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Cleanzine: your weekly industry and hygiene industry news 24th April 2014 Issue no. 620

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International News

Deadly bacteria invades US communities—MRSA infections jump 55%, warns Clearstream

Officials at Clearstream, who previously spoke out about MRSA’s prevalence in athletic facilities, are now warning of the infection’s spread to communities.

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Study demonstrates that antibacterial soaps can reduce risk of foodborne illness

Newly published research in the Journal of Food Protection, shows that the use of antibacterial soaps can reduce the spread of harmful bacteria (which often leads to foodborne illness) more effectively than using non-antibacterial soaps.

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Initial wins prestigious Red Dot Design Award

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Initial Hygiene's new Signature range of bathroom products has won the prestigious Red Dot Design Award for product design excellence.

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Bunzl acquires businesses in Chile, the US and New Zealand

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Bunzl has just announced that it has completed three further acquisitions in Chile, the US and New Zealand.

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New Idrobase Group catalogue 2014 is available

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From Idrobase pressure washers to new accessories for the Club dei Riparatori, from Idrotech industrial misting systems to Perfect Cool cooling systems.

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Stephen Ashkin says: This Earth Day it's time to party!

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Earth Day, which this year falls on Tuesday, April 22, is certainly a time to focus on the health of our planet - all the more serious this year with the release of the United Nations Climate Change 2014 report. Even with such a sobering report though, it can also be a time to enjoy the day, argues Stephen Ashkin, president of The Ashkin Group.

African leaders commit to delivering safe water, basic toilets and hygiene to their people

A group of Sub-Saharan African leaders have pledged to work harder to reach 325 million people on the continent that do not have access to safe water and 644 million who have to get by without basic toilets.


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Bullen expands its outside field sales force

The Bullen Companies has announced the addition of Jack Collins to the sales team. Jack brings considerable industry experience to this role with a successful track record across all product categories and with both major manufacturers and wholesalers.

Joint Commission International launches new tool to help hospitals reduce infections

Joint Commission International (JCI) is providing the Targeted Solutions Tool (TST) for hand hygiene at no additional charge to JCI-accredited healthcare organisations, to help improve patient care and reduce health care-associated infections.

Despite CDC report, some hospitals winning war on superbugs

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According to a new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report, ongoing efforts are needed to combat infections impacting hospital patients and more work is needed to improve patient safety.

Global chelating agents market expected to reach USD 4.48 Billion in 2019

According to a new report published by Transparency Market Research*, the global demand for chelating agents was valued at USD 3.59 billion in 2012 and is expected to reach USD 4.48 billion in 2019, growing at a Compound Annual Growth Rate of 3.2% from 2013 to 2019.

Join the cleaning elite: win a limited edition Ultimate Squeegee from Unger

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Would you like to own one of the most sought-after and admired tools ever to have hit the professional cleaning market? The Ultimate Squeegee reflects the attention to detail, design elements and desirability usually associated with the world's most highly engineered and technologically advanced car brands - and Unger is giving you a chance to become part of its exclusive owners' club.

Jet water-fed pole systems officially launches in UK

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A high-quality, reliable, water-fed pole system that is said to offer outstanding results to professional window cleaners, has been officially launched in the UK by Jet Systems - a new company that aims to provide premium and innovative water-fed pole systems which offer greater value for money than the leading competitors.

Taking the lid off America's trash cans

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On average, Americans send about half of their waste to landfill. Focused on spreading awareness about this eye-opening issue, The Glad Products Company sponsored award-winning photojournalist Peter Menzel and writer Faith D'Aluisio's newest photo series, a project called 'Waste in Focus', that takes a real life, moment-in-time look at what eight families around the country are recycling, composting and sending to landfill in a recent week. It's a timely project, coinciding with as New York City's announcement that it is to expands household composting.

ACCA moves to new home

John Laws of the Australian Cleaning Contractors' Alliance, tells us that from Monday the organisation will be moving to 6/69 Bruce Avenue, Belfield NSW 2191.

There will be a new telephone number (02 9642 5075) but the email and website addresses will remain the same.

Zero landfill for mixed waste!

