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Government moves to reassure over Interserve public services

Parliamentary Secretary of the Cabinet Office Oliver Dowden has issued reassurances over public services in relation to the difficulties being experienced by Interserve.

The outsourcing giant, which went into administration on March 15th and has already completed the sale of the Group, other than Plc, to newco Montana 1 Ltd, is a big provider of services to the public sector.

However, it was revealed that the government had handed £660m worth of public contracts to Interserve in the run-up to it going into administration.

It also, like Carillion before it, has significant suppliers of its own who will be naturally extremely concerned.

This prompted Shadow Cabinet Office Minister Christian Matheson to request a statement from government on the situation.

The Dowden statement read: “As I have said repeatedly to the House, the government are not responsible for decisions taken by companies in the private sector.

“What the government are responsible for is the continued delivery of public services, and I assure the house that has happened in this case. Schools continue to be cleaned, roads continue to be repaired and improved, and services in Government buildings continue to run as normal.”

“I reassure hon. members that nothing in Interserve’s refinancing will affect the delivery of public services. No staff have lost jobs and no pensions have been affected.”

Dowden went on to say that the government had learned lessons from the collapse of Carillion, including revision of its procurement processes.

Interserve has appointed Alan Hudson and Hunter Kelly of Ernst & Young LLP as administrators for its PLC business.

Meanwhile, experts have pointed out that the Interserve situation differs from Carillion’s in that the latter fell immediately into liquidation, with no chance of investors recovering assets. Conversely, Interserve’s administration is being viewed as relatively orderly, with creditors in full control.

Register today for the Sports & Leisure Forum

There are a limited number of VIP place available at this summer’s Sports & Leisure Forum, which takes place on June 17th& 18th.

This unique event takes place at the Radisson Blu Hotel, London Stansted, and you can confirm your attendance by clicking here.

The Forum will give you access to innovative and budget-saving suppliers for a series of pre-arranged, face-to-face meetings based on your requirements.

You can also attend a series of seminars, and network with like-minded peers.

Plus all hospitality, including meals, overnight accommodation and an invitation to our gala dinner, is included.

Places are limited, so register today to avoid disappointment.

For more information, contact Rachel Gray on 01992 668475 / r.gray@forumevents.co.uk

Alternatively, to attend as an industry supplier, contact Josh Oxberry on 01992 374104 / j.oxberry@forumevents.co.uk.

Which countries are investing the most in construction?

Around the world, business is booming for the construction industry. Not only are countries looking to house an ever-growing population, but they are also looking to compete on a global scale to grow as nations.

Some countries are fuelled by sheer speed of growth, while others are supported by a huge economic force. With this in mind, which countries are the biggest investors in the construction market? Work platform supplier Nifty Lift investigates… 

How the construction market has previously played out 

In the past, the USA has remained the dominant figure of the worldwide construction market. Ten years ago, the country commanded a construction market value of $1,313 billion, compared to China’s $1,035 billion. But just a year later in 2010, the two had finally shifted places, with China taking 15% of the total global share. 

2009 (value in USD)2010 (global share in %)
USA ($1,313 bn) China 15%
China ($1,035 bn)USA 14%
Japan ($592 bn)Japan 9%
Germany ($303 bn)India 5%
Spain ($292 bn)France 4%
France ($271bn)Germany 4%
Italy ($262 bn)Canada 4%
South Korea ($248 bn)Spain 4% 
India ($247 bn)Italy 3% 
UK ($243 bn)UK  3% 

China overtaking the US 

Naturally, a country’s individual construction market strength will shift a lot depending on a variety of factors — from economic stability to population growth, or simple change in needs. But the USA has remained on the top spot for a long time. That was until 2010, when China surpassed its global construction market share. 

The USA has suffered during the recession, with the house building sector’s fall resulting in its construction industry slowing down. 

India’s rapid growth

While China may have enjoyed a swift growth in the construction market, India has certainly proven itself to be an emerging contender, with one study showing the country is growing at almost double the rate of China. This saw India flying up the global shares table, from 9thin 2009 to 4thin 2010. 

Spain’s fall

Due to the Spanish financial crisis from 2008-2014, the country descended in terms of its construction market share. The country went from recording the 5th largest global share to having the 8th largest, as it and other European countries struggled with a recession. 

