facilities management

An unexpected upside for post Brexit UK!

On the 16th October I was given an opportunity to share a stage in Oxford with Cllr Tom Hayes, Cabinet Member for Zero Carbon Oxford at Oxford City and Dominic Humphreys, Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) lead on Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES). The event, organised by Oxfordshire Greentech and Oxford City …

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Why isn’t everyone creating Productive, High Performing and Healthier Workplaces?

Over the last thirty years, designing, constructing and operating buildings I’ve seen first-hand the benefits on people’s lives, their wellbeing and performance of improving their surroundings. And to me the business case is obvious for organisations to improve the workplace. However, it’s the more forward-thinking organisations in the UK that are doing this, and I …

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Britain’s productivity crisis – Help your business beat the downward trend

Every month we’re presented with a new explanation for Britain’s low productivity – now dubbed as the ‘productivity puzzle’. The Bank of England blames Brexit for a 5% decrease in productivity British firms three years after the referendum. But Britain has lagged behind most G7 countries since 2008 so this issue goes deeper than Brexit. …

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England at risk of Running Dry – Our five tips to reduce water wastage

On the 25th of July the UK saw the hottest temperature on record. With the trend of increasing temperatures, Sir James Bevan, Chief Executive of the Environment Agency announced the UK risks running out of water within 25 years. He puts this down to wasteful consumer habits and a shortage of reservoirs. “We won’t have …

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UK Higher Education is in very rude health, how can estates and facilities teams help keep it there? Part 2: Our thoughts and recommendations

Our previous blog highlighted that no matter how you look at it, all measures suggest UK Higher Education is in very good health. But there are risks, and we identified the storm clouds on the horizon to which HEIs will need to respond if they are to maintain this success. Overall, HE estates and facilities …

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SECR – What is it, and how can you prepare?

  Another ‘catchy’ acronym but what does it mean? The financial year ending 31st March 2019 saw the final year of the CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme (CRC), which has been replaced by Streamlined Energy and Carbon Reporting (SECR). SECR is a Government scheme which aims to further incentivise energy efficiency and reducing carbon emissions. Annual …

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