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Road rage? How about exhibition rage?

...an quickly bypass those who'd prefer to amble along - however busy it might be. People who like to wander can cause a major jam in shows that are more tightly packed with stands and as someone who likes to visit as many stands as possible and couldn't see everyone I wished to, even if the show lasted for a whole week, I find it incredibly frustrati...

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...ygiene industry e-news Read by industry professionals in 148 countries worldwide! John and I were saying yesterday that it seems like a lifetime since we broadcast our last issue.  Of course 11th August wasn't actually that far back but I suppose it would seem that way when you consider we've been producing Cleanzine week in, week...

EU prepares to re-open REACH 'can of worms'

... 2006, REACH sought to review the 100,000-odd chemical substances which are currently on the market and screen them for potential threats to human health or the environment. Since then, only a small number of chemicals have actually been reviewed, starting with a list of 47 'Substances of Very High Concern' (SVHC), which are suspected of causing...

Pulire Verona 2011 - continued

Many companies attracted attention to their stands and products by hiring staff to hand out eco-friendly bags containing brochures. Magris got the eco-friendly message across by using a team of young ladies dressed as if they'd been spirited in from the forest... If you run out of space on the walls, use the floor...! Well that's what...

I've still not quite got my head around this system but it's come from some really clever ideas, based on the fact that cleaning companies suffer from high staff turnover, which means that the operatives don't always know exactly what they're supposed to

...icals are dispensed. Even more cleverly, it can be operated by the supervisor using remote control and it even has a GPS system which allows the supervisor to detect where each particular cleaner is at any time. "There are so many companies providing chemicals these days, you can't just sell detergent, the company's Ardizzoni Christian told us. ...

"The technology is very practical and uses icon based instructions. This makes it possible to vary shot sizes for any of the different cleaning methods including spray cleaning, bucket cleaning or scrubber driers, but it requires minimal user training or

...duct is used which means there is less waste. As the concentrate lasts longer, packaging, transport and storage requirements are reduced too. All daily formulations are EU-Flower certified too." We liked the way everything is colour coded and that the handles are designed to make the bottles easy to hold. Another product that offers controlled d...

Bunzl completes further acquisitions in Spain, the UK and Australia

Yesterday, Bunzl, the international distribution and outsourcing group, announced that it has completed three further acquisitions. The company has acquired King Espana Complementos from Javier Matesanz, Marc Lleonart, Alfonso Fernandez and Bitterfontein BV. Operating from three facilities in Barcelona, Madrid and Valencia, King Espana is a lea...

Jangro expands membership at Border

...gro, the network of independently owned janitorial supply companies with members across the UK, Ireland and the Isle of Man; has expanded its membership, giving it what it says is an even greater number of outlets than any other distribution organisation in the UK. Border Janitorial Supplier of Oswestry Shropshire has joined Jangro in a move to ...

AFIDAMP releases cleaning industry update - and it's good news!

...iation of Professional Cleaning Equipment Manufacturers, has just released its latest market report and the good news is that Italy's professional cleaning machine, equipment and products industry ended 2010 on the upswing. It recorded total sales of €1,470 million, of which 49% is allocated to export, +8% for the machines segment, +4% for too...

The tube is lightweight and highly portable and provides water on demand, on site. There were many things we liked about it, but one of the things that really impressed us was the way it dealt with the different water pressures one has to cope with, so th

...original design which itself has proved incredibly popular; our second shows the latest adaptation (and the one up for an award) which has the same sized filters and offers the same performance, yet weighs less than half as much as its older brother. There's so much to tell you about this machine that we'll be covering it in more depth in a future...

"The speed of the abrasives is studied in order to make the machine stable, which in turn makes the grinding and polishing operations easy.

"The unit is supplied with a splashguard and connection for a vacuum cleaner - and - thanks to its accessories, you can transform it from floor cleaning machine to a small hand-held unit that can be used on worktops." The hand-held part looked pretty big to us and we wondered how heavy it was. "It's just 16 Kilos, said Roberto, brandishing it to ...

Vectair Omniscent chosen for its impressive innovations at the upcoming AHCP National Conference!

...e Omniscent dispenser, which provides large space fragrancing, impressed the AHCP committee members and will now be a big feature of the show. The fully programmable system provides continuous and consistent fragrance delivery to large interior spaces and the range of Omniscent fragrances are extensive. Bespoke fragrances can be recreated when r...

UNI Property Services breaking through in cleaning & security

UNI Property Services is focusing on an ambitious plan to organise cleaners and security guards around the world. At a recent meeting, leaders of UNI Property Services, the global union for cleaners, maintenance and private security workers, passed a strategic plan to organise workers and raise standards in cleaning and security - two industrie...

New Bio (bucketless) microfibre cleaning tool

The 'Bucketless' style mopping system has been around on the market for few years now in the UK and is offered in a variety of styles by a number of manufacturers. However, Ramon and TTS who were amongst the first to launch this style of product into the UK have continued to see great success with their range of the 'Bio' Cleaning Tools. The TT...

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...The one bin that seems to get most full is that which takes empty packaging in the form of plastics and cardboards - and it bothers me that if weekly collections were reinstated people might be less diligent about recycling these items, as it would be easier to pop them in with the general waste instead of trying to fit them into the correct recycl...

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...ountries worldwide! I’d hate to be running the cleaning contract at Hong Kong’s Grand Hyatt hotel, where cleaners are reported to have thrown out a £2.2 million (US$3.7M, €2.7M) painting along with the rubbish, on Tuesday. I’ve often quipped about that old adage: "If anything goes wrong, blame the cleaner," arg...

Sealed Air to acquire Diversey for $4.3 Billion

Sealed Air Corporation - maker of Bubble Wrap and Jiffy bags - and global cleaning and sanitisation product giant Diversey Holdings, announced yesterday that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Sealed Air will acquire Diversey, in a transaction valued at $4.3 billion. It is envisaged that the transaction will be completed ...

Perception is not reality, but Enhance 'SCOR's in London

...ding's FM says: "Three contractors sold on low cost - that means fewer staff, rock bottom pay rates and lower standards. We chose Enhance Office Cleaning who focused on personal service and deliverables. Enhance advised us that to provide the best results we would have to pay the London Living Wage, to which we agreed. You get what you pay for and ...

Premium provider White Star Laundry equips with Girbau

...laundry machines from Girbau UK including two 6-Series high speed washers, two Pro Series II dryers and a Girbau PS-5132 dryer ironer. "We saw a gap in the market for a premium commercial laundry and established White Star Laundry with a clear vision of offering our hospitality and catering customers a five star service," says Janet Dixon, one o...

Access to plastics recycling more widespread than previously believed

...llection: National Reach Study', found that 94% of Americans have access to recycle plastic bottles and 40% of the population also can recycle other types of plastic containers, such as yogurt cups, dairy tubs and lids. Although the study surveyed nearly 2,500 communities across the US, it found that within the 100 largest cities, the percentage...

'Magic' trolley systems

...are the UK Distributor of the TTS (Tecno Trolley Systems) innovative range of professional cleaning and linen trolleys with endless solutions thanks to their modular system. Suitable for various professionals, whether it be healthcare, janitorial, cleaning contractor, hotel or maintenance sectors, the 'Magic' Trolley Systems allow users to design a...

Cleaners paid too little, say Britons

...e report, produced by the Institute for Public Policy Research, concludes that government, business and trade unions should collude to make pay fairer for low-paid workers and reveals strong public opposition for the growing gap in pay between the top and bottom rungs within organisations. According to the 2,337 members of the public who took pa...

Three men taken ill after cleaning toilets

... need reminding that even routine cleaning can sometimes be a dangerous job, three men, aged 23, 57 and 64, were taken into hospital as a precaution last week, after two of them suffered breathing difficulties as a result of using a chemical to clean toilets at the Imperial Docks at Leith, near Edinburgh. According to a BBC report, the trio had ...

Waste Management opens first public compressed natural gas fueling station in Camden

Waste Management of New Jersey celebrated the grand opening of the first public-access compressed natural gas (CNG) fuelling station in Camden yesterday and announced plans to convert its regional fleet to this clean-burning, environmentally-friendly fuel. The new 'Clean N' Green Fuel' public fuelling station, to be operated by PetroCard, is th...

Inadequate cleaning causes unnecessary deaths in hospitals and care facilities

...ing effectively should be at the forefront of every healthcare facility, but with viruses like MRSA and C. difficile causing unnecessary deaths throughout the world it is time that the failure in sanitising and disinfecting needs to be addressed. Is it case of 'out of sight, out of mind'?, or is it ignorance that can lead to epidemics and contra...

Sebo a red carpet contender, says top manufacturer

Carpet manufacturer Heckmondwike FB, a leading manufacturer of heavy contract fibre bonded carpet and carpet tiles, recommends that Sebo vacuum cleaners are used to get the best performance and life expectancy from its carpets. Abby Chandler, Marketing Manager at Heckmondwike FB, explains: "To maximise Supacord's aesthetic appeal, performance a...

Cleanliness of premises 'is top priority'

... the results of a new survey. The second most important issue facing the industry is saving time and money, said those taking part in the online poll conducted by the blog site. Some 69% of those taking part in the poll voted for cleanliness of premises, with 15% voting for saving time and money. Other key areas voted for were a commitment to...

Tennant Company and its Orbio Technologies Group acquires Water Star

Last Friday, Tennant Company and its Orbio Technologies Group announced the acquisition of Water Star, the Ohio-based firm specialising in electrochemistry. This acquisition is consistent with Tennant's strategy to expand its intellectual property in support of the company's long-term vision to deliver sustainable, breakthrough innovations that he...

Testing green cleaning products for performance - IEHA/TURI programme continues expansion

...on a fee-based programme for testing soil removal efficacy of hard-surface green cleaning products, and for recognising products that perform well when compared to similar products (green or conventional). Test metrics and programme scope have expanded and now encompass: Soil Removal Microbial Elimination Ergonomics Productivity F...

Soluclean gets a thumbs up from James Paget University Hospital

Dear Jan, At James Paget University Hospital we believe in smart, efficient and innovative products and service to provide excellent care to all patients and staff When I was introduced to the Soluclean range I was very impressed with the simplicity for the user and the level of care that had gone into testing against all pathogens. I have been...

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...ctions in the UK as I believe that unless we do something to reduce the amount of waste we send to landfill, there won't be anywhere to put it! John argued (privately) that even with only three of them at home now, sometimes at the end of the fortnight their bin's full, even though they recycle as much as possible. He advocates weekly collection...

HSS Outsource: time/money-saving solution for cleaning and FM contractors

HSS, the national supplier of tool and equipment hire and related services, is launching HSS Outsource, an innovative new service that offers a long-term equipment hire solution and promises to help facilities managers save time and money when it comes to equipment management. The proposition launches first in the troubled cleaning equipment secto...

Businesses overlooking financial cost of workplace injury and illness

...ish businesses are losing their competitive edge because of a failure to tackle the risks of injury and illness in the workplace, the UK's leading professional health and safety body has warned. A survey, published by the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health, reveals that employers are underestimating the economic benefits of worker pro...

Mega I: RCM's new walk-behind scrubber-drier

...ne is part of the company's plan - announced in 2009 - to establish a Global RCM machines, services and innovation offer. High efficiency, robustness and reliability are the cornerstones of the technical features of all RCM machines and these are the main qualities of MEGA I. This machine is similar in many ways to its older sister MEGA II: 'lab...

IEHA Seattle Educational Forum sells out

But you can attend FREE via live video stream and Twitter feed - Log in Thursday June 16, 8:00 AM PST (16.00 hours BST / 15.00 hours GMT) The IEHA (International Executive Housekeepers Association) in cooperation with Cleaning Consultant Services, Inc. has announced that the IEHA Educational Forum being held in Seattle WA today Thursday June 16 st...

EU to start taxing road freight to contain pollution

...ective, finalised at the end of May after trialogue discussions between the Parliament, the Council and the European Commission, reports EurActiv. The final vote, which marks the end of three years of heated debate, will allow member states to charge all vehicles above 3.5 tonnes not only for infrastructure costs but also for noise and pollution...

MITIE wins integrated FM contract in Norway

...e integrated facilities management, with services to include cleaning, security, catering, guarding and systems, technical services, reception, helpdesk, grounds maintenance and energy management. In addition MITIE will also lease space within the building to operate a commercial catering service for the buildings tenants, which will include a r...

Glass Clean System

Ramon Hygiene Products are adding further new products to their successful cleaning and hygiene range to provide quick and easy cleaning solutions for glass, stainless steel, ceramic tiles and mirrors. The new Glass Clean Frames and Microfibre Mini Mops offer simple and professional cleaning in just one single movement. Designed for use in any are...

IPC Media chooses Principle Cleaning

...ing Services is continuing to add prestigious contracts to its growing portfolio of media companies and has recently won a three year contract for daily office cleaning for IPC Media's landmark building, Blue Fin Building. IPC Media produces over 60 iconic media brands, most of which are based at Blue Fin Building. Eight tenant companies are als...

What exactly engages employees?

...of sustainable organisation performance, but goes further by exploring 'what' employees engage with and 'where' in the organisation their focus of engagement is located, or, what is their 'locus of engagement.' Locus of engagement: Understanding what employees connect with at work, produced for the CIPD by the Kingston Engagement Consortium, fin...

Tackling 'cowboy' suppliers: a day in the life of CHSA's auditor

Through its Manufacturing Standard Accreditation Schemes, the Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association is tackling industry cheats head on and is relying on the Schemes' auditor, Gordon Butt, to show them up. The Manufacturing Standard Accreditation Schemes cover soft tissue products, plastic refuse sacks and industrial cotton mops. They ar...

Rubbermaid's new Hygen clean water system turns dirty water into clean

...mpany believes is the first ever integrated water filter that generates cleaner water, cleaner mops and cleaner floors. "Our new Hygen Clean Water System is perfect for use in offices and institutional buildings, hotels, restaurants and catering outlets, retail premises, healthcare sites and many other locations with daily cleaning regimes," sai...

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...Hotel last week (see our report, below, together with feedback regarding the AGM). While this event and others like it are, effectively, fun social occasions, the opportunities they provide for that all-important networking, are invaluable. One of the many people I spoke with at the event was Mike Bone, who heads up the British Toilet Associatio...

Acumen proves key in Newcastle-under-Lyme winning waste management award

The successful partnership between Acumen Distribution and Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council has led to the Council winning The Waste Management Award at the 2011 Government Business Awards. The Government Business Awards recognise effective business practice in local and central government. The Waste Management Award is presented to th...

Vectair launches 'Green Tea' aircare fragrance

...rendy a new fragrance to its Airoma fragrance range . . . Green Tea is a fresh, oriental, uplifting and energising fragrance that removes nasty odours whilst creating a fresh-smelling environment. This, as well as the company's other popular, established ranges, is available now for use with the Vectair range of aerosol / non-aerosol fragrance d...

Tennant UK Cleaning Solutions celebrates opening of new Head Office

...orporated many energy efficient features into the new building to minimise the environmental impact and lower its ongoing utility costs. These include movement activated lighting sensors, floor to ceiling insulation in all offices, numerous clear roof panels in the warehouse to completely remove the need for additional lighting during daylight hour...

Special Offer! Need to find those high value cleaning and security contracts?

If you're looking to "find" those high value cleaning and security contracts that are not publicly advertised, then you may want to grab this hefty 25% price discount on sales lead generation, being offered by one of the major players in the sector. The London-based, specialist telemarketing consultancy, Xpert Business Development, is offering...

Higiexpo 2011, Brazil, opens in just a few weeks

...titutional Cleaning Market (Abralimp) promotes Higiexpo - the exhibition covering Hygiene, Cleaning and Environmental Preservation Products and Services and also Higicon - the International Congress of the Professional Cleaning Market. The events are taking place from 3rd to 5th of August, in the Yellow Pavilion of the Expo Center North, in S&atild...

PPE assessment: improving your bottom line

...walk-through to gain input from the workers can provide insight into the various processes involved and whether the PPE used is providing the protection and performance required," suggests Ansell Industrial's AsiaPacific Head of Marketing, Greg Plemmons. "By speaking with employees, management can learn about the critical factors associated with...

Worshipful Company of Environmental Cleaners

... With three weeks to go I am hoping to capture any late runners who might like to attend this event and help us celebrate our 25th birthday. The event is to be held at The Grange, St Paul's Hotel - commencing at 6.30pm and should be a fun filled evening with some (little) pomp but lots of circumstance. Tickets are £98.50 each or £...

CSSA AGM & Annual Luncheon: informative and fun

Members of the Cleaning & Support Services Association attended their AGM and annual lunch in London at the Savoy Hotel last Thursday, formally electing Doug Cooke of Principle Cleaning as Chairman of the UK cleaning industry's leading trade association. Peter Goodliffe of OCS Group was elected vice-Chairman and Michael Rutherford of Victoria ...

Living wages for London cleaners (or the Olympic city will be a filthy city)

Sandy Aird, Managing Director of London based Enhance Office Cleaning, has hit out at the many employers who do not pay the City's cleaning staff a fair day's wage. Enhance has always paid staff the London Living Wage of £7.85*, not the minimum wage of £5.93. The company says that 95% of clients agreed the rate having identifie...

Vernacare's 'Austerity Partnership' rewards loyal customers

...tals to make sustainable cost savings on medical pulp without compromising on exceptional quality standards or patient care. In conjunction with NHS Supply Chain, Vernacare is helping hospitals to lock in guaranteed long term savings, while giving them an opportunity to buy sustainable British products to support the national economy and British...

New pressure washers from Idrobase are going down a storm

... Last month, Idrobase chose the successful Pulire 2011 exhibition to launch several new offerings and the company's Bruno Ferrarese tells us that these went down a storm with the hundreds of visitors to the stand. Proving really popular were the Monster 800bar - a professional unit that offers up to 800 bar and an extremely high performance, w...

'Give Soap a Chance' campaign reaches South Africa

A health campaign created by Hull and East Yorkshire NHS Hospitals Trust to cut down on infections in the community has been adopted in South Africa. Beginning in 2009, Give Soap a Chance, which encourages people to wash their hands properly, has attracted widespread attention with requests for support stretching as far afield as Canada an...

Bio trunking makes a meal out of food factory bugs

...n environments, making a new antimicrobial cable management system that is effective against E-Coli and Salmonella a perfect solution for assisting in ensuring the ultimate level of cleanliness is maintained at all times. Bio Trunking Solutions, from British manufacturer Marshall-Tufflex, utilises silver ion technology incorporated into the PVC-...

Annual recruitment survey finds return of war for talent and huge skills gaps in UK

Employers struggling to fill vacancies, are being inundated with unsuitable candidates, while talented individuals are staying put, concluding that the grass is greener on their own side of the fence in these volatile economic times. These are the top line findings from the annual Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development Resourcing & T...

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...have turned violent (as may yet the public sector strikes, taking place over much of the UK today - and which may be the start of many, in protest against proposed changes to their pension schemes). Yesterday's announcement that the European Commission is indeed proposing a 5% increase in the next long-term EU budget - plus an extra �58bn in extr...

RCM gears up to look after cleaning needs of Yamaha Motor Racing, Milan

...ng its agreement with Yamaha Motor Racing for 2011, RCM has announced that it is to supply machines and services for the care of Yamaha's Superbike Department. One of the new issues faced by the team was the cleaning of the resin floors in the workshop on which large Yamaha trucks inevitably leave tyre tracks. It's a common problem in many envir...

BCC announces keynote environmental speaker at Conference 2011

...Redfern of Nottingham Trent University will be addressing the BCC Conference 2011 on how businesses and other institutions can implement large-scale sustainability projects. The session will take place on 11th October 2011 at Kings Place in London's Kings Cross, where up to 400 high-level delegates and 10 official exhibitors will form the audien...

LCC adds £1m a month

... for each of the last seven months. Increased business over the last seven months is £7.5m and growing. The new contracts are largely national programmes with fees from £1/2m to £2.9m and number of sites ranging from nine, for The Arts Council across the UK (for Vinci Facilities), to cleaning 64 Post Offices in the South East a...

Beaver Floorcare makes sure Wolverhampton Civic Hall doesn't slip up!

...r in workplaces across Great Britain every year. Ensuring floor surfaces meet health & safety standards for slip resistance can be a big concern for both private and public businesses. Until recently the wooden floors at Wolverhampton Civic Hall had been maintained with a regular scrub and dry, followed by an application of wax. Floors such ...

Ecolab adopts automated hand hygiene monitoring technology for healthcare customers

...e with Proventix Systems to use the nGage RFID (radio frequency identification) system to automate hand hygiene compliance monitoring for healthcare customers. The agreement with Proventix provides Ecolab customers with new options for their hand hygiene compliance monitoring initiatives. Through imbedding advanced RFID technology into tags worn wi...

WWF and Kimberly-Clark announce new global commitment to responsible forestry

Yesterday, Kimberly-Clark and World Wildlife Fund announced the expansion of Kimberly-Clark's membership in the Global Forest & Trade Network, a WWF initiative to eliminate illegal logging and conserve the world's most valuable and threatened forests. Kimberly-Clark will now include its worldwide operations in the initiative, building on its e...

DSA saves £millions on facilities management

The UK Driving Standards Agency has signed a four year total facilities management contract with Interserve, the services, maintenance and building group, which will save it some £9m over the contract lifetime. The contract, worth around £12 million over its lifetime, has been signed as part of a collaborative procurement process by...

'Mission Green Clean'

Eco-Works, a biologicals company based in Bath, has released details of its new expanded range of green cleaning products that are suitable for environmentally conscious cleaning and facilities management companies. Dubbed 'Mission Green Clean', this range of probiotic based cleaning products has been developed for all areas of daily office and in...

Growth at The Facilities Show highlights industry optimism

...iation with the British Institute of Facilities Managers (BIFM), has once again demonstrated growth and diversity within the facilities management industry. This valuable industry event provides a launch pad for a huge variety of innovative and pioneering products and services showcased by a multitude of industry leading exhibitors. Organised by...

Germgard Lighting demonstrates two-second, bare and gloved hand sterilisation

Germgard Lighting has developed, tested, and confirmed by independent testing that a small UVC dispenser - specifically designed for sterilising bare or gloved hands safely and quickly - achieves -6log10 inactivation of all relevant pathogens, including tough-to-kill Clostridium difficile spores. It has developed a simple, proprietary means to pro...

Bunzl: looking good

...onths ending 30 June 2011 prior to entering its close period, Bunzl, the international distribution and outsourcing group, announced this week that overall trading is consistent with expectations at the time of the Interim Management Statement in April. At constant exchange rates group revenue is expected to have increased 6%, due to underlying ...

AeroGlass liquid glass technology helps prevent the spread of infection

...ology which will significantly reduce the bacterial loading present on surfaces within the aircraft and this technology is available for use in other situations too. The system is based on SiO2 - a cutting-edge Nano Technology material better known as Silicon Dioxide, which is in-fact, Liquid Quartz Glass. When applied to any surface it creates ...

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...British Toilet Association Innovation Awards, while visitors to washrooms along New York's Coney Island boardwalk are experiencing innovation of a different kind: alleged moves by the city's authorities to redcude people's toilet tissue consumption. According to the New York Post, the city is so strapped for cash that it's rationing toilet paper...

New technology kills bacteria that cause hospital infections

...n infection. Study results are to be submitted to the US Environmental Protection Agency for review and approval. Initial study results were presented at the World Health Organization's 1st International Conference on Prevention & Infection Control (ICPIC) in Geneva, Switzerland, last Friday. The study, funded by the US Department of Defe...

BICSc Education Conference helps set new environmental and training standards

New environmental and training standards were discussed and developed during the British Institute of Cleaning Science's highly successful inaugural education conference for the cleaning and FM industry. The conference, entitled 'Green and keen cleaning workforces - setting new environmental and training standards in the cleaning industry'...

Cleaning firms urged to prepare for new agency worker regulations

Time and attendance software specialist Auto Time Solutions, is urging cleaning businesses that use temporary staff to ensure they are well prepared for new legislation, which will give temporary workers the same pay and rights as permanent employees. The Agency Workers Regulation, which becomes law from October this year, is set to have profou...

Idrobase Group closes first half of the year 26% up

...he ambitious objectives of growth (+12% on an annual basis) announced by Bruno Ferrarese Gazzignato and the eight million Euros turnover hypothesized for 2011. The Group has experienced a constant ascent throughout its 25 year existence, interrupted only by the global crisis of 2009, which Bruno says didn't damage the company as much as it damag...

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... The London Centre aims to inspire children with cerebral palsy to develop independence, confidence and self-esteem and to achieve their full potential. Their website, www.cplondon.org.uk , has plenty more information. It is a charity to which Principle has given a long term commitment - and, in addition to raising funds, to which we donate ...

Ecolab recognised with IFT Food Expo Innovation Award

... 2011 IFT Food Expo Innovation Award for Exelerate ZTF, which is thought to be the industry's first and only cleaning programme designed to address zero trans fat oil build-up in food processing environments. Presented to Ecolab by the Institute of Food Technologists at its Annual Meeting & Food Expo, the award recognises outstanding innovation...

Fimap receives from QCB Italy, 'Top Peformance 2010' quality award

...f constant improvement of quality performance, of adherence to safety regulations for its employees and to work... respecting the environment, making responsible choices to ensure the lowest impact thanks to reduction in energy consumption and the use of natural resources, " says Massimiliano Ruffo, Fimap CEO. "These choices encouraged our compa...

Wallgate develops new sanitaryware control package

Wallgate, which has offered washroom solutions and water management systems for over 30 years, has announced the launch of its new Sanitaryware flushing control packages. This new electronic flushing system is aimed at assisting clients and reducing installation costs and consists of WC, cistern, flush valve, electronic controls and associ...

Coventry 'cleaning show' takes place next Thursday

...ning professionals... Coventry-based Astley's is holding a cleaning show next Thursday 14th July and is promising to show you significant savings on the products you use every day, through innovation, rationalisation and the selection of the right product for the job. The team is also offering to help solve your cleaning problems. Confirmed e...

Brightwell rises to the challenge

For the past two years, raw materials and energy have been subject to ongoing cost increases, which ultimately has led to higher prices. With the global economy remaining unstable, global dispensing solutions provider Brightwell has looked into alternative ways to keep its costs under control. One of the key areas reviewed in order to offe...

Cleaning team celebrates after gaining nationally recognised awards

... staff working at a Shropshire dairy are celebrating after gaining nationally recognised industry standard awards. The operatives, who all work for commercial and industrial contract cleaning company Servicemaster, carry out cleaning duties at the Nom Dairy at Donnington in Telford and have each achieved Level 2 NVQ Awards. Servicemaster managin...

Toilet Innovation Awards open for entries

...nise innovation in three key areas of 'away from home' toilet provision: new products, new services and efficiency improvements. The BTA wants to hear about innovation that really improves the use or provision of publicly accessible toilets. Anyone can nominate a provider or supplier or their own organisation or company by sending an email to e...

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...ionals in 132 countries worldwide! I don't know what overseas drivers think of British roads and speed limits but I do know that those of us who've lived and driven in the UK for many years despair at how much more difficult it is to get from A to B than it used to be, what with heavy traffic throughout much of the day and extensive roadwork...

World Workplace Conference & Expo showcases latest trends and innovations

...iation's World Workplace 2011 Conference & Expo, in Phoenix, Arizona, US, to analyse the trends and new products impacting today's built environment. The event is taking place from October 26th - 28th at the Phoenix Convention Centre. Long recognised as the world's premier educational and networking conference for facilities managers and tho...

ICMMA launches new code of practice

...ning Machine Manufacturers Association (the trade association for UK cleaning machine manufacturing and importing members) has announced the launch of its revised Code of Practice for the Training of Operators and the Safe Operation of Ride-on and Pedestrian Operated Cleaning Equipment. This key document sets out good practice for all businesses...

Just under four months until Clean India show opens

...ttle under four months away. It opens its doors at Mumbai's Bombay Exhibition Centre on November 12 and runs for three days. The event has attracted a lot of interest both from Indian and international cleaning companies. More than 90% of the floor space has already been sold to a variety of exhibitors, including national and international compa...

Joint Venture secures council services and jobs

... partnership with Devon County Council that is being hailed as a "winning combination" for cleaning and catering at the county's schools and civic buildings. Under the arrangement, staff currently employed by Devon Cleaning & Catering Services (DCCS) will transfer to a new Joint Venture company owned by Devon County Council and Norse Commerc...

Great golf, hospitality and fellowship characterise ISSA Europe Golf Day

The recent ISSA Europe 2011 Golf Day, held at the Toft Hotel and Golf Course, Bourne, Lincolnshire, was a huge success with great hospitality, great fellowship and some great golf played. Amongst the 24 players, a number of companies submitted teams - including Vectair, NSS and CPD, but it was Eddie Samways, playing as a guest of Greyland, who ...

IEHA releases the Master's Programme

The Board of Directors of the International Executive Housekeepers Association recently met and approved the programme framework for two new IEHA educational designations, Master Certified Executive Housekeeper (Master CEH) and Master Registered Executive Housekeeper (Master REH). These credentials are designed to raise awareness of the knowledge,...

BICSc training now available from Jangro

...ro, the UK's largest network of independently owned janitorial supplies companies with 41 in the UK and the Isle of Man; has expanded its customer training activities with the launch of its first British Institute of Cleaning Science scheme. The programme, the first of which was attended by 30 end user Jangro customers, comprised 30-minute works...

A perfect symbiosis - efficient pool management and good water management

...nt in your pool or spa is fungi, there is a useful lesson to be learned from this particular health and safety hazard. Fungus and algae cohabit in a perfect collaborative relationship. The alga provides the fungi with energy resulting from photosynthesis while the latter extracts nutrients from the soil and shares them with its partner. This ideal ...

Silver use grows with infection control products

Silver usage has grown exponentially in medicine and health-related products, notes The Silver Institute, which has been tracking the metal's increased usage. The high efficiency of silver - its effective concentration is in parts per million or less, the difficulty microorganisms have in developing resistance to silver, and its long history of...

Ireland losing almost 1,000 jobs a week and services industry hardest hit

The latest employment figures show that 24,892 jobs were lost in Ireland in the first six months of this year and the services industry has been hardest hit with 10,929 redundancies to date. Patricia Callan, Director if the Small Firms Association, has issued a statement saying: "Despite an annual drop in the number of redundancies by 30% ye...

Hovis bakery uses its loaf and sees it kneads Vikan mopping systems

...ach week at the Leicester based Premier Foods plant. Divided into three bread lines of white, brown and other, some 200 employees operate the 24hour, 6 1/2 day week production line. Kentucky mops were used to clean the floors of this substantial site until new Site Hygiene Manager, Chris Bowen, was appointed in 2010. The Kentucky mops were messy...

GMB union signs National Framework Agreement with Sodexo

...try to sign a National Framework Agreement with three of the UK's leading trade unions - GMB, Unite and UNISON. Sodexo's 43,000 staff between them cover some 2,300 locations in the UK, providing services for clients in the education, healthcare, justice, defence, leisure and corporate services sectors. The agreement defines the nature of the ...

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...ygiene industry e-news Read by industry professionals in 132 countries worldwide! John and I work across a number of industries and we're often invited along to open days and eagerly attend, expecting to find something new and exciting to discover and report back on. They can involve a long drive and thus lots of valuable time and expe...

MITIE to inspire British start-ups to success

...upported initiative to help aspiring entrepreneurs in the UK. The FTSE 250 strategic outsourcing and energy services company was named as a founding sponsor of StartUp Britain alongside other blue-chip businesses including Barclays, Microsoft and Intel. MITIE has pledged its support and commitment to back British start-ups as part of its respons...

Commercial Janitorial continues to grow by providing green cleaning services

Green cleaning is not new to the office cleaning industry and has actually been increasing, thanks to those janitorial companies that embrace this culture and incorporate it into their daily cleaning practices. One company, Commercial Janitorial, has taken it a step further. After being asked by more and more clients to devise a cleaning p...

Choosing the right high rise cleaning contractor: A guide

...following tips on choosing a contractor for high rise exterior building cleans. High rise towers and buildings over our cities establish the progress of our civilisation, making us feel proud of our improved level of intelligence quotient. But, maintaining and cleaning skyscrapers can be more than just a daunting task. With shafts of glass en...

Treasury announces plans to find £1.5 billion savings across PFI contracts

...st £1.5 billion savings across the 495 operational Private Finance Initiative projects in England was announced yesterday by the Commercial Secretary to the Treasury, Lord Sassoon. These savings can be fully recycled back into frontline services by the contracting authority. The Government is committed to ensuring taxpayers get value for m...

Gates Foundation launches effort to reinvent the toilet

... of the foundation's Global Development Program, called on donors, governments, the private sector, and non-governmental organisations to address the urgent challenge, which affects nearly 40% of the world's population. Flush toilets are unavailable to the vast majority in the developing world and billions of people lack a safe, reliable toilet or ...

Ecolab and Nalco in merger agreement

Yesterday Ecolab and Nalco Holding Company announced that the board of directors of both companies have unanimously approved a definitive agreement under which Nalco will merge with a subsidiary of Ecolab in a transaction valued at approximately $8 billion, including assumed Nalco net debt. Based in Naperville, Illinois, with operations in more...

John and I work across a number of industries and we're often invited along to open days and eagerly attend, expecting to find something new and exciting to discover and report back on. They can involve a long drive and thus lots of valuable time and expe

...anised by Karcher - not to the German head office but to Banbury in Oxfordshire, where the training and display centre, The Academy, opened a couple of years back, is based. There were several new products and prototypes on show and at one point during our guided tour I exclaimed: "Why hasn't anyone thought of that before!" John commented that w...

New cleaner sucks up waste water as it goes and delivers it to where it's needed!

... automatically sucks up the waste water from the area being cleaned, leaving the surface much drier and eliminating the need for the inconvenient flushing of the surface after cleaning. The FRV 30 can cut water consumption and therefore your bills, as waste water can be drained off through the 5m suction hose and directed to wherever it is neede...

CK Group passes the ball with Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust

...gs held in hotel conference rooms. Some of the imported ideas now include group breaks, weekenders, and paintball eventing. CK Group (formerly City & Kent) and Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust went back to basics with a good game of football! The challenge began when Steve Wedgwood (Assistant Director of Estates & Facilities at...

Defra launches consultation on draft national policy statement on hazardous waste

... infrastructure for Hazardous Waste. Treatment of hazardous waste is essential for public health and a clean environment. Only relatively small amounts of hazardous waste are currently sent for recycling in the UK and recovery and new facilities are needed to allow more to be recycled and recovered to properly implement the waste hierarchy. T...

V-Air Zero - Neutralising odours in an environmentally friendly way!

... brings freshness to a variety of locations. It is now available in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and North America and is recommended in environments where persistent malodours occur - such as busy washrooms, areas with tobacco odours and animal odours. V-Air Zero freshens the air by using an effective ingredient 'Ordenone'. Often used in pe...

Byotrol signs four year, multi-country, multi-product agreement with Rentokil Initial

...ound;multi-million contract with Rentokil Initial. The four year contract covers multiple countries and a range of products. This potentially transformational deal represents a landmark commercial milestone for Byotrol, whose technology will be adopted by the Initial Hygiene division of Rentokil, one of the largest hygiene service providers in t...

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...herever you go in the world you are likely to hear stories about people picking up these infections and now that we are all so wary of catching them, those responsible for hospital cleaning and hygiene are having to work extra hard to ensure that their facilities are not held responsible for unnecessary illness or death. Another report covered i...

A solution to cross-EU border credit problems?

... to freeze the bank accounts of debtors, in a bid to facilitate the recovery of cross-border credit and boost the EU-wide activities of small and medium-sized enterprises. Brussels believes that around one million SMEs face problems with recovering cross-border debts, estimating that a total of some 2.6% of small businesses' yearly turnover is l...

Take up the offer of a free audit

Cleaning contractors, facilities managers and other buyers of soft tissue products or plastic refuse sacks concerned about the quality of their purchase can call the Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association for a free audit. This service, also available to distributors, is provided by Gordon Butt, the CHSA's auditor of the Manufacturing Stand...

BTA Conference Wednesday 21st September

... The BTA will be returning to The Stratford Hotel at Stratford upon Avon for its annual conference and AGM (members only AGM). The agenda will include topics to stimulate discussion and find solutions to the real issues that the impact of the current economic situation is producing for public toilet providers: * 10 things local authorities need...

Fire at SCA's paper mill in North Wales

Seven crews and three specialist units tackled a fire at SCA Hygiene Products' Oakenholt Paper Mill in Flintshire following a call at 20:48hrs on Sunday July 24. The fire was under conrol by 02:12hrs the following day. Crews from Flint, Deeside, Buckley, Holywell, Mold and Chester, the Aerial Ladder Platform from Wrexham, the Incident Command U...

Contract Cleaning Market Report - UK 2011-2015 Analysis

...tical factors that have impacted the market in recent years include the effects of the recession, standards of health and cleanliness demanded by key sectors such as health and food hygiene, growth in outsourcing, and strength of the public sector which has helped to buoy the market but has failed to compensate fully for the overall decline. Oth...

Industry elite co-host celebration dinner for HRH The Duke of Edinburgh

...on, was jointly hosted by the Fishmongers' Company (of which HRH The Duke of Edinburgh is a member) and a number of other City organisations with which His Royal Highness has particularly strong associations. This included a number of Livery companies, including the Worshipful Company of Environmental Cleaners; The City of London Corporation; The B...

Cleaners REACH for Prochem solutions

A new carpet and floor cleaning machine has been launched by Prochem Europe for use with its popular REACH-accredited S745 Procaps encapsulation spray cleaner. The new PRO 35 is an all-in-one solution to dry and wet-cleaning and comes complete with renovator, brush covers, transport trolley and blue standard brushes with soft carpet and ha...

More than one third of Americans personally affected by HCAIs, reveals survey

...t healthcare-associated infections are affecting perceptions of the safety of healthcare facilities and that new technologies are needed to help protect patients from hospital germs, including superbugs such as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), Pseudomonas aeruginosa (Pseudomonas) and E. coli. These superbugs can result in HCAIs, ...

Kärcher announces September UK Roadshows

... used as a launch pad for several new products from its pressure washer, vacuum, floorcare, sweeper and industrial ranges of cleaning machines. The company will be inviting new and existing customers to come along and try out these products, which will be showcased in Kärcher's purpose-built mobile exhibition truck. The truck features demon...

