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Finger Licking Good

The BIFM Facilities Management Careers Zone will return to the Facilities Show which takes place 20-22 June at London's ExCel.

Facilities management professionals at all stages of their careers, as well as those considering a career in facilities management, will be able to access help and advice covering all aspects of professional development. There will also be a series of over 25 tailored sessions spanning the three days.

The 20 minute sessions will include:

  • Workshops offering information and advice to help employers develop their workforce, covering subjects such as upskilling their staff through CPD to mentoring.
  • Advice for FM professionals on topics ranging from how to polish your CV to enhancing your personal brand and developing study skills.
  • Skills clinics focused on specific subject areas relevant to FM, such as procurement, Building Information Modelling (BIM), waste management and security.

BIFM offers a range of qualifications, training, CPD and graded membership opportunities which create an FM Career Development Pathway.

 

Finger licking good

Real estate investment specialists Queensway Group have appointed Cloudfm to manage all planned and reactive maintenance at their KFC restaurants. 

Alongside their commercial and residential property, coffee house and hotel interests – with their estate numbering more than 100 assets across the UK in total – Queensway have been operating KFC restaurants under a franchise model since 2009. They currently serve over 3,000,000 customers a year across their 20 KFC sites in the Birmingham, Liverpool and Manchester areas.

The new contract, worth around £1 million a year over five years, will add to Cloudfm’s portfolio of restaurant clients, which includes KFC’s own estate of 230 restaurants as well as Prezzo, Zizzi, ASK and PizzaExpress.

 

Cumulonimbus

Accumulating nimbly, Cloudfm has also opened a new 5,000 sq ft hub in Harlow. Conservative MP (still) Robert Halfon - see our Education section - cutt the ribbon to mark the company’s expansion into the area. Halfon is Minister of State for Skills and has just approved some new BIFM Apprenticeship programmes.

The new Harlow hub brings Cloud's current portfolio of buildings to five – with both a head office and operational premises in Colchester and a recently-opened facility in Newark, as well as offices in London.

Harlow comprises offices for account and supply chain management, help desk and compliance functions, as well as space for training, a base for service delivery and a 24/7 rapid-response spares facility

 

CH&Co Group and Harbour & Jones announce merger

Caterers Harbour & Jones and CH&Co Group have merged to strengthen their positions across the hospitality market and particularly in education and the London region.

The merger increases the Group’s turnover to £265m and it will now provide catering at over 700 sites across the UK and Ireland, employing more than 6,000 people.

 

Compass find way to Milton Keynes University Hospital

The Healthcare sector of Compass will be offering retail services to Milton Keynes University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust as part of a new 15-year contract worth an estimated £25.5million overall.

As part of the deal, Compass is supporting the hospital’s growing services and has created a new space to include retail offers. The modern main entrance to the hospital, funded by Compass as part of the development, offers staff, patients and visitors a reception area complemented by popular high-street brands including Costa Coffee, Subway and the Little Fresh convenience store.

The hospital officially opened the new entrance on May 26. The contract will see 50 new jobs created at the hospital.

Picture: Cloudfm has taken on even more KFC's

Article written by Brian Shillibeer

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