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You can be yourself

You can be yourself

Life at work can be scary. For me, it was transitioning my sex from male to female. How was my company going to take it? The board and management? My colleagues, contacts, suppliers and clients?


This item first appeared in FM World, the magazine of the British Institute of Facilities Management.

VINCI boss says being listed helped send Carillion under

VINCI boss says being listed helped send Carillion under

The chief executive of VINCI, Bruno Dupety, has said Carillion being listed on the Stock Exchange helped send it under because City demands forced it into chasing unrealistic growth.

This item first appeared in Building.co.uk.

VINCI Facilities links up with Arriva to maintain London Overground network

VINCI links up with Arriva to maintain London Overground network

VINCI Facilities has secured an initial 12-month contract with Arriva Rail London (ARL) to deliver FM services across the London Overground network.

This item first appeared in FM World, the magazine of the British Institute of Facilities Management.

Inconvenient Conversations

Inconvenient Conversations

The final report on Carillion has been well publicised and the eventual impact of their demise may well have far reaching consequences for many businesses in the UK, but how did the facilities management industry and profession galvanise itself to respond to such a cataclysmic event? What lessons could we learn going forward?

This item first appeared in FMJ, Facilities Management Journal.

A Sustainable Strategy

A Sustainable Strategy

In light of the FM market’s recent troubles, Tony Raikes tells i-FM that the outsourcing sector might have forgotten what it means to be sustainable.

This item first appeared on iFm.net

Is FM a Risky Business?

Is FM a Risky Business

The theme for this year’s RICS FM Strategic Conference poses the question as to whether facilities management is an inherently risky business. The recent failure of Carillion has put FM and outsourcing more generally at the forefront of the news agenda. But how did we get there?


This item first appeared in FM World, the magazine of the British Institute of Facilities Management.

Increasing focus on value in FM contracts

Increasing focus on value in FM contracts

Value is now one of the most important words in the lexicon of support services and FM. It has always figured somewhere in PQQ and tender questionnaires but the perception around value is changing.


This item first appeared on Premises & Facilities Management Online.

Let’s Talk About Our Wellbeing

Let’s Talk About Our Wellbeing

Will 2018 finally be the year that Wellbeing and the Health element of Health & Safety breakthrough into the mainstream debate within FM and the built environment? Wellbeing is not just a discussion for us to be having with our customers. It is about our own people.

This item first appeared in FM World, the magazine of the British Institute of Facilities Management.

‘Seismic Fallout’ From Carillion Collapse

‘Seismic Fallout’ From Carillion Collapse

How has the FM sector reacted to Carillion’s Collapse? Managing Director, Tony Raikes , shares his opinions.

This item first appeared in FM World, the magazine of the British Institute of Facilities Management.

RICS Case Study Launch: Do the right thing

RICS Case Study Launch: Do the right thing

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) in collaboration with IFMA have launched its latest set of Strategic FM case studies at its London HQ in November. The fifth series focuses on the societal impact of FM to demonstrate the positive contribution FM can have on the community.

This item first appeared in FM World, the magazine of the British Institute of Facilities Management.

Raikes: Customers are guilty of pursuing bad procurement habits

Raikes: Customers are guilty of pursuing bad procurement habits

The managing director of a large facilities management company says the industry customer base must change its procurement habits in the aftermath of the collapse of Carillion.

This item first appeared in FM World, the magazine of the British Institute of Facilities Management.

Off Grid Energy and VINCI Facilities unveil world’s first battery-powered seminar theatre at EMEX 2017

Off Grid Energy and VINCI Facilities unveil world’s first battery-powered seminar theatre at EMEX 2017

The first battery-powered seminar theatre has been unveiled by Off Grid Energy and VINCI Facilities in London at EMEX 2017, one of the world’s leading energy management exhibitions.

This item first appeared in Reprototype

Mobilisation – How Does It Work? By Mark Newell

Mobilisation – How Does It Work? By Mark Newell

A good mobilisation can make the difference between operational success and long-term positive relationships between an FM provider and their customer. It makes sense to be sure you have the detailed knowledge required to deal with what is becoming an increasingly valued deliverable. It pays to get it right, so at VINCI Facilities we have invested in a dedicated mobilisation team.


This item first appeared in FM World, the magazine of the British Institute of Facilities Management.

