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October 16, 2008
FRL Headlines

Sodexo goes for gold with Olympic star                                 
Source: FM World 11-06-08
Britain’s 14-year-old diving sensation, Tom Daley, has secured a five figure sponsorship deal with contract catering and facilities management company Sodexo. Daley is the second youngest male to represent Great Britain in the Olympics after qualifying for the Beijing games in the 10m individual platform dive competition.
“This deal means that I can concentrate on preparing well for the Olympics to give me the best chance of doing well,” Daley says.
The young star will also be heading a Sodexo-led campaign in secondary schools to raise awareness about the importance of a healthy diet and active lifestyle.

Faceo wins new contract with Scottish police                       
Source: FM World 10-06-08
Faceo FM UK has signed a new four-year contract with the Lothian & Borders Police Board to provide a full repairs and maintenance management service for region’s police force. The deal follows an open market tender process, procured through the City of Edinburgh Council. The contract follows a previous five-year deal with the force. Faceo has committed to extending its provision to Lothian & Borders Police by recruiting additional staff to the existing contract resource pool. Faceo will also assist Lothian & Borders Police with their efficiency targets.

Askew joins Johnson FM board                                                          
Source: FM World 15-05-2008
Johnson FM has appointed Gerry Askew as board director of FM. Askew has spent the past seven years at Johnson FM in the operational facilities management team as well as supporting the integration of Workplace Management and the group’s most recent acquisition, SGP.
Mailsource UK wins Northern Trust                                        
Source: FM World 05-06-08
MailSource UK has been awarded a three year contract to manage mailroom and meeting room facilities for Northern Trust at its UK office in Canary Wharf. Under the contract MailSource UK will co-ordinate all incoming and outgoing mail, national and international couriers. It will also organise and set up meeting rooms. 
As part of the deal, five Northern Trust staff will transfer across to Mailsource UK.

Monteray appoints new MD                                                                

Source: FM World 22-05-2008 

Monteray has appointed Peter George-Jones as managing director.  Monteray was formed in 2000 as a joint venture between Carillion Services, Haden Building Management and Reliance Facilities Management as part of a plan to revolutionise the FM provision at BT.

George-Jones will manage the transition from the existing contract with BT to mobilising and implementing service delivery for the new six-year contract beginning April 2009. He was a director at Trillium for five years and has also spent four years at Johnson Controls.  He is also chair of the BIFM Training Advisory Group and a non-executive director of BIFM Training.   Monteray’s previous managing director Peter Portlock will continue to advise the firm’s senior team, and will remain as a non-executive director.


Askew joins Johnson FM board                                                          
Source: FM World 15-05-2008
Johnson FM has appointed Gerry Askew as board director of FM. Askew has spent the past seven years at Johnson FM in the operational facilities management team as well as supporting the integration of Workplace Management and the group’s most recent acquisition, SGP.
Amec buys project services firm                                                           
Source: FM World 02-04-08

Amec has bought project services company Rider Hunt International for £25 million. Rider Hunt International (RHI) provides project services to the oil, gas, chemical, energy and process industries. The firm employs 240 staff in 15 countries. RHI will continue to be operated as an independent, stand-alone business.


Source: FM World 26-02-08


Balfour Beatty has announced that its chairman Sir David John is to retire following the company’s AGM in May.

Steve Marshall, who joined the Balfour Beatty board as a non-executive director in 2005, will succeed him as chairman. Marshall is currently non-executive chairman of Delta and also a non-executive director of Southern Water.
He is a former group chief executive of Thorn and Railtrack group, having served as finance director at each company.

LS confirms Trillium sale rumour                                                                   

Source: FM World 27-02-08


The board of Land Securities Group has announced that, following recent expressions of  interest, it is considering the benefits of a selling its Trillium business against the merits of a demerger.

This will run in parallel with the demerger process, which remains the primary focus of the board, it said.


Land Securities appoints London head                                                             

Source: FM World 03-03-08 


Land Securities has appointed Jonathan Evans as head of London asset and property management in its London business division. It will be the first time that such a role has existed in Land Securities’ London business and will control assets of over £8 billion.


Evans joins from DTZ where he headed the inward investment team having previously been in charge of the West End business team. His appointment comes as Robert Heskett, currently head of London asset management, announces his intention to step back from a day-to-day operational role at the company.


Cofathec lands Berr deal                                                                                  

Source: FM World 06-03-08


Cofathec has won the contract to provide M&E, fabric maintenance services and energy management at the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform.

The contract, which will last for an initial five-year period will cover nine Berr sites ranging from London to Scotland.  In support of the department’s sustainability targets, Cofathec has appointed a full-time energy manager to the Berr contract, together with 21 other staff members

Balfour Beatty chairman retires                                                                  
GSH Group has a clean, green and safe fleet, according to a latest review from the Energy Saving Trust. Following the trust’s Green Fleet Review, GSH’s van and car fleets are predominantly Euro 3 or 4 emission standard and its cars are largely NCAP (New Car Assessment Programme) 4 or 5 rated – and therefore considered to be safe and more environmentally friendly.  The Euro standards for toxic emissions are a measure of the pollution produced, whilst the NCAP is a benchmark of the safety of new vehicles.

In 2007, all GSH directors exchanged their existing company cars for environmentally friendly hybrid models and last year, the firm reduced its CO2 consumption by 14,305 tonnes for its UK clients.  
Neil Murray, GSH managing director, said that the review highlighted the proactive approach that the firm took “as well as the importance we place on both environmental, and health and safety issues.”

Kier awarded £500m station upgrade deal                                        
Source: FM World 02-04-08
Network Rail has named Kier Property as the preferred bidder on a £500 million station regeneration project. The joint venture will regenerate stations at Enfield Town, Epsom, Guildford, Maidstone East, Twickenham and Walthamstow and a further site at Wembley Cutting. The sites will include new residential, retail and office accommodation along with new passenger facilities.

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The following is the transcript of a presentation given by John Davis at the BIFM annual conference, held at Keble College Oxford in March 2008.


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