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14th September 2018

What a week that was...
Got a story for us? Please send news stories & press releases to: grapevine@twinfm.com.


Britain’s biggest labour union Unite called for a criminal investigation into key individuals involved in the high profile collapse of Carillion.
Carillion, which provides services in defence, education, health and transport, collapsed in January, becoming the largest construction bankruptcy in British history. It left creditors and the firm’s pensioners facing steep losses and put thousands of jobs at risk.
Unite launched legal action against Carillion in July on behalf of former workers of the company whose jobs were made redundant. It also called for a public inquiry into the collapsed firm in August.


ISS has reached an agreement to divest non-core single-service cleaning portfolio in the Netherlands to Dutch cleaning company CSU.
The divestment concerns approximately 70 Dutch customers and, pending approval from the Netherlands Authority of Consumer and Markets (ACM), will see the transfer of around 2,200 employees to CSU.


JLL has published its latest 'On.Point' UK Shopping Centre Car Parks report, which surveys the performance of 62 shopping centre car parks across the UK. The report reveals the impact of technology on the infrastructure of shopping centre car parks as well as a significant rise in both the income received and business rates paid in 2017. Read more here.


Three in five UK companies have found it harder to recruit skilled workers in the last 12 months, according to research. The Open University said 53% of UK businesses expect recruitment woes to deepen in the next 12 months. Businesses said they spent £6.3bn last year to combat a shortage of required skills – including £2.2bn on higher salaries, £1.2bn in additional recruitment fees and £1.5bn on temporary staff.


Do you know 300 million metric tons of plastic are produced EACH YEAR—about the weight of the entire human population. Planet Mark™ has created a guide to help both businesses and individuals identify how to reduce their plastic footprint and be part of a global solution. It is for use in conjunction with other waste management and carbon reduction resources to support carbon footprint reduction.
Download The Planet Mark™ guide to plastic consumption here.


Topland and Enstar Capital have appointed property advisers JLL and Michael Elliott on the sale of the long leasehold investment of 1-3 Upper James Street, Soho, W1. Offers are invited in excess of £38.5m, reflecting a net initial yield of 4.2%.
1-3 Upper James Street is home to one of Soho's most fashionable restaurants, Bob Bob Ricard at ground floor and basement level, totaling 7,309 sq. ft. The five upper floors, comprising 18,930 sq. ft, are occupied by a single tenant, Phonographic Performance Limited – a UK based music licensing company.


Security solution provider Wilson James has merged its Midlands, North and Scottish business regions into a single, combined Northern Region.
Following two successful years with Wilson James as a Strategic Solutions Consultant, Marc Bannister will head the newly constituted Northern Region. He steps into this new role at an exciting moment in the company’s history and will be responsible for bringing new services and people initiatives to the region.
This strategic change supports Wilson James’ mission to deliver full-scale security solutions, built bespoke to client requirements and designed to meet the complex security needs of businesses and brands in the 21st century.


Picture your office in 2025 - what does it look like? Thought we should share this report … Kinnarps second Trend Report identifies five important trends that will affect how we work. Read more here.


Incentive FM Group beat their target of £10,000 and raised £11,600 for Scotty’s Little Soldiers during their annual charity clay pigeon shoot. The event was held at E J Churchill in High Wycombe, and also included a charity auction. Simon Millar from the charity spoke about how he was inspired by the experience of Army widow Nikki Scott, who set up the charity in her husband’s, Corporal Lee Scott’s, memory.
Fifteen teams (75 guns) entered the event, each consisting of five friends, colleagues or customers. The event is open to all and included teams from Barclays, London & Capital, and Michael Page. The winning team on the day, ‘Shooting Stars’, led by Incentive FM’s Operations Director Glenn Wilson, was from Ideal 365 and ACM Environmental Plc with 340 points and the highest scoring woman of the day went to Deborah Wilson from Barclays.


The Planet Mark™ has also announced that Sir Tim Smit, Co-Founder of Eden Project, returns to give another rousing and inspiring speech 5-years on from when he helped launch The Planet Mark.
The awards, which are set to become an annual event, will present a chance for Planet Mark™ holders to celebrate their sustainable achievements, network with and learn from other businesses in The Planet Mark™ community. Their launch will also be an important milestone for The Planet Mark™ Certification programme itself, which celebrates its fifth anniversary this year.


