Why is summer the best time for drain maintenance?

As summer approaches, most people look forward to holiday trips and warmer weather. But, it’s also essential time to prepare your facilities for the season, including your pipeline and drainage systems.  

Whether you’re a business owner or facilities manager, there are many reasons why summer is the best time for drain maintenance and repairs when it comes to ensuring everything is fully functional. 

 

Better weather conditions 

Summer is the ideal time to schedule drain maintenance because the weather is generally more favourable. The lack of rain, leaves and debris around means that there is less chance of disruption and more opportunity to get the job done quickly and efficiently. 

 

Fix winter drainage problems 

Winter weather can take its toll on drains, so summer is the ideal time to carry out any needed repairs. Freeze-thaw cycles can cause cracks and breaks in drain pipes, while snow and ice can block drains and cause flooding. By carrying out drain maintenance in summer, you can fix any problems before they lead to serious damage.

 

Prevent heat-related issues from escalating 

In the hot weather of summer, drainage systems undergo a number of problems which can quickly turn into health hazards. Blocked drains encourage bacteria to grow, causing unpleasant odours which attract pests in the process. Meanwhile, overflowing sewage and excess use of water can put a lot of stress on pipes. So, be sure to include summer drain maintenance into your schedule. 

 

Reduce costs 

Finally, the reason why summer is the best time for drain maintenance is because it can also save you time and money in the long run. By fixing problems early, you can avoid more costly repairs down the line and reduce the risk of property damage. 

 

Get in touch 

Contact our drainage contractors on 0151 2360707 for all your maintenance needs this summer. We will tackle all drainage, sewer and pipeline related issues, from descaling and clearing to inspecting blockages.

 

How to design a gym layout

Are you thinking of starting a new gym or redesigning your existing one? If so, you’ll need to put some thought into the layout and design. 

The health and fitness industry is big business, and with more people joining their local gym to stay in peak physical condition, it’s important that a well-designed gym not only looks good, but also functions well, making it more enjoyable and effective for both employees and customers alike.

Here are a few things to keep in mind when designing your gym layout:

 

Flexible spaces 

First, consider the overall size and shape of the space. You’ll need to design a gym layout that is both flexible and practical, taking into account the different requirements of your employees and customers. 

For example, there should be enough room for your equipment and a clear separation between different areas for cardio, free weights, stretching and machines. Changing rooms, staff rooms, and space for water coolers are also worth considering when developing your fitness facility. 

 

Equipment arrangement 

Second, think about how you want to arrange your equipment as this can have a big impact on both the look and function of your gym. 

You’ll want to create a logical flow that makes it easy for people to move around the space, whilst being comfortable in using a variety of training tools that are easily accessible. Optimising your space is key and shows potential customers that your establishment is considerate and trustworthy. 

 

Atmosphere 

Third, pay attention to the details. The atmosphere of your gym can also play a role in its overall design and how enjoyable people find it when it comes to retaining members. 

You’ll want to create an environment that is both welcoming and inspiring, with a colour scheme that represents power like orange, or blue for relaxation with plenty of natural light, ventilation. Think about the acoustics as well, making sure that the noise level is comfortable and doesn’t distract gym goers during their workout. 

 

By following these tips, you can design a gym layout that looks great and works well for everyone involved.

 

Gym fit out specialists

hebs Group has unrivalled experience in gyms & fitness facilities, working previously as principle fit out contractors for Pure Gym with an innovative approach to design and construction that creates as much repeat custom as possible for your facility. 

Call us on 0151 2360707 and tell us more about your next project. 

 

Food waste management tips for facility managers

Did you know that the UK throws away around 9.5 million tonnes of food waste every year? In today’s eco-conscious world, it is expected of businesses to apply sustainable policies in order to reduce their environmental impact. 

Facility managers play a big role in ensuring the efficiency of an organisation’s operations, including waste management. That’s why we’ve put together some helpful food waste management tips to help businesses identify areas of improvement, and raise awareness of the critical food waste issues experienced on a global scale this Stop Food Waste Day. 

