Design skills cited as one reason why London is the world’s best city

Design skills cited as one reason why London is the world’s best city

For the first time, London is the world’s best city for business, culture and finance, according to the latest edition of PWC’s annual Cities of Opportunity report.  And the city’s reputation as a global leader in design is cited as one of the main reasons. The index of thirty of the world’s most important cities […]

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Trust in ethical behaviour is linked to the size of the business, claims report

Trust in ethical behaviour is linked to the size of the business, claims report

The larger the firm the less likely it is to trust its employees to behave ethically according to a new report from the Association of Accounting Technicians. The research also found that UK’s most ethical businesses are small architectural practices. According to the research, conducted by Opinion Matters on behalf of AAT, only 37 per […]

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Loss making design and build service withdrawn by MITIE Group

Loss making design and build service withdrawn by MITIE Group

Diversified facilities management services business Mitie has announced it is no longer to provide design and build services in the energy sector and will no longer provide mechanical and electrical (M&E) services. It has announced in its preliminary results for the year to March 2014 that the withdrawal of both operations will incur substantial losses – £25.4 […]

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Poor office design costing firms in Gulf States dear, claims report

Poor office design costing firms in Gulf States dear, claims report

Companies in the Gulf States with poor office design are losing a significant amount of money each year because of an associated loss of productivity and other factors including ergonomics and health and safety. That is according to a new survey carried out by YouGov on behalf of the Index exhibition organisers and office furniture […]

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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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