In The News | 17th February 2023 | Latest Facilities Management News

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British Safety Council has warned that new legally binding air quality targets for the UK, which passed the final stages of parliamentary scrutiny earlier this week, fall well short of what is needed to keep people safe.


Commenting on the new air quality targets, British Safety Council Chairman, Peter McGettrick, said:

“It is disappointing that, given what we now know about the risks to people’s health from air pollution, this is where we have ended up on the new legally binding air quality targets.

“The Government wanted to be ambitious. And, yes, they will address small particulate matter for the first time. But they fall well short of being ambitious, and they won’t get us anywhere near what the World Health Organisation (WHO) says the limit should be for PM2.5.”

Recruitment, training and sustainability are among the notable trends set to be discussed at The Cleaning Show 2023, which returns to the ExCeL, London from 14-16 March 2023.

Under the banner ‘The Cleaning Sector in 2023 – Driving Change’, the full line-up of this year’s conference programme is now available online, highlighting the topics and speakers set to encourage learning, discussion and debate around the key topics facing a modern cleaning and hygiene sector, buoyed by greater public and political recognition earned during the COVID crisis.

To register for your free pass to attend and to find out more about this year’s event, visit

The Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) has welcomed the creation of a new government department dedicated to delivering energy security and net zero but urged its Secretary of State Grant Shapps to accelerate investment in energy efficiency. 

Shapps was appointed to lead the new department as part of Rishi Sunak’s first ministerial reshuffle, which saw the Department for Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) split into three departments. 

The Prime Minister said the new Department for Energy Security and Net Zero would be tasked with “securing our long-term energy supply, bringing down bills and halving inflation”. 

And finally, Livv, a boutique workplace experience company, has officially launched with a mission to help challenger organisations create and maintain inspiring workplaces. 

The company is founded on the belief that a workplace should embody a company’s culture, beliefs, and aspirations and should operate seamlessly and exude confidence and individuality.

“We believe that every detail matters in the workplace experience, from first impressions to everything in-between,” said Matt Bowers, Managing Director of Livv. “That’s why we take care of the details so that our clients can focus on what they do best – their product and service.”

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