CBI raises growth forecasts, but cautious on sustainable recovery

CBI raises growth forecasts, but cautious on sustainable recovery

A pick-up in confidence across a broad range of sectors, including services and construction and a better than expected second quarter has led the CBI to raise its growth forecasts, with GDP growth of 1.2 per cent predicted in 2013, up from 1.0 per cent in the May forecast. In 2014, the business group expects the economy to gather […]

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RIBA reports growing levels of optimism amongst British architects

RIBA reports growing levels of optimism amongst British architects

The July 2013 Future Trends Survey from the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) claims that the levels of optimism felt by architectural practices about their workloads is at its highest level since the first ever survey in early 2009. The survey uses an index to gauge workloads and recorded a substantial hike to +23 […]

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Healthier people theme for this year’s World Green Building Week

Healthier people theme for this year’s World Green Building Week

The UK Green Building Council has published a calendar of events for this year’s World Green Building Week (WGBW) which takes place from 16-20 September 2013. The theme is ‘Greener Buildings, Better Places, Healthier People’, emphasising the value of green buildings to people – whether higher productivity for office workers, improved learning outcomes for students, healthier […]

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The latest issue of the Insight newsletter is now available to view online

The latest issue of the Insight newsletter is now available to view online

The latest issue of our weekly newsletter, Insight, is now available to view online here. This week: a report from Corenet claims that  global (meaning – American) space standards are moving closer to the UK norm; an update on the proposed merger between the UK’s largest facilities management trade associations; Simon Heath argues that when […]

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UKIP quip that women not competitive enough for business obscures real debate

UKIP quip that women not competitive enough for business obscures real debate

The comment by UKIP treasurer Stuart Wheeler that women are not competitive enough to merit a place in the boardroom grabbed all of the headlines from an important debate on the introduction of gender quotas on City boards. The news broke on the same day that employment body the CIPD issued a warning that businesses […]

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Progress made on proposed FM bodies’ merger but membership consultation to wait

Progress made on proposed FM bodies’ merger but membership consultation to wait

The British Institute of Facilities Management (BIFM) reports that merger talks with fellow FM and services related bodies, Asset Skills, the Facilities Management Association and the Cleaning and Support Services Association are progressing, but says a membership consultation must wait for the findings of the steering and working groups. As Simon Heath pointed out in his […]

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CBI survey gives suppliers chance to have say on UK public sector procurement

CBI survey gives suppliers chance to have say on UK public sector procurement

The Confederation of British Industry (CBI) is offering private sector firms the chance to take part in a survey detailing their experience of working with UK public sector. It follows a largely damning 2012 report from the same organisation which found that only 7 per cent of firms believed the public sector procurement function was […]

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Rise in number of temporary jobs as employment rates show modest increase

Rise in number of temporary jobs as employment rates show modest increase

The latest employment figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) reveal that unemployment fell by just 4,000 in the three months to June. At 7.8 per cent, the overall rate remains unchanged since the previous quarter. The figures don’t reveal how many people are working on temporary, rather than full time contracts. According to […]

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Worldwide space standards moving closer to UK norm, claims new report

Worldwide space standards moving closer to UK norm, claims new report

Worldwide office space standards are now moving closer to the norm seen in the UK according to a new survey from CoreNet Global. According to the CoreNet survey of real estate managers, the average amount of space per office worker globally has dropped to 150 sq. ft (14 sq.m.) , from 225 sq. ft. (21 […]

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Pressure to fill roles as employers struggle to persuade cautious workers to switch jobs

Pressure to fill roles as employers struggle to persuade cautious workers to switch jobs

More good news on the economy today with the Summer 2013 CIPD/Success Factors Labour Market Outlook (LMO) survey report showing that for the sixth quarter in a row, employers expect jobs growth. However, while this means more opportunities for job seekers the pressure is mounting for employers to attract the right talent. It seems that […]

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Sharp increase in UK commercial property activity during July

Sharp increase in UK commercial property activity during July

The signs that the UK’s economic recovery is now underway are given credibility with news that the UK’s commercial property sector is at its most buoyant for six years. According to a report from Savills which looked at new build and refurbishment activity during July, a fifth (20.1percent) of UK developers reported an increase in […]

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Costs of tenders deterring Scottish builders from bidding for public sector work

Costs of tenders deterring Scottish builders from bidding for public sector work

Construction firms in Scotland are increasingly reluctant to bid for public sector building work because of the spiralling costs of tendering for work, according to a new survey from the Scottish Building Federation. The SBF claims that the cost of tendering for public sector contracts has sky-rocketed in the past five years – and is now […]

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