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Join an all-star list of VIP security professionals

Register today for Total Security Summit and you’ll be joining a VIP guest list of just 60 senior security professionals.

It’s entirely free for you to attend – simply register here.

14 & 15 October 2019 – The Midland Hotel, Manchester

As our guest, you’ll be provided with an itinerary of face-to-face meetings with suppliers who match your requirements. You can also attend insightful seminars and network with peers who share your challenges.

You’ll be joining representatives from the likes of:

  • Alton Towers Resort
  • Arnold Clarke
  • Burberry Group
  • Chester Zoo
  • Discovery Networks International
  • Engie
  • Hilton Hotels
  • Houses of Parliament
  • Lancashire Teaching Trust NHS
  • Leicester City FC
  • Mayfair Casino 
  • Matalan Retail 
  • Mersey Care NHS
  • Moorgarth
  • River Island
  • Newall Brands
  • SKY TV
  • St Helens & Knowsley NHS Trust
  • SSP UK & Ireland
  • The Bridgewater Hall
  • The View from the Shard
  • Thirteen Group
  • Transport for London
  • TJX Europe
  • TWI Global
  • Twitter
  • United Synagogue 
  • University of Glasgow
  • Virgin Atlantic Airways
  • Walton & Halton Hospital NHS Trust
  • WeWork
  • WH Malcolm 
  • WSP
  • Yo! Sushi

Your free VIP ticket includes overnight accommodation, all meals and refreshments, plus an invitation to our networking dinner.

But places are limited so register today.

These energy buyers need your help!

There will be 60 senior energy professionals attending the Energy Management Summit to source new suppliers this autumn.

These will include representatives from;

Thomas Cook
The Body Shop International Ltd
Southern Co-operative
London Luton Airport
Shangri-La Hotel AT The Shard

Over a third of buyers already confirmed boast budgets of 20 million. Here are some of the projects they are looking for support with;
– Adiabatic cooling, EC fan replacements, Power system replacement and rationalisation, Solar, Boiler replacement with heat pumps, LED lighting, Smart control

– Airconditioning, Building energy, CRC & Energy Auditing, Energy efficient solutions

– Solar generation, Energy from waste, Industrial heat recovery, Waste water recovery & treatment, High efficiency motor installation 

– Demand side Management, LED, Solar Heat and Power Upgrades, Power Storage, Power Reduction

– Consolidation of sites, Fluidity, Operational efficiency, UPS efficiency, Energy efficiency loses, Green technology

This is just a handful of the projects Energy Management Summit delegates will be discussing.

If you would like to arrange a series of 1-2-1 meetings with them, contact Lisa Rose on 01992 374077 / l.rose@forumevents.co.uk.

Total Security Summit: Network your way to success

The next Total Security Summit takes place October 14th & 15th 2019 – join 60 of the UK’s most senior security professionals in Manchester.

The Summit is a highly focused event that brings security professionals together for one-to-one business meetings, interactive seminars and valuable networking opportunities.

Throughout two working days delegates will meet with credible solution providers who will be able to talk through requirements, concerns and obstacles, offering the best advice as well cost saving solutions.

Among the services being showcased by leading solution providers are:

Artificial Intelligence

Drone Technology

Facial Recognition

Finger Print Recognition

Iris Recognition

Smart Sensors

Voice Recognition

That’s in addition to the regular products and services at the event, encompassing everything from fencing & CCTV to access control and business continuity.

Attendees will also learn about the latest security trends in educational seminar sessions led by some of the industry’s leading lights.

For more information and to register, visit www.totalsecuritysummit.co.uk.

IWFM and Australia’s FMA strengthen ties

A new five-year collaboration has been announced between the Institute of Workplace and Facilities Management (IWFM) and the Facilities Management Association of Australia (FMA) bringing together 19,000 FM professionals across 80 countries.

The collaboration aims to develop joint initiatives to support the informal professional development of respective members, while working towards more formal arrangements for sharing access to member benefits and services.

Cross-collaboration will happen across a number of member services, including access to certain exclusive content such as research and insight reports, training, conferences and other CPD activity; plus, a range of discounted offers. The arrangement also allows for the mutual recognition of membership credentials.  

A broader aim is to collaborate on activities to advance the profession’s development, internationally, including knowledge, research, innovation and benchmarking, embedding the Workplace and Facilities Management Professional Standards, ISO Standards, accreditation and assessment schemes and promotional activity.  

Announcing the move at his final AGM before stepping down as IWFM Chairman, Stephen Roots, said: “Our HQs may be half the world apart, but our networks are strong and our ambitions for global workplace and facilities management excellence are in exactly the same space. This arrangement will work to our members’ mutual benefit and through that, for the good of our profession as a whole.” 

FMA Chairman, Kristiana Greenwood, said: “This collaboration perfectly aligns the values and strategic goals of both associations and, with today’s technology, distance is irrelevant. I am very excited about the opportunities this will offer to our broader membership and look forward to demonstrating the tangible benefits to members through the development of the annual action plan.”

Underpinned and reviewed by an action plan, the first joint initiative under the scheme will be announced in due course. 

London office investment to hit £5bn in 1H 2019

Overall investment into Central London offices could total £5bn for the first half of 2019, down 39% on the same period in 2018 when £8.1bn was invested by the end of the half year. 

New research from retail estate advisor JLL suggests that a third of all transactions in 2019 to date came from UK investors.

Discussing the findings, Julian Sandbach, Head of Central London Capital Markets at JLL, said: “Political uncertainty is continuing to impact investor confidence at present, and this is most acutely felt by institutional investors who are particularly cautious due to uncertainty and understandably, risk. The irony of the situation is that the reverse is being seen in the occupational market where the volume of space let in the first half of 2019 is forecast to reach 4.3m sq ft, only 6% below the 10-year average.”

The research indicated that occupiers continue to show long-term confidence in Central London, recognising it as a global business centre, with global operators committing to space in the first six months of 2019, including Facebook, Sony Music, G research, Glencore, Milbank Tweed, ERBD and Brewin Dolphin. 

“London has a dwindling supply pipeline and although many cranes can be seen across its skyline a number of these developments have been pre-leased, with broadly 48% of the buildings under construction already let to future occupiers,” said Dan Burn, head of City agency at JLL. 

“The squeeze is more acutely felt with 2019 product where 59% of speculative construction is now leased. In addition, as occupiers vie for the best space, there is a significant amount of space currently under offer, totaling 3.8m sq ft which we anticipate will push leasing totals for the year towards 10m sq ft, in line with 2018. Looking ahead, the low levels of speculative pipeline combined with the sustained occupier demand, will continue the upward pressure on rental growth, especially as the vacancy rate on brand new buildings is 0.5%.”

Sandbach continued: “Undoubtedly the health of the leasing markets will provide an underlying level of confidence to investors, albeit much of this capital is sitting on the sidelines awaiting further clarification on Brexit outcomes. In 2018 inward investment was heavily dominated by Korean and Singaporean capital and whilst we have seen Korean investment recede from London this year, due to concerns from the securities firms to sell down their positions, we are yet to see a new international capital source emerge. Instead we have seen enhanced numbers of private individuals and family offices become more active, particularly in the West End, as a result of a reduction in levels of competition and a less crowded market and for the first time in many years UK buyers have been more active than any other group.

“Whilst investment transactional volumes are down, pricing levels have not suffered and yields have remained firm. The ever-decreasing supply pipeline coupled with strong levels of pre-leasing has led to intense competition for development and refurbishment opportunities across the capital. There is strong appetite from REITs, development managers and property companies seeking to reposition assets that will capitalise on the robust occupier demand and low future supply with pricing being driven hard by the strong competition.

“Furthermore, with London prime yields at an average of 4%, the arbitrage available over prime European cities at 3% is plain to see and for best in class assets, strong competition still exists.”

Office design still harming worker productivity

The UK workforce are happier in their working environments than ever before, with more companies providing services to help deal with employee’s physical and mental well-being.

That’s according to the latest ‘What Workers Want’ report from property agency Savills.

However, the report also suggests that office design can still hinder working productivity, with almost a third polled (32 percent) saying that their workplace’s internal design/ layout decreases their productivity; this increases to 45 percent where people work for an employer with a hot-desking policy.

Savills says that despite hot-desking becoming common practice over the past decade, workers have seemingly not acclimatised to it – in 2016 only 31 percent said hot-desking decreases their productivity.

The report found a significant increase in workers reporting that their workplace is positively impacting their physical and mental health, with 39 percent agreeing that it positively impacts their mental health (up from 33 percentin 2016); 34percent said it positively impacts their physical health (up from 25 percentin 2016). 

According to Savills, this indicates that the message that the workspace can contribute to wellness seems to have been absorbed by companies and landlords, and that they are taking positive action to improve worker well-being.

36 percent of open plan office workers also thought that the space had a negative effect on productivity as opposed to 14 percent of private office workers. Noise levels were also important, with a massive 83 percent admitting it made a difference to them, up from 77 percent in 2016.

34percent of workers said that they’d been asked their views on their office environment by their current employee, opposed to 59 percent who had not.

“Overall, employers are heading in the right direction when it comes to the office,” said Steve Lang, director in Savills commercial research team and co-author of What Workers Want 2019. 

“More UK workers now say that they’re happier with their office than any other time when we’ve run What Workers Want, and there’s been a big improvement in physical and mental health in the workplace over the past three years, indicating that employee well-being and health are being taken seriously. However, the workplace is yet to nail the productivity issue: a significant minority of workers say their office actively harms their productivity, with many voicing concerns about noise and hot-desking.”  

Simon Collett, Savills head of professional services, added: “How the office environment can maximise productivity continues to be a major area of review. While developers, landlords and companies are taking steps to improve worker wellbeing, bringing forward intelligent design measures such as increasing natural light and including more plants, we have a conundrum where happier workers aren’t necessarily more productive workers. Noise levels have been reported as a major issue ever since we started What Workers Want, and they’re only growing in importance. While we’re never going to return to everyone having a private office, those fitting out open plan spaces need to look at acoustic solutions as a major part of the working environment.” 

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Activate your FREE VIP ticket to the Energy Management Summit!

Don’t miss out! Join your peers at the Energy Management Summit this autumn – it’s entirely free for you to attend and could be the best two days you spend out of the office this year.

30 September & 1 October 2019 – Radisson Blu Hotel, London Stansted

Unlike any traditional expo or conference you’ve attended, the Energy Management Summit will give you the opportunity to:

  • Meet with suppliers for a series of pre-arranged, face-to-face meetings based on your requirements and upcoming projects. No time wasted and no hard sell guaranteed
  • Attend a series of insightful and inspirational seminar sessions
  • Network with like-minded peers who share your challenges

In addition, as our VIP guest, you’ll enjoy full complimentary hospitality, including overnight accommodation, all meals and refreshments and an invitation to our networking dinner with entertainment.

Places are limited, so book today to avoid disappointment!

Click here to reserve your place.

Do you specialise in Air Conditioning? 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 July we’ll be focussing on Air Conditioning 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 Air Conditioning 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:

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.

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Home Office calls on FMs for evidence on fire safety

Employers and business owners are being asked for their views on fire safety in workplaces in England as part of a Home Office call for evidence.

The Home Office is seeking feedback on the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005, which underpins fire safety in business premises, such as offices, warehouses, shops and commercial venues, to ensure it is fit for purpose.

The call for evidence follows publication last year of Dame Judith Hackitt’s Independent Review on Building Regulation and Fire Safety, which was commissioned by the government after the Grenfell Tower fire.

The order places legal duties on those responsible for the safety of people using business premises. The Home Offices states this is typically an employer or business owner, who must carry out fire risk assessments and ensure the safety of staff and others.

Minister for Policing and the Fire Service Nick Hurd said: “The Grenfell Tower fire was an unimaginable tragedy and we are determined to do everything we can to stop it ever happening again.

“The government is making good progress on improving the safety of high-rise flats, but we must also look at the wider building safety landscape, including the places where we all work.

“To help keep people safe, we want to ensure the Fire Safety Order is fit for purpose. To do this, we need to understand how it is working on the ground and make informed decisions in the future.”

The order covers all non-domestic premises, as well as the parts of residential buildings used in common, such as corridors and stairwells.

Under the order, those responsible for fire safety in regulated premises include employers, business owners, landlords, occupiers and anyone else in control of the premises, such as building and facilities managers.

The order also applies to anyone with paying guests, including those who run bed and breakfasts, guesthouses or let self-catering properties, as well as hotels.

All of these ‘responsible persons’ are being urged to respond to the call for evidence.

Their responsibilities include:

  • carrying out a fire risk assessment of the premises and reviewing it regularly
  • telling staff or their representatives about the risks identified
  • putting in place and maintaining appropriate fire safety measures
  • planning for an emergency
  • providing staff information, fire safety instruction and training

The call for evidence will run for eight weeks until 31 July 2019, and an analysis of responses will be published and inform the government’s next steps later this year.

It complements the government’s consultation, Building a Safer Future. Led by the Ministry for Housing, communities and local government, the consultation outlines how the government proposes to take forward meaningful legislative reform in the building safety regulatory system.

See more information on the call for evidence here and on the Building a Safer Future consultation here.

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FM Forum: Last chance to claim your FREE VIP place – Closing this week!

This is a last call to FM professionals like you to claim your free place at the Facilities Management Forum.

This unique two-day event takes place on July 1st & 2nd at the Hilton Deansgate, Manchester.

Register here for the opportunity to:-

  • Meet with innovative suppliers for a series of face-to-face, pre-arranged meetings based on your own requirements.
  • Network with like-minded peers.
  • Attend a series of insightful seminar sessions.
  • Enjoy full hospitality, including overnight accommodation, all meal and refreshments, plus an invitation to our gala dinner with entertainment.

You will be joining representatives from the likes of:

  • AAT
  • Accord Academy Trust
  • Ann Summers 
  • Arcadia Group
  • Aspens Charities
  • Belong 
  • Bloomcare
  • Bourne Leisure – Haven Division
  • BT
  • Capita – Barnet Council
  • Castle Water Limited
  • Caversham Trading Brighthouse
  • CBRE 
  • Chartered Institute of Ergonomics & Human Factors
  • Co-op Retail
  • Crown Commercial Services
  • Debenhams
  • Devonshire’s Solicitors
  • Draexlmaier UK
  • Elysium Healthcare
  • Emerson Management Services
  • Gleeds
  • Gleeds Cost Management 
  • Gusto Restaurants
  • Hermes
  • Interpublic Group
  • Ipswich Borough Council
  • Lego
  • Leicester City Council
  • Loopel
  • Louis Vuitton
  • Manchester Metropolitan University
  • Mercury Support
  • Moorgarth
  • Network Rail
  • NHBC
  • NHS National Services Scotland
  • NHS Scotland
  • North Warwickshire and South Leicestershire College Group
  • Pathfinder Multi Academy Trust
  • Peel Media 
  • Praesepe
  • Princess Yachts 
  • Quorn Foods 
  • Regency Residential
  • RSPB
  • Saint-Gobain
  • Salford City College
  • Sesame Bankhall Group
  • Sheffield City Council
  • Silicon Valley Bank
  • St John Ambulance
  • St Luke’s Hospice
  • Stoke City Football Club
  • The Co-operative Bank 
  • The Disabilities Trust
  • Thirteen Group
  • Together Money
  • Transport for West Midlands
  • University of Warwick
  • Wilsons Auctions
  • YO! Sushi

Would you like to join them? Don’t miss this opportunity – Register today!