Facilities management (FM) is the strategic answer to the challenge of running a business premises. Piecemeal approaches – in which the business tries to source separate maintenance, cleaning and repair services – are time-consuming, expensive and patchy. The commissioning of different contractors often leads to turf wars, with one contractor claiming a problem is the fault of another.
For commercial landlords, a fast response to urgent calls is essential. The landlord’s tenant may be unable to trade if a pressing maintenance problem such as a leak can’t be dealt with immediately. This may lead to claims for compensation from the tenant’s business.
Facilities Management Involves Planning Ahead
However, while facilities management can provide a fast response in an emergency, a good management company takes a much more forward-looking view of its services to the client. The company will survey the premises, looking for potential problems, so that they can be fixed before they threaten business continuity and produce large repair bills.
A good FM provider will make sure the business is meeting its health and safety obligations in terms of safe facilities and clean water. It will be able to offer strategic advice on managing the risks to employees and the public, inherent in running a building.
In addition, they will be able to make a repair, replaster, decorate, deal with blocked drains, clear the gutters – the list is endless. Every one of these is a job that the business would otherwise have to spend time managing and supervising. The trouble is that the managers who have to do this have no expertise in building maintenance, and they are usually doing it as part of a general management job.
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However, FM solves this problem by bringing in experts who have managed hundreds of buildings, to take charge of yours. Get in touch with UK Commercial Group who can help you with your Facilities Management problems.