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International News

Older people and children most at risk this Summer from Legionella

Older people, parents and business owners are being encouraged to stay vigilant against a potentially deadly disease that has infected over 200 people in the UK and many more overseas, this year alone.

Chemical free cleaning with TomCat Aqueous Ozone

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The benefits of cleaning with ozone have been well documented, with its uses going back over the last century. In testament to its effectiveness it's a system used globally in water treatment plants for its disinfecting and sanitising properties.

Cascades inaugurates new state-of-the-art tissue converting plant on US West Coast

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Cascades, a specialist in the recovery and manufacturing of green packaging and tissue products, which employs 11,000 people in some 90 production units located in North America and Europe, has this week officially inaugurated its new US$64 million, state-of-the-art, 284,000sq.ft tissue converting facility in Scappoose, Oregon.

Cleaning chemicals market in India "growing rapidly"

The cleaning chemicals market in India is projected to grow at a Compound Annual Growth Rate of 15% in value terms between 2017-2026, on account of increasing incidences of various infections, as well as rapid urbanisation, coupled with growing numbers of new commercial setups and increasingly stringent safety standards. Additionally, growing numbers of new healthcare setups, rising disposable income and the launch of new and innovative cleaning chemicals are propelling the market for cleaning chemicals.

Bunzl announces proposed acquisition in France and purchase of business in UK

Bunzl has today announced that it has made a binding offer for the acquisition of a group of businesses in France and has also purchased a marketing services business in the UK.

WELL now's the time to make buildings even better...

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by Darren Evans, managing director, Darren Evans Assessments - a company specialising in sustainability and energy efficiency...

Romanian distributor wins Kaivac's 2016 'International Distributor of the Year' Award

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Kaivac, developer of the No-Touch Cleaning and OmniFlex Crossover Cleaning Systems, is honouring one of its newest European dealers, Tenrom, for having the best one-year sales record of any foreign distributor marketing Kaivac products in 2016.

Registration for WFBSC Congress available at preferential rates until 27th July

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Register for the 22nd World Federation of Building Service Contractors Congress - the world's leading conference for the cleaning sector - before 27th July, and you'll enjoy a preferential rate. The event, which is being held in Berlin for the first time, will cost early registrants 1,200 euros (incl. 19 % VAT), and 550 euros (incl. 19 % VAT) per person for those accompanying them. Those missing the deadline will pay 1,500 and 600 euros respectively.

International visit puts Arrow on course for Far Eastern expansion

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A UK manufacturer of professional cleaning and maintenance chemicals received a Chinese seal of approval recently.

Protect hands and reduce cross contamination threat with I-Con

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Hand protection specialist Globus has launched I-Con - a new colour-coded glove system providing enhanced chemical protection for workers in the cleaning and hygiene sector.

Vectair Systems' V-Air Solid wins 'Carbon Footprint' approval

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Vectair System's flagship environmentally-friendly and non-aerosol aircare product V-Air Solid has been awarded the latest internationally recognised standard for demonstrating low carbon credentials.

Audax Private Equity announces the acquisition of EnviroVac from RLJ Equity Partners

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Audax Private Equity, along with Kevin Jackson, CEO and founder of EnviroVac, and the EnviroVac Management team, have acquired EnviroVac, provider of mission-critical cleaning and maintenance services.

RAS participates in schools' events

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As Nan Hua Primary School celebrated Earth Day and No Cleaners Day on at the end of May, the Restroom Association Singapore joined other organisations including the National Environment Agency to set up a booth exhibition showcasing a student game project under its Sustaining Toilets As Restrooms (STAR) Awards Programme.

After the storm: Cintas offers retailers a Summer storm checklist

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Would you know what to do if a severe summer storm damaged your retail facility? Time is critical following a natural disaster.


CHSA welcomes new Council

At the Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association's AGM earlier this month, new members were elected to Council, the governing body of the CHSA.

IICRC opens nominations for two prestigious industry awards

The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification is seeking nominations for the Cy Gantt Award and Keith Williams Award. The Cy Gantt Award recognises special contributions to the industries served by the IICRC, while the Keith Williams Award recognises a significant technical contribution to the science of inspection, cleaning & restoration. The deadline for nominations is 15th August.

What a gum busting line up!

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The world's first battery operated steam machine for removing chewing gum continues to take the world by storm...

OspreyDeepclean's increasing international orders for multiple units are ready and waiting to be shipped from the production line straight to the company's distributors.

New research on preventing the spread of norovirus

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The Food Standards Agency has published research carried out by Ipsos MORI, Food handlers and norovirus transmission: 'Social science insights'. 

