News and blogs

This page brings together the latest news and blogs for charity facilities managers.

BIFM pulls out of Merger Talks with Trade Bodies

The BIFM has announced that it is withdrawing with immediate effect from merger talks with the Facilities Management Association (FMA)  the Cleaning & Support Services Association (CSSA) and the sector skills council Asset Skills. 

Church denies Claims that it is eyeing Fracking Profits

The Church of England has denied claims that it is hoping to cash in on "fracking" by claiming the mineral rights to land under hundreds of thousands of homes.

RICS Consultation on Managing Facilities to Enhance Organisational Performance

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

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

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 properties but where in practice the properties ar

Councils use collective switching to get Best Energy Deals

Charity Facilities Management members earlier this year discussed ideas to cut energy costs, from using brokers to buying energy direct.  Local councils are increasingly using the power of collective bargaining to drive down their residents' energy bills.  Is this a model that charities could use?

Ally Pally gets first round support for £16.8m HLF Bid

A multi-million pound regeneration project devised by the Alexandra Park and Palace Charitable Trust has received initial support from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF). The Trust has drawn up plans for a refurbishment costing £23.9m, and has asked HLF for £16.8m.

The HLF says its Board were unanimous in their decision to award Alexandra Palace £844,800 in development phase funding. The initial funding will be used to develop the project’s designs and business plan.

London Museum refused Planning Permission for New Developement

The Geffrye Museum in London has been refused planning permission for a redevelopment project which has already received significant lottery funding.  The proposed£18.9m redevelopment has already taken four years and cost £1m.   The Heritage Lottery Fund provided an initial grant of £10.9m for the project in 2011.

The debacle highlights the importance of managing relationships with the local community if your charity is planning any development work.