“Tradespeople need to consider lung health of loved ones”

Mavis Nye, from Seasalter, Kent, is fighting to raise awareness of mesothelioma after contracting cancer – thought to be from contact with asbestos on her husband’s work clothes.

Mavis says: “I was diagnosed with mesothelioma, a cancer caused by contact with asbestos that affects the lining of the lungs, in 2009. I’ve never worked in the construction industry or on a building site, however my husband Ray did. He used to come home with his clothes covered in dust, which I used to shake clean and wash for him.

“At the time there was very little knowledge about dangers of coming into contact with asbestos, and it never crossed my mind that I would be in danger from inhaling fibres from his clothes. I think it’s important for tradespeople to realise that it’s not just their own lung health that may be at risk, but also loved ones – their partners and even children.

“Thankfully I am still here to talk about my condition, but I know I’m one of the lucky ones. I want to make sure no-one has to go through this experience in the future.”

Occupational lung diseases such as mesothelioma – caused by exposure to asbestos fibres – are increasing. Since 1992, mesothelioma deaths have increased by 70% to 1,862 and it receives far less money for research than other cancers that kill the same number of people, something that Mavis is very keen to change.

Dr Penny Woods, Chief Executive of the British Lung Foundation (BLF), said: ““Mavis’s story is truly inspiring. She is understood to be one of the few people in the world to be in recovery from mesothelioma.

“Breathing in asbestos dust can result in mesothelioma. It takes a long time to develop from the time of original exposure, so people might not experience symptoms for many years. It’s important that everyone in the construction trade is aware of the risks to their own health, and also to their friends and family.”

Festool, leading supplier of high-end power tools and accessories, including a range of dust extractors, has been speaking with those affected by mesothelioma as part of its latest Breathe Easy campaign. The company has been selling special cycling tops available here: http://bit.ly/Festooltop, to raise awareness and money for the BLF, as well as other fundraising initiatives as part of its Road Show.

Jon Burcham, Marketing Manager at Festool, said: “Festool has long-been associated with our excellent dust extraction systems. We can see that dust extraction and the measures tradespeople need to take to protect their lungs is something that more and more people are talking about. But the awareness needs to go further. As Mavis’ devastating story shows, it’s not just the individuals on a site who are at risk, people in the trade need to be aware of the risks to their families and partners and take steps to protect them as well.”

Perfect for mobile use and assembly, the Festool range of safe and robust dust extractors are lightweight and compact, ideal to transport from job to job, saving time for tradespeople. Festool’s dust extractors are suitable for any job from low to high class dust, including general work to anything that is a known carcinogen including lead, cadmium and asbestos. To find the right dust extractor for you, visit www.festool.co.uk for more information. For further information about mesothelioma, visit the British Lung Foundation’s website: https://www.blf.org.uk/support-for-you/mesothelioma.


Berry Hill Mansfield scheme awarded £8.5M in HCA funding


A multi-million pound mixed-use development in Mansfield has taken a significant step forwards following the signing of a funding agreement with the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA).

Berry Hill Mansfield has been awarded £8.5m in funding from the HCA for the scheme which will not only provide much-needed homes for west Nottinghamshire – but will create jobs and business opportunities through a new innovation park, varied employment land opportunities as well as a retail and leisure offering.

Richard Bowden, project representative for The Lindhurst Group, developers of Berry Hill Mansfield, said: “This is an incredibly important scheme for Mansfield and we are all delighted that the HCA is able to support us in delivering it.

“Berry Hill will provide a significant boost to the local economy, creating up to 4,000 new jobs, as well as delivering vital new homes for the area. We want to create a community where people want to live and work, and create something that the wider west Nottinghamshire community is proud of.”

Nick Walkley, chief executive at The Homes and Communities Agency, said: “The £8.5m loan we have agreed will ensure that 1,700 much needed homes in Mansfield are built, by providing the infrastructure to make sure that building can go ahead. As well as providing homes for local people, this mixed use development will also create significant employment.”