The current construction market growth

With most countries well on the way through a recovery period after global economic crises, the construction market is set to see an exciting period of change and growth too. Turner and Townsend surmises that recovering oil prices, demand for data centres, and the retail need for refurbishment in order to create new experience to compete with the online retail world will see the construction market go from strength to strength. Plus, the worldwide desire to move to a greener future is also calling for continued efforts and renovations to old, outdated buildings and structures. 

Predictions for the future construction market 

Observations and predictions have already rolled forth for the continued global growth of the construction market, and with it, which countries will be the biggest players: 

2020 (predicted global share) 2030 (predicted ranking)
China 21%China
USA 15% USA
India 7% India
Japan 6% Indonesia
Canada 3% Japan
Indonesia 3% UK
France 3% Canada
Germany 3% Germany 
Australia 3% France
Spain 2% Australia 

China’s continued #1 spot

China’s growth is set to continue through to 2020, with a prediction of the country sitting at a global construction market share of 21% that year. But its overall construction growth is also set to slow down considerably, while the USA’s growth is on track to grow faster than China across the next 15 years. This is speculated to be down to the country’s return to form in the house building sector, as well as planned major investment in its older cities. 

With that being said, China’s projects aren’t set to diminish — the ‘One Belt, One Road’ initiative is set to push further trade, and thereby further construction needs, to the country. 

India in the top 3

In this time, India is predicted to continue its trend of construction growth, overtaking Japan as the third largest share in the construction market between 2010 and 2020. This need to expand its construction market will be fuelled by its own rapidly increasing population. According to the B1M, India needs to build 31,000 homes every day for the next 14 years to keep pace with its growing demand for housing! 

Indonesia’s growth 

Ten years ago, Indonesia didn’t feature within the top ten biggest construction markets. Yet, by 2020, it is predicted that the country will hold the sixth biggest share in the global construction market, growing to fourth by 2030. In many ways, Indonesia is mimicking the rapid rise through the rankings that India has enjoyed from 2009 onwards. 

This sudden burst of activity is simply down to an increase in demand, which in turn, is due to the favourable conditions the country is currently enjoying. Indonesia’s economy has enjoyed a steady growth in recent years, and with a low public debt coupled with stable governance and commodity prices, the country has the perfect foundation for increased housing and improved infrastructure needs. 

UK out of the top ten in 2020  

The UK has been struggling on a number of fronts in recent years, and in terms of its share in the construction market, the nation will drop out of the top ten in 2020 according to predictions. There is a certain amount of Brexit uncertainty affecting investment in general, and for the construction industry, output dropped by 1.7 per cent in the UK for the first quarter of 2018 due to difficult weather conditions at the time.

This drop isn’t expected to last long, however, as the UK’s housing crisis remains rife and will provide a catalyst for many construction projects to get underway across the UK by 2030. These will include housing and a number of mega-builds, as well as rail and airport development. 

In fact, some predict that the UK will not only return to form in the construction market, it will actually become one of the biggest contributors to the construction industry’s 14.7% share of all global economic output by 2030. 

Biggest construction projects at present 

As we enjoy further technological advances and opportunities, the construction market is witnessing a number of mega-projects that are fuelling growth. 

Currently, some of these proposed large-scale construction projects that are in-progress include: 

  • South-North Water Transfer Project in China. This construction project is set to help the population living in the north of China to access a greater water supply. The project has a whopping 48-year schedule! 
  • London Crossrail Project in the UK.The construction of the world’s first underground train system is set to connect 40 stations.
  • Dubailand in Dubai.This project will see a complex of 278 square kilometres being built, containing a number of theme parks, hotels and more. 

Sources: 

http://www.turnerandtownsend.com/media/2389/icms-survey-2017.pdf

https://www.enr.com/articles/45732-india-overtaking-japan-as-worlds-third-largest-construction-market?v=preview

https://www.ice.org.uk/ICEDevelopmentWebPortal/media/Documents/News/ICE%20News/Global-Construction-press-release.pdf

https://www.statista.com/statistics/199054/the-largest-construction-markets-in-the-world/

http://www.turnerandtownsend.com/media/3352/international-construction-market-survey-2018.pdf

https://www.theb1m.com/video/top-5-construction-markets-by-2030

https://www.statista.com/statistics/677079/annual-construction-investment-by-region/

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/news/uk-business-investment-brexit-gdp-office-for-national-statistics-a8558936.html

https://www.thebalancesmb.com/top-ten-largest-construction-projects-844370

Do you provide Energy Management Services? We want to hear from you!

