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Vikan strengthens UK sales team with the appointment of two key staff

With nine years extensive knowledge in the retail cleaning and facilities management sectors, Hayley Roberts joins the Vikan team as Key Account Manager.


Eco-friendly cleaning and developing markets spur growth of ingredients in cleaning applications

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The robust market for ingredients in cleaning applications is often overshadowed by that of personal care; however, the recently published 'Ingredients for Household, Industrial, and Institutional Cleaning Applications' report by international market research and management consulting firm Kline, finds that this market carries equally sustainable growth potential, with some country markets increasing at double-digit rates during the forecast period from 2014-2019.

Bookings now being taken for Pulire Asia Pacific

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From 21st to 23rd September 2016, the Pulire Asia Pacific show will take place and it promises to be quite an event, drawing in visitors from several other similar exhibitions with which it is co-located. If you're planning to take part and want to ensure you have the pick of the stands, you can register your interest now.

Kilo: the small machine that delivers big on expectations

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RCM tells us that instead of saying that its new machine has been 'designed around the man' or that 'it answers to all customer needs' or the like, for simplicity's sake it prefers to project it as a small machine that satisfies most of the purchaser's expectations in terms of price and low maintenance, user-friendliness, comfort and reliability.

New OneVue differential pressure sensors enhance safety in healthcare environments

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In the wake of increasing unease regarding infection control due to concerns such as the Middle East Respiratory System virus, the Ebola outbreak and contamination from construction or renovation projects, Primex Wireless has announced the introduction of its new PrimexIAQ Series Differential Pressure Sensors.

Brayborne team goes the 'extra mile' to become a finalist in Golden Service Awards 2015

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Brayborne Facilities Services has become a finalist in the Kimberly-Clark Professional Golden Service Awards 2015 - the biggest Awards programme for the UK cleaning industry.

Bunzl expands with further acquisitions in the US, Colombia, France and Canada

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Bunzl has this week announced that it has agreed to acquire four businesses in the US, Colombia, France and Canada.

Reducing waste plastic is fantastic for workplaces

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Workplaces can play a significant role in cutting the amount of plastic that goes to landfill, according to workplace equipment supplier Slingsby, after research revealed that the UK is one of Europe’s worst offenders when it comes to disposing of plastic. 

Finalists for CMS Purus Awards announced

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Following the selection of a shortlist by a panel of experts, the 15 entries for the final round of the current CMS Purus Awards have now been chosen, from the 60 products that were submitted this year by more than 40 CMS 2015 Berlin exhibitors.

Clean Middle East Pulire becomes annual event; here's your chance to shape its future

Afidamp Servizi, the Italian association that organises the Pulire series of successful, international exhibitions and conferences, has this week announced that Clean Middle East Pulire - the leading event for the professional cleaning sector in the United Arab Emirates, is going to be held annually.

eSack gets stronger

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Polaris Plastics took to the road during April and May to launch its new eSack Range, which is revolutionising the dispensing of refuse sacks.

Morclean’s cleverly-designed ‘BlueBox’ now available!

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Morclean’s Peter Morley had told us some time ago that the members of his R & D team were working hard to finalise a new product that would cause some excitement so we were pleased when Peter announced: “It’s new, it's blue, and of course it's innovative! It's called BlueBox and it’s now available.”

Worth all the hard work!

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Congratulations to Soluclean for winning the Facilities Show & Service Management Expo 2015 ‘best shell scheme stand’ award at this week’s event at London’s ExCel.

A delighted Jon Horton told us that it was Nicola Williams (pictured) who did all the organisation and put the stand configuration together.

Hygie Canada named ‘Company of the Year’ and brings home prize for innovation & technology

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Hygie Canada, which manufactures products that limit the spread of bacteria - thereby reducing the risk of infections in hospital settings - won two prizes: Entreprise de l'année (Company of the Year) and Innovation et technologies (innovation & technologies) in the 31st edition of Prix Excellence, a recognition programme created by the Chambre de commerce et d'industrie de la Rive-Sud.

Worker shows building managers a clean pair of heels

We’d hazard a guess that large numbers of the population spend some of their working hours pondering whether the grass is greener on the other side of the fence, as the saying goes… Well according to a Muncie Star Press report, one cleaner decided to find out for himself this week and ran off before he’d finished the lobby he was cleaning.

