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03 IndustryNews 08 BICSc Comment 08 People 14 BCC Comment

16 Golden Service Awards A look ahead to the Awards event on 1 November 2013..

18 Contracts

21 Special Report Healthy workplace, happy business.

22 Feature PressureWashers/ Graffiti Removal.

24 Face to Face with Simon Ruck, managing director, MAC International.

26 Special Report Fleetmanagement: driving progress.

28 Feature Sweepers.

30 Special Report FM: Playing a key role in protecting hotel revenues.

31 Special Report Sustainability: reduce costs and your carbon footprint.

30 NewProducts UK’s FMsector

The UK's facilitiesmanage- ment sector has seen merger and acquisition (M&A) activity continue on a strong footing in the first quarter of 2013, according to analysis frombusiness and financial advisers Grant Thornton UK LLP. The firm's quarterly In-

sights Into FacilitiesMan- agement identified a total of 27 publicly announced deals during the first threemonths of the year, representing the highest Q1 figure since 2008. Moreover, the volume of transactions in the first quarter of 2013 - just one less than the previous quar- ter's total - comes on the back of two successive strong quarters for dealflow and signals themost active nine-month period recorded since the first three quarters of 2008. Dominated by activity at

the smaller end of themar- ket, the analysis also recog- nised a growing trend towardsM&A involving inter- national entities as buyers, as larger outfits look to com- bat difficult trading at home by focusing on higher growth markets abroad where the sector is less developed. The 12months to the end of March 2013 saw a total of 19 deals involving international

entities as buyers - the high- est recorded in any 12- month period since before 2007. A resurgence of activity in

the 'soft' FMsectors was also evident in the analysis, as companies continue to di- versify in order to strengthen their offerings in vertical sectors and provide a holistic suite of services through new revenue streams. Private equity (PE) interest

in the FMmarket continued its decline, reflecting ongo- ing lending constraints for fi- nancial buyers and supporting cash-rich trade plays. The 12months to the end ofMarch 2013 saw just nine PE-backed deals com- pared with 25 such deals in the same period of 2007/08. David Ascott, corporate fi-

nance partner at Grant Thornton UK LLP, said: "Certainly, two of themore visible growth-oriented trends within the sector over the past few quarters have been themoves by some FM companies to build scale in new verticals and interna- tional expansion - these themes will likely continue to drive a good flow of domestic M&Amoving forward." Grant Thornton's Quoted

FMTracker, which follows 16 publically traded UK FM

companies, also noted strong overall performance in the first quarter of the year, with average share prices over the period rising by 8.6%. Ascott continued: "The FM

sector in the UK is very much getting back on the of- fensive, having adopted leaner andmore efficient op- eratingmodels over the past few years to protect against the sharp deterioration in

The Cleaning Show moves to London in 2015 following overwhelming support for a London-based event from buyers and specifiers across the cleaning and related in- dustries. The event takes place from 10-12 March 2015 at London’s Excel Exhibition Centre. Stand space is selling fast

and, although the event is still some 18 months away, exhibitors are being encour- aged to reserve their space now to avoid disappointment. The organisers are putting

together a full programme of associated events running alongside the Cleaning Show, making it a real meet- ing place at which all sectors of the cleaning and associ-

the trading environment. It's encouraging to see thismo- mentum, but as with any sector, avoiding compla- cency is key to performance - FMoutfits hungry for growth are finding new rev- enue streams to fuel their pipelines, whilst those rest- ing on their laurelsmay find themselves 'high and dry' sooner than they thought possible."

TheCleaning Show2015

ated industries will interact. Further details soon. In the meantime, further

details about exhibiting - and thus supporting your in- dustry going forward - can be obtained from Vanessa Martinet: Tel: 01737 855041 Email: vanessamartinet@quartzltd. com

seesmerger and acquisition transactions continue at pace

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