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Record turnover for North West based cleaning and facilities services company

Record turnover for North West based cleaning and facilities services company

Sale based cleaning and facilities service provider, Floorbrite, has announced record turnover of more than £15.5m for 2017 – an increase of £3m on 2016.
In the last four years, the firm has enjoyed 13%, 15%, 20%, and 24% year-on-year growth. The company’s goal for the next two years is to achieve £20m turnover by 2020, a target that the family-run business is confident it’ll hit.
Floorbrite, which employs more than 1,400 people across the UK, including at a base in Leeds and Birmingham, has continued to build on its year-on-year growth by expanding its portfolio of clients and services into new and emerging areas of the market.
The firm, which is owned and operated by the Wyers family, continues to enjoy a 25-year relationship with CBRE as one of their most long standing clients, as well as having developed relationships with JD Sports, BooHoo, St John’s Ambulance, Urban Splash and new clients including Kier and Zenith Vehicle Hire.
Nik Wyers, Joint Managing Director at Floorbrite says: “We’ve always believed that if we’re going to do something, we have to do it well but more importantly – we’ve never been afraid to fail. The key to growing a business is to take calculated risks, which is exactly what we’ve done over the past seven years and thankfully the risks have paid off and we’re in a position to announce record turnover figures for 2017.
“We also truly believe that a business is only as good as the people you employ – we have a massive workforce of more than 1,400 staff around the country but we do everything we can to ensure that every single one of those people feels part of the Wyers family. Without them, our business wouldn’t be what it is today.”
Nik added: “Our plans for the next 12 months are to continue grow our portfolio and saturation across the UK – the facilities market is incredibly buoyant at the moment and we’re pleased to be able to offer clients, both new and old, a vast array of high quality services through our own channels and close team of partners.
“It’s definitely an exciting time for the business and we look forward to the opportunities ahead.”
Floorbrite has recently been awarded a Finalist place at The Golden Service Awards is London, where they will find out if they are winners in March, a Gold Achievement Award in the RoSPA Occupational Health and Safety Awards 2017, as well as an International Green World Award by the Green Organisation in recognition for being one of the world’s greenest companies.
The company was set up in 1972 by the late Martin Wyers and is now owned and operated by Chairman Linda Wyers, Joint Managing Directors Alex Wyers and Nik Wyers and Marketing Director Nina Wyers.
To find out more visit www.Floorbrite.co.uk


 
becg joint sponsor of new BAME in Property group targeting increased sector diversity – Industry professionals call for ‘actions not words’

becg joint sponsor of new BAME in Property group targeting increased sector diversity – Industry professionals call for ‘actions not words’

becg, the UK’s largest specialist communications agency for the Built Environment, was proud to sponsor the launch of a new BAME in Property group focusing on increasing ethnic diversity across the sector.
becg supported and sponsored the launch event in conjunction with Osborne Richardson and K&L Gates. The event was held on March 22, 2018 at the Building Centre in London.
BAME in Property was founded by Priya Shah, account manager at becg in response to a perceived lack of progress in driving inclusivity in the Built Environment. The group brings together and encourages both BAME and non-BAME people to promote diversity by championing their own professional activity and achievements. In doing so, it aims to help break down barriers and attract new talent to the sector by making it more attainable for people from diverse backgrounds.
Commenting on the launch of BAME in Property at the event, becg managing director Andrew Howard said: “We are delighted to support and sponsor BAME in Property. We need a shared vision that is diverse and inclusive for our built environment as a sector, and for all those that work within it. And we can only deliver on that vision by supporting our current BAME talent and attracting future generations of fresh talent to join us.”
Speaking at the launch event, Priya talked of the importance of the Built Environment profession reflecting the many and varied communities that it serves: “If the role of planning is to deliver diverse and inclusive communities, it is ironic that the profession itself is not equally so. We should be reflecting the people that we serve to ensure that the decisions we make are appropriate to the needs of different people,” she commented.
Priya added: “I want to look at our industry and see someone from a BAME background in that higher position and think, if they can do it, so can I.”
Guest speaker at the launch was Homes England’s senior diversity manager Jerome Williams. He said: “The housing sector has not achieved BAME equality of representation. We need actions not words. If we all pull together, support each other and learn from each other, we will see a step change and create an ethnically diverse industry.”
Osborne Richardson’s CJ Obi, UK head – town planning and real estate, added: “Although as individuals we should be directly responsible for our own progression, there is no doubt that seeing people like yourself do well can inspire you and give you the confidence that you too can prosper within the sector.”


