The Biggest & Best Portal to the Professional Property, Workplace and Built Environment Community

Sunday, 25 February

Christmas FM Digest

On The Twelfth Day Of Christmas

On Twelfth Night 2018 or there abouts, Croydon residents will get a free doorstep Christmas tree recycling collection under a new deal with the borough’s main contractor. And they'll be able to get a year-round green garden waste service as well.

The measures are part of a new long-term contract with waste company Veolia that starts next year so long as talks go well at the next council cabinet meeting.

The new deal is aimed at improving the waste collection and street cleaning service, boosting recycling levels - and at saving around £5 million per year. The street cleaning part of the new contract will begin on 4 March 2018, and new waste collections will begin on 1 October 2018.

Part of the new deal involves extending the council’s green garden waste service so it becomes all year-round rather than the current April to November service. A 240-litre green garden waste bin will now cost £61.50 instead of the current £60 under the new service, which starts in April. A free Christmas tree recycling service will also run for two weeks every year from 2018, starting from 8-19 January. Residents can leave their real Christmas trees outside their property for removal, and Veolia will then take the tree for composting. This service had been due to start in January 2019 but Veolia agreed to the council’s request to start a year sooner.


FM Company Becomes Inaugural  ‘Scotty’s Business Hero’ to Bereaved Armed Forces Children

Incentive FM has become one of the first Scotty’s Little Soldiers Business Heroes - a new initiative set up to help raise vital funds for children’s Armed Forces charity, Scotty’s Little Soldiers.

The initiative, which has been set up by the charity, is aimed at organisations who are keen to give a little back and make a difference to those who have lost a parent whilst serving in the British Armed Forces.  Founded by war widow Nikki Scott in 2010, Scotty’s Little Soldiers supports children across the UK. The charity was set up in memory of Nikki’s husband and father to her two children, Corporal Lee Scott, after he was killed in Afghanistan in 2009.

Every three years, Incentive FM employees are encouraged to submit their most deserving charity to be shortlisted as a potential beneficiary. Once the shortlist is drawn up, the charity’s 'champion' gives a presentation on its work to secure the selection at Incentive FM Group’s annual conference.

Last year, one employee, gave a speech during dinner in support of the charity. Having previously served in the Parachute Regiment he invited colleagues who have served in the Armed Forces to make themselves known in order to highlight the number of people affected. A total of 125 Directors and senior staff at the conference unanimously voted to support Scotty’s Little Soldiers as Incentive FM’s next chosen charity.

Nikki Scott, said: “We’ve launched Scotty’s Business Heroes as we know there are more like-minded folk in the UK which can really help our members. By joining the club, we want to work together with companies to support children who have lost a parent in the Armed Forces.”

Businesses big or small can become a Scotty’s Little Soldiers Business Hero – to learn how you could get involved please email: or call Kate Dring on 07392 868290 for a confidential chat. 


Interserve Appoints Sally Cabrini as Director of Transfotmation, IT and People

Interserve has appointed Sally Cabrini to its Executive Board as Director of Transformation, IT and People with effect from January 15, 2018.

Sally joins from FTSE100 UK water company United Utilities, where she has been performing a similar role.


Five New Suppliers Get Five-Year Contracts With Midland Heart Housing Association    

Five new companies; Pinnacle PSG, Idverde Ltd, John O’Conner GM Ltd, SJ Cleaning and Dovetail Group UK, will be taking up work such as communal cleaning, grounds maintenance and external window cleaning at Midland Heart Housing Association  schemes for the next five years.

Some residents  acted as ambassadors for their schemes and worked on selection panels throughout the procurement process.

Place Team Operations Manager, Tracey Rowe, said: “We are really pleased to have chosen these five companies to help us maintain our customers’ homes for the next five years. We are especially happy our residents have been involved. Over 100 customers have helped us directly with the process and we had over 1500 responses to our consultation in November 2016.  We have used the feedback to shape the services that these companies will provide to help our customers live comfortably in their homes.”


Gather & Gather Scoops A Waste2zero Award

Mitie’s catering business, Gather & Gather, has won an award at the inaugural waste2zero Foodservice Waste Management & Prevention awards. The first of its kind in this sector, the awards ceremony was held on December 6. In an industry where some of the biggest sustainability challenges are centred around waste, the opportunity to collaborate, acknowledge and promote best practice has been welcomed by the foodservice sector.

Gather & Gather won the Best Waste Prevention Project award in the non-food category, having reduced napkin usage with a ‘Save Our Serviettes’ campaign. The campaign saw the business change to 100% recycled napkins and instigate a reduction in like-for-like napkin consumption by 6.69 million, over the course of one year.


