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BSG AND TOMORROW’S FM LAUNCH


NEWS IN BRIEF


Building Futures Group Unveiled The Building Futures Group is the name of the new organisation resulting from the merger of Asset Skills, the CSSA and the FMA. Sarah Bentley has been confirmed as the Group’s Chief Exexcutive.


Construction Let Down By Gov Despite Chancellor George Osborne’s budget pledge to ‘get Britain building’, a survey conducted by the Build Show has revealed that nearly three quarters of the UK’s construction industry feels let down by the Government, with 71% of builders and contractors claiming they do not feel supported by Whitehall policy.


Solid Start For New Show easyFairs, the organisers of Facilities Management 2014 reported attendance figures of 4,365 for the three-day show. In 2015, the show will be co-located with a fourth compatible event – a brand new cleaning show called Cleaning Expo.


RICS Releases Best Practice Case Studies Six case studies have been published to provide practical examples of the best practice outlined in RICS’ Strategic FM Guidance Note, which launched last year. The case studies each focus on a different aspect of FM including procurement, innovation, technology, sustainability, talent management and health and safety, and include projects by the BBC and Co-operative.


Zero Hours ‘Myth’ Busted New research published by law firm Bond Dickinson reveals that fears regarding zero hours contracts may have been exaggerated. A survey of firms reveals that just one in ten respondents using zero hours contracts (11%) uses exclusivity clauses, which seek to prohibit workers from securing employment with another firm.


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TOMORROW’S F A CI LI T I E S MANAGEMENT


GOOD BUDGET FOR THE LIVING WAGE, SAYS


KPMG Tax and benefit changes coming into effect this month mean that the Spring Budget has been good for Living Wage earners, according to KPMG. Figures show that a single individual earning the national Living Wage of £7.65 an hour would be over £130 a year better off, as would someone earning the London Living Wage rate of £8.80 an hour.


Marianne Fallon, Head of Corporate Affairs at KPMG, said: “It is good to see that the low paid will be receiving more in their pay packets after today’s Budget. Of course, rises in some duties and other general price rises will eat into these gains. However, low paid workers will be in a better initial starting position. At a time when the cost of living has been a real concern, any boost to take home pay has to be welcome. With over 600 organisations and growing now paying their staff a Living Wage, we encourage other employers to consider whether they can make the move as well.”


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BUYERS SURVEY Business Services Growth (BSG), in partnership with Tomorrow’s FM, is conducting its Facilities Management Buyer Behaviour Survey – a survey set to explore the needs of FMs during the procurement process and evaluate


how effectively these needs are being met by suppliers.


The survey will take less than 10 minutes to complete, with questions relating to the last time you selected and contracted FM services. Those who participate will be entered into a free prize draw to win an iPad Mini. The winner’s name, together with the survey results, will appear in the May issue of Tomorrow’s FM.


Take the short survey now.


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