'Grow as You Go' system offers 'Crossover Cleaning'

...nals to customise a cleaning system to meet their specific needs while moving away from traditional and less effective string mops and buckets. The patented OmniFlex Crossover system offers these optional components: * The KaiMotion Flex trolley-bucket * Heavy-duty handle with built-in storage tray for tools * Wet/dry vacuum designed for comm...

Ecolab delivers strong second quarter with sales up 12%

...cond quarter performance led by solid sales gains in its US Cleaning & Sanitising, Asia Pacific and Latin America operations and a strong performance from acquisitions. These combined to more than offset significantly higher delivered product costs and produce a double-digit adjusted earnings per share increase. Ecolab's reported sales rose ...

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... worldwide! This will be the last broadcast issue of Cleanzine until 1st September as John and I are taking time out for some IT housekeeping and back office work. I leave my desk for now with a heavy heart knowing that the world is watching us in England, no doubt as horrified as the majority of us here are, about the rioting that has spr...

No-Water Urinals: survey reveals misconceptions

A July 2011 survey by Waterless Co., manufacturer of no-water urinal systems and related washoom products, asked some 500 facilities managers how waterless urinals compare to traditional urinals. The seven-question survey touched upon cleaning and maintenance issues and how fast a no-water system pays for itself due to reduced water and sewer c...

Corporate responsibility in a harsher business landscape

...recycling services. So many aspects of business life are about getting the balance right; income and expenditure; dynamism and circumspection. One of the most challenging is the balancing act between efficiency and social responsibility. Every organisation has to make ends meet and every business needs to make a profit for its shareholders. Y...

Night-time cleaning to end rubbish nightmare

... gone up from 900 tonnes to 3,000 tonnes in the last five years. "We are focusing on cleaning up and increasing our surveillance in commercial and hawking points in the city," says a spokesperson. "People who frequent these places should notice some difference in the next two months. Cleanliness around garbage bins and ensuring that the bins get...

Train windows, a breakthrough (not literally!)

For as long as trains have had windows, there have been problems with both getting them clean and keeping them clean. Say to anybody the words 'train windows' and their immediate response is "Dirty." After a lot of development and testing there is now a simple, but effective solution that does not require outside contractors. It is a 'spin off' from the Ship's Bridge Window technology from Kleentec Marine. T: Mark on 01772 512343 E: kleentecrail@gmail.com ...

Brightwell and All Care distribution alliance

Following several years of successful trading and market development together, Brightwell Dispensers and All Care met on July 1st 2011 to sign their first exclusive agreement, marking day one of their significant, promising alliance. Based in the Netherlands, All Care is now the sole representative for UK manufacturer Brightwell's washroom pr...

Steam in the snow

...Jangro, the UK's largest network of independently owned janitorial companies with 41 in the UK, Ireland and the Isle of Man, always prides itself in 'going the extra mile' for its customers. Last winter when the snow was building into 20' drifts, Jangro Member MacGregor Industrial Supplies of Inverness received a call for a new carpet steam clea...

Certified pros protect catering industry as insurers get tough on greasy ductwork

...ighlighted profusely by the Fire Authority, but it is the refusal of insurance companies to pay out and hefty fines that have brought the matter to the industry's attention.[TRIMTO] Despite changes over five years ago to the Fire Safety Order, giving building owners responsibility for ensuring that all possible precautions and actions are taken ...

Gmatic Superior from Dr Gansow

...ors with their polished solid Stainless Steel Aisi 304 construction accompanied by acrylic elements and big drives in three stage electronic power shift. "These make the ultimate ratio," he told us. "The machines are solidly built and made to last. And thanks to a lean and highly experienced organisation, they are priced to sell." On show were t...

Airdri - an eyecatching display

Airdri showcased two new additions to its enhanced hand dryer portfolio and ensured that they caught the visitors' attention by having them decorated with famous paintings. The ploy certainly worked with us as it drew us on to the stand, where we met with marketing & communications manager Trudi Osborne (pictured) and newly appointed research...

Antibacterial composition means machines are food-safe and ideal for hospital use

...UK agent for the Columbus range of vacuum cleaners, scrubber dryers, single disc rotaries, sweepers and spray extraction machines - demonstrate the ease with which he could manoeuvre the new Columbus RA66/BM60 scrubber dryer. When we asked about the colour, he explained that it denotes machines which incorporate the noBac system - specially deve...

Same team, different branding

Show visitors are used to seeing Vernon Holmes, Paul Sherrington and the team working up a sweat trying to look after all the customers on the stand and one could be forgiven for thinking that nothing's changed. It has though - since Vernon is now Vice-Chairman of Scot Young Research and he and the team were dealing with enquiries regarding a tot...

Prestigious international Red dot award for Vermop Salmon’s Sprint V holder

Gareth Jenkins, managing director for Vermop UK and Ireland, (left) and Bavarian-based Thomas Weber, who has recently been appointed marketing manager, told us about the company’s comprehensive research, development and testing facilities. These are clearly being put to good use, as the Sprint V flat mop holder has just won the internationa...

Keep tabs on your operatives working remotely

Those that employ cleaners, maintenance and security staff should really have a cost-effective method of keeping track of their remote workforce. Missed or late visits jeopardise client relationships and clients are more and more often insisting on independent verification of visits. To keep on the right side of clients and gain an edge on com...

Kennedy Hygiene’s cleverly designed paper towel dispenser really can save money

...anager Jeffery Woods showed us how it works. "The Pod is a unique reserve roll, auto cut, paper hand towel dispenser that has one of the largest paper capacities on the market," he said. "Thanks to its patented reserve roll loading system, a new roll can be loaded before the previous one has been fully used, thus making sure no paper is wasted. ...

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...ion conference. I can remember feeling inspired when the British Cleaning Council’s marketing and public relations guru, Jay Grenby, spoke about the work that was being done to make the NCCA logo the carpet cleaning equivalent of the Corgi (now Gas Safe) registration that every gas fitter has to have before carrying out any work – other...

Recycling revolution grows in the US

...oduct Policy Institute announced last week that it has hired a leading environmental advocate to expand PPI's reach in growing the rising movement for producer responsibility for recycling, currently sweeping the US.[TRIMTO] Matt Prindiville joined Product Policy Institute as Associate Director in July to support citizens, public interest organi...

Heading to the beach this Summer?

Water at nearly all Europe's coastal and inland bathing sites is clean enough to bathe and swim in, despite a slight decrease in quality. You can rest easy knowing that 92% of beaches and 90% of rivers and lakes meet the EU's minimum standards for cleanliness. The findings - from the European Environment Agency's annual bathing water report - a...

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...cute them for getting it wrong, so it was good to learn this week that the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead is taking part in a pilot scheme which does just that. It was more than a year ago that Cleanzine reported on a scheme drawn up by the old Labour government, whereby a Council Tax rebate would be given to householders who recycled t...

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...y industry professionals in 132 countries worldwide! Our Pulire visit last week saw John and I saying we were ashamed that, despite having each worked in the cleaning industry for more than 20 years, this was our first visit to the event. By the third day, this had changed to a sentiment of regret that over these 20 years, we'd allowe...

Kimberly-Clark expands network of global innovation centres

...olombia, the first facility of its kind in the region. The centre will develop products using local and regional insights to meet broader consumer needs around the world. This development follows Kimberly-Clark's recent announcement of its Korea Global Innovation Centre and marks a significant expansion of the company's worldwide innovation capabil...

SERV Hampshire blood runners clean up with spill packs

... provides a free out of hours transportation service for NHS Hospitals across Hampshire. Its riders and drivers mainly carry emergency blood supplies - hence the name 'blood runners'. But SERV will transport any urgent consignments needed by doctors, hospitals and laboratories for the medical or surgical treatment of patients. Operating 365 days...

Toucan-Eco beats chemical price increases

...ucan Eco system launched in March, immediately gained international recognition as a cost effective and ecological way of producing a combined cleaner and disinfectant. Using only tap water and salt, the device uses electrochemical activation (ECA) to produce a highly effective, environmentally friendly substitute for many commonly used chemicals. ...

BCC's Sustainability Conference 2011: an update

...moving on apace during Cleanzine's Summer break, with an important new speaker added to the line-up and the final sponsors having signed on the dotted line. Latest addition to the impressive list of speakers is broadcaster and political commentator Daniel Finkelstein, who will be discussing his experiences at the heart of the coalition governmen...

Passengers offered hygiene packs as airport strike looms

...or fair wages prepared for industrial action that could result in dirty food courts, filthy toilets and over-flowing garbage bins.[TRIMTO] Cleaners are currently voting on potential action and passengers could be confronted by an unhygienic terminal upon their return to Melbourne. The vote comes after contractor Spotless told more than 100 clean...

South African cleaning strike over, pay deal signed

...includes the following:[TRIMTO] * The wage increase from 1st December 2011 will be 8% for area A and 8.5% for area C * Second year Consumer Price Inflation (2% both areas) * Full 13th cheque effective from December 2011 * Third year Consumer Price Inflation ( 2% in area A) and (2.5% in area C) * No worker will work fewer than 35 hours per week *...

WFBSC 2012 Congress surging ahead

...hern Brazil, from 10-14 October 2012.[TRIMTO] Hosted in partnership with chief sponsors Diversey and Karcher, the Congress will focus on 'Cleaning for Health', as it also combines the Brazilian Congress and Abralimp trade show with the four day event. With the total number of delegates estimated to exceed 1,200, the occasion looks set to be one ...

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...ith membership in the region passing the 1100 mark early last month, when Steiner System of Switzerland joined. Karcher 's roadshow rolls on... It's at the AMEX Stadium, Brighton tomorrow and the Madejski Stadium, Reading, next Tuesday. Jamie Smith is now President and CEO of California-based Titan Laboratories , which supplies industr...

Bunzl makes further acquisitions in North America and Europe

Bunzl, the international distribution and outsourcing group, announced on Wednesday that it has entered into an agreement to acquire a substantial business based in the Netherlands with operations also in the US and other parts of Europe and has also completed an acquisition in Canada.[TRIMTO] The company has entered into an agreement to acquir...

Ed Selkow: Little People

I have a confession to make. There is a movie I have watched 50 times and I cry each time I see it. It is called 'You Can't Take It With You'. In the movie a quirky old man teaches a powerful, wealthy industrialist what is important in life. This film was produced in the 1930's so I don't really mind giving it away but what comes out is the va...

Facilities Management market strengthens in 2011

...et from MTW Research, has found that most sectors within the FM market are experiencing positive demand patterns in 2011, though average profitability of less than 4% of turnover, reflects an industry still under pressure. The research, based on more than 60% of industry sales, suggests that the FM market has now turned a corner in terms of perf...

Terminix enters joint venture with SIS in India

... has entered into a joint venture with Security & Intelligence Services (India) to perform pest and termite control services in India. The joint venture will serve both commercial and residential customers.[TRIMTO] "Terminix's joint venture with SIS marks a strategic opportunity to expand our business to one of the most significant, rapidly ...

Getting your strategy right in the UK Cleaning Equipment & Materials industry

...ng Equipment & Materials industry are following a strategy that has led them into a blind alley and they must change quickly or risk disappearing altogether. That's according to a new study assessing the strategic, financial and commercial performance of the top 793 companies in the market. David Pattison, author of the new Plimsoll Analysis...

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...crisis, there are real fears that Greece will default on its debt... US retail sales have stagnated and the country's debt has been downgraded... Italy's borrowing costs have hit a new high... New figures reveal that UK unemployment has hit 2.51 million - rising by 80,000 in the three months to July - the largest increase in nearly two years... ...

September 8th leader continued

Of course these trips also give me the chance to discover what others throw away and I get really cross when I see sofas, tables and other items of what appear to be good furniture, being thrown into the 'general rubbish' skips, the contents of which are destined for landfill. I wasn't around to see the sailing boat, 8ft polystyrene snowman ...

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...as announced the dates for its forthcoming courses. E: claire.kelly@admin.co.uk Polythene film and bag broker Polythene UK , has launched a free consultancy service designed to help users save money by putting them in touch with the most suitable supplier for their needs. E: sales@polytheneuk.co.uk Kimberly-Clark Professional has launc...

The Antibac pen: a certified superbug killer

Pens that are passed from person to person provide a hotbed for virus transmission such as colds and flu. The new Antibac Pen kills 99.9% of harmful bacteria and viruses making it a 'must have' for the workplace - in fact, anywhere where pens are picked up and used by more than one pair of hands.[TRIMTO] The pen looks like an ordinary biro but...

A day in the business

...ster from Barclays. The bank is keen that their managers see the "other side" of running a business and "get their hands dirty" for a day, inviting the business proprietor to use them as they will, whether this be serving their customers, doing administration, manual work or even making the tea! According to CKG's Quality Control Manager Rob Her...

Washroom solution saves water, time and money

Sustainability and resource efficiency are a growing environmental concern across the world. Many organisations are striving to reduce their environmental impact and in the process save money by using less energy and natural resources. However, an area that organisations often over-look when assessing their environmental impact is the washroom,...

Worlds apart! Xperience intensely different 'scentsations' with FOUR new Airoma(r) XTREME fragrances!

Vectair Systems is bringing Pride, Passion, Harmony and Zest to the world's facilities this autumn with the launch of four new fragrances for its new Airoma 'Xtreme' aircare range. Taking inspiration from some of the globe's most glamorous destinations, Airoma Xtreme aerosol refills have the following 'Xclusive' scents within the range: * ...

Prisons competition helping ex-offenders secure employment in cleaning

... of the competition. Getting a job is a key factor in helping ex-prisoners settle back into society and in cutting re-offending rates. It helps save the UK taxpayer millions each year." Despite the economic downturn, there is still a shortage of cleaners and more employers are recognising the benefits of hiring a well-trained ex-offender, who wi...

Steam cleaning the easy way

Steam is an ideal resource for cleaning and disinfecting. It acts as a natural surface-active agent, dissolving grease particles and reaching even the most inaccessible areas. Heat allows steam to detach and dissolve dirt, freeing and capturing all grease, germs, bacteria and dust mite particles in its passage, delivering an extraordinarily fast,...

Facilities managers asked their thoughts about green cleaning chemicals

...ct selection. "We encourage end-customers to try different products from different manufacturers and [even] different distributors," says Mark Warner, Director of Training for Enviro-Solutions. "This helps ensure that they are getting the most effective products along with the training and support they may need." Other findings of the surv...

Girbau launches complete laundry care

Girbau's comprehensive range of commercial laundry equipment for care and nursing homes, hotels, educational establishments, commercial laundries and launderettes, equestrian and animal care centres is now available as part of a new 'Complete Laundry Care' service designed to make running an on-premise laundry simple, hassle-free and affordable.[...

SMC's success spawns specialist division set-up

...ucational establishments. The company reported a 23% growth on turnover at the end of last year, and this growth has continued throughout 2011. This rapid growth led the firm to increase its staff by 35%, creating 55 new job positions. SMC expects this trend to continue, and has plans to increase its labour force by creating a further 60 new pos...

Healthcare expert applauds new cleaning initiative

A leading healthcare cleaning expert has welcomed the recent introduction of the British Standard for Healthcare Cleaning. Brian Boll, systems director at Jigsaw Cleaning Systems, has outlined the importance of the initiative and has indicated that it will provide much needed assurance to the public. The British Standard for Healthcare Clea...

Consultants' fees hit small firms with almost £6 billion in annual compliance costs

...ry compliance services, while internal time costs total £11 billion. On average each firm hands over £4,900 per year to companies offering legal guidance, including advice on employment, health and safety and tax - more than double the £2,100 average annual bill in 2009. The Forum's research shows that the combined amount pa...

Trojan Battery names Accutrade as distributor for Russia

...l known manufacturer of deep-cycle batteries, has signed a distribution agreement with Accutrade expanding Trojan's presence in Russia. As Trojan's authorised master distributor in the region, Accutrade is responsible for distributing and servicing Trojan products throughout the country.[TRIMTO] "The addition of Accutrade to Trojan's extensive ...

Rug Doctor raises £2,500 for Canine Partners

...tion box in the 'Snack Shop', which sells cold drinks, chocolate bars, crisps, healthier snacks etc and even ice creams in the Summer," explains Paul, Finance and HR Director at Rug Doctor. "Through the generous donations of Rug Doctor staff, we have now managed to raise over £5000 in that time. This is enough to pay for training 10 puppies"....

A significant anniversary: 25 years of cleaning trade fairs in Berlin

...ng. Management. Services. underlines the importance of this biennial meeting place for the industry and has attracted the largest attendance ever. A total of 354 exhibitors from 20 countries are represented and more than 15,000 high-ranking trade visitors from 50 countries are expected to attend. The 24,700 square metres in Halls 1.2 to 4.2 and on ...

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...crisis, there are real fears that Greece will default on its debt... US retail sales have stagnated and the country's debt has been downgraded... Italy's borrowing costs have hit a new high... New figures reveal that UK unemployment has hit 2.51 million - rising by 80,000 in the three months to July - the largest increase in nearly two years... ...

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...has announced the dates for its forthcoming courses. E: claire.kelly@admin.co.uk Polythene film and bag broker  Polythene UK , has launched a free consultancy service designed to help users save money by putting them in touch with the most suitable supplier for their needs. E:  sales@polytheneuk.co.uk Kimberly-Clark Professional ...

Visitors wrecking attempts to keep Indian hospital clean

...College Hospital, India, are being thwarted by the disrespect shown by some 10,000-odd out-patients and visitors, who litter the place with plastic bags, covers and paper waste - and even attend nature's call in the open, reports The Hindu . The publication also reveals that CMCH employees must take some of the blame, as bedding material, unuse...

Ecolab introduces new cleaning formulations for food industry CIP

...troduced Mip, a product line of 10 new cleaning formulations that deliver maximum cleaning efficacy and optimal environmental performance in the Food and Beverage industries. The new range is intended to completely replace Ecolab's current caustic-based clean-in-place cleaners and will be available throughout Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EME...

PPC's new storm pad Re-vives cathedral floor!

...ovating dull, worn floors. The new 400grit Storm Pad is coarser than the existing pads in the range and is designed to effectively refurbish surfaces by removing the build up of grime. This can then be followed by working up through the finer grit sizes to achieve a deep clean and high shine polish. One company that has experienced the benefits ...

Truvox burnisher goes on safari

The white lions and rhinos that surround Spring Grove House, the sumptuous banqueting suite set in the grounds of West Midlands Safari Park, have been joined by a Truvox Orbis Cordless Burnisher. The building was recently reopened after a £5m rebuild following a devastating fire nearly five years ago... the job of keeping a fine marble bla...

Panztel brushes off the recession

With a turbulent global economy and difficult trading conditions, organisations in both the private and public sector have been under huge financial strain. Consequently, with the need to reduce overheads and look for efficiency savings, whole areas of operation that were once undertaken in-house have now been contracted out. Local authorities...

UK Contract Cleaning Market - optimism for 2012

... evident in the market, with just under 60% of contractors having grown sales in the last 12 months and 90% of the industry having a healthy credit rating in September 2011. Whilst pricing pressures remain intense in the contract cleaning market, the report identifies a range of opportunities for contract cleaning companies to exploit, with more...

Gatwick gets Green Apple award

In a national campaign to find Britain's greenest companies, councils and communities, Bio-Productions, in partnership with OCS, has won a Green Apple Environment Award for helping to reduce the environmental impacts of cleaning Gatwick, the UK's second largest airport. The Green Apple Awards are run by The Green Organisation to recognise, rewar...

A challenge for charity

A group of Brightwell employees teamed up recently and took on the challenge of cycling 60 miles together through the South of England. The hilly trajectory gave them multiple occasions for team spirit, helping one another both physically and mentally. Between them, they raised over £1,300.00 for Norwood, Cycstic Fibrosis Trust and Down...

UK's C diff deaths down by 31%

...s announced that the number of death certificates mentioning Clostridium difficile infection in England and Wales decreased by 31% in 2010, down to 2,704 from 3,933 in 2009. A total of 42% of death certificates referenced C. difficile in 2010, where the infection was recorded as the underlying cause of mortality. This figure compares favourably ...

From rags to riches and Royal praise

When Mark and Graham Wray started their workplace wiper business in 1984 with a £3,000 backing from The Prince's Trust, little did they imagine that 27 years later they would be receiving recognition from The Trust's Patron, HRH Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales. Mark, aged 23 and his brother Graham, 21 set up their business in Toxteth...

CHSA Educational Scholarships 2011 announced

...s' Association Educational Scholarship Programme continues to strengthen the links between industry and education. Employees and the families of all CHSA member companies are eligible to apply for a bursary of up to £3750 as a contribution to their higher education costs at a time when financial pressures on students have never been greate...

US automotive aftermarket contributes to a cleaner environment

...a new portfolio developed by the Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association. The portfolio, online and in printed format, is designed to build awareness of the industry's extensive contributions to a cleaner environment and is part of AAIA's initiative, 'Driving Toward a Cleaner Environment: The Automotive Aftermarket's Green Story'. The automo...

Keeping flexible with Numatic...

The NuClean mopping system allows an immediate and flexible response to changing cleaning needs and locations. Available in 4 individual styles including "All Terrain" versions, with a wide range of additional kits it is a truly versatile system. With a range of 4 'Lock on' detachable modules for the NCs and 5 'Onboard' attachments for both th...

A decade after September 11, room to improved emergency preparedness say FM professionals

...ergency evacuation procedures in place, while 80% say their organisation has a crisis communication and disaster recovery plan. Conducted Sept. 6th - 9th, the survey features more than 400 facilities managers' responses to questions about their organisations' current level of emergency preparedness. The results offer a snapshot of where disaster...

Attendance rises at CMS Berlin to 15,500 trade visitors from 60 countries

More trade visitors from Germany and abroad, highly satisfied exhibitors and an optimistic outlook for the industry's future: these were the dominant aspects of CMS 2011 Berlin - Cleaning.Management.Services.[TRIMTO] From 20th to 23rd September, 354 exhibitors (2009: 350) from 20 countries provided a comprehensive overview of their products, s...

Addendum to leader

  Ed: I wrote this week's leader last night and this morning received the following statement from EurActive, which reinforces my message. John believes that strike action right now is akin to committing treason and I have to say I agree with him! European finance ministers have been warned confidentially of the danger of a renewed cr...

Leader

...ountries worldwide!   We're producing this issue of Cleanzine from CMS 2011 in Berlin and as well as being a surprisingly big show, it's busy and there are lots of new products to see and interestingly, some real innovation. There are 354 exhibitors from 20 countries. John and I have been here for two full days now and are beginnin...

News in Brief

...has announced the dates for its forthcoming courses. E: claire.kelly@admin.co.uk Polythene film and bag broker  Polythene UK , has launched a free consultancy service designed to help users save money by putting them in touch with the most suitable supplier for their needs. E:  sales@polytheneuk.co.uk Kimberly-Clark Professional ...

Employers in FM and cleaning: funding offer for technical certificates

Government funding is available for facilities management and cleaning employers to put staff through training for the following technical certificates: * Cleaning Principles * Equality and Diversity * Customer Service * Business Administration * Team leading * Hospitality Technical certificates are specialist courses that link to key compon...

Research proves economic benefits of Activeion cleaning technology in hotels

In depth research carried out at INTEHL - the Institute of Innovation and Entrepreneurship - at the Ecole hoteliere de Lausanne, Switzerland (EHL) has established that innovations such as Activeion's cleaning technology can cut hotel cleaning costs.[TRIMTO] Financial analysis showed that the use of the Activeion ionator EXP on general surfaces...

Emprise teams up with Brainwave to launch 'Walk for Kids' charity fundraiser

Support services provider, Emprise Services, and children's charity, Brainwave, sent some 200 people on a 5km treasure hunt around London to raise funds for a child with Cerebral Palsy. Emprise is part of the Brainwave Guardian Scheme through which Emprise has sponsored Chase, a little boy from London who has cerebral palsy, to receive a year'...

A MITIE partnership with Essex County Council

...ected as the preferred partner for delivering a transformational contract which includes facilities and property management as well as energy services. Currently, details of the contract are being finalised and both sides will be in a position to sign a contract in the coming weeks. An announcement will be made shortly with full details. Co...

First video from Brightwell!

After a few weeks of planning, filming and creative editing, Brightwell has launched its first product demonstration video. The video details the technical aspects of Modular hand care dispenser, showing you all the capabilities and opportunities of the system. It is available on Brightwell's newly launched Youtube channel, which will soon also feature a demonstration video of the SuperC dilution system: T: +44 (0)1273 513566 E: sales@brightwell.co.uk W: www.brightwell.co.uk ...

UK's first absorbent hygiene product recycling plant opens for business

The UK's first-ever facility for recycling nappies, feminine hygiene and adult incontinence products, was officially opened in West Bromwich this Monday. Knowaste, which has opened the plant, is an absorbent hygiene product (AHP) waste recycling specialist and its Midlands site is the first of five planned over four years, which would each pro...

Upset stomachs cost UK 11 million working days a year

... UK every year, leading to about 11 million lost working days, new research published by the Food Standards Agency has found. The FSA has been funding research on norovirus, which was identified as one of the most common causes of illness. The study, which is the biggest of its kind for more than 10 years, looked at the impact of all cases of...

Fresh from Italy: hand cleaning cream with natural origin microspheres

Nettuno has launched a new creamy fluid hand cleanser with special detergent and softening properties.[TRIMTO] Based on a combination of ingredients, MacroCream is free from solvents and other substances that might be harmful to the skin, but is effective against dirt of any kind. It contains fine microspheres of vegetable origin that add stre...

New research highlights potential corrosive impact of some chlorine-based disinfectants

...test substrates frequently used in the construction of medical devices, such as hospital bed frames and mattress covers. The test results, it is claimed, showed that the chlorine-based solutions had a major detrimental effect on the stainless steel, carbon steel, aluminium alloy and sections of a high performance two-way stretch mattress cover. ...

Ausclean Convention opens

If you're on the lookout for new cleaning equipment Ausclean opens in Queensland, Australia. There will be lots to see and there are some interesting seminars lined up. The show opening times are: Tuesday 27th September 10.00 - 17.00 (16.00 - 17.00 networking drinks on the show floor) Wednesday 28th September 08.30am - 16.00 T: 1300 789 845: www.auscleanconvention.com.au ...

International Facility Management Association celebrates 20,000 member milestone

...mbers worldwide. IFMA members are a diverse group of facility professionals concerned with the form and function of the built environment. Representing 78 countries, they manage more than 37 billion square feet of property and annually purchase more than US$100 billion in products and services. IFMA counts among its membership facilities manager...

Alfred Karcher GmbH to sue Tennant

...awsuits against national companies of its competitor Tennant. The legal dispute in Germany, Belgium and the UK involves what Karcher says are misleading advertising claims by Tennant for scrubber-driers that use ec-H2O technology. Karcher is taking legal action against several advertising claims made by Tennant, especially, it says, the assertio...

Gary Ayres

... of Gary Ayres on 14th September 2011. Gary, who started Hospital & General Supplies in 1979 and Norsan in 1980, is survived by his wife Susan and five children. A celebration and blessing of his life will be held at St.Georges Church, High Street, Langton Matravers, Dorset, BH19 3HZ on Tuesday 27th September at 15.00. For further information contact Alan Curtis at Norsan, on: E: sales@norsanuk.com ...

Dhofar 'clean-up' effort lauded at Arab summit

...f the second Arab Investment Summit in Abu Dhabi.[TRIMTO] Dhofar Global Trading, a hygiene paper and dispenser supplier, was the recipient of the 'Best Green Investment Project' award for its 'Cut Back' sustainability project. The initiative, through product innovation and customer education, managed to literally cut back the amount of paper ...

Leader

...ygiene industry e-news Read by industry professionals in 148 countries worldwide! John and I have now returned from Berlin, having had a thoroughly enjoyable time at CMS 2011. These shows are always hard work but the lovely people we meet and the interesting new products we get to examine, more than make up for the long hours and lack ...

The mermaid is only part of the attraction...

Legend has it that mermaids would entice unwary sailors onto the rocks and when you see the one gracing Vermop's stand it's easy to understand why![TRIMTO] Not that Gareth Jenkins had succumbed to her charms though... he kept very busy talking us through the many clever concepts on the stand, all of which succeeded in making it busy throughout...

URGENT STOCK CLEARANCE

Desderman hand disinfectant solution from Schulke - 50ml bottle Effective within 30 seconds against bacteria, fungi, enveloped viruses (including Influenza A) and Noroviruses. Packed in cases of 20 units ONLY £10.00 per case but with a minimum order quantity of 10 cases. Offers invited for larger quantities in excess of 50 cases. There is an expiry date of April 2012 on the product.[TRIMTO] Enquiries to Proventec Healthcare: sales@proventechealthcare.com Tel: 0845 6029981 Quoting reference: NS126904 ...

When a Little John makes a big difference...

2011 is a landmark year for LittleJohn, the Hampshire-based bathroom retailer, which celebrates its 20th anniversary this month. Founded by Bill Gosney and his wife Pearl in 1991, the family-run business has flourished over the years. Today it employs 18 people and has designed and installed around 2,500 quality bathrooms across Hampshire, West ...

Leader 29th September continued

  Continued from Front Page After some tasty German beer and food we were invited to choose from a selection of crisps, popcorn and sweets before entering the cinema and settling down on comfy leather chairs and sofas (with footstools!) to learn of the winners of the magazine's best ads awards, followed by Cannes' own advertising awar...

BICSc honours UK cleaning industry achievements

Individuals and companies working within the UK's cleaning industry and those providing support services, were honoured at the British Institute of Cleaning Science Annual Awards last Thursday, at an event that also celebrated the Institute's 50th anniversary. The awards recognise excellence in accredited training and assessment in a number of ...

BTA Conference had solutions

...ovides once a year opportunity for providers of publicly accessible toilets to network with product and service suppliers, as well as user group representatives, to discuss best practice and learn what can and is being done to improve toilets throughout the UK. It also provides an ideal opportunity to recognise the cutting edge of washroom product ...

Deb celebrates with HRH The Princess Royal

..., Princess Anne, visited Deb Group earlier this month to commemorate the company's 70th anniversary and officially open its new global headquarters. Welcomed by Jeff Bell, Deb's Managing Director, the Princess was given a tour of the 150,000 sq ft headquarters, Research & Development centre and European Manufacturing site including the exten...

Bunzl completes further acquisitions in Brazil and the Netherlands

Bunzl, the international distribution and outsourcing Group, has this week announced two further acquisitions together with the completion of the acquisition of Majestic Products. The company has acquired Ideal Global Sistemas de Higiene Ltda from Ryssard and Rodrigo Zimnowlocki. Based in Sao Paulo with three warehouses throughout Brazil, Ideal...

BIV Training Prize 2011 goes to Bogdol group of companies

...elations Committee of the BIV, presented the award to the General Managers of Bogdol, Ingo Doehring and Joerg Ehlert. "We regard the calculated efforts to provide assistance, especially for the children of our employees - 50% of whom were not born in Germany - as our contribution to improving integration as well as a tried and tested means of ef...

Hako goes to town with new range - and its stand!

Hako - which had the biggest exhibition stand John and I have ever seen at a cleaning show - needed the space to showcase new additions to its ride-on scrubber drier range: the Hakomatic B 115 R series.[TRIMTO] These ride-on machines have been designed for the efficient wet cleaning of large areas. They combine the manoeuvrability and comfort ...

Leader

... Stress is, for the first time, the most common cause of long-term sickness absence for both manual and non-manual employees and there is a strong link between job security and mental health problems, according to this year's Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development /Simplyhealth Absence Management survey. And although the survey was b...

New study finds soft surface textiles significant source of bacterial infection in healthcare settings

...es are significant sources of bacterial contamination in healthcare settings, with 63% of physician and nurse uniforms testing positive for pathogenic organisms, including those that are multi-drug resistant (11%). The study was conducted by the Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem. It looked at 238 samples from 135 of its hospital personnel [6...

New HiFlo Indoor Window Cleaning System from Unger

The team behind the number one Window Cleaning brand utilised its world class expertise to produce an easy-to-use, one step System for indoor window cleaning. The System is perfect for any user without window cleaning experience and does not require extensive training - just a few practice runs. It also offers safe and quick access for cleaning h...

Five companies earn top accolade in ISSA Innovation Awards

...d for products that industry distributors, building service contractors, in-house service providers and wholesalers voted as the most innovative for 2011. The 2011 Innovation Award Program categories and winners are: * Cleaning Agents: Diversey - SmartDose * Equipment: Nilfisk-Advance - Advance Adfinity REV Automatic Scrubber * Paper &a...

WEEE Directive recast negotiations sparking disagreements

The European Parliament and the 27 EU member states are set for difficult negotiations over the recast of the bloc's electronic waste directive as MEPs insist on ambitious targets for collecting and recycling discarded fridges, phones and other e-waste than the member states can accept, reports EurActiv .[TRIMTO] The European Parliament's Envi...

Study confirms 'no link' between use of antibacterial soaps and antibiotic resistance

...ional Journal of Microbiology Research , compared the use of over-the-counter antibacterial liquid hand and body cleansers and antibacterial bar soaps - containing the germ-killing ingredients triclosan and triclocarban - against the use of non-antibacterial cleansers. Lead author Dr. Eugene Cole, who has spent more than 35 years in the field of...

Numatic International: new machine features powerful two-stage motor

... took the opportunity to examine it at CMS Berlin.[TRIMTO] Export Sales Executive East Europe, Scandianavia and Mediterranean, Paul Hamer, said it had attracted a lot of interest at the show and explained that in making sure it was fit for tough use by the international cleaning market, the quality controllers had 'taken a hammer to it'! It's cl...

Sebo launches new Pro vacuum cleaner

...um cleaner, Sebo Stein & Co has aimed for the best possible combination of performance, comfort and ease of operation.[TRIMTO] The machine's radius of action of 15.5 metres gives greater manoeuvrability without the user having to find another socket closer to the area being cleaned, and the six litre filter bag (the machine offers high quali...

Clever Lucart produces recycled paper from drinks cartons

Whilst at the Pulire exhibition in Verona in May, John and I became very excited about the Lucart display and tried many times to speak to the people who could talk us through exactly what the company did. Unfortunately, we were unsuccessful. CMS Berlin provided that opportunity and we met with Export Manager Francesco Pasquini and Simone Masse...

Rubbermaid demonstrates benefits of its Hygen Clean Water System

...the attributes of its new Hygen Clean Water System, which consists of a filter bucket & wringer and eight specially engineered double-sided microfibre mops and is designed to improve productivity and reduce water consumption and chemical usage. This system, launched in Geneva in June and one which has just won an ISSA/Interclean Innovation Awar...

Leader 6th October continued

To a large degree, managing stress is about effective leadership and people management - particularly during periods of major change and uncertainty - and line managers need to focus on regaining the trust of their employees and openly communicating throughout the change process to avoid unnecessary stress and potential absences. They also need...

Leader

..., I was horrified to learn that the UK Government is to invest £250 million over the next two and a half years, into a scheme that will encourage local authorities to re-establish weekly collections of our general household rubbish. More than half of all councils have switched to fortnightly collections in recent years, affecting more than...

leader continued 13th October 2011

...Continued from Front Page: What we do need is comprehensive doorstep collections of recyclables and some consistency about what can be recycled and the type of bin that should receive it. At the moment, different councils collect different items and while some ask for cardboards and plastics in a black bin, others will want cardboard and paper ...

CHSA tees up a great Golf Day

...d recently at the Oulton Hall course near Leeds. An impressive 25 teams, comprising three amateurs and a professional, fought it out for an array of prizes on a course set to be 'challenging but not impossible!' As in previous years the professionals were provided by the Yorkshire PGA and this year included four players who appear regularly on th...

Vileda Professional launches new website

...product information on the complete range of solutions available from Vileda Professional in the UK and around the world, as well as a useful 'Consult the Experts' section designed to help users identify the best cleaning system for them. Vileda Professional aims to inform and assist users by providing useful and informative cleaning guides, as ...

MITIE wins inaugural Co-operative Food Award

...od Property Awards Charity Dinner. The award is Supplier of the Year in the Environmental, Cleaning and Waste category and is in recognition of MITIE's efforts in working for Co-operative Food across the country.[TRIMTO] The awards ceremony, which included over £200,000 being presented to Mencap and Enable Scotland, was held at Lancashire ...

Survey finding shifts in green attitudes and behaviours

Yesterday, SC Johnson and GfK Roper Consulting released survey findings on American consumer green attitudes and behaviours, painting a compelling picture of the evolution of consumer interests and actions over the last two decades. Of course the attitudes we have as consumers affects the way we think and behave at work, so this survey is worth ex...

Environmentally responsible lamp recycling initiative now available in Canada

Furthering their commitment to lamp recycling and to protecting the environment, Veolia ES Technical Solutions, the hazardous waste division of Veolia Environmental Services North America (VESNA) and Osram Sylvania have anounced the expansion of their joint online programme to offer RecyclePak recycling kits into Canada.[TRIMTO] This collaborat...

Safe Contractor award for CK Group

Leading specialist cleaning contractor and cleaning equipment and consumables supplier, CK Group have recently been awarded an accreditation certificate by Safe Contractor, a sought after health and safety accreditor, for achieving high standard health and safety services. These services broadly ranging from carpet and kitchen equipment cleaning ...

We have mail: Bill Bryson, President of the Campaign to Protect Rural England

Bill Bryson discusses the problems of - and efforts to clear away - the rubbish that blights our railway lines Dear Jan, I love travelling by train. Even now, the sensation of hurtling along at 125 miles per hour on the outside whilst experiencing comfort and an impressively smooth ride on the inside delights me. When I can forget about ...

New approach to fighting hospital superbugs - with friendly bacteria

Trials of a natural and cheap alternative to traditional hygiene practices is likely to spawn a completely new approach to the war against hospital superbugs.[TRIMTO] The startling results show that harmful bacteria can be completely eliminated by using 'friendly' bacteria in a simple cleaning fluid - rather than toxic chemicals. The trials...

Kimberly-Clark introduces patient education programme for HAI prevention

... of respondents were not very familiar or not at all familiar with Healthcare-Associated Infections and their causes, Kimberly-Clark has this week announced a new programme to educate patients about HAI's and steps they can take to aid in their prevention.[TRIMTO] The goal of the Kimberly-Clark HAI Patient Education Programme, launched at the Am...

Karcher Professional Cleaning Roadshow a resounding success!