Each month on FM Briefing we’re shining the spotlight on a different part of the facilities management market- and in April we’ll be focussing on Energy Management services.

It’s all part of our ‘Recommended’ editorial feature, designed to help FM industry buyers find the best products and services available today.

So, if you’re a supplier of Energy Management services and would like to be included as part of this exciting new shop window, we’d love to hear from you – for more info, contact Paige Aitken on p.aitken@forumevents.co.uk.

Here are the areas we’ll be covering, month by month:

April – Total Facilities Management

May – Energy Management

June – Security

July – Air Conditioning

August – Waste Management

September – Asset Management

October – FM Software

November – Business Continuity

December – Fire Safety & Equipment

For more information on any of the above, contact Paige Aitken on p.aitken@forumevents.co.uk.

Network your way to success at the Facilities Management Forum this summer

Don’t miss the chance to join senior FM professionals from LEGO, Louis Vuitton, Stoke City FC and more in July.

We are gathering together key FM professionals for the Facilities Management Forum, taking place on July 1st & 2nd at the Hilton Deansgate, Manchester.

In addition to two days of business networking, you will get the latest insights and advice on trends in the sector via a series of seminar sessions.

Overnight accommodation, meals and refreshments, plus an invitation to our gala dinner with entertainment, are included with your free ticket.

Register today and join fellow FM professionals from:

  • AAT
  • Accord Academy Trust
  • Ann Summers 
  • Belong 
  • Bloomcare
  • Capita – Barnet Council
  • Castle Water 
  • Community Integrated Care
  • Crown Commercial Services
  • Debenhams
  • Devonshire’s Solicitors
  • Draexlmaier UK
  • EM Consultancy 
  • Knight Frank UK 
  • LEGO
  • Leicester City Council
  • Loopel
  • Louis Vuitton
  • Manchester Metropolitan University
  • Mills & Reeve LLP
  • North Warwickshire and South Leicestershire College Group
  • Pathfinder Multi Academy Trust
  • Princess Yachts 
  • Quorn Foods 
  • Saint-Gobain
  • Sesame Bankhall Group
  • Sheffield City Council
  • Silicon Valley Bank
  • Stoke City Football Club
  • The Disabilities Trust
  • University of Warwick
  • Wellspring Academy Trust
  • Wilsons Auctions
  • Workman Retail & Leisure
  • YO! Sushi

We have a limited number of VIP invitations to the event, so act swiftly to ensure you don’t miss out – register your interest here.

Alternatively, contact Paige Aitken on 01992 374079 / p.aitken@forumevents.co.uk.

If you’d like to attend as a VIP delegate, contact Emily Auty on 01992 374070 / e.auty@forumevents.co.uk.

How to effectively deal with hazardous waste

If you company produces or stored hazardous waste, then it is your company’s responsibility to ensure it is stored and handled correctly.

Of course, if this type of waste is mishandled or poorly stored, it has the potential to damage both the environment and people. In particular, hazardous waste can contaminate surface water supplies and groundwater supplies, which in turn can lead to a much wider-reaching problem. 

It’s understandable then that the UK government has strict policies in place regarding the monitoring and transport of potentially harmful material.

This guide has been created to help you make sure your duty of care is being carried out correctly. 

Identifying different types of waste 

If you produce or store hazardous waste on-site, you must identify the waste type in order to correctly handle it. There are two main conditions that define different hazardous waste types — the potential to harm humans, or the potential to damage the environment. 

Some common examples of hazardous waste include asbestos, batteries, oils, brake fluid, printer toner, and pesticides. 

Of course, there are many other hazardous waste products that could be identified on your site. It is important to know the different types of hazardous waste your company creates, as they need storing separately. For example, if you are working on a construction site, you cannot throw hazardous material in the same standard 8 yard skip you have for general waste and rubble — each type of hazardous waste needs its own container. 

Safe storage for hazardous waste material 

Naturally, the best way to manage hazardous waste is to reduce the amount you are producing. But for some companies, hazardous waste products are an unavoidable part of the process for their industry. In this instance, the waste must be stored, recorded, then correctly transported. 