The Social Value of Facilities Management by Rory Murphy

The Social Value of Facilities Management by Rory Murphy

Do we look at value in a truly sustainable way when we talk about FM? Do we emphasise the value across the Economic, Social and Environmental aspects when we make our case or do we get too fixated on the Economic elements to the exception of both of the others?


This item first appeared in FMJ, Facilities Management Journal.

Valuable Lesson

Valuable Lesson

Tony Raikes, Managing Director of VINCI Facilities, is feeling positive about the FM sector – and the reason is because VINCI clients understand its value proposition.


This item first appeared in FMJ, Facilities Management Journal.

Lean and Keen: A Guide to an Effective Lean Culture

Lean and Keen: A Guide to an Effective Lean Culture

Pressures on cost, quality and timeliness, alongside the requirement for excellent service and sustainable operations, demand constant change and innovation. Continuous improvement must be integral to a service provider’s culture and delivery. But how can this be achieved? One way is to establish a Lean culture.

This item first appeared in FMJ, Facilities Management Journal.

Striking the right bargain

Striking the right bargain

In retail, the need to cut costs runs parallel to the need to provide a first-class customer experience. The retail environment is sensitive like no other. If someone asked you for three trends in retail FM, you might be excused for misquoting Tony Blair and answer: customer, customer and customer. It is why retail FM is a tough market.


This item first appeared in FM World, the magazine of the British Institute of Facilities Management.

Energy management: making it work

Energy management: making it work

Energy is on every FM's agenda. But actually achieving the goals of efficiency and cost reduction almost certainly requires some fresh thinking.

This item first appeared in i-FM.

Developing Skills for the Digital Age by Rory Murphy

Developing Skills for the Digital Age by Rory Murphy

The digital revolution will touch us all and we will need to embrace new skills and possibly confront new risks in terms of automation, artificial intelligence or robotics. The revolution, however, will be delivered on the ground, where complex skills and craftsmanship are required. As an industry, we are a long way from an automated solution that will replace these traditional skills.


This item first appeared in FMJ, Facilities Management Journal.

Leaning towards efficient communications

Leaning towards efficient communications

What effect can the use of lean management tools have when deployed for the client by a provider as part of the FM service model? Martin Read talks to Vinci Facilities’ Gary Codling about his company’s approach and how it works.

This item first appeared in FM World, the magazine of the British Institute of Facilities Management.

My Employer Cares, but how important is my health to me?

My Employer Cares, but how important is my health to me?

Health is high on the agenda in the construction and FM industries. Employers have a duty of care, which means that they should take all reasonable steps to ensure our health and well-being. And men’s health is a real issue.

This item first appeared in FM World, the magazine of the British Institute of Facilities Management.

World Workplace Europe 2017 Stockholm

World Workplace Europe 2017 Stockholm

Rory Murphy comments on World Workplace Europe (WWE) in Stockholm on behalf of the RICS, an event that looked to build on the collaboration between IFMA and the RICS

This item first appeared in FMJ, Facilities Management Journal.

Don’t judge – listen to us

Don’t judge – listen to us

When you’re disabled everything impacts, but there’s nothing wrong with my brain and I have much to contribute; you might learn a thing or two.

This item first appeared in FM World, the magazine of the British Institute of Facilities Management.

Retention of Smyths Toys contract

Don’t judge – listen to us

VINCI Facilities has been awarded a new contract by Smyths Toys, extending their current five year relationship with this fast growing company which is currently opening in the region of 15 stores per annum.

This item first appeared in Communiqué, the quarterly newsletter of VINCI Construction UK.

From past to Crescent: VINCI refurbishes a Georgian gem

From past to Crescent: VINCI refurbishes a Georgian gem

VINCI keeps things traditional to transform Buxton’s historic Crescent. “If you’re drinking a bottle of Buxton anywhere in the world, it’s sourced from about 3 m behind that wall,” says VINCI Senior Project Manager, Cary Hadfield.

This item first appeared in Construction News, the magazine of the British Institute of Facilities Management.

Making Waves: VINCI’s work with the Canal & River Trust

Making Waves: VINCI’s work with the Canal & River Trust

The Canal & River Trust’s contract with VINCI doesn’t take a ‘one size fits all’ approach which is what the Trust was concerned about when it began to outsource services. What FM brings to the party is a lot of unseen value.