... Stadium, The Madejski Stadium in Reading, Edgbaston Cricket Ground, The City of Manchester Stadium and Hampden Park - Scotland's national football stadium, the roadshow has cemented Karcher's reputation as a world leader in the design and manufacture of cleaning machines.[TRIMTO] The Karcher Professional Cleaning Roadshow has successfully launc...

HCI introduces new Infection Control Series televisions for healthcare use

HCI has announced the release of their new 26" and 32" Infection Control Series (ICS) RoomMate Digital Televisions for use in hospitals and other healthcare facilities to entertain and educate patients, visitors, and staff. The hospital grade televisions feature new technology that can reduce the risk of infection from the spread of bacteria.[TRIM...

First commercially available drier powered by heat pump

...mmercially available driers powered by heat pumps. The team explained that both models, with 250 and 325 litre drum capacity respectively, reduce power consumption by an impressive 60% and there is no need for a waste air extractor line. Operating at low temperatures, they can be used to gently dry both cotton and microfibre cloths.[TRIMTO] T...

Soapbox: Food Manufacturing Cleaning Companies are Gangmasters

...p; The Association of Labour Providers is the specialist trade association offering support and expert advice to organisations that provide and use workers within the food, agricultural and other GLA regulated sectors. Its members also include industrial labour providers. Established in 2004, the ALP's goal is to improve the standard of lab...

ISSA aims to change the way the world views cleaning

...i-faceted initiative to help its members gain greater acceptance of the positive impact of cleaning and to assist them in navigating the ongoing challenges facing the industry. The intention is to reflect the direction ISSA members are taking each day to provide state-of-the-art cleaning processes and products and protect public health. This foc...

Chemical-free floor stripping in just one pass

...tripping in just one pass. This, explained Sean, reduces the volume of water needed for the process and also reduces the potential for slips and falls that can be a problem when chemicals are used and residues are left behind.[TRIMTO] "You can help the environment while saving money and just use water to remove the floor finish," explained Sean....

Leader

...s Read by industry professionals in 148 countries worldwide!   This crowded island of ours has a huge, multi-cultural population and a thriving year-round tourist industry, yet public toilets are not always available where or when you need them, there is often a queue at the ladies, while facilities for disabled people, childre...

Leader 20th October continued

... The petition has its own Facebook page ( www.facebook.com/pages/We-need-the-loo/142266822533490 ) and can be found on the government's e-petition web site at ( epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/15258 ).  The e-petition website allows anyone to put up a petition - and if any petition gets at least 100,000 signatures, it will be eligible f...

News in Brief

...acquires ISSA A/S for £5.2 billion to create 'world's largest' integrated facilities services and security group. Former Joint Managing Director of Centre for Enterprise, Sarah Bentley, to take over as Chief Executive of Sector Skills Council Asset Skills when Richard Beamish retires next year.    ...

UK taxman urges employers to ditch 'A N Other'

...y year, employers send PAYE data to HM Revenue & Customs, which gives details of employees' tax and national insurance contributions. However, it is not always accurate. This can cause problems for the employee, for example, incorrect amounts being deducted from their pay. It can also use up valuable employer and HMRC time and money putting the...

Finnclean takes place next week

...s its doors next Wednesday. Housed in the Tampere Exhibition & Sports Centre in Tampere, Finland, this cleaning show and symposium will run from 26th through 28th October. Entry is free for those registering in advance. The show is organised by the Finnish Association of Cleaning Technology and Tampere Trade Fairs. T: +358 40 545 2870 E: jutta.kivikallio@puhtausala.fi W: www.puhtausala.fi www.finnclean.fi ...

Get involved in review of EcoLogo's Sanitary Paper Environmental Standard

EcoLogo, based in Ottowa, Canada, and one of North America's most trusted and recognisable ecolabels, is inviting members of the public to help transform the sanitary paper products industry by participating in the revision of its Sanitary Paper environmental standard.[TRIMTO] Sanitary paper products, such as toilet tissue, facial tissue, kitch...

Tork foam soaps save customers time and money

Tork foam soaps are proving a hit with customers - and many are saving time and money after switching to the new products.[TRIMTO] Buyers have been impressed by the fact that each soap bottle contains 2,500 shots of soap which means the cost per shot highly competitive, according to SCA product and segment manager Charlotte Branwhite. "The ...

Filmop product agreement latest piece of Jigsaw puzzle

A major UK cleaning distribution agreement has been reached between Jigsaw Cleaning Systems and Italian-based cleaning equipment supplier Filmop. The agreement will enable Jigsaw Cleaning Systems to become an officially authorised distributor to supply the innovative range of Filmop products in the UK. "This agreement marks a major step in ...

Snow and sustainable transportation DO go together!

...nnel Four News presenter Jon Snow led the speakers at the event. [TRIMTO] Jon reflected on his long and illustrious career in journalism, telling attendees of his experiences during his numerous meetings with political figures over the years, from Margaret Thatcher to Idi Amin and Jimmy Carter. He also explained why green and ethical living is impo...

Ace Janitorial celebrates 40th Anniversary

...0, is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. Ace, is one of the North East's most successful and resilient independent janitorial supplies companyies. It has traded through several recessions and remains as successful today as it ever has been - boasting a £2m annual turnover.[TRIMTO] Attercliffe-based Ace was formed by Alf Cullum...

New study shows that cleanliness matters most to restaurant customers

...95 consumers throughout the US, the cleanliness of restaurant interiors, as well as dishes, glasses and silverware, was consistently ranked as having the highest importance when choosing a restaurant. Key insights from the study include: Diners in Chicago ranked the quality of food as their number-one concern when choosing a restaurant, with ...

Vectair named South West Finalist in Santander International Trade Awards

Vectair Systems has been named Regional Finalist in the South West Final of the Santander International Trade Awards 2010/11. The awards, sponsored by Santander Corporate Banking, are an exclusive UK-wide business awards that recognise the success of exporters, importers and those trading overseas.[TRIMTO] "Our emphasis on exports has driven o...

Industry raises £1,800 for Breast Cancer Campaign

...Borough Council; Premiere Products; Bees Knees florists; awards organiser Ceris Burns International and awards venue, the Marriott Forest of Arden. Breast Cancer Campaign's mission is to beat breast cancer by funding innovative world-class research to understand how breast cancer develops, leading to improved diagnosis, treatment, prevention and...

We have mail: A rebranding for the IICRC

...he Institute of Inspection, Cleaning & Restoration Certification (IICRC) is going through a rebranding exercise and explains why and how it is going to happen. Founded in 1972, the organisation currently represents more than 5,700 Certified Firms and 54,000 Certified Technicians in 22 countries. The Clean Trust, with participation from the enti...

Leader

...the contract cleaners, tells me that one of the main aims of this new body is to upgrade the skills and qualifications of the industry's workers and to bring in some sort of licensing scheme so that any worker taking part in the scheme, will be able to settle anywhere in the country and find employment in the industry (if it's available!) that suit...

News in Brief

...acquires ISSA A/S for £5.2 billion to create 'world's largest' integrated facilities services and security group. Former Joint Managing Director of Centre for Enterprise, Sarah Bentley, to take over as Chief Executive of Sector Skills Council Asset Skills when Richard Beamish retires next year.    ...

Australian cleaning industry to form umbrella body

...being tasked to become the central voice of all participants in the cleaning & hygiene industry and has, as its members, associations including the ACCA, the Building Services Contractors Association of Australia, the National Cleaning Suppliers Association, The International Custodial Advisors Network, the National Upholstery, Carpet Cleaners ...

We have Mail

from Andrew Large, Chief Executive, Cleaning & Support Services Association I would like to respond to the article in Cleanzine issue 492 by David Camp concerning gangmasters. David is right to highlight the gold plating of the law creating the Gangmaster's Licencing Authority, as it is clear that the law did not intend to cover t...

Workplace Futures conference 2012: New needs? New solutions

Where is Facilities Management headed as customer needs continue to change and suppliers grapple with the challenges of an economy still struggling to recover from recession? Workplace Futures brings together the experts that will help you define and clarify your own strategy for future success.[TRIMTO] The conference, which is being organised ...

Chemical product/manufacturing process health impact reporting standardised

NSF International and the American Chemical Society Green Chemistry Institute have developed an American National Standard that provides a standardised way to define and report the environmental and human health hazards associated with a chemical product and its manufacturing process impacts.[TRIMTO] The new standard, officially known as NSF/GC...

Post Office guarantees to beat business insurance renewal quotes

...policy, which can be accessed from any one of over 11,800 Post Office branches, as well as by phone and online, will provide self-employed property maintainers with access to the wide ranging cover required in the course of their business including: - Public liability insurance up to £1m - Temporary occupation of buildings - Liability insu...

US Products' survey finds 2011 carpet cleaning spend 'about same' as 2010

A survey conducted for US Products, manufacturer of professional carpet cleaning tools and equipment, reports that most carpet cleaning technicians (60%) find customer spending on carpet cleaning this year is on par with 2010. However, nearly 30% say this year's sales are behind those of 2010. "The industry is doing better," says Mark Baxter...

Roadshow highlights business cost of poor indoor air quality

The UK is said to have the highest rate of illnesses caused by water systems, dampness and mould, ventilation and conditioning systems and building materials in the EU. A new campaign was launched last week to urge UK businesses to fit adequate ventilation systems that comply with European guidelines.[TRIMTO] The initiative, launched by the Cam...

Activeion technology makes finals of IET Awards 2011

...vember 9th.[TRIMTO] IET is one of the world's leading professional societies for the engineering and technology community, with more than 150,000 members in 127 countries. Through active networks in 37 territories and with offices in Europe, North America and Asia-Pacific, IET provides a global knowledge network to facilitate the exchange of ide...

A date for your diary: Carpex / Windex Show 2012

Designed specifically for everyone involved in the window cleaning industry and the cleaning, maintenance and restoration of carpets, upholstery and flooring, Carpex & Windex 2012 is being staged at the Ricoh Arena, Coventry, on 8th and 9th March. The organisers report that 60% of stand space is already sold. T: 01737 855086 E: martinscott@quartzltd.com W: www.quartzltd.com ...

Unger UK supports Keep Britain Tidy's 'Love Where You Live' campaign

Unger UK has become a corporate supporter of Keep Britain Tidy - and rather than just make a donation, the cleaning equipment manufacturer got down and dirty in the charity's first big clean up event in Croydon last week, as part of 'Love Where You Live' campaign.[TRIMTO] Unger provided litter pickers for the volunteers and Kirstie Allsop, a c...

St Pancras International's cleaning runs as scheduled, thanks to Rubbermaid

...on's St Pancras International has undergone a wealth of changes. Today it spans 8,000 square meters and is the terminus for Britain's only high speed railway lines. Such a destination attracts a staggering 300,000 passengers each day and following the opening of a new ticket hall in 2009, it also incorporates a wide range of additional facilities s...

Halo cleans up with RPC UKSC

...le reputation in the laundry detergent market. Halo protects clothing from up to 99.99% of bacteria and viruses. It destroys the H1N1 flu virus, clostridium difficile spores and MRSA bacteria within five minutes contact time, washing at only 30 degrees C. RPC UKSC was able to offer brand owner Eastern Valley Chemicals its complete in-house desig...

CK Group achieves ISO 14001

Following on from their recent Safe Contractor accreditation for achieving a high standard in health and safety services, leading specialist cleaning contractor and cleaning equipment and consumables supplier, CK Group has now also been awarded ISO 14001 for its Environmental Management System. [TRIMTO] Believed to be one of the first com...

Leader

...another, with a view to raising enough funding between us to apply for Sector Skills Council status and thus receive Government grants towards training. I could never quite understand why an industry as enormous as ours would need to involve others, but it soon became clear that we would not succeed in raising the required sums to be able to app...

News in Brief

...ercent support. G4S had on October 17 announced its plans to create the world's largest security and facilities firm. Some 12,000 office cleaners in the US states of Washington, Maryland and Virginia have won a four-year contract that guarantees pay rises averaging 4% p.a. and averts strike action. Emprise Services has won the support ser...

Servi-Tek reinvents the janitorial services offering

Cleanzine talks to Eric Friz and Kurt Lester of Servi-Track, a company that provides green janitorial and landscaping services for large retail centres, medical office buildings and pharmacological companies in California, Arizona, Nevada, Hawaii and Florida. If you're a cleaning contractor and are striving to improve efficiency and provide a...

New Gum Spotter Lance removes gum in seconds, without chemicals

Tech-Clean, the British manufacturer and supplier of high pressure cleaning equipment, has just launched the Gum Spotter lance, which removes chewing gum from floor surfaces in seconds, without chemicals.[TRIMTO] "As the Gum Spotter uses plain hot water, it's environmentally friendly and keeps costs down," says the company's Jan Murdoch. ...

Trouble free commercial cleaning with SEBO

...ped to suit the commercial environment. The range includes the Sebo BS36, BS46, Dart, UHS polisher and will be joined soon by a high performance cylinder machine.[TRIMTO] The Sebo BS36 and BS46 upright vacuum cleaners provide superior performance, outstanding reliability and are easy to maintain. The comfortable handle grips and low handle wei...

Central vacuuming systems could change commercial cleaning, says Vacrite

As architects and facilities managers adapt to the ever evolving ways business is conducted, one area that is often neglected is the way buildings are kept clean. Disan produces some of the world's most technologically advanced, central vacuum systems and now Vacrite brings them to the UK market. Disan systems are utilised globally by leading bus...

Study highlights need for more knowledge about green cleaning programmes in hospitals

...eed for studies to determine the impact of green cleaning programmes on health outcomes in patients and staff, and for additional studies to determine the impact of green cleaners on environmental cleanliness and hospital-acquired infection transmission. The report, 'Green Cleaning in Healthcare: Current Practices and Questions for Future Research...

IICRC (The Clean Trust) publishes list of forthcoming courses

...toration Certification (which as we reported in a recent issue of Cleanzine, is currently being rebranded to become 'The Clean Trust') has published its latest schedule of training and certification courses. Courses taking place at various locations around the UK during November, include 'Water Restoration Technician', 'Stone, Masonry & Cer...

Ensure compliance with PPG26 Pollution Prevention Guidelines

Fentex has consolidated its spill trays and absorption materials, providing a range of products to achieve compliance with the national Pollution Prevention Guidelines (PPG26). Spill trays can be supplied for use with single or multiple primary containers of one, five, 20 and 25 litres' capacity together with drums up to 205 litres.[TRIMTO] Th...

Backstage battle over energy efficiency directive

...ed in the EU's draft energy efficiency directive are being contested by member states, with Britain and the Netherlands pushing for some provisions to be deleted entirely, EurActiv reports. One headline figure in the original directive - a mandatory 3% annual public buildings renovation rate - has been earmarked for deletion in the latest EU d...

Contract Cleaning Market: Research & Analysis UK 2011-2015, now published

...arket in 2011 with forecasts to 2015. Based on sales from more than 80% of the industry by value and now in its 3rd edition, the report is written specifically for cleaning equipment suppliers & cleaning contractors representing a key source of vital market intelligence, analysis & comment. The report is available immediately in a varie...

Especially in the janitorial industry, only wet babies like change

...Selkow, who through more than 35 years in cleaning has stacked up an impressive depth of experience and knowledge of the industry. The saying goes; the only sure thing is death and taxes. Those that come up with profound proverbs are never questioned or doubted. Except by a few folks like me who do a lot of doubting. They missed an important...

Dutch transfer: Vebego sells Indigo Services to Facilicom

...s group to another. In real terms this saw Vebego exit the market, ending its 20 year association - and Facilicom, simultaneously and significantly, increase its share of the UK contract cleaning sector.[TRIMTO] After a short period of integration the new combined entity will be re-launched under the Facilicom Cleaning Services brand in the New ...

Satino Black wins Pentaward 2011

... 5 continents participated in this international competition for packaging design. The awards were handed out at Times Square in New York.[TRIMTO] Nick op den Buijsch, speaking on behalf of the Dutch manufacturer, says: "We are proud of having won this prestigious award in a competition that included so many well known leading companies from all...

Emprise still ensuring the show goes on at Delfont Mackintosh

...ning services to Delfont Mackintosh theatres for a further two years.[TRIMTO] Delfont Mackintosh and Emprise have worked in partnership across the portfolio of seven theatres and two offices for the last 12 years. Emprise has been able to secure this extended contract term through the longevity of this successful relationship and the close work...

Awards event in Scotland celebrates cleaning skills contest

...the Sector Skills Council for cleaning. It aims to celebrate the best trained cleaners, supervisors and managers within private companies (the open strand) and the prisons sector. The ceremony took place in Glasgow to mark winners of the open strands in Scotland and England, and the prisons strand in Scotland. This year's awards were dominated b...

Cut staff sick days with antibacterial surface protection

...uch is a permanent antibacterial protection that the company claims will reduce the spread of germs and minimise cross infection. This treatment is now incorporated as standard into a core selection of its washroom products.[TRIMTO] According to a the latest CBI/Pfizer Absence and Workplace Health Survey, published in May this year, workplace a...

Hovima Aparthotels wins Check Safety First award for exceptional standards

... First's E-Cristal auditing system, the Tenerife based group has been commended for its excellent standard shown in the management of hygienic sanitary risks.[TRIMTO] The Hovima group has worked tirelessly with Check Safety First to ensure the safest environment for guests. E-Cristal has been used by each establishment to gather and record the l...

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... at the wonderfully well organised Golden Service Awards, as a guest of Kimberly-Clark Professional and the Cleaning & Support Services Association. You've been wined, dined and then entertained by some highly talented jugglers and gymnasts and talked through the awards proceedings by breakfast TV presenter and winner of  last year's St...

News in Brief

...ercent support. G4S had on October 17 announced its plans to create the world's largest security and facilities firm. Some 12,000 office cleaners in the US states of Washington, Maryland and Virginia have won a four-year contract that guarantees pay rises averaging 4% p.a. and averts strike action. Emprise Services has won the support ser...

People:

...reated role for the Warrington-based firm. Bill previously worked for MITIE Security in Scotland, where his successful business style helped it grow to a £350 million company, bringing in fresh ideas and managing 58 shopping centres. Prior to that, he enjoyed a 14 year career in the British Army, culminating in him being awarded a Mili...

Deputy Minister awards candidates with vocational qualifications certificates

...f Cuthbert AM has awarded a number of apprentices with certificates for taking part in programmes brand new to Wales. More than 100 people attended an event at the Millennium Centre organised by Asset Skills to mark a project which has transformed the training landscape for hundreds of staff in facilities management (FM), housing, property, plannin...

Win a pair of Unger Gloves!

...d the re-launch of its protective Neoprene gloves range, with an impressive line-up of new features and improvements. To begin with, solid reinforced stitching, as well as a glue seal, have been added along the seams to achieve extra durability and protection against water ingress. Yet the gloves feel soft and comfortable on the inside with the ...

New SoChlor environmental disinfection portfolio aids infection prevention

...se in infection prevention to help infection control specialists, healthcare cleaning professionals and facilities managers provide cleaner healthcare environments.[TRIMTO] Good hygiene is vital for preventing HCAIs in hospitals. The National Cleaning Manual recommends the use of chlorine based disinfection products at suitable strength. However...

B & V Water Treatment's new Absulox kills all harmful microbes

A new product that kills harmful water borne microbes, including legionella and pseudomonas, has been launched by one of the UK's leading water treatment companies. B & V Water Treatment, which was recently named one of the brightest companies in the UK by the Daily Telegraph, expects sales of Absulox, launched this Autumn, to be nothing...

MITIE CEO named National Business Awards 'Leader of the Year'

...Grosvenor House Hotel in London. Ruby was honoured with the evening's highest accolade for her outstanding achievement and effective leadership, growing a successful FTSE 250 company and nurturing a dedicated and engaged workforce.[TRIMTO] The judging panel for the Orange Leader of the Year award said: "Ruby has grown MITIE from half a billion i...

Emprise wins Royal Bank of Canada support services contract

...yal Bank of Canada. The deal with Emprise is for RBC's two smart London offices, Riverbank House and Thames Court, which total over 200,000 sq ft of office space. Emprise will now be responsible for the management and delivery of support services including daily office cleaning, periodic cleans, window cleaning, washroom services and consumable...

Freudenberg's green technologies lead to workforce increases

...recyclable product innovations that include materials used in everything from mattresses, wallpaper and brooms to building materials, landscaping and automotive interiors. The innovations keep more than 377 million plastic drink bottles out of landfills annually and have led to new contracts and increased business, allowing Freudenberg's Nonwovens,...

Healthy Workplaces Campaign closing event takes place this month in Spain

...losing event of the Healthy Workplaces Campaign 2010-11 on Safe Maintenance will take place on 22nd and 23rd November 2011 at the Bizkaia Aretoa conference centre in Bilbao, Spain, bringing together leading European experts and decision-makers to exchange good practice and discuss future strategies on promoting safe maintenance.[TRIMTO] On the a...

OCS Helps Eurostar to Shine

Eurostar, the high-speed passenger service linking the UK and mainland Europe, has awarded OCS a contract to provide cleaning services for its trains at St Pancras International and its Temple Mills depot in Leyton, East London. "We are delighted to have won this contract at a key time for Eurostar," says Eddie Ratcliffe, OCS Operations Direc...

Bunzl acquires further business in Brazil

Bunzl, the international distribution and outsourcing group, has this week announced that it has acquired Danny Comercio Importacao Exportacao from Nielzer and Rita Sudre.[TRIMTO] Based near Sao Paulo, Danny is a leading supplier of personal protection equipment throughout Brazil, specialising in the sourcing and sale of gloves and safety glass...

Lavendon Access launches SkySiren entrapment solution

...TRIMTO] Entrapment can occur when an operator is pinned between an object (from behind or above) and the MEWP's control panel. Since 2003, eight people have been killed and many injured when trapped or operating a MEWP. The two most likely causes of injury in these situations are the initial entrapment crush forces, which can be considerable,...

UK's top cleaners recognised at Golden Service Awards 2011

The UK & Ireland's very best cleaners and cleaning companies have been revealed at this year's Golden Service Awards, organised by Kimberly-Clark Professional, in partnership with the Cleaning & Support Services Association.[TRIMTO] At a glittering awards ceremony in a top London hotel last Friday, a total of 19 gongs were dished out t...

Exhibitors and attendees win big at ISSA/Interclean 2011

...or our industry," says ISSA Executive Director John Garfinkel. "Shifting trends, budget constraints and environmental and regulatory changes demand that the industry adapts how it conducts business - and ISSA is adapting as well to help our members succeed. "This successful show is just one example of how ISSA continues to bring together the lea...

Leader 10th November 2011

...ued from Front Page Like everyone else there, you leave the event late that afternoon on a high and proud to be part of such a wonderful industry made up of hard-working and committed people who have a passion for their cause, which makes such a difference to everyone's lives. You arrive at Lancaster Gate Tube station (the nearest to the hot...

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...worldwide!   Figures released today show that UK unemployment has reached 2.62 million and the Governor of the Bank of England has again cut the UK growth forecast. The UK is not alone though as many countries - and particularly those in mainland Europe - are in a similar (and in some cases far worse) situation. Those of us who have...

News in Brief

...ercent support. G4S had on October 17 announced its plans to create the world's largest security and facilities firm. Some 12,000 office cleaners in the US states of Washington, Maryland and Virginia have won a four-year contract that guarantees pay rises averaging 4% p.a. and averts strike action. Emprise Services has won the support ser...

UK Government plans to reform PFI model

On Tuesday the UK Government announced that it is to review the private finance initiative and consider other delivery models. The objective of the review, led by the Treasury, is to create a new model for delivering public assets and services that takes advantage of private sector expertise, but at a lower cost to the taxpayer.[TRIMTO] The Gov...

Scottish botulism poisoning highlights limitations of anti-bacterial sanitisers

News of an outbreak of Botulism poisoning in Scotland this week has heightened awareness and concerns over food hygiene and infection control. The cases are believed to have been caused by a contaminated batch of Lloyd Grossman's curry sauce. With two people hospitalised after consuming the sauce, there are fears that the outbreak could spread if ...

Girbau UK launches smarter washers to save energy and water

... Pro control to its popular 6 Series range of washers to offer even greater operational flexibility and lower consumption of energy and water for a wide range of commercial on-premise laundry applications including hotels, care homes and hospitals, schools and colleges.[TRIMTO] Logi Pro programming is now available as an option on Girbau UK's to...

Customers are shouting, but is anybody listening?

..., the feedback shared, according to a study published this week by the Customer Contact Association and sponsored by Verint Systems.[TRIMTO] The study, based on parallel surveys of UK consumers and CCA member organisations, shows that social media is widely seen by consumers as an effective means for people to discuss their experiences, good an...

Annual CIPD survey shows shift in priorities for reward professionals

...e reward risks, according to the annual Reward Risks Survey by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. In particular, they are concerned about achieving the balance between affordability and the need to offer competitive reward packages as demand for key skills picks up and employees' appreciation of the value of total packages dimini...

A 'Right Royal' Service for Queen Alexandra College

Queen Alexandra College (QAC) in Birmingham, a national college for people aged 16 plus with visual impairment, other disabilities, or both, has recently extended its facilities services contract with OCS for a further five years. Over the past 12 years, OCS has provided catering, housekeeping, pest control and hygiene services across all facili...

Making the case for daytime cleaning

Retailers understand that cleanliness, hygiene and the appearance of their store goes hand-in-hand with customer perceptions and the reputation of their business. Over time they have established procedures that meet these objectives very well. But changes in the way retailers operate have created new demands on the way they manage their cleaning....

Veolia Environmental Services wastes no time in getting HelpStar on board

... week announced that Veolia Environmental Services North America is automating its service requests and support across multiple departments through HelpStar's award-winning, customisable service desk software.[TRIMTO] Veolia is a leading provider of fully integrated waste, environmental and industrial cleaning solutions to residential, municipal...

SCA reorganises hygiene operations for increased efficiency, market presence and growth

To support its long-term strategy and strengthen competitiveness, SCA is reorganising its global hygiene operations. The new organisation will contribute to increased efficiency, market presence and growth.[TRIMTO] SCA's European hygiene operations will be organised in three business units: AFH Professional Hygiene Europe, which will be headed...

Cintas and Rubbermaid to deliver rental cleaning solutions together

In their continual pursuit to provide customers with world-class products and services, Cintas and Rubbermaid Commercial Products, jointly announced on Monday a strategic alliance to offer custom cleaning and hygiene solutions to Cintas customers - some 800,000 business across North America. One of these solutions is a new co-branded microfibre of...

Leader 17th November continued

...ening?' we report on the results of a survey into customer complaints, what companies do about them and the damage social media can do to an organisation's reputation. The survey reveals that while the majority of British consumers will complain about poor service, almost half believe that their complaints fall on deaf ears. Whereas poor service...

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...ief Executive Dr Liz Goodwin published results of the organisation's work over the past three years and set out its future agenda. She revealed that WRAP has met all its published major targets, having helped keep 11 million tonnes of waste out of landfill, avoid 5.5 million tonnes of CO2 equivalent emissions and generate £2bn of benefits ...

Ranger adds Teupen's new Leo 15GT Plus spider lift to its portfolio

...TO] This new feature-packed lift introduces a premium specification 15m model to sit above the standard Leo 15GT which will be revamped and relaunched in the future. The Leo 15GT Plus boasts advances not available on the standard machine as well as enhancements being made across the Teupen range under its 'facelift' programme. The 'facelift' ...

News in Brief

...: +44 (0) 20 3123 8675      Brushtec has taken delivery of its most advanced and biggest brush manufacturing machine to date. E: info@brushtec.com The International Facility Management Association has launched its Benchmarking Exchange. W: www.ifma.org/BEX     ...

Leader 24th November 2011

...ld food waste since 2006/07 from 8.3 million tonnes to 7.2 million tonnes per year was very welcome and probably due to a range of factors. However, there was a big job still to be done given the food we waste in homes alone is worth £12bn a year, and food wasted throughout the supply chain was 'significant' at a time when food security was a...

Loch Loo-mand, as it might become...

Scotland's lochs would look like sewage dumps if the country had to endure the same sanitary conditions as 2.6 billion people across the world, as images released to mark the launch of World Toilet Day show.[TRIMTO] The World Toilet Organisation, which organises the awareness day, works towards improving toilet and sanitation conditions wo...

Chequers' crowning moment at East Surrey College

....[TRIMTO] Kate Ward, a director at Chequers, was delighted to be invited to the official opening and luncheon at the College - a valued client of seven years - and was even more delighted to be introduced to the Queen and her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh. The Duke commented on the company's ethos and its commitment to the ethnic and cultura...

Did you know... Brightwell organises free technical training sessions?

...spensers organises regular in-house technical training sessions at its Newhaven HQ for its laundry and dishwashing equipment. The sessions usually last a full day, from 09.00 - 16.00 and cover all aspects of the units and accessories, from computer programming and dishwash programming, to correct and beneficial usage of accessories. And at the e...

Hygiene issues at Indian hospital exacerbated by huge volume of visitors

...ved ones. This is leading to a rapid spread of infection as many of these visitors ignore the rules and regulations regarding cleanliness and hygiene.[TRIMTO] The hospital superintendent, Ramen Talukdar, told Times of India: "The hospital is turning into a hub of infection now, thanks to the increasing number of visitors. Every day we expect aro...

Sale proposed of Fiberweb's hygiene business to Petropar

Fiberweb has announced that it and its wholly-owned subsidiary, Fiberweb Holdings, has entered into binding agreements for the sale of the hygiene business to Brazilian-based company Petropar for US$286 million (approximately £179 million).[TRIMTO] Nonwoven materials developed, manufactured and marketed by Fiberweb are used in a wide vari...

The Apprenticeship Scheme in action at CK Group

When leading cleaning contractor and consumables supplier CK Group were approached by business development company South London Business (SLB) as a result of the government's reinvigorated apprenticeship scheme, CK Group's Managing Director, Ian Pether, was only too happy to agree to take on Charlie Porter after a number of prospective unemployed...

Leeds Castle drives for sustainability

Management and staff at Leeds Castle have been making great progress in developing the venue's waste management procedures, with a view to increasing recycling rates and minimising the amount of waste sent to landfill as a result of the castle's day-to-day operations. The sustainability drive began in April 2010, with a clear target to achiev...

Public procurement announcement a big deal for SMEs, says Forum of Private Business

...rum of Private Business.[TRIMTO] Ministers say the changes will make the process less legalistic and it should be easier for the smaller organisations to access lucrative state-funded contracts, worth in the region of £230b a year. Changes announced by cabinet minister Francis Maude this week include the publication of £50 billion...

China Clean Expo partners with EUnited Cleaning to promote next year's show

...tor of EUnited," as the announcement was made. "The association will assist CCE in the organisation and promotion of the event, especially in providing local resources and advice for CCE's growth in Europe. "EUnited Cleaning and its members have considered CCE in Shanghai the most important event for the industry in Asia." The next CCE will t...

Francisco Duarte

...ooke, Chief Executive of Principle, writes: "Francisco played a major role in helping to develop and grow the company by ensuring extremely high standards of quality and customer service. He was a great organiser, loyal and totally dedicated to improving the cleaning industry for both the staff and the company's clients. "He leaves behind his...

OCS achieves sparkling results in Asset Skills Team Clean Challenge Awards

...year's Asset Skills Team Clean Challenge Awards. After a raft of fiercely contested regional heats and the competition final in Birmingham, the OCS team at Chepstow Hospital scooped second place, while the company's team at Aegon in Edinburgh achieved third place. Bill Ochs from Aegon, Edinburgh, was also awarded Best Supervisor for Scotland.[TRI...

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...fe crisis, Doug explained that he was part of the 'Movember' movement., whereby each November, thousands of men around the world grow moustaches to raise awareness of - and funds to help fight - prostate and testicular cancer and other cancers that affect men. On 'Movember' 1st, men register at Movember.com with a clean-shaven face and then for ...

Leader 1st December continued

...ralia, Movember has grown to become a truly global movement inspiring more than 1.1 Million Mo Bros and Mo Sistas (the men's female supporters) to participate, with formal campaigns in Australia, New Zealand, the US, Canada, the UK, Finland, the Netherlands, Spain, South Africa and Ireland. In addition, Movember is aware of Mo Bros and Mo Sistas su...

News in Brief

...: +44 (0) 20 3123 8675      Brushtec has taken delivery of its most advanced and biggest brush manufacturing machine to date. E: info@brushtec.com The International Facility Management Association has launched its Benchmarking Exchange. W: www.ifma.org/BEX     ...

PolyOne and Sanitized AG collaborate on healthcare solutions

PolyOne Corporation, the global provider of specialised polymer materials, services and solutions, has just announced an alliance with Sanitized AG, a leading producer of antimicrobials with over 50 years of experience, to provide innovative, customisable polymer solutions for specialised healthcare and medical device applications.[TRIMTO] Poly...

Ecolab, Nalco shareholders approve merger

Shareholders from both Ecolab and Nalco Holding Company overwhelmingly approved the merger of the two companies yesterday. The merger will create a global leader in water, hygiene and energy technologies and services, offering premier product solutions, what is claimed to be the industry's largest and best-trained sales and service force, coverage...

RCS is driving forward sustainable cleaning.

Following extensive trials and after researching a number of green cleaning products and alternative cleaning methods; Regular Cleaning Services, the Lewisham-based premier provider of cleaning services to London's business community and a recent finalist in the South East London Business Awards for Sustainability, is now cleaning its clients' bu...

Training for cleaners in 2012

...or professional carpet & upholstery cleaners. The Surrey-based company is again running One- and Two-Day, professionally-recognised courses at its purpose-built Training Academy in Chessington, covering all of today's key floor and fabric cleaning disciplines, and more. For established cleaners looking to improve skills and learn more abo...

Emprise retains leading role with Ambassador Theatre Group

Emprise Services has retained and expanded its contract with the Ambassador Theatre Group. Emprise has maintained a successful relationship with ATG for 11 years, providing cleaning services to 24 of the theatre company's venues. Following a competitive tender process, Emprise has now been selected as the sole service provider for the entire ...

Asset Skills secures £2m investment for skills to drive growth

...kills across the Asset Skills footprint. The funding, provided through the Employer Investment Fund and administered by the UK Commission for Employment & Skills, will help Asset Skills implement a range of employer-led programmes.[TRIMTO] The £2,026,000 will be used across four projects over two years in facilities management, cleanin...

SCA delivers binding offer to acquire Georgia-Pacific's European tissue operations

...ect to consultations with works councils where appropriate.[TRIMTO] "The deal is a strategic fit and will strengthen our product offering and geographic reach in Europe. It also leads to substantial synergies", says Jan Johansson, President and CEO of SCA. Georgia-Pacific's European tissue operations have EBIT margins that are on a similar le...

Better information about lorry parking provision

...ood news this week for the many drivers from overseas, whose job it is to deliver cleaning products and equipment into the UK, with a comprehensive report on the availability and use of lorry parking facilities in England published by Roads Minister Mike Penning.[TRIMTO] The study reviewed lorry parking facilities, including their capacity and l...

Study highlights serious problem of hospital-acquired infections in Africa

...ognised in high-income countries, with major initiatives promoting cleanliness among hospital staff and visitors. However, despite many African hospitals being severely overcrowded, and suffering frequent shortages of basic supplies such as running water and clean linen, virtually no data exist on the number of hospital-acquired infections in the r...

Cutting edge brush machine commissioned

Brush manufacturer Brushtec has take delivery of its most advanced and biggest brush machine to date.[TRIMTO] This fully robotic brush manufacturing cell uses cutting edge technology to increase production capabilities. Weighing in at an astonishing 12 tonnes, it required special lifting equipment to unload and position it.[TRIMTO] Along wi...

New pads perfect for terrazzo and concrete cleaning and polishing

KGS has developed a range of diamond floor pads for cleaning and polishing concrete and terrazzo, which cuts costs and helps the environment by eliminating the need for chemical polishes. It can be used under a wide variety of equipment including scrubber driers, three head, UHS burnishers and propane burnishers.[TRIMTO] The system is not lab...

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... six weeks before Interclean Amsterdam 2002, why not have someone representing the biggest cleaning and hygiene show in the world pick out the lucky winner for us?  We're pleased to announce that Rob den Hertog has graciously accepted the invitation and will do the honours for us next week. Rob, Senior Product Manager ISSA/Interclean Amster...

10th anniversary Prize Draw

... Broadcast every Thursday,  Cleanzine  is read by  80,000  cleaning and hygiene industry professionals in 148 countries, offering a great opportunity to place your sales message in front of a truly global audience. Your free ad campaign can start,  be paused or changed at any time to allow ...

News in Brief

...: +44 (0) 20 3123 8675      Brushtec has taken delivery of its most advanced and biggest brush manufacturing machine to date. E: info@brushtec.com The International Facility Management Association has launched its Benchmarking Exchange. W: www.ifma.org/BEX     ...

New methods 'save time and money'

...for local authorities when it comes to cleaning large public institutions such as schools, colleges and civic buildings, according to a cleaning expert. Brian Boll, of Jigsaw Cleaning Systems - provider of cleaning advisory services to the private and public sector - says that new methodologies combined with the very latest in materials can cont...

Ecolab China again named Outstanding Enterprise for Corporate Social Responsibility

Ecolab was named an Outstanding Enterprise in Delivering Corporate Social Responsibility for the second consecutive year by China Business News, China's premier business media group. At the CBN 2011 China Corporate Social Responsibility Award ceremony in Guangzhou, China, Ecolab was presented with the Top 20 Outstanding Enterprise Award for the co...

Some NZ hotels "could be cleaner" report travellers

Bedbugs, dirty loos and even unwashed sheets are problems some Kiwi travellers have encountered during their hotel stays in New Zealand, according to a Travelbug survey of 11,000 people, carried out by the Trade Me website, reports stuff.co.nz Some 32% of respondents revealed that their biggest hotel hygiene fear was discovering unwashed sheets...

Deb Group enters South East Asian market

..., following the acquisition of Advantage Pte, a Singapore distributor specialising in personal care and safety products for the Singapore and South East Asian markets.[TRIMTO] After a period of consolidating its position in the developed economies of North America, Europe and Australasia, this acquisition supports Deb Group's continuing ambition...

New £125m fund to boost UK advanced manufacturing supply chains

...cretary Vince Cable announced yesterday. The Initiative aims to help existing UK supply chains grow and achieve world class standards while encouraging major new suppliers to manufacture in the UK.[TRIMTO] The new fund will support innovative projects in established UK advanced manufacturing sectors such as chemicals, aerospace and automotive. I...

