belfast, has been named as a supplier on the NHS Shared Business Services (NHS SBS) second-generation Hard Facilities Management framework agreement. The Hard Facilities Management 2 (Hard FM) framework agreement offers a compliant route to market to all NHS…

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ESS and Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity Celebrate Platinum Partnership

Compass Group business ESS Defence has been recognised as a Platinum Partner of the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity (RNRMC). ESS enjoys a longstanding relationship with the RNRMC which is the principal charity of the Royal Navy, and exists to support sailors, marines and their families for life. This was marked at a recent…

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Musk Process Services Welcomes its First Managing Director

David Mallinson has been appointed to the newly created role of managing director at Musk Process Services, a subsidiary of UK asset engineering solutions provider, Edwin James Group.  The new position has been created to focus on growth in process engineering and maintenance, and to support collaboration with other group companies.  Mallinson was previously group…

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UK’s Largest Urban Regeneration Project Breaks Ground

Construction is underway at Miller’s Quay, the £130 million urban regeneration development on the left bank of the River Mersey in North West England, and flagship project of the UK government’s ‘levelling up’ strategy. A partnership between Peel L&P, Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council, and long-term investor (and Peel funding partner) Pension Insurance Corporation (PIC), the…

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Meggitt Workers Vote for Strike Action After Defence Contractor Offers ‘Cup of Tea Instead of Pay Rise’

Workers who gave up 10 per cent of their wages during the pandemic now being offered real terms pay cut, says GMB Union.

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Almost Half of Smaller UK Landlords Planning to Expand Portfolios

According to the latest survey from Handelsbanken, 49 per cent of small and mid-sized professional landlords with a minimum of four properties in the UK are planning to increase their portfolios in the year ahead, as optimism about residential and commercial property builds despite fears of an economic downturn and the cost of living crisis.…

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OHS to Provide Water Compliance Services for Pets at Home

OHS has been awarded a water risk assessment and remedial work contract for all 457 stores operated by FTSE 250-listed pet supplies retailer, Pets at Home.  The work will see OHS send teams of assessors to stores and ensure compliance of water systems with applicable regulations. David Hulston, facilities manager for Pets at Home, comments:…

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Churchill Services Recognised for UK Armed Forces Commitment

Multi-service provider Churchill Services has received a Gold Award from The Defence Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) in recognition of its support for the defence and armed forces community, and the alignment of its values with the UK’s Armed Forces Covenant. The ERS is designed primarily to recognise private sector support for the military, although public…

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Pareto Facilities Management Expands Senior Management Team and Launches New Brand Identity

Following a management buyout in March 2021and revenue forecast of £30 million for the fiscal year ending September 2022, Pareto FM has added five new roles to its Senior Team and also launched a new brand identity. The new branding emphasises the service provider’s commitment to social value and relationship-based facilities management delivery. Managing director,…

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Compass Apprentice Chef of the Year Dinner

Compass Group UK & Ireland hosted 60 people at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium at its annual Apprentice Chef of the Year dinner on 5th July. The event was catered for by Compass apprentices, with the menu being created and the brigade led by Lorcán Leavy, Apprentice Commis Chef for Restaurant Associates – Compass’ Apprentice Chef of…

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Living Wage Champion Award for EMCOR UK

EMCOR UK has been announced as the winner of the Recognised Service Provider Champion award at the 2022 Living Wage Champion Awards. The awards celebrate individuals and organisations that have made an outstanding contribution to the Living Wage movement. EMCOR UK was accredited as a Living Wage Foundation Recognised Service Provider in May 2021 and planned…

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Corps Applauded for Championing Living Wage

The Living Wage Foundation, a campaigning organisation for salaries that cover the real cost of living in the United Kingdom, has recognised Corps Security‘s for extending a commitment to paying directly employed security personnel a Real Living Wage to all new contracts it bids on. The annual Living Wage Champion Awards celebrate notable employers that…

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RABI Launches ‘Return to School’ Grant to Support Farming Families

UK charity The Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution (RABI) has launched a ‘return to school’ grant to help cover the cost of school uniforms, P.E. kit and other equipment as a response to what it describes as “unacceptable financial choices” facing farming families in the run up to the new school year. Citing research by consumer…