Just in case you missed this, the UK’s first ever aerial window cleaning training academy has launched at Her Majesty’s Prison & Young Offender Institution Isis, in a move to tackle the ongoing UK skills shortage, while helping to reduce reoffending.
The Aerial Window Cleaning Academy trains people serving their final six to twelve months of their sentence at HMP & YOI Isis to scale and clean high-rise buildings. With a focus on rehabilitation, the Academy provides the opportunity to obtain a qualification that can be transferred into employment following release.
The first of its kind across the UK, the Aerial Window Cleaning Academy is a result of a partnership between Landsec, London-based charity Bounce Back and cleaning services company, NJC (Not Just Cleaning Ltd), and is backed by the Ministry of Justice.
According to the Ministry of Justice, rehabilitation initiatives like the Academy will help to cut the £15 billion annual cost of reoffending; ex-offenders in employment are up to nine percentage points less likely to commit further crimes. At present, however, only 17 per cent of offenders are employed one year after release.
Bounce Back has helped over 1,000 people through its programmes across five London prisons and local communities. The charity’s programme has a re-offending rate of less than 12%.


Spectrum Service Solutions, a Scottish company specialising in contract cleaning and facilities management, have recently announced that they won the contract for cleaning services at the world’s leading museum of art & design, V&A, for their new  8000m² state-of-the-art Dundee Museum.
The company will provide a range of cleaning services for the museum, including daily cleaning in the office and associated areas, break out areas, canteen, showers and locker rooms, sanitary and washroom services, provision of consumables, window cleaning, provision of day-time janitorial services, as well as a quarterly deep clean.
The new contract win at V&A Dundee comes at a very exciting time for Spectrum as they have recently expanded their presence in the North of Scotland.  Rapid growth and an increase in contracts in this area has led to the recent opening of two new offices, in Aberdeen and Edinburgh.


Biffa has boosted its retail offering with the appointment of Sandra Gibson to head of corporate accounts in this sector.
Sandra joins with more than 20 years’ experience managing blue-chip retail accounts and will help drive Biffa’s partnerships with major UK retailers as well as facilitating growth of the firm’s market share in the retail sector overall.
She previously spent three years at Bunzl Retail Supplies, part of multinational distribution company Bunzl, where she was responsible for managing corporate retail accounts including Asda and Co-op.


Lee Felton has been promoted to Area General Manager at CBRE Global Workplace Solutions (GWS) EMEAAdrian Connor is now Occupier Services, Platform Director at Mitie plc


We know that summer has not yet fully handed over to Autumn, but we have to mention Christmas…a taboo subject still but we like you to be prepared!
We have arranged a fantastic Christmas Party for you at The Forge in the City on Wednesday 28th November 2018 from 6pm. 350 professionals from the Facilities, Workplace and Built Environment sectors will enjoy great hospitality and an unforgettable night of festivities which include a live DJ and dancing.
Tickets are on sale now priced at the Early Bird Special of just £50 per ticket (Normal rate is £55). The Early Bird Ticket is available until Friday 21stSeptember.
There are a limited number of sponsorship packages available. Sponsors so far include FSI, Simpro Software and SPIE Facilities Services.  To find out the full details, take a look at our event brochure here.


Recognised as one of the most influential women in FM, Anne Lennox-Martin who is celebrating her 70th birthday this year is planning to pay back her good fortune and the support she has had from the FM industry, to others less fortunate.
Whilst on holiday last year in India with her husband, Vin, they were introduced to street children in Delhi; orphans and homeless children who are being cared for by the charity Salaam Balaak.
Anne has decided to organise a birthday event on Saturday 29th September at the Octagon at Queen Mary University of London with the help of friends and family, so that they can generate funds to support this charity.
There will be a maximum of 150 guests who will enjoy a buffet meal and Bollywood style entertainment during what will be a splendid and memorable evening. Read more here.
Note: ThisWeekinFM is supporting this evening and is looking to have at least a table, maybe two… if you would like to join us please email laurence@twinfm.com.


And finally…some dates for your diary

A full list can be found in the Events drop down menu at the top of every page on ThisWeekinFM. If you would like your event listed, please email details to dave@twinfm.com.


Property Regatta 2018 - September 20-21

The Property Regatta is a brand-new event developed in response to increasing demand for team building and networking opportunities from companies within the property, real estate, construction, development and facilities management sector.


