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Bunzl has this week announced that it has completed the acquisition of two further businesses - one in Canada and the other in Spain.
Hard-pushed NHS trusts up and down the country are spending thousands every week on gel sprays in bids to avoid visitors transmitting infections, when simple soap and water is cheaper and far more effective.
Finding new ways to share knowledge and best practices is increasingly important. The recently announced seminar programme that will be running alongside the ISSA/Interclean Central & Eastern Europe event in April will address many ongoing issues and hot topics for municipalities, government, policy makers and building owners, aiming to attract a more diverse audience.
SNG Commercial has appointed Tracey Watson as head of commercial sales to launch its new Muvo Professional range.
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It’s normally at this stage in the calendar that I’m reminding you to pre-register to attend the Cleaning Show, to avoid wasting valuable networking and discovery time by having to queue at the doors… but this time around my fingers paused over the keyboard…
The last time I recall the Cleaning Show being in London, was when I attended in the late '80s as account manager for the PR firm looking after Jeyes Hygiene/Lever Industrial, long before its many incarnations which have led it to its current one as Sealed Air. Earls Court was busy, buzzing and most of the big names were exhibiting.
I also supported the manufacturer at Interclean in Amsterdam the following year and while it may well have been far bigger than the UK show, I don’t recall an awful lot of difference between the two… but then it was years ago and memories can become distorted over time!
The event moved to the NEC in Birmingham and I attended in the early '90s as editor of Cleaning & Hygiene Today and the latter part of the decade as editor of Cleaning & Maintenance. It still seemed big but it’s become progressively smaller and when I wrote about it in 2009 or 2011 as having been a success, an incredulous reader emailed asking if I was remembering the right show!
Clearly something had to be done to inject new life into the event, so the return to London – for some years mooted by many industry players – may well prove timely. Next Tuesday sees the grand opening of the Cleaning Show at its new home in London’s ExCel – not quite as centrally located as Earls Court but infinitely better when it comes to transport links.
What will we find there? Well I’ve just done a count and 130 exhibitors are listed, which can’t be bad – and there are some big names. There are also some extra attractions planned to add interest and value. Will there be queues? I certainly hope so! I feel that this is ‘make or break’ time for the UK event. We need a show, so let’s all make a point of attending and ensure that it’s a good one.
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This Week's News
Nilfisk-Advance is changing its name and corporate brand to Nilfisk, to create a stronger alignment with Nilfisk's main global product brands and to increase brand impact as well as understanding for Nilfisk's customers. The new company name will be implemented globally as of April 2015.
"We are reducing complexity in our branding, and the overall brand hierarchy will be simpler to understand for both end-customers and dealers across the world," says Jonas Persson, President and CEO of the Nilfisk Group.
Cleaners tasked with removing several years' build-up of pigeon droppings from the interior of historic monument Landgate Arch in Rye, East Sussex, had to force the doors open to gain entry, such was the volume of faeces inside.
The team from CountyClean Environmental Services, ended up having to remove more than two dozen metric tonnes of bird droppings from the site and the company's managing director Mike Walker, says that although they'd removed other massive blockages before, they'd never had to face such a monumental mass of festering faeces.
With the introduction of its universally applicable easywash365+ foam sets, German manufacturer R+M/Suttner has succeeded in increasing the many application possibilities of the company's foam injector family.
The stainless steel injector with high pressure foam lance, which is installed via a T-piece between the outlet of the high pressure unit and the original spraying unit, is designed in particularly for the easy, cost-effective and efficient professional cleaning of cars, trucks for shipping or food companies, and for applications in industrial foam cleaning.
RNF Digital Innovation has developed a new app designed to help small and medium sized businesses meet their health & safety requirements. The free-to-download Safety Wizard app, drawn directly from the Health & Safety Executive Toolbox guidance, offers SMEs a solution to help navigate a vast array of health & safety information.
It's the first time a Toolbox guidance app has been developed using HSE website-based information and as a result will offer SMEs the opportunity to access a treasure trove of data at the touch of a button. The Safety Wizard app gives the user access to straightforward advice on the most common health & safety hazards and shows how SMEs can take practical steps to control the risks in their workplace.
This new cordless system can clean up to 20,000sq.ft/hr, faster than most comparable traditional automatic scrubbers - and, users report they do not need to dust mop floors before using the machine, increasing worker productivity considerably.
Norse Commercial Services has announced sales figures of over £37 million for the last 12 months, including £4.5 million of new cleaning contracts. This record growth takes the facilities management group's annual turnover to more than £180 million of which cleaning represents around £21m.
"Significantly," says Sales Director Geoff Tucker, "this sales growth includes 157 new contracts and contract renewals won in competitive tender situations, of which over 100 are for cleaning services.
CleanSafe Services has completed a major flood recovery exercise at a private sports and fitness club where a pipe burst - allowing a third of the water in the club's swimming pool to empty into the basement. More than 200,000 litres of water drained from the 20 metre swimming pool at the Charing Cross Sports Club in Hammersmith, West London, in a matter of minutes.
Emergency cleaning specialist CleanSafe, which has branches in London, Birmingham, Manchester and Edinburgh, put in place a range of flood damage restoration measures at the club, on the site of Charing Cross Hospital. The whole emergency clean-up and recovery process took 10 weeks to complete.
Both the press and social media carry a myriad of warnings about the perils of consuming fast food but rarely do we hear about a customer needing a trip to the local hospital as a result of drinking tea at one of these establishments.
ABC News however has reported an incident whereby an Indianapolis reserve police officer, having taken a swig of his McDonald's iced tea, ended up in hospital because the drink was - allegedly - contaminated with cleaning chemicals.
The British Institute of Facilities Management is holding a Conference in London on 13th May, entitled: 'ThinkFM - The Competitive Edge: Gaining competitive advantage through the workplace.
This business symposium will explore the role the workplace and facilities management play in supporting organisational performance and creating a competitive edge. The speakers will be sharing their insights with delegates and exploring how compelling workplace environments can result in efficiencies and higher levels of productivity.
EN16500:2014 is a new set of safety standards published by the British Standards Institution in conjunction with CEN (the European Committee for Standardisation), designed to rigorously protect users through all operational aspects of a vertical baler.
These standards cover all aspects of use including but not exclusive to the bale chamber, the bale ejection area, the controls actuators and devices, emergency stop systems, noise reduction, instruction manuals and labels and any other potential hazards a user could face. The design of the machine is entirely committed to ergonomic and safe use.
Interserve, the international support services and construction group, has been awarded a three-year, £35 million contract extension with B&Q - the UK's largest home improvement and retail garden centre - to provide cleaning services across its entire UK estate.
The partnership began in 2006 with Interserve cleaning 182 stores. This has now increased to include all 361 B&Q stores throughout the UK and Ireland, and will be delivered by a 1,400-strong team.
Coverall started in 1985 as a three-person company headquartered in San Diego, California and is now a leading global brand in the commercial cleaning franchising industry.
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