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20th July 2018 - What a week that was...

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You Must Be Joking - A little laugh to end the week. So a lorry-load of tortoises crashed into a trainload of terrapins, I thought, ‘That’s a turtle disaster.' Boom! Boom!​

Many thanks to everyone who attended the Facilities Industry Annual Summer River Boat Party last week.  We hope you not only had a great time and enjoyed the sights but also took part in the many discussions that occurred and will ultimately result in millions of pounds worth of business! 

ThisWeekinFM would like to especially thank our Headline Sponsor Oracle, supported by BPIondemand and all the Associate Sponsors: Ark Workplace RiskCordant ServicesEden BrownFSI (FM) SolutionsGrundfosHVAC FMJohnsons Moving ServicesOCD FMPPSPowerSpie, and Technique Projects.  Also to our Entertainment Sponsor PTSG. Thanks!

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Liz Peace, who has a huge knowledge of the property game has taken responsibility for the restoration of Westminster before the whole thing descended in to farce.

Parliament has announced appointments to a Shadow Sponsor Board to oversee restoration and renewal of the Palace of Westminster.

Elizabeth (Liz) Peace CBE, Chair of the Government Property Agency, has been appointed as Chair of the Shadow Sponsor Board. The governing bodies of both the House of Commons and House of Lords approved her appointment on Monday July 16. Read more here

City office investment volumes reached a record high in Q2 2018, with £3.6 billion of stock traded over the course of the quarter, according to global real estate advisor, CBRE. The elevated level of activity was led by the £1 billion sale of 5 Broadgate to Hong Kong-based investor, CK Asset Holdings. This is the third £1 billion plus building to trade in the last 18 months. Read more here

British Land has confirmed that 45 per cent of the estimated rental value across its committed developments at Broadgate is now let or under offer, with 63 per cent let or under offer across the total development pipeline. The company is currently on site at three buildings at Broadgate, 100 Liverpool Street, 1FA and 135 Bishopsgate, together delivering more than 1 million sq. ft of space.

In addition, tech and creative businesses Onfido, Tessian, Neyber and Publica, who were under offer on a total of 43,800 sq ft at the time of the company’s results, have now signed at 3FA.

Other recent lettings at the campus include UK-founded cybersecurity company Mimecast and boutique cinema operator Everyman at 1FA, Japanese bank SMBCE at 100 Liverpool Street, and Italian marketplace Eataly at 135 Bishopsgate.

It is rumored, UK Platforms, the provider of working at height equipment and access platforms to the UK's construction, facilities management and service sectors, looks set to be sold by HSS Hire in a £60.5m deal to Nationwide Platforms, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Loxam Group. The disposal is subject to the approval of shareholders.

Salisbury Group has been appointed to the UK government’s new RM3830 Facilities Management Marketplace Framework Contract. In a competitive tender led by the Crown Commercial Service, Salisbury Workplace Services – part of the wider Salisbury Group – was awarded a place on both lots 1b and 1c. This means that it will be able to tender for the largest national FM contracts with total values of at least £7 million.

With over five years of direct service delivery to a range of government departments and non-departmental bodies, Salisbury Group will seek to leverage its strong track record and service capabilities to win additional contracts in a new era of public sector FM contracting. Tender opportunities through the new framework are expected to commence this year.

The company ordering England’s first hosepipe ban since 2012 loses the equivalent of 175 swimming pools of water a day to leaks. United Utilities is slapping seven million customers with a temporary use ban from 5th August to tackle the ongoing summer heatwave. Customers of the water company, which lost 453 million litres per day last year due to leaks, face a £1,000 fine if they fail to comply. A spokesperson for United Utilities said the company has cut leakage by half since the 1990s and is "working hard to do even more.”

Recruitment firm HVAC FM has been awarded ‘Sole Supplier’ status to Integral’s Mobile Engineering Business in the South East of the UK.

Maxim Facilities Management, the North East’s largest independent contract cleaning and facilities management firm, has taken its turnover past the £10m mark after completing two acquisitions within a month.

Providing commercial contract cleaning and facilities management services to public and private sector clients, the company works with a growing number of well-known firms and organisations including Hitachi, Pendragon plc, Quorn, Paragon Group, Gentoo and the Scottish Prison Service.