There are four main subcategories for hazardous waste: construction, demolition, industry, and agriculture. Each type should be separately stored in a container designed to stop anything escaping. To prevent contamination, make use of waterproof covers to avoid any run off from the waste. Be sure that the containers are clearly labelled so that everyone on-site is aware of what they are storing. 

A classified inventory of your hazardous waste stored on-site is also vital. These records will help in the case of an incident, as emergency services will be able to quickly attend to the problem armed with the right information. 

Record-keeping

Once your hazardous waste is collected, you will need to fill out a consignment note. This needs to be done before the waste is removed from your site. 

Consignment notes require the following information: 

  • A full description of each type of waste that is being collected. 
  • The amount, in applicable measurement units, of waste being collected. 
  • The chemical components of the waste. 
  • The form of the waste (solid, liquid, gas, etc.) 

You need to fill out a consignment note if the collection is from a business that is a registered waste carrier, or if the waste is being moved from one premises to another within the same company. You will also need a consignment note if another business has produced the waste on a customer site and it needs moving. 

You do not need a consignment note is the waste has been imported and is covered by other documentation, or for domestic hazardous waste (except asbestos). 

Finally, there is a fee to pay for the consignment note. In England and Wales, this fee is £10 for a collection, or £5 per note if it is part of a milk round of collections. In Scotland and Norther Ireland, the fee is £15. 

How we can entice young talent into the FM industry?

By Chris Townsend, HR Director, ABM UK

In the facilities management industry, the UK is suffering from a general skills shortage. Young people are typically not considering this industry as a career path creating a skills gap.

Therefore, it is right that we look to apprenticeships as a possible solution to this problem and highlight the important role they play in bridging this gap.

Open career opportunities that call for individuals with engineering skills far outnumber the supply of applicants. The facilities management industry needs people who are open to related careers, to be aware of all the opportunities that this industry is offering them. 

Whether these people are students coming from college, after university or later on in their lives, apprenticeships provide a secure route to upskilling and career progression.

At ABM UK, there are apprenticeship programmes dedicated to security, plumbing, cleaning, gas and engineering. These apprenticeships enable people to develop new skills as well as giving people a great start to working life. In all, there are 10 different courses and our apprentices not only earn while they learn, but have the option to work in a variety of disciplines within facilities services, management, which goes up to degree level and engineering. 

Education and awareness are the equivalent to condition monitoring and predictive maintenance when looking at diversity and the skills gap. By engaging children that are still early in their education we are introducing them to the possibilities of the facilities management industry, this is filling the pipeline of future apprentices. We are also ensuring there is a diversity of backgrounds in our people that will make our business and profession continue successfully. 

At ABM UK we want a pipeline of talented young people who aspire to have a career in facilities management. The individuals in this pipeline will be excited by its potential and would not accept a role in this industry as a back-up if their other career plans didn’t quite work out. We want to make apprenticeships an active career choice, and not a back-up plan. 

So what are we doing to make this happen? We are showing that the industry is about more than oily rags and blue overalls.

Firstly, we invested heavily in setting up our own training centre to ensure apprenticeships and training are at the heart of our business.

In 2018, ABM UK piloted the first ever Junior Engineering Engagement Programme (J.E.E.P) which aims to tackle the perceptions of engineering and facilities management amongst secondary school aged children and their parents. The course of 10 modules, including experiments in conduction, magnets and motors, gives the students an insight into the world of facilities management and apprenticeships. Something they may have never heard of before. When these children leave school, they will be better informed of their choices and may well consider an apprenticeship in this field, and we’re very proud of the extensive range we offer.

And, we’re using our current apprentices as role models and ambassadors. It’s important that young children see people that they can relate to doing really well in these areas, acting as motivation for them to continue to be engaged in the programme.

Take ABM UK former apprentice, Marissa Francis as an example, and an inspiration. She chose the university route, but soon realised it wasn’t for her and chose a different direction – an apprenticeship.

Despite losing her mum and being responsible for bringing up her four-year-old daughter single-handedly, she graduated from ABM UK’s apprenticeship scheme and is now a qualified expert in heating, ventilation and air conditioning. 

We are so proud of everything she has achieved and we’re all delighted that she was named ‘Apprentice of the Year’ in 2017 at the industry’s Heating and Ventilation News Awards.

Alongside the J.E.E.P initiative, as part of our grass roots work, we conducted a piece of research[1] which looked at the perceptions of apprenticeships in this industry amongst 2,000 parents and 2,000 young people aged 11 – 15. A lot of what we found illustrated the perception change work that needs to be done – for example, we found that over a third of parents don’t know what an apprenticeship is. Statistics like this need to be changed. The research also found that a third[2] of parents see apprenticeships as a last resort for young people who fail exams.

The research also found the top reasons that parents were not encouraging their child to undertake an apprenticeship. Almost half thought apprenticeships were poorly paid (43%), because they see it as a last resort for those who fail their exams (37%), and a perception that apprenticeships don’t lead to successful careers (17%). Those with experience or working in apprenticeships know that this is not the case. In reality, recruits in this sector are in such high demand that graduate apprentices are earning between £26,000 and £30,000 just a year after qualifying – usually before they’re 20 years old – and they have no debt. 

Initiatives like the J.E.E.P show students at a young age what they are capable of academically. Sometimes we excel at physical tasks rather than sitting in a lecture hall. Showing students the benefits of an apprenticeship could make a massive difference to their life and career path.

Following the introduction of the Apprenticeship Levy in 2017, businesses are coming together no matter what industry, towards the same goal which is to educate the youth through apprenticeships. There is no question that this means the future is looking bright for apprenticeships in the UK, however, it is clear from the research ABM UK conducted that the perceptions around apprenticeships still need to change.

[1] Commissioned by ABM UK and conducted by Censuswide the research comprises 2,000 British parents of children aged 11 to 16 and 2,000 children aged 11 to 16 in April 2018. 

[2] 36%

Government pushes ‘Outsourcing Playbook’ for public services

The UK government has unveiled its ‘Outsourcing Playbook’, which has been designed to improve government procurement and deliver better public services.

The Playbook offers guidance to ensure the government gets more projects right from the start, engages with a diverse and healthy marketplace of companies, including small businesses and charities, and is ready for when things go wrong.

The initiative follows reforms announced in recent months by the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, David Lidington, to ensure that government procurement is fit for the future.

New measures include changes to how government allocates risk between itself and its suppliers, to ensure contracts are set-up for success and the public are provided with the best possible service.

The government is also taking steps to improve the design of outsourcing projects from their inception. New complex contracts will be piloted with the private sector before rolling out fully, enabling the government to learn from experience.

Further measures in the Playbook include suppliers drawing up plans in the unlikely event of business failure, and requiring them to publish key performance data – all announced by Lidington in recent months.

Speaking to business leaders at the CBI, Cabinet Office Minister Oliver Dowden said: “Outsourcing can deliver significant benefits, including value for money and more innovative public services. Our new measures will improve how the government works with industry and provide better public services for people across the country.

“I can today provide reassurance that the Playbook makes explicit that, when designing contracts, departments must seek to mitigate, reduce and then allocate risks to the party best able to manage it.

“A more considered approach to risk allocation will make us a smarter, more attractive client to do business with.

Jon Lewis, the CEO of Capita, one of the suppliers which government worked with to develop the new measures, added: “Capita is working closely with government to develop these reforms. This is a sea-change, both recognising the vital contribution the private sector makes in delivering first-rate public services, and then finding ways to do this even better.

“These new ways of working will place a stronger focus on establishing partnerships based on mutual trust and a joint focus on positive outcomes. This is fundamental to the successful procurement and delivery of public-sector contracts.”

Secure your free place at the Sports & Leisure Forum

There’s a VIP place reserved for you at this summer’s Sports & Leisure Forum, which takes place on June 17th& 18th.

This unique event takes place at the Radisson Blu Hotel, London Stansted, and you can confirm your attendance by clicking here.

The Forum will give you access to innovative and budget-saving suppliers for a series of pre-arranged, face-to-face meetings based on your requirements.

You can also attend a series of seminars, and network with like-minded peers.

Plus all hospitality, including meals, overnight accommodation and an invitation to our gala dinner, is included.

Places are limited, so register today to avoid disappointment.

For more information, contact Rachel Gray on 01992 668475 / r.gray@forumevents.co.uk

Alternatively, to attend as an industry supplier, contact Josh Oxberry on 01992 374104 / j.oxberry@forumevents.co.uk.