IPAC poster demonstrates Canadian 'Four Moments Hand Hygiene' guidelines better than WHO's

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DebMed has collaborated on a study with Mt. Sinai Hospital in Toronto and Greenville Health System in South Carolina, comparing the number of opportunities for hospital workers to clean their hands when following World Health Organisation guidelines, against the number of opportunities for hand cleaning when following Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care guidelines.

Trojan Battery establishes new R & D Centre in Ireland

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US deep-cycle battery manufacturer Trojan Battery Co., has this week announced expansion of its research & development capabilities with the opening of a new R & D centre in Sligo, Ireland. Known as Trojan Battery Ireland, the facility is located on the campus of the Institute of Technology, Sligo, at its Innovation Centre.

Fleet sustainability guidance in free online flip-book

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Fleet managers facing increasing pressure on their environmental programmes will welcome the new online flip-book from The Green Journey.

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It takes a lot for a politician to teach me anything and I disregard most of what any of them say because I’m generally aware of the true sentiment behind their words. Something British PM David Cameron said recently though has added a new dimension to why I’m a strong supporter of the London Living Wage and why I applaud (in particular) the contractors who opt to pay their cleaners more than the National Minimum Wage decrees that they should.

I’ve always thought about the cleaners in the past. They do what can be a really unpleasant job that few of us would choose to do and they tend to be ignored by those who happen to be using the area being cleaned – as if the cleaners are not actually there, working hard to make the environment better for us to enjoy. Add to that the fact that many cleaners earn NMW and have little prospect of reaching management level within their companies and – well – it’s not really fair, is it? Why shouldn’t they be paid more for their efforts and why should they have the added indignity of being classed as receiving benefits?

Successive governments have followed a scheme whereby the poorly paid have their income topped up by tax credits (and from what I’ve read, this is not something that’s peculiar to the UK but is used in other countries too) and while I’ve been pleased that as a result they have to struggle less than they might, it was only thanks to Cameron’s words that I experienced the 'Eureka moment.' It’s my money (and yours) which is being used to pay people whose employers don’t - for one reason or another, pay them enough on which to live.

I say 'for one reason or another' because there are no doubt cases whereby employers have created jobs that their cashflow can’t really support but there will be many more where wealthy employers who can well afford to pay their workforce a living wage decide not to. Why should I help pay it on their behalf?

That’s not fair either, is it?

Congratulations then to Brayborne Facilities Services, the latest in a growing band of contractors striving to pay a fair wage for a fair day’s work. I hope it won’t be long before those that don’t pay a living wage are vastly outnumbered by those that do!

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This Week's News

Air Products' CEO addresses attack on facility in France

Air Products' chairman, president and CEO Seifi Ghasemi had words of sympathy for the victims of last Thursday's attack at its facility in L'Isle-d'Abeau, France. He also expressed appreciation for the assistance and outpouring of support received from around the world, as the company continues to cooperate with the continuing investigation by French and other authorities.

"I am horrified and saddened by the attack on our facility in France. I believe I speak for all of our Air Products family around the world in expressing our deepest sympathies to the family of the victim of this unspeakable act," said Mr Ghasemi.


Wearable monitoring system dramatically improves handwashing by healthcare workers

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Analysis of more than 20 million instances of hand washing shows institutions using Hill-Rom's Hand Hygiene Compliance Solution have achieved an average 226% improvement in compliance, with some institutions showing compliance by caregivers nearly tripled.


Robert Scott Group acquires Universal Towel Company

* UTC.jpgThe Directors of Robert Scott Group have announced that, with effect from July 1st 2015, the Oldham, Lancashire-based Robert Scott & Sons has acquired the total share capital of UTC - Universal Towel Company.

UTC will continue to operate and supply its range of products to the UK and European markets from its current bases in Horsham and Tonbridge, and proprietor, Tony Filer, will remain as managing director of the company.


Working through the heatwave

With the mercury rising this week, British workers’ health could be put at risk due to a lack of clear, legal guidelines on the maximum temperatures allowed in the workplace, according to office space search engine, Office Genie. As the UK faces a heatwave, it’s been revealed that British employees are not fully protected by law against high temperatures under which they may be forced to work.

Currently, workplace regulations state that employers must act if workplace temperatures dip below 16 degrees C (13 degrees C for workplaces where people carry out intense physical work), but there is no equivalent maximum temperature.


EU- ECHA Forum plans a project on extended safety data sheets, exposure scenarios, risk management measures and operational conditions

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The Forum considers it important to focus enforcement efforts in this area - particularly on checking the operation of the new mechanisms introduced by REACH (the regulation for Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals, such as the provision of exposure scenarios. The precise scope of the project will be defined during the preparatory phase, with the project inspections executed in 2017 and results expected in 2018.