 

  1. Know what food waste you generate

The first step to managing your food waste is to know how much you’re generating. This can be done by conducting a food waste audit to identify any issues and opportunities for improvement. Facility managers can then start to develop strategies to reduce the amount of waste produced. 

 

  1. Educate employees on the importance of food waste management

Once you have a plan in place, it’s important to educate your employees, customers and tenants on food waste management too. This will ensure everyone is on board, allowing you to better streamline your company’s waste management policies. 

 

  1. Compost food waste

One way facility managers can reduce food waste is to compost it. This can be done either on-site or off-site using designated bins or via a waste management collection company. It avoids sending foods such as vegetable or fruit peelings, old tea bags and coffee to landfill and turned into fertiliser instead. 

 

  1. Donate surplus food

Another food waste management tip is to donate edible surplus food to local organisations like food banks or shelters that serve those who need it most. It’s just one of the many ways your businesses can help save the planet and individuals at risk of hunger within the community. 

 

  1. Measure your progress

It’s important to measure your progress to see if your food waste efforts are making a difference. Keeping an inventory of your food with details on their use by dates and where every product is stored can help you identify trends, deal with spoiled food and maintain portion control. 

 

By following these food waste management tips, you can effectively save money, minimise the amount of food waste produced and make a real difference to the environment.  

 

Get in touch 

If you’re in need of a facilities management company to help improve the sustainability of your business, contact hebs Group on 0151 236 0707 and we’ll be happy to help with your enquiry. 

Facility management trends of 2022

The facility management industry is constantly evolving, and new trends are emerging all the time as more and more businesses come to rely on digital solutions to increase work and energy efficiency, alongside employee satisfaction. 

Here are five of the most significant facility management trends that we anticipate will take hold in 2022 and beyond.

 

  1. Data-driven 

In an increasingly data-driven world, it’s no surprise that facility managers are turning to ‘Big Data’ to help them make informed decisions about their operations. 

By harnessing the power of real-time analytics, facility managers can optimise resources and identify potential problems before they arise – reducing equipment downtime and costs in the process. 

 

  1. Smart building technology

One of the most exciting facility management trends of 2022 is the growing adoption of smart building technology. 

This refers to a range of technologies including energy and automation systems that can be used to manage buildings more effectively, especially with the aid of sensors to control temperature, lighting, and even occupancy levels for increased comfort and sustainability. 

 

  1. Hybrid working

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced many organisations to rethink their approach to work, with many employees now working remotely on a full or part-time basis. 

Therefore, facility managers will need to look for ways to accommodate a hybrid workforce.  This could involve space management software to reserve meeting rooms for collaborative work, augmented reality headsets to create more immersive experiences on and off-site, as well as integrated mobile apps for greater connectivity. 

 

  1. Adopting sustainable practices

Sustainability is becoming an increasingly important issue for facility managers, as they look for ways to reduce their environmental impact. There are a number of sustainable practices that facility managers can adopt, including energy-efficient lighting, water conservation, and waste reduction.

 

  1. Emphasis on predictive maintenance

Finally, one of the most important facility management trends of 2022 is the shift from reactive to predictive maintenance. 

By using data analytics and machine learning, facility managers can analyse anomalies and predict issues beforehand, allowing them to take proactive measures which will extend asset lifespans, minimise workforce disruption and reduce repair costs. 

 

If you’re in need of a trusted and experienced facilities management company in the UK contact the hebs Group, where we strive for continuous improvement and professional development across all departments including construction and maintenance

Call 0151 236 0707 for more information. 



How to future-proof your office space

Over the last couple of years, we’ve seen office spaces evolve and adapt to fit modern working conditions, with the majority of employees preferring hybrid environments since the start of the COVID19 pandemic.  

There are many ways to future-proof your office space and by planning ahead, you can make sure that your facilities can accommodate the needs of your business now and into the future.

Here are four ways to future-proof your office:

 

1. Plan for future growth

When planning your office space, be sure to allow for future growth. This may include adding extra square footage or creating different areas like social spaces or meeting pods that can be expanded as needed. 

