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BIFM CHAIR EXIT ACCELERATED BY ILLNESS


Deputy Chairman until the position term ends in July at the AGM where Ian Townsend will become the Deputy Chairman.


Clout commented: “Chairing the Institute has been the greatest honour of my life and knowing I have made a difference to BIFM and the industry as a whole is something I am immensely proud of. I have made this decision to allow me to focus on my personal life but look forward to supporting Julie and the team in the continued success of BIFM.”


FM MARKET


ON THE UP A new report on the UK FM industry from MTW Research suggests that the sector grew by almost £2.5billion in 2013 and is set for inflation- busting growth this year as the market continues to strengthen.


Based on £70billion of industry sales data, the report found that whilst the number of FM companies declined by 12% in recent years, the FM industry is now experiencing growth on two fronts as both value and volume growth return to the market. However, MTW point to a clear polarisation in terms of market trends for FM providers, with single service contractors focusing on value growth, whilst bundled service providers benefit from rising volume performance.


Ismena Clout


The Chair of the British Institute of Facilities Management (BIFM), Ismena Clout, has stepped down from the role due to health reasons. BIFM made the announcement last week and confirmed that Julie Kortens would take the post of Chairman with immediate effect.


Clout, who remains on the Board as Immediate Past Chairman, took the role in May 2012 but decided to stand down from her post three months before schedule due to her ongoing battle with secondary breast cancer. Liz Kentish will continue her role as


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MTW’s analysis also found that the number of FM companies considered ‘at risk’ has continued to decline in recent months, with more than 90% of the market regarded as having either ‘excellent’ or ‘fair’ credit ratings in 2014.


OFFICE TEMPERATURE COSTING


ECONOMY A survey suggests around 2% of office hours are wasted due to the temperature alone, potentially costing the UK economy more than £13billion annually.


One Poll surveyed 2,000 people on behalf of heating and ventilation specialists, Andrews Sykes, in a bid to discover how much the temperature affected workplace efficiency and output. It was found that less than a quarter of office workers find the temperature in their office comfortable, with more than a third suggesting they take at least 10 minutes out of work each day due to temperature alone.


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