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Following increased demand and requests from customers for landfill diversion, a zero landfill service for mixed waste is now provided by Lowmac Recycling of Irvine, Ayrshire. For more than 40 years, Lowmac Recycling has been responsible for managing the waste of local authorities, industrial and commercial customers. A complete solution for most types of waste is offered including: collection, reclamation, recycling, secure shredding, plant hire and baling of residue material for refuse derived fuel.

Innovative use of waste provides fuel while reducing greenhouse gas emissions

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SC Johnson has announced that its innovative use of renewable energy in Indonesia cut more than 13,000 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions last year.

Russian road maintenance association calls for regulation on development and use of anti-icing materials

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RosZimDor, a Russian Association of Winter Road Maintenance formed recently to bring together all sides concerned with combating snow and ice, has announced a drive towards a federal set of standards and regulations of anti-icing materials, the way they are used and how they are developed nationwide.

An answer to the perennial question: Is it safe to go in the pool?

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Sanitary-minded pool-goers who preach "no urinating in the pool," despite ordinary and Olympic swimmers admitting to the practice, now have scientific evidence to back up their concern.

New Legionella logbook software offers opportunity for streamlined risk management

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Legionella Control International has announced the launch of a new legionella risk management software system, LegionellaSafe. The innovative electronic logbook is a state of the art, user-friendly software solution that delivers considerable management, regulatory compliance, safety performance and cost benefits to its users.

All Singaporean cleaning businesses will soon have to be licenced

When the Environmental Public Health Amendment Bill came into force in Singapore on Tuesday, cleaning businesses were reminded to submit their applications for cleaning business licences soon or risk not having a licence by the 1st September 2014 deadline.

Global nanocoatings market expected to reach USD 6.75 billion in 2019

A new report published by Transparency Market Research, reveals that the global demand for the nanocoatings was valued at USD 1.45 billion in 2012 and is expected to reach USD 6.75 billion in 2019, growing at a Compound Annual Growth Rate of 24.7% between 2013 and 2019.

Soapbox: What cleaning professionals need to know about pre-sprays

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Doyle Bloss, marketing director for US Products, argues that for pre-spraying to work properly, you need to know what you're doing...

When in Rome...

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More than 100,000 people pass through Rome Airport every day, so what do the facility's managers use to cater for all those parents and their children? Vectair Systems' Babyminder of course!

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It’s many months since I last received information about Electrolux’s ‘Vacs from the Sea’ initiative, whereby the company manufactured a striking range of vacuum cleaners from plastic waste that had been floating around in the sea. This pollution really worries me and as a keen recycler, I loved the idea of what Electrolux was doing to highlight the problems our oceans – and all that live in it – face, while showing what can be achieved in terms of product design using recycled materials. I was naturally disappointed that I appeared to have exhausted all my options when it came to covering the initiative in my Cleanzine musings…

I’m delighted to see then, that 19-year-old Boyan Slat has taken up the ‘ocean clean-up’ baton, with his network of floating booms and processing platforms that can be dispatched to garbage patches around the world to salvage the waste. Instead of moving through the ocean, the anchored ‘arrays’, as they are known, span the radius of the patch, acting as a giant funnel. The angle of the booms forces plastic in the direction of the platforms, where it is separated from plankton, filtered, and stored for recycling.

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Boyan first started developing the concept while at school, fine-tuning it over the years and going on to found The Ocean Cleanup Foundation, a non-profit organisation which is responsible for the development of his proposed technologies. His ingenious solution could potentially save hundreds of thousands of aquatic animals annually and reduce pollutants (including PCB and DDT) from building up in the food chain. It could also save millions per year, both in clean-up costs, lost tourism and damage to marine vessels.

It’s estimated that the clean-up process will take about five years.

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This Week's News

Teachers call for more time to teach children about good hand hygiene

* healthy-schools-project.jpgAs many as nine out of 10 teachers believe that good hand hygiene routines in primary schools can reduce sickness and absenteeism among staff and pupils, according to a survey commissioned by Kimberly-Clark Professional.

Meanwhile, two thirds of teachers questioned said they would like more time to teach children about good hand hygiene and other life skills, and 54% said they had worried in the past 12 months about absenteeism caused by short term illness and its potential impact on children.

