Mental illness costs the UK economy £70 billion each year, claims OECD

Mental illness costs the UK economy £70 billion each year, claims OECD

According to a new report from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), issues related to mental health cost the UK around £70bn every year in lost productivity, benefit payments and spending on healthcare. The OECD’s Mental Health and Work report is an international initiative which has already produced reports over the last year […]

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Looming resource constraints go way beyond carbon, warns the Carbon Trust

Looming resource constraints go way beyond carbon, warns the Carbon Trust

Sustainability in business must expand to meet future demands on resources. These constraints will go way beyond energy management, but include water, waste and land-use; for example there could be a 40 per cent gap between available water supplies and water needs by 2030, and some critical materials could be in short supply as soon […]

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Guidance from GCHQ suggests that Windows XP is no longer secure

Guidance from GCHQ suggests that Windows XP is no longer secure

Working from home to avoid the tube strike or weather-related travel chaos? Well, the perils associated with working from home may be more complex than contending with poor time management, feelings of isolation and a propensity to gain weight and neglect personal hygiene. The UK’s Government Communication Headquarters (GCHQ) is advising that all public sector […]

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London office rents are set to reach historic high by 2018

London office rents are set to reach historic high by 2018

London office rents are set to reach an historic high by 2018, fuelled by demand from the technology, media and telecoms (TMT)  sector. Demand for office space by technology and media firms across central London was more than double of the finance sector in 2013, with major deals signed by Google, Amazon, Facebook, Twitter, News […]

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Corruption in procurement perceived as widespread across EU

Corruption in procurement perceived as widespread across EU

According to the EU’s newly published Anti Corruption Report, around 15 percent UK firms believe that corruption has prevented them from winning a public contract at at least one point during the past three years. Although this rate compares favourably with an EU average of 32 percent, the report concludes that the total cost to […]

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Strongest growth in commercial construction activity since 2007

Strongest growth in commercial construction activity since 2007

The construction industry has had its best month for almost six-and-a-half years; including the largest increase in commercial activity since August 2007. Although the upturn was led by house building, which increased for the twelfth successive month; surging growth was also recorded for commercial construction and civil engineering, due to increased spending by business on infrastructure, […]

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Urban designers must take the lead to ensure healthier cities says RIBA

Urban designers must take the lead to ensure healthier cities says RIBA

The link between design, urbanism, and public health is under renewed scrutiny. Last year, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) launched a collaboration with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Center for Advanced Urbanism (CAU) and the Clinton Global Initiative to look at ways urban design can address US public health challenges. The Royal Institute of […]

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RICS global research charts ways for FMs to prove strategic worth

RICS global research charts ways for FMs to prove strategic worth

Facilities managers across the globe need to prove the value of FM to board level directors and establish their role as a strategic and essential business function. A new global RICS Research report Raising the Bar: City Roundtables (Phase II), launched in Washington DC this week, calls for innovative new dimensions of measurement to prove FM’s effectiveness […]

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International serviced office provider in first single floor letting for ‘Cheesegrater’

International serviced office provider in first single floor letting for ‘Cheesegrater’

British Land and Oxford Properties have announced the Leadenhall Building in the City of London – known as the ‘Cheesegrater’  due to its distinctive tapered profile – has been let to serviced office business Servcorp. The Sydney-based firm already provides businesses with flexible space in some of the world’s most famous buildings, including The Seagram […]

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Latest generation Y survey reflects characteristically idealistic thinking of youth

Latest generation Y survey reflects characteristically idealistic thinking of youth

Maybe it’s the cynicism of middle age, but the most recent exploration of arguably, the most over-analysed cohort of workers in history – Generation Y – seems to reflect the archetypal idealistic thinking of youth. For example, while most Millennials (74%) believe business is having a positive impact on society by generating jobs (48%) and […]

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Cities report highlights skewed nature of UK economic recovery

Cities report highlights skewed nature of UK economic recovery

The Centre for Cities has today published its seventh annual report into the economic conditions in the 64 largest urban areas in the UK. The Cities_Outlook_2014 report paints a picture of a patchy economic recovery across the UK, with many cities such as Edinburgh, Birmingham, Manchester, Nottingham, Liverpool and Leeds seeing an upturn in their economies, […]

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Fewer projects put on hold as construction sector recovery continues

Fewer projects put on hold as construction sector recovery continues

In the week the ONS announced the UK unemployment rate has dropped to 7.1 per cent, comes more evidence of the recovery from the built environment. Figures released by construction industry analysts Glenigan have revealed that the value of UK projects put on hold during 2013 was the lowest since the start of the recession in […]

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