IFMA's World Workplace 2015 in Denver takes centre stage after record Facility Fusion attendance

* ifma.jpgThe International Facility Management Association is anticipating another exceptionally productive World Workplace Conference and Expo following a record turnout of 1,295 at the combined 2015 Facility Fusion conferences held in Canada and the US.

The 2015 World Workplace Conference and Expo will be held at the Colorado Convention Centre in Denver, Colorado from 7th - 9th October 2015. Registration is currently open and the early bird registration discount ends after 15th August 2015.


Vax advanced deep cleaning system improves productivity

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Designed to make it quicker and easier for you to achieve professional results, the all in one VCW-06 will give you really clean carpets - fast. The rotating brush bar loosens and lifts the visible stains whilst also dealing with the ingrained dirt; powerful extraction sucks up dirty water for a really deep clean and lifts the carpet pile for a professional finish.


Emprise announces Management Buy Out

* Mark-Beadle.jpgThe management team of Emprise Services Holdings, a leading support services provider, today announced their acquisition of the Emprise group from its existing shareholders with the support of LDC and RBS.

Emprise is a leading mid-market support services provider specialising in cleaning and security with an excellent track record of delivering high quality solutions. Emprise has a turnover of c£75 million and employs circa 5,000 people to deliver a range of integrated support services to clients on a national basis.


Soluclean - now EU EcoLabel accredited too!

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Soluclean has the perfect solution; a comprehensive range of pre-dosed, concentrated cleaning chemicals for daily cleaning that are encapsulated in a water soluble film. This Daily Cleaning System has recently been accredited with the EU Eco Label.


Brayborne Facilities Services demonstrates sector leadership by making commitment to Living Wage

* Brayborne-cleaner.jpgBrayborne Facilities Services has demonstrated sector leadership by making a commitment to the Living Wage for its staff and becoming a Recognised Service Provider. In a sector that has often seen poor pay and conditions, Brayborne is actively securing the support of all its clients to meet its objectives in paying a fair wage for a fair day's work.

The Living Wage campaign has been running for nearly 10 years and has lifted over 45,000 people out of poverty.


Kiam 80 and 100 litre triple motor wet & dry vacuum cleaners are proving popular

* Kiam.jpgMerseyside-based Kiam is offering two of the biggest, most powerful vacuum cleaners available in the UK and they're proving very popular.

The Kiam KV80-3 & KV100-3 both feature triple motors; that's three, 1200W bypass motors, giving a massive 3600W of suction power if required as well as the energy-saving options of 1200W or 2400W for less demanding jobs. And being both a wet & dry vacuum machine; each can be used for vacuuming the warehouse or garage, as well as for picking up spillages, or to just suck water and sludge directly.

Greyland wins Caterbar supplier award 2nd year running

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The commendation, from one of the leading UK nationwide catering and bar equipment distributors, recognises Greyland in the Hygiene section of the awards. This follows last year's award to Greyland as Supplier of the Year recognising the efforts that Greyland takes in supplying all 11 individual member companies that make up the Caterbar group.

Cold Jet launches enhanced Aero Series of dry ice blast cleaning machines

* dry-ice-machines.jpgCold Jet has launched an enhanced product portfolio of dry ice blast cleaning machines designed to guarantee the best pellet integrity, maximum cleaning aggression and the most reliable blast stream on the market.

"The rugged Aero Series has always delivered superior performance and versatility with the lowest cost of ownership," says Christian Rogiers, vice president of marketing with Cold Jet. "Now further enhanced to meet the customer's need and budget, Cold Jet has streamlined the Aero Series to three levels of functionality: the Aero, Aero 40FP and Aero 80FP (FP = full range of pressure)."

Loo of the Year Awards announces new headline sponsor

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The competition, now in its 28th year, is also sponsored by Airdri, a world leader in hand dryer development with its products distributed worldwide through its global distributor network, and Clos-o-Mat, Britain's leading supplier for disabled toileting solutions for in and out of the home.

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Recent UK News

Finalists announced for the 2015 Kimberly-Clark Professional Golden Service Awards

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Congratulations to the 88 finalists in the 2015 Kimberly-Clark Professional Golden Service Awards, whose names have been announced. The judges tell us that this year the standard of entries excelled all expectations, which made the paper judging – the first stage of the judging process - a tough job.