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Decitex intelligent textiles of France joins UK's NHS Supply Chain

* Decitex-2-coloured-cloths.jpgDecitex of France, which specialises in the development of intelligent and innovative textiles for use in professional cleaning, has announced a new contract with the National Health Service Supply Chain. Following numerous introductions and tests in some of the largest NHS hospitals across Britain, it was Decitex's precise knowledge of this market that helped the company secure the contract.

A total of 26 Decitex products will be listed by the NHS Supply Chain, including single- as well as short-and-long-term usage solutions adapted to hazardous areas, such as operating theatres and isolation rooms.

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Forum Pulire: an industry still poorly recognised

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Respected names from the business, manufacturing, institutional and academic worlds met last month at the second edition of Forum Pulire, the two-day event held in Milan, which examined the most topical issues in the world of professional cleaning and integrated services... An industry composed of more than 23,000 companies and 500,000 employees with about 11 billion euros in revenue between production, distribution and services...

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Legionella Control announces breakfast seminars following changes to HSG274 Part 2 Guidelines

* hsg274-briefings.jpgLegionella Control International has launched a nationwide series of short but concise 'Breakfast Briefings' to get facilities managers up to speed following major changes to the HSE's ACOP L8 and HSG274 Part 2 (Hot and Cold Water Systems) Guidelines.

The regulatory changes affect any company or organisation providing hot and cold water at their premises and should be clearly understood by all duty holders, health & safety managers and business owners responsible for the management of risk systems and compliance to legal requirements.

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Biosurfactants market by product expected to reach USD 2,308.8 million by 2020

The global market for biosurfactants is expected to reach USD 2,308.8 million by 2020, according to a new study by Grand View Research. Escalating preference towards the use of bio-based products - particularly in Europe and North America, is expected to increase biosurfactant penetration. In addition, stringent regulatory policies are further expected to augment the biosurfactant demand over the next six years.

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Australian wins RIA Award; new RIA Executive Committee and Board announced

* Ashley-Easterby.jpgThe Restoration Industry Association has announced that Ashley Easterby of Brisbane, Australia-based Network Restorers, is the latest winner of the Martin L. King Award. The RIA has also announced changes to its Executive Committee and Board.

RIA presented its highest individual industry honour, the Martin L. King Award, to Ashley Easterby at its recent 69th Annual Convention and Industry Expo in Orlando, Fla. Amongst his achievements, Ashley was able to create a strong network because he convinced restorers in the Australian market that they would receive mutual benefit by working together, and he convinced insurance carriers to give the group a chance.

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Chicopee's J-Cloth 3000 win in Poland spearheads export drive

* jc3000-award-poland.jpgAt the Eurogastro 2014 International Food Service Trade Show, the J-Cloth 3000 took home the prize for 'Best Product: Wipes and Detergents'. The prize celebrates the J-Cloth 3000's superior cleaning capabilities and marks a successful entrance into the Eastern European market.

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Ecocleen embraces 'the force'

* sean_taylor.jpgLast month, Ecocleen Services acquired PW (Lincs) Holdings. This strategic acquisition now extends Ecocleen's national commercial cleaning operations into pest control, (Pestforce) window cleaning/specialist exterior cleaning (Washforce) and Locksmiths/Light Security (Lockforce), enabling Ecocleen to offer customers a broader portfolio of solutions.

Ecocleen has seen tremendous growth over the last three years and Managing Director, Sean Taylor explins: "This acquisition is a massive step forward for the business and is really exciting. All the services will continue to operate within their specific brands under the banner of ESL Multi Service Group.

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Ryans sets up new HQ

* Moving-in_Ryans.jpgVenue and events cleaning specialist Ryans Cleaning has moved offices as the company expands its operations.

The company, which recently scooped the Irish Small Firms Association (SFA) Business Awards for Energy and Environmental Sustainability, has moved to Stradavoher Retail Park, Thurles, having outgrown its base in Borrisoleigh, Co. Tipperary.

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Street food stalls in Malaysia still flouting hygiene rules

Despite continuous campaigns, some Malaysian food businesses seem unconcerned about hygiene rules - especially those that are operating makeshift stalls by the roadside and under flyovers. The fact that there aren't any proper drainage or waste collection systems only serves to make things worse...

Rubbish piles up beside the monsoon drains, while drinks cans and polystyrene boxes litter the roadside. As a result, there is often a stench.Surprisingly, food for sale is often left uncovered, exposing it to flies and dust; but perhaps more surprisingly, the conditions don't seem to deter the customers!

