17 January 2020 | Facilitate Team
Our selection of workplace and facilities management announcements made this week.
RESTRUCTURING: National security services provider Orbis Protect is investing in new premises and jobs to support its continued growth into 2020. The company has agreed terms on a new depot and office space in the centre of Aylesbury, following its recent contract wins to provide vacant property and site protection for social sector housing and commercial buildings, and extended service agreements with existing clients. The premises in Rabans Close will employ up to six new members of staff. Orbis is actively recruiting.
TECHNOLOGY: Polyteck Group has introduced new innovative technologies to its portfolio of services that will reduce client electricity use and ensure greater operational reliability. The SolarCool system can reduce client electricity use for air conditioning or refrigeration by up to 60 per cent while Polyteck's new internet of things network will highlight potential failures in mechanical and electrical systems before they occur.
SOCIAL VALUE: Sodexo has announced its membership in The Valuable 500, an international initiative striving to put disability on the leadership agenda. Sodexo supports the campaign dedicated to unlocking the business, social and economic value of people living with disabilities around the world.
TECHNOLOGY: Online broker FreeOfficeFinder has launched an interactive price comparison tool for private and co-working serviced office space (www.freeofficefinder.com/pricing-tool). The tool demonstrates the stark difference in pricing between central London, with the monthly desk rate for a private serviced office at £682, and the rest of the UK at £282 - a difference of 242 per cent.
APPOINTMENT: UPP Group Holdings Limited (UPP) and its parent company UPP REIT Holdings Ltd has appointed Elaine Hewitt as its new chief executive officer. Hewitt joins UPP from NHS Property Services Ltd, where she has been CEO since 2015. She joins the business on 1 April 2020, taking over from current CEO Richard Bienfait.