Hygiene Group to the rescue!

... offering them the opportunity to take a course in confined space entry procedures, covering search and rescue using self-contained breathing apparatus.[TRIMTO] Hygiene Group is believed to be one of the first providers of cleaning services to the food sector to offer this type of training to its employees. The two-day course trains staff in saf...

CHSA Soft Tissue Scheme: meet the members

The Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association's (CHSA) Manufacturing Standard Accreditation Scheme is actively supported by some of the biggest names in the away from home paper products market, including SCA Hygiene Products, Kimberly-Clark Professional, Georgia Pacific and Metsa Tissue. The intention of these companies and the other Schem...

Register now for the ISSA Europe 2012 Golf Day

...f its not-to-be missed annual Golf Day, which be held on Thursday 21st June 2012 at the Toft Hotel and Golf Course, Toft, Bourne, Lincolnshire PE10 0JT. Known for being a keenly contested yet enjoyable tournament, the ISSA event features a 9 hole Texas Scramble and an 18 hole Stableford competition. Players will be served with a hot bacon roll ...

Matthew Wonnacott - badly injured but doing well

Many Cleanzine readers around the world will be familiar with Vectair Systems and will have met the Wonnacott team - Paul, his daughter Louise and the most recent addition, his son Matthew - promoting the company and its products at many international exhibitions and making every visitor to the stand feel thoroughly welcome, no matter how many pe...

CSSA welcomes new online visa check tool

... forged or invalid work permits. "This is definitely a positive signal from the UK Border Agency and it shows that it is interested in offering better support for businesses," says Andrew Large, Chief Executive of the CSSA. "The CSSA has long argued that government policy towards migrant workers places too much responsibility on employers and...

Start the New Year with some training!

...toration Certification (which as we reported in a recent issue of Cleanzine, is currently being rebranded to become 'The Clean Trust') has published a new schedule of training and certification courses for those wishing to upgrade their skills in 2012.[TRIMTO] Download the list of courses and their descriptions here. T: 0208 253 4505 E: claire.kelly@admin.co.uk ...

As 2020 target nears, England's recycling record improves

Households in England passed the recycling rate of 40% for the first time during 2010, according to recently released government figures. The average recycling rate for English councils was 41.2% between April 2010 and March 2011, up from 39.7% in 2009. Recycling rates have been creeping up annually in the past decade, with the rate of progress...

Winner of Kaivac's Dirtiest Mop Contest announced (15,557 votes received!)

...est. (Image of the winning mop is attached as well as online) The contest began in October 2011 and voting began in November. Facebook fans were invited to submit pictures of their dirtiest mops used for cleaning-many of which are used on a daily basis. Fans were then asked to vote for the dirtiest mop. Some 26 dirty mops were submitted, an...

New invention means Cardiff International pool is flushed with savings

One of the UK's leading leisure centres is saving £ thousands in water charges by reducing the cost of spending a penny. Cardiff International Pool which attracts more than 700,000 visitors a year is among the first in the UK to use a simple new invention by Birmingham-based hygiene and cleaning specialist Chemex International. Chemex...

Catching bugs at Karachi hospital

... are complaining that they are catching infections as a result of the filthy conditions of the beds and a lack of proper hygiene at the Burn Centre of the Civil Hospital Karachi (CHK). The hospital's burns unit comprises 60 beds and treats some 900 patients each year. Unlike in the UK, where we are encouraged to complain if healthcare standards ...

Shenandoah University dance students show off Hygen's attributes

...o showing dancers highlighting the attributes of its Hygen Clean Water System. It features four Shenandoah University Dance Conservatory students performing a creative interpretation of the use of RCP's new filter mopping system, at the recent ISSA/Interclean tradeshow in Las Vegas.[TRIMTO] The innovative twist on the new mopping system product ...

Leader

...s! In that time we've grown from a 4,400 UK-reader e-zine to one with an 80,000-plus circulation and readers in 148 countries. Bearing in mind that the circulation is fully requested, that's an awful lot of readers who are keen to read about your latest product, piece of equipment or service, so do take advantage of this global platform of poten...

News in Brief

...: +44 (0) 20 3123 8675      Brushtec has taken delivery of its most advanced and biggest brush manufacturing machine to date. E: info@brushtec.com The International Facility Management Association has launched its Benchmarking Exchange. W: www.ifma.org/BEX     ...

WFBSC secures observer status at UN Commission

...regulation of chemical products including cleaning chemicals.[TRIMTO] Speaking after the meeting Andrew Large, Executive Vice President of the World Federation, said: "The WFBSC is delighted that its application for observer status has been approved. This represents a step change improvement in our ability to represent the interests of global cl...

Three weeks left to nominate for Hygiene Specialist Excellence Award

...th winning; it includes an all-expenses-paid vacation for two to South Beach, FL, including airfare and beachfront accommodation! "This award is a great way to start the New Year by recognising a member of your Environmental Services department," says George Clarke, CEO of UMF Corporation, developer of PerfectClean Hygiene Systems. "The award wa...

Women do better than men in 2011 jobs market despite public sector cutbacks

...ame to jobs. Women accounted for only around a fifth of the fall in employment during the recession and only around a third of the rise in unemployment. But there is a widespread expectation that the opposite will occur in the wake of ongoing large scale public sector downsizing, given that two-thirds of public sector workers are women, and weak co...

The CVC - a user-friendly vacuum cleaner from Contico that works wonders!

...vana won a scholarship this year that enabled her to take an MSc at the University of Southampton - and, fed up with student accommodation, she decided to rent a house with a friend who goes out to work. The house was completely unfurnished apart from the white goods and when I asked what the pair would like for a housewarming gift, the request was...

Cresswell wins back high-status contract after a year away

...ich it lost just over a year ago.[TRIMTO] After a competitive tender process, financial products and services provider F& C Reit has now re-awarded the South London based sustainable contract cleaning company with three sites in the centre of London, in a contracty which commenced at the end of October.[TRIMTO] Cresswell and F & C Rei...

Ecolab expands Brazil pest elimination business

... in Brazil. Sales of the acquired business are approximately $6 million. The business operations and staff will be integrated with Ecolab's existing Brazil Pest Elimination business. No further details were disclosed.[TRIMTO] Douglas M. Baker, Jr., Ecolab's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer commented on the announcement, saying: "This acqu...

OCS hat trick with People into Action Awards 2011

OCS employees have been awarded for their efforts in three Land Securities contracts by the commercial property company's 'People into Action' initiative.[TRIMTO] The scheme is designed to reward those people who go above and beyond the call of duty. OCS staff all received quarterly awards including Kathleen Healy from Leeds Shopping Plaza in ...

Ceredigion County Council is UK Overall LOTY Trophy Winner

...nificant importance on provision of first class toilets that contain the facilities their residents and visitors need and expect when in Ceredigion," commented Awards managing director, Mike Bone, at the sellout Awards ceremony held earlier this month at the four star Chesford Grange Hotel in Kenilworth. "Its excellent public toilets - and toilets ...

Two giants become one

...will be uniting under one name - Nationwide Platforms. Previously, access rental businesses Panther and Nationwide Platforms, along with vehicle mount specialists EPL Skylift, have operated under the umbrella brand Lavendon Access Services. The bringing together of the four brands will see an unparalleled fleet of more than 11,300 powered acces...

Popular cleaning textbook now available in electronic format

... International tells us that its best selling textbook 'Cleaning Specifications - their preparation and implementation' has now been revised and reissued in electronic format. Arranged in 12 chapters, the text describes in detail how a professional cleaning specification can be developed with supporting explanations of how to prepare tender retu...

Survey reveals what facilities managers think of waterless urinal systems

...ystems. Most respondents manage office buildings, while the others are responsible for universities and colleges. The majority of the respondents (57%) indicated they have 10 or fewer no-water urinal systems; this was followed by managers with 10 to 50 systems (29%), while 14% responded that they have more than 100 waterless systems installed in...

A novel way of spreading the message about hygiene!

No - it's not a book, but a play... Those using the New Delhi, Old Delhi and Hazrat Nizamuddin Railway stations in India have been entertained and educated whilst waiting for their trains as part of a new programme devised by Northern Railways, aimed at highlighting hygiene and security issues on the railways. A large number of rail passengers ...

Barnsley Council agreement pioneers new public/private partnering

...und;3 million a year, saw approximately 380 staff currently employed by Barnsley Council in schools and civic building cleaning, catering, caretaking and courier services, transfer to the new venture. "This contract, an extension of our proven Local Authority partnering business model, shows just how innovative and flexible Norse Commercial Serv...

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...y professionals in 148 countries worldwide! Welcome to the first issue of Cleanzine for 2012 and a Happy New Year to all of you. We've had a slightly longer break than normal and a great deal has happened in the world in that time - much of it not good - so rather than reflect on it, let's get on with the news from the cleaning industry. ...

News in Brief

  Leading cleaning chemicals manufacturer Greyland has moved. Their new address is: Greyland Ltd, Fifth Avenue, Tameside Park Industrial Estate, Dukinfield, SK16 4PP       

PPC introduces new cleaning and maintenance course

...s concrete, terrazzo & marble back to their initial beauty.[TRIMTO] Using the latest methods and accessories applied to autoscrubbing/drying equipment, delegates will learn how to remove scratches and the build-up of dirt and grime to produce hygienically clean, glossy surfaces without the need for harsh chemicals.[TRIMTO] Says Tracey Gle...

Getting out of a sticky situation

...ed into an office building, for example. Recently, the cleaning crew spent several hours stripping and refinishing the building's hard surface floors. At about 02.00 and upon final inspection, the crew was satisfied with thework and went home. The next morning, the customer called and complained that the floors were "sticky" and wanted the pro...

New Year rings new heights for Canadian 'Men In Kilts'

Men In Kilts, a window and exterior cleaning company, has announced today it will be opening four more franchises in three months, adding to three franchises currently in operation. Alberta and Oregon are next on the list, with B.C. and Washington already in business. The company was founded in 2002, with the first Vancouver franchise opening ...

MITIE is the only way for Essex!

... work with the Council to deliver a transformational outsourcing contract which includes facilities and property management as well as energy services. MITIE will be working in partnership with Lambert Smith Hampton to provide estate management services to the Council including strategic asset management and new ways of working that deliver sustai...

Improvements means there is now a Tork hand towel roll for every environment

Changes to the Tork hand towel roll system mean that there is now a product for every customer environment, while cost-in-use has been improved and products are now easier to handle for cleaning staff. Made by SCA, the range now includes a new sensor-operated Tork Elevation dispenser, which means there are now automatic and manual Tork hand to...

Niche solutions stand out in Prochem 2012 catalogue

...cific problems with individual solutions.[TRIMTO] Prochem's newly redesigned 40-page catalogue stands as testimony to the Surrey-based company's remit to remain at the forefront in cleaning chemicals and technology development. Its solutions enjoy a worldwide reputation for outstanding performance in the professional, commercial and instituti...

More youngsters enter FM profession as average salaries near US$100,000 pa

...t professional is, on average, college educated, manages more than one million square feet of space and multiple employees, has experienced a growth in job responsibilities over the past two years, and is enjoying a base salary increase of 8% from 2007 levels, according to the results of an International Facility Management Association salary and d...

Worshipful Company of Environmental Cleaners receives Royal Charter

...' Banquet late last year.[TRIMTO] A Royal Charter is used to establish significant organisations and changes a body from a collection of individuals into a single legal entity. This will enable the Worshipful Company of Environmental Cleaners to be firmly placed into the Livery Movement alongside other older companies. It will also greatly benef...

Norse cleaning up in social housing

...nal areas for the housing association's 2,600 housing stock based in West Suffolk. Flagship owns and manages over 21,500 properties and is one of the largest providers of affordable housing in East Anglia. Earlier this year Norse won a three year £92k a year contract for cleaning 380 properties, including the stairwells, landings and en...

OCS helps International Aid Trust to stock up

OCS has supported the International Aid Trust's work with disadvantaged people in the UK and overseas by donating a consignment of surplus hygiene consumables to the charity. The stock of hand gel, hand wipes and surface wipes was transported by OCS to International Aid's distribution centre in Lancashire. "We are delighted that International...

Shropshire town's paving feels the force!

...g solutions has scrubbed up well after completing a contract that helped with the repaving of a Midlands town. G-Force Steam was called upon to clean and apply a nanotechnology-based protective coating to approximately 300,000 new concrete paving stones used as part of a major refurbishment of Wellington town centre in Shropshire, which saw the ...

BTA 2011 Innovation Award results

...nise innovation in three key areas of 'away from home' toilet provision: New Products, New Services and Efficiency Improvements. A panel comprising members of the British Toilet Association Management Committee judged each nomination and decided upon the winners for each award. The winners were presented with their awards at the Loo of the Year Awa...

We have Mail - We need the loo!

Thanks to everyone who has kindly signed and publicised the e-petition to make it compulsory for Local Authorities to provide public toilets. Please could you make it a new year's resoLOOtion to circulate the link as widely as possible to friends, family and colleagues and see if we can get that signature count climbing! If you have the time /...

Dave Rogers to spearhead European market growth at Unger

Dave Rogers has taken the new role of European sales manager with long standing employer Unger. Adopting a challenging remit to aggressively grow revenues for Unger's professional cleaning products across Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia, Dave will also oversee the UK business where he will continue in his current capacity as general man...

Greyland moves to new land

While most of us in the UK spent our Christmas break relaxing and catching up with family and friends, Richard and Diane Dyson and the team from Greyland, who had outgrown their premises, could probably have done with the aid of Santa's elves to help them move to new ones. We're reliably informed that it's now business as usual from:[TRIMTO] Unit 9, Fifth Ave Tameside Park Industrial Estate Cheshire SK16 4PP T: 0161 476 3607 F: 0161 476 3708 E: sales@greyland.co.uk W: www.greyland.co.uk ...

Ecolab Germany to relocate to new high-tech innovation centre in Monheim am Rhein

Ecolab has announced plans to relocate its German offices and research centre in Duesseldorf to a new innovation hub in the city of Monheim am Rhein, 10 kilometers south of Duesseldorf. The new location, Im Weidental, will house Ecolab's European RD&E facility as well as its local sales & marketing functions. The Monheim am Rhein facili...

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...try e-news Read by industry professionals in 148 countries worldwide! The Christmas and New Year holidays were not ambushed by the snowy and icy weather that had threatened  - well - in my neck of the woods anyway, so I took advantage of mild days and an extended break from producing Cleanzine to do some much needed clearing ou...

News in Brief

  Leading cleaning chemicals manufacturer Greyland has moved. Their new address is: Greyland Ltd, Fifth Avenue, Tameside Park Industrial Estate, Dukinfield, SK16 4PP       

'Select few' grabbing all the growth

...t & Materials industry. In the last year these companies have increased sales by an average 15% and are taking further control of the market as we start 2012. Over the last two years, growth in the market has been sporadic, averaging 3% two years ago and 2% last year. However, these high growth companies have managed to grow much faster. The...

Transport for London awards 'greener' cleaning contract for coach and bus station

Transport for London has awarded its cleaning contract for Victoria Coach Station and dozens of bus stations and bus stands to ISS Facility Services in an agreement that will deliver high levels of cleanliness and hygiene as well as deliver environmental benefits for the Capital. ISS Facility Services has been contracted to clean Victoria Coac...

Thermal image cameras cuts down on toxic chemicals

...tions. It can be extremely costly to go through a rodent-infested warehouse stacked with pallets and can sometimes take a team of technicians a week to locate the problem. This is where the thermal image detection camera comes in. The camera can identify heat given off by pests through concrete pipes, brick walls and other dense areas. This ...

Changes at the ACI announced

...e succeeded by Senior Director of Government Affairs Douglas Troutman, who was named Vice President and Counsel, Government Affairs, effective January 30. "The cleaning products industry has never had a more effective legislative and regulatory advocate than Dennis Griesing," said Ernie Rosenberg, ACI President and CEO, as the announcement was m...

Cleaning company wins top Environmental Award

...-site carbon neutrality advice to clients," reveals Chairman Danny Bishop said. "We check processes and equipment, task-by-task, site by site. "Our Award follows two years of teamwork between our staff and customers working together to reduce their carbon footprints." Since 2009 Alliance has introduced many environmental initiatives ranging f...

Ingot celebrates landmark anniversary

Ingot Services has been providing specialist cleaning services for commercial kitchens since 1987 and is celebrating its 25 years in business this year in a strong position. Thanks to Alan Maynard, Managing Director and the driving force behind the Ingot team, the company has thrived in recent years, winning new contracts throughout the UK and ...

New Year ambitions to reduce healthcare associated infections

...s announced. If delivered, there would be a further 29% reduction in MRSA bloodstream infections and a further 18% reduction in Clostridium difficile infections by April 2013 - bringing annual numbers of MRSA bloodstream infections down to 880 and reducing Clostridium difficile infections from 19,754 to 16,100. The latest monthly statistics s...

British Cleaning Council backs London 2012 cleaning jobs pledge

...100,000 paid games time jobs in operational services. The jobs will come from catering, cleaning and waste management, security and transport, and will be used to supplement the 70,000 'Gamesmaker' volunteers who will fill similar roles. The paid/unpaid ratio of games time employees will be approximately 60:40. London 2012 has also set a targ...

A new era dawns for Jet-Vac Systems

...ished in 1989, Jet-Vac provides specialist industrial cleaning services to the petrochemical, power and utilities markets, and counts a number of high profile companies among its wide customer base. The new management team - Geraint Jones, Richard Wells, Paul Williams and Kevin Viant - has focused on designing a fresh corporate identity, seeking...

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...order, so our congratulations to the Prochem team who've worked so hard over the years to build a brand worthy of use in the Royal Household. Second, Vectair Systems' Matthew Wonnaccot, left for dead by a hit & run driver early in December, finally came out of hospital a few days before Christmas, "bruised, battered and broken but still main...

News in Brief

  Leading cleaning chemicals manufacturer Greyland has moved. Their new address is: Greyland Ltd, Fifth Avenue, Tameside Park Industrial Estate, Dukinfield, SK16 4PP       

We have mail: Disposal of Reusable Items

...d the end of their lives, there is absolutely no reason why individuals have to dispose of them to landfill. A tiny bit of thought will almost certainly find an alternative solution. Keep up the good work. Kind regards, Mike Michael Travers, Campus Services Manager Estates and Facilities University of Southampton T: +44 (0)23 8059 4033...

Cleaner sweeps up - Kingston University cleaner receives award for 45 years service

When people go to work each day in a clean and tidy space, be it an office, classroom, library or canteen, it's easy to forget that the previous day's debris has usually been efficiently cleared away by a dedicated team of cleaning staff.[TRIMTO] Though their efforts are mostly unseen and often go unnoticed, Kingston University is recognising ...

Lotus Professional brand launches lifetime guarantees

Lotus Professional brand is extending its leasing policy for all customers throughout 2012, offering a lifelong warranty for the lifetime of each product dispensing the brand's quality soaps, sanitisers or tissue solutions.[TRIMTO] A simple, cost effective and hassle-free solution for lease customers, the lifetime warranty will provide greater...

Iconic Blackpool Tower Ballroom undergoes its annual spring clean

...pening 118 years ago, the iconic Blackpool Tower Ballroom has been home to every type of dance step and sees millions of toe-tapping feet grace its floor each year. Therefore, each year it undergoes a necessary cleaning, maintenance and TLC programme, to ensure it continues to look its absolute best.[TRIMTO] The whole process starts off at floor...

Frying high with Jangro

The age-old art to frying traditional fish and chips remains in high demand regardless of all other take-away foods. 'Chippies' that are taking the extra effort to perfect the art of frying are enjoying high sales.[TRIMTO] According to Paul Williams, Managing Director of the UK's exclusive, School of Frying Excellence, these Professional, Awa...

ServiceMaster Clean team members boast BDMA status

...an status. This ensures its insurance restoration work continues to be carried out to the highest standards. Additionally, the team's Samantha Hurst, has been awarded BDMA technician status. The company retains its position in its sector of having what it believes is the highest number of British Damage Management Association qualified senior te...

Prochem Europe receives Royal Warrant of Appointment to HM The Queen

Cleaning technology and solutions manufacturer, Prochem Europe, has been granted a Royal Warrant of Appointment to Her Majesty The Queen for the supply of carpet cleaning products.[TRIMTO] The prestigious award is a mark of recognition to individuals and businesses for the supply of goods and services to The Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh or The ...

Norfolk companies prosecuted after cleaner crushes hand

Two Norfolk companies have been fined after a cleaner's hand was crushed in machinery. Richard Beane, 34, from Watton in Norfolk, was working as a cleaner for SGA House Services, which was contracted by Watton Produce Company to work at its Attleborough vegetable packing plant.[TRIMTO] Norwich Magistrates' Court heard that in October 2010, M...

CFR to emphasise 'responsible cleaning' in 2012

US company CFR, which manufactures recycling carpet cleaning extractors and related tools and equipment, has announced that its goal in 2012 is to put a much greater emphasis on what the company calls 'responsible cleaning' reports Robert Kravitz .[TRIMTO] Doug Berjer, product manager for CFR, explains that responsible cleaning refers to clean...

Fairer deal for UK hauliers

...eign lorries can drive for free in the UK. "We want to ensure that UK hauliers get a fairer deal and help maintain the competitiveness of our logistics industry," announced Mike Penning. "Each year there are around 1.5 million trips to the UK by foreign registered lorries - but none of them pays to use our roads, leaving UK businesses and tax...

Dirty hands costs lives

A leading hand hygiene specialist has designed a new compliance system in a bid to stop foodborne outbreaks which caused 4,356 hospitalisations and 46 deaths in 2009.*[TRIMTO] Gojo Industries-Europe is launching a range of colour coded dispensers created to simplify hand hygiene compliance and help reduce cross contamination. Colours and vi...

A breath of clean air for Afghan police officers and their European advisors

...y with one of the worst air pollution problems in the world.[TRIMTO] "Contributing to the health and wellbeing of the police officers serving in very difficult conditions with the European Police Mission in Afghanistan is something we feel great pride about," says Herman Pihltrad, Blueair chief executive. "We know EUPOL made the right choice in ...

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...stry professionals in 148 countries worldwide! I write this wearing fingerless gloves... my hands are really feeling the cold this week and frozen fingers don't type very accurately! And of course Southern England isn't suffering so badly in this cold snap that seems to have hit most of Northern and Central Europe this week. The winds are re...

News in Brief

  Leading cleaning chemicals manufacturer Greyland has moved. Their new address is: Greyland Ltd, Fifth Avenue, Tameside Park Industrial Estate, Dukinfield, SK16 4PP       

Carpex/Windex: just five weeks off

...x/Windex, aimed at those involved in carpet & upholstery cleaning, fire & flood restoration and/or window cleaning, is just five weeks away. The show will take place on 8th & 9th March at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry, which is close to motorway networks and has ample parking. Carpex will provide an opportunity for everyone involved...

Clean NZ - just a few stands left and they're going fast

...nce the last Clean NZ, but it must be so as the next one is almost upon us. It's being held in Auckland, New Zealand, on 24th and 25th May 2012 and the organisers tell us that there are just a few stands left, so if you wish to join the other 38 exhibitors that have already confirmed, you'll need to get in touch right away.[TRIMTO] As well as th...

A 'Clean Sweep' for OCS at Brunel University

...iversity in Uxbridge, West London, has awarded a contract to OCS to provide a range of housekeeping and environmental services, enhancing the student experience across the university's buildings and estates. OCS will work with the university to increase service quality and efficiencies over the length of the contract - initially three years with...

Cleaning Industry Charity Golf Open

...ht you may find the attached information about the Cleaning Industry Charity Golf Open of interest, and consider including information about this in your next edition. This is open to everyone in the FM and Cleaning Industry, and there's already some good support coming from the Worshipful Company of Environmental Cleaners, BICSc HQ (via CEO Sta...

Queen's Diamond Jubilee: 60 years of Britain at work

...ince 1952: the workforce has become much more productive, enabling society to enjoy a much higher standard of living for the same amount of work. Britons are working much smarter and less hard than in the 1950s, though at present output per hour worked is 16% lower than in France, 18% lower than in Germany and 23% lower than in the United States. ...

Yuasa launches new Pro-Spec batteries for semi-traction applications

...-traction batteries featuring advanced charge technology to deliver extra power, higher reliability and prolonged service life. The new batteries are designed for use in electric vehicles such as floor cleaning machines, materials handling equipment and access platforms as well as golf carts and mobility vehicles.[TRIMTO] The Pro-Spec range has ...

Facilities managers and Cleaning Pro's 'will pay more for sustainable products'

...vey conducted for The Sustainability Dashboard, a Web-based system that helps organisations measure and monitor their use of fuel, water, energy, etc.. The survey finds that 43% of facilities managers and cleaning professionals would pay more for products made by a company that practices sustainability.* However, 28% of respondents indicated the...

New activated hydrogen peroxide cleaner disinfectants clean fast in healthcare environments

...s week announced the introduction of Clorox Healthcare Hydrogen Peroxide Cleaner Disinfectant Wipes and Spray, a new line of ready-to-use, one-step cleaner disinfectants engineered with a patented activated hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) formula. These activated hydrogen peroxide products are registered by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) t...

Check who's working for you, Olympics firms told

Employers who plan to take on more staff for the Olympic and Paralympic Games must check their labour providers, warns Her Majesties Revenue & Customs. Labour providers are agencies that supply temporary workers to meet seasonal and market demand. With the Olympics leading to an increase in businesses needing temporary workers, HMRC is urgi...

Tristel launches sporicidal wipes you can actually see work

...ristel Sporicidal Surface Wipes are the latest addition to the 'Tristel for Surfaces' product range and provide a practical and highly effective way to decontaminate all hard surfaces, including those of non-invasive medical devices and food preparation areas.[TRIMTO] Quick and easy to use, the Tristel Sporicidal surface wipe uses chlorine dioxi...

New lease options for electrolysed water for 2012

Rox electrolysed water systems offer an environmentally friendly solution to cleaning and sanitising. EOwater, the UK distributor for Rox electrolysed water systems, is now offering a range of easy pay lease and rental packages, opening up the availability of this premium cleaning and sanitising system to many new customers.[TRIMTO] Rox is a c...

MITIE Chief Executive awarded a CBE in the New Year Honours List for 2012

...uby McGregor-Smith, chief executive of MITIE Group, was named on the New Year Honours List for 2012 and will be honoured with a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for her services to business and diversity in business.[TRIMTO] Ruby joined MITIE, the FTSE 250 outsourcing and energy services company, in 2002 and was appointed as CE...

Chicago hosts 2012 IFMA Facility Fusion Conference & Expo

...agement Association's third-annual Facility Fusion Conference & Expo will help facility, design and real estate professionals strengthen their competitive advantage through instructor-led educational courses, an expo showcasing the latest workplace products and services, cutting-edge facility tours, and other professional development and networ...

Blue Competence for Green Cleaning

EUnited Cleaning, the European Cleaning Machines Association, is developing a transparent and reliable assessment scheme for commercial cleaning machines, designed to enable customers to compare different machines based on their resource efficiency.[TRIMTO] To be able to evaluate machines adequately, a measurement of cleaning results must first...

Demon's new Hurricane Combi in Awards final!

Demon launched the new Hurricane Combi flat surface cleaner at Saltex in September 2011 and is now delighted that it has made the final of the Executive Hire Show's Innovation Award 2012![TRIMTO] The Combi was born from the success of two products, the Hurricane Pressure Washer and Rotowash Professional floor cleaner, already manufactured by D...

Improving street cleaning and waste collection in Chennai

A new street cleaning and waste collection service has been introduced in the city of Chennai. According to The Hindu, a route map has been designed, taking in all 200 wards of the Chennai Corporation, which will facilitate better accountability in as much as any streets not cleaned by 10.00 each day will be listed.[TRIMTO] An online route m...

New contract win takes Incentive QAS to dizzy heights

Heron International and Cushman & Wakefield have chosen Incentive QAS to take responsibility for the cleaning of Heron's flagship building, Heron Tower in Bishopsgate. The building is the tallest building in the City of London, reaching 230 metres into the skyline with a restaurant and Sky Bar on levels 38-40.[TRIMTO] Under the terms of th...

Better-than-national infection rate drops even further at hospital using Xenex

...dium difficile.[TRIMTO] "This decrease translates to many more people leaving the hospital safer and with better outcomes," says Joanne Levin, MD, CDH's Medical Director of Infection Prevention. The 82% drop in incidence of C. diff occurred following adoption in January of room cleaning with portable UV light, an added step among many CDH alr...

Emprise celebrates 10 years at The Berkeley by rewarding cleaning staff

...e hotel.[TRIMTO] Emprise provides behind the scenes services including kitchen cleaning, porters and a flexible back of house support staff to the Berkeley through its long-serving team of 15 employees. It showed its appreciation to the team for its dedication and commitment to delivering a first-class service to this prestigious client. Jose...

Major new TV series seeks Britain's most colourful and unconventional workplaces

BAFTA award winning documentary company Dragonfly Film and Television, maker of super hit shows The Hotel and One Born Every Minute is looking to produce a feel-good documentary series that profiles remarkable businesses to find out what working life is like in a 21st century British workplace.[TRIMTO] Dragonfly, who specialise in fly-on-the-wa...

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...ing far fewer hours than his friends did. He used to start at 06.00 but was often finished by 10.00 and he loved his job. It meant an early start and was quite physical, but it was wonderful when the weather was good and there was some real camaraderie amongst the team. What did he do? He was a refuse collector – or dustman as it was known ba...

News in Brief

  Leading cleaning chemicals manufacturer Greyland has moved. Their new address is: Greyland Ltd, Fifth Avenue, Tameside Park Industrial Estate, Dukinfield, SK16 4PP       

Bower Products launches quality stainless steel air freshener

Modern, sturdy and far superior to any plastic equivalent, the very latest in quality yet cost effective stainless steel air fresheners from Bower Products provides a sweet smelling 'touch of class' to any washroom, office or retail area.[TRIMTO] Well designed and hand constructed with smart curved edges, the new Scentronic Stainless air fresh...

Recognising the best toilets for 25 Years

Nominations and entries are now being received for the 2012 Loo of the Year Awards - the annual competition to find the best places 'to go' in Britain, Ireland and The Channel Islands. Now celebrating its 25th Anniversary, Loo of the Year Awards is promoted by The British Toilet Association and is run this year in association with Headline Spo...

Carpet cleaning work injury survey looks at equipment ergonomics

...me have experienced injuries while using carpet cleaning equipment when working at both residential and commercial facilities. The January 2012 survey was conducted for US Products, a leading manufacturer of professional carpet cleaning equipment, and was first posted on the company's Facebook site, reports Robert Kravitz. As of February 3rd, 20...

Pseudomonas - we need more facts

...iation The tragic baby deaths in Belfast's Royal Jubilee Maternity Hospital have shocked us all and investigations into how and where this killer bug, pseudomonas, thrived, need to be carried out quickly and accurately.[TRIMTO] Members of the Bathroom Manufacturers Association are as keen as any in the industry to find out the real facts fro...

SCA's binding offer on G-P's European tissue operations is accepted

... of SCA's binding offer follows consultations with appropriate works councils. As a result, a sales and purchase agreement has been signed by both parties.[TRIMTO] The process will continue towards finalising the acquisition, including the approvals by relevant competition authorities and further local consultation processes.[TRIMTO] It was a...

Enterprises must boost innovation as global competition becomes stronger

...sday by the European Commission in Brussels. However, innovation performance growth is slowing down and the EU is not closing the persistent gap with global innovation leaders US, Japan and South Korea. The largest gap for the EU27 remains in terms of private sector innovation.[TRIMTO] The EU still maintains a clear lead over the emerging econom...

Dealing with feminine hygiene waste in a revolutionary new way

...lastic liner, buy a form of sanitising agent (usually in the form of sachets, liquids or granules), and incur labour costs as a result of the operative having to retrospectively add the sanitising agent into the plastic liner. The above process can be expensive, time consuming and potentially labour extensive. Vectair Systems believes the new...

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...etimes the rubbish has been bagged up but often it’s just dumped in a hole in the garden wall and Imam has to sweep it all up into a box and tip it into his cart. If it’s been placed in a bin he washes that out and then he climbs into the open drains – barefoot in the sewage – and clears those out too. As his cart fills up h...

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... 9th of March, has been postponed. The new dates have been advised as 3rd & 4th October 2012 and the venue remains the same. The event is organised by Quartz Business Media and is sponsored by the National Carpet Cleaners Association and the Federation of Window Cleaners. Martin Scott, exhibition sales director, said that the decision ...

News in Brief

  Leading cleaning chemicals manufacturer Greyland has moved. Their new address is: Greyland Ltd, Fifth Avenue, Tameside Park Industrial Estate, Dukinfield, SK16 4PP       

From Australia - a really novel way of providing better hand hygiene

Galvin Engineering is working together with Soapstream to make available an easier and more hygienic way to improve hand hygiene in schools and other high risk public areas.[TRIMTO] Hands are a common offender in the transmission and spread of germs and bacteria. The unique Soapstream system combats the difficulties of having/maintaining soap ...

New CILS computer printable rating plate labels have 'heavy duty' label adhesives!

...e product ID solution to all textured surfaces. [TRIMTO] Printable straight from an existing PC and standard laser, inkjet or thermal transfer printer, variable data (serial numbers, model numbers etc) can be added 'in-house, on-demand' in minutes, eliminating the need for large, expensive stocks of fully printed labels. Perfect for all smoo...

All clean at Northampton College

...rd to working with Norse because its knowledge of the public sector gives the team a natural understanding of the budgetary pressures the Education sector is facing, and the need to achieve greater efficiencies," says Bob York, Northampton College Deputy Director of Estates. "We look forward to seeing how its innovative and imaginative approach ...

Government urged to boost credibility of apprenticeship schemes

...urged the Government to simplify the entire apprenticeship system to make it more business-friendly and appealing to industry leaders.[TRIMTO] Marking National Apprenticeship Week (6th - 10th February), the business support organisation made its submission to the Business, Innovation & Skills Select Committee's inquiry into apprenticeships, ...

Pest problems solved with the WoolSafe Organisation

With carpet beetles and other textile pest presenting a real and growing problem, professional carpet technicians would be well advised to take a place on a brand new course from The WoolSafe Organisation, starting this year.[TRIMTO] 'The Control & Treatment of Textile Insect Pests' will give all professional carpet technicians the necessa...

In-depth study reveals controlling, target-driven approach to leadership as counter-productive

The Work Foundation's major study to reveal the essence of outstanding leadership has crushed the commonplace assumption that powerful leaders with a controlling and target-driven approach are essential in tough economic times. Based on over 250 in-depth qualitative interviews, the two-year study, 'Exceeding Expectation: the principles of outstand...

Catalogue of safety failings by Rotherham recycling firm

...or the safety of 120 workers by failing to protect them properly against dangerous parts of cutting and crushing equipment.[TRIMTO] The Health and Safety Executive uncovered a catalogue of safety breaches during an inspection of the Universal Recycling Company site in Wharf Road, Kilnhust, Mexborough, in May 2010. The HSE found failings both in ...

Heavy duty scrubber dryers come with a three year warranty

...as now offers an extra heavy duty scrubber dryer that can cope with the most heavy duty environment and which come with a three year warranty.[TRIMTO] The Premium Line range of scrubber dryers offers various options including an Atex explosion-proof machine suitable for hazardous environments and an all stainless-steel version suitable for the f...

Sercon celebrates new association with cleaning contract win

Ayrshire based cleaning and security service provider, Sercon Support Services, has beaten off stiff competition to be awarded a cleaning services contract with Hanover (Scotland) Housing Association.[TRIMTO] Hanover currently manages homes for more than 5,000 residents throughout Scotland, offering the choice of rented; shared ownership; shar...

Helping British Airways 'To Fly. To Serve'

British Airways has awarded a five year aircraft cleaning and amenity services contract for all its aircraft based at Heathrow Airport. OCS, which has provided aviation services to British Airways at London Heathrow Airport for over 20 years, secured the contract to become BA's sole aircraft grooming supplier following a competitive tender proces...

Camden Council appoints ISS as new facilities management partner

...ity Services to manage building cleaning, reactive repairs, planned maintenance, helpdesk services, and porterage in 62 schools, 10 children's centres and 162 other council buildings, including libraries and offices.[TRIMTO] Camden will move from a range of support contracts with different suppliers into this single contract with ISS, saving mon...

RIA introduces new website for 2012 Convention

The Restoration Industry Association will be holding its 67th Annual Leadership Summit and Industry Expo at the Sheraton Myrtle Beach Convention Center and Hotel in Myrtle Beach, S.C., from March 27th -29th - and it has recently introduced a new website to provide information to the industry on the event.[TRIMTO] "This site provides a real-time...

Italian Cleaning to participate in mission to UAE and Qatar

Italian Cleaning is to host a trade mission in Qatar and the UAE from 3rd to 8th March 2012. During the mission, Italian Cleaning will follow a customised agenda of meetings with local operators at their premises. The goal of this mission is to find distributors and establish partnerships.[TRIMTO] The mission is promoted and organised by Padova Promex, the Special Agency of the Chamber of Commerce of Padova, with the support of the Padova Point of Dubai and Doha. W: www.italiancleaning.com ...

Guests protected from filthy hotel rooms by new safety systems

...ety First. The room hygiene module will regularly assess a number of criteria to ensure that high standards are kept at all times.[TRIMTO] Rigorous monthly audits will monitor the cleanliness of surfaces, bedding and bathrooms as well as identifying problems associated with pests. Following the various news stories that emerged last year surroun...

Steady stream of biobased products are headed our way in 2012

...Consulting in New York, a steady stream of biobased products-everything from compostable dinnerware and sugarcane soft drink bottles, to commercial cleaning chemicals made from agricultural materials-is headed our way in 2012. Some of this is because of the public's greater concerns about global climate change and the excessive use of natural re...

"Y Viva Espana" says the cleaning industry

Everyone involved in organising Hygienalia+Pulire, the recent cleaning exhibition and conference held at Valencia in Spain, is delighted with the way this new show went. [TRIMTO] "The Organising Committee stresses the professional cleaning & hygiene sector's widespread acceptance which, for three days, has endorsed the trade fair at Feria...

Cleaning Expo Scotland 2014 gets the 'Yes' vote!

Scotland is featuring regularly on news bulletins and in the Press, thanks to the historic referendum taking place on 18th September 2014, on whether or not to become an independent country. How will the people vote: 'Yes', or 'No'? One thing we know people are saying 'Yes' to is Cleaning Expo Scotland, which is taking place just a couple of week...