The Lindhurst Group is to develop some 480 acres of land on the boundary of Nottingham and Mansfield, to deliver an urban extension to Southern Mansfield.

The scheme will comprise serviced land for hi-tech research and development facilities, offices and industrial accommodation as well as leisure and retail, up to 1,700 new homes, a brand new primary school, children’s nursery, health centre and care facilities.

Infrastructure works associated with the first phase of development have now begun with housebuilders expected to start on site later this year. This initial phase will include delivery of approximately 500 new homes.

Kate Allsop, executive elected mayor of Mansfield, said: “There is a real need for new housing within Mansfield and the large development at Berry Hill together with community facilities such as shops, school and medical facilities within a local centre is good for the district.

“We are starting to see the detailed plans for a phased development which will see a good mix of housing and employment land. It will be good to see plenty of open spaces and play areas for the new families to enjoy. This has been a long time in the planning and I’m excited to finally start to see the detailed plans followed by new homes coming forward.”

Cllr Joyce Bosnjak, deputy leader of Nottinghamshire County Council, said: “We are delighted that the Homes and Community Agency has approved funding for this development. As well as providing a significant boost to the economic prospects of the Mansfield area, I am thrilled that it will be the first in Notts to incorporate healthy people, healthy communities principles which prioritises the need for people to be active as part of their daily life and act as an exemplar for future developments.”

Cllr Dave Saunders, Portfolio Holder for Regeneration at Mansfield District Council, added: “We’re very pleased that the project is finally moving forward and are glad that the bid for funding has been successful. We would like to thank the HCA for supporting the scheme which will bring considerable housing and business use to the area. This will be of great benefit to our district on completion.”




Orchard FM puts down roots with new National HQ

Yorkshire-based Orchard Facilities Management has bought a landmark building in Huddersfield as its UK headquarters as it prepares to expand.

The three storey Victorian property, Independence House, will become the firm’s head office as it expands its presence nationally over the next five years.

Orchard Facilities Management works with businesses nationwide looking after their complete facilities management portfolios including waste management, IT managed services, pest control, maintenance and compliance. It currently employs 30 people at its current premises in Elland and is set to create a further 18 jobs in the next three years.

Gareth Henderson, who founded Orchard Facilities Management in 2005, said the new premises would allow him to fulfil his growth plans for the business and satisfy a long held ambition to provide a unique environment for start-up businesses in Calderdale and Kirklees.

“First and foremost Independence House will be the headquarters for Orchard Facilities Management and will give us the space we need to grow our team and become a national player in the FM industry with a head office here in Kirklees,” said Gareth.

He also plans to set up a growth incubator in the building to help fledgling businesses establish and thrive, fulfilling a personal aspiration to provide local start-ups with a nurturing environment.

“When I started out in business I was fortunate enough to work in an incubator style setting within a charitable organisation and I appreciated the support given to me by some of the more experienced business people who shared the building,” he explained.

“Independence House is large enough to allow us to create serviced office space for new businesses with the right culture and environment to help them develop.

“Orchard FM’s directors will be on site and available to sit down and have a coffee with business owners to share ideas and expertise and help them tackle some of the challenges they may face in their early years,” he explained.

Orchard Facilities Management works with a wide range of local organisations including 3D visualisation firm Virtual Resolution, glass manufacturer Specialist Glass and Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice.

It also works with clients across the UK including Chatsworth in Derbyshire, the Devonshire Group of hotels and UK architectural design consultancy HGP.

Orchard Facilities Management plans to relocate to Independence House in February.



New ECA website launches

Leading building services engineering trade body the Electrical Contractors’ Association (ECA) has formally launched its new website – www.eca.co.uk.

The new ECA website is designed to be entirely user-friendly, requiring ‘three clicks or less’ to access almost all the public and member content. The changes will help ECA members, clients, specifiers, industry bodies, consumers and others who regularly visit the website.

ECA Head of Marketing Farhaan Mirza commented: “We are delighted to launch the new and improved ECA website today. The site offers an enhanced user experience for visitors, and clearly demonstrates how the ECA is evolving to both lead and reflect our changing industry.”