The Facilities & Workplace London Networking Club - October 25

Is exclusively for Facilities, Workplace & related professionals drawn from a broad cross section of organisations and disciplines.  Tickets can only be purchased through an invitation.


The Facilities & Workplace London Networking Club Christmas Extravaganza! - November 28

The Facilities & Workplace Networking Club, run by ThisWeekinFM, hosts something for Christmas every year, from three course lunches to full-on Christmas Parties. This year we will start the festivities early with a Christmas Extravaganza!


For further information on any of the listed events please email di.searle@twinfm.com.
If you would like your event listed please email details to dave@twinfm.com.

 
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7th September 2018

What a week that was...
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We hear Willmott Dixon Interiors has been appointed for a £19m contract to create the UK’s first nhow hotel, which will be in Shoreditch.
It will see Willmott Dixon’s team of interior specialists fit-out a nine storey building in the new Foster + Partners designed mixed-use development called 250 City Road to create a 190 room hotel which includes restaurant, bar, gym and meeting rooms.
This takes the value of hotel work Willmott Dixon Interiors has secured and delivered in the last year to over £100m. Notable contracts include a high-end boutique hotel refurbishment at St Martin’s Place, Trafalgar Square, as well as several brand refreshes for Travelodge, converting apart-hotels in Long Lane and Earls Court into the Residence Inn by Marriott brand, plus rebrands for Village Hotels in Newcastle, Dudley and Leeds.
On the nhow hotel project, the company will deliver on the brand’s aim to provide a unique experience that sees the hotel positioned as a destination and hotspot for visitors to London.
Willmott Dixon Interiors will take the new building from shell and core to completion. The company is working with project and cost managers Jones Lang LaSalle, with completion set for summer 2019.
The company recently completed another hotel close to the ever popular ‘tech city’ of Shoreditch, creating the 13 storey Dorsett City, London, next to Aldgate tube station and the 18th century St Botolph Church


London has topped a ranking for EMEA’s largest technology clusters, according to research from CBRE. The report EMEA Tech Cities: Opportunities in Technology Hotspots, published Wednesday, provides a framework for occupiers and investors to assess the characteristics of technology clusters in economic, leasing and employment terms at regional and city level. Read more here.


As the corporate world spend millions competing with weird and wacky office designs, new research reveals that Brits actually want a flat white or cappuccino as two-thirds said a caffeine kick is the most important feature in their dream office.
Research by international coworking developer, Areaworks also revealed a tipple while they work was important for the majority, as 66% included a booze-filled fridge among their choice items. Read more here.


Premier Technical Services Group PLC (PTSG) has secured a county-wide, multidisciplinary contract with Vertas Group Limited in Suffolk.
Vertas is a Suffolk County Council-owned company that manages around 400 council properties across the county, including schools, offices and public buildings.
Engineeers from across PTSG’s four divisions will attend these sites to provide lightning protection and fall arrest works, chimney inspections, fixed wire testing and portable appliance testing.


Securitas Security Services UK Ltd (Securitas) has announced its acquisition of Milton Keynes Security Services Ltd and its associated companies, together trading as MK Group Security.
As part of the Securitas Group, MK Group Security will continue to deliver local, professional security services to clients and will transition to operate under the Securitas brand by end 2018.


NG Bailey has created a new £300 million services division to bring together its facilities engineering services and IT services businesses, alongside the recently acquired Freedom Group.


MJF Facilities Management has acquired the assets of Swift Facilities Management UK Ltd out of administration for a five-figure sum, saving 70 jobs in the process.
The Darlington company is now looking to build on its new acquisition’s existing customer base, which stretches from Hull across to Manchester, as well as targeting additional business development opportunities in the area.


Caroline Gardiner has been appointed to Cushman & Wakefield’s Global Occupier Services (GOS) team as Head of Facilities Management, EMEA.
Gardiner has spent the past three years working as a consultant to Citigroup, responsible as project lead for the global outsourcing of the Fortune 500 bank’s facilities management services across 98 countries within four regions.
Established within the Facilities Management sector, Gardiner has held a number of high-profile roles within the banking sector. She was project lead for the global outsourcing of Barclays Facilities Services across three regions and 54 countries, later appointed as the Interim Head of Global Facilities Management. Prior to that, she supported HSBC in developing a service-centric facilities management operating model through multiple partners, incorporating ‘change’ and business transformation.
Before moving into the banking sector, Gardiner held senior management roles in corporate catering services organisations including Compass Group as well as Sodexo’s fine-dining division Directors Table, developing the business and introducing Facilities Management services.


