The laboratory and energy management

25 January 2012

With buildings in the UK being responsible for almost 50% of energy consumption — and over a third of this use being in the commercial and public sector — Mike Sopp discusses the impact in terms of climate change and the cost of sourcing dwindling fossil fuels.

The silver lining in cloud computing

24 January 2012

With cloud computing continuing to mature as a reliable and cost-effective IT platform, FMs are increasingly utilising the cloud to deliver services right across their businesses. Dave Howell reports.

Fire safety in primary care premises

23 January 2012

As the time approaches in 2013 for general practices to register with the Care Quality Commission, and comply with the Health and Social Care Act 2008 (Regulated Activities) Regulations 2010, it is essential that they review their premises safety systems in good time to ensure compliance. This includes the vitally important area of fire safety. Martin Hodgson outlines the key requirements for fire safety in primary care and what primary care managers should do to ensure that they comply with the CQC standards when the time comes to register.

HMRC to review Business Records Checks process

23 January 2012

Opinion is divided in the profession over the news that HMRC is to review its Business Records Checks plan following widespread criticism from tax representatives, small business groups and MPs.

HS2: Do the figures add up?

20 January 2012

The government’s plan to build a high speed rail network may be based on guesswork, but that never stopped the Victorians, says Christian Wolmar

UK wholesaler gears up for Halloween

20 January 2012

Growing interest in Halloween in foreign markets is contributing towards a major UK fancy dress company’s aim to double its export sales over the next five years. Sue Fenton reports.