For the first time, recently revised routes to ECA membership are clearly outlined on the website – ranging from commercial and industrial electrical installations to data comms and fire and security.

The website also highlights revised associate member categories that allow the wider industry to engage fully with the ECA, including client specifiers/hirers, manufacturers, distributors, training providers and universities.

Farhaan Mirza added: “The new ECA website will allow the Association to provide better services for members, and showcase how the ECA is at the forefront of change and thought leadership in the electrical and wider building engineering services industry.”


Vertex Building Services Appoints Sarah Berryman As New Sales Director

Vertex Services Group, the building services and fabric solutions specialist, has announced that Sarah Berryman has joined the company as Sales Director of its new Vertex Building Services division to further develop its growing portfolio of regional and national accounts. Sarah brings extensive industry experience, having spent the last 15 years at ENGIE (formerly Cofely), where she was instrumental in acquiring numerous large corporate accounts including London landmarks The Shard, The Gherkin and Heron Tower.

Sarah joins as part of Vertex’s recent commitment to invest in growth by strengthening resources in all departments. She has been appointed to help develop the business and build new relationships that will continue Vertex’s success in providing M&E building services to a range of sectors and varied client base across the UK.

Brian Blakesley, Vertex Building Services MD, said: “Sarah’s wealth of experience and industry knowledge makes her an immediate, key addition. Her appointment is a vital sign of our commitment to growth and development. Our business strategy and increasing demand from customers led us to look for a Sales Director who fits with our ethos of long-term relationship building and exceptional service. It was pleasing to secure someone of Sarah’s calibre to fulfil this role.”

Sarah Berryman commented: “I am excited to start a new challenge within Vertex Services and look forward to working with the team to further develop an already extensive client base and service suite. I am fortunate to be joining such a respected company that prides itself on top quality service and recognises the importance of relationship management.”



NIC awarded circa £50m contract with Morrisons

NIC Services Group is delighted to announce they have been awarded a circa £50m contract with Yorkshire based supermarket chain Morrisons.

The contract will see NIC delivering services across the North of the England and Scotland. NIC is one of the pioneering contractors who have worked closely with Morrisons to see them outsourcing their services for the first time in over 100 years of trading.

Morrisons is a Yorkshire based food retailer serving customers across the UK at more than 500 stores with 117,000 colleagues working in the business every day.

NIC were awarded the contract following a successful pilot scheme which was completed earlier this year. NIC’s innovative approach to cleaning and their extensive knowledge of the retail sector ensured they were selected as one of Morrisons supplier partners.

John Spencer, Group Chairman for NIC said “We are extremely proud to be partnering with Morrisons. This award is particularly significant given that Morrisons have never outsourced their services before. I am sure our extensive experience in this sector will ensure the highest standards of service delivery for Morrisons and their customers and colleagues.”


Lusso enjoys its most successful period ever with over £48m of new and retained business

Lusso, the specialist City caterer and part of the CH&Co Group, has secured £48.7m of new and retained business over the past 14 months, over half of it with new clients.

The new deals are worth £23.4m in turnover over the duration of the contracts and include amongst others, prestigious new contracts such as Grey Advertising London; investment management company Charles Stanley; and law firms Charles Russell Speechlys and Bond Dickinson.

£25.3m of this success relates to the retention of existing contracts. Against tough competition, Lusso closed the 14-month period with a 100% client retention rate, which includes being retained by a number of major customers including Legal & General and Norton Rose Fulbright.

Across this portfolio of new and retained business, Lusso will provide everything from retail style all-day cafés, employee dining, fine dining, events, customer lounges and meeting facilities, tea point provision, and hospitality services.

Lusso’s Food Philosophy has proven a real factor in its success, with new and existing clients connecting with the ethos that focuses on seasonality, sustainability, provenance and partnering with small local suppliers, and to deliver five-star food and matching service.