After buying up a local rival based on Tyneside in June, Maxim has now headed south to acquire the cleaning division of Swindon-headquartered Gillsbrook FM Services Ltd, which also has an office in Leeds.

The Sunderland-headquartered business now employs around 1,200 people and is continuing to work towards its goal of becoming a £20m turnover company with around 2,000 employees within the next three years.

Mobile workforce management technology company Big Change announced sales for the first six months of 2018 grew to £5.46 million, a 75% increase on the corresponding period last year.

This follows a record 2017 in which the company achieved full year turnover of £6.6 million. In the first half of this year, BigChange has signed more than 100 new customers and secured 3,000 additional users of its mobile workforce management platform. New customers include Arco, Braemar, Bolton Industrial Doors, BioMarsh Environmental, Jackson Fire & Security, Please Hold Media Group and Snorkel UK.

In August BigChange is relocating to Thorpe Park Leeds, which it says will enable it to increase its workforce from 70 to 150 staff over the next five years. The company has agreed a five year lease on the entire 9,500 sq. ft ground floor of building 3150 at the park in a deal with Scarborough International Properties.

Stuart Wells has left ABM UK to join Carbon Numbers Ltd as Commercial Director…Rob Legge joined Servest as Managing Director in the 1990s and soon progressed to the role of CEO. He now takes up the role of Chairman of Atalian Servest UK and USA… Andy McMaster is now Head of Talent Resourcing Management at Trevett Project Services Ltd…

The British Cleaning Council has added the Business Services Association as a new council member.

The British Cleaning Council (BCC) represents over 20 national trade and membership associations linked to the UK’s cleaning, hygiene and waste management sectors. The Business Services Association (BSA) is the industry body for the UK outsourcing companies that range from contract cleaners to administrative services. Read more here

Malcolm Rouse, Head of Sales at Janitorial Express, told us they have appointed Major General, Jeremy Francis Rowan, CB, OBE, QHS to the Board as a Non-Executive Director. Having served with the Royal Army Medical Corps, Jeremy also served as Director General of The Army Medical Services between 2014 and 2016.

According to Malcolm, Jeremy joins the board at a very exciting time for the business following their recent and already successful partnership with Greenspeed.

Kimberly-Clark Professional - the paper towel company - has attacked the use of hand dryers again, inviting visitors to a specially convened website 'to discover The Disgusting Truth about jet air dryers that force you to share bacteria and viruses'. Read more here

And finally…some dates for your diary

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The Facilities & Workplace London Networking Club August 30

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.

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.

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13th July 2018

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You Must Be Joking - A little laugh to help the post-footie gloom. 'I lift weights only on Saturday and Sunday because Monday to Friday are weak days'. Boom! Boom!​

Last night (12 July) 400 people from the facilities management sector enjoyed a great night at the Facilities Industry Annual Summer River Boat Party organised by ThisWeekinFM.

It was a high success and guests said it was the best boat party they had ever been to. The atmosphere was great, the food was excellent and the service was super!!!

What’s more the evening raised over £1800 in aid of our nominated charity Centre Algarve. The Centre Algarve is mainland Europe’s only specialist holiday Centre which is fully equipped to allow people with special needs young and old to experience a wonderful holiday with their family or carers.

The Crown Commercial Service (CCS) launched the Facilities Management Marketplace agreement - giving the public sector access to a wide range of suppliers for their FM requirements.

47 companies have been awarded places across 3 value banded lots. The winning bidders include 10 small and medium-sized enterprises. Read more here

CBRE has been appointed by LKK Health Products Group (LKKHPG), to provide property management services at 20 Fenchurch Street.

LKKHPG acquired the building in August 2017 for £1.282bn, signifying the biggest ever single asset deal in UK history.

This iconic asset, designed by Rafael Vinoly, is one of London’s most prestigious buildings, and provides over 700,000 sq. ft of modern world class space over 37 floors, with each floor offering panoramic views across the City of London. The building is also home to the Sky Garden, a unique public space landscape garden, including various destination bars and restaurants, attracting visitors from around the globe.

