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Do you specialise in Building Maintenance & Refurbishment? 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 February we’ll be focussing on Building Maintenance & Refurbishment solutions.

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 specialise in Building Maintenance & Refurbishment solutions 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’s our full features list:

Feb – Building Maintenance & Refurbishment
Mar – Cleaning
Apr – Total FM
May – Energy Management
June – Security
Jul – Air Conditioning
Aug – Waste Management
Sep – Asset Management
Oct – FM Software
Nov – Intruder & Alarm Systems
Dec – Fire & Safety Equipment

Government pledges £213m towards achieving Net Zero, tackling COVID

The UK Government has announced a £213 million investment to upgrade the UK’s scientific infrastructure, with Scottish facilities to benefit also.

It says the investment will equip the UK’s leading scientists, universities and research institutes with new state of the art equipment to drive forward research that will help the country respond to major challenges, including the Covid-19 pandemic and achieving net zero carbon emissions.

The £213 million pot includes £27 million for upgrading and purchasing core equipment for the use of researchers across the UK.

The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) will receive a £20 million investment to upgrade campus infrastructure at its sites in Edinburgh, Oxford, Liverpool City Region and North Yorkshire. This will enable the Council to continue developing flagship projects covering a range of topics, from pre-launch satellite testing to the search for dark matter.

The STFC will receive a further £10 million for laboratory upgrades to support the scientific programmes across laboratories in Edinburgh, Oxfordshire, Liverpool, and North Yorkshire. Investments will enable projects including quantum physics with ultra-cold atoms, artificial intelligence and pre-launch satellite testing.

Medical Research Centre units in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Dundee will share £2.8 million to buy high spec equipment such as microscopes and key computational resources to support Covid-19 research, and long-term programmes in cell biology, human genomics, and wider virology.

This will enable researchers to detect and model disease in more detail than before, helping the UK respond to Covid-19 and boosting resilience for future pandemics, as well as other global diseases, such as cancer and dementia.

£34 million will go to upgrading the UK’s digital research capabilities, enabling some of the country’s brightest minds to conduct pioneering analytical research that will help inform long term policy decisions. Urban data centres in Glasgow, Liverpool and Oxford will share more than £1 million for new hardware to pursue research that will show how Covid-19 has affected social and economic activity in different parts of the UK.

Meanwhile, the University of Essex will be backed to conduct a large-scale household survey to understand how the pandemic has affected issues such as home schooling and family relationships.

The funding package also allocates £15 million for the Capability for Collections Fund (CapCo) to renew and upgrade the most vulnerable research facilities across the UK within galleries, libraries, archives and museums. It will focus on conservation and heritage, modernising these spaces which will help serve local communities for generations.

The government says the investment will ensure the UK is the best place in the world for scientists, researchers and entrepreneurs to live and work, while continuing to attract scientific talent from across the globe.

Science Minister Amanda Solloway said: “The response from UK scientists and researchers to coronavirus has been nothing short of phenomenal. We need to match this excellence by ensuring scientific facilities are truly world class, so scientists can continue carrying out life-changing research for years to come.

“From the world’s most detailed microscopes tracking disease to super computers supporting COVID-19 research, our investment will enhance the tools available to our most ambitious innovators across Glasgow, Edinburgh and Dundee. By doing so, scientists and researchers will be able to drive forward extraordinary research that will enable the UK to respond to global challenges as we build back better from the pandemic.

The £213 million investment, delivered through the government’s World Class Labs funding scheme and made through seven of UK Research and Innovation’s (UKRI) research councils, covers investments in all disciplines from physical sciences to arts and humanities.

The funding forms part of a £300 million commitment to upgrade scientific infrastructure across the UK,  as part of the government’s ambitious R&D Roadmap published in July 2020.

Reconomy acquires Germany’s Reverse Logistics Group

Environmental services specialist Reconomy has agreed to purchase Munich-based Reverse Logistics Group (RLG) as part of its international expansion plans.

RLG is a provider of end-to-end solutions for returns management and environmental compliance to businesses in over 80 countries worldwide, helping customers deal with the increasing environmental, regulatory, and logistical demands facing businesses today.

Turnover for RLG in 2020 is forecast to be greater than 170m Euros, which when combined with the existing Reconomy Group, takes pro-forma 2020 revenues above £465m. This is the second overseas acquisition for the Reconomy Group, building upon that of Noventiz, based in Cologne and announced in October.

The acquisition creates a global presence in core disciplines and also adds an entirely new capability to the Reconomy Group and its clients, namely reverse logistics.  Reconomy says this proposition development is a key part of its long-term strategic plan to become a global leader in tech-enabled services to drive the circular economy.

Reconomy CEO Paul Cox, said: “This is a hugely exciting move for the Reconomy Group. Having taken our first step into the international market a few weeks ago, the acquisition of RLG gives us a truly global presence. It’s a major event in our journey, of which we are very proud. Looking at the consumer trends that will affect businesses going forward within the circular economy, we believe that broadening our capability – adding reverse logistics alongside our core resource management and environmental compliance offering – will ultimately bring significant benefit to Reconomy customers in the years to come. We’re delighted to welcome RLG’s experienced management team and all of their colleagues into the Reconomy family”.

RLG CEO Patrick Wiedemann added: “After an outstanding development of RLG in the past years, positioning the group as a leading global market player in the reverse logistics space with highly innovative solutions, we are now looking very much forward to continuing this success story as part of Reconomy Group. This enables us to now move to the next phase of our strategic development and further expand our service offering. The capabilities of Reconomy and RLG in combination build the basis to be a global leader in circular economy solutions, acting as an enabler for the transformation towards true environmental sustainability for our customers, while at the same time ensuring an outstanding customer experience in the returns process. We are very much looking forward to the exciting journey ahead”.

Have you registered for this month’s virtual FM Forum?

The virtual Facilities Management Forum is the smart way to get in front of budget-saving solution providers for your 2021 projects from the comfort of your living room/office.

  • Do you have any new projects you need help with?
  • Are you facing any new challenges?
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You’ve probably had to make numerous changes within your organisation, leaving you with little or no time to source new suppliers – therefore, at the Forum, your bespoke itinerary of online, 1-2-1 meetings will be arranged by us, with little effort required by you.

25th & 26th January – 09:00-13:05. Attendance is flexible, you can either attend for one or both half days.  

The event is entirely complimentary – register your free place here or get in touch for further details.

We look forward to seeing you (virtually) later this month!

Impact of COVID to push FM market to $1.62 trillion by 2027

The global facilities management market is projected to reach $1.62 trillion by 2027, driven by technological advances and the impact of COVID.

According to a report published by Fortune Business Insights, Facility Management Market Size, Share & COVID-19 Impact Analysis, the market was worth $1.24 trillion in 2019 and will experience a CAGR of 4% during the forecast period.

The report covers a wide range of FM segments, including maintenance, support, project management and user management.

It says rising investments in the development of efficient management services will help FM companies improve their overall business outlook, ensuring safety and comfort in the workplace and subsequently enhancing the quality of the work environment for clients.

The report asserts that the global facility management market will derive growth from massive technology investments as well as advances in the deployment of advanced concepts by major companies across the world. The rising demand for an improved workplace environment and the increasing awareness regarding workplace safety will create several growth opportunities for the companies operating in the market.

In addition, the COVID-19 pandemic has created a sense of panic among people across the world. Accounting to the rapid spread of the disease, governments across the world have imposed well-documented lockdowns. Moreover, the practices followed by people to curb the spread of the disease have led to a shutdown in businesses.

However, corporate offices are resuming operations under certain conditions and this will subsequently create several opportunities for the companies in the facility management market, the report says. In particular, it says the demand for sanitized and safe workplaces due to the coronavirus outbreak will bode well for the growth of the overall market in the immediate future.

Looking for Refurbishment solutions? The FM Forum Recommended Supplier Directory can help!

Looking for new Refurbishment solutions for your building, venue, school or company? The FM Forum Recommended Supplier Directory is home to dozens of trusted partners ready to help make your project a reality!

Put simply, there’s something to suit every requirement.

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Are you an FM supplier? Get listed!

The FM Forum Recommended Supplier Directory is the perfect platform to raise your organisation’s profile and extend your reach.

Promoted via the FM Briefing newsletter, website and our renowned meet-the-buyer facilities events – this digital FM directory offers a comprehensive list of industry solution leaders.

For a short period of time, your business can now be included in the FM Directory for FREE!

In these times of uncertainty for everyone, we are offering support to the industry by providing a free listing for a 3-month period, to support businesses through these difficult circumstances.

Click Here To Get Listed!

Or, for more information, please contact Paige Aitken on 01992 374079 or p.aitken@forumevents.co.uk

Health & Safety

Do you specialise in Health & Safety? 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 January we’ll be focussing on Health & Safety solutions.

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 specialise in Health & Safety solutions 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’s our full features list:

Jan – Health & Safety
Feb – Building Maintenance & Refurbishment
Mar – Cleaning
Apr – Total FM
May – Energy Management
June – Security
Jul – Air Conditioning
Aug – Waste Management
Sep – Asset Management
Oct – FM Software
Nov – Intruder & Alarm Systems
Dec – Fire & Safety Equipment

Learn new skills for 2021 with our online courses

Our selection of online courses tailored specifically for the FM sector will enable you to both learn new skills and improve existing ones – sign up today!

These are specially-curated online courses designed to help you and your team improve expertise and learn new things.

The Management, Leadership & Business Operations online learning bundle provides you with over 50 courses, which cover all areas of both professional and personal development:

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  • Making Meetings Matter Certification
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Book your courses today and come out of this stronger and more skilled!

Exclusive locking convenience from SimonVoss

The SimonsVoss interior door fitting SmartHandle AX SC can be optionally combined with handles by well-known manufacturers. The electronics allow up to 200,000 activations; the module for tapping smart cards can be mounted above or below the door handle.

About SimonsVoss

SimonsVoss Technologies GmbH with its headquarters in Unterföhring, near Munich, and a production and logistics centre in Osterfeld/Saxony-Anhalt, has been part of Allegion™ since September 2015 and is thus part of a globally active network. Since the market launch of its digital locking and access control system 3060 in 1998, the company has modernised its once predominantly mechanical locking technology in line with modern technological standards and is now regarded as a European technology leader in the field of battery-powered electronic locking and access control systems.

Further information at: www.simons-voss.com/en

Allegion (NYSE: ALLE) is a global pioneer in access control, with leading brands including CISA®, Interflex®, LCN®, Schlage®, SimonsVoss® and Von Duprin®. With a focus on door and access security, Allegion offers a wide range of solutions for people and property in private households, businesses, schools and more. Allegion achieved a turnover of 2.9 billion US dollars in 2019 and is active in almost 130 countries.

Visit www.allegion.com for more information

Building Management

Looking for Refurbishment solutions? The FM Forum Recommended Supplier Directory can help!

Looking for new Refurbishment solutions for your building, venue, school or company? The FM Forum Recommended Supplier Directory is home to dozens of trusted partners ready to help make your project a reality!

Put simply, there’s something to suit every requirement.

Start Your Search Now

Are you an FM supplier? Get listed!

The FM Forum Recommended Supplier Directory is the perfect platform to raise your organisation’s profile and extend your reach.

Promoted via the FM Briefing newsletter, website and our renowned meet-the-buyer facilities events – this digital FM directory offers a comprehensive list of industry solution leaders.

For a short period of time, your business can now be included in the FM Directory for FREE!

In these times of uncertainty for everyone, we are offering support to the industry by providing a free listing for a 3-month period, to support businesses through these difficult circumstances.

Click Here To Get Listed!

Or, for more information, please contact Paige Aitken on 01992 374079 or p.aitken@forumevents.co.uk