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Monday, 28 May


25th May 2018 - What a week that was...

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To brighten up your Friday, here is a topical GDPR silly joke - Do you know a good GDPR consultant?
Can you pass me their email address?
No.…boom! boom!

You could hardly make it up but the Crown Prosecutions Service has been fined after losing victim interview videos - PLUS a variety of convictions including a 'serious'  data breach at the University of Greenwich; nuisance calls; and individual thefts of personal information. Read more

TFL have a little-known legacy estate of property that never formed part of their FM contract for stations (incumbent currently Engie) and offices (incumbent currently Vinci). This legacy estate has been grouped together and recently issued for tender. TFL had to use the CCS framework and is now down to the last 3 competitors - Vinci, ISS, Emcor. This will be awarded in the next ten days!!! Value circa £3.5m PA.

Also, there is a rumour that CBRE has been in talks to acquire the rest of the Broadgate portfolio not sold to Savills - Now that would be like nicking the crown jewels right of the Queens head!

Watch out for these guys…headed up by Ken Allsobrook and Ben McCauley, Fairview Facilities Management have over forty years of experience covering a whole range of different market sectors within the FM arena operating in the UK and Ireland. Read more

Network Rail’s new CEO will be paid 27% less than his predecessor to run the UK’s train infrastructure. Andrew Haines, whose term as CEO of the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) ends in the summer, will be paid £588,000 including benefits, with a possible 9% bonus. Haines, famed for cost-cutting and transformation at the CAA, will replace retiring chief executive Mark Carne in autumn. The appointment follows "meltdown Monday" which saw commuters travelling on Northern and Thameslink services particularly affected by the introduction of new timetables.

Atalian Servest, has made its first acquisitions since forming as a result of the recent merger between Atalian and Servest through the acquisition of Unique Catering and Management Services Limited. The Group also bolsters its service offering under the Arthur Mckay building services group with Thermotech Solutions Limited, a provider of active fire protection systems, HVAC and mechanical services.

Sodexo's first third level IFM (integrated facilities management) contract in Ireland in respect of the new 220 million Central and East Quads about to be built on the Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) Campus at Grangegorman. The IFM contract is the first of its kind for an Irish university.  Once the Quads are completed and ready for use, Sodexo be managing and delivering all facilities management services, including cleaning, waste management, building and engineering maintenance, caretaking, security, utilities and energy management, landscaping and lifecycle management. The first building is due to open in 2020. Sodexo already delivers full IFM services at ten PPP second level schools throughout Ireland in addition to catering services at Trinity College Dublin and NUI Galway. DIT accounts for almost 10% of the total higher education sector in Ireland and all its activities, previously in 39 separate citywide locations, will be brought together at Grangegorman. In two years’ time, it is anticipated that over 10,000 students and 600 members of staff will be based on the campus in Dublin’s north inner city.

CleanEvent Services, the specialist venue and stadium cleaning provider, has secured the cleaning services contract at ACC Liverpool, the award winning conference centre on the banks of Liverpool’s heritage waterfront. The 3-year contract, with an optional 2-year extension, includes the provision of daily and event cleaning.

Independent construction, property and management consultant, Rider Levett Bucknall UK (RLB UK), has announced the appointment of two new senior appointments further bolstering its Facilities Management (FM) Consultancy offer. Dr Rachel Dick has been appointed as Associate Facilities Management consultant and joins RLB in London from the RICS where she was Senior Consultant, Data Services. Karl Redmond also joins as Associate Facilities Management consultant and will be based at RLB in Manchester. Karl is a specialist in smart asset management and was most recently with the architectural and planning consultancy, Enable By Design.

Rachel has previously worked for a number of FM organisations including Mace Macro, GB Partnerships, EC Harris LLP and IBM Global Business Services. She has been a Fellow of the RICS since 2013.

Karl has been a Fellow of the Leeds Sustainability Institute since 2013 and is a member of BIM4HEALTH. In addition to his consultancy positions he has held a number of senior roles within the Leeds Sustainability Institute, Anglo Irish Bank and HBoS.

HR specialist the Dovetail Group has promoted Hettie Orpin to facilities management recruitment team manager, managing Dovetail’s existing FM team in the Newbury office in Berkshire. Orpin joined Dovetail as an FM consultant in 2012, specialising in the Moves and Changes sector.

Artificial Intelligence will create more jobs than it destroys, the majority of British business leaders believe. More than 70% of UK CEOs quizzed by KPMG said that, in the short term, AI will lead to more employment opportunities than fewer. Some 62% said this will be the case in the long term, too. Masayoshi Son, CEO of Softbank, which owns UK tech firm Arm Holdings, said almost all blue-collar workers will be replaced by "metal-collar" workers, but added: "Humans will continue to do jobs in high-touch segments such as the arts, social enterprises and entertainment, selling and marketing."

During a recent visit of Legal Sustainability Taskforce (LSA) members and other LSA member guests to the Granary Square development at Kings Cross, hosted by Argent, the LSA’s Amanda Carpenter talked with Paul Crilly, MD of cleaning and business support service company NJC about being a sustainable business.  In this first outside broadcast for the LSA Paul talks passionately about what it means to be sustainable and how his own company is approaching this and supporting clients.
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Marlowe plc, the support services group focused on acquiring and developing companies that provide critical asset maintenance services, announced that it has acquired the business and assets of Forest Environmental Limited from its administrator for a cash consideration of £0.5 million. Forest provides environmental services and asbestos remediation to customers across the UK.

In the year to 30 June 2017, Forest recorded revenues of £13.1 million, profit before tax of £0.1 million, adjusted profit before tax of £0.3 million and net assets of £1.3 million. The Group anticipates that, in the first year of ownership, Forest's revenues will be lower than the level achieved in the year to 30 June 2017.

Following the Group's acquisition of Ductclean UK in July 2017, the acquisition of Forest's business and assets further extends the Group's position within the UK asbestos remediation market. Forest services a broad base of predominantly large organisations in both the private and public sectors, with a focus on transport, education, landmark public buildings and facilities management.

Calbarrie Compliance Services Ltd has been given a prestigious award in recognition of its practices and achievements in helping its employees and customers get home safely at the end of the working day. Calbarrie is a national provider of electrical safety testing and compliance services and has achieved Gold in the internationally-renowned RoSPA Health and Safety Awards, the longest-running industry awards scheme in the UK.

They will be presented with the award during a ceremony at Hilton Birmingham Metropole hotel on Thursday July 5 2018. The RoSPA Awards scheme, which receives entries from organisations around the world, recognises achievement in health and safety management systems, including practices such as leadership and workforce involvement.

Aaron Thompson, an apprentice electrician and member of the Matrix Motorsport Team who are co-sponsored by was featured in the Daily Mail this week. Read more

If you care about the sea environment…ThisWeekinFM Scuba Diving Club is a partnership between the leading information hub in Facilities Management and the UK’s premier 5* PADI Scuba Diving and Travel Centre. The concept is to bring not only the fun aspect of scuba diving to the masses but also to highlight the health and welfare benefits of the sport to a greater audience. Read more here Upcoming events:

The Facilities & Workplace London Networking Club - is an exclusive ticket only event for Facilities, Workplace & related professionals drawn from a broad cross section of organisations and disciplines.
Facilities Industry Annual Summer River Boat Party - The Annual Summer River Boat Party is one of the most popular events in the facilities industry’s calendar. This year it is set to be even bigger and better - more people enjoying great hospitality and an unforgettable evening on the River Thames.
Property Regatta 2018 - 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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18th May 2018 - What a week that was...

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To brighten up your Friday, here is a topical silly joke -  Marriage is a 3-ring circus: The engagement ring, the wedding ring and finally the suffering…boom! boom! And good luck to the happy couples tying the knot this weekend - including you know who.

So, in seven day’s time, this decades version of the Y2K bug will finally have landed on our doorsteps. There's been lots of talk about how GDPR will have an impact our ability to sell and market to each other and what we can and cannot do. In the meantime a lot of people have been making a lot of money out of the confusion around this new legislation.

Will the entire economy grind to a halt? Will planes fall from the sky?  Is this the end of the world as we know it?   In short, no - as long as you've currently got measures in place to protect your data, not a great deal will change.

The GDPR is due to come into force on 25 May...This article sets out some very short, succinct points that will give you some sort of idea about the whole GDPR process and what, if anything, you need to do about it. Let’s All Calm Down a Bit, Shall We? by Andy Calloway.
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The Atalian Group has completed the formal part of its move to acquire the entire share capital of Servest Limited. Atalian is an international provider of facility services operating in 31 countries on 4 continents.

The consideration for the acquisition includes £457 million of enterprise value for Servest Limited and £83 million for Servest Limited's 28.8% equity investment in Getronics Services UK Limited. The Atalian Group has had a commercial partnership with Servest through a joint venture, since April 2016.   

UK Security, Risk Management and FM Providers First Response Group has acquired 100% share capital of Harrogate-based Robinsons M&E creating a £25m turnover Group.

The acquisition by FRG, led by owners Jamal Tahlil and Edgar Chibaka, forms part of a 10-year strategic business plan which seeks growth both organically and through acquisitions.

Founded in 2007, FRG provides Integrated Security, Risk Management and Total FM solutions nationwide from its eight UK branches. The company has a £15m turnover and, as an ACS Pacesetter, is ranked in the top 15% of firms accredited by the Security Industry Association’s ‘Approved Contractor Scheme’. Read more

Central London office take-up for April 2018 stood at 547,900 sq. ft, largely driven by pre-letting activity, according to CBRE. Office take-up for the year to the end April 2018 was 4% higher than the corresponding period in 2017, standing at 3.4m sq. ft.

Take-up was boosted by 139,600 sq. ft of pre-letting activity. The largest deal of the month saw KKR pre-let 57,200 sq. ft at 18/19 Hanover Square, one of the largest off-plan pre-lets in the West End on record. The second large deal of the month saw DK UK (part of Penguin Random House) acquire 45,200 sq. ft at One Embassy Gardens, Nine Elms, which is currently under construction.

Under offers reached their highest level since May 2016, increasing by 16% to 3.6m sq. ft. At the end of April 2018, under offers in Central London were 27% up on the 10-year average of 2.9m sq. ft. The largest unit under offer at the end of April was at 5 Merchants Square, where 159,200 sq. ft of sub-let space is under offer to a confidential occupier.

Over the last 12 months, the business services sector has represented the largest proportion of take-up at 32%, driven by a large number of deals to flexible office providers. Take-up in April was dominated by the creative industries sector, accounting for 44% of take-up. The banking and finance sector (26%) and the business services sector (21%) also represented notable proportions of take-up in April.

Stephen Lisk, incoming President, made a resounding call for CIBSE to accelerate its evolution in response to a rapidly changing world. 

Lisk’s Presidential address focussed on the pace of change within the natural world as well as the construction sector and the regulatory climate in which it operates: it stressed the vital importance of education and expert guidance to ensure that the built environment provides positive spaces for living and working into the future.
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It was announced at the recent CIBSE AGM that CIBSE's new president elect and therefore president from May next year is Professor Lynne Jack. Jack is Director of Heriot-Watt University’s Royal Academy of Engineering Centre of Excellence in Sustainable Building Design and is also Deputy Head of the School of Energy, Geosciences, Infrastructure and Society.

Q Property Ltd have been working with Box Architects to develop proposals for a student housing scheme which aims to create an 18 storey gateway building in the north of Leeds city centre in close proximity to the main university campuses. The project has been submitted for planning approval and will provide a landmark in this new quarter and contribute towards the shift in the character of the area towards high quality residential and student housing schemes.

The site was challenged by its constrained nature but with effective consultation and commercial and creative design the scheme will provide 98 studio flats with high quality communal facilities including lounges, games room, cinema room and study rooms contained within a dual height design over 11 and 18 stories. The scheme adjacent to QOne on Wade Lane will upgrade the public realm with high quality landscaping improving the link between the First Direct Arena to the north with the New Briggate Area to the south.

Box Architects has been involved in all stages of the project, working in close consultation with the local authority alongside the design team to develop a proposal that will deliver a striking addition to the local area on a constrained site.

The application is due to be determined in June 2018. If approval is granted, the construction phase is expected to begin before the end of the year.

NJC (Not Just Cleaning), the cleaning and support services organisation, has been identified as one of London Stock Exchange Group’s 1000 Companies to Inspire Britain.  The report is a celebration of the UK’s fastest-growing and most dynamic small and medium sized businesses and this is the second consecutive year that NJC has been included.

To be included in the list, companies needed to show consistent revenue growth over a minimum of three years, significantly outperforming their industry peers.

Paul Crilly, Managing Director NJC commented: “We are thrilled to once again be listed by the London Stock Exchange Group as one of the most inspiring and fast growing SMEs in the UK. This prestigious recognition is testament to the dedication and commitment of our whole team, combined with our integrated self-delivery and high service standards.”

Congratulations to Sharmin Aktar, Managing Director of Total Solutions Group. She has a High Commendation at the recent Asian Women of Achievement Awards - Entrepreneur Category.

Sodexo has appointed Nicola Morris as divisional managing director and head of food within its corporate services business. Morris joined on 1 May and has assumed responsibility for a number of Sodexo’s large corporate accounts and the company’s contract portfolio in London. Nicola will also lead in the delivery of the UK corporate services food strategy and joins the executive team for corporate services UK & Ireland.

Nicola joins Sodexo from Compass where she gained vast experience in operations, marketing, business development, business excellence and customer experience.

Matrix Motorsport and ThisWeekinFM fast tracks to ThruxtonSince rounds four and five of the 2018 Renault UK Clio Cup at Donington at the end of April, the Matrix Motorsport team has been working hard behind the scenes to ensure it hits the ground running when it gets to Thruxton this coming weekend, 19th & 20th May. Rounds five and six take place at this established and popular track in East Wilshire that, because of the average speed that can be attained over a lap, has earned the reputation as the fastest circuit in the UK.

Once again, Matrix Motorsport will field four cars, driven by Mike Epps from Hemel Hempstead (#37), Aaron Thompson from Romford (#41), Andy Wilmot from Rochester (#21) and team principal Jeff Alden from Cheltenham (#19). Of the quartet Epps, who is currently seventh in the championship standings, leads the Matrix charge and will be all out to make sure his and the team’s title hopes are kept on track this weekend.