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...ng industry". If you have of course, you'll be well aware of my consternation at this negative view and my argument that there is often real and sometimes clever innovation - you just have to be open to it. I came across something last night that proved my point and although I have to say that I rarely get excited about new products these days (...

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  Leading cleaning chemicals manufacturer Greyland has moved. Their new address is: Greyland Ltd, Fifth Avenue, Tameside Park Industrial Estate, Dukinfield, SK16 4PP       

Quality pays for South Devon Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

...are NHS Foundation Trust is partnering with medical pulp supplier Vernacare to ensure the highest standards of patient care and infection prevention, matched by value for money.[TRIMTO] The Trust is using Vernacare's single-use pulp range across its wards because the UK manufactured product is of a consistent rigorously tested quality that ensur...

NCL introduces cost-saving portable dilution system

...ntrate formulas, including 5 Green Seal Certified products that deliver unmatched cost savings and cleaning performance. [TRIMTO] The program uses a single, reusable 2 GPM Portable Dispensing Unit (PDU) and sealed containers with built-in metering for precise dilution and ultimate cost control for filling spray bottles, auto ...

Starting an office recycling programme... becoming a worm wrangler

...ations can implement far more effective recycling initiatives to help reduce their carbon footprint and save money.[TRIMTO] Because of this, CFR, which manufactures continuous recycling carpet extractors, is beginning a series of office recycling tips to help facilities managers expand their office recycling programmes. "The first step involv...

Cannon Hygiene UK confirms commitment to floorcare and roller towels

...le Care to Johnsons Apparelmaster, Cannon Hygiene confirms its long term commitment to roller towel and floorcare product categories.[TRIMTO] The contracts exchanged between JAM, the Textile Rental division of Johnson Service Group, and OCS, relate to the divestment of the Cannon Textile Care business and specified garment, towels and linen. Th...

Norse wins contract with Suffolk ports

Norse Commercial Services has been awarded the contract for cleaning at Felixstowe and Harwich ports. Hutchison Ports, which operates both Port of Felixstowe and Harwich International Port, have awarded the contact starting on 1st April 2012. The contract covers day-to-day and specialist cleaning at over 100 different locations around the p...

Altro taps Regent Cleaning know-how in joint training initiative

A drive to heighten the effectiveness of cleaning high-performance safety and hygiene flooring has prompted a joint training initiative between Regent Cleaning and manufacturer Altro.[TRIMTO] Regent shared its experience of cleaning Altro flooring installed at its healthcare sites with the product's maker at a specially-convened Development Da...

Cleaning company sets shining example

...ger of a support services company responsible for keeping the new Sainsbury's store in Irvine clean and hygienic has given bright futures to 15 previously unemployed local people, having enlisted the help of Ingeus, the company responsible for finding him work back in 2010.[TRIMTO] Paul Edgar, a site manager for contract cleaner Interserve, turn...

PHS Direct and The National Forest: Families plant trees in a new woodland.

...e-based business PHS Direct recently held a Family Day planting trees in a new National Forest woodland at Overseal in Derbyshire. The day was part of PHS Direct's sponsorship of The National Forest and staff and their families attacked their task with gusto - despite very cold and windy January weather - and planted 150 trees. Around 650 trees ...

New 21st century disinfection and hand sanitisation products set to zap the world's superbugs!

...erbugs could become a thing of the past thanks to a new, long lasting disinfectant designed, tested and manufactured in the UK. The Genie Miracle sanitisation range has been proven to kill prominent the superbugs that are currently wreaking havoc throughout the world.[TRIMTO] Unlike some conventional sanitisers and disinfectants that have limite...

A pilot sanitation project is about to begin in Lahore, Pakistan

The project will involve door-to-door waste collection and the daily cleaning of major roads and streets in some areas of the city, using 600 new, imported items of equipment. It is the first time that such a service has been implemented in the country. The Lahore Waste Management Company will initially provide the service in 16 union councils of ...

Fuller Brush Company files for bankruptcy protection

The Fuller Brush Company, which for many years has manufactured brushes used in cleaning machines and equipment around the world, announced today that it has filed protection from its creditors under Chapter 11 of the US bankruptcy code.[TRIMTO] According to Chief Restructuring Officer, Lawrence Perkins, the filing was a necessary means to effe...

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... regarding members of our armed forces returning from battle to inferior homes, inferior healthcare and totally inadequate compensation for horrendous injuries sustained - and the latter particularly so when compared with compensation awarded to some civilians because of perceived human rights infringements! And of course many of our servicemen and...

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  Leading cleaning chemicals manufacturer Greyland has moved. Their new address is: Greyland Ltd, Fifth Avenue, Tameside Park Industrial Estate, Dukinfield, SK16 4PP       

MagicArt Trolleys

Do you want to strengthen your image, service and professionalism? With 'MagicArt' Trolleys you can do just that! They are the new fantastic line of TTS Hotel Linen Trolleys, unique for their elegance, diversity of style, range of functions and attention to detail. Unlike most other trolleys in the market today, 'MagicArt' trolleys can be comp...

Pump and dispense fluids easily, safely and without waste

The New Zealand Pump Company's chemical resistant, FDA compliant, Japanese Food Hygiene Approved Ezi-action Drumpumps and Ezi-action Safety Measures have been proven around the world for safety and reliability for hand pumping and fluid transfer from drums and containers.[TRIMTO] With the ruggedly constructed polypropylene Ezi-action Drumpumps...

How to beat the BIG boys - What the giants of the industry just don't get

...to reading our trade journals. Services Magazine, Cleaning Management, Building Services Management and a couple long gone now. Those magazines weren't just bathroom reading for me, I would hang on every word, read every article and carefully read every single ad. Editors had names like Terry 'Five Coats' Wilhelm (forgive me Terry if I got your las...

Regent wins cleaning contract for Blatchford prosthetics sites

National contractor Regent Cleaning has expanded its healthcare portfolio with the appointment to service three sites at the Basingstoke headquarters of one of the world's leading providers of prosthetic and orthotic products and services.[TRIMTO] Blatchford is a manufacturer and global distributor of lower limb prosthetic components and suppli...

The Cleaning Authority offers returning veterans great business opportunities

...ning Authority's initial franchise fee. This is something The Cleaning Authority is proud to offer, and it also believes it is good business.[TRIMTO] "As a veteran myself, I fully understand the importance of serving my country, and I can't accept the fact that so many of our fine, highly-trained, highly-qualified veterans are having difficulty ...

Jangro Member wins top Deb Award

...rom the 16-year old The Deb Elite Distributor scheme entered for one of three Awards - Gold, Silver and Bronze. Judging is based on sales performance, business growth and development, teamwork and co-operation with Deb. "We were thrilled to win the top Award this year," enthuses Paul Whitehead, Director of Jangro Member Cutler Cleaning Suppli...

Expansion underway at Ecolab's Schuman Campus in Eagan, Minnesotta

... state-of-the-art training centre for the company's institutional business, which provides cleaning and sanitation products, programmes and services to customers in the foodservice, hospitality and healthcare industries. The facility will also provide additional space for research facilities expansion.[TRIMTO] The Institutional training centre w...

Yet another landmark building cleaning contract win for Principle

...tract for the prestigious Lloyd's of London at One Lime Street.[TRIMTO] Lloyd's is not a company and the building is not open to the public. It is the world's leading insurance market where members join together as syndicates to insure and reinsure risk conducting business in over 200 countries and territories worldwide. With the London sust...

RIA announces Martin L. King scholarship events at Annual Leadership Summit & Industry Expo

At the 67th Annual Restoration Industry Association Annual Leadership Summit and Industry Expo, which will take place at Myrtle Beach, S.C., the US, from March 27th - 29th, there will be two special events which will serve as fundraisers for the newly established Martin L. King Scholarship Programme.[TRIMTO] King, who served as the RIA technica...

OCS acquires majority stake in Integris management Services

...r, has acquired a majority stake in Integris Management Services, a leading provider of maintenance and FM Services in Ireland. OCS employs over 1500 people in Ireland providing a range of property support and aviation services. Speaking of the acquisition, Cecil Ryan, Regional Managing Director OCS Europe, said: "This is great news for every...

Soapbox: Consider environmental impact when selecting wiping systems

... the environment. Did you know that reusable laundered shop towels are responsible for 30% more landfilled solid waste than their disposable counterparts? And disposable wipes take up far less space in landfill than one might imagine... For example, they contribute only one-tenth of 1% of landfilled waste in the whole of the US alone.[TRIMTO] ...

ISSA wins top honour

...ise Kit was to show our members how their association was changing the way the world views cleaning and to offer them tools to help them compete in their markets. "Receiving this award further reinforces our belief that despite being in a presumably unglamorous industry, you can be recognised amongst distinguished peers as an innovator. Thanks t...

Chance for employers to participate in a new £250m training fund

... Prime Minister. The Employer Ownership Pilot will allow businesses the power to design, develop and purchase the vocational training they need. It will route public investment directly to employers - enabling them to invest in the training they need. This is a unique opportunity and potential projects could include: * Developing and shapi...

ISSA industry association meeting sets tone for upcoming Amsterdam show

...leaning industries in different countries directly from their international peers - learning first-hand from their experiences and finding solutions to the challenges they all face within their own markets. Those who presented at the meeting included representatives of ISSA and also attendees from ISSA members and partner associations drawn from...

Speed manufacturing finds a new home

UK cleaning chemicals manufacturer Greyland, renowned for its 'speed manufacturing' policy that sees an unrivalled order to delivery turnaround in only four days, has found a new home. With hundreds of distributors around the UK, as well as in Europe, Greyland is now one of the country's leading cleaning chemicals manufacturers, but after 13 y...

Silverdell awarded with framework contracts in Utilities and Social Housing sectors

...ental Support Services group, has been awarded framework contracts for consultancy in the Utilities and Social Housing sectors, with a combined approximate value of £1.4m, as well as an asbestos remediation contract worth approximately £2.25m.[TRIMTO] The company has secured a contract worth approximately £1.1m with a major ene...

At last - some good news for the UK Cleaning Equipment & Materials industry

... according to new research from analyst Plimsoll. Clearly, companies have battened down the hatches and rebuilt their profitability to give themselves the best chance of riding out the current economic turbulence.[TRIMTO] David Pattison, senior analyst on the latest report explains: "When we examined profitability in the Cleaning Equipment &...

Kennedy introduces the new Ellipse range

...dy`s new approach to integrated product design.[TRIMTO] The Ellipse range brings a highly modern and attractive look to Kennedy`s tried-and-tested robust and best-in-class, service-friendly, washroom dispensers. The new design, with its pure and straight lines, an undulating wave shape suggesting fluidity and movement, a new pure white colour, a...

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...y Cleanzine leader focused on our need to avoid spreading germs by  perhaps 'going European' - and instead of shaking hands with our industry colleagues at the show, we embrace them while planting a kiss on each cheek. My comments created a fair bit of feedback and subsequent discussion, but not nearly as much as the comments made this week...

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  Leading cleaning chemicals manufacturer Greyland has moved. Their new address is: Greyland Ltd, Fifth Avenue, Tameside Park Industrial Estate, Dukinfield, SK16 4PP       

Great Start to the Year for Global FM

...he Brussels-based Global Facilities Management Association, says that 2012 has started with a bang and that as well as a number of new projects planned for the year, it has exciting news to share. The first piece of news is the announcement that the Facilities Management Association of New Zealand (FMANZ) is the latest organisation to join Glob...

Renowned German cleaning machine manufacturer appoints Wrennalls as UK agent

...nufacturer, Columbus Cleaning Machines. This new operation will trade as Columbus Cleaning Machines and operate as a division of the Wrennalls Group.[TRIMTO] Columbus is an integral part of the long established Staehle Group, a family run business with a turnover of more than €75 million. With its head office located in Stuttgart, Columbus ...

Robert Scott & Sons acquires Contico Manufacturing

...l share capital of Contico Manufacturing from owner, Proventec.[TRIMTO] Contico has been a major and popular player in the professional janitorial sector for the past 37 years and the acquisition by Robert Scott & Sons will both enhance and secure the company's future in the supply and manufacturing of its range of added value, manual cleani...

OCS Group expands in Singapore through Don Thaker acquisition

...l expansion effort." Founded in Singapore in1992, DTG has specialised in aircraft cabin cleaning and related services for more than 20 years. The company lists airport services management companies Singapore Airport Terminal Services and Asia Pacific Star amongst its major clients. OCS will build on DTG's existing aircraft services portfolio at ...

A high performance service for a high performance business - GKN Aerospace

GKN Aerospace, a first tier supplier of highly complex composite and metallic aerostructures and engine products to the global aviation industry, recently awarded a five-year facilities services contract valued at over £5 million to OCS.[TRIMTO] At the company's Filton and Western Approach sites, OCS will provide cleaning services for of...

British Cleaning Council holds 30th Anniversary Reception in Palace of Westminster

...ts 30th Anniversary Reception at the Houses of Parliament this week, with over 45 stakeholders past and present in attendance.[TRIMTO] The event was led by Mark Woodhead, Chairman of the British Cleaning Council, who used his speech to draw attention to the BCC's achievements since 1982, while looking at some of the recent changes aimed at stren...

ACI says safety built into cleaning product DNA; refutes study designed to scare

The American Cleaning Institute (ACI - formerly The Soap and Detergent Association) today expressed disappointment with research which wrongly raises unfounded safety concerns over cleaning products and ignores enhanced efforts to communicate with consumers about product ingredients.[TRIMTO] "An enormous amount of research, development and test...

New sanitisation products claim to Kill H5N1 Super Virus

...ed by birds, but strains of avian influenza virus have already affected pigs, horses, seals, whales and humans. Avian Influenza can survive for considerable lengths of time outside of the host and birds are infected through contact with other birds, vehicles and equipment and personnel travelling between farms, markets and abattoirs.  P...

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... council to complain about it. I realise funds are too tight to employ street cleaners on Saturdays and Sundays and would not wish to pay extra council tax to fund the extra cleaning, so was not expecting a clear path to my office the following week, although the chat I had with the woman responsible for street cleaning did make me feel that at lea...

Additional exhibition space secured for Clean NZ

Clean NZ (24th -25th May 2012, Auckland) is no longer sold out. Additional space for a further 20 stands has been secured, next to the educational seminar area and café. .[TRIMTO] All companies that book space before 30th March, will be featured in the next issue of Inclean magazine, which will include a special New Zealand cleaning...

CSSA comments on minimum wage increase

...n has welcomed the announcement on changes to the National Minimum Wage rates from October 2012. Andrew Large, CSSA Chief Executive, commented: "Cleaning businesses will welcome the approach taken towards the 2012 National Minimum Wage rate.[TRIMTO] "The LPC has recognised that many firms are facing a tough economic environment, and every eff...

An Olympic start to the year for Principle Cleaning!

...contract to clean accommodation which G4S is using to prepare its staff for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic games.[TRIMTO] G4S is the world's leading international security solutions group. With a heritage going back over a century and, with more than 625,000 employees, it is one of the largest private employers in the world and will be r...

LPM Cleaning goes 'quackers' in support of Brainwave children's charity

LPM Cleaning & Support Services has joined with numerous companies in and around the North West to support Brainwave, a charity which aims to realise the potential of children with developmental delay, brain injuries and genetic conditions.[TRIMTO] The UK contract cleaning specialist is one of a number of organisations sponsoring a giant d...

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  Leading cleaning chemicals manufacturer Greyland has moved. Their new address is: Greyland Ltd, Fifth Avenue, Tameside Park Industrial Estate, Dukinfield, SK16 4PP       

Fogbuster eliminates fat, oil and grease from waste pipes

...pro-biotic' biological treatments using a consortium of micro organisms to rapidly degrade fat, oil and grease (FOGc) found inside drain lines. Using the very latest techniques and developments in bio-remediation to treat FOGc build-up within the drainage systems, eco-works Fogbuster products offer an effective, long-term solution to maintaining fr...

Envirionix gains Food Safety Certification on Eco-Safe Cleaning Solutions

...e passed food taint tests conducted by Campden BRI to BS EN ISO4120: 2007. Envirionix ES Cleaner and Stain Remover, together with Envirionix QA combined cleaner and disinfectant, have met the requirements of the standard and as a result are safe to be used on any surface in contact with foodstuffs. "This is a major step forward for the compan...

LPM shows commitment to environment and service with introduction of new range

...trate chemicals as well as improved cleaning equipment.[TRIMTO] The nationwide contract cleaning and maintenance company, which continues to increase its presence within the retail, office, public sector, food and industrial markets, will be reducing the cost of transporting lots of water around the country since water can be added to the super-...

MITIE awarded £6m integrated facilities management contract with Worldpay

FTSE 250 outsourcing and energy services company MITIE has been awarded a three year, £2 million per annum contract with global payment processing company WorldPay.[TRIMTO] The contract will run across WorldPay's four UK sites, including its headquarters in London, which employ a total of 2,000 staff. As part of the contract MITIE will...

Combo: the big, ride-on machine from Italy

RCM says that that this is the most modern solution for the thorough cleaning and maintenance of large areas in which time (without sacrificing quality of cleaning) is the most important factor.[TRIMTO] The idea of the 'Combo' is to gather together the following functions in a single machine: Sweep, Wash and Dry separately (both in collection ...

OspreyDeepclean introduces the new SteamForce range

...ny of its previous models, targeted at cleaning professionals both within general contract cleaning and industrial applications alike.[TRIMTO] SteamForce is the result of further collaboration between the UK's OspreyDeepclean and the German based Frank divisions of Proventec. With a logical, well thought out range from the entry level SF Eco ...

£5 million up for grabs for Britain's start-up stars

... a share of a £5 million investment fund from MITIE Group. MITIE, the FTSE 250 outsourcing and energy services company, is thought to be the only FTSE firm to fund and operate an investment start-up programme, which is facilitated via its £10m Entrepreneurial Fund. It has invested half of the money since the Fund was launched in 2...

Achieve professional results in the shortest time with Window Vac

...dow Vac. Thought to be the first of its kind, this new product sucks surfaces bone dry, streak free and makes it easier than ever to achieve crystal clear windows in an instant. It's also perfect for removing liquid from mirrors, shower screens, tiles, condensation from windows and even spills from floors and worktops.[TRIMTO] This versatile pro...

Exterior cleaning: System solutions ensure economical street cleansing and grounds maintenance

Clean open spaces, streets and green areas have an important influence on how attractive a town or residential area is. Nowadays there is a multitude of machines and pieces of equipment available for the cleaning and maintenance of such areas. [TRIMTO]Often, for reasons of false economy, people fall back on the cheapest machines. However, su...

Jigsaw gives new hospital Royal treatment

...ment with 242 beds, which includes a 55-bed emergency assessment unit, a 32-bed critical care unit, and new facilities for renal, intestinal failure and urology services. The hospital has 65 members of the cleaning team, which will use 32 new trolley systems introduced by Jigsaw Cleaning Systems, designed for the optimum use of space, with a var...

Surface cleaning the 'green' way:lLiability and risk management - does it make cents?

...For several years now, there has been a 'buzz' about the benefits of green indoor cleaning products and methods. However, there has been very minimal attention focused on how we can implement green cleaning techniques when washing outdoor surfaces. How and why outdoor surfaces are cleaned - Most commercial and industrial businesses use pow...

PikStik enables you to pick with ease

The PikStik range of reachers and grabbers is now available in the UK from EWCT, part of the Disposables UK Group of companies. PikStik, an American brand, has been in the business of building and marketing reaching tools for over 20 years and has innovated the market with creative inventions such as the PikStik Pro, the TrashStik and the Tele...

Jani-King crowned 'Official Cleaning Company' for St. Patrick's Day celebrations in Savannah

...ay quickly approaches, Jani-King of Savannah is preparing for the city's largest annual celebration and what is expected to be the largest St. Patrick's Day celebration in the United States. [TRIMTO] Savannah, Georgia will attract an estimated 1,000,000 visitors and local celebrators this coming weekend. This event has been compared in the ...

After Karcher's challenge, Tennant downgrades advertising claim

...eading advertising. Tennant made the changes prior to legal or official rulings in Germany, Belgium and the UK, reports Karcher.[TRIMTO] Karcher says it objected especially to the claim that ordinary tap water can, in scrubber-driers be converted into "active water" that then functions as a powerful detergent. Tennant's website no longer refe...

New ways of working at height demand the highest training standards

Cleaning and maintaining buildings often involves the need to work at height. The obvious requirement that springs to mind is window cleaning; however there is a much broader range of complex building support services which involves the need to work at high levels. This includes gutter clearances, bird proofing, roof repairs, cleaning of extract...

Hydro Tek introduces its new Industrial Cold Wash Skid CPS Series

Built with the same quality and industrial components put into the company's hot water power washers and offering pressures up to 5000 psi, this Cold Wash Skid is ready for some serious cleaning. There are six petrol powered models with a diesel powered power washer also available. The remote four gallon petrol tank allows for long run times a...

The Truvox TruSweep 460 is sweeping across Britain

...ternational less than a year ago, is already making an impact by sweeping up leaves, cigarette ends and general litter in car parks, around office buildings, in loading bays, warehouses and industrial units all over Britain.[TRIMTO] As the machine does not use electricity, it does not pose a risk of people tripping over a trailing lead. The ope...

Ecolab expands Brazil institutional business

... it has acquired Econ Industria e Comercio de Produtos de Higiene e Limpeza, a provider of cleaning and sanitising products and services to the Brazilian foodservice industry. Based in Sao Paulo, Brazil, its annual sales are approximately US$9 million. The business operations will be integrated with Ecolab's existing Brazil institutional busine...

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...dustry e-news Read by industry professionals in 148 countries worldwide! Although John and I have been heavily involved in the glamorous KBB industry (Kitchens, Bathrooms, Bedrooms) for some years now, our cleaning pedigree goes back even further. Cleanzine celebrates its 10th birthday this month but prior to that I edited all of the o...

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  Leading cleaning chemicals manufacturer Greyland has moved. Their new address is: Greyland Ltd, Fifth Avenue, Tameside Park Industrial Estate, Dukinfield, SK16 4PP       

Rubbermaid's new 'Clean Look' range elevates washroom experience for all

Rubbermaid Commercial Products has unveiled its new Clean Look range of air care, surface care and skincare systems, all carrying the same coordinated look and sleek, contemporary styling that is designed to deliver an enhanced washroom experience for every user.[TRIMTO] The Clean Look family comprises different products drawn from the Air Car...

Survey reveals professionals "unclear about proper cleaning / disinfecting procedures"

...nal's recent 'Cleaning & Disinfecting Clarity' survey indicated that they believe that to clean and disinfect a surface, you have twice as much work on your hands. In other words, cleaning and disinfecting are two separate tasks.[TRIMTO] This finding confirms what P&G Professional experts have observed and which they believe to be a comm...

Find a flexible trolley solution with new VoleoFlex

...made compact trolley, designed to be used with the company's microfibre flat mopping systems - Swep and UltraSpeed..[TRIMTO] "At Vileda Professional we understand the demands of operating an effective, efficient cleaning service," comments Karen Barker, Marketing Manager at Vileda Professional. "Our aim is to provide products that make the job e...

bpi.recycled products makes £multi-million investment into new recycling capabilities

... employ greener products is set to receive a welcome boost thanks to leading manufacturer of refuse and recycling sacks, bpi.recycled products.[TRIMTO] The business has just commissioned a brand new, state-of-the-art, waste wash plant at its Rhymney factory in South Wales, which will enable it to strengthen its already impressive range of 100% r...

Washroom Products in the Education & Health Sector UK 2012 - 2016: report published

...at the commercial washrooms market is likely to achieve modest growth at 2%, supported by new build and refurbishment activity in the leisure and entertainment sectors and the build up to the Olympics. It is expected that commercial washroom spending in both the health and education end-use sectors will reduce by 7% over the next five years, with m...

UK's Low Pay Commission welcomes Government's acceptance of its 2012 report

...m £6.08 to £6.19 an hour, the Youth Development Rate will remain at £4.98 an hour and the 16 - 17 Year Old Rate will remain at £3.68 an hour. The Apprentice Rate will increase from £2.60 to £2.65 an hour. The Chair of the Low Pay Commission, David Norgrove said: "Our recommendations this year are, as ever, ...

Premiere Products announces exciting new partnership

Premiere Products has been known as a reputable manufacturer of top quality cleaning chemicals and machines for many years now. Established in 1924, the company remains focused on the customer service, technical support, product quality, innovation and choice for which it is renowned.[TRIMTO] Yesterday, the company announced an exciting new pa...

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...s in 148 countries worldwide! I said it at the start of last year's public sector strikes and I'll say it again. Now is not the time for workers disgruntled about their pay and conditions to down tools and stop work. European stocks fell on Wednesday as a result of concerns over China's slowing economy and the poor growth outlook for t...

Ecolab introduces cleaning solution for EMEA food manufacturers, that dissolves low trans fat oils

...patent-pending cleaning solution that dissolves low trans fat oil residue from processing equipment and surfaces, is now available to food manufacturers throughout Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA).[TRIMTO] Exelerate ZTF's thixotropic gel technology clings to equipment and surfaces to help dissolve low trans fat soils, making it easier t...

News in Brief

  Leading cleaning chemicals manufacturer Greyland has moved. Their new address is: Greyland Ltd, Fifth Avenue, Tameside Park Industrial Estate, Dukinfield, SK16 4PP       

Keynote speakers announced for AHCP 2012 National Conference

...his week..[TRIMTO] Heading the line-up is Dame Claire Bertschinger, author of 'Moving Mountains' and the woman credited with inspiring 'Live Aid', the biggest disaster relief programme ever mounted, which raised more than £150m and saved an estimated 2m lives in Africa. Dame Claire has received a series of awards for her work including the...

We have Mail: from Mike Bone of the Loo of the Year Awards

...ring from the position of Director of BTA at the end of the current financial year, 31st March 2012 and Raymond Martin, a long standing Management Committee Member of the BTA, will be my successor as BTA Director. It was becoming increasingly difficult to maximise the potential of the BTA and Loo of The Year Awards (of which I am Managing Direct...

Healthcare acquired superbug infections on the rise

...onfinement. Healthcare-Associated Infections cause 16 million extra days of hospital stay in Europe and 37,000 attributed deaths. They also contribute to an additional 110,000 deaths every year. The financial losses estimated at approximately €7 billion. In the United States, over 100,000 deaths were attributed to HCAIs and the annual economic...

Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council extends waste contract with Acumen

The successful partnership between Acumen Distribution and Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council, which saw kerbside recycling rates more than double from 26% to 55% in just eight months, has resulted in Acumen's contract being extended until 2016. In addition, the Council has expanded its agreement with the company to include the collection of r...

Top safety accreditation for Pr1me Cleaning Services

... firm recently received accreditation from SAFEcontractor, a programme which recognises very high standards of health & safety practise amongst UK contractors. Employing more than 180 people, Pr1me is principally involved in the Commercial Cleaning business. Specialising in the Commercial Office Sector and Retail Industries and with a &poun...

Free webinar on how to improve PPE compliance being staged next month

...l at midday (GMT), it is the latest in a series of free webinars that 3M is hosting throughout 2012 and will offer practical advice around the issues of wearing PPE in the workplace. PPE specialists Alan McArthur and Sarah Broadbent of the 3M Safety Solutions Division will lead the webinar in discussion around 'What is non-compliance and how can...

ISSA/Interclean Amsterdam offers exciting seminar programme

...jects such as doing business worldwide, preventing the spread of infection, the new ways of working and the aging population. [TRIMTO]The event will take place from Tuesday 8th - Friday 11th May at Amsterdam RAI Convention Centre. Tuesday 8th May Innovation Award ceremony - keynote speaker Michael Braungart will unfold the opportunities ...

bpi.recycled products reveals MDD plans

...d products has announced its plans for the international trade exhibition for the retail, wholesale and distribution sectors. At the event, the British-based business will not only be promoting its range of high performance refuse and recycling sacks but it will also be looking to build on its success in the UK by finding new distributors and comme...

ServiceMaster awarded national accreditation for environmental clean-up efforts

...mental Accreditation following successful efforts to improve its carbon footprint. The British Standards accreditation was awarded after Leicester based ServiceMaster introduced an Environmental Management System project to help reduce wastage, improve on recycling and save on electricity use in the workplace. Official approval was given, alo...

Injuries sustained through fall from chemical storage tank lead to fine

...t alight, causing an explosion. The worker, who has asked not to be named, was thrown from the tank and fell around two and a half metres, landing on a metal girder below. His employer, Hutchinson Technical Services (HTS), was prosecuted by the Health & Safety Executive following an investigation into the incident at its Ditton Road site in ...

New Vectair product set to revolutionise feminine hygiene unit servicing

Vectair Systems UK has a long track of offering the cleaning and hygiene industry innovative, high quality products that break the mould. The company's latest product launch looks set to maintain that tradition. The Femcare Antimicrobial System is a groundbreaking solution that the company believes will revolutionise the way in which feminine hyg...

We have Mail: Response to Survey reveals professionals "unclear about proper cleaning / disinfecting procedures"

...G Professional's recent survey 'Cleaning & Disinfecting Clarity' highlighted a common misunderstanding within the industry as to the most effective method to clean and disinfect a surface. It is a lack of proper and consistent training that, in my opinion, is at fault. Unfortunately the lack of proper instruction goes beyond the process of d...

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...upplier of high-performance converting machinery for the global tissue, nonwovens, package printing and envelope manufacturing industries, has announced that Stefano Spinelli has joined the company's North American-based operations from PCMC Italia, its operations in Lucca, Italy. [TRIMTO] In his role as global product and applications leader, S...

CMS Berlin 2015 ends with outstanding results

... - Cleaning.Management.Services, was an all-round success, which witnessed record exhibitor numbers and visitor attendance, a fantastic atmosphere and outstanding business. More than 20,000 representatives attended the exhibition, including some 17,000 trade visitors (2013: 16,200) from 66 countries (2013: 65). They came to glean information fro...

'Protecting London' gives interactive insight into management of iconic UK buildings

... facilities management industry, has commissioned 'Protecting London', a series of videos, articles and infographics to provide an insight into how some of the most prestigious buildings and projects in the country are managed. Using exclusive videos and interviews, the series incorporates a behind-the-scenes exploration of how the capital's mos...

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..., we will be doing our usual Show Daily broadcast from the event, so if you want us to visit your stand and share what you're exhibiting with our 80,000-plus readers around the globe, do get in touch soon and let us know why we should pay you a visit. Look forward to hearing from you... Yours, Jan Hobbs ...

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...countries worldwide! The Easter break was a typical one it seems. Far too much chocolate - and the weather changed for the worse (in the UK) improving just in time for the return to work as usual. Oh well, at least the roads are quieter due to the school holidays… Or the high cost of fuel. Take your pick. Whichever it is, it won'...

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  Leading cleaning chemicals manufacturer Greyland has moved. Their new address is: Greyland Ltd, Fifth Avenue, Tameside Park Industrial Estate, Dukinfield, SK16 4PP       

EU countries failing on 2020 waste target

Europeans dump the bulk of their rubbish in landfills and many EU countries appear to be falling well short of 2020 targets for recycling municipal waste, new figures from the EU statistical agency show. Eurostat figures show that the 10 countries that have joined the EU since 2004 send the vast majority of their waste to landfills. But the dat...

Meet Rocky!

With a fast growing customer base across Europe, KGS Diamond Group has expanded its floor finishing and refurbishment product range even further with a cleverly designed mobile system that polishes and renovates terrazzo; marble; concrete and natural stones with ease.[TRIMTO] KGS Rocky is a revolutionary 'all-in-one' system designed with clean...

Cleaning firm fined over porter's death at Bolton hospital

...been collecting waste cardboard from around the hospital. He was found by a colleague with his head and arms under the lid of one of the compactors. The HSE investigation concluded that the most likely explanation for Mr Bonomy's death was that he leaned against a lever while leaning over the waste compactor, causing the lid to snap down. The...

UMF to provide infection prevention products to Sodexo under multiyear agreement

Sodexo and UMF have signed a multiyear agreement whereby UMF, innovator and specialist in environmental hygiene, will provide its infection prevention products to Sodexo. Under the terms of the agreement, UMF will provide its advanced antimicrobial technology with PerfectClean products, education, training and support to the more than 6,000 cli...

We have Mail: What is clean?

...lf had written to us to argue that the science of cleaning is something that is often misunderstood and that proper training is needed if surfaces are to be cleaned and properly sanitised ( read his comment here : We would welcome further comment on either e-mail. Dear Jan, I read with interest the e-mail from Rafael Cobos, which was pu...

3M's new matting really makes an entrance!

...our entrance matting that determines its true cost, but how much it can save you in annual cleaning and maintenance costs over its lifetime.[TRIMTO] That's the message behind the launch of 3M's new Nomad Aqua Series Textile Entrance Matting, the latest evolution in the company's innovative range of high performance entrance matting, developed an...

Grout discoloration problem rectified at Rolls-Royce showroom

...s Brian Dickson, Sales Manager of Murray Rolls-Royce. "A Rolls-Royce showroom must remain pristine and just cannot be allowed to look dirty. So I searched on the Internet for somebody to help and fortunately found Cleaning Systems UK in Cupar."[TRIMTO] After discussing the nature of the problem, Craig Manson, Sales Director of Cleaning Systems...

MITIE's new Black Belt in Lean Six Sigma revolutionises cleaning

MITIE, the strategic outsourcing and energy services company, is investing heavily in a Lean Six Sigma team that will help to revolutionise the way cleaning services can be delivered. The Lean Environment team is headed by Jon Lightowler who is a qualified Master Black Belt in Lean Six Sigma.[TRIMTO] Lean Six Sigma cleaning operations are alre...

Toucan play: Regent first major contractor to adopt cleaning innovation

... groundbreaking innovation in cleaning solutions development. The Coventry-based contractor is standardising the use of Toucan-Eco - a natural, cost-effective and simple system for disinfection and cleaning using a solution made from tap water, salt and a small electrical input - across all of its operational sites. Regent currently employs 4...

Outbreaks of SARS and flu forces Taiwan to implement infection control measures

After a fierce outbreak of flu and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome in Taiwan in recent years, the Taiwan' Department of Health went into overdrive and introduced a slew of infection control programmes. Measures such as hospital accreditation and ratings based on patient safety and quality control have encouraged medical institutions to establish...

We have Mail: What is Clean 2

...of defining 'What is Clean?', 'What is visibly clean?'. We know that this term is highly subjective and therefore open to interpretation.[TRIMTO] My main point was to remove all visible soiling - that is soiling within the resolution of the eye - from any surface before disinfection can begin, and this determination should be taught to the clean...

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  Leading cleaning chemicals manufacturer Greyland has moved. Their new address is: Greyland Ltd, Fifth Avenue, Tameside Park Industrial Estate, Dukinfield, SK16 4PP       

CK Group to launch new OxyPharm disinfection at AHCP event

... OxyPharm System is an effective whole area bio-disinfection solution for wards, operating theatres and intensive care rooms. Based upon hydrogen peroxide, the OxyPharm concept is based on the twin action of a diffusion appliance and a disinfection product which is emitted as a dry fog. All surfaces, including ceiling, walls, light fittings, fans, ...

Pay market App launched to support managers on the move

... most important decision an organisation can make. The problem is that dependable data about wages and salaries is hard to find and - when available - often barely affordable for all but the largest employers. That has now all changed - thanks to a clever new App called 'Jobsworth' launched this week by The Federation of European Employers (FedEE ...

RJC Cleaning to distribute award-winning Kaivac system in UK

...c 'No-Touch' Cleaning System. "We are looking to reconnect Kaivac to its customer base in the UK and offer an excellent service, full training in the use of the equipment - and, of course, the supply of equipment, parts and servicing," Richard Johnson, Sales Director of RJC Cleaning Solutions, told us. Richard believes that the newly launched...

New Eco-Friendly Washcloth saves money and the environment

Synergy Health has launched the economical and eco-friendly Essentials Washcloth. This maceratable, single-use, dry cleansing wipe is part of the company's new value range of patient hygiene products, aimed at saving both money and the environment.[TRIMTO] This cost-effective product is a heavyweight dry wipe and is highly absorbent, with high...

Learn how to get the best out of your cleaning equipment batteries

...ies around the globe, has this week launched 'Trojan Tips' - a video tutorial series designed to expand awareness of deep-cycle battery technology. It provides in-depth information focusing on a variety of battery topics such as deep-cycle battery technologies, maintenance practices, charging procedures and safety when handling batteries.[TRIMTO] ...

Karcher repeats its £100 cashback scheme and vac competition

...nounced on the Karcher website every week. Using hot water can reduce cleaning time by up to 40% and improve final results. This is because oil and grease stains emulsify and flow more easily when heated, making them easier and quicker to shift. Hot water also accelerates chemical processes, making detergents work more quickly. On top of all thi...

Brayborne secures three new local authority contracts and BP Pangborne

...actor has been awarded Brookfield Community School & Language College , Hamble Community School and Thornden School. All these contracts are for a minimum term of three years with possible extensions to a maximum of five years. In addition to this, Brayborne has just joined forces with security company Wilson James in a joint venture to s...

VDM presents 'DMX' - the evolution of the MX project

...Italian manufacturer VDM's MX project...[TRIMTO] This line, designed to cope with the diverse demands of the contract cleaning market, includes all the features needed to clean in every type of environment, efficiently and with controlled timing. VDM tells us it was the first to realise the market need to work with multipurpose trolleys that ...

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...e incredible efforts made by US college students to win the nationwide recycling race both inspired and disappointed me. 'Inspired' because it shows just what can be achieved with the right incentives and leadership - 92,000,000 lbs of recyclables collected over a mere eight weeks is not to be sniffed at! 'Disappointed' because - although we're ...

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  Leading cleaning chemicals manufacturer Greyland has moved. Their new address is: Greyland Ltd, Fifth Avenue, Tameside Park Industrial Estate, Dukinfield, SK16 4PP       

Jangro Belfast refurbishes Olympic Torch

When Olympic Torch carrier Andrew Miller received his torch to carry across Belfast he thought it looked a bit worse for its travels, so he made a slight detour and called in Jangro Member Interclean for advice.[TRIMTO] Surprised Interclean Director Railton Snape was quick to produce the best cleaning tool for the task - a Jangro microfibre cl...