The instruction of CBRE’s Asset Services team complements services already provided to 20 Fenchurch Street by CBRE, including leasing, lease consultancy, valuation, rating, M&E services.

Official Wimbledon caterer FMC, which is a subsidiary of Compass, is paying some casual night workers £8 an hour – the same rate as their daytime colleagues.

While the hourly rate falls just above the government’s national living wage” of £7.83 for people aged 25 and over, the Living Wage Foundation advocates a living wage of £10.20 for London workers. Around 6,000 workers are hired for the prestigious tennis tournament, including 3,000 food and drink staff.

Did you hear JCA have been awarded the Chelsea and Westminster Trust contract circa £3.5m. Bouygues to challenge via the OJEU process.

Over the past 10 years, Bristol has gone from strength to strength becoming one of the UK’s most successful cities. This is highlighted by it being voted the best city to live in by The Sunday Times twice in the last four years. But how does it compare to its regional counterparts? And how does its current ranking compare to a decade ago?

To answer this Savills have looked at Bristol and eight of its regional peers, Manchester, Birmingham, Leeds, Edinburgh, Oxford, Cambridge, Reading and Cardiff.

For each city Savills compared a wide range of metrics covering factors from housing affordability and delivery to employment, workforce skills, and economic performance. They combined the rankings on each of these metrics to arrive at an overall rank. Read more here

A new skyscraper dubbed Cheesegrater 2 will be built in the City of London despite opposition from nearby St Paul's Cathedral.

The 56-storey tower was approved by City of London Corporation planners and would be the third tallest building in the Square Mile financial district.

St Paul's Cathedral guardians raised fears new buildings were "chipping away" at London's heritage views. Read more here

This autumn, the Devonshire Square campus, which currently encompasses thoughtfully renovated East India Company warehouses into refreshing, modern workspace, is undergoing a transformation.

Using the central courtyard as a contemporary town square, wework is to introduce the community spirit of a neighbourhood into this corporate corner of London, creating something altogether new.
Read more here

NJC and Peartree Cleaning Services have been identified in 1000 Companies to Inspire Britain report. This is the second consecutive year that NJC has been included.

1000 Companies to Inspire is London Stock Exchange Group’s celebration of some of the fastest-growing and most dynamic small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the UK and Europe. As well as identifying 1,000 companies, the annual reports examine in detail the opportunities and challenges facing SMEs and looks at the sectors and trends that will shape the future of the British and European economies. Read more here

The government must revamp its apprenticeship scheme if it’s to hit its 2020 target, companies have warned.

Figures from the Department of Education showed apprenticeship starts slumped by a third to 290,500 in the nine months to the end of May, compared with a year earlier. The government introduced the apprenticeship levy in April 2017, pledging to create three million new apprentices by 2020, a target the Institute of Directors says is at risk of being missed.

Integrated building solutions company J Tomlinson has recorded a £87 million turnover for the year 2016/2017 – up £13 million on the previous year.

The Nottingham based company, with a West Midlands office in Canwell, generated sales of £87 million in the year ending September 2017. In the previous year, the firm recorded a turnover of £74 million.

During the 12 months to September 2017, the Beeston-based company won a number of key contracts and contract extensions including £1.8 million worth of upgrades and repair and maintenance work on properties for South Yorkshire Housing Association, a £7.25 million contract to provide mechanical and electrical engineering services for a new 922-bed student accommodation scheme in Coventry, and a contract to build a specialist supported housing development in Coventry.

An ambitious new partnership between the government and the construction industry has been revealed.

With almost half of the economy reliant on the built environment and the services it enables, the government is bringing together the construction, manufacturing, energy and digital sectors to deliver new approaches that improve productivity in construction and accelerate a shift to building safer, healthier and more affordable places that use less energy. Read more here

Facilities management and compliance company, Robinsons Facilities Services, has appointed a new director to head up the firm. Katie Challis, who previously acted as service manager at the company, has been promoted to director following a period of recent change.

Good to see Ian G Adams, is now Head of Marketing at Clearwater Technology. Ian was formerly Head of Strategic Marketing at Mitie…Craig Chantler is now Global Head of IoT Sales at simPRO Software… Enrique Vallano is now Head of Facilities Management of Empiric Student Property plc.