LCC service delivery direct

LCC Support Services, the independent national contractor and 2015 Golden Service Awards finalist, has now completed its network of regional bases to self-deliver services to its many national clients.


Cannon Hygiene takes Gold in people management

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Cannon Hygiene UK has been awarded the Gold standard by Investors in People (IIP), recognising best practice in people management. IIP is a standard used by thousands of organisations across the world, and the Gold award is only given to those businesses that are able to meet an additional 126 requirements on top of the 39 core IIP objectives.

Behaviour change - improving health & safety performance

Ensuring the health & safety of your employees and colleagues can be tough, since the willingness to take a risk in the belief that everything will be OK seems to be inherent in most of us. This potentially dangerous mind-set can be changed though...

Hospital Trust fined for Legionella control failings

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Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has been fined £50,000 for failing to control Legionella. The Trust, which runs the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton, was sentenced on 11th June at Lewes Crown Court after a joint investigation by the Health & Safety Executive and Sussex Police identified a history of failing to manage the deadly waterborne bug.

FM must focus on people, not buildings

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Mitie, the facilities management company, has found that half of the UK's service sector employees are being hampered by inadequate workplace management and design.

The findings, based on a nationwide survey of 2,443 service sector employees, show that FM needs to put people ahead of buildings. The research was announced at The Facilities Show.

Employers face headache to fill key roles as three in four report recruitment difficulties

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Organisations are experiencing both escalating skills shortages and increased competition for talent, with three in four organisations (78%) reporting recruitment difficulties in the last year, according to the latest Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development /Hays Resourcing and Talent Planning Survey.

Wellingborough Norse wins Weatherbys' cleaning contract

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Wellingborough Norse has been awarded the contract for building cleaning for British horse racing services provider Weatherbys.

So much more than cleaning...

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I first came across Chris Straker, of Straker Eco Carpet & Rug Care, via the local paper some years ago, when he won a Green Guardian Award for his carpet & upholstery cleaning business. I could so easily have forgotten about him but the fact that he kept on winning awards, year after year, meant that he was uppermost in my mind when some associates of mine needed a real professional to get to grips with a seriously grubby carpet.

CAM Specialist Support launches new company CAM Abseiling to deliver dedicated rope access services

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Cleaning and building maintenance expert CAM Specialist Support has launched CAM Abseiling, a new company focused on delivering a comprehensive range of safe, efficient industrial rope access solutions for building owners and managing agents.

Site and transport safety simplified

Vehicle movements and loading and unloading vehicles can be some of the most dangerous activities carried out on a worksite.

Disposables UK changes hands

The Shareholders of Northwood Paper Sales and associated companies have announced that they have acquired the issued share capital of Disposables UK. The parties have had a long and successful relationship both during the time when the company was led by its founder, the late Trevor Storer, and subsequently with the present management.

CHSA signs up as a Silver Sponsor of Golden Service Awards

The Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers' Association has signed up as a Silver Sponsor of the Golden Service Awards.

"We're delighted to be a Silver Sponsor at the Golden Service Awards," says Stephen Harrison, chairman of the CHSA and managing director of Harrison Wipes.

Follow that…

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Post London 2012 Olympics was a massive anti-climax for a lot of people and businesses with involvement in Olympic activities.

Whether it was supporting it directly, or riding the wave of positivity and enthusiasm that the Olympics brought with it, there was a definite trough left in its wake for a lot of people.

Not so for CE Facilities Services, as Tomas Gronager, chief executive officer, explains:

Top distributor delivered health solutions with Matrix equipment

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British steam cleaning machine manufacturer Matrix took the opportunity to present awards to its distributors recently, in recognition of sales achieved.

Barbara Hornby of Delivered Health Solutions is pictured here receiving her trophy from sales manager Danny Jackson.

Events & Exhibitions

CleantexPulire 2015
28-30th July 2015
South Africa
10th edition of this show.


Higiexpo 2015 Brazil
4-6th August 2015
Sao Paulo


CMS Berlin
22-25th September 2015
Cleaning. Management. Services.

Ausclean Pulire
20-21st October 2015
Gold Coast


27-29th October 2015
Madrid, Spain

Tissue World
28-29th October 2015
Jakarta Conference

Clean Middle East Pulire
2-4th November 2015
3rd edition, now to become an annual event


Loo of the Year Awards
4th December 2015
Solihull, UK

Expo Clean
7-9th April 2016
Cleaning & Laundry


Pulire Asia Pacific
21-23rd September 2016

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