This study aimed to help stop the 'Winter vomiting bug' norovirus from spreading, by understanding and improving food handler behaviours.

CMS 2017 Berlin jury nominates 17 PIA finalists

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The eight members of the jury have nominated 17 entries for the final round of the CMS Purus Innovation Awards (PIA), which have now adopted a new focus.

Mechanised cleaning welcomed at Hubballi railway station

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Complaints about the cleanliness of platforms and railway tracks at Hubballi Railway Station are likely to dwindle in the coming days, with the introduction of advanced cleaning machines for the work.

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I have to thank for bringing a smile to my face and promoting a lively discussion at home this week, between myself and my two daughters, both of whom helped fund their college years cleaning offices for two hours a day, five evenings a week and deep cleaning a school in the Summer holidays.

Its headline read: 'Get free weed for cleaning up trash'. Well that's a new one! The article reports on 'Summit Medical Marijuana', which took place in Maine, the US, and how as part of a green-themed community service project, those involved in the area's clean-up could be rewarded with marijuana, rather than money.

Volunteers were given plastic rubbish bags, which they then filled with rubbish they collected around the city. When they returned their filled bags, they were given a small bag of cannabis in return. The event was a big success, attracting dozens of volunteers. Dozens of bags-worth of litter was removed from the streets and the marijuana smokers will have had big smiles on their faces - not just from taking pride in their work.

Dennis Meehan, owner of Summit Medical Marijuana, got the idea following a similar event held in Colorado Springs, Colorado last Summer. He says that far from being irresponsible, both events were all about changing some of the negative stereotypes about cannabis and to bring greater visibility to its medicinal potential.

"It's profound... The research... There's a whole world of science out there," he says. "When you see this plant have an incredibly life-changing impact on somebody that has given up on life, or somebody that has been given up on by modern medicine, and you can bring them back to life and give them a quality of life... it doesn't just affect that patient; it affects every single person in the family."

As someone with loved ones who have to rely on a marijuana derivative - CBD oil - as a painkiller for their chronic illnesses and whose pain is untouched by more traditional painkillers (which can be addictive and can also create other health issues), I am aware of the plant's positive attributes and am pleased that many US states are legalising this life-saving product.

Whether my daughters would have done so well in terms of their education if they'd been paid for their cleaning in hash, rather than cash, is another matter!

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This Week's News

Nominations for 2017 America's Best Restroom contest close at midnight on Friday

If you're planning to nominate a facility for 2017's America's Best Restroom contest, you don't have long left to do so. Nominations close at midnight on Friday.

Now in their sixteenth year, the Awards scheme encourages the public to support their local luxurious loos as well as any fabulous facility they've visited by nominating them for an award.

Kärcher puts its support behind the UK, as delegates from 65 countries arrive for its World Meeting

* Karcher-Westminster-Bridge.jpgGuests from all across the globe arrived in the UK last week for the 2017 Kärcher World Meeting, to talk innovation, strategy and growth.

The prestigious 3-day event saw the coming together of some 150 guests, comprising leaders of the 100 subsidiaries and 65 countries in which Kärcher operates, as well as the Kärcher supervisory and management boards and members of the Kärcher family - the children and grandchildren of the company's founder Alfred Kärcher.

Environmental Excellence Training & Development appointed as Steam Training Centre

* Matrix-Environmental.jpgMatrix Cleaning Systems has appointed Environmental Excellence Training & Development as an authorised 'Steam Training Centre' for the Matrix Steam machine range.

Environmental Excellence Training & Development is an established business with over 30 years' experience within the education and training sector, with particular expertise in the NHS and other healthcare facilities, contract services and the public & private sector, providing services and leading on high profile projects.

Messe Berlin spruces up for CMS 2017

* Messe-Berlin-spruces-up1.jpgMesse Berlin is polishing its image in time for the global event of the year for the industry - the international cleaning trade fair CMS Berlin 2017 - Cleaning.Management.Services., being held from 19th to 22nd September alongside the Congress of the World Federation of Cleaning Contractors (WFBSC, 18th - 20th September, Hall 7,) which is being held in Berlin for the first time.

For this occasion, no effort is being spared to ensure that the fair, the congress and the exhibition grounds themselves make the best possible impression on guests from every continent.

RAS redesigns certificate of its star-rated Happy Toilet Programme

* RAS-redesigns-cert.jpgIn its bid to attract more corporate owners and operators to participate in the Happy Toilet Programme, the Restroom Association Singapore redesigned the HTP certificate with the 'Happy Toilet' wordings omitted to enhance its professional branding image.