You may also want to consider reserving some space for storage, in case you need to expand your inventory in the future.

 

2. Choose flexible furniture

When selecting furniture for your office, choose pieces that are flexible and can be easily rearranged. For example, choosing an ergonomic desk that can be used for both sitting and standing is a great way to future-proof your office.

This will allow you to adapt your space for collaborative activities or privacy, while maintaining high levels of productivity. It can also help reduce fit out costs in the long-term. 

 

3. Use technology to your advantage

Technology can be a great way to future-proof your office space. By installing smart technologies such as sensors and artificial intelligence, you can optimize occupancy management, HVAC systems, lighting, and overall energy consumption. 

Luckily, there are plenty of digital tools to help employees work remotely too with access to video conferencing equipment and cloud-based software. 

 

4. Invest in sustainable materials

When choosing materials for your office, opt for sustainable options that will stand the test of time. This includes choosing furniture made from recycled materials, using energy efficient lighting, eco-conscious stationary and installing water conservation systems. 

This will reduce your environmental impact and studies have shown that a greener office space  improves employee wellbeing and comfort. 

 

Speak to the experts

By following these tips, you can ensure that your office remains up-to-date and adaptable for years to come. 

For more information on designing the perfect office space, contact the commercial fit out specialists at hebs now on 0151 2360707 where we offer the best possible service and project delivery. 



The importance of energy efficiency in facilities management for 2022

Facilities management experts and industry analysts predict that in 2022, there will be a growing trend toward energy efficiency. 

Arguably, the COVID-19 pandemic raised further awareness of our impact on the environment and the climate challenges we face on a global scale. Since February 2020, NASA researchers found that pandemic restrictions have reduced global nitrogen dioxide concentrations by nearly 20%

Naturally, many businesses and governments have called for economic recovery policies to take shape to create a greener post-pandemic future. 

The good news is that facilities managers can implement an effective framework of energy-efficient practices to help reduce their carbon footprint and curb resource depletion in the process. 

Some of the ways FM teams can improve energy efficiency in 2022 include: 

 

Natural lighting – commercial buildings are increasingly taking advantage of natural light through the use of skylights and by using exterior glazing to improve lighting conditions. 

This will not only improve energy efficiency, but worker satisfaction and productivity by influencing your natural circadian cycle, alongside reducing the amount of eye-strain and fatigue from artificial lighting. 

 

Living roofs – using green roofs in cities or other commercial environments will help insulate buildings against extreme temperatures while providing a habitat for wildlife. 

This kind of landscaping also helps to absorb excess water which reduces the burden on local sewer systems during storms. 

 

Manage power distribution – Power distribution optimization has become a popular facilities management practice in many businesses that want to reduce utility bills. 

Facility managers are able to monitor their electric usage throughout the day and identify when equipment such as HVAC and lighting may be causing large surges in power consumption – saving money by automatically turning off the building’s systems during unoccupied hours. 

 

Proactive maintenance – Finally, by investing in smart technology and data, facilities managers are able to better manage assets and equipment, as well as plan for future needs. 

This will prevent unplanned downtime, and avoid any major failures or faults with machinery and equipment that could affect operational efficiency. 

 

Get in touch 

Here at hebs Group, we offer a complete maintenance service to our customers, helping clients with their ongoing needs. 

Contact us now on 0151 2360707 or drop us an email to info@hebs-group.co.uk we’ll be happy to help with any enquiries.

 

How your business can be successful with hybrid working

For many businesses, it is estimated that more than 50% of the workforce in the UK will be remote. 

The digital world is changing everything about the way organisations run. It is enabling new ways to work and providing an opportunity for businesses to have a flexible workforce that can operate across different time zones, even continents!

But how do you make this possible? How do you blend traditional ways of working with modern ways? And more importantly, how do you provide employees with the same level of support as those who are based in your office?

Here are some of the ways your business can be successful with hybrid working.

