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FM Report 193 - Thursday 22nd March 2007

22 March 2007

The latest FM news direct to your desktop.

Budget offers little help for businesses to reduce carbon emissions
Gordon Brown's Budget gave incentives for reducing carbon emissions in domestic property but offered little for businesses. However, he said he had written to EU finance ministers to ask for a cut in VAT on environmentally-friendly goods from 17.5% to 5%. Other announcements included the Climate Change Levy which is to go up in line with inflation from April 2008 and be simplified, and the landfill tax which goes up from its current rate of £24 a tonne by £8 a year until 2011. With the smoking ban looming in England from 1 July, Brown cut VAT from 17.5% to 5% on nicotine patches.

Workplace support worldwide
Johnson Controls has launched Global Workplace Solutions to deliver integrated corporate workplace services anywhere in the world. The new business model will be capable of supporting the world's major organisations throughout the complete real estate lifecycle globally, says Rick Bertasi, VP and general manager, Global Workplace Solutions EMEA. The new business model has 8 core offerings - real estate, FM, projects, energy, technologies, infrastructure, workspace and consulting - co-ordinated by global teams across the EMEA, Americas and Asia regions.

Plymouth schools build and FM to Interserve
In a £60m PFI with Plymouth City Council, Interserve will design, construct and provide ongoing FM services for two new schools - a primary school for 450 pupils and an 'all-through school' for 1,480 (early-years, primary, secondary and specialist schools, community education and sports and arts facilities on a single campus). Once the schools are completed in 2008, Interserve will provide FM services over a 25-year period.

Hard FM for high street electrical retailers
The FM division of Taylor Woodrow has been awarded a 3-year contract by electrical retailing group, DSG international to provide a full range of hard FM services to 750 stores in the UK and Ireland. The group, which has retail operations in 27 European countries, includes the Currys and PC World brands, e-tail brands Dixons and PIXmania and the TechGuys home digital support. Taylor Woodrow will also act for DSG international in a managing agent role for waste, cleaning and telephony contracts.

PFM launches 2007 Awards
Entries are now open for the PFM Awards 2007. Now in their 14th year and FREE to enter, the PFM Awards are the most sought after accolade in the FM sector. There are 13 categories to enter covering partnerships in public and private sector service delivery, for excellence, expertise and innovation demonstrated by teams and individuals. Full entry details are on PFM's website. Entries close 25th May.

Ambius launched by Rentokil Initial
Rentokil Tropical Plants has changed its name to Ambius to give it its own identity within the Rentokil Initial Group. Known as Initial Tropical Plants in the US and New Zealand, and Rentokil Tropical Plants in 14 other countries, it plans to launch the name Ambius across 16 countries over six months. The name change reflects a changing business model that goes beyond tropical plants to art, water and scents.

Ideas wanted for post Olympics use of media facilities
The Olympic Delivery Authority is seeking firm proposals for using the London 2012 International Broadcast Centre, Main Press Center and multi-storey car park as a work and business space after the Games. During the Olympic Games these facilities will be home to 20,000 broadcasters, journalists, news agencies and photographers from the UK and around the world. After the Games the venue will provide opportunities for employment and commerce in the Hackney area. The deadline for expressions of interest and completed PQQ submissions is 10 April 2007.

Temperature rises on climate change agenda
Environment Secretary, David Miliband, set out the Government's blueprint for tackling climate change last week and its plans to move to a low-carbon economy in the Climate Change Bill. It included a series of clear targets for reducing CO2 emissions, including making the UK's targets for a 60% reduction by 2050 and a 26% to 32% reduction by 2020 legally binding. A new statutory body, the Committee on Climate Change, will provide independent expert advice and guidance to Government. Consultation on the document is open until 12 June.

HSE censures MoD on workplace transport fatalities
The HSE called the MoD to its London HQ last week to answer two Crown Censures arising from fatalities involving workplace transport that revealed 'systematic shortcomings in the corporate arrangements for assessing transport risks'. But for Crown immunity, there could have been sufficient evidence to prosecute the Ministry in the courts.

Work Facilities formed by Certainty and Work Inc
Certainty Group Total Facilities Management has changed its name to Work Facilities. Work Inc was acquired by Certainty Group to combine the interiors and FM activities of both companies. Forecasting revenues of £41m in 2007, and employing over 400 for its 120 clients, Work Facilities will operate from the Thorpe Business Park in Leeds with regional offices in the City, the North West, East Midlands and the North East, and a design centre in Leeds.

Security deadline for Scotland
Compulsory licensing and regulations of the private security industry in Scotland will come into force on 1 November. After that day it will be illegal to operate in Scotland in a designated security role without a SIA licence.

Acuity to manage British Land properties
Acuity Management Solutions is to provide hard and soft FM services, facilities consultancy and project management to 12 multi-tenanted properties of British Land in London.

Store development and retail support
OCS Group has acquired Staffordshire based City Retail Support (CRS) to provide a solution for store development for retailers. CRS provides merchandising, project management, shop fitting and H&S consultancy services.

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