Citron Hygiene acquires Chemsyn to enhance service offering, presence and scale in Ontario

Citron Hygiene has announced that it has acquired Chemsyn Chemical Corporation effective July 17th, 2017. Chemsyn is a dominant player in commercial warewash and laundry solutions, serving a broad range of customer verticals, including foodservice, hospitality, lodging, healthcare, long term care facilities, institutions, golf and sports clubs throughout Ontario.

On a delivery van near you - spot the CHSA sticker!

* CHSA-sticker.jpgMore than 100 cleaning and hygiene distributors have applied to join the Cleaning & Hygiene Association's Accreditation Scheme for distributors since its launch in January this year. Companies which have passed the Accreditation process are beginning to display the new Accredited Distributor status stickers on their vans to celebrate their success and commitment to standards.

"Watch out for one of the new Accredited Distributor stickers on a van near you!" says Mike Stubbs, chairman of the CHSA's Accreditation Schemes.

SmartTask transforms efficiency and performance management for University campus cleaning team

* SmartTask.jpgThe University of Wolverhampton has used SmartTask to gain valuable insight into its cleaning operation at three main campus sites, which has helped achieve an increase in jobs per day by a third.

The advanced employee scheduling and remote workforce management solution - including proof of attendance, performance reporting and electronic auditing - has been used by the University to better performance manage staff and improve employee accountability.

BASF supports hand hygiene amongst garment workers in Bangladesh

* BASF-supports-hand-hygiene.jpgGlobal chemical company BASF is supporting an innovative programme to enhance hand washing hygiene amongst Bangladesh's ready-made garment workers. The approximately €250,000 (around BDT 23 million) project, implemented by Voluntary Organisation for Social Development, will explore the existing health behaviour of the workers with a view to improving hygiene and reducing associated diseases.

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Training and Development Manager
Northampton, UK
c.£30,000 - £35,000

The British Institute of Cleaning Science (BICSc) is the largest independent, professional and educational body within the cleaning industry, with over 15,000 Individual and Corporate members worldwide.

BICSc is currently looking for an experienced Training and Development Manager to deliver training programmes as well as contribute to the strategic direction of BBS training solutions. The candidate will also be expected to develop a sales pipeline and increase sales activity in conjunction with other team members.

Experience within the cleaning or facilities management industry, an ability to deliver and develop training packages as well as the skills to identify new business opportunities will be rewarded with a competitive salary and the opportunity to play a key part in the future direction of the company's training programmes.

The candidate should be a current BICSc Licensed Assessor and competent to teach and assess a minimum of 50% of the skills within CPSS 2.0. The role will be predominantly office based at BICSc headquarters in Northampton however candidates must be flexible and willing to travel with occasion stays away from home.

Additional benefits:

Competitive salary
Ongoing support and training
Company car, laptop, iPhone
Part of a small team so an opportunity to make a big impact Regular travel across the UK and internationally

For more information about this vacancy visit

For an informal, confidential conversation or to apply please send a CV and cover letter to: Denise Hanson, Technical Manager The British Institute of Cleaning Science, 9 Premier Court, Boarden Close, Moulton Park, Northampton, Northamptonshire, NN3 6LF

Applications close 7 August 2017

Technical Sales Manager: Midlands

PALLMANN is the 100+ year old division of the German Uzin-Utz AG and manufactures products and machinery for the installation, renovation and maintenance of wood floors. 

We wish to appoint an experienced sales manager to promote our innovative, full range of products to contract customers and their clients.

Strong relationships within the wood floor or floor care market, an ability to identify and develop business opportunities and the self motivation to succeed will be rewarded with a generous career package and an enviable opportunity to play a key part of our success.

The ideal candidate will live in the Midlands area and should expect some time away from home, in the UK and in Germany.

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Recent UK News

Heavy fine warns companies against fixing minimum prices charge by online sellers

A supplier has been fined fined £2.7 million for breaking competition law, having been found guilty of requiring retailers to use a minimum price when selling its products online. This kind of illegal practice, known as resale price maintenance, means customers miss out on the best possible prices and cannot shop around for a better deal on that supplier's products.

Mitie helps Network Rail achieve Carbon Trust Standard for Waste

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Mitie, has helped its client, Network Rail, achieve the Carbon Trust Standard for Waste across all of its UK corporate offices and training centres.

Fatalities in the workplace - how can they be avoided?

According to recent statistics released by HSE, there were 137 workers killed at work in the UK in 2016/17. These statistics are based on a wide variety of industries, such as manufacturing, construction, agriculture, waste, transport |& storage, and wholesale & retail trade.