 
Get Smart And Reduce Waste

Get Smart And Reduce Waste

Waste Compaction System for Public Spaces

Following success overseas, smart waste compacting bins and balers that communicate are now saving businesses time, space and money across the world.
With 55 million passengers a year, Amsterdam Airport Schiphol is one of the busiest airports in the world. But it’s not just a place where you wait until your next flight takes off, it also has a wide variety of shops and restaurants.
HMSHost operates more than 70 food and beverage venues at the airport and after thorough testing, it chose Orwak TOM Waste Compacting Bins as a solution to efficiently reduce the waste streams from its operations in the terminals.
“We have chosen to use TOM after intensive testing,” HMSHost Schiphol Airport Facility Project Manager Patrick van Geerenstein said. “The main reason was to improve our logistics and to reduce the waste flows at the terminals, primarily at locations where we use a lot of disposables.”
The bins incorporate Orwak Connect, a modem-based communication service that enables the bin or baler to send a message when they it is full, or if the machine requires maintenance.
Through the Orwak Connect web portal, users can monitor one machine or a fleet of balers and compactors. They can also keep track of how many bales each machine generates for a specific period of time, and email the collector automatically. With Orwak Connect Plus, a built-in scale can also measure the bale weight and report it through the portal.
Naturally, order and cleanliness are essential factors for creating an inviting and comfortable environment for the guests at the airport and HMSHost has installed TOM at many locations at Schiphol and more units are on order.
Another advantage is that less space is required in the back office due to the significant volume reduction — from 6–7 waste bags to only 1 per day. Geerenstein said the use of TOM also frees time for other activities for the operational staff. Furthermore, it contributes to fulfilling HMSHost’s and Amsterdam Airport Schiphol’s sustainability targets.
The TOM waste compacting bins are not only suitable for airports but also other quick service outlets such as the Liseberg amusement park in Gothenburg, Sweden. The park has a range of rides, games, entertainment on the stage and a beautiful flower park, attracting 3 million visitors per year.
Liseberg Restaurants AB runs all restaurants, snack bars and ice-cream parlours within the park. In preparation for the summer season, it has invested in a new restaurant complex called Bergs Salonger, which seats 360 guests.
Fredrik Löfgren, manager of the fast food division at Liseberg, anticipates up to 4000 visitors per day in peak season in July/August when the restaurant opens 12 hours a day.
To be able to handle the waste from all of these guests efficiently, four TOM units have been strategically located in the sitting area indoors and one on the outdoor terrace.
“The best thing about TOM is the volume reduction that results in less frequent bag switches,” said Löfgren. “Before we had to change bags every 30 minutes and now it is sufficient to do it every two hours. That gives our staff more time for other duties and most importantly, when [fewer] bags are hauled through the restaurant, our guests get to enjoy their meals in peace and quiet.”
The five units in Bergs Salonger are not the only TOMs at Liseberg. At a different fast food location and in its neighbouring ice-cream parlour, there are another five.
Compared with traditional waste receptacles, TOM reduces the volume of the waste in the full bags on-site, which is a great advantage as there is no need to compact the bags elsewhere afterwards.
The volume reduction is of particular benefit at the other fast food location up on a hill where the space in the waste storage is very limited. Löfgren commented that no baler would fit in the storage and there is no room for voluminous bags of loose waste.
Orwak waste handling solutions are now installed at shopping centres and railway stations around Australia.
Orwak develops solutions for sorting and recycling waste materials that are designed to improve business efficiency, and contribute to a cleaner working and natural environment to provide the best total waste handling economy. The company has a range of products that promotes sorting at source and makes waste management more economical.

For more information on how TOM can help your business:
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Trane Introduces Next Generation Balance™ Heating and Cooling System to Reduce Energy Use and Increase Sustainable Operations

Trane Introduces Next Generation Balance™ Heating and Cooling System to Reduce Energy Use and Increase Sustainable Operations