Hundreds of Houston janitors go on strike

...International Union based in the US, issued yesterday: Last night, following a month of protests and one-day strikes across the city of Houston, hundreds of Houston janitors walked off the job in the first city-wide janitors' strike since 2006. The janitors have called the strike to protest employer's malicious conduct. With hundreds of striking...

Vermopping the UK

German mopping systems and cleaning equipment manufacturer Vermop has opened a subsidiary in the UK to serve customers throughout the British Isles and Ireland.[TRIMTO] Operating from modern commercial premises in Guildford, Surrey, just minutes from the M25 London orbital and the rest of the UK motorway network, the establishment of Vermop UK...

Kitchenmaster to introduce full range in Amsterdam

Kitchenmaster has been manufacturing high quality cleaning and hygiene products for over 30 years at the purpose built plant just outside Belfast, Northern Ireland. These products are supplied to a worldwide customer base - they are despatched to distributors across Ireland, UK, Europe and the UAE. Kitchenmaster manufactures and deliver over two ...

Poor hospital cleaning revealed in recent Canadian study

The health of hospital patients, staff and visitors is increasingly at risk according to a March 2012 study reported by Erica Johnson of the Canadian Broadcasting Company reports Robert Kravitz. Using hidden cameras in 11 Canadian hospitals, the examiners found "many of [the hospitals] were surprisingly inadequate [when it comes to cleaning], i...

Recycling company prosecuted after worker's foot is crushed

...se when a tyre of a 16-tonne shovel ran over his right foot. Mr Brown broke 16 bones in his foot and is still suffering with pain and arthritis. He has had to give up a possible career in Motocross, having won races at national level and negotiated a potential sponsorship package. He cannot learn to drive and acquire his car licence and has not ...

605 US colleges and universities recover 92,000,000 lbs of organic and recyclable materials during RecycleMania

...ause of the NCAA collegiate basketball tournaments! It was also RecycleMania season at 605 colleges and universities. The RecycleMania Tournament, which wrapped up its 12th annual competition at the end of March, is an eight-week challenge that ignites classic college rivalries, rallying students, faculty and staff to increase on-campus recycling r...

Trojan Battery names C.I.A.K. distributor for eastern Europe

Trojan Battery Co, has partnered with Zagreb, Croatia-based C.I.A.K., expanding Trojan's presence in eastern Europe. As Trojan's authorised master distributor in the region, C.I.A.K. is responsible for distributing and servicing Trojan products throughout Slovenia, Bosnia and Hercegovina and Croatia (Hrvatska ),Serbia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Bulg...

Image Office Cleaning's emergency response team gives FMs peace of mind

...ncy response team was recently called out urgently by client Knight Frank late one evening to clean and dry carpets soaked as a result of a leaking ceiling VAV system. Without the team's fast response, a high level meeting planned for the next day would have been postponed. "Calls for help like this occur more frequently than you might expect: g...

OCS brews up contract with Typhoo

OCS has strengthened its contract with one of Britain's best loved tea brands, Typhoo, to provide office and factory cleaning at its site in Moreton on the Wirral peninsula.[TRIMTO] A strong relationship with the client developed after a workwear contract was secured in 2006 - and, since 2008, OCS has provided high level cleaning to the factor...

British Cleaning Council announces details of its 2012 Conference

...ce Centre on London's South Bank on 23rd October. The day will be focused on Business Efficiency and Innovation, as a distinguished and high-profile speaker line-up will offer the best and most creative solutions to the challenges arising during the age of austerity. The BCC annual conference has established itself as the must-attend event fo...

Brussels is to push for EU-wide minimum wage

...e introduction of a minimum wage in countries such as Germany - which doesn't at present have one - and raise wages where they are considered too low, according to a draft seen by EurActiv. Having a job will not necessarily ward off poverty in Europe, argues the organisation, pointing out that some 8% of European workers are having to survive on...

Bunzl's interim management statement released

Bunzl, the international distribution and outsourcing Group, yesterday announced its interim management statement for the period since 31 December 2011.[TRIMTO] Overall trading continues to be strong and consistent with expectations at the time of the annual results announcement in February. At constant exchange rates, Group revenue in the firs...

RCM obtains the ECA Certificate

... which exceed the criteria set out under the scheme, may be registered on the Water Technology List and carry a badge of environmental efficiency. The criteria are: Walk behind scrubber drier - Internal and external maintenance/cleaning: water consumption = 60 m_/l Ride-on scrubber drier - internal and external maintenance/cleaning at a sp...

Swisher unveils new look in the UK

...r, one of the UK's leading contract hygiene service providers, announces its renewed business focus and new look, complete with a raft of innovative products to complement its existing service offering.[TRIMTO] Swisher has been providing comprehensive and cost-effective washroom services, delivering excellent levels of hygiene in the UK for near...

CMS delivers retirement boost for Karcher UK employees

...each member had the right retirement plan for them after individual consultations about risk levels and investment performance. Members can now check on current and and projected values by accessing their own pension plan account online. Mark Venner, Chief Operating Officer for Karcher UK & Ireland, says: "CMS's outstanding professionalism a...

Penske racing driver AJ Allmendinger 'Takes the Challenge' with Scott Pro Shop Towels

The Scott Pro Shop Towels brand, a professional-grade clean up solution designed for automotive DIYers, yesterday announced a new partnership with AJ Allmendinger, driver of the No. 22 Penske Racing Dodge Challenger in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.[TRIMTO] AJ Allmendinger will serve as the official spokesperson for the Scott Pro Shop Towels 'T...

SCA strengthens its presence in South America

...CA is to acquire the remaining 50% in the Chilean hygiene company PISA (Papeles Industriales S.A.), and will after the transaction own 100% of the company. The purchase price is approximately 520 MSEK.[TRIMTO] PISA's turnover in 2011 was approximately 780 MSEK. The company operates primarily in the Away-From-Home and consumer tissue markets, whi...

Getting all the pieces in place: clean, green and steam for Jigsaw

UK cleaning systems provider, Jigsaw Cleaning Systems has expanded its product range after signing a distribution agreement with OspreyDeepclean. The agreement covers the UK and allows Jigsaw to distribute Osprey's industrial dry steam cleaning equipment to a variety of different sectors, including healthcare, transport, leisure and hospitalit...

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...link below in this version. ISSA/Interclean Amsterdam kicks off in under a fortnight (8th May) and it promises to be a really good show, with more than 680 exhibitors from 41 countries, showing many trendsetting new products and technologies. The RAI tells us that amongst the exhibitors we will be able to meet more than 250 manufacturers that ...

News in Brief

  Leading cleaning chemicals manufacturer Greyland has moved. Their new address is: Greyland Ltd, Fifth Avenue, Tameside Park Industrial Estate, Dukinfield, SK16 4PP       

K-CP celebrates Earth Day with largest portfolio of FSC certified towel and tissue products in North America

...cing that the company now holds the largest portfolio of Forest Stewardship Council certified towel and tissue products in North America.[TRIMTO] Nearly 97% of K-CP tissue and towel products in North America are Chain-of-Custody certified to standards set by the FSC, which is an independent non-profit organisation. FSC protects forests for futur...

Regulatory specialist launches health & safety package

A fixed-price health and safety package for businesses has been developed by Stephensons Solicitors. Called Safe Assist, the legal package provides a bespoke range of health & safety services to businesses. It is provided by advisers with the relevant knowledge, experience and expertise to assist businesses to proactively manage risks to he...

PHS Washrooms achieves 'world first'

...on Reduction Label which identifies that these services have had their carbon footprints calculated and then independently certified by the Carbon Trust against an internationally recognised standard. A carbon footprint is the total amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) and other greenhouse gases emitted by a product or service during the life or a pro...

GNB Industrial Power unveils additions to its battery range

...chines GNB has developed the new Sonnenschein GF 12 076V, which has improved high current tolerance and significantly increased capacity to meet the cleaning industry's ever-expanding performance criteria. Cleaning machines, which are used intensively for prolonged periods of time, demand a reliable and robust battery with an extra boost of power ...

Tech-Clean's new Trailer Mount System

...stem from Tech-Clean, one of the UK's leading pressure washer innovators, is totally self-contained and powers 2 pressure washing lances or 2 gum spotter lances at the same time.[TRIMTO] The 8 x 4 twin axle trailer is kitted out with a 17hp Kubota diesel driven pressure washer yet technical developments mean that even for heavily soiled areas no...

First high speed hand dryer to receive noise reduction accolade

Airdri, the responsible provider of sustainable hand drying systems, is believed to be the first in the high speed (fast dry) hand dryer category to be awarded the Quiet Mark for its new high speed hand dryer, The Classic+ MkII. The international mark of approval from the UK Noise Abatement Society encourages worldwide companies to include noi...

New Sustainability Guide details how to measure carbon footprint

...o;How-to’ Guide Series’ offering facilities managers a comprehensive approach to understanding greenhouse gas emission accounting, reporting and minimisation.[TRIMTO] Carbon has become the currency of the sustainability movement, impacting energy management, waste handling, air quality, environmental stewardship and a host of other s...

Coventry City Council endorses Ingot Services with renewed contract

...ll its commercial kitchens. The Coventry City Council contract was, as before, put out to tender and Ingot's professionalism, competitive pricing and high standards once again won through as they did in 2009. Ingot's Managing Director Alan Maynard explains: ?We have had a fantastic relationship with the city council since 2009 and we are all ...

We have Mail: Vectair Systems' Matthew Wonnacott

... ago. We're delighted to report that Matthew is now on the road to recovery - although we understand that he won?t feel back to normal for around 16-18 months - not surprising perhaps when you see the list of his injuries: fractured bones in neck & fractured bones in the vertebrae (C5, C6 & C7), 12 broken right ribs, flail chest (9th rib...

Connect Hygiene Products to launch new foam soap range

Connect is launching a new range of foam soaps and dispensers under the Leonardo brand. The attractive, easily maintained dispensers are simple to use with a push bar operation benefiting those with reduced hand strength and suitable for high hand hygiene situations when using an elbow to dispense is the preferred option.[TRIMTO] With tran...

Natural bacteria help defeat the 'drought'

As the water authorities across the UK make contingency plans to combat the reduced reservoir and water table levels ( we are technically in a drought - although with the flash floods a visitor might be forgiven for thinking that we're not  - Ed ), one company based in Bath is helping businesses nationwide save water - and mo...

Jangro success in the North

...Janitorial of Keighley, North Yorkshire, celebrates 25 years of providing a daily janitorial supply and delivery service across the county. Founded in 1986, the business grew rapidly, particularly in the education, cleaning, healthcare and leisure sectors including small to very large organisations. Today it is one of the largest independent ja...

Donna's shining in her new job

A Bootle woman who has spent the last nine years looking for a job has finally succeeded and, according to her boss, is really shining in her new role. Donna Reynolds, who has spent years applying for vacancies, is now employed by Alpha Cleaning Services, which undertakes commercial contracts in offices and business premises throughout the Nor...

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...dering how (or if) we were going to be able to get out to ISSA/Interclean Amsterdam because the Icelandic volcano that had erupted was spewing out so much ash that it was causing flights to be grounded all around the world. I think we used the Oleta Adams ‘Get here if you can’ lyrics to draw attention to the many alternatives people ...

Singaporean students do their bit for their local coffee shop washroom

...ent Club, have spent the past few months keeping the washroom clean. They have also created posters and tissue paper packet designs, all for the purpose of raising awareness of the need for patrons to leave this – and other – washrooms as clean as they found them. Their efforts seem to be paying off, as the owners of the coffee shop,...

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  Leading cleaning chemicals manufacturer Greyland has moved. Their new address is: Greyland Ltd, Fifth Avenue, Tameside Park Industrial Estate, Dukinfield, SK16 4PP       

Record numbers entering their lovely loos in Loo of the Year Awards

...public toilets closing down in the past 10 years, the Loo of the Year Awards are still going strong and not only are they celebrating their 25th Anniversary, but there are record entries for the 2012 event! The awards are promoted by The British Toilet Association and this year are in association with Headline Sponsor Lepicol, a probiotic formul...

Bio-enzymatic cleaners find new use: restoring masterpieces

Researchers at the Institute of Heritage Restoration and the Polytechnic University of Valencia, Spain, are cleaning 17th-century frescos using what the professional cleaning industry knows as bio-enzymatic cleaners, reports Robert Kravitz.[TRIMTO] Bio-enzymatic cleaners are formulated with specific enzymes and 'good' bacteria that essentially...

Government should use public sector procurement to tackle late payment, says Forum

...he Institute of Credit Management (ICM), the Association of Certified, Chartered Accountants (ACCA) and Lloyds TSB Business to discuss late payment and the harm it does to SMEs. New research it carried out in conjunction with the credit reference agency, Graydon UK, suggests more than half of all small businesses have been affected in some way b...

Welcome to Unger’s new age of nLite’ment

...des smart cleaning solutions to more than 80 countries worldwide - will change the way that windows and façades are cleaned forever by combining the best features of its telescopic and modular poles into a brand new system that delivers what the company claims are unrivalled results and adaptability. The key features of the new Unger HiFl...

Bunzl completes three further acquisitions

International distribution and outsourcing group Bunzl, announced yesterday that it has completed three further acquisitions in the United States, Israel and Australia.[TRIMTO] The company has acquired FoodHandler from Barriersafe Solutions International. Based in Chicago, FoodHandler is a leading supplier of a variety of disposable gloves and ...

Worshipful Company of Environmental Cleaners installs new Master

...nstalled  as Master for the year ensuing. Mrs Maureen A. Marden was installed as Senior Warden and Mr Issa K Tahhan as Junior Warden.  Following the Installation, a banquet was held at Mansion House with guests including Alderman Sir Robert G. Finch (representing the Lord Mayor) and Sir Nicholas Kenyon CBE, Managing Director of the Bar...

ISSA's Mark Armitage to retire

...A since 1998 when he joined the organisation from the US Department of Commerce based in The Netherlands, where he was responsible for assisting US Companies to become established in the European marketplace. During his time with ISSA, Mark has opened the organisation’s first office in Europe and has helped to develop membership, alliances...

No compromise on cleanliness, says poll

  Making sure premises are clean and safe is a priority for the public sector despite current cutbacks, says a new opinion poll. The online survey by healthcare cleaning industry blog site www.cleanleanhealthcare.org concluded that cleanliness and safety is the most pressing issue for public sector institutions, with 40% of the vote. ...

City Of London bins that broadcast news - and recycle newspapers

In January, Renew Solution launched its innovative, high-tech information and recycling units in The City of London after being awarded a 21 year contract through a tender from The City to tackle the problem of free papers littering the streets of the Square Mile.[TRIMTO] After years in research & development, Renew's solution is an 'intel...

Top 10 cash flow killers

Cashflow experts have revealed the top 10 ‘cash flow killers’ for small and medium sized businesses. cashflowfacility.co.uk  asked company directors from all over the UK to highlight where the biggest cashflow problems emerge from within their business. The top 10 ‘cashflow killers’ are: 1)    ...

Veolia fined after agency worker sustained serious burns

... sustained 17% burns to his body whilst cleaning ash from a filtration hopper at a Veolia plant on Landman Way in December 2009. The ash fell onto him when he entered the hopper and started prodding it with a rod in order to clear a blockage. He was hospitalised for almost a month as a result of the burns he sustained. An investigation by the...

Health experts call for ‘hygiene rating’ scheme for tattoo parlours

Consumers feel a ‘hygiene rating’ scheme for tattoo parlours could improve hygiene standards and reduce the risk of acquiring blood borne infections, according to a survey conducted by the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health. The survey will be presented at its annual public health conference in Cardiff on 2/3 May. At presen...

Simple ladder carrying gadget wins two awards

Strap-n-Go, the developer of the Strap-n-Go line of ladder handle products and accessories, has won two awards for its patent pending Ladder Handle system.[TRIMTO] The US National Safety Advisory Council honoured Strap-n-Go Ladder Handle with the ?Top Safety Innovation Award?, as the most innovative product that will keep employees safe and in...

Registration to the 19th WFBSC is now open

...2) will take place in Curitiba - Brazil from October 10th - 14th. The registration is already open, and can be reached through the website www.wfbsc2012.com , where you can also find more information about the event and Curitiba (tourism, special tours, hotels, restaurants, etc).[TRIMTO] A partnership with Star Alliance, offers a discount for...

NHS selects SoChlor in advanced infection control tender

NHS hospitals and clinics in the UK will soon have a new range of state-of-the art infection prevention products available from NHS Supply Chain. GV Health's SoChlor environmental disinfection range has been approved by NHS pharmacists and selected by NHS Supply Chain for use throughout the NHS in the recent advanced infection control tender.[TRI...

Ecolab fleet honoured for carbon reduction efforts

...e US fleet. Since 2006, the fleet has reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 22%, normalised to sales, and fuel consumption 8%, despite an increase in the number of vehicles and total miles driven. The drive to reduce GHG emissions by the fleet aligns with Ecolab's corporate goal to reduce US GHG emissions per dollar of sales by 20% from the base y...

Activeion Cleaning Solutions: a statement

...Activeion solutions, the business has been unable to achieve commercial viability during this time, and has exhausted its funding. As a result, Activeion will discontinue commercial operations effective April 18, 2012. We continue to strongly believe in the technology, and anticipate that the underlying technology will revolutionize the way the wor...

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... of business they were doing. Many mentioned the diversity of countries represented by the visitors and we appear to have received a big influx from Russia, as well as a fair few from India and the Far East. So as well as being the largest ever in terms of stand space taken, it also appears that that show is attracting a new breed of visitor - and ...

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... Welcome to the first of our ISSA/Interclean Dailies; designed to give you a flavour of the show and what you can expect to see and do here if you’re coming along… and what you’re missing out on if you’re not coming! Amsterdam is a wonderful city – and with over 170 different nationalities and a 45% ethnic minor...

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... helpful stranger from Denmark who'd come to his aid when his laptop gave up on him at a show in Poland three years ago, so when he saw the gentleman on stand 04.327 he recognised him immediately. Bo Winther Barkholt from Plum, told us: “Every time we’re here we have a great show and it’s been the same this time.” Of cour...

...ry - ISSA Educational Seminar Hosted by British Institute of Cleaning Science (BICSc) International and ISSA Location, language and costs All the seminars will take place in the seminar rooms of the RAI Elicium (main entrance of ISSA/Interclean) except the Diversey Risk Management Summit which will take place in the Forum lounge of Amsterdam ...

Thursday 10th May Facility Management and the Cleaning Industry - ISSA Educational Seminar * Sustainability in Cleaning and Facility Management * New ways of working and the effect on the cleaning industry * The challenges of the ageing population Speakers: Annette I.H. van Waning, Corporate Social Responsibility Manager Vebego Internat...

...mmit - by Diversey The Risk Management Summit will take place at the Forum Room of Amsterdam RAI and it will be focused on Food Safety, Labour Safety and Infection Control. Top executives from leading companies such as Coca Cola, McDonalds, ISS, Metro, Compass, Accor and Autogrill will share practical ideas to enhance their Corporate Risk profile, and to protect employees' and consumers' lives. This summit is brought to you by Diversey, visit:  www.risksummit.com  for more information. [TRIMTO] ...

News in Brief

  Leading cleaning chemicals manufacturer Greyland has moved. Their new address is: Greyland Ltd, Fifth Avenue, Tameside Park Industrial Estate, Dukinfield, SK16 4PP       

...lturally diverse marketplace - ISSA Educational Seminar UK Business Speaker of the Year 2011/012 and past Silver Medallist in the World Championship of Public Speaking, Phillip Khan-Panni, will present a valuable and beneficial study on how to get the best from doing business with clients around the world, from Japan to the US, Russia and South ...

...m Hungarian Professional team The teams will demonstrate special cleaning methods: Strip and remove polymer (linoleum); Crystallizing (marmer) They will also work in a clean room and use steam to clean a hospital room.   ...

  Professionals in the specific fields covered will judge the cleaning and announce the winner. The team with the most points after completing all four categories, will win. After the successful introduction of this competition in 2010, this specialised cleaning method will have a dedicated area in Hall 5 with direct access to an outsid...

...iar high pressure technologies, such as ice blast cleaning, reaching hard-to-access areas, chemical and industrial cleaning, and the use of environmentally friendly cleaning solutions, can be demonstrated. And of course, the winners of the 2012 Innovations Awards will be announced, and visitors will be able to inspect all the products that were entered into the awards and talk to some of the teams behind them.   ...

...taly (20%), Asia (18%), Spain (25%) ISSA/INTERCLEAN Amsterdam 2012 is organised by Amsterdam RAI and takes place in Halls 1-6, 9-11 and the Elicium of the Amsterdam RAI Convention Centre, Europaplein 22. The opening hours for today Friday 11th May 10.00 - 16.00 hrs ...

What about the hundreds of individual companies, large and small, who go to make this show the foremost event in the global cleaning and hygiene industry? The UK National Carpet Cleaners Association’s Keith Robertson was at the show yesterday during set up and he reported: "A great deal of preparatory work was going on in the 10 exhi...

Seminar Programme

...r Keynote speaker Professor Didier Pittet, Programme director of the Infection Control Programme and World Health Organization will focus on the impact that cleaning can have on the risk and spread of infection - in particular addressing global hand hygiene initiatives Hosted by the World Federation of Building Service Contractors (WFBSC) and IS...

Italian manufacturer Adiatek has given birth to a new Baby

...ich have very small dimensions, such as offices, shops, workshops, taverns, terraces, private pools and any other environment that has very narrow passages," explained the team.[TRIMTO] There are two types of batteries: 28 and 35 Ah 5. The charger is specific to the hourly output requirements. The performance version allows you to work for ar...

Cromwell Polythene

... for incineration; orange sacks, for waste that is disposed of by a licensed or permitted facility; and yellow sacks with a black stripe, also known as 'Tiger' bags, for waste collection and disposal that is not subject to special requirements to prevent infection and which are disposed of by deep landfill. Used by leading healthcare, clinical, ...

Abertax

...chines are becoming more popular but to get the best out of them users need to ensure they are used and maintained properly. There is an answer though, as staff from Maltese company Abertax (06.201) were explaining the stand visitors.  The Online Battery Monitor, is, as its name suggests, an Internet-based management tool which helps ensure...

Alani

"At Alani, we have committed ourselves to the environment,” said the team on the stand (10.514). “This is why last year we obtained the Eco Label Certificate for all our tissue paper products.” This Spanish company manufactures and exports globally 100% pure cellulose tissue paper and also imports and exports janitorial supp...

Altiplas-TBI Group

...er Altiplas-TBI Group’s (10.507) new lockable Ecodis H-DIS Dispenser rather cleverly accepts hand towel rolls of almost any length and from 190mm to 215mm wide, or sheets of different formats and lengths, for distribution sheet-by-sheet or in flat format, without the need for a complex internal mechanism. Comprising plastic injected compon...

Abrasivos Aguila

Spanish abrasives manufacturer Abrasivos Aguila (05.306) told us that the use of marble and granite as a flooring and covering material has become increasingly popular in recent years, with architects and designers specifying these surfaces when involved in projects for public and residential areas. This has created ad increasing demand for pro...

Alfa HygiCare

Dutch company Alfa HygiCare’s (D11.128) new ‘Untouchable’ faucets and dispensers look the part but they’re not all about being aesthetic – they’re practical too. Perfectly combining the functionalities of a faucet and a soap dispenser, they’re ideal for the healthcare and food industries.[TRIMTO] The U...

Seminar Programme

...jects such as doing business worldwide, preventing the spread of infection, the new ways of working and the aging population. [TRIMTO] ...

...s for demonstrations on High Pressure Cleaning, Sanitary Hygiene systems, Steam Cleaning, Platforms and City Cleaning. You will also be able to see the latest equipment being used in a ‘live showcase’, for cleverly, the organisers have invited all the exhibitors to place their most innovative equipment  at the disposal of the RA...

Leader

...screens, with their respective teams enthusiastically talking us through what the products did and what made them so special. It seemed that any one of them could have been a winner. However... Yours, Jan Hobbs ...

Innovation Awards 2012

Vermop Salmon's Mag mopping system, which had so impressed John and me when we first saw it at CMS Berlin in September, was announced the overall winner. The winning team were clearly delighted and so were we as this cleverly designed mopping system, which uses magnets to attach the mophead to the mop. is unlike anything we've ever seen before. ...

News in Brief

  Leading cleaning chemicals manufacturer Greyland has moved. Their new address is: Greyland Ltd, Fifth Avenue, Tameside Park Industrial Estate, Dukinfield, SK16 4PP       

Category winner - Machines, accessories and components:

The B 80 W from Karcher is an 80-litre walk-behind scrubber dryer designed for areas between 1500 and 3000 square metres. Simplicity and time saving are the key criteria for any user when purchasing a machine like this, and the B 80 W meets those needs. One of the features that impressed the judges most was the intelligent RFID key system. This c...

Category winner – Cleaning Management and Training Solutions

Infection Prevention Monitor (IPM) from Alpheios, offers hospitals and other healthcare institutions a practical insight into how they are dealing with protocols for infection prevention, and how the risk of cross-contamination can be avoided in their buildings Independent hygienists carry out inspections using the IPM app on an iPad, the...

... being donated to the AMREF project in Kajiado, Kenya. The project aims to provide accessible water and sanitary facilities for the community and the AMREF representative said that this money would allow for the needs of about 500 people to be met.[TRIMTO] ...

...ldn’t be equalled but here again, we were held enthralled as we were surprised with new facts and figures and given lots to think about. For example, he said that recent studies have shown up 60 – 80 different cleaning chemicals in breastmilk, and that there are 40 times more plastics in some areas of the Pacific Ocean than there is ...

... Sustainability, he pointed out, is simply not good enough – we have to go further than that. And rather than trying to be a little less bad, we should be striving to be beneficial. ...

...but are contaminating them with cleaning products. Why?” he asked. He said that in the Netherlands, for example, breathing fine dust takes on average, five years off the average person’s life. “Why should our lungs do the cleaning for us?” he asked. “We should be developing cleaning products that hold the dust on the s...

Bay West

Wausaupaper’s Gary Rudemiller (vice president operations towel & tissue and Michael Wildenberg (senior vice president towel & tissue) are visiting the show from Kentucky in the US and are shown here with some of the Bay West Europe team. Disposables UK holds the licence to manufacture and sell Wausaupaper’s Bay West ran...

HTC

Swedish company HTC’s divisional business manager Andrew Baird was demonstrating the Twister diamond cleaning system as we walked past. We knew people were singing the system’s praises so stopped to find out more. "The secret behind this system’s outstanding results is mechanical cleaning with billions of microscopic diamonds...

Proandre

We really liked the new orange and blue colours on Proandre’s stand and our words of praise soon persuaded the team to pose for a photo for us. In the centre is Jose Vilches, who distributes Proandre’s products in France. Proandre is a Spanish firm with international presence, dedicated to the production and istribution of hyg...

News in Brief

  Leading cleaning chemicals manufacturer Greyland has moved. Their new address is: Greyland Ltd, Fifth Avenue, Tameside Park Industrial Estate, Dukinfield, SK16 4PP       

Fragrance Delivery Technologies

...ed air freshening system, which uses the patented Oxy-Gen Powered technology - said to provide real and tangible environmental benefits with less waste and no harmful emissions. This emission-free technology generates oxygen constantly and continuously to release accurate doses of pure fragrance oil. The product does not emit any harmful or volatil...

Toucan Eco

...as challenged the way that environmentally friendly chemicals are produced. Using only tap water and salt, this amazing device employs electrochemical activation to produce an effective disinfectant and cleaner in three minutes on the spot... No need for packaging, distribution costs or disposal of damaging residue.[TRIMTO] Distributors ...

Tersano

...ising systems, Tersano believes it has changed the way people think about cleaning chemicals - and in the process, has created an entirely new market category. Lotus cleaning products can currently be found throughout North America in universities, hospitals, schools, hotels, casinos, government and public offices.[TRIMTO] After a lengthy r...

Kimberly-Clark

We're all worried about the spread of germs in the workplace and Kimberly-Clark has come up with a great way of ensuring that all the products we need to keep ourselves and our immediate workplaces clean as part of its Healthy Workplace Project, (ably outlined to us by the company's Richard Millard - but more of that later).[TRIMTO] The hygien...

Truvox

Something was different about the Truvox stand (01.407) this year but it wasn't until we stepped onto it that we realised why... It had a much more international flavour. Indeed, on closer inspection, we noticed that the stand staff had the names of the other brands the company represents - Tacony, Powrflite and CFR embroidered on their...

Gojo

... new to talk about, that it hired a separate room to tell us about it, rather than meet us on its stand 11.417 . We were surrounded by bottles of cleverly formulated hand gels but our attention was drawn to the company’s new, technologically advanced dispensing systems. [TRIMTO] The company’s Mike Sullivan (thanks for recognising m...

OspreyDeepclean

"Harnessing the power of Nature" is the theme of the OspreyDeepclean stand this year, explained the firm's Enrique Mena. That's why a windmill features so prominently on the stand - which of course is all about the cleaning power of water - in the form of steam to be precise. A windmill may have been the centrepoint of the stand - but the...

Vectair

...thew Wonnacott braving the crowds to show us how well he’s recovered from the attack by a hit and run driver last November, which nearly claimed his life… Horrified though to hear that the police and even paramedics had thought he was simply ‘drunk & disorderly’ and had made him walk to the hospital transport – br...

Miniskills competition

After chatting to Peta and Alan Tilley from Prochem Europe (06.102) and learning more about the Royal Warrant of Appointment to HM The Queen, which the company was granted this year for the supply of carpet cleaning products (no mean feat that, as we learned, so congratulations Prochem!) we took some time out from speaking to all the ma...

Vileda

...ins aren't actually made from stainless steel, but are instead, plastic! This means they look smart and expensive, but are not prone to some of the problems one finds with stainless steel products, such as the greasy fingerprints, the scratches an the dents (our picture shows the company's Steve Barber trying to dent one). They have anti-slip rubbe...

Leader

...ng mistakes etc that you’ve had to put up with over the week but we’ve had to work long and unusual hours – often after a beer or three and a nice dinner. These things make it rather hard to concentrate, which means that trying to get everything done in time has been exhausting. And I don’t really like to admit it but &lsquo...

News in Brief

  Leading cleaning chemicals manufacturer Greyland has moved. Their new address is: Greyland Ltd, Fifth Avenue, Tameside Park Industrial Estate, Dukinfield, SK16 4PP       

Contico

"It's all a blur!" exclaimed a delighted Vernon Holmes when we visited the Contico stand at the end of the week. Most readers will know that the company was recently taken into new ownership by mill operator Robert Scott & Sons. Contico has been a major and popular player in the professional janitorial sector for the past 37 years and the acquisition by Robert Scott & Sons will both enhance and secure the company's future in the supply and manufacturing of its range of added value, manual cleaning products.  ...

Unger

Unger is showcasing its new HiFlo nLite water-fed pole system and Dave Rogers - like us, all the way from the UK - told us it has been attracting a lot of interest. "This will change the way that windows and façades are cleaned forever by combining the best features of our telescopic and modular poles into a brand new system that deli...

bpi

Rachael Barton and the team from BPI Recycled Products (said to be Europe's largest recycler of waste polythene) exhanged the the beautiful peaks of Derbyshire with Amsterdam and its many canals, in the hope of making contact with potential new distributors for Europe - initially for Western Europe and the Benelux countries but also with those from further afield. You can find them on stand 11.106.[TRIMTO] T: +441723841848 E: refusessales@bpipoly.com W: www.thegreensack.co.uk ...

Lucart Group

...show in Verona last year, in which we publicised our admiration of Italian company Lucart and the way it operates. Eco Natural Lucart spearheads the new generation of ecological paper, in as much as it is made by recycling the cellulose fibres found in beverage cartons (such as Tetrapaks), that would otherwise end up in a rubbish dump....

The British Cleaning Council's Press Officer, Peter Carrol, writes...

On day two of the ISSA/Interclean seminar programme, ISSA and the World Federation of Cleaning Service Contractors (WFBSC) collaborated to co-ordinate a session entitled: 'Cleaning in the 21st century: the vital importance of cleaning in healthcare'. After a welcome by Keith Baker, ISSA director of services for Europe, keynote speaker Profes...

Spot the birdie

Here's one for the eagle-eyed amongst you (or is it a seagull?). Tell us whose stand this bird is perched above and we'll enter you into a draw to receive a prize well worth having. If the winner is a supplier - a month's worth of advertising in Cleanzine - if a contract cleaner or end-user a profile on the service you offer - all completely...

Electrolux

...quo;s new Abecs laundering system can double the life of any manufacturer’s microfibre cloths and mops whilst controlling the spread of bacteria on surfaces and the cloths and mops themselves. Microfibre cloths and mops have proven to be very effective in collecting bacteria and organisms within their fabric – but this can pose a hea...

Premiere Products

...ny takeover?  "Nothing of the sort," explained an amused MD Dr Ken Barnes, "We booked the stand in Las Vegas, and I'm an American, so a certain assumption was made!"  The manufacturer of top quality cleaning chemicals and machines recently announced an exciting new partnership agreement with Swiss machine manufacturer, Wetrok. ...

TreColli

...you work for a roller brush company! This amusing conversation piece was found on the TreColli stand and by the looks of it being thoroughly appreciated by a clearly delighted Elisa Ferrari between dealing with visitors. Verona based TreColli is a major supplier to the manufacturers of the world's leading cleaning machines. This year they are fi...

Macro

The Snappy is the latest machine to join the range of well designed and innovative machines from Italian manufacturer Macro. While step-on scrubber-driers are not completely new, its the little ideas that go to make this one so neat. First of all, the operator space is in the centre of the machine, not only good for balance, but also for support for the operator's back, to reduce fatigue during the 3.5 hours battery run time. And then there's the easy access for maintenance simply by removing the front panel as shown.  ...

TomCat Edge

"Chemical free stripping: help the environment while saving money and just use water to remove floor finish", claims US firm TomCat whose Edge series machines have been creating a great deal of attention at trade shows around the world. The Edge system combined with their maroon prep pad prepares a floor for quick and easy recoat. The oscillating head doesn't fling water away from the cleaning area so less water is required to clean! And because it uses less energy than disk units you get longer run time per charge. ...

Hako

...he new Hako-Jonas 800E sweeper combines the compact dimensions of a walk-behind with the efficiency and convenience of a ride-on. Sabine Paul (left) and new colleage Viviane Bolz (right) told us that the manoeuvrability, full visibilty of the work area and comforable seating position together with incredibly easy operating procedures make this mach...

Leader

...'t make last weeks Show Dailies. We felt that there was some real innovation to be discovered there and will be covering some of these other success stories over the coming weeks. And if you're suffering from exhibition overkill... we've also included lots of stories that have absolutely nothing to do with the show! Happy reading! Yours, ...

LPM Cleaning & Support Services wins Zenos Outstanding Supplier Award 2011-2012

Further underlining its ongoing commitment to innovation, service delivery, quality and value for money, UK contract cleaning specialist LPM Cleaning & Support Services has been presented with the Outstanding Supplier Award 2011-2012 by IT support training provider Zenos. For Zenos National Facilities Manager Rob Cooknell, LPM is a worthy ...

News in Brief

  Leading cleaning chemicals manufacturer Greyland has moved. Their new address is: Greyland Ltd, Fifth Avenue, Tameside Park Industrial Estate, Dukinfield, SK16 4PP       

ISSA/Interclean 2012: show review

... CMS Berlin in September, was announced the overall winner. The winning team were clearly delighted and so were we as this cleverly designed mopping system, which uses magnets to attach the mophead to the mop is unlike anything we've ever seen before. [TRIMTO] The jury explained that it felt that the Mag system brings an entirely new way of a...

International employers initiative launches

...own at the end of the year, an increasing number of would-be successors have donned their best suit and found an excuse to be seen saving the world down in Great Russell Street. Unions have come a long way from their cloth cap days and the time when a majority of industrial and public sector workers were union members. In the UK trade unionism p...

Crothall Healthcare releases Infection Prevention White Paper

...vices provider Crothall Healthcare (said to be the only healthcare cleaning company to achieve CIMS and CIMS-GB certifications, with honours, from ISSA) has announced the release of its Infection Prevention White Paper. Thisvcomprehensive and exhaustively researched document summarises both the importance of environmental hygiene to a hospital's in...

Tork stand at ISSA was 'Designed for your convenience'

...esigned for your convenience' - that was the key message from SCA at ISSA/Interclean. The Tork stand incorporated a number of convenient features for visitors - including water bottles, protein bars and even a baker on hand to provide freshly-baked cinnamon buns. There was also a wash-station allowing visitors to freshen up on the go. "'Desig...

Early-bird tickets for forthcoming BCC Conference, now released

...99) have just been released for the British Cleaning Council's Conference 2012: Business Efficiency and Innovation, which is being held on 23rd October 2012 at Coin Street Conference Centre, London.[TRIMTO] To make sure you don't miss out on this important industry event, which will see 200 high-level delegates from the cleaning industry congreg...

Drivers reminded: Bag it, Bin it! - and keep roads tidy as Olympic Torch comes to town

...nd the UK this weekend, the Highways Agency is calling on road users to help tackle roadside litter and ensure that England's motorways and major roads provide safe and pleasant journeys during the summer of the Olympic and Paralympic Games.[TRIMTO] The Highways Agency will continue to clear up roadside litter in the run up to the Olympics and s...

JPM Contract Cleaners up for business award

...e award of 'Medium Business of the Year' - for those companies with a turnover of between £5m and £25m - and is up against stiff competition from an array of successful businesses.[TRIMTO] Naturally, everyone in the entire team at JPM is thrilled. Says Paul Martindale, Director: "We are delighted to have been shortlisted for this pre...

Breaking more records: ISSA/Interclean Amsterdam 2012

...rdam 2012 has proven to be essential event for the industry, by offering an even more international and diverse attendance than the previous edition. It was the biggest and best showing of the past 24 editions, increasing attendance to a record-breaking number.[TRIMTO] Rob den Hertog, Manager of the event, stated that the quality and quantity of...

Industry first for ServiceMaster Clean

...t, ServiceMaster Clean, is pleased to announce that Christopher Friend based in East Kilbride, Scotland, has become the youngest individual, at 17, to be awarded British Damage Management Association technician status. ServiceMaster Clean specialises in disaster restoration services alongside commercial cleaning expertise. [TRIMTO] Its R...