This item first appeared in FM World, the magazine of the British Institute of Facilities Management.

 


The war for talent in Facilities Management

The war for talent in Facilities Management

If the FM industry were like Mutiny, the C4 re-enactment of Captain Bligh’s epic journey across the Pacific we would be stocking up on supplies, reefing our sails and preparing for stormy weather. Because, whilst the future is bright now, we face some serious headwinds.


This item first appeared in FMJ, Facilities Management Journal.

 


Apps are changing the Game

Apps are changing the Game

VINCI Facilities, like other service providers, is starting to see a shift in the role and impact of the facilities ‘user’ in the design and shape of the services they wish to receive, driven by social media and app technologies.

This item first appeared in FM World, the magazine of the British Institute of Facilities Management.

 


Shaping the future, preserving the past

Shaping the future, preserving the past

After more than a century of use, the Institution of Civil Engineers closed last summer to allow the Building Solutions division of VINCI Facilities just three months to refurbish the Grade II-listed building and improve its energy efficiency and accessibility. The pressure was on from the outset.

This item first appeared in Communiqué, the quarterly newsletter of VINCI Construction UK.

 


Is the rush to outsource public services in central and local government going to slow down?

Is the rush to outsource public services in central and local government going to slow down?

If outsourcing is going to succeed in the longer run – i.e. not just balance the books in year one but deliver a sustainable, effective service for the five years of the contract term – then value must be the priority, not cost.

This item first appeared in FM World, the magazine of the British Institute of Facilities Management.


Are you afraid of the dark?

Are you afraid of the dark?

We talk frequently about controlling energy expenditure, but what happens when energy supply fails entirely? What does full blackout protection look like, and to what extent can facilities managers help insure against the worst?

This item first appeared in FM World, the magazine of the British Institute of Facilities Management.

Perspectives: Why social value is a moral duty of care?

Perspectives: Why social value is a moral duty of care.

Our work with colleges over the years has helped to equip young adults for life not just work; but the term Social Value is a risk of going from buzzword to boredom. The problem is perception.

This item first appeared in FM World, the magazine of the British Institute of Facilities Management.

 

The £45 million property services contract in place with Lincolnshire County Council.

VINCI Facilities’ ‘Reading from the Start’ (RftS) project has won this year’s BIFM Awards 2016 Societal Impact category.

The £45 million property services contract in place with Lincolnshire County Council is seen by all parties as significant because of how transparency in communication between interested parties is adding intelligence to decision making.

This item first appeared in FM World, the magazine of the British Institute of Facilities Management.

 

VINCI Facilities’ ‘Reading from the Start’ (RftS) project has won this year’s BIFM Awards 2016 Societal Impact category.

VINCI Facilities’ ‘Reading from the Start’ (RftS) project has won this year’s BIFM Awards 2016 Societal Impact category.

In 2013 a team from Vinci Facilities entered into a 10-year contract to provide FM services at Peabody’s housing estates across London, where it began the largest single social initiative undertaken by the company, investing funds over three years into developing an early intervention literacy programme.

This item first appeared in FM World, the magazine of the British Institute of Facilities Management.

 

Building a sustainable argument.

Building a sustainable argument.

The way in which the sustainability performance of buildings is measured in the years ahead is likely to have a social as well as an environmental dimension. And that can only mean more involvement from FM in design.

This item first appeared in FM World, the magazine of the British Institute of Facilities Management.

 

Debenhams win pushes VINCI over £150m mark.

Debenhams win pushes VINCI over £150m mark

VINCI Facilities reports that a three year contract signed with Debenhams means it secured over £150m of new business in the first half of 2016.

Credit: iFM

 

Changes to the sentencing guidelines for health & safety at work will go further than just bigger fines and a threat of jail.

Changes to the sentencing guidelines for health & safety at work will go further than just bigger fines and a threat of jail.

What impact is this going to have on FM companies? Service providers need to assess current contract terms and conditions and maybe adjust procurement processes that up to now have paid lip service to the need to work collaboratively to reduce risk.

This item first appeared in FM World, the magazine of the British Institute of Facilities Management.

 

Housing and Regeneration: Dust to Dust.

Housing and Regeneration: Dust to Dust.

Construction dust is a killer, which is why Sandwell MBC took action to safeguard its contractors and its tenants during refurbishment works.

Reproduced with kind permission of LABM

 

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