Not So FM - Not So Christmassy. Mitie To Remove Detained Immigrants

Mitie’s Care & Custody business has been awarded a 10-year contract with the Home Office worth an estimated £525 million. Mitie will be responsible for escorting immigration detainees, both within the UK and overseas, on removal flights to detainees’ home countries. The contract, which will start in May 2018, also includes the management of a number of fixed facilities throughout the UK, including airport holding rooms, reporting centres, and two short term holding facilities.


Serco/Carillion Update On Health Facilities Management Acquisition

Serco Group  has confirmed that it has now signed the definitive Business Purchase Agreement to acquire a portfolio of selected UK health facilities management contracts from Carillion plc. Assuming Carillion receives shareholders’ approval and the requisite third party consents over the course of 2018, each individual contract will be acquired on a cash-free, debt-free basis. Assuming the contracts are all transferred to Serco, the total consideration payable would be £47.7 million (subject to a limited working capital adjustment and a limited adjustment in the event that the contracts are transferred ahead of or behind an assumed schedule).  Full transition of operations is targeted to be achieved by the end of 2018.

The 15 contracts to be acquired by Serco provide facilities management services to NHS sites across the UK, covering five acute hospital trusts and around 20 other public sector organisations. The portfolio has current annual revenues of approximately £90 million and a weighted average remaining term of 14 years.

The contracts will be integrated within Serco’s existing UK Health business unit, which, following recent wins at Barts Health NHS Trust and University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust, has annual revenues of around £240 million.

Rupert Soames, Serco Group Chief Executive, said: “The health sector is one of the fastest-growing areas of government spending worldwide.  Serco’s existing operations already generate revenue of over £350 million and employ over 8,000 people.


Serco Works With European Space Agency

OK - not really and FM sector job but damned interesting all the same...especially if you can spot Santa in our main picture and thus win our 100,000 TWinCoin giveaway - see below for details.

Serco’s business in Italy has been awarded a contract by the European Space Agency to deliver a ground-breaking project to facilitate open and unlimited access to earth observation data and geospatial information collected as part of the Copernicus programme.


Enviro and air quality

The Copernicus programme is the world’s largest single earth observation programme, continuously collecting satellite imagery from around the world updated on a near real-time basis, as well as a host of environmental and meteorological data covering everything from atmospheric composition to air quality, precipitation and sea levels. The data is collected by a set of dedicated satellites – the Sentinel family - as well as a range of public satellites and a multitude of in-situ sensors on the ground, at sea and in the air around the globe.

The four-year contract with the European Space Agency will involve Serco developing a cloud-based online platform offering a simple, user-friendly way for anyone to access Copernicus data and geospatial information via secure web services. The platform is set to launch in the first half of 2018, following a six month build and testing process.

Picture: Santa flying over North-West England - with thanks to the European Space Agency

Just email to let us know you think you can see Santa in our Main Picture and we'll arrange for some nice people from Mitie to deliver your prize.

Article written by Brian Shillibeer


Related Articles

Sellafield Bunkers Down For Mitie Workers' Nuclear Strikes

GMB members employed as ancillary staff by contractor Mitie at Sellafield are to strike on Wednesday, November 29 over below inflation wage increases - with the Union...

 Read Full Article
FM - Here Is THE News

BBC - Here is the News The Beeb will continue receiving its FM from Interserve in a £140 million contract running until 2023. This latest four-year extension to...

 Read Full Article
A Connected Disconnect?

Mitie has made its preliminary announcement of results for the year ended 31 March 2017 under the banner 'Moving Beyond FM to the Connected Workspace'. Some...

 Read Full Article
Cameron Comes to Carillion - Open Government Waits

Prime Minister David Cameron visited Carillion’s Wolverhampton HQ on Thursday 31 October and met with a handful of apprentices currently training...and revealed...

 Read Full Article
A New Hat In The Prison FM Ring - Gov Facility Services Limited Formed

The Ministry of Justice has created a new government owned facilities management company to take on the burden of contacts abandoned by the defunct Carillion - in the...

 Read Full Article
Carillion - Society Takes Responsibility

The Nationwide Building Society is one of the first private sector organisations to take former Carillion employees in-house to protect them from the worst of the...

 Read Full Article
Carillion - What's Happening Now

Having broken the Carillion story last week, ThisWeekinFM is now offering technical updates only - including guides to what the government, the Insolvency Service and the...

 Read Full Article
McDonalds Security Contractor In 'Remove Your Hijab' Scandal

Thursday evening, November 30, McDonalds Restaurants discovered the hard way that a relationship with a contractor - in this case, employing cheap, untrained security...

 Read Full Article
Annie Sees Hard-knock Life As IWGB Files Landmark Case

On Tuesday 21, the Independent Workers’ Union of Great Britain (IWGB) filed what could turn out to be a landmark test case. The IWGB will argue that outsourced...

 Read Full Article
Europeans Demanding More Bang For Their Euro

Integrated facilities management (IFM) continues to represent the fastest growing segment of the European facility management industry and the industry will continue to...

 Read Full Article