Resources

News, views and resources to help you navigate the world of facilities management and CAFM systems.

Asset lifecycle management

Asset tagging is the process of applying labels or tags to your company’s equipment and furniture, allowing you to more effectively manage their maintenance and lifecycles.  But what kind of tagging ...

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Business case for a CAFM

How can facilities management play their part in building bricks and mortar success? We interviewed Peter Pritchard, CEO of Pets at Home to find out how his business is evolving to meet the needs of ...

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Leaders say they want innovative ideas from their workers, but their default answer to requests for funds to make them happen can simply be ‘no’. What can you do to write and present the best ...

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A planned preventive maintenance (PPM) programme is a key part of any mature Facility Management strategy. But it’s a challenge knowing which assets to include in your PPM schedule and how much ...

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According to PwC mismanaged assets are costing business around the world $17 billion a year in losses, unnecessary maintenance and non-compliance. How can you compile and manage an asset register ...

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Hybrid working is more than a buzzword or a passing trend. The latest IWFM research shows that post pandemic nearly half (44%) of UK employees are planning to work from the office for 3 days a week ...

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Data is the life blood of the modern world. Across every sector it is being used to predict behaviour, inform decision making and optimise our future choices. It is fundamentally changing our world. ...

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‘Freedom Day’ has come and gone, but the jury’s still out on what it means long term for the future of the workplace. There might not have been a ‘big bang’ return to the office on July 19th, but the ...

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Expansive FM is delighted to announce we have signed a three year deal with international fitness brand Evolution Wellness.

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The road to CAFM funding is an uncertain one. And if you fail to present your business case properly it can end up a complete dead end. What are the key mistakes to avoid?

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What are the Facilities Management trends that are significant right now, as we stand at the brink of a return to ‘normality? Here are five challenges and opportunities we all need to respond to.

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We’ve talked a lot about the benefits of CAFM in this blog. Did we actually say what a CAFM system is, yet? Or at least, what we think it is?

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When you’re procuring FM or any other kind of SaaS software your IT team are a critical set of gatekeepers who you’ll need to keep on side.  

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If you’re trying to secure a budget for CAFM software you’ll have to convince your company’s FD that the figures stack up. But what else does a finance team need to hear to show you the money? When ...

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Every business needs engineers and contractors with expertise they can trust. But engineers who hoard ‘local knowledge’ to become super-heroes can be a risk for FM teams trying to optimise the way ...

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There are four stages to the classic asset lifecycle: planning, acquisition, maintenance and disposal. But what data and digital tools will take the guesswork and potential disruption out of the way ...

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You may have researched and decided what CAFM solution is right for your team, you may be confident in the partner you’ve selected but there’s still another hurdle to overcome. You need to secure the ...

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When more of your engineers resolve more issues, first time, call out costs are reduced and business downtime is minimised. As a result, customers are happier, companies run more efficiently and are ...

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The full story of how Fitness First implemented a CAFM in just 5 weeks to transform their maintenance management.

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What does company-wide digital transformation look like? And what role will FM play in completing that journey?

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“The trick is this: keep your eye on the ball” says the American writer Tom Robbins, “even when you can’t see the ball’. How can Facilities Managers master that particular skill?

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It’s the same old story. FM teams are often last in line for a digital makeover in a business. But sorting out contractor management software can be the first step to optimising your maintenance ...

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Expansive Solutions are pleased to announce we have been selected by Arena Racecourses to be their FM digital partner. The three-year CAFM contract with ARC will dovetail with a wider digital ...

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The digital revolution of the last twenty years has transformed retail, marketing and many other business functions. But it has often left FM teams behind, unable to automate their workflows and ...

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Let’s be honest. The track record of most FM software actually delivering on its promise of organisational change is not great. So, what’s the problem?

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Effective asset lifecycle management cuts maintenance costs, avoids business downtime and is vital to plan for smarter capital deployment. How can a CAFM solution help control the value and lifespan ...

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A low rate of first time fixes impacts customer satisfaction, profitability and productivity. And it’s usually down to a few common causes. So, why isn’t your FTF rate improving and what can you do ...

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Total Facilities Management (TFM) can solve the problem of sprawling contractor admin by consolidating all your FM work with one provider. But it’s not the only option for controlling the contractor ...

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Facilities Managers may have emerged as the heroes of a locked-down economy, but that doesn’t mean their maintenance budgets aren’t under scrutiny.

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The challenge of managing multiple contractors and the lure of economies of scale are driving many towards consolidating more of their FM contracts with fewer and fewer suppliers. But what are the ...

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How do CAFM software vendors structure their pricing? And what can you expect for your money?

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Facilities Managers have been ignored as a strategic resource for too long. But that's changing. How can we support them now to deliver more of the deep insight and results we need? What are the ...

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It’s a fact that many FM managers are still using spreadsheets to organise their teams and operations. Even as the number of FM software solutions on the market mushroom, many businesses are still ...

