A news round-up of stories in the FM sector
Organisation: Norse South East and Havant Borough Council
Announcement: The frontline public services provider has introduced new glass recycling banks that are larger than existing receptacles and use sensor technology.
Description: The 10,700-litre capacity enclosed skips are almost 10 times bigger than previous glass collection bins and bring several benefits to residents and operatives, says the company. Its previous glass recycling bins had a 1,100-litre capacity, whereas the new ones accommodate 10,700 litres. The skips are safer for operatives to handle and less likely to overflow. Positioned in locations such as supermarkets and car parks, they are fitted with sensors that measure fill rate.
Details: Cost savings are also expected because operatives monitoring the sensors remotely are alerted as the skips reach capacity – reducing the need for unnecessary checks and resulting in less overflowing during holiday periods.
Background: Havant Borough Council in Hampshire said the larger glass banks would allow residents to recycle even more glass, reducing the number of trips made to empty the banks, thereby cutting the local authority’s carbon footprint in line with its corporate strategy.
Organisation: Levy UK+I
Service: The sports and hospitality sector of Compass Group UK and Ireland has introduced Tap + Go, the European first-to-market frictionless customer experience for stadiums, with Leicester City FC’s King Power Stadium. Coming off the back of the ‘Market X’ Compass Ireland launch, Levy UK+I has partnered with global autonomous retail experts, AiFi, to take the concept a step further into the high-volume, high-footfall stadiums market. It will enable matchday fans to buy food and drink without having to pay at a till.
Description: The first stadium in Europe to implement this technology, Leicester City FC will provide a streamlined match-day refreshment system for fans. Guests simply need to tap a payment card upon entry, pick up their items and walk out of the gates onto the concourse, where their card will be automatically charged – a process that takes just seconds.
Details: Using frictionless technology, Tap + Go is operated through AiFi’s AI-powered anonymised shopper tracking, which recognises the products being selected by customers before adding them to a virtual basket. Facial recognition is not needed, ensuring complete anonymity. Checkouts will be replaced by the installation of fully contactless payment terminals connected to digital barriers upon exit, enabling fans to make purchases in a fraction of the time and with greater ease.
Organisation: Lumina Perks
Announcement: The ESG-focused workplace perks platform has announced a host of big-name ethical brands joining the platform to offer exclusive discounts and offers to employees.
Description: The online marketplace offers employees access to a range of more than 30 ethical, sustainable and socially conscious brands with discounts, special offers and preferential rates. The marketplace includes fashion, beauty, health, investment, food, energy, transport, sport, leisure and wellbeing goods.
Details: Offers available include: WithU, the audio fitness app, is offering users three months free, plus 25 per cent off for future months; Furthr, the app that allows consumers to sponsor world-leading renewable energy projects; and DAME, the period care provider. Goods are offered at 20 per cent off usual prices to all employees registered on the platform.
Background: Lumina Perks joins the Lumina technology family alongside the existing products, Lumina Gateway and Lumina Plus, offering a sustainable employee benefits solution for all types and sizes of business. All Lumina users will benefit from access to the marketplace and its curated range of discounts.
Announcement: The UK and Ireland construction and FM provider has signed up to the Wellbeing of Women’s ‘Menopause Workplace Pledge’.
Description: The company is one of a group of UK contractors to sign up to a nationwide pledge to help female staff who are going through the menopause. Through the pledge, it is committed to providing comprehensive support and guidance for women experiencing the impact of the menopause, from simply normalising the conversation, to providing trained Menopause Advocates plus access to external professional resources.
Details: Wellbeing of Women says that although women make up nearly half of the UK workforce, around 900,000 have quit their jobs because of the challenges they have faced while going through the menopause – despite being at the peak of their careers. GRAHAM is taking action to ensure women experiencing the effects of the menopause are not only supported and encouraged to remain within the sector but have the opportunity to fully develop their careers in a nurturing environment. Hollie Cregan, GRAHAM’s head of inclusion, fairness and respect, said: “Whilst construction remains a male-dominated working environment, women entering the industry are already breaking down barriers and overcoming a legacy of challenges.”
Background: GRAHAM has also partnered with the award-winning ‘Balance’ App, which will allow female employees to track their symptoms, access personalised expert content, download health reports and share stories in the online community.
Organisation: Atalian Servest
Announcement: Atalian Servest is boosting colleague support
with financial wellbeing service Wagestream.
Description: As part of a proactive wellbeing approach, Atalian Servest colleagues will have access to Wagestream, a financial wellbeing app that is tailored to every team member so they can track their shifts and pay day to day, manage their budgeting, save for a rainy day, get free financial coaching, get fairer deals on financial products, and choose their own pay cycle.
Details: Wagestream is a social impact technology company and a certified B Corporation. It operates on a social charter and is focused on the mission to bring financial wellbeing to every frontline worker.
Background: Atalian Servest is committed to supporting the health, safety and wellbeing of its people, including identifying and tackling causes of work-related stress. For example, as part of CHROMA, the Atalian Servest physical and mental health committee works to influence and shape the business strategy for supporting colleagues’ wellbeing.
Organisation: GreenTeck Global
Partnership: Alliance Scotland
Announcement: GreenTeck Global have signed a five-year partnership with Alliance Scotland for distribution of the company’s range of natural cleaning solutions throughout Scotland. The not-for-profit body Alliance Scotland will represent GreenTeck Global’s COSHH-free products across all sectors, from local authorities and public transport bodies to hospitality companies.
Description: The move will see more of Alliance’s customers access to GreenTeck Global’s chemical-free technology, which combines the powerful and 100% natural disinfectant properties of ozone and electrolysed water (HOCL) to deliver the highest hygiene levels.
Details: The agreement will allow more Scottish companies to simplify their cleaning processes by producing a chemical-free cleaning solution on-site and on demand. In addition to reducing plastic waste and PPE requirements, the switch will also help boost company sustainability credentials and employee safety levels by removing the COSHH-related risks associated with traditional cleaning systems.