Adler & Allan wins BITC Award for its flood support services

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Asset protection and oil & environmental services specialist, Adler & Allan, won The Barclays Award for Building Resilient Business at the 2017 BITC Responsible Business Awards, announced last week at London's Royal Albert Hall.

Plentific announces partnership with Notting Hill Housing Association

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Home services marketplace has confirmed a new partnership with Notting Hill Housing, a leading London housing association. This latest partnership will see Plentific work alongside Notting Hill Housing to create a new property management solution and self-serve platform.

Investing in IT security products alone is no silver bullet in battle against cyber crime

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In the wake of high-profile global ransomware attacks such as WannaCry and Petya, BT and KPMG have this week published a new cyber security report offering practical advice to businesses of all sizes on how best to manage their security journey and turn it into a business opportunity.

Darren tackles Manchester to Blackpool bike ride for 'Action for Pulmonary Fibrosis'

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Director of operations for Incredible Window Cleaning (sister company to Indepth Managed Services), Darran Yates is taking to the saddle to ride 52 miles from Manchester to Blackpool to raise money for Action for Pulmonary Fibrosis. This UK IPF charity is focused on improving the quality of life for pulmonary fibrosis patients and funding research to give people a better life and a future.

Groundbreaking British Standard for the 'circular economy' launched

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BSI, the business standards company, has launched a new standard for the 'circular economy', BS 8001: 2017: Framework for implementing the principles of the circular economy in organisations - guide.

Unusual cleaning job leads to fall and fine

Falls from height have been brought to our attention again with the news that national bread maker Warburtons has been fined £2million after a worker was hospitalised following a fall.

FM sponsor brings the ultimate facility service to the FM Forum - its own pub

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FM innovator, Salisbury Group, has created its own solution to the end of a hot day for participants and speakers alike, attending the FM Forum event in Manchester this week.

OCS flying high after UTC Aerospace Systems contract extension

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Goodrich Actuations Systems, UTC Aerospace Systems company, has awarded OCS a five-year (2+2+1), multi-service contract at its Wolverhampton site.

OCS has been working with Goodrich Actuation Systems since 2011 to deliver facilities services at the company's five UK sites.

Cleaners fare better than some when it comes to buying a first home (but it's not all good news)

Online estate agent has looked at the latest Office for National Statistics wages data and average prices for first-time buyers' properties, to compile a table of jobs where it will take so long to save for a deposit for an average UK property, that those concerned (unless they get help from the Bank of Mum & Dad), won't have saved enough until at least 2100. Cleaners aren't the worst off, but the picture is grim...

Call to end 'one in, three out' deregulation gains wide support

More than 700 organisations and individuals have now signed an open letter to UK Prime Minister Theresa May which challenges arbitrary deregulation of health & safety.

Enforce professionalism: drone effectiveness study showsFM sector is seeking better governance

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Leading facilities managers, construction and energy companies are seeking better drone governance... So say the results of Sky Revolutions' first interrogation of the market.

Celebrating 20 years in commercial cleaning

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DeepClean Hygiene Solutions is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, expanding its Head Office in Bromsgrove, Worcestershire.

Official workplace fatality figures hide tens of thousands of related deaths

The GMB Union, which has members across every sector of the British economy, says yesterday's official workplace death figures hide tens of thousands of related deaths.

SOAPBOX: Why I now love B2B review websites

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by Roger Green, CEO, Spotless Commercial Cleaning

"After a few years in the commercial cleaning business I soon learnt that all cleaning companies say that they are 'excellent' at everything they do and they all promise their customers the world. Prospective customers are unsurprisingly distinctly immune and unimpressed by this hyperbole.

ARL wins contract with leading restaurant operator

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ARL Window Cleaning Services, part of Incentive FM Group, has secured a major one year deal with Mitchells & Butlers, one of the largest operators of restaurants, pubs and bars in the UK.

Events & Exhibitions

8-10th August 2017
Sao Paulo


ISSA/Interclean North America
11-14th September 2017
Las Vegas


18-20th September 2017

Held simultaneously with CMS


19-22nd September 2017
Cleaning. Management.Services


ISSA/Interclean Istanbul
18-20th October 2017

Clean Middle East Pulire
7-9th November 2017


Loo of the Year Awards
2nd December 2017
30th Anniversary of this popular event
St Johns Hotel, Solihull


Clean India Technology Week
18-20th January 2018


The Manchester Cleaning Show
11-12th April 2018
2nd outing for this busy 2-day event

ISSA/Interclean Amsterdam
15-18th May 2018
The Netherlands


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