Show Of Strength
How the Facilities Management sector is facing up to the recession
Twelve months ago we compiled an Index evaluating 50 of the leading FM businesses in the UK, aiming to spark some debate, particularly as FM is rarely seen as a coherent industry – even by many participants.
Our view is that there are more similarities than differences between Soft FM, M&E and the other sectors, and that examining the strategies and performance of a wide set of business can be instructive about which of them are likely to be the long-term winners. We are updating the analysis now in order to take stock of the industry and to see what differences are emerging between the largest players. Specifically, we have used some financial analysis based on published accounts as a starting point for some investigation of the trends likely to define the market over the next 2-3 years ...Read Publication
Feeling The Squeeze
Whose turn is it in the sun? With the economic cycle swinging full circle, we are seeing a realignment of the retail scene
Land Of The Giants
The fight for survival rages on in food & drink. And this year’s OC&C Top 150 reveals that the UK’s biggest manufacturers are standing tall
On the rebound
It's not just the Premiership that's being taken over by foreign players. Over the last 10 years, UK-based ownership of the Top 150 food & drink suppliers has declined significantly as big multinationals have come to the UK to shop. In 2003 68% (102 companies) of the 150 were British-owned. In 2013, just 85 companies, or 56% of the total, are still British
Size Isn't Everything
Whilst all good competitive strategy can be traced back to first principles, you may think that reaching back to biblical times is a step (or perhaps several steps) too far.