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Leading the charge?
Wednesday 24th May 2017

Facilities management is nothing if not a place of change. Policies, practices, expectations and FM companies themselves shift and develop. Could one, Mitie, in the headlines as much for bad news as good in recent weeks, be showing us the way forward?

Is FM at risk of dehumanising?
Monday 22nd May 2017

Embracing the age of big data and all its associated ground-breaking technology is crucial for the FM sector, but there is a risk that partnership working and collaborative cultures could be lost to the detriment of the client relationship.

Looking back to see forward
Thursday 11th May 2017

I realise not everyone finds the history of FM as engaging as I do, but it is nevertheless interesting, instructive and occasionally surprising.

Low cost improvements for workplace productivity
Sunday 9th April 2017

The Stoddard Review argued that an effective workplace can improve business productivity by as much as 3.5%, potentially contributing billions to the UK economy. But this largely depends on employees being able to work more productively.

The Apprenticeship Levy: challenge or opportunity?
Wednesday 5th April 2017

Today, the UK's first ever Apprenticeship Levy officially comes into force, meaning 22,000 businesses will be liable to pay 0.5% of their annual wage bill into the fund. Andy Donnell offers a view of what this means.

What's it all about?
Monday 27th March 2017

There was a brief but spirited Twitter discussion last week in which some highly experienced FM players debated the relationship between workplace and facilities management. The two are grappling for primacy at the moment, at least in some quarters.

Using technology to ensure compliance
Sunday 19th March 2017

The property and facilities management sectors are often slow adopters of innovation, even when it offers significant benefits and is straightforward to implement.

Business rates: how can FMs help?
Sunday 12th March 2017

Despite an optimistic defence from the government and a promise to alleviate pressures on smaller firms, there has been a highly negative response from a large number of businesses to the long awaited new business rates, which come into effect in April.

Lies, damned lies and big red buses
Tuesday 7th March 2017

In a recent blog post, workplace commentator Simon Heath criticised The Stoddart Review for its assertion that a 1% productivity gain could add £20 billion to the UK economy.

FM BLT
Monday 27th February 2017

I've wanted to write this piece for a while. I suspect it'll annoy a few people. But I need to get it off my chest.

Disruption in FM: competing in a Google world
Tuesday 7th February 2017

Colin Kenton explains why the FM discipline needs to scenario plan for the future of work and create the flexibility to deliver services in uncertain times.

The long view
Wednesday 1st February 2017

A new year is a time for looking forward, of course. But looking forward is inevitably built on a foundation of looking back, at things left undone and things that perhaps aren't going quite as planned. And then there are regrets.


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