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Sodexo receives 2014 Best Employers Award for 50 Plus Canadians

Innovative 'reverse mentoring' programmes have older employees sharing their knowledge with younger workers while learning about technology and social media.

Sodexo Canada's commitment to attracting and retaining highly skilled older employees has been recognized with a 2014 Employers Award for 50 Plus Canadians from the Workplace Institute. The company was one of only three employers to receive the award in 2014.

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How much could 10 minutes cost you?

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The courts have imposed fines in the high hundreds of pounds during recent weeks, but this leniency has typically been in reaction to a 'Guilty' plea and a lack of aggravating factors. An employer would have no grounds for optimism if an unlicensed driver were held responsible for an accident.

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A warm Wellcome for Principle Cleaning!

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Sir Henry Wellcome (1853-1936), the founder of the Wellcome Trust, was one of the most fascinating men of his time.

A businessman, collector and philanthropist, he was born in the American Wild West but ended his days as a Knight of the British Realm. The Foundation is dedicated to achieving extraordinary improvements in human and animal health.

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Amazon Filters achieves WRAS approval

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Amazon Filters is one of a few companies capable of providing both cartridges and filter housings that are WRAS compliant and are also unrivalled in offering a system with a 20 bar working pressure.

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Worshipful Company of Environmental Cleaners installs new Master

* Mr-Issa-K-Tahhan.jpgThe Worshipful Company of Environmental Cleaners has recently held its annual ceremony of Installation and Company Rededication at the medieval St Olave's Church within the City of London.

Following the ancient traditions of the City Liveries, Issa K. Tahhan was installed as Master for the year ensuing, along with the Installation of Maureen Marden as Deputy Master, Timothy J. Doyle as Senior Warden, and Philip Morrish as Junior Warden.

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Recent UK News

Healthcare professionals must redouble hygiene efforts to reduce unacceptable and avoidable' infection rates, says NICE

Doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals can follow simple actions to bring down infection rates in the NHS, says The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence.

Around 300,000 people get an infection while being cared for within the NHS in England each year. These healthcare associated infections include pneumonia and infections of the lower respiratory tract (22.8%), urinary tract infections (17.2%) and surgical site infections (15.7%) [i].

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New industry body 'The Building Futures Group' launches training arm

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The newly merged membership body for facilities management, The Building Futures Group, has just launched its new training arm Asset Skills Training (AST).

Asset Skills Training will offer specialist and bespoke training in all areas of FM, cleaning, housing, property, building maintenance and parking. The programmes have been designed by a team with years of experience in working alongside large and small businesses and organisations.

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Denis Rawlins to represent Kaivac in the UK

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Kaivac, of Hamilton, OH USA, has announced that it has recently partnered with Denis Rawlins (Rawlins) as its representative in the UK. Rawlins has over 40 years of experience working with commercial cleaning equipment.

Kaivac, originator of the revolutionary No Touch Cleaning System, considers this an important step in its renewed commitment to support the UK market. "There has been a tremendous demand from British customers for easier access to Kaivac products for some time now," says Marc Ferguson, International Business Development Manager at Kaivac.

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Switch on to the benefits of hot: Karcher HDS pressure washers - now with added cashback

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When it is so widely known that hot water cuts through grease and kills germs more quickly and effectively than cold water - no one does the washing up or bathes in cold water by choice - it is perhaps surprising that more people haven't yet applied the benefits of hot to their professional cleaning.

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New work-based programme supports employers by assessing workplace competence

Validate is a new service from the Waste Management Industry & Training Advisory Board (WAMITAB), specifically designed to assess employees who have developed sufficient knowledge and skills to perform their job to the correct standard. Officially launching on 1st May, Validate is a modular programme that assesses the competence of operatives in the workplace.

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Leonardo now available to Peter Grant customers

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Previously only exclusively available from Connect Hygiene Products Ltd, the highly successful Leonardo range of washroom systems can now also be sourced from Peter Grant Papers.

As the steady integration of these Northwood owned companies continues, other changes are being introduced.

Supporting sustainability through entrepreneurship

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The City of London Corporation established the Sustainable City Awards in 2000, and this year's ceremony took place a couple of weeks ago.