Increases sustainability in commercial buildings through energy recovery, and is one of the first in its category to meet Eurovent performance standards
Trane®, a leading global provider of indoor comfort solutions and services, and a brand of Ingersoll Rand, introduces Balance™ CMAC, the next generation multi-pipe heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system for simultaneous heating and cooling.
Trane Balance can be configured in more than 100 different ways for multifunctional buildings like large office buildings, hospitals, theatres and hotels that need simultaneous heating and cooling in different areas.
It uses renewable energy and can repurpose energy rejected from the compressor during cooling to heat buildings. Energy is recovered through a simplified multi-pipe unit that simultaneously delivers hot and chilled water, versus a separate boiler and chiller. This reduces investment costs, use of floor space and total operating expenses while improving the sustainability of operations for the building owner.
“We’re proud to introduce the next generation of Balance, which has unmatched versatility and is one of the most efficient technologies for providing heating and cooling at the same time,” said Jose La Loggia, vice president and general manager of Trane in Europe. “The time is right for customers to select efficient systems that use renewable energy sources. Systems like the Trane Balance make good sense for sustainable operations and are responsible to the environment. Buildings owners can feel confident that they are making the right decisions for their building.”
Additional sustainability benefits from the Trane Balance system comes from the fact that the energy is distributed through water, versus refrigerant, reducing refrigerant piping and risk of leakage. It is also one of the first multi-pipe units on the market to earn Eurovent certification, which is a voluntary industry performance standard certifying the performance ratings of air-conditioning and refrigeration products. Some additional benefits of the Trane Balance system are:
•    Each unit includes Trane’s latest intelligent building controls technology – Tracer™ UC800 with TD7 AdaptiView™ – for greater system intelligence, and provides facility managers with increased control of the unit. The controller allows them to remotely manage and respond to a variety of conditions and maintain efficient operation with various pre-programmed operating modes.
•    The new innovative Intermediate Discharge Valve (IDV) scroll compressor technology is included for higher performance and increased seasonal energy efficiency.
•    Innovative fan and compressor configuration choices, improved part load efficiency, larger operating maps and more efficiency levels and various sound packages options.
The performance of the units is tested and validated in the Trane state-of-the-art testing facility in Epinal, France, where all units are confirmed to be compliant with Ecodesign regulations. The industry-leading test facility is approved to test HVAC products in accordance to the highest industry standards, including for example, the European Standard EN 14511, and Eurovent requirements.


 
Veolia launches new range of energy efficiency services to reduce costs and cut carbon

Veolia launches new range of energy efficiency services to reduce costs and cut carbon

Global resource management company, Veolia, has launched a new range of energy efficiency and monitoring services which are designed to help organisations cut their emissions, reduce costs and energy consumption, and achieve the ISO 50001 energy management standard.
With a focus on enabling organisations adapt to changing legislation and meet their carbon reduction targets the new range of services will also address the new Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) due to be enforced on 1st April. This legislation will impact landlords of non-domestic private properties, and those with a building rating of F and G could face penalties and fines for their energy inefficiency.
Following the latest bad weather and recent energy security concerns, Veolia’s integrated range of services implement cost effective energy efficiency measures that reduce carbon emissions, take action on efficient energy utilisation and move towards carbon neutrality. Working across all sectors, from commercial and public to retail, healthcare, education, and manufacturing Veolia is able to handle all elements of an organisation’s energy requirements – from the smart energy monitoring system, Hubgrade, which can monitor and control energy, water and waste flows, to supply, management and emissions trading and onsite upgrades requiring plant design, and installation. These combined with long term maintenance will keep savings on track and can also guarantee them.
The new services are specifically designed to identify the carbon footprint of sites and buildings, reduce consumption and utilise sources of clean energy such as low carbon CHP and renewables. The services include energy and environmental auditing, operational energy efficiency and strategies that cover the application of modern control technology, installation and management of energy plant. These cover the latest building management systems, hot water, HVAC, lighting, energy procurement, combined heat and power, insulation, lighting, refrigeration, standby generation, sustainable energy, compressed air, demand side management and bill validation.
Nick Painter, Head of Energy Efficiency at Veolia said: “There is a common perception among organisations that implementing sustainable carbon saving measures is a costly process, leading many to delay taking action. However, Veolia’s proven expertise and proactive involvement with its customers’ operations means that we can deliver enhancements which generate substantial guaranteed savings. It’s that simple, the results from becoming energy efficient won’t just be recorded in your Corporate Responsibility Report – they will be reflected in your Annual Report.”
Currently saving over 400,000 tonnes of carbon for its UK energy customers each year, the new service is the result of Veolia’s expertise as a global energy services provider, and is based on the best global experience gained across energy management and energy performance contracts that manage over 350MWe of low carbon electricity generation and 2272MWth of heat supply.
Veolia’s new service that can be tailored to suit the individual requirements of any organisation operating across a broad range of industry sectors, from healthcare and education, to manufacturing and retail or commercial premises.


 
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