Availability of commercial property in London lowest for six years

Availability of commercial property in London lowest for six years

According to a report from CoStar News, prepared by CBRE, the availability of commercial property in Central London continued a long term fall during April to 13.76m sq ft, the lowest level since June 2008. This caused the availability of offices in central London to fall to 6.2 per cent, significantly below the 10-year average […]

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Facilities managers beaten to coveted place in boardroom by a piece of software

Facilities managers beaten to coveted place in boardroom by a piece of software

It has always been the ambition of facilities managers to take their place in the boardroom. Yet, after thirty years of trying, with only the occasional cursory glimpse of the C-Suite, it appears they have been beaten to it by a piece of software. A venture capital firm called Deep Knowledge Ventures has appointed a […]

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Four million people in UK now work from home, claims TUC

Four million people in UK now work from home, claims TUC

Figures released today by the TUC to mark National Work from Home Day show that more than 4 million people now regularly work from home; a rise of more than 62,000 over the course of the last year. The number of people who say they usually work from home increased by 62,000 over the course […]

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Employees’ time off increasingly squeezed by their job duties

Employees’ time off increasingly squeezed by their job duties

Flexible working may be perceived as more advantageous to employees than employers, but there’s new evidence that it encourages presenteeism rather than promoting a better work/life balance. The Glassdoor UK Annual Leave Survey has discovered that 44 per cent of employees undertake some work while on holiday; 18 per cent report that a colleague and […]

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UK one of the top global business destinations for sales growth and profitability

UK one of the top global business destinations for sales growth and profitability

Global manufacturing executives rank the UK as one of the top destinations for future sales growth and profitability, according to KPMG’s latest Global Manufacturing Outlook report published this week. This places the UK ahead of Germany, India and Japan and alongside China, beaten only by the US. The report also notes that the UK is leading […]

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BCO office standards include guidance on provisions for cyclists for first time

BCO office standards include guidance on provisions for cyclists for first time

The new edition to the British Council for Offices’ Guide to Specification, which provides guidance on industry standards for workplaces across the UK will contain guidance on provisions for cyclists for the first time. The new 2014 edition to the office standards guide due for publication later in the year, recommends one shower per ten […]

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CBI: Strong business case for investing in health and wellbeing

CBI: Strong business case for investing in health and wellbeing

As we reported earlier this week, an employee wellness programme can be worth doing alone as an incentive and engagement tool. But for those employers who need some evidence of their impact on the bottom line comes a new CBI report, which shows the costs to employers who fail to address employee health and wellbeing. The […]

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Support for flexible working an increasing challenge for IT managers, claims survey

Support for flexible working an increasing challenge for IT managers, claims survey

One of the greatest challenges currently facing IT managers is providing secure and robust technological infrastructure for flexible working, and it is set to become even greater as more and more firms adopt Cloud based working, according to a new report  from technology specialists ControlCircle. The survey of 250 UK based CIOs, ‘IT Growth and […]

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HR and Facilities Management bodies to collaborate on future of workplace

HR and Facilities Management bodies to collaborate on future of workplace

One of the main themes at the ThinkFM conference yesterday was the acknowledgement that facilities management and HR need to break down the silos that often exist between the two disciplines. This was the message of Chris Kane, CEO of BBC Commercial Properties, who explained that the British Institute of Facilities Management will be collaborating with the […]

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Using a mobile phone while driving is now commonplace for UK managers, claims survey

Using a mobile phone while driving is now commonplace for UK managers, claims survey

As if it weren’t perilous enough to be sitting on your backside for hours every day while trying to subsist on a diet of coffee and Ginsters’ pasties, new research from Regus UK has highlighted just how many British road warriors routinely work behind the wheel. The poll of 1,800 managers and business owners revealed that […]

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World’s most energy efficient office retro-fit opens in Norway

World’s most energy efficient office retro-fit opens in Norway

What is claimed to be the world’s most energy efficient office building has been opened in Norway. Powerhouse Kjørbo in Oslo is Norway’s first energy-positive building and the, according to its developers, the first in the world to be retro-fitted to produce more energy than it consumes. The building is part of the Powerhouse project, […]

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Employers urged to plan ahead as recruitment prospects rise

Employers urged to plan ahead as recruitment prospects rise

Fresh evidence that the recession is over as the CIPD reports employment intentions are at the highest level for six and half years. However, pay continues to perform well below pre-recession levels, and the HR body warns that with the economy picking up, now is the time for employers to consider both the levels of pay […]

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