IFM (UK) announces strategic partnership with 1st Fix Machine Solutions

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As part of its ongoing commitment to providing affordable first class aftersales support for its widespread customer base, Industrial Floorcare Machines (UK) has announced that it has entered in to a strategic partnership with newly formed 1st Fix Machine Solutions, to provide complete aftersales service and breakdown repairs, supplementing its own in-house engineering resource.

Surplus cash: what to do with it?

Awash with cash, 114 of the UK's leading cleaning equipment & materials companies face a strategic dilemma, according to a new report from industry analyst Plimsoll Publishing, which says that an abundance of unused cash is "sitting on these companies' books."

However David Pattison, senior analyst, advises that this "cash asset" needs to be out to work. "It sounds strange, but putting this cash to good use for the development of the company can be a very difficult problem," he says. "Just letting it sit in the bank - although comforting, is not going to have a huge benefit on the business.

Prochem catalogues 40 years in the business

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Prochem Europe stamps its 40th year in the professional cleaning technology and solutions sector on the cover of the company's latest product catalogue and price list.

Rainbow International never left high & dry thanks to discount fuel cards

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Wherever calamity strikes, Rainbow International is soon on the scene to help with clearing-up and restoration operations. The disaster recovery and specialist cleaning expert, known around the world, now has 80 branches covering the UK.

Cleaning Products Europe 2014 'the best ever'

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Cleaning Products Europe 2014, which took place in Manchester last week, has been judged 'the best ever' by many of those that attended.

Not only did the event bring together more than 120 industry professionals from across 50 different companies in the cleaning products market for a fantastic 'off-stage' networking opportunity, but the thought-provoking presentations delivered by the line-up of leading experts led to highly engaging discussions and market impacting revelations.

Recycling your food waste is easier than you think!

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Restaurants, hotels, pubs, cafes and takeaways that recycle their food waste find that doing the right thing and helping the environment doesn't need to take up additional time or space, or create hygiene issues... and it could even save them money!

Katrin Academy - a real success

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The Katrin Academy will be two years old in May, and Metsa Tissue is pleased to say it's turning out to be a real success.

Aimed at those selling washroom products and those involved in facilities management and/or contract cleaning, the objective of training programme is to provide an intensive day of immersive Katrin training for small groups of people.

The programme includes the chance to understand the industry history, to look at today's product sets and to look forward to the innovation of the future.

Affordable Cleaning Services relocates to revamped local premises

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Successful Bristol-based cleaning company, Affordable Cleaning Services, has announced a move to a landmark local property, which it is refurbishing as part of a several hundred thousand pounds facelift.

UK local authority employees' pay offer may lead to country-wide strike action

Employees of 350 local authorities in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, have been offered a pay increase from 1st April 2014 under which the majority of them (those on salaries starting at £14,880 per annum) would receive an uplift of 1%, with those on lower salaries receiving a slightly higher increase. It will affect over 1 million employees and has not gone down well with the trade unions, whose leaders are suggesting that strike action needs to be taken.

Events & Exhibitions

ISSA/Interclean Amsterdam
6-9th May 2014
The Netherlands
Interclean Amsterdam

Commercial Cleaning & Hygiene
19-21st May 2014
Co-located with Middle East Waste & Recycling, and FM Expo.

Dubai World Trade Centre


Cleanexpo Novosibirsk
28-31st May 2014

CleanMET Asia 2014
2-4th June 2014
International Cleaning Management & Environmental Technology Exhibition and Conference


CleanMET Asia

CleanMET Asia
2-4th June 2014
International Cleaning Management & Environmental Technology Exhibition and Conference



Cleaning Expo Scotland
3-4th September 2014
Inaugural event for the cleaning industry in Scotland
SECC, Glasgow, Scotland

Expo Scot

Pulire Asia Pacific
18-20th September 2014
Bangkok, Thailand
Pulire Asia Pacific

ISSA/Interclean Istanbul
25-27th September 2014
A new ISSA/Interclean event for Eurasia in Turkey

Pulire Clean Middle East
21-23rd October 2014
Dubai, UAE
Clean Middle East

Clean India Show
27-29th November 2014

Clean India Show

Loo of the Year Awards
5th December 2014
St Johns Hotel


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