Magenta begins working with Sitemark

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Magenta has started working with Sitemark, the independent best practice benchmarking company for the facilities management sector. Launched as iClean in 2005, Sitemark reviews and certifies facilities management solutions on contracts of all sizes, across all sectors. Magenta will be supporting the business, which recently expanded out of the cleaning and waste management sectors into the wider FM space, to …

Beating those Monday blues

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By Katina Byford-Winter, Magenta’s office and employee wellbeing manager Today marks Blue Monday, the most depressing time of the year. The term was coined after a 2015 study by Cardiff University calculated that the third Monday of every January is the gloomiest day on the calendar. It’s something we understand innately as a PR business. The rigours of the job …

New year, new real estate sector

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Usually, CoreNet’s annual January event, UK’s Predictions and Resolutions, is a great barometer for the year ahead, as a panel from across the corporate real estate industry discuss what the next 12 months might bring. This week’s event was a little different. The usual certainty about specific changes, from structural challenges to movements in lease lengths, was missing. There was …

Magenta’s news round-up: 2018 edition

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This round-up is usually reserved for the week’s top news stories. But with Christmas and New Year just days away, we thought we’d to use this opportunity to look back over the past 12 months. What follows is a list of the headlines that interested and excited us in 2018. Some are specific to the built environment and others are …

Magenta’s news round-up: 10th December

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While some people might already be winding down for the Christmas break, the organisations making the headlines in this week’s news certainly haven’t slowed down. Read on for our penultimate roundup of 2018. How the Family Room Went Public Written by Alexandra Large, this latest ‘story’ from Herman Miller tells a tale of the beloved family room and how it …

5 minutes with… Mike Green

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Magenta recently sat down with seasoned FM industry figure Mike Green to talk about his involvement in a new maintenance association for London, what makes a great facilities manager, and why the recent discourse around the term “workplace” might be missing something important. Magenta: You’ve worked for a number of different FM organisations over the years and you’ve been heavily …

Magenta’s news round-up: 30th November

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It’s the end of November, which means it’s less than a month until Christmas. But before Magenta puts up the decorations and the festive fun begins, we need to bring you the pick of this week’s news… The difficulty in managing things that cannot easily be measured Persuading leaders to examine soft factors requires determination, Andrew Hill writes in the …

Supporting staff wellbeing

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Early this year, Magenta joined the Time to Change campaign as part of our ongoing commitment towards wellbeing at work. With one in four colleagues suffering from a mental health problem, our attitude towards mental health could make a serious difference in someone’s life. In the simplest terms, if we are happy to talk about our physical ailments (a sore …

Magenta’s news round-up: 23rd November

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Reports this week that Interserve is in dire financial trouble threatens to end 2018 much like it started – with the demise of a hugely influential construction and support services firm. Read on for Magenta’s pick of the news from the past five days. Interserve sparks concerns as debts rise Facilities management giant Interserve has announced that its debts would …