News and blogs

Solar Panels go on sale in IKEA

Sep 30th 2013 -- Annette McGill

Solar panels will be sold at Ikea's Southampton store from today - and the product will be offered in all Ikea's UK stores within the ten months.

German-made solar panels will be supplied by a Chinese company. The panels will cost £5,700 for a typical installation of 18 panels.The service includes an in-store consultation, design service as well as installation, maintenance and on-going energy monitoring.

RICS Consultation on Managing Facilities to Enhance Organisational Performance

Jun 27th 2013 -- Annette McGill

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) is encouraging facilities managers to comment on the draft text of a new guidance document on best practice in facilities management.

The link to the draft text is below.

Be warned it is a very comprehensive document! However, it is an interesting attempt to sum up the key roles of the facilities manager, looking topics like strategy, planning and delivery.

Free Gas Safety Conference, July 11th, Derby

Jun 26th 2013 -- Annette McGill

The Institution of Gas Engineers and Managers (IGEM) is hosting a free one-day conference on Gas Safety on July 11th in Derby. IGEM is running the conference as part of its campaign to prevent deaths, injuries and suffering caused by carbon monoxide poisoning.

The target audience includes all landlords, educational establishments, emergency responders, contractors, and operatives.

Charity Commission opens inquiry into Charity over Business Rates Case

Jun 6th 2013 -- Annette McGill

The Charity Commission has opened a statutory inquiry into a charity following a court case over business rates.  The Commission has also issued a warning to charities about the risks of getting involved in arrangements with landlords to enter into tenancy agreements and take advantage of business rates relief.  It says it has received information from a number of local authorities about charities entering into tenancy agreements on