  1. What’s driving it all?

The first thing to understand is why people want to work remotely. If a hybrid model gives them more time to themselves or are able to take care of their mental health better then they’re more likely to be productive and deliver. 

 

  1. Make it your business

You need to make sure you are providing ways for employees to build relationships and foster team spirit, even when they’re not based in the same office as each other. 

It’s also good practice to ensure there are ways that teams can meet up periodically; whether this is through a weekly off-site company meeting, or by organising an annual event. This will help improve morale amongst all of your employees but especially those who work remotely.

 

  1. Support is key

You need to make sure the technology you provide your employees with enables them to be supported in ways that are appropriate for their role. 

For example, if they’re an architect or construction worker, they may need access to detailed drawings and specifications when designing or building via remote working; whereas, if they’re an administrator who works in accounts, all they’ll need is access to Outlook or Office 365. 

You also need to ensure they can communicate effectively with clients and colleagues wherever possible, so you’ll want ways of enabling asynchronous communication earlier on. This could include email, Skype or Microsoft Teams. 

 

  1. Tracking work effectively 

You need ways for your employees to record and measure their work. You’ll also want a system for your employees to manage their time efficiently so they can collaborate effectively with colleagues and clients. 

This might include a way to schedule tasks, mark them as ‘in progress’ or ‘completed’, show what percentage of the task has been completed, attach files if necessary and share it all with relevant people. 

 

  1. Security is paramount

A mobile workforce needs to be as secure as those who are based in an office environment. In order to do this you’ll need to invest in applications with data-resistant capabilities, ensuring that hacking isn’t something that will happen with ease (it’s not impossible!). 

This includes monitoring emails sent outside of your organisation, uploading data to the cloud and utilising file encryption. This will help verify that your company reputation isn’t compromised by external communications or employees working outside of business hours. 



Hybrid work is an innovative way of performing that requires you and your employees to adopt new skills, tools or mindset. This can be a hard transition for some, but implementing these best practices now will help your company to grow successfully into the future. 

 

hebs Group are here to help 

No matter how your business operates, hebs are on hand to keep the wheels turning. We work with clients in all industries across the private and public sectors providing expert construction, maintenance and repair services across the UK. 

Call 0151 2360707 or send an email to info@hebs-group.co.uk and we’ll be happy to help with your enquiry. 

The importance of a clean commercial building for your business

A clean commercial building is essential. Not only does this affect how customers perceive your business and whether they will return to your establishment, but it can also affect employee morale and wellbeing. 

Nobody wants to work or do business in a messy environment. So, if you’re looking to make your organization a success, hiring a professional building maintenance contractor to carry out the ‘dirty work’ offers companies lots of benefits. 

Here are five reasons why you should maintain the cleanliness of your commercial building: 

 

First impressions count 

As the saying goes: ‘Cleanliness is next to Godliness’ – and rightly so! Don’t let potential customers be put off by the unkempt appearance of your building as this speaks volumes about your brand, hygiene standards and work ethic. 

Therefore, it’s important to go the extra mile to create a comfortable, inviting space for both employees and visitors across all areas – walls, windows, bathrooms, greenery, equipment, reception, canteen, office spaces etc. 

 

A healthy working environment 

In this day and age of the pandemic, a clean commercial building is important to making staff and visitors feel healthy and safe. People are more likely to come into contact with dust, allergens, pathogens and bacteria when under one roof.

Businesses have a responsibility to eliminate any hazards (spills, build-ups, breakages, rusting, mould) that may cause harm, ensure proper ventilation, sanitize high-touch surfaces, and promote personal hygiene to prevent viral infections from spreading – reducing the chance of sick days. 

 

Increases productivity 

As a result, a clean commercial building leads to an increase in efficiency and productivity. A tidy workplace has proven psychological benefits in boosting employee morale and work satisfaction, allowing them to think clearly and focus on the task at hand.

 

Time saving and cost-effective 

Finally, maintaining the upkeep of your machinery, facilities, appliances and so forth will maximize production time and save you money in the long run. By having a planned maintenance schedule in place, this extends the lifespan of equipment and sustainability. 

