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23rd June 2017

What a week that was...

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The Facilities Show seemed very quiet with lots of people talking to their colleagues on stands and many looking very bored. The non-celebrity talks in the smaller theatres seemed poorly attended in general, and was there anything really new being said or exhibited? I am not sure why the Facilities Director or Head of Facilities would have been motivated to attend. Having said that, the folks at Incentive QAS, Total Solutions and Rinnai UK said they had lots of interest and some solid enquiries, so they were happy.


With the return to the UK, GSH has appointed Michael (Mickey) Rooney as Regional Manager. Mickey has extensive experience in the technology and transformation areas of the defence industry, facilities management of the public and private sectors in residential and finance and most recently leading the delivery of IT infrastructure for critical environments.

Mickey joins GSH from NG Bailey where he was a Director in the Facilities and IT Services divisions. In his role as Director, he managed the growth of the business in the residential sector and global service support. He has previously worked for Bouygues E&S in the public-sector division and had an illustrious 25-year military career in The Royal Navy where he held appointments as the Global Operations manager for the UK’s 5 Strategically placed global estates, Weapons Engineer Officer on a plethora of ships and was one of the MoDs rocket scientists.


Terence McGuire is now Business Development Director at Apleona HSG. Terence will work closely with existing Business Development Director, Daniel Gardner, as they develop a new phase of business growth for Apleona...Stephanie Hague is now Bid Director at Shine Bid Services...Jamie Fearon is now Global Energy & Environmental Analyst for Barclays.


The UK is at the forefront of life science innovation, fundraising and investment according to recent statistics published by the London Stock Exchange. Further evidence of the booming sector can be seen following the April 2017 announcement of a £35m development for up-and-coming Cambridge life sciences firms. Read more here.


There is still time to comment on a draft facilities management standard currently being developed by the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO).

BIFM members are invited to take part in the consultation on the draft EN ISO 41001, Facility management - Management systems: Requirements with guidance for use, the latest in a series of FM standards being created to help form a common language and understanding that will support facilities management to better communicate the value it contributes to business and society and consequently generate greater recognition of the profession.

The closing date to submit comments is 6 July and you can find out more about the standards here.


Asset management firm Impax Asset Management Group will relocate to its new offices on the seventh floor of LSQ London in Leicester Square taking up the building’s last remaining office space. 

The building which went to market seven months ago has been snapped up by the likes of media giant Hearst UK and NFL International. Hearst will be the building’s main occupier, leasing five floors totalling 70,915 sq ft.

The completion of LSQ London, which prominently occupies the entire western elevation of the square, and the forthcoming delivery of the 350 room Radisson Edwardian Hotel on the south west corner, mark the next phase in Leicester Square’s progression bringing new tenants and visitors to the area. 

Impax Asset Management and Hearst UK joined NFL International as office tenants in the building. The retail units are let to All Bar One, McDonalds and Lego. LSQ London is owned by Linseed Assets Limited and development managed by CORE JLL and CBRE acted for the landlord on all office lettings.


Hammerson announced that Volkswagen has chosen Bullring, Birmingham, to open its first retail store in a UK shopping centre.

With a 200 sq m unit on the lower mall, Volkswagen has focused on creating a unique fit out that showcases the brand’s in-car technology, advanced features and eye-catching styling. 

With an annual footfall of 36 million visitors, Volkswagen’s decision to open a store in Bullring is reflective of a wider trend in which car manufacturers and other big ticket retailers are looking beyond the traditional showroom and recognising the value of a physical presence in prime retail destinations.


At an awards celebration on 17 May 2017 at Imperial College, South Kensington, the results of the NHS Sustainability Award awards were announced.  Bywaters, London’s largest NHS healthcare provider, announced that Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust was highly commended for making significant savings through recycling and sustainability initiatives in the Finance category – working in partnership with Bywaters. And Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital, another Bywaters customer, was shortlisted as a finalist in the Reuse category. Read more here.


The Planet Mark™ has teamed up with the Legal Sustainability Alliance (LSA), a collaborative network of the UK's top law firms, to produce a practical guide aimed at the legal sector.

For the last 10 years, the LSA has been tracking the progress of its members' carbon reporting. Using the evidence and experience of its members and wider business community, this guide is designed to make all aspects of sustainability more accessible to all law firms whatever their size or speciality. Read more here.


By the way, did you know: 1 recycled glass bottle would save enough energy to power a computer for 25 minutes.


Upcoming events and dates for your diary

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Facilities & Workplace London Networking Club Thursday29th June 2017

Facilities Industry Annual Summer River Boat Party 13th July 2017


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16th June 2017

What a week that was...

