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22 April 2019
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Opinions on facilities management from all corners of the sector. Want to get something off your chest? We're happy to consider any relevant comment that is topical, inspirational, angry or amusing.



  • 01 April 2019
  • Is outsourcing set to suit more SMEs?
    Since the collapse of Carillion, and with Interserve having just gone into administration and then new ownership outsourced facilities management has had to continue defending itself in the glare of a national spotlight. 01 April 2019
  • Interserve, another Carillion?
    Martin Read reflects on the Interserve crisis and ponders what's next for the troubled provider. 01 April 2019
  • Is outsourcing set to suit more SMEs: Chris Kenneally
    It's not clear. The onerous terms and conditions of these contractual agreements have not changed to allow smaller companies to compete for the work without taking unnecessary risks to the long-term viability of their businesses. 01 April 2019
  • Is outsourcing set to suit more SMEs: Andrew Porter
    Outsourcing should always favour the right company for the client organisation and part of that means that they should be of the right size, i.e. a company that is too small simply won't be able to deliver or fund delivery and a company that is too large won't always give it the focus it needs. 01 April 2019
  • Is outsourcing set to suit more SMEs: James Bradley
    The FM services market provides its customers with a lot of choice. There is a proposition or delivery model to suit every preference, and the viewpoint from the mid-market is a positive one, a secure one, and most definitely a sustainable one. 01 April 2019
  • Is outsourcing set to suit more SMEs: Julian Fris
    Is outsourcing favouring the smaller players? This isn't the case yet. It is really a question of risk; clients need assurances now more than they ever have, and there is still reticence about taking a gamble on a smaller player. 01 April 2019
  • Is outsourcing set to suit more SMEs: Ashley kirk
    In my 12 years in the FM industry I've noticed a swing away from using smaller, local businesses to buying facilities services from the larger, more well-known companies. 01 April 2019
  • Is outsourcing set to suit more SMEs: Mike Boxall
    Over the past couple of years there has been a trend for larger organisations to be dismissed simply for being big and the assumption that the client won't get the same level of attention as they would from a smaller company. 01 April 2019
  • Is outsourcing set to suit more SMEs: Paul Skelton
    In some market sectors, for clients, customers and end users there has always been a belief or requirement that if you 'think big' you'll receive a better service delivery, better quality, lower cost with the governance and de-risk attached. 01 April 2019
  • Is outsourcing set to suit more SMEs: Phil Roker
    There certainly has been a shift towards the bundling of services in recent years, however, we've found that central London B&I clients have shown that they often want a specialist to deliver services such as catering, hospitality and reception where there is a huge impact on the workplace well-being of staff and the impression they give to their clients. 01 April 2019

IWFM Columns

  • 09 June 2016
  • Important changes to the delivery of Apprenticeships in England
    Apprenticeships are government-funded, work-based training programmes for people aged 16 and over. The BIFM's Fraser Talbot details the institute's work with employer groups in developing new standards for apprenticeships in FM.
  • Reaching across borders
    Meeting with FM professionals and members, in both the UK and further afield is always the best part of my job, writes Lee Grant.
  • Evolution
    FM World has been a cornerstone of the Institute's offering for many years, having recently celebrated its 12th birthday and this is its 279th issue. It provides a range of news, analysis, case studies and insights to support the facilities management profession and the Institute's membership, writes James Sutton.
  • A gold standard for FM excellence
    The BIFM Facilities Management Awards are always a highlight of the facilities management calendar and over the past few years we have been on a development journey to further enhance the Awards programme for the profession and to reflect the institute's new mission and strategic intent.