May/June 2013

The Charities Facilities Management Group is running an survey for members to assess recycling and waste management policies and costs. We will discuss the survey results at a Charities FM Group meeting later in the year.

Disability charity Scope sells all care homes

The disability charity Scope is transferring all its regulated and day services to  private healthcare provider Salutem.

The Scope services being transferred include three education facilities, 38 care homes and 10 day services located across England and Wales.

Charities Buying Group conference

The Charities Buying Group is holding its annual conference at Sadlers' Hall in London on Tuesday, 7 November, 2017.

The event will feature a range of exhibitors offering products to charities. Attendance is free for charities and not-for-profit organisations and includes refreshments and an evening reception.

Charity Finance Group launches anti-fraud guide

The Charity Finance Group (CFG) has published a guide to help small charities counter fraud. The CFG says hundreds of millions of pounds are being lost from charities every year due to fraud - money that charities can’t afford to lose.

Charity Commission launches new anti-fraud website

The Charity Commission this week launched a new website designed to help charities fight fraud. The website,, offers guidance on how to spot the warning signs of fraud, how to reduce risk, how to report fraud when it takes place, as well as the latest news on fraud and anti-fraud measures. 

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March 31, 2016

Our March 2016 meeting will examine how to manage building maintenance.

Charity Commission warns about mandate fraud

The Charity Commission has warned charities about the risks of “mandate fraud” - when fraudsters impersonate a genuine supplier to gain money.

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The following is a report on a meeting of the Charities Facilities Management Group which focused on recycing.

David Prestage of the BPR Group outlined how to design and implement an effective recycling scheme. The BPR Group is the parent company of Paper Round, the recycling company which was originally set up as a Friends of the Earth project in 1988.

Prestage outlined the main elements to look at when planning a recycling scheme. These include:


  • Reviewing your existing infrastructure
  • Measuring your waste volumes and weights
  • Assessing space availability

First steps

An important first step is to “bin the bin”:

  • Remove under desk bins
  • Install central banks of bins
  • Segregate recyclables and non recyclables


Prestige said a communication strategy was crucial to implementing a successful scheme. Prestage recommended obtaining senior management buy-in and engaging with staff and running regular communications campaigns. He also outlined some of the benefits of a good recycling scheme, including reduced expenditure on cleaning, improved office environments and reduced risks of pests.

Prestige ended his presentation with a case study of the National Theatre’s efforts to implement a recycling scheme. The recycling service at the Theatre caters for the public areas, café and bar as well as back-of-house storage areas and a large area of office space.

You can see a pdf copy of his presentation slides here. 

Call for clearer Energy Tariffs for Business

The Federation of Small Business has called for energy companies to provide better information for small businesses. 

Last year the Government to forced the big utility companies to make their energy tariffs more transparent for householders. Now the Federation of Small Business  (FSB) wants the same rules to apply to businesses.

Cancer Research awards five-year FM contract to Vinci

Cancer Research UK has appointed Vinci Facilities to deliver hard FM services to the charity's real estate and residential properites nationwide.  The programme includes a range of planned and reactive works, external building fabric repairs and installations.  Work started on August 1st.