Tomcat's Clean Caddie offers auxiliary cleaning option

...ists of the following items: - Clean Caddie mounting bracket - close quarter articulated vacuum wand with hose - multipurpose squeegee/brush tool - vertical surface squeegee tool - high-pressure pump hose and spray gun assembly (with three, easily-interchangeable tips) - chemical holder - paper towel dispenser The system can be easily install...

Rubbermaid Hygen Clean Water System awarded BICSc Accreditation

Everyone on the Rubbermaid Commercial Products stand, was delighted that the company's Hygen Clean Water System had been awarded a Cleaning System Standards Certificate of Accreditation from the British Institute of Cleaning Science.[TRIMTO] The BICSc accreditation scheme is designed to provide the industry with an independent assurance of fie...

Vikan: working smarter

Working smarter is the key to achieving a step-change improvement in hygienic performance and efficiency. Vikan demonstrated how you can gain 30% more efficiency and hygiene with the launch of three new tools at the show: a long handled dustpan and brush (pictured), a flip mop and a wall bracket. [TRIMTO] Vikan is striving to lead the way...

Asckey Data Services acquires Eclipse-fm software from HFC

...has passed to Asckey Data Services ADS which has purchased the software.[TRIMTO] ADS is a long-standing partner of HFC and has been involved in the development, support and marketing of Eclipse-fm since its inception as a replacement for the legacy character mode Works Information Management System (WIMS). "We understand ADS has big plans for...

We have Mail

...mail to say that I thought the session with the World Health Organisation's Professor Didier Pittet and the panel, 'Cleaning in the 21st Century', was probably one of the best sessions I have heard at any of these events.[TRIMTO] An enthusiastic speaker, he was passionate about his subject, which captivated the audience and added real value...

Themes of the WFBSC 2012 presentations chosen

...chosen.[TRIMTO] The meeting is one of the top conferences in the cleaning & hygiene industry and will assemble about 1,000 delegates, who may also take part in the 22nd Regional Higiexpo - Hygiene, Cleaning & Maintenance Products & Services Exhibition, and the 23rd ENEAC - National Meeting of the Cleaning & Maintenance Companie...

Leader

... have lessons for more than just the UK though. Unemployment is a real issue in many countries and the CSSA’s report makes a good case for using employment in the sector to stimulate growth. It includes some sound advice. For example, it challenges Government to make targeted investments in cleaning services in areas where they are so...

News in Brief

  Leading cleaning chemicals manufacturer Greyland has moved. Their new address is: Greyland Ltd, Fifth Avenue, Tameside Park Industrial Estate, Dukinfield, SK16 4PP       

Healthcare Cleaner of the Year 2012 Awards - shortlist announced

...n announced. The awards are designed to encourage excellence in healthcare cleaning by highlighting and recognising achievement, raising awareness of the profession and the vital work its members perform in hospitals, clinics and residential care homes throughout the UK and Ireland. Nominees from the Rotherham and Leeds areas have dominated the sho...

New initiative to help schools lead the way on reducing water pollution

... weeks of rain, is just the latest reminder of the importance of water conservation. Climate change and rapidly increasing population mean that the sustainable management of water is crucial if we are to meet future demand. A new initiative aims to help school's lead the way on reducing water pollution across the UK by encouraging schools to re-...

Harry Hill highlights need for dog fouling equipment

I'm not a big fan of Harry Hill but when one of our readers told me Harry and the BBC's Dominic Littlewood had featured some dog fouling removal equipment on TV, I just had to find out more ( writes the editor ). Having watched the TV Burp sketch, I then clicked through to a more serious discussion of the piece of kit that had been featured. I...

New website for Principle Cleaning Services

...e redesign of its company website which has recently been given a 'new look' to bring it up to 2012 and is designed with the user in mind. With innovative, moving pictures on the interactive home page, it enables users to download even more information such as the latest press coverage, corporate brochure and the most recent newsletter as well as ...

Hands-free hygienic cleaning solutions from Vileda Professional

...da Professional has announced the launch of the new Swep Duo Plus frame, which facilitates the easy and hygienic removal of dirty mops.[TRIMTO] "One of the main criteria required for infection control is to reduce the risk of cross contamination between areas," comments Karen Barker, Marketing Manager at Vileda Professional. "Bringing this uniqu...

With Summer on its way, more hotels are raising hygiene standards

The hospitality industry is expecting a busy Summer this year, and with the season set to kickoff in the US over the Memorial Day weekend and the Olympic Games in London just weeks away, more hotels and resorts are raising their hygiene standards - to the great satisfaction of customers, according George Clarke, CEO of UMF Corporation, a developer...

Hotels warned to look out for unwanted guests during Olympic Games

...anted guests during the Olympic Games. Experts from Cleankill Pest Control say that London hotel and hostel staff need to be extra vigilant and look out for telltale signs of bed bugs. These include blood spots on sheets and live insects on headboards and around skirting boards. Infestations need dealing with quickly and by a professional pes...

Professional cleaning from Spain at ISSA/Interclean Amsterdam 2012

...ry other year since 1967. They felt that they had made a good investment in deciding to take part, and are expecting increasing market shares and Spanish brand consolidation in international markets, as a result of their participation. In addition to the extensive range of products on display, this event had an extensive programme of conference...

CSSA Study: Jobs, the case for growth

...ndustry as a growth generator. The report is titled 'Employment Growth... The Case for Cleaning' and details the contribution that the cleaning industry makes to the economic growth of Britain. It identifies the cleaning industry as a growth multiplier for the UK and makes suggestions for policy initiatives the Government could embrace to suppor...

New research reveals why strong engagement scores can spell trouble

High levels of engagement could actually be damaging for organisations and their employees if one-dimensional engagement surveys mask the types of engagement at play within an organisation. That's according to new research, announced yesterday, by the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development and Kingston University Business School's Cent...

KCC cleans up absenteeism through clocking in with The Cloud

A long-established Bristol cleaning company has saved time and money by efficiently managing the attendance of its workforce using a powerful time & attendance system which flexibly and accurately monitors a workforce on the move. Bristol-based KCC Cleaning, which was founded in 1994 and now employs 52 people, is the first cleaning company ...

Tracking Trash

...Massachusetts Institute of Technology wanted to find out how much trash Americans toss out each day and where it all goes. The researchers placed transmitter chips on thousands of pieces of garbage, from dog food cans to printer cartridges. What they discovered is that Americans throw out more than 7lbs of trash each day - that's 102 tons in a l...

Edge Direct sets course for expansion

...p, which has distributors across the UK, started the van service Edge Direct in 2011 in order to expand its market reach. The pilot project saw John Hurley, of Hurley Industrial Cleaning in Witney, Oxfordshire, selling products direct to customers across the South East. Backed with marketing support from Edge's head office, the operation blossom...

New study finds office kitchens and break rooms are 'crawling with bacteria'

...t the restroom was the epicentre of workplace germs you don't want to know about office break rooms and kitchens. The place where US workers eat and prepare their lunch topped the list of office germ 'hot-spots' with sink and microwave door handles found to be the dirtiest surfaces touched by office workers on a daily basis. ( Ed: this is probab...

40 year jubilee for cleaning contractor

...e last 40 years, Birkin Cleaning Services has gained a strong local reputation, managing both large and small cleaning contracts for offices, leisure and education premises across North London and the Northern Home Counties. In September 2007, after 35 years of managing the company, Gordon and Bruce Birkin, sons of the founder, sold their busine...

British Cleaning Council reacts to Hilton Hotel cleaner protest

...rman of the British Cleaning Council, comments: "The cleaning industry is a labour intensive sector and we understand that there is pressure on all costs, including wage costs, in the current environment. Nevertheless, there is a business case for paying the London Living Wage, built around improved staff loyalty and retention and we hope that the ...

Leader

...ill be well aware that I'm a strong supporter of fortnightly - rather than weekly - bin collections and that I've been an avid recycler since long before it became trendy. You'll also be aware that I've grumbled over the years that local authorities don't make things easy for us. Tuesday morning was a case in point. I went outside to collect ...

News in Brief

  Leading cleaning chemicals manufacturer Greyland has moved. Their new address is: Greyland Ltd, Fifth Avenue, Tameside Park Industrial Estate, Dukinfield, SK16 4PP       

Quality triple score for the Wrennalls Group

...ng a triumph for excellence across its management systems dealing with quality, health & safety and environmental accountability by achieving IS0 9001 Quality Management, ISO 14001 Environmental Management and BS OHSAS 18001 Health & Safety. The three accreditations apply across the whole of the Wrennalls Group and all its associated compan...

NHS hospital conducts trials in efficacy of electrolysed water as a sanitiser

...ential sanitiser, to establish conclusively that existing global research into electrolysed water stands up to scrutiny. Chlorine, the long standing 'gold standard' within the NHS, is being trialled against acidic electrolysed water (hypochlorous acid) produced by a Hoshizaki ROX-10, using recognised EN standards, including EN1040 and EN1276.[TRIMT...

Wheelie Bin 'Wash and Lift' is a really winner!

...re to clean 150 bins a day; each step of the cleaning process must be repeated 150 times. Each stop and start would be tiring and time consuming - and, as we all know, time is money. Morclean's efficient system has been specifically designed to keep these steps to a minimum. There is no need to have to manoeuvre a wheelie bin inside a van, drag ...

Rapid tests support FSA initiatives for safer food

Hygiena International is supporting the Food Standards Agency and local authorities by supplying simple, rapid test systems that provide instant information about surface cleanliness and the associated risks when a surface isn't clean.[TRIMTO] The tests assist food law enforcement officers in inspections by identifying hotspots and inadequate ...

Announcement from the Facilities Management Association

...e facilities management sector. They recognise best practice in partnering in facilities management and support services between service suppliers and their clients, as well as the skills and enterprise of people engaged in this sector.[TRIMTO] They also present an opportunity for young FM managers to highlight their achievements to date in the ...

Future formulations

...tems, reports on the future of the cleaning products formulation business Household, Industrial and Institutional Ingredients (H3i) was a unique UK event for everyone involved in formulating HI&I cleaning products. Over two days, about 70 companies represented the full spectrum of ingredients and showcased new technologies to the cleaning p...

Proandre: air fresheners come with a selection of fragrances

Proandre, the Spanish firm that produces hygiene systems for the washroom as well as accessories for the pest control business and distributes them around the globe, has launched two new air fresheners. Effective in spaces between 25m? and 60m? in size, Neo breeze is designed to create a pleasant and constantly perfumed environment, whilst rem...

Clearsprings Support Services signs up for CleanLink's software solutions

...welcome Clearsprings Support Services as a new client. CSS specialises in the delivery of office and commercial cleaning and support services, with customers throughout Dorset, Wiltshire, Hampshire, Sussex, Berkshire, Surrey and West London.[TRIMTO] It operates across a wide range of businesses in both the public and private sectors and can p...

The Cleaning Show 2013 promises a feature-packed programme

...at next year's exhibition lives up to its billing as 'the UK cleaning industry's unmissable event'. And with stand sales buoyant, as well as a co-location with the very popular IMHX 2013 event, the Cleaning Show 2013 is set to be a good one.[TRIMTO] "Even at this early stage, the Cleaning Show 2013 is on course to be bigger and better than ever ...

Rubbermaid set to expand global presence with rebranding activity

Rubbermaid Commercial Products, has announced that with immediate effect it is rebranding all existing Technical Concepts (TC) branded products to Rubbermaid Commercial Products. Rubbermaid acquired Technical Concepts Holdings, (TC) a leading global provider of innovative washroom hygiene systems for several high-growth segments of the away-fro...

Molly Maid stars in ITV's latest expose on how some modern Brits live

...Britain'.Narrated by Zoe Wanamaker, 'Dirty Britain' was a two-part documentary which aired on 15th and 22nd May exposing the remarkable things found behind the nation's front doors and those personalities dedicated to their jobs in helping to clean up Britain. [TRIMTO] Often going over and above the call of duty, Molly Maid was well placed...

Facilities and cleaning employers - free apprenticeships opportunity!

...t miss out on a rare chance to put your staff through free apprenticeships in facilities management and cleaning. The Asset Skills UK Academy has access to funding for its employers on a first come first serve basis, for a limited time only. Act now for funded apprenticeships in: Level 3 Facilities Management Level 2 Cleaning and Envir...

Regent centre stage in 2012 Q1 new business gains

...usiness gains for Regent Samsic reveal the diversity of the company's experience in the UK cleaning and security sectors, both individually and combined. New sites on the company's books include one of Europe's leading centres for the contemporary arts. At the heart of Bristol's harbourside, the Arnolfini (pictured) houses exhibitions, art gal...

Sparkling out from the crowd, new company offers a sparkle clean service

...e sometimes less than perfect in their presentation, Tina Pearce, a former new homes sales director and her husband Mike, have set up Sparkles Southern. Sparkles Southern is a specialist company focussed on providing a comprehensive cleaning service for new homes developers and housebuilders. Based near Horsham in West Sussex but with a nationwi...

Afa Dispensing Group celebrates 40 year anniversary

... 1972, Afa has marked the 40th anniversary of its trigger sprayers business with the opening of a brand new Innovation Center in Helmond, The Netherlands.[TRIMTO] The Center is adjacent to, and integrated with, Afa's local production site, enabling the visitor to experience the entire process of product development - from research to a concept; ...

UL announces Global Certification for Environmentally Preferable Cleaning Products

...launch of a globally applicable, lifecycle-based environmental product certification for janitorial and sanitation products. Formerly available only as EcoLogo, a North American certification recognised mainly in Canada and the US, this new, worldwide UL certification service for environmentally preferable cleaning products will enable manufactu...

Leader continued 31st May 2012

Continued from Front Page I'm in the industry and I didn't know that. At the start of our conversation, she didn't seem to know it either. What hope is there then for people who have little knowledge of recycling? I suggested that more thought should have been put into the information on the leaflets before the go-ahead had been given t...

Panztel launches advanced system for the management of remote workforces

...uler. The culmination of an extensive R & D investment, eziTracker Scheduler is a comprehensive and fully integrated software platform for managing remote workforces and a significant evolutionary development of the company's market leading eziTracker remote workforce monitoring system.[TRIMTO] Numerous larger employers of cleaners, security...

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...orld have been on us in the UK this week as we celebrated Her Majesty the Queen's Diamond Jubilee - and bar the weather, I don't believe we disappointed! I daresay that few of those from outside of the cleaning industry - whether amongst the crowds lining the streets or watching from the dry comfort of their homes - gave a thought to the mammoth...

Clinell and Clorox join forces

Gama Healthcare, the UK manufacturer of infection prevention products with its brand Clinell, is partnering with Clorox, one of the most trusted and highly recognised brand names in US healthcare. Clinell Clorox Chlorine Wipes harness the same technology and efficacy as Clorox Germicidal Wipes, the chlorine wipe trusted by the majority of US hospi...

News in Brief

  Leading cleaning chemicals manufacturer Greyland has moved. Their new address is: Greyland Ltd, Fifth Avenue, Tameside Park Industrial Estate, Dukinfield, SK16 4PP       

FM market upbeat in 2012 despite double-dip

...ip recession has not yet resulted in a sales decline for FM contractors, though pressure on margins and budgets continues to dampen market growth.[TRIMTO] Based on financial data from more than 60% of the FM market by value, the report has found that whilst there was a slowdown in growth in 2011 and early 2012, market performance continues to be...

Mobile window cleaning system from Turkey gobbles up the dirt

Reverse osmosis (RO) is a filtration method that removes many types of large molecules and ions from water by applying pressure to the water when it is on one side of a selective membrane. The result is that the raw water is retained on the pressurised side of the membrane and the pure water allowed to pass to the other side.[TRIMTO] To be 'se...

Soapbox: Landfill tax is a rubbish way to spend money!

...rkplace equipment across all industries, reminds commercial organisations that from 1st April 2012 Landfill Tax increased by £8 per tonne - meaning it now costs £64 for every tonne of waste sent to landfill. He argues that reducing the amount of waste sent to landfill is the way forward... "The idea of Landfill Tax is to encourage wa...

PDI receives C.diff spores claim acceptance for EPA-registered Sani-Cloth Bleach

PDI, a specialist in infection prevention education, support, and the supply of products for healthcare settings, expands its Sani-Cloth Germicidal Disposable Wipes product line with the introduction of Sani-Cloth AF3 Germicidal Disposable Wipe and Sani-Cloth Bleach Germicidal Disposable Wipes which act against Clostridium difficile spores. The ne...

Researchers use automated UV disinfection to prevent C. diff in veterans care facility

...come airborne during CDI occurrences contaminate nearby environmental surfaces, survive for months, and are especially difficult to eradicate with disinfectants. Researchers Brett Sitzlar, Ravy K. Vajravelu, Lucy Jury, Curtis J. Donskey and Robin L. P. Jump monitored two LTCF patient roommates. During the months that the patients shared a room, ...

Best Western introduces new cleaning technologies for hotels

...ramme throughout 2012 that will bring advanced cleaning technologies used in hospitals, such as UV wands and black lights, to the more than 2,100 Best Western hotels in North America.[TRIMTO] As part of this I Care Clean programme roll-out, housekeeping staff at Best Western hotels in North America will be empowered to exceed customer expectatio...

Ecolab pledges commitment to WWF and Alliance for Water Stewardship

Ecolab has expanded its commitment to World Wildlife Fund to support the Alliance for Water Stewardship (AWS) in establishing a global water standard. The AWS International Water Stewardship Standard aims to support water users globally in taking appropriate actions to evaluate and improve their impacts on watersheds. Ecolab's two-year pledge i...

Trojan Battery expands distribution in the Netherlands

...attery manufacturer,Trojan Battery Co., has named Accuverkoop Hefra as a distributor for the Netherlands. The company will work alongside Trojan's current distributor Emrol to manage customer sales and support activities.[TRIMTO] "Trojan Battery's partnership with Hefra enables us to provide expanded sales and technical support services specific...

Free public cleaning gives city landmarks in China a new look

...cipated in a public cleaning campaign to voluntarily offer free, advanced cleaning services to the landmarks of 10 selected cities in China. The campaign was supported by famous industry players of the CCA, including such world-renowned brands as Karcher, Nilfisk and Tennant, as well as dozens of Chinese cleaning equipment manufacturers ssuch as G...

CSSA holds 45th AGM and Annual Luncheon at the Savoy

Members of the Cleaning & Support Services Association (CSSA) attended their AGM and annual lunch in London at the Savoy Hotel last Friday, formally electing Peter Goodliffe of OCS Group as Chairman of the cleaning industry's leading trade association. [TRIMTO] Bob Vincent of LCC Support Services was elected vice-Chairman and Michael ...

In-house BICSc accreditation starts for Regent staff

...ed his BICSc Certificate from HR Director/Quality & Environmental Manager Bozena Wojciechowska, and training & HR support officer Mark Mahoney last month. The new Academy is equipped with different types of floor surfaces, hard and soft, upholstery and all the equipment necessary to deliver certified training in over 40 different tasks t...

Growing quickly... JDS Products

JDS Products is a UK manufacturer of quality stainless steel washroom dispensers, accessories and waste bins. The company was formed in early 2010 and has since then successfully designed and developed over 30 new products. Specialising in stainless and mild steel dispensers, JDS offers its Synergise range in both brushed satin and a highly po...

Forum of Private Business asks councils how long they take to pay suppliers

...ivate Business has this week submitted Freedom of Information Act requests to local councils in England asking how long they take to pay their suppliers. In 2009, almost a year after the Government urged councils to follow the example of central departments and commit to paying their suppliers within 10 days, FOI research carried out by the Foru...

CCE 2012 is a Guinness World Record Breaker!

...are in the Expo Centre. The activity was witnessed by the British Guinness World Record Association and the organisers of the clean were granted the record-breaking certificate. The four-day exhibition was the grandest, the most abundant and profound edition in the event's 10 year history. The exhibition illustrated advanced one-stop cleaning so...

Right Royal Jubilee clean up in central London

As the Her Majesty the Queen and the Royal party sailed past the crowds lining the Thames on Monday, an 85-strong clean team waited in the wings to return the streets to their royal best. But it wasn't without a lot of prior planning... With thousands of extra visitors flocking to central London to help celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee, V...

RJN delivers Pure, Green and Clean

...s new product SanitiserPlus. Managing Director, Mal Stevens explains the evolution of FreshClean and the introduction of SanitiserPlus: "Our mission has always been clear - to provide a sustainable, yet affordable product that delivers maximum time and cost savings without compromising health & safety, results and our service to customers a...

A good name that sells

Greyland brand distributor Cleanwipes is a busy janitorial supplies business with bases in London and Brighton, and although it is a long established and well known name now, it's not the one it started with! Nearly 25 years ago Brighton based Senator Cleaning owned by founder and sole director Peter Coles bought its supplier - Cleanwipes. ...

Ingot wins top club contract

...naging Director Alan Maynard says: ""We are delighted to add such an iconic name to our client list and look forward to establishing a long term relationship with Liverpool FC. "The kitchens cater for hundreds of thousands of visitors every year so our service is paramount." Ingot Services, which celebrates its 25th Anniversary this year, has...

Ecolab collaborates with China's State Food & Drug Administration to provide food safety training

Ecolab and China's State Food & Drug Administration Institute for Executive Development (SFDAIED) are again partnering to conduct food safety training that aligns with the recent introduction of China's five-year food safety plan and reaches workers within the country's food service industry.[TRIMTO] Food safety experts from Ecolab and SFDA...

Andrew Jones named as new President of AHCP

...ssociation of Healthcare Cleaning Professionals has named healthcare facilities management veteran Andrew Jones as its new President. Taking over as the AHCP's figurehead and leader, Andrew brings over 30 years' experience at senior levels in the healthcare facilities management sector of the NHS to the role.[TRIMTO] Speaking at last week's AHC...

Toilet Paper Wedding Dress Contest winner crowned

After weeks of hard work and anticipation, Lake Orchard, Michigan native - Susan Brennan - was named the winner of the Eighth Annual Cheap Chic Weddings Toilet Paper Wedding Dress Contest, brought to you by Cheap-Chic-Weddings.com and sponsored in part by Charmin. [TRIMTO] Final judging took place yesterday at Ripley's Believe It or Not! ...

Bunzl acquires Service Paper in the US

Bunzl, the international distribution and outsourcing group, announced yesterday that it has acquired the business of Service Paper Company in the United States.[TRIMTO] Based near Seattle, Service Paper is principally engaged in the distribution of disposable supplies to the grocery, foodservice, food processor and industrial packaging sectors...

Industrial pressure washers for high quality cleaning

...can be used in a diverse range of applications including cleaning plant machinery, washing vehicles and graffiti removal. Choose a hot or cold water pressure washer, dependant on your application, to clean away your soils.[TRIMTO] The Tornado bowser range of machines allows you to clean anywhere, even without a water source, due to the 150 litre...

Initial Facilities toasts success of apprenticeship scheme

Twenty-four cleaning operatives and supervisors working on the London Underground were the toast of Initial Facilities at a ceremony in central London celebrating the successful completion of their apprenticeships. They were joined by colleagues and representatives from Transport for London, London Underground and the Skills Partnership.[TRIMTO] ...

Committed to corporate social responsibility

On Sunday 8th July, Douglas Cooke, Chief Executive and a team from Principle Cleaning Services will once again be running the London 10k to raise funds for its chosen charity, The London Centre for Children with Cerebral Palsy. Everyone at the company and the charity would welcome and be extremely grateful if you could spare a donation by way of sponsorship. For more details and sponsorship, please visit: www.justgiving.com ...

Cleaning group's 3-2-1 warranty gives products the EDGE

...els. The guarantee, unveiled at the group's 20th AGM this month, will boost the cover on EDGE's hot and cold water pressure washers in a move that underlines the quality of the group's range.[TRIMTO] Under the new warranties, hot water machines in the Panther II, Tiger II, Hot Static and Grimebuster II ranges will be covered by a 3-2-1 guarantee...

Sustainable Restaurant Association helps caterers clean up their credentials

...uggests Mark Linehan, Managing Director of SRA. "Environmental responsibility is also a key element and the availability of ecological cleaning products that are safe and competitively priced is a hugely positive step. For this reason we are very pleased to list Delphis Eco as an approved supplier." The products and chemicals used to guarantee h...

LPM Cleaning set to reduce costs and boost productivity

In a key strategic move designed to further reduce costs and boost productivity, UK contract cleaning specialist LPM Cleaning & Support Services has agreed a new partnership with HSS Hire's Outsource service for the supply, management and maintenance of high performance Reintec cleaning equipment.[TRIMTO] Underlining LPM's ongoing commitmen...

Regent Cleaning gets the silver

Regent Cleaning has had its approach to the prevention of accidents and ill health recognised in a Silver Award from the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA). The RoSPA Occupational Health & Safety Awards scheme is the largest and longest-running programme of its kind in the UK. The scheme does not just look at accident...

Ecolab participating in World Health Organisation initiative to improve patient safety

...major World Health Organisation initiative to reduce healthcare associated infections by improving hand hygiene compliance rates in healthcare facilities around the world. According to a recent WHO report, of every 100 hospitalised patients, at least seven in developed countries and 10 in developing countries will acquire an infection during their ...

Brightwell Dispensers accredited ISO14001

...olicy to integrate environmentally-friendly processes throughout all stages of product development, and across all departments. [TRIMTO] The certificate is part of an Environmental Management System that goes further than national and international environmental policies, encouraging companies to review all their processes to minimise the i...

ABCD Event: It's tough out there

...ing Cleaning Direct Service Providers (ABCD) emphasised the importance of communication, leadership and overcoming unthinking reliance on old habits at an event in Chester recently. The day was designed to help public service managers engineer change in their business models and develop their managerial skills.[TRIMTO] Facilitators Rob Walker an...

Cleanscene Down Under

... Australia, reports Terry Fraser, CEO of the National Cleaning Suppliers Association of Australia. And adding to the event's prestige, ISS Facility Services has agreed to be the major sponsor of the CleanScene12 Innovative products or Services Award. [TRIMTO] The winning product or service of the Innovative Products Award, run in conjunction with ...

Soap sales soar after dispenser link at Knight Air

Knight Air Products is a busy distributor in the North West of England, whose customers consist of a wide variety of commercial, industrial, hospitality and healthcare establishments, and local authorities.[TRIMTO] Starting out as a supplier of fragrance machines by the current MD Paul Knight's father, the company soon branched out into genera...

News in Brief

  Leading cleaning chemicals manufacturer Greyland has moved. Their new address is: Greyland Ltd, Fifth Avenue, Tameside Park Industrial Estate, Dukinfield, SK16 4PP       

Leader

...mething we take for granted these days - toilet tissue. We showed them what the Ancient Romans used and the thought of having to share the sponge on a stick, which was simply rinsed with water (sometimes salted) between users, made everyone cringe. I learned about various other alternatives to toilet tissue and recalled when I was little that I'...

Lindaus launches HF6 professional multifunction vacuum / carpet cleaner

...et cleaner, which it says represents the future of first class canister vacuums.[TRIMTO] Compact and lightweight, the machine has a high-efficiency 1200W Rotafil motor, 6-stage filtration with optional Hepa filter and an integrated powerful blowing function. It has integrated onboard professional accessories, a 14 litre filter bag and fast el...

Freudenberg North America targets zero manufacturing waste

...ly pursue industrial processes that focus on recycled product content, plant recycling, lower water and energy consumption and increased use of sustainable materials over the next decade.[TRIMTO] The companies were challenged to reach this objective by parent corporation, Freudenberg and Co., during a recent internal Global Innovation Forum on r...

Savortex becomes the first-ever hand dryer to achieve a Guinness World Records title

Last Thursday, Guinness World Records formally announced that the Savortex Vortex 550 EcoSmart hand dryer has achieved a Guinness World Records title for energy efficiency.[TRIMTO] The world record, 'Most hands dried using 30kJ of energy', was devised by Guinness officials as a challenge to measure the energy efficiency in hand drying. The Vor...

Global manufacturer unveils Water for Life programme

... Professional has launched a groundbreaking new initiative designed to address poor access to water and sanitation in the communities where it operates. The Water for Life programme, which is being rolled out to the entire Kimberly-Clark Corporation, will act as a platform to enable the organisation to collaborate with non-governmental organisat...

B & V Water Treatment calls for action after WWF report

...h will be caused by unsustainable water consumption have prompted a call by leading water treatment and water saving engineering company B & V for organisations to reduce their water footprint.[TRIMTO] A report by HSBC this month says the world's economic growth is likely to be severely hampered by shortages without concerted efforts to impr...

Truvox makes big splash at Royal Commonwealth Pool

...quipment will do for a pool that is set to host the diving when the Commonwealth Games come to Scotland in 2014 and which will also play host to the British Olympic team training camp in the build-up to this Summer's games - and after going to great lengths to find the right supplier, Edinburgh Leisure found the perfect partner in Truvox.[TRIMTO] ...

Rubbermaid unveils new products designed with the end-user in mind

...nction with one another for a superior cleaning experience for the end-user - the Pulse 2-Sided Mop and the Flow Backpack.[TRIMTO] Exceptionally lightweight and durable, the innovative new PulseMop and FlowBackpack allow the operator to move faster; and the Flow's high-capacity reservoir, which can hold up to seven litres of water, eliminates th...

OspreyFrank - the new name in pressure washing

Combining two of the strongest brand names in cleaning technologies, the UK based OspreyDeepclean and the German manufacturer Frank GmbH, have joined together to create a powerful new name in pressure washing: OspreyFrank.[TRIMTO] Osprey has an enviable pedigree in steam cleaning innovation and has built a globally recognised brand, whilst the...

Eurozone industry losing focus on the fundamentals

... Companies are continuing to make significant pay increases though in Italy (+1.5%), Spain (+2.2%) and Portugal (+1.5%) despite falls of 9.2%, 8.3% and 7.6% respectively in industrial production over the last year. Expressing concern about these developments, the Secretary-General of the Federation of European Employers (FedEE), Robin Chater, s...

JP Morgan chief asked: "Why do you deny the people cleaning your buildings a living wage?

... following JP Morgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon's testimony in front of the House Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit Committee regarding his company's recent massive banking loss, Adriana Vasquez, a janitor who cleans the JP Morgan Chase tower in Houston, Texas, confronted him with a simple question: "Despite making billions last year, why do yo...

News in Brief

  Leading cleaning chemicals manufacturer Greyland has moved. Their new address is: Greyland Ltd, Fifth Avenue, Tameside Park Industrial Estate, Dukinfield, SK16 4PP       

Leader

...ygiene industry e-news Read by industry professionals in 148 countries worldwide! John and I have recently been discussing ridiculously high paid jobs, which would be gladly snatched from those lucky enough to be doing them, by others eager to fill their shoes for 10% of the salary. We both felt that those doing the jobs no-one wants, ...

Leader

... in 148 countries worldwide! When we broadcast our last issue we'd rather lost track of time and had forgotten that the extended Diamond Jubilee celebrations were upon us. We don't know about your inbox but ours take some wading through after just a Bank Holiday Monday, so we felt that after a two day break, possibly extended to the full wee...

News in Brief

  Leading cleaning chemicals manufacturer Greyland has moved. Their new address is: Greyland Ltd, Fifth Avenue, Tameside Park Industrial Estate, Dukinfield, SK16 4PP       

Leader

...ssionals in 148 countries worldwide! According to the London 2012 Olympics website: "Thousands of staff across the cleaning and waste sectors are needed for hire by London contractors." I understand that this figure may be rather higher than it should because recruitment has been underway for some time, but I hope that the remaining po...

News in Brief

  Leading cleaning chemicals manufacturer Greyland has moved. Their new address is: Greyland Ltd, Fifth Avenue, Tameside Park Industrial Estate, Dukinfield, SK16 4PP       

New nappy bag dispenser adds value in the washroom

... a new nappy bag dispenser for baby changing areas, which combines discreet design with convenience and sustainability.[TRIMTO] The hardwearing unit is made from ABS plastic and is available in white, polished chrome and brushed chrome. Each dispenser holds 40 scented biodegradable bags and the design ensures that just a single bag is issued eac...

energy-efficient laundry a hit with staff and residents at Walsh Manor

... Residents at Walsh Manor in East Sussex have found the recently installed HS 6008 LOGI PRO washers and Econ-O-Dry dryers from Girbau UK easy to use, never out of action and cleaning clothes brilliantly, while the busy estates management team is no longer tied up repairing machines.[TRIMTO] Walsh Manor provides living accommodation and facilitie...

New rechargeable and washable wireless keyboard is ideal for healthcare use

... wireless keyboard designed for infection control. To date, the SBW-97-TP is iKey's most innovative and flexible user-friendly design.[TRIMTO] The SBW-97-TP is said to be the first fully sealed, rechargeable, wireless keyboard on the market that uses QuickPair technology. QuickPair can pair to a USB dongle over a 802.11G wireless frequency witho...

ln Depth helps historic Liverpool sparkle

In Depth Managed Services, has secured the window cleaning and industrial cleaning contract with Liverpool City Council to keep two key historic Liverpool buildings sparkling clean for the thousands of visitors they draw each year.[TRIMTO] St George's Hall (pictured above) and the Town Hall are icons of the city and need to look their best to ...

Cretan hotel enjoys cost efficiency that doesn't sacrifice on quality

...ch Hotel is a mere stone's throw away from the balmy blue waters that surround the idyllic Greek island of Crete. Located in the popular summer tourist destination of Stalis and only 35 km from the Island's capital, Heraklion; the hotel offers four star accommodation that promises - and delivers - comfort, cleanliness and excellent service to trave...

Bunzl expands into Switzerland

Bunzl announced yesterday that it has acquired MMH Holding AG and its subsidiaries from Markus Meier, Daniel Meier and Reto Hofmann. The business, which trades under the name Distrimondo, is based near Zurich and is principally engaged in the distribution of foodservice disposables and cleaning and hygiene products throughout Switzerland. Reven...

Newcastle-under-Lyme Council wins fourth award with support from Acumen

The successful partnership between Acumen Distribution and Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council has led to the Council winning its fourth award for its recycling and waste services in the past 12 months. The Council beat off stiff competition from other local authorities to win the 'Recycling Awareness Campaign' award at the National PAWRS (Plan...

Handy chemical dilution chart for most janitorial bucket sizes, now freely available

The majority of commercial cleaning detergents and chemicals are dispensed (diluted) according to a ratio, such as 50:1, 20:1 or 200:1, which refers to 50 parts of water to 1 part of detergent, and so on. Busy cleaners that find it hard to get their heads around the numbers will benefit from this handy free guide, called the 'dilution ratio cha...

Cornish bakery fined for worker's injuries

...hift cleaner got caught-up in the unguarded machinery of a moving conveyor belt at a Cornish bakery and had to be released by co-workers.[TRIMTO] Wioletta Drozdz, 27, from Newquay, had both forearm bones broken in her right arm when the incident happened in the early hours of 10th December 2010. Bodmin Magistrates fined Ms Drozdz's employer, ...

Leader

...s has a holiday job in a local high school, working as a grounds / building maintenance assistant - and he and his colleagues have an interesting schedule to follow. Apparently twice a day after the school breaks, they have to spend 20 minutes litter picking! There are, I gather, plenty of bins around both the canteen area and outside, as wel...

News in Brief

  Leading cleaning chemicals manufacturer Greyland has moved. Their new address is: Greyland Ltd, Fifth Avenue, Tameside Park Industrial Estate, Dukinfield, SK16 4PP       

New figures published for fatally injured workers

... lives cut short, not statistics - every single one of these deaths will have caused terrible grief and anguish for family and friends as well as workmates and colleagues. This is the real tragedy of health and safety failures - lives cut short and loved ones lost. "We want employers to focus on the real risks that continue to cause death and se...

Creating a virtuous cycle in food hygiene

The food service industry doesn't know enough about food safety and hygienic practices. That's not to say that there aren't plenty of examples of good practice. And there are certainly plenty of experts in the field running efficient, safe operations. But there is much more still to learn in the industry.[TRIMTO] NSF International, an independ...

The 2012 FM Market Survey needs your help!

FM services provider Interserve, Sheffield Hallam University and i-FM have come together to launch one of the most important, most accurate and most informative surveys yet seen in UK FM. Please take part.[TRIMTO] The 2012 FM Market Survey will capture the views and experiences of facilities managers in all parts of the industry - in-house prac...

The Cleaning Industry and workplace slips and trips: a warning

...place slips incidences account for over a third in reported major injuries, two fatalities per year and 50% of all reported accidents to members of the public that happen in workplaces - all attributable to lack of cleaning, lack of due regard to the risks of wet floors and even to direct cleaning activities.[TRIMTO] As an example, specialist co...

Countries outside the EU drive Idrobase Group to a +11% increase in sales

...u may read in the international press about the dire state of the global economy, it's not all doom and gloom and indeed one small to medium sized company based in Veneto, Italy, is really bucking the trend with increased sales - particularly to countries outside the EU.[TRIMTO] Idrobase Group, which specialises in the production of high pressur...

Silverdell secures contracts in Canada worth £13 million

Silverdell, the specialist environmental support services group, has secured two decontamination and dismantling contracts worth a combined total of approximately £13m. The work is being carried out on sites in Canada for two separate multi-national companies. These contracts were secured since the acquisition in May of EDS, a specialist pr...

Lifecycle longevity an important factor in hand dryer rental costs

A review into the hand dryer rental market by Airdri, reveals that the lifecycle of some hand drying systems may not last the full period of a typical contract. This is often the case when a dryer is in high daily use and can result in reduced revenue for the washroom hygiene services company. Hand dryers are typically rented by washroom hygien...

A quarter of sick days are due to musculoskeletal problems

...ngsby, which supplies 35,000 products across all industries including an extensive range of manual handling products, believes many of these can be prevented. "These figures show the amount of sick leave workers are taking is falling rapidly, which is good news for employers but hopefully it's not because people feel obliged to go to work even w...

DMG team up with Matrix in Scotland

DMG Floorcare is a small family owned business - run by Marie and David Grant with their team of Customer Service Agents and Engineers. Marie and David have more than 35 years of combined experience in the industry behind them (Management staff are all previous employees of Floorep Ltd) Our Customer Services Department is committed to total q...

Owner cloning, dead fish and dead companies

...nted a pet, I wanted a teachable moment on responsibility so we started with a goldfish. She fed it and despite doing what I thought was a good job; Goldie was floating lifeless in less than two weeks.[TRIMTO] We went and bought a hamster and named him MC. We were set with a great cage; toys and everything MC Hamster would need, even played his ...