Paul Hurren, Managing Director of Lusso, said, “We’re absolutely delighted to have secured this new business and to have retained these major clients too. The quality of our food and service – our Food Philosophy – is central to what we do and we’ve been really delighted with the feedback we’ve received. Both new and existing clients have been very confident in our ability to provide best food and service at a price that also delivers them value for money, whilst reflecting their own ethos and culture.

“Although we’re now part of a bigger Group, we’re still very much a small company within that business focussed on providing delicious, sustainable food and excellent service. We thrive on the attention to detail and exacting standards expected of us and we’re really looking forward to working with these new clients, and building on our existing relationships into the future.”

Discover more at www.chandco.net


Acquisitions and expansion for Adler and Allan

Leading environmental services provider, Adler and Allan, is delighted to announce the acquisition of MTB Environmental Limited at Hamble-le-Rice, Southampton.

This is an excellent opportunity for both parties as the Adler and Allan Group strengthens its regional presence on the south coast whilst allowing MTB (now Adler and Allan Hamble) to offer the full range of the Group’s services to their customer base.

MTB has built an excellent reputation with their customers for tank cleaning, tankering and industrial services which complements that of Adler and Allan.

In addition to this acquisition, Adler and Allan’s Glasgow department has moved to a new, larger facility in Uddington. The sites location provides better access to local highways, helping Adler and Allan reduce its response time to incidents throughout the region. www.adlerandallan.co.uk


LCC Support Services backs Living Wage

LCC Support Services Ltd., the national independent cleaning and support services business, is backing the Living Wage Foundation and its hourly rates on all 2015 tenders.

The Company is providing every new tender with the requested competitive quote and a second tender based on the Living Wage programme. This allows clients to make their own decisions on hourly rates based on their individual beliefs and corporate consciences.

Bob Vincent, Executive Chairman of LCC said: “Since joining the Living Wage programme we have had little client objection to paying a Living Wage rate which we believe is the right of all hard working staff.

There are two reasons why we have for many years supported the concept of ‘a fair wage for a fair day’s work’. Everyone should live above the breadline and it is good business sense for service providers. Happy employees work better than the unhappy. Being fair starts with the employer and the employee usually responds.

We benefit by retaining staff longer so we reduce training and recruitment costs and clients receive continuity of quality service and staff going the extra mile.”

According to KMPG the number of UK employees paid less than the Living Wage in 2014 is now running at 22%, up 1% on the 2013.   The cleaning industry is one of the most ‘fair wage’ conscious business sectors with over 25 cleaning contractors joining the programme. Minimum wage rates are £7.85 nationally and £9.15 for London.

Bob said: “Cleaning and hygiene standards required today the highest ever and to maintain them cleaning should be regarded as important as any other profession. I urge all cleaning and FM contractors to join this excellent programme.”

For further information on LCC Support Services please contact: LCC on 01277 268899. info@lccss.co.uk, or www.lccss.co.uk



Bilfinger Europa has won a new £4million contract to provide facilities management services on behalf of one of the world’s largest providers of professional technical and management support services.

Global firm AECOM has agreed to a deal that will see Bilfinger Europa deliver mechanical and electrical maintenance, cleaning, fire protection, waste management, ground maintenance, recycling, fabric and special projects for three years to AECOM’s offices in the UK and Ireland.

Approximately 100 staff will join Bilfinger Europa under the TUPE process to work at 36 AECOM sites across the region, ranging from Aberdeen down to Exeter and across to Belfast.

Andy Dedman, Projects Director – Europe, AECOM, and a key stakeholder in the procurement process, said: “Moving to a single FM provider is a major strategic step forward for AECOM. We are pleased to have Bilfinger Europa on board as our partner for this journey.”

Greig Brown, Bilfinger Europa Chief Executive, said: “AECOM was seeking a company with a proven track record in directly managing and delivering facilities management services to similar organisations with comparable portfolios, and we are delighted Bilfinger Europa is their chosen partner for the next three years.”

AECOM has approximately 45,000 employees around the world serving a broad range of markets, including transportation, facilities, environmental, energy, water and government in more than 150 countries.