Clugston FM, a division of the privately-owned Clugston Group, has appointed Nick Blackstock as director of its Facilities Management division.


Trina Marshall has been appointed Principal, Regional Leader of Consulting for HOK in London. With over 17 years of experience providing workplace and portfolio expertise, Marshall will lead the delivery of four types of consulting offerings: facilities strategy and strategic portfolio planning; workplace strategy; wellness strategy and change management.
Marshall joins HOK from CBRE, where she held a series of senior leadership roles within the Global Workplace Solutions division and led the strategy, design and implementation of workplace solutions across hundreds of locations worldwide. Prior to that, she was a senior director for the EMEA region with Johnson Controls’ Global WorkPlace Solutions division.


DRS Facilities Management, a Swansea-based company that provides specialist engineering solutions to the facilities management sector, has appointed a new managing director.
Mark Phillips started his new role with DRS in July 2018. Originally from Swansea, he previously worked as project director at Honeywell, and has over 30 years’ experience in electrical, IT services and building services control.


GMB union has backed a second Brexit referendum. The union, which represents 639,000 workers, has voiced support for a vote on the terms of the final Brexit deal. The comments echo those of other unions, including the TSSA and Royal College of Nursing which have backed a further referendum. Meanwhile, Scotland’s Nicola Sturgeon has said the country will cover the immigration fees for resident EU citizens after Brexit. The First Minister said it’s “wrong that people already making a contribution to our country should have to pay”.


The International Facility Management Association (IFMA) and its alliance partner Facility Management Netherlands (FMN) have announced that the combined Facility for Future and World Workplace Europe Conference and Expo will be held from March 20 to 22, 2019, at the Kromhouthal in Amsterdam.
IFMA and FMN are teaming up for the Facility for Future annual conference to provide a unique combination of these two events, as FMN is the Dutch professional association for the facility sector, while IFMA represents the global facility community.
IFMA brought World Workplace to Europe two years ago, following several years of successful conferences in America and Asia. The 2019 conference in Amsterdam follows successful shows in Stockholm and Barcelona. World Workplace is the original information and networking event on facilities and how to manage them, providing value for FM professionals at every point in their careers and across all types of facilities. The conference will consist of two days of education sessions, workshops and networking, followed by facility tours, where attendees will get a glimpse of special projects in Amsterdam behind the scenes.


Recognised as one of the most influential women in FM, Anne Lennox-Martin who is celebrating her 70th birthday this year is planning to pay back her good fortune and the support she has had from the FM industry, to others less fortunate.
Whilst on holiday last year in India with her husband, Vin, they were introduced to street children in Delhi; orphans and homeless children who are being cared for by the charity Salaam Balaak.
Anne has decided to organise a birthday event on Saturday 29th September at the Octagon at Queen Mary University of London with the help of friends and family, so that they can generate funds to support this charity.
There will be a maximum of 150 guests who will enjoy a buffet meal and Bollywood style entertainment during what will be a splendid and memorable evening. Read more here.
Note: ThisWeekinFM is supporting this evening and is looking to have at least a table, maybe two… if you would like to join us please email laurence@twinfm.com.


And finally…some dates for your diary

A full list can be found in the Events drop down menu at the top of every page on ThisWeekinFM. If you would like your event listed, please email details to dave@twinfm.com.


Property Regatta 2018 - September 20-21

The Property Regatta is a brand-new event developed in response to increasing demand for team building and networking opportunities from companies within the property, real estate, construction, development and facilities management sector.


The Facilities & Workplace London Networking Club - October 25

Is exclusively for Facilities, Workplace & related professionals drawn from a broad cross section of organisations and disciplines.  Tickets can only be purchased through an invitation.


The Facilities & Workplace London Networking Club Christmas Extravaganza! - November 28

The Facilities & Workplace Networking Club, run by ThisWeekinFM, hosts something for Christmas every year, from three course lunches to full-on Christmas Parties. This year we will start the festivities early with a Christmas Extravaganza!


For further information on any of the listed events please email di.searle@twinfm.com.
If you would like your event listed please email details to dave@twinfm.com.

 
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