Don't forget the ducts, says Teinnova

...mpany Teinnova, which specialises in the manufacture of equipment for cleaning grease from products and surfaces in kitchens; such as ducts, hoods and filters, welcomes legislation that makes those responsible for kitchen cleaning, aware of their responsibilities.[TRIMTO] "Every day more and more countries publish enforceable standards for the m...

CMS 2013: Worldwide canvassing campaign under way

*Early Bird discount on bookings up to 1st October 2012 Canvassing efforts, press work and the promotional campaign for CMS 2013 Berlin - Cleaning.Management.Services. have been launched on an international scale, with application forms already sent out to exhibitors. From 24th to 27th September 2013, the international trade fair for cleaning ...

HMRC enforcers target London businesses

...icers were taking part in Operation Vermont, a multi-agency exercise which ran for six weeks in May and June. During this time 31 businesses were suspected to be underpaying workers, or were considered a significant risk requiring further HMRC investigation. It is thought that approximately 100 workers could be owed a total of £30,000. Mic...

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...mpic village has finally made the headlines but not in the way I'd expected it to. "10 to a room and one shower for 75 people: inside the 'slum' camp for Olympic cleaners" was the headline in an issue of the Mail Online this week and judging by the images that accompanied the story, the accommodation looks (from the outside at least) somewhat ...

News in Brief

  Leading cleaning chemicals manufacturer Greyland has moved. Their new address is: Greyland Ltd, Fifth Avenue, Tameside Park Industrial Estate, Dukinfield, SK16 4PP       

Paper disposables manufacturer fined for safety failings

...oyees at risk with dangerous machines at its Hitchin, Herts, production site.[TRIMTO] The Health and Safety Executive identified multiple defects at United Paper Products, on Bury Mead Road, Hitchin, during a visit in February 2010. Stevenage Magistrates' Court heard on Monday that inspectors found at least four machines used to produce paper...

And yes, we made them muddy!

...her must have asked: what's the best way to launch a new pressure washer? I know, let's go off-road and make something muddy! Well, they did just that on Tuesday of this week when the company launched their new HDS Compact at the Motor Heritage Centre in Warwickshire. Not only is the Centre host to one of the world's greatest collections of classic, vintage and veteran British cars, but adjacent is an off-road course worked by a fleet of Land Rovers. And yes, we made them muddy! ...

European support, RPS Corporation

... - RPS Corporation - as that company's Sales Manager for Europe. His office is based in The Netherlands).[TRIMTO] RPS manufactures floor cleaning equipment for the industrial, commercial and preparation sectors. Ewout de Lange will support current distributors in Europe and the Middle East, and expand the network for RPS's machinery brands,...

Karcher sets new standard for compact hot water pressure washers

... has launched a new compact hot water pressure washer range that offers a number of key cost-saving and time-saving benefits including 20% reduced fuel consumption. The range consists of three models: the flagship HDS 6/12 C 240v which features adjustable water flow and pressure and a steam function; the 110v HDS 6/10 C; and entry-level HDS 5/12 C ...

We have Mail: School litter picking

...aning frequencies, more litter is actually generated. This, in turn, obviously reduces productivity and increases costs. If the school reallocated the time so that litter was picked up during the day, it would likely find it could keep the place cleaner using fewer man hours. Regards Mike Boxall (i-Clean) T: 01684 580 680 E: efficiency@i-cle...

HSE Cost-Recovery Scheme - A small step for the HSE, but a giant leap for the Resource Management Sector

...highlighted levels of accidents, including fatalities, which are unacceptable in the 21st Century - and whilst statistics show a downward trend, the waste industry must continue to improve its record on health & safety. The Waste Management Industry Training & Advisory Board is committed to developing vocational programmes for operationa...

DMG teams up with Matrix in Scotland to sell steam cleaning equpment

DMG Floorcare, the small, Glasgow-based family owned business run by Marie and David Grant, has joined Matrix Cleaning Systems' network of carefully selected trade dealers.[TRIMTO] For those readers not familiar with Matrix, it manufactures a large range of professional steam cleaning equipment from its base in Leyland, Lancashire. "We are d...

Principle Cleaning goes into orbit!

2012 has been a great year so far for Principle Cleaning Services and it has now added a three-year cleaning contract for Inmarsat's global headquarters in London to its expanding portfolio.[TRIMTO] Inmarsat has been at the forefront of mobile satellite services for more than 32 years and is a leading provider of global voice and broadband dat...

Family-friendly event for the carpet & hard floorcare industry booking now

... success of the event last year, the second Carpet Cleaners Carnival - aimed at the soft furnishing and floorcare industry - will be held in September this year.[TRIMTO] The National Carpet Cleaners Association, the UK trade body dedicated to the cleaning of carpets, soft furnishings and hard flooring, has been setting the standard in this indus...

Demystifying dehumidifiers

Independent provider of air treatment solutions, Meaco UK, offers a wide range of dehumidifiers and air purifiers to suit all budgets to tackle damp and damp related health problems. The company was founded in 1991, as a specialist supplier of environmental monitoring and control equipment for museums, archives and art galleries across Europe.[TRI...

Keeping on the right side of clients

Increasingly it has become a commercial imperative that employers of cleaners, security and maintenance staff have a cost-effective method of keeping track of their remote workforce in place. Missed or late visits jeopardise client relationships and, understandably given the prevailing difficult trading climate, it is now commonplace that clients...

ISSA and CIRI begin development of Clean Standard: K-12

ISSA, the worldwide cleaning industry association, and the Cleaning Industry Research Institute have begun the process of developing a Clean Standard for K-12 schools that ultimately will promote clean and healthy indoor environments in educational facilities across the US to the benefit of children’s learning experiences. [TRIMTO] &ldquo...

Early bird tickets available for BCC conference

...rd tickets, priced at £99, are now available for the BCC Conference 2012: Business Efficiency and Innovation.[TRIMTO] The Conference, which is organised by the British Cleaning Council, has established itself as a must-attend event for professionals concerned with commercial success in the modern world. The last three summits have sold out...

P&G, the US EPA, Staples and more headline Cleaning Products 2012

...together leading organisations such as Procter & Gamble, the US Environmental Protection Agency and Staples to discuss unit dose; fragrance development strategies; green chemistry innovation; future prospects for the auto dishwashing detergent industry and much, much more. This 6th annual event, developed in association with The American Cle...

Janitors strike prompts act of civil disobedience as supporters block intersection; more than a dozen arrested

...ed arrest today to protest their employers' misconduct, adding to the growing divide between the 1% and the rest of us.  According to a Fox news poll in Houston released last night, 63 percent of Houstonians believe janitors should be paid more for their work. "The struggle for economic justice led by janitors in Houston is deplorable," sai...

Leader

...th Games in Manchester a few years back the cleaning staff were represented in the closing ceremony and I commented in my Cleanzine leader about how happy this made me as I felt it was about time someone officially recognised the great job our cleaners do. After all, without the cleaning staff, the Games wouldn't have taken place and the same appli...

News in Brief

  Leading cleaning chemicals manufacturer Greyland has moved. Their new address is: Greyland Ltd, Fifth Avenue, Tameside Park Industrial Estate, Dukinfield, SK16 4PP       

Voting opens for 2012 ISSA Innovation Award programme

...ting for its distinguished Innovation Award programme. During this annual competition, distributors and industry end customers-including building service contractors and in-house service professionals-vote for the products and services they find most cutting-edge and relevant.[TRIMTO] This year's programme includes more than 43 product and servi...

Eco friendly sanitising for super yachts

...sed water systems, to provide its clients with a groundbreaking solution for chemical-free cleaning and sanitising. ROX combines ordinary tap water and a mild salt solution with an electric current to produce two streams of water that can be drawn on demand - alkaline cleaning water and acidic sanitising water. Even though it is more aggressi...

Scots MP to carry out 'work experience' today at Perthshire hygiene firm

Member of the Scottish Parliament for Mid-Scotland Claire Baker, will today visit a small Fife business, sanitary hygiene services firm Co-An UK, to carry out a 'work experience' placement.[TRIMTO] She is visiting as part of the Forum of Private Business's 'Business Buddy' scheme, a project which puts politicians and other key Government decis...

Molly Maid supports Tories' call for tax breaks for those hiring cleaners

... would allow homeowners to write off a proportion of their house cleaning bills - would create thousands of jobs and millions in new Government revenues.[TRIMTO] Molly Maid Chief Executive, Pam Bader OBE, strongly believes that as many as 250,000 new jobs could be created and GBP500 million collected in additional Government revenue through VAT,...

SCA's acquisition of Georgia-Pacific's European tissue business now complete

...to EUR 1.25 bn. Georgia-Pacific has a well-established presence in Europe in both away-from-home and consumer tissue products. Their products in both segments are in particular marketed with the well-known Lotus brand. "We are pleased that we now have closed the deal. The acquisition is a strategic fit that will strengthen our product offerin...

LPM publishes first cleaning supplies catalogue

...ished a new catalogue detailing a range of quality cleaning products available direct to both trade and the public through its trade counter and warehouse in Leeds.[TRIMTO] The 34-page catalogue is divided into sections - including washroom, housekeeping and kitchen - with each area colour-coded for quick and easy reference. Sections are further...

Survey explores how cleaning contractors bid on accounts

... Some 64% of respondents said they base their bids on what they are charging current customers and not necessarily on current rates charged by other cleaning contractors in their communities. * Some 47% of respondent said they do not ask customers how much they are currently paying for cleaning services; 40% said they sometimes ask; 13...

Christeyns targets caterers with UK launch of cleaning & hygiene range

A comprehensive new cleaning and hygiene range is being launched in the UK by established laundry cleaning specialist Christeyns. The new range is aimed at keeping the catering industry clean, safe, healthy and legal, as well as offering a first-class support package. Specially developed for safe, effective cleaning of all food preparation,...

Get ahead of the Games

...g London 2012 Starting this week, millions of people will be celebrating the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. It's important, therefore, to consider the impact the Games will have on your daily business operations. Transport infrastructure will be exceptionally busy, with thousands of extra visitors in the capital. Operators of cleaning...

Proventix records the 10 millionth hand wash

Proventix Systems of Birmingham, Alabama, US, has recorded more than 10 million hand washing events to date resulting from a push by hospitals across the country to improve patient safety through increased hand hygiene. Proventix captures hand-hygiene events around the clock, boasting what is thought to be the largest 24/7 hand-hygiene database.[...

Ramon wins Gold at London Hospital 2012

... the same height as Big Ben. The new build; one of the largest hospitals in Europe, has 6,000 rooms and around 4,000 staff and is part of the Barts Trust - said to be the largest hospital trust in the world.  It will be home to a range of specialist centres including London's leading trauma and emergency care facility, one of Europe's large...

Stream: Contico's new mop handle doesn't need a bucket

...turing, one of the UK's largest single source suppliers of wholesale cleaning, janitorial, spraying and hygiene solutions, offers clients throughout Europe a choice of over 2000 products -all designed and manufactured to withstand the rigours of everyday intensive commercial cleaning. Probably the largest available range of cleaning products fro...

Enviro-Solutions announces winners of 'Going Enviral' Greener Schools Video Challenge

Ontario, Canada-based Enviro-Solutions, a leading manufacturer of proven-green cleaning chemicals and products, has announced that Claudia, Joe and Zack at Great Neck North Middle School in Great Neck, New York, are the winners of the 'Going Enviral' Greener Schools Video Challenge 2012 for their winning video, 'Period 4 Lights Out'.[TRIMTO] Th...

Leader

...ocal railway station is being rebuilt to include shops, housing, a hotel, an upgraded ticket office and more comfortable platforms with better facilities. It's taking an age, is causing the most horrendous traffic jams and has already ruined the look and feel of Epsom town centre. I've always felt that the washrooms reflect the effort and money ...

News in Brief

  Leading cleaning chemicals manufacturer Greyland has moved. Their new address is: Greyland Ltd, Fifth Avenue, Tameside Park Industrial Estate, Dukinfield, SK16 4PP       

Vectair Systems: giving 'in kind'

It is always nice to be associated with charities that are well deserving of help, and Vectair has in the past supported a number of charities that fit this description.[TRIMTO] One such organisation that Vectair tells us it was pleased to offer a donation to during July, was 'In Kind Direct', which redistributes surplus goods from manufacture...

Training collaboration leads to jobs success

A collaboration between Newcastle-based B-Skill and Asset Skills in Scotland is successfully helping people back into employment and increasing productivity.[TRIMTO] Training provider B-Skill has been working with the employer-led skills body since the beginning of the year to deliver 'Preparing for Work: Cleaning Training' programmes to unemp...

Soapbox: Why the EU isn't working: immigration and linguistic rules

...he lives of its citizens - regulating the flow of labour across national borders, employment rights and access to jobs. However, employers are being called upon to act as border guards of last resort and the nationalistic linguistic policies of many EU member states remain a major problem. On 1st July 2013 Croatia will become the 28th member of ...

ServiceMaster Clean introduces new guidelines for restoring damaged property

...tures. Fire, water leaks or malicious damage can also cause extensive damage. If you act quickly and use a professional restoration service, accredited to British Damage Management Association standards, your building can be safely restored with minimum disruption caused. The new guide has been developed by ServiceMaster Clean BDMA senior qua...

Luxury Foaming Soap saves on water

New Luxury Foaming Soap is the latest new product from Greyland, one of Britain's leading cleaning chemical manufacturers.[TRIMTO] A luxury instant foaming soap, only a small amount is required to provide effective skin cleansing. No water is necessary to create a smooth creamy lather for everyday hand washing, or even, during water restrictio...

Oxypharm ticks all the boxes at key Birmingham hospitals

When it comes to validated airborne disinfection, the Sandwell & West Birmingham NHS Trust has clearly stated which it prefers, following its investment in 20 Oxypharm Nocospray machines to carry out the disinfection programme across its three key Trust Hospital sites.[TRIMTO] Since its original introduction to the Trust, The Oxypharm hydr...

Sanicom at your service!

The Sanicom 2 grey water pump is a commercial unit designed for 'heavy use' in demanding commercial and professional situations.[TRIMTO] With its twin 1500W motors and a maximum operating temperature of up to 90 degrees C, the Sanicom 2 means additional dishwashers, two minute glass washers, coffee stations, extra sinks and basins, even laundr...

Nicely packaged support at Cafe Culture that was full of beans

Cleaning chemicals manufacturer Greyland recently supported Donovan Bros, one of its catering industry distributors, when they exhibited at Cafe Culture, part of Hotelympia in London.[TRIMTO] Established over 70 years ago by five brothers as a packaging supplier to caterers, Donovans today is a £7m turnover multi-interest business, and a...

John Ayres

John Austen and I were very sad to receive the following email yesterday: Good morning, Some very sad news - the Father of our Company, Past Master Emeritus John Ayres, died yesterday at St Peter's Hospital, Chertsey. Our thoughts go to his family, especially daughter Sally, who is a Liveryman of our Company. As soon as I have deta...

Away-From-Home tissue and hygiene in Finland: report now available

AFH products recorded sluggish retail volume sales growth of 1% in Finland in 2011. The most important factor behind this was the continued harsh economic environment and sluggish sales to hotels and restaurants, which was further punctuated by the eurozone debt crisis and turbulence that followed during the second half of 2011. This resulted i...

Global Soap Project helps Haiti fight cholera epidemic

...ately 5,000 people in Haiti.[TRIMTO] Global Soap Project works to prevent hygiene related deaths and improve global health by recycling used hotel soap and turning it into new bars that are distributed to vulnerable populations around the world. The Global Soap Project partners with existing organisations to ensure the soap is distributed to tho...

Leader

...the London 2012 medals table! Many put some of this success down to inspiration from the very vocal and visual support of the home crowd and I have to agree. Results of a study carried out by a Canadian manufacturer of cleaning products (see the full results below) has shown that those who are passionate about the training courses they're on, go...

News in Brief

  Leading cleaning chemicals manufacturer Greyland has moved. Their new address is: Greyland Ltd, Fifth Avenue, Tameside Park Industrial Estate, Dukinfield, SK16 4PP       

New study finds degree of interest in E-Learning classes impacts on sales outcomes

...into 75 courses in five key areas: product knowledge, procedures, selling skills, glossary of terms and marketing of green cleaning products. The new study classified the DSRs taking the courses into three categories: * Low or nil participants, who had little interest in the programmes * Medium or passive participants, who sho...

Vectair Systems appoints exclusive Import Partner for operations in India

...Systems has appointed Excel International as the exclusive Import Partner in India for its washroom and hygiene products with effect from 1st August, 2012.[TRIMTO] "Our fully coordinated washroom and hygiene brands are already established in over 110 countries worldwide," says Joe Ovenden, Sales Director of Vectair Systems. "Now, by joining for...

John Ayres

...rmitage Road, St. John's, Woking, Surrey, GU21 8TJ. Afterwards there will be a reception at The Oatlands Park Hotel, Oatlands Drive, Weybridge, Surrey, KT13 9HB. Everyone who knew and loved John will be most welcome to attend and say a final goodbye to a fine man. Floral tributes may be sent and these are available through the funeral directo...

Don't waste money on flying ants warns pest control company

... telephones are red hot with people ringing up about giant ants with wings erupting from the ground and then getting on to clothing, getting stuck in hair and covering walls. The problem normally disappears on its own within a few hours and there is very little a pest control company can do apart from charge a lot of money. Cleankill Environm...

Report trashes EU waste management results

...0% of all household waste. Some of the worst offenders are financially beleaguered Greece, Italy and Cyprus. Their failings include a lack of incentives to divert waste from landfills, which Environment Commissioner Janez Poto?nik called "the worst waste management option". Greece, which scored lowest in the study, only received a positive no...

Stop-painting.com introduces Velcro-backed floor markings for defining carpeted areas

..., these new Velcro backed floor marking tapes are perfect for classroom floors, municipal buildings and any carpeted floor that needs to be visually organised to direct foot traffic.[TRIMTO] The new Superior Mark carpet tape is available in seven colours and features bevelled edges, making it more durable. These edges make the tape hug the floor...

Train cleaner in race to find missing Olympic tickets

...Olympic Games, the tickets were really hard to come by, so you can imagine the anguish of the woman and her son when they arrived at the Olympic Park in East London this week, only to realise that they had discarded their tickets with other rubbish they had left on the train that had taken them into Liverpool Street station.[TRIMTO] They hastily...

Leader

...I enjoyed the use of some very impressive 'compost loos', as opposed to the more traditional type - and about to head off to another, which is likely to offer yet another way of dealing with human waste, it was with interest that I read briefly about the winners of the Bill Gates Foundation's 'Reinvent the Toilet' challenge (see more below). The...

News in Brief

  Leading cleaning chemicals manufacturer Greyland has moved. Their new address is: Greyland Ltd, Fifth Avenue, Tameside Park Industrial Estate, Dukinfield, SK16 4PP       

Olympics clean-up is a winner for Ryans

The thrills and spills of the Olympics and the diverse events around it left a huge challenge for Ryans Cleaning which stepped up to the plate to deliver its own winning performance.[TRIMTO] The Ryans team cleaned up more than 550 tonnes of waste left in Hyde Park and Victoria Park, where more than a million visitors passed through over the tw...

Research on key antibacterial ingredient distorts real-world use

Media reports and analysis of a new research paper are distorting the real world safety and everyday use of the antibacterial ingredient Triclosan, based on faulty comparisons to overdosed test subjects, according to the American Cleaning Institute.[TRIMTO] ACI expressed disappointment in the researchers' publicity campaign - calling for unnece...

Yet another British success in the 4 x 4

...chines to be manufactured by Matrix for the industrial sector.[TRIMTO] Made from stainless steel and featuring a continuous fill boiler system which facilitates refill at any time during operation, the 4 x 4 comes complete with an integral vacuum system. The 8 bar pressure steam cleaning machine also incorporates a chemical delivery system. T...

We have Mail - C4C Credits for Cleaning

...es are pleased to announce that we have now reached agreement with HFC concerning the ongoing sales and support of C4C - Credits for Cleaning. With effect from 7th August 2012, PMS have purchased HFC's share of the software copyright and are now the sole owners of the product. Please see the attached Press release from HFC confirming this state...

New law seeks to limit dumping of e-waste

At least 85% of electrical and electronic waste generated in the European Union will have to be recycled by 2020 under new rules that took effect recently. The update to a decade-old Waste from Electrical & Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Directive followed hard-fought bargaining over how to improve the recovery of computers and other electroni...

Bill Gates names winners of the 'Reinvent the Toilet' challenge

...einvent the Toilet challenge -an effort to develop 'next-generation' toilets that will deliver safe and sustainable sanitation to the 2.5 billion people worldwide who don't have it. The awards recognise researchers from leading universities who are developing innovative ways to manage human waste, which will help improve the health and lives of peo...

Major slips & trips research project to be launched at upcoming conference

The British Cleaning Council has announced that a major slips and trips guidance will be unveiled at its 2012 annual conference, taking place at Coin Street Conference Centre on London's South Bank on 23rd October.[TRIMTO] The slips and trips research, funded by the Cleaning & Support Services Association and the BCC, aims to be the definit...

CSSA defends cleaning industry's record on the London living wage

...ustry to work together to achieve a living wage for cleaners.[TRIMTO] Outlining the CSSA's longstanding commitment to supporting the living wage, Chief Executive Andrew Large cites his organisation's strong relationship with Living Wage founders London Citizens and details the efforts made by the cleaning industry to support better pay and condi...

SHL Global Leadership Study reveals talent time bombs

...e analysis of over a million people from SHL's global Talent Analytics database. Hong Kong, Germany and the UK have more effective leaders today than any other country in the study while Denmark, Brazil and Norway have the lowest supply. But this is all set to change...[TRIMTO] The landscape of leadership potential changes significantly when ana...

Handy slimliner trolley suits tighter spaces

... Vikan, renowned for its advanced hygienic cleaning solutions, is purpose designed for professional and efficient cleaning in busy environments with limited space.[TRIMTO] Flexible and easily manoeuvrable, the Slimliner is ideal for use in shops, restaurants, offices, schools and health clinics. Specially developed to improve efficiency and fac...

Sustainability will be core theme of 19th WFBSC International Congress

...ice Contractors International Congress, reiterating the environmental commitment of the maintenance and cleaning industry.[TRIMTO] The event, which is to be held in Curitiba from 10th - 14th October, alongside the 22nd Regional Higiexpo - Hygiene, Cleaning & Maintenance Products & Services Exhibition, and the 23rd ENEAC - National Meet...

The FM Event

...cilities show. The FM Event has been created to help address current issues developing within FM and shape the future of the profession. This leading premier facilities and estates event is strategically positioned in London and co-located with Energy Solutions and Building Services. A programme of conference quality education is designed esp...

Fast, mess-free pressure washing with the FRV 30

Cleaning of tiled walls and hard floors with a pressure washer is a popular choice for contract cleaners and facilities managers because it is fast and highly effective. However, one drawback of using high pressure for this kind of task is that a lot of splashing can occur and the water used for cleaning is left standing on the ground. As well as...

London calling: The Cleaning Show 2015

... with representatives of the Cleaning Show: Douglas Cooke, Chairman of the British Cleaning Council and Vanessa Martinet, who is now tasked with making the event a success, representing the two organisations that make up BCCE - the BCC and Quartz Business Media. We wanted to find out why the decision was made to move the Cleaning Show to London fro...

Leader

...fessionals in 148 countries worldwide! You wouldn't go to a dentist to get a broken bone set and you wouldn't put a train driver at the wheel of a bus and expect him or her to do a great job, so why on earth are we getting nurses to clean our nation's hospitals? (see report below). Yes nurses will know something about cleaning and their k...

News in Brief

  Leading cleaning chemicals manufacturer Greyland has moved. Their new address is: Greyland Ltd, Fifth Avenue, Tameside Park Industrial Estate, Dukinfield, SK16 4PP       

Karcher launches new eco!efficiency emission-free hot water pressure washers

... washers, which offer emission-free hot water cleaning with dramatically reduced energy consumption and heating-up times.[TRIMTO] The new HDS-E eco!efficiency range is available in three variants - 12, 24 and 36KW - and features all the design attributes of Karcher's HDS diesel-fuelled machines such as simple, intuitive controls, high manoeuvrab...

CSSA responds to survey on hospital cleaning

...ficant numbers of nurses reported that they had undertaken cleaning duties in the preceding months, Andrew Large - Chief Executive of the Cleaning & Support Services Association, said:[TRIMTO] "This survey gives some cause for concern. If 20% of nurses are saying that their NHS trust is cutting back on cleaning then the risk of resurgence in...

Nurses regularly forced to perform heavy cleaning duties, survey finds

The results of a survey of 1,000 nurses and health assistants, conducted by Nursing Times and published this week, has confirmed that they are regularly carrying out the type of cleaning duties that one would normally expect the cleaning staff to undertake. More than 50% of the survey's respondents say that they believe cleaning services for th...

JLS dancers model Dickies clothing at tour concert in Brighton

... of weeks ago at the Probiz County Ground in Hove. The dancers were kitted out in Dickies coveralls and black Redhawk Cargo shorts, accentuating smart and fashionable design for the sell-out concert.[TRIMTO] Coveralls and shorts from Dickies have become increasingly popular due to their colourful appearance and immense comfort. Says Maurice Mort...

German chemical giant says REACH is worth the investment

...history. The bitter campaign saw chemical companies warn they could be forced to close factories and leave Europe because of the extra costs generated by the EU law, which sought to protect consumer health and the environment. These included widely publicised industry studies which claimed that REACH would cost billions of euros to implement,...

US HEPA vacuum filters market expected to reach USD 621.3 Million by 2018

...igh Efficiency Particulate Air) vacuum filters market: United States industry analysis, size, share and forecast, 2010 - 2018', the US HEPA vacuum filters market revenue is estimated to reached USD 484.0 million in 2013 and then further reach USD 621.3 million by 2018, growing at a CAGR (Compound Annual Growth Rate ) of 5.1% from 2013 to 2018. I...

Insurers flooded by water claims, whilst vandalism ruins rural regions

...unpredictable nature of the British weather. Despite headlines about a so called 'broken Britain', vandalism only affects 3% of commercial properties, whilst accidental damage from unforeseen and unintentional spillages and breakages is higher at 19%. A regional breakdown of annual restoration work undertaken by ServiceMaster Clean, reveals rath...

Italian paper producer Sofidel Group, buys US-based tissue manufacturer Cellynne Holdings

...y, Cellynne Holdings. This acquisition raises Sofidel's production capacity to 1,000,000 metric tpy and gives it access to the US market.[TRIMTO] Founded in 1988, Cellynne Holdings is a producer of tissue paper (for hygienic and domestic use) in the Away From Home and Consumer sector. It has over 300 employees and three production sites strategi...

Ladder Association launches 2012 Ladder Exchange

...this year's Ladder Exchange - the annual campaign that enables 'dodgy' ladders to be replaced for brand new ones, at a discounted price, at any one of the Ladder Exchange's official partners. [TRIMTO] Now run and managed by the Ladder Association which plans to grow and develop the campaign in future years, the Ladder Exchange has already r...

Your guide to the business opportunities in China's cleaning market

China's economy has achieved great success in the past 30 years and it is still maintaining its rate of growth even though the economic downturn is affecting the global economy. The cleaning industry is also undergoing tremendous growth. The rising environmental awareness of customers, for example, has provided a new market for more eco-friendl...

Thuraplug - the revolutionary plughole cleaner

...pitting out toothpaste when cleaning your teeth, for example...[TRIMTO] Inexpensive, easy to use and reusable, Thuraplug ensures that the sink plughole is really clean as, instead of the cleaning product disappearing straight down the pipe, it stays just below the plughole for as long as you choose - giving a thorough clean in an area which has ...

FMA and Sheffield Hallam University to bridge the education gap for experienced FMs

... developed by the Facilities Management Association in association with Sheffield Hallam University and will provide a new and innovative route to a better position for those who have worked within the industry, but have had little opportunity to develop leadership qualifications. The new postgraduate programme is closed to those who are not an ...

British Safety Council launches 2013 International Safety Awards

....[TRIMTO] These awards are open to all organisations, both members of the British Safety Council and non-members in the UK and overseas. Last year 550 organisations won an International Safety Award including Aramark, Aston Martin Lagonda, Barclays Capital, Bovis Homes, GlaxoSmithKline, Green King Breweries, Indian Oil Corporation, Kier Constru...

Fast, economical, hygienic mopping from Vileda Professional

...aunch of its new ClickSpeed pre-prepared flat mopping system with hygienic 'touch free' mop removal and exceptional Microfibre cleaning performance at an economical price.[TRIMTO] "ClickSpeed is the latest addition to our range of innovative microfibre cleaning solutions," comments Karen Barker, Marketing Manager at Vileda Professional. "We are ...

Worker struck by forklift leaves recycling plant out of pocket

...g firm, which ignored warnings about safety at its plant in Warrington, has been fined £6,000 and ordered to pay £3,365 in prosecution costs after a worker was struck by a forklift truck.[TRIMTO] The truck was carrying a large bale of crushed aluminium cans when it hit the 43-year-old man as he walked across the warehouse floor at th...

Antimicrobial Technology expert releases White Paper

...: Considerations for a Complete Infection Prevention Program', it examines current data, guidelines and available antimicrobial fabric solutions.[TRIMTO] Soft surface textiles such as privacy curtains, lab coats, scrubs and bed linens constitute a large part of the patient healthcare environment. Clinical studies have proven that these surfaces ...

Leader

... weeks ago we announced the winners of the international Bill Gates 'Reinvent the Toilet' challenge and I was delighted that these included a team from Loughborough University. Who said we never make anything in the UK anymore? As those who know about my passion for looking after the environment  and how strongly I feel about the need for d...

News in Brief

  Leading cleaning chemicals manufacturer Greyland has moved. Their new address is: Greyland Ltd, Fifth Avenue, Tameside Park Industrial Estate, Dukinfield, SK16 4PP       

Ecolab on Forbes' 2012 list of 'World's Most Innovative Companies'

...ared in the 5th September issue of Forbes.[TRIMTO] "Our purpose to make the world cleaner, safer and healthier drives our commitment to innovation," says Douglas M. Baker Jr., Ecolab chairman and CEO. "Ecolab's innovation has spanned eight decades, and we are committed to carrying on this tradition with future generations of customer solutions."...

Top marks for Nviro in Health & Safety

Cleaning, hygiene and facilities management specialist Nviro, has achieved BS OHSAS 18001, the internationally recognised standard for occupational health & safety management systems - a certification achieved by fewer than 1% of UK businesses.[TRIMTO] Assessment involved a rigorous two-day scrutiny of Nviro's health & safety managemen...

MITIE wins Odeon cleaning contract

...s.[TRIMTO] The contract has been awarded to MITIE's retail cleaning team, which also cleans thousands of outlets seven days a week for other world-famous retail brands. Approximately 600 employees working on the contract have transferred to MITIE and additional sites will be added in the next few months. Services include front of house and thea...

Don't miss out on important UK cleaning industry event

The British Cleaning Council Conference 2012 is now only one month away, and for those that have not secured their place, there are only a limited number of tickets remaining. While many of last year's attendees are already set to return, some readers will be unfamiliar with the event, so here is a taster of what to expect.[TRIMTO] In just thre...

Helping UK plc get 'Waste Smart'

... at all types of businesses interested in improving environmental compliance, reducing waste costs, and encouraging a culture of more sustainable waste and resource management within their operations. Since the course was first developed in 2003, over 12,000 certificates have been issued to organisations including the BBC, Network Rail, Associat...

Idrotech Elephants 'tusked' with removing coal dust in China

...s Italian headquarters to the faraway province of Shanxi, close to where China meets Inner Mongolia and where there is a coalmine that creates a lot of dust.[TRIMTO] The Elefantes' job will be to deal with the dust that results from the coal handling and from the passage of road vehicles in an area of about 32.000 square feet affected by the wor...

Trojan adds new 12-AGM battery to its range

...AGM, 12-volt battery is designed to support a wide range of applications including renewable energy and backup power for industrial and residential applications, especially those found in remote areas where there is limited access to clean water which is required to maintain traditional flooded batteries," explains Bryan Godber, Trojan's senior vic...

IICRC releases details of upcoming courses

...etails of its courses scheduled to take place from now until the end of December 2012. Course dates and titles can be accessed here:[TRIMTO] pages/iicrc-course.htm  For comprehensive details of each course, visit:  iicrc-course-descriptions T: 0208 253 4505  F: 0208 253 4510 E: iicrcadmin.co.uk   W: www.iicrc@admin.co.uk ...

Australian company fined for underpaying foreign workers

...ourt in Sydney has this week imposed the fine against the Glad Group Pty following an investigation and prosecution by the Fair Work Ombudsman. Federal Magistrate Sylvia Emmett handed down her decision after the company admitted underpaying the employees a total of $133,845 between October, 2008 and August, 2009. Glad Group holds cleaning con...

Cooking behind bars

...msay attempts to turn a crew of convicts at Brixton prison, London, into a kitchen that can produce and sell food to the public, shows just how difficult it can be to run an efficient kitchen.[TRIMTO] Any chefs watching Gordon Behind Bars ( www.channel4.com ) may have been left wondering why Gordon decided to make the task of running a kitchen e...

NEC announces 'zero waste to landfill' achievement

As over 700 exhibitors and some 14,000 visitors gather in Birmingham this week for RWM, the UK's premier resource and waste management show, the event's NEC home (which is also the venue for The Cleaning Show 2013 from 19th - 21st March) has announced that it has achieved 'zero waste to landfill' two years ahead of schedule.[TRIMTO] Kathryn Jam...

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...www.epsomguardian.co.uk ). Of course, as an ex-Council Member of the British Toilet Association and someone who's guest judged the Loo of the Year Awards, this was one story I couldn't resist! The publication reports that Bourne Hall museum, just down the road from me, houses quite a collection of historical artefacts that aren't on display ...

News in Brief

  Leading cleaning chemicals manufacturer Greyland has moved. Their new address is: Greyland Ltd, Fifth Avenue, Tameside Park Industrial Estate, Dukinfield, SK16 4PP       

Vectair Systems unveils a new generation of handcare dispensers

Vectair Systems Limited has launched the Sanitex MVP range of soap and surface cleaner dispensers that are stylish yet cost-effective and simple to operate and service.[TRIMTO] Measuring less than 10cm in depth and operating with less than five pounds of force (lbf), the dispensers - both manual and automatic - are fully ADA compliant and com...

The Hako Virtual Adviser: a stroke of genius!

The benefits of cleanliness within company premises and a well-kept appearance both inside and out are well known.... They promote affinity, motivation, atmosphere, quality of work and life, road safety - and of course they create a good impression for visitors![TRIMTO] Machines deployed for indoor and outdoor cleaning, lawn and grounds mainte...

Survey examines use of mobile devices in the cleaning industry

...o Industries has asked cleaning industry workers such as distributors, building service contractors and in-house cleaning workers, about their use of mobile devices, such as smartphones and 'tablet' computers. The results reveal that 71% of respondents use a smartphone and about 67% use a flat screen tablet computer. "Those numbers did not su...

Rubbermaid launches Clean Look coordinated washroom products

... Rubbermaid Commercial Products' new Clean Look dispenser range consists of the Air Care, Skin Care and Surface Care systems, which carry the same coordinated sleek look and contemporary style.[TRIMTO] Each dispenser is available in black, white or chrome finishes, complementing and accentuating the design of every style of washroom while simult...

Betco announces new Fastdraw Foamer II

... a durable foam gun that utilises Betco Fastdraw products. New features include a SureComfort grip handle, spray and rinse capabilities and adjustable spray patterns.[TRIMTO] The foam gun generates rich and thick foam for cleaning vertical surfaces, which makes it ideal for shower and kitchen cleaning. Accupro Pressure Regulation technology ensu...

2012 Seven-Star Awards highlight food safety achievement in China

Ecolab and China Business News recognised 32 companies with 2012 Seven-Star Awards for their outstanding contributions to Food Safety & Public Health during a ceremony yesterday at the Shanghai World Financial Center. Co-launched by Ecolab and China Business News, with technical support from the China Institute of Food Science & Technology...

Dust Control UK unveils new training programme to combat silica

...ithin the work place.[TRIMTO] Dustcontrol UK will help contractors reduce their exposure to dust and fight Silica by training clients on best working practices and making sure they are using the most appropriate dust extraction tools. Phil Haskins, Dustcontrol UK's construction industry specialist, explains: "Health & Safety Executive res...

Extended foamer range delivers choice and versatility

...as launched a new range of foamer dispensers suitable for a wide variety of applications including hand soaps, hair care, personal care, household and pharmaceutical products.[TRIMTO] The five new models, the F1, F2, F6, F11 and F12 series, join Rieke's existing RF08 Finger-Tip and PF17 Palm variants, meaning the company now offers one of the mo...

Lighter container from RPC UKSC for Royal Warrant holder Prochem Europe

...a Royal Warrant of Appointment to Her Majesty The Queen for the supply of carpet cleaning products, and has chosen RPC Containers UKSC's five litre LX container to help meet its environmental objectives.[TRIMTO] For many years RPC's RT56 Jerrican was Prochem's first choice for packing five litre products but the company recently switched to the ...

If you want to do business in Turkey, don't miss Pulire Eurasia

... The Turkish economy has recorded what is believed to be the highest growth rate in Europe (+7%) and the positive trend continues to rise. Turkey is becoming more and more a bridge between Europe and Asia, an area where new frontiers are opening up in the export of products and technologies. The country is making a lot of investment in all secto...

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... As a keen recycler I know all about the importance of taking something someone no longer wants and turning it into something positive, but I have to draw the line somewhere and that line has been well and truly crossed by an artist called Ben Wilson. Ben paints pictures on chewing gum that has been discarded on London's pavements or stuck o...

Just a week until The FM Event opens its doors

...ondon's Olympia from 10-11 October. Highlights for the show this year include The Networking Hub and The FM Academy, which will both host targeted sessions tackling key issues affecting the facilities management industry. Speakers participating in these sessions include Julie Kortens, Head of Corporate Services, Channel 4 and Chairman of WiFM SI...

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  Leading cleaning chemicals manufacturer Greyland has moved. Their new address is: Greyland Ltd, Fifth Avenue, Tameside Park Industrial Estate, Dukinfield, SK16 4PP       

Sustainability strategies becoming more important

... new 2012 Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark (GRESB) study finds that real estate managers and investors are becoming more and more focused on sustainability issues, with 80% now having some sort of sustainability strategy in place. Additionally, the study found that 60% were now collