Don’t blame Brexit!
2020 UK Estates Survey – sneak peek
Later this month we’re launching a survey to take the pulse of UK Estates.
In order to maintain our global position in these uncertain times, we must take stock of where we are, what to focus on, and what lessons to share amongst us.
What it covers
In the survey we’ll explore how estates control costs and risks, how estates handle energy consumption and environmental impact and how buildings help or hinder people’s wellbeing and performance. We’ll also explore how buildings can explicitly add value and contribute to organisations’ strategy. Finally we’ll look at the priorities, roadblocks and opportunities for estates now and in the future.
What you get by participating
We promise the survey will be a thought provoking exercise for all estates professionals. We will benchmark every survey participant’s responses and provide a report which highlights where you outperform your peers, and areas for improvement.
Once we’ve analysed all the responses, we’ll diagnose the condition of UK estates and feed our insights back to all participants. Our aim is to help you consider what deep changes you can make for the longer term.
Watch this space!
Record breaking temperatures – leading to innovations to control energy consumption and carbon emissions?
Yet again we faced record breaking weather this summer, no small amounts of rain, and read about raging fires in the Amazon.
Globally, August 2019 was the second warmest August on record and in the Arctic, sea ice extent was 35% lower than average, the second lowest in our 41-year record.
We must reduce our energy consumption and innovate where we can, so we’re heartened to learn about pockets of innovation, for instance how Asda uses their fridges as a virtual battery pack, and how the Humber plans the UK’s first carbon neutral industrial cluster by capturing and storing carbon emissions, to help the UK hit its carbon targets.
What you can do
We believe that every organisation is able to reduce energy and carbon emissions and save costs in the process. If you would like to investigate ways to reduce your energy consumption and carbon emissions, read how we’ve helped Birmingham Airport, and get in touch to learn more about what you can do at your organisation.
John’s 21K swim: “I will not be doing that again!”
In my previous blog, I explained the motivation for taking on my Lake Windermere swim, the personal challenge it presented and how my training was proving to be a rich metaphor for life.
A smooth start and a bumpy middle
On Sunday the 1st September, at 7:15am, I entered the cold water of the lake at Fell Foot and put all my preparation into practice.
Each swimmer is accompanied by a kayaker, from the start, who looks after their safety and feeds them on a regular basis to make up for the energy used in swimming and keeping warm in the cold lake.
Mike will be a distinguished gentleman (but only for a day)
This year I am taking part in The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride to raise funds and awareness for men’s health and prostate cancer on behalf of the Movember Foundation.
Prostate cancer affects more men than any other cancer, taking the lives of close to 307,000 men each year. A number surpassed by 500,000 men dying from suicide. That’s 807,000 men every year. This is a number that must change.
Please reach out to give what you can and show your support.
Congratulations to Max, Lois and Robyn!
A warm welcome to Robyn Amelia Biddlestone who arrived on the 24th August to proud parents Lois and Max.
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Our most popular item in August was: England at risk of Running Dry – Our five tips to reduce water wastage.