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: 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 …

Identity crisis? What identity crisis?

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Words by: Jo Sutherland Westminster. Home to debate, scrutiny, and cries of “Order! Order!”. Once again, RICS’s HQ, on Parliament Square, was filled to the brim with a passionate and feisty crowd, panellists and audience alike, all set on debating the FM’. While some were keen to maintain order during FMJ’s most recent RICS-IFMA debate concerning facility management’s place in …

Hevasure wins at the HVR Awards

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Steven Booth, MD for Guardian Water Treatment and Steve Munn, MD for Hevasure Hevasure has scooped Ancillary Product of Year at this year’s HVR Awards, which took place on the 25th October at the Chelsea Harbour Hotel. The award winning product is the latest incarnation of its innovative water monitoring technology, G2. Providing 24/7 real-time data on water condition, Hevasure …

“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give” – National Mentoring Day

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By: Esme Banks Marr Warren Buffett and Bill Gates, Marco Pierre White and Gordon Ramsay, Lil Wayne and Drake, Dr Dre and Eminem, Maya Angelou and Oprah Winfrey… Just a few famous mentoring partnerships you may already be aware of. Or, maybe you had no idea these people had acted as mentors or been mentored themselves. Why do you think …

FM – a career of chance or choice?

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Talent shortage. Skills gap. Where is the next generation of facilities management talent going to come from? How can we attract more graduates into our sector? These are phrases and questions we hear constantly in the FM sector. And they were a key topic of debate at the International Facility Management Association’s World Workplace conference, which took place last week, …

Young Leader of the Year 2018: And the nominees are…

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      The Young Manager’s Forum has revealed the shortlisted finalists for Young Leader of the Year in this year’s PFM Awards. YMF’s judging panel has chosen Kristian Trend, general manager at Sodexo – universities student living, Luke Townsend, assistant commercial manager at Engie, and Rezki Karar, account manager – defence and government services at Sodexo. With an ever-growing pool of …

State of the FM nations – EuroFM 2018 round-up

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Roughly 2290 metres below the summit of Vitosha, the mountain that looms over the Bulgarian capital of Sofia, is the equally mammoth Paradise Centre, the venue that was chosen for this year’s EuroFM conference. Now celebrating its 30th year, EuroFM is an international industry event that is designed to improve cross-border business relations and culture collaboration. It also aims to …

Tomorrow Meets Today: driving diversity forward through networking

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By Alice Finney Now in its second year running, Tomorrow Meets Today (hashtag tmt… kind of like #tbt but way cooler?), an event organised by the partnership between veteran FM people Sajna Rahman and Andrew Hulbert took place on the 17th November and I was lucky enough to attend. Labelled as a networking event between the leaders of today and …

Platinum sign up Magenta

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Magenta has started working with Platinum Facilities Maintenance Services, who has over 15 year’s experience providing a range of facilities services to organisations across London and the Home Counties.  Platinum deliver specialist mechanical and electrical (M&E) services to a variety of private sector businesses in the corporate, legal and banking sectors. Magenta’s Cathy Hayward, Jo Sutherland, Esme Banks Marr and Alice Finney will …