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Rochford District Council in Waste Collection Partnership with Norse

Rochford District Council has appointed Norse Group, the Local Authority Trading Company (LATC) of Norfolk County Council, to deliver waste and street cleansing services under a new eight-year contract. The agreement comes into effect today, with Norse succeeding Suez, Rochford’s previous environmental contractor. Norse is owned by Norfolk County Council and brings together building consultancy…

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Elior UK Launches Social Value Charter

Contract caterer Elior UK is embracing a new Social Value Charter which builds on activities already embedded in its business modell. The company is also adopting a co-ordinated approach to economic, social and environmental governance to ensure all employees and suppliers make a conscious effort to create a positive impact wherever possible. The Charter summarises…

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Stress-free Grilling in a Friendly Community Setting

With National BBQ taking place in the UK from 4th to 10th July, residential developer Quintain Living is showcasing the facililities on offer to residents of one of its friendly community settings. Firing up the BBQ come rain or shine is an intrinsic part of summer in the UK. Yet many renters in London miss…

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Johnson Controls Welcomes High-rise Safety Amendment to UK Building Regulations

Johnson Controls has welcomed a recent amendment to Section 15, paragraphs 15 and 17 of the Building Regulations in the United Kingdom relating to evacuation alert systems in high-rise residential buildings. The amendment states that new residential developments over 18 metres tall will have to incorporate an Evacuation Alert System in accordance with BS 8629…

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Tackling Skills Shortages with Alternative Entry into Construction

Emma Dickson, Technical Director at Arcadis and industry co-chair of the Scottish Construction Leadership Forum’s Skills and Workforce sub group, presents the case for non-apprenticeship based training routes into the construction industry. Employers in the construction industry in Scotland hardly need to be reminded of the skills shortages which are hampering the industry as it…

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Atalian Servest Acquires Incentive FM

Atalian Servest has acquired multi-service provider Incentive FM Group in its first UK acquisition since the 2018 takeover of Servest Group by Atalian Global Services. Founded in 2002, Incentive FM  has built an enviable reputation in FM service excellence and boasts an impressive client portfolio, with many long-standing and legacy relationships. The transaction will also…

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FSI Rebrands as MRI Software

FSI has begun trading as MRI Software following its August 2021 acquisition, with the Concept Evolution CAFM/IWMS platform also rebranded as ‘MRI Evolution’. “Integrating FSI with MRI Software strengthens both organisations’ ability to support FM teams across a range of industry sectors by delivering an enhanced, scalable technology platform to manage and maintain facilities effectively,”…

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Crown Commercial Service awards major new ‘social value enabled’ FM framework

UK government executive procurement agency Crown Commercial Service (CCS) has awarded 44 supplier places on its  new Facilities Management and Workplace Services framework. The new framework supports the principles of the Government’s Sourcing Playbook by heavily weighting ‘quality’ in its contract award criteria, rather than lowest cost – emphasising the importance of social value and…

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NEPC Urges Mandatory Building Upgrades to Support Healthier Indoor Environments

A new report released by the National Engineering Policy Centre (NEPC) calls on the UK government to seize the post-pandemic opportunity to mandate long-term improvements to infection control in commercial, public and residential buildings to reduce transmission of future waves of COVID-19, new pandemics, seasonal influenza and other infectious diseases. In the event of another severe…

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Cloudfm Welcomes UK Net Zero Report

Cloudfm has welcomed a House of Commons Environment Audit Committee (EAC) report that calls for whole-life carbon assessments of larger buildings. ‘Building to net zero: costing carbon in construction’ criticises the government for focusing too much on reporting energy efficiency and lacking the impetus to mandate reporting on embodied carbon emissions for the whole life…

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World Environment Day 2022: Johnson Controls Calls for UK Net Zero Action

On World Environment Day, Adam Savitz, Sustainability Director, EMEALA at Johnson Controls, explains why an overhaul of the United Kingdom’s built environment is needed to reach government emissions targets by 2035. We must once again highlight the critical need to redress the planetary imbalance – from regulatory policy through personal choices, we all play a part in…

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