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Facilities Management Services agreement

The Government has finally revealed its Facilities Management (FM) Services agreement along with a list of approved suppliers – some think it will be ‘challenging,’ while others worry that it may be difficult for smaller businesses to access.

The Crown Commercial Service has published the details of its Total agreement for procuring services. It has also revealed an extensive list of suppliers including major FM companies such as ISS, Amey, Bilfinger, Carillion, Compass, Interserve, Mitie, OCS and Sodexo, among others, who will deliver the different kinds of facilities services under ‘lots.’

Apparently, data collected from both the public and private sectors has revealed that at least 10% savings can be achieved year-on-year if FM work is outsourced.  However, due to the skills shortage in the construction industry, coupled with cuts in spending for the public sector, utilizing the unique skill-sets of specialists such as Plastic Surgeon can both speed up the delivery of FM work, as well as greatly reduce costs. The average saving is £3 for every £1 spent when choosing to repair rather than replace damaged construction materials.

Wendy Sutherland, director of consultancy Ramsay Todd Ltd and deputy chair of the BIFM’s procurement special interest group, was spot on when she said that a joined up approach to procurement across Government Departments would reduce the need to spend taxpayers’ money on numerous OJEU procedures.  Which fits in nicely with Plastic Surgeon’s damage and repair reporting system offering, whereby FM managers can identify every repair from start to finish via online reporting and, importantly, where savings can be made through changing practices.

The agreement offers three levels – or lots – but it is the second that could see our repair services at Plastic Surgeon really stand out: Lot 2 covers Hard Facilities Management and consists of a multi-supplier lot incorporating a range of hard services including maintenance and building fabric repairs, mechanical and electrical services and landscaping.

At Plastic Surgeon we think that this new agreement has a lot going for it; but only if these large contractors offer opportunities for elements of the service to be sub-contracted to smaller organizations throughout the lifetime of this framework agreement.

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