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FM Report 190 - Thursday 8th February 2007

08 February 2007

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Nelson Bakewell and The Asset Factor establish new JV
Nelson Bakewell, the independent property consultancy, has selected The Asset Factor, Helical Bar’s property asset management and outsourcing partner, to create a 50:50 Joint Venture (JV) to provide Facilities Management (FM) services to its current and future client portfolios. The initial scope of service of the new venture is significant and will embrace over 20 million square feet of commercial space and over 30 shopping centres alongside industrial and residential portfolios. Overall, approximately £70m per annum of FM service expenditure will be managed by the new joint venture.

Chartered status for FM
Following the long ongoing debate about the need for Chartered status for FM, which has been principally driven by the FMA’s Young Managers Forum, the Facilities Management Association and the Chartered Management Institute signed a Memorandum of Understanding on February 6 bringing Chartered status within reach of FMs with a management background. FMA Director General Maurice Tidy and Chairman Gareth Hollyman joined CMI Chief Executive Mary Chapman and Director of Standards & Qualifications Neil Southern in signing the MOU. One concern for the Young Managers has been credibility for FMs when dealing with their peers from the engineering and surveying professions, which have long enjoyed Chartered status. FM is often described as comprising 80% management skill and 20% technical expertise. The MOU will make Chartered status open to practitioners with an MBA or a degree in business and the relevant management experience. Full details of this agreement will be covered in the March issue of P&FM in a report byFrank Booty who attended the signing ceremony.

FM market continues growth trend
MBD's latest assessment of the FM market reveals that it grew by 5% in 2006 to £110.9bn. Total growth since 2002 has been 19%. Through to 2011 total growth is expected to be 16%. About 59-60 per cent of the market will be contracted out by 2011 (worth about £78bn at 2006 prices), while in-house FM will have a declining share from 33% to 32% and total FM remain static at 8%. Strongest growth is expected in building fabric maintenance, telecomms FM services (call centres), environmental management and property management activities.

Fines for smoking announced
Disobeying the Smoke Free regulations after 1 July could attract a fixed penalty of £200 for not displaying no-smoking signs and £50 for smoking in a smoke-free place (discounted to £150 and £30 respectively for payment within 15 days). For failing to prevent smoking in a smoke free place the fine is £2,500. Updated fact sheets on the purpose and content of each set of regulations will be available online shortly.

£400m printing services contract for DWP
The DWP has awarded a £400m 7-year contract for its print and associated services to iON, a group led by Xerox and including EDS, Accenture, CEVA Logistics (formerly TNT Logistics), Remploy, The Stationery Office and TNT. Starting from 1 June, iON will provide a single service management infrastructure for all the DWP core print and publicity material and related requirements, transforming its document services and improving quality and value for money.

Scotland to launch Security Licensing
The SIA has opened up licensing for the private security industry in Scotland to bring it in line with England and Wales. Licensing for door supervisors, security guards, cash and valuables in transit, public space surveillance CCTV, close protection and key holders will be compulsory from November 2007. An Approved Contractor Scheme for security companies in Scotland will be launched in April.

Watch MITIE Catering's 'City Living' on TV tomorrow
Tomorrow's Inside Out programme, (7.30pm 9th February BBC One) will be featuring MITIE Catering Services' City Living programme at three of its customers in London's Square Mile. City Living promotes balanced 'well-being' catering offering office workers revitalised menus that feature clearly labeled nutritional advice and plenty of well-being eating options.

Sustainable cleaning charter launched
An EU-wide Charter for Sustainable Cleaning launched tomorrow by the UKCPI, the UK trade association for cleaning, hygiene and surface care products will establish guidelines, benchmarks and KPIs to help the cleaning industry voluntarily improve its sustainability beyond the parameters set out by the UK government.

Hospital cleaning inquiry
The All Party Parliamentary Group on Business Services is to undertake an inquiry into Health Care Acquired Infections (HCIAs) following recent incidents which have often portrayed outsourced services unfairly. Welcomed by the Business Services Association and headed by Andrew Lansley, MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Health, the inquiry will enable contract cleaners to have the opportunity to demonstrate the depth of expertise and technological innovation that they have brought to the NHS.
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One bin day to fight office waste
Envirowise is holding a One Bin Day on 21 February to illustrate how much waste an office generates on one day. The 25m office workers in the UK use 1,584 sheets of paper per month, part of the 8.6m tones of printing and writing paper entering the waste stream each year.

Next Flexible Working survey to complete
According to the Johnson Controls Flexible Working surveys, organisations are failing to support flexible workers leaving many feeling isolated and overlooked. A typical flexible worker works in the office (20%), homeworking (35%) and on the move (45%) but trends are changing all the time and different workers have different work patterns. The next survey is now collecting data and FM Report readers are invited to take part by completing the on-line questionnaire.

Passports for competence
Reliance Integrated Services has launched the Reliance Skills Passport for its FMs to demonstrate their skills and competence to its customers as well as being a tool for recruitment and succession planning. The passport is based on the BIFM qualification and supported by assessments, personal development plans, training and mentoring.

Shopping centre added by Incentive FM
Incentive FM has signed a 3-year deal with Idlewells Shopping Centre in Sutton in Ashfield managed by Cushman & Wakefield, Nottinghamshire, to supply integrated FM including security, maintenance, cleaning and engineering. The current FM has transferred to Incentive FM.

BIFM Awards call for entries
Entries are now open for the BIFM International Investors in FM Excellence Awards 2007 in 11 categories. The closing date is Friday 30th March but for the first time an administration charge of £95+VAT per submission is to be charged.

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