 

Get in touch 

Make sure your business is running smoothly 24/7 with hebs Group Limited. We offer a fully proven and established maintenance service to our customers, allowing each client to individually select which service is appropriate for their ongoing needs.

Contact us now on 0151 2360707 or drop us an email to info@hebs-group.co.uk we’ll be happy to help with any enquiries.

24/7 emergency repairs and maintenance this Christmas!

As we near the end of another year, we would like to wish all our customers and suppliers a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, however you are celebrating it.

We’ve faced many challenges over the past couple of years, and hebs Group is proud to support our clients, offering a fully proven and established emergency repairs and maintenance service for their ongoing needs, especially when it comes to keeping premises clean, safe, and hygienic. 

 

Emergency repairs and maintenance 24/7

Although this is the busiest, and most profitable time of the year, it also means more potential damage to buildings and facilities with the risk of gales, flooding, ice and snow bringing business operations to a halt. 

That’s where hebs Group comes in. Whether you need help with an unexpected mechanical and electrical problem, looking for a comprehensive repair and installation service for your building’s HVAC or gas appliances, or require specialists to deal with any pipeline, drainage or sewer related emergency – we’re here for you! 

Our highly skilled and knowledgeable team of engineers are available 24/7, armed and ready to keep your business on the go, even during the holiday season. 

Keeping your property and people safe and sound is our number one priority. By using the latest technology and methods, we are able to tackle any reactive facilities management issues as part of our pledge to contribute to the longevity and cost effectiveness of your business. 

 

Have a Holly, Jolly Christmas! 

As one of the UK’s premier maintenance and construction service providers, hebs Group Ltd strives for continuous improvement and professional development. 

We constantly monitor our monthly performance and S.L.A statistics to ensure our customers are always getting the very best from us.  

Like Santa himself, we consistently deliver an excellent customer service offering for long-term success and satisfaction. 


So, whatever your plans, we hope you have very happy holidays, and look forward to working with you in 2022. Call us on 0151 2360707 or send us an email: info@hebs-group.co.uk and we’ll be happy to help with your enquiry.

The benefits of Computer-Aided Facility Management technology

Computer-Aided Facility Management (CAFM) technology is designed to help facility managers and business owners plan, execute and monitor daily operations in terms of maintenance, asset management, the utilisation of space, services and equipment performance. 

Ultimately, CAFM can make a big difference when it comes to optimising an organisation’s processes, and in this article we’ll take a look at the key benefits of Computer-Aided Facility Management technology. 

 

  1. Improved accuracy – Computer-Aided Facility Management technology can help improve the accuracy of data collection and tracking. This can help ensure that facilities are run more efficiently and effectively in managing workflow. 

 

  1. Reduced labour costs – CAFM decreases the need for manual labour as the majority of tasks are automated, allowing facility managers to make informed decisions quickly using real-time data which can lead to significant cost savings. 

 

  1. Defined standards – it defines specific standards for tasks, which can lead to more consistent results across the board.

 

  1. Improved collaboration & transparency – it improves collaboration between employees, co-workers, departments, etc., enabling them to work together thanks to the accessibility and transparency of information. 

 

  1. Improved asset management – CAFM enhances asset management across all areas of facility management (e.g., sustainability). This can lead to improved accountability and reduced risk.

 

  1. Improved analysis & reporting – CAFM provides users with a number of reporting capabilities that allow for greater analysis and insight into their working environment, as well as the tasks required for their success.

 

  1. Reduced risk – CAFM technology can help reduce risk by providing business continuity/disaster recovery plans, as well as health and safety plans. This can help ensure that the organization is better prepared for any potential incidents that may occur.

 

As you can see, Computer-Aided Facility Management technology can provide a number of benefits for businesses and organizations across all areas of facility management.

Here at hebs Group, we strive to deliver consistent results for our clients, with continuous improvement and development throughout the group and divisional service offerings. Call us now on 0151 2360707 for more information.