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Facilities management specialist Mitie has revealed it made an operating loss of £42.9m and cut 3,000 staff in the 12 months to 31 March 2017.

The company’s latest full-year results also recorded a dip in revenue to £2.13bn, down from £2.15bn a year earlier, while the £42.9m operating loss represented a significant decline after an operating profit of £112.5m in its previous annual results. Read more here.


A lack of office space in Southampton is forcing businesses out of the city and creating opportunities for outlying towns, says property consultancy JLL.

Chandlers Ford and Eastleigh in particular are thriving as business locations as they are attracting organisations who want the benefits of a business park environment, rather than a city centre location. Read more here.


Broadgate Estates has awarded a three-year contract to clean its managed premises at Paternoster Square in London to incumbent provider, JPC Cleaning.

In the shadow of St Paul's Cathedral, Paternoster Square is one of the most iconic development programmes carried out in London over the last thirty years. It comprises office space, retail outlets and cafes with prestigious occupiers such as The London Stock Exchange.

Broadgate Estates provides property management services to a number of areas within the development including both public and back-of-house areas of the Square, King Edward Court, St Martin's Court, Paternoster Lodge and Warwick Court.

The premium London brand for building service support providers Regent Samsic, JPC Cleaning has been retained on the strength of bringing high service levels backed by a range of innovatory practices and solutions to site according to the press release.


Caught up with Geoff Prudence this week and looking forward to listening to him present the first session on day one 20th june at 10.45 at the Facilities Show in the facilities management theatre . Geoff who is also chair of CIBSE facilities management is a recognised industry thought leader on fm and building strategies. He will be giving his views on leadership and change in facilities management and ideas for the future success Geoff's sessions are always engaging and well attended particulsrly due to his passion and commitment to move the industry forward. He is involved with and leading a number of industry initiatives and as twinfm reported recently, is the only person to be a fellow grade of CIBSE RICS and BIFM.


They could be the breath of fresh air that pollution-choked cities desperately need. Vertical forests - high-rise buildings covered with trees and plants – absorb carbon dioxide, filter dust from pollution and produce oxygen. They’re also an ingenious way of planting more trees and creating habitats for wildlife in cities that are squeezed for space. Read more here.


Security and logistics specialist Wilson James has won its bid to provide security and logistics services across three Tate sites nationwide.

Along with Tate Modern and Tate Britain, Wilson James will also integrate Tate Liverpool into the portfolio from May 2017, expanding its reach in the North West.


We are pleased to say that Paul Gisby has ‘resurfaced’ after an absence from the city of almost a year. Paul left the UK to follow a lifelong dream of working as a scuba diver. This was fulfilled by working for Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines as a support diver on the biggest cruise ship in the world within their Aquatheatre as a support diver. Paul has now returned to assist in the running of a business he has been working with for over 5 years, Oyster Diving, a well established and very well respected UK dive centre.

Combining Pauls skills in business as well as diving should prove to be a great combination. Oyster Diving are also now a partner of ThisWeekInFM and bring with them corporate events, team building exercises as well as other corporate/commercial aspects which we are sure will be of interest.


Sodexo celebrated two wins at the 2017 AHCP (Association of Healthcare Cleaning Professionals) National Awards.

Tatiana Blagorodnova, Domestic Service Manager at Hammersmith Hospital, won the national Cleaning Services Manager of the Year Award.  Sodexo’s Sam Richardson and Paula Ribero from Stoke Mandeville Hospital then went on to win the national Supervisor Team of the Year award.

The AHCP awards recognise the talent and contribution made to healthcare cleaning in the UK. The gala dinner was held on the last day of the AHCP’s annual three-day forum which has been held at Slaley Hall, Hexham.

Sodexo with Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Trust were also finalists in the Working in Partnership category.


The British Property Federation (BPF) has revealed the winners of the Tomorrow’s Leaders Awards 2017, and launched its diversity and inclusion statement of principles, at the annual BPF President’s Lunch. The awards celebrate the real estate industry’s exceptional young professionals. Read more here.


Kelly Pironi is now Account Manager - Soft FM Services at OCS Group UK… Sarah Critchlow is now Facilities Maanger at JLL…Liam O'Connel is now Account Director at CBRE Global Workplace Solutions (GWS) EMEA


It's back by popular request!!!! The Doyle Club Golf Day - 22nd June 2017 - Verulam Golf Club - The home of the Ryder Cup. Read more here.


Upcoming events and dates for your diary


Cost & Energy Efficiency of Continuous Flow Hot Water in a Building and Facilities Environment Seminar – presented by Ant Wilson, MBE, Aecom, 21st June 2017

 - Facilities & Workplace London Networking Club Thursday29th June 2017

Facilities Industry Annual Summer River Boat Party 13th July 2017

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