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So, you’ve finally got the budget and backing to procure your chosen CAFM system. Now comes the really hard bit. How do you ensure a successful implementation? Choosing a CAFM system is one thing, ...

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There might be talk of the death of CAFM in the industry right now. But who wants it dead and why? Contractors sometimes don’t like CAFM systems. That’s understood. Suddenly tasked with minute ...

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Many companies don’t have a planned maintenance strategy and are paying the price. The trouble is, it’s not always obvious what that price is. What's the true cost of a reactive vs a planned ...

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So, you’ve paid out for your brand new CAFM or CMMS with all its shiny maintenance management tools. But as installation and training drag on for months and workers fail to use the system you’ve ...

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The strategic and commercial contribution that Facilities Managers can make to a business has gone unrecognised for far too long. Will the Covid crisis see them finally emerge from the ‘boiler room’ ...

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Companies and facility managers risk significant legal, financial and reputational damage when they lose visibility and control over their compliance responsibilities.

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Preventive maintenance extends the life span of assets, reduces business downtime, saves you money and improves compliance. Sounds great. What’s not to like?

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Join us for a free webinar as we discuss how FM software needs to adapt to support the growing demands of FM teams.

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How are you adapting to the FM challenges thrown up by 2020?

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Every business is different and has its own set of Facility Management challenges. And there are hundreds of CAFM offerings out there that promise to solve them. But not all of them will be right for ...

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The world of FM software is awash with acronyms. But do you know what they mean? What’s the difference between a CAFM system and a CMMS?  And, more importantly, which one do you need?

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Let's Talk FM

On Wed 4th Nov, 11.30am, we’ll be joined 🔴 LIVE by Will Easton, Head of Workplace at One Eighty Group to discuss how FM and the workplace are preparing for the future.

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On Wed 23rd September, 11am, we’ll be joined 🔴 LIVE by Gary Bark, Managing Director of Optimised Buildings who will be giving us some great advice on how to drive down energy usage through ...

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On Wed 9th September, 11am, we’ll be joined 🔴 LIVE by James Wood, Managing Director of Optimised Energy who will be helping us understand how to push towards achieving net Zero, within your business.

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On Wed 29th July, 11am, we’ll be joined 🔴 LIVE by Peter Pritchard, CEO of Pets at Home who will be discussing how the group have navigated their way through COVID-19 and their plans for a successful ...

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We are proud to announce that we’ve been selected by The Co-operative Bank plc as their FM digital partner.

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On Wed 17th June, 11am, we’ll be joined 🔴 LIVE by Adam Taylor, Managing Director at Spire Building Services who will be discussing how to achieve good air quality and maintain the hygiene of your ...

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On Wed 10th June, 11am, we’ll be joined 🔴LIVE by Michael Grant & Francesca Brady from Metrikus & AirRated who will discuss how live tech monitoring can help tackle poor indoor air quality…

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On Wed 3rd June, 11am, we’ll be joined 🔴LIVE by Simon Cohen, Director at Condeco who will be discussing how their clients are re-opening COVID secure workplaces with lasting technology

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Let's Talk FM

On Wed 27th May, 11am, we’ll be joined 🔴 LIVE by Cathy Hayward, Founder & Chair at Magenta Associates who will be sharing her views how communication is an essential element of the FM role…

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On Wed 20th May, 11am, we’ll be joined 🔴LIVE by Jackie Furey, Director at Where Workplace Works who will be discussing how businesses should support their teams during a very uncertain and worrying ...

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On Wed 13th May, 11am, we’ll be joined 🔴 LIVE by Adrian Powell, Co-owner & Director at Active Workplace Solutions who will be discussing what the new office space will look like to support the ...

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Adam Mason, Facilities Operations Director, discusses how businesses will manage the re-opening process and achieve the seven principles…

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On Wed 29th April, 11am, we’ll be joined 🔴 LIVE by Mark Whittaker, Facilities Management Solutions Consultant at Thomson FM who will be discussing the impact of COVID-19 and offering valuable advice ...

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On Wed 22nd April, 11am, we’ll be joined 🔴 LIVE by Duncan Costin, Property Director of Pure Gym who will provide us with a great insight into what is really happening behind the scenes.

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Let's Talk FM

On Thu 16th April, 11am, we’ll be joined 🔴 LIVE by Simon Whitehead, Partner & Head of Recruitment for Law Firm, Brabners. We’ll discuss the impact that COVID-19 is having on both businesses and ...

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Let's Talk FM

On Wed 8th April, 11am, we’ll be joined 🔴 LIVE by Nicola Lathbury, Director of Hexagon FM & Chair of IWFM Midlands. We’ll discuss Women in FM and the future of FM recruitment during these ...

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You must be sick of all those webinars that are offering little value, constantly hard-selling their services and collecting your personal data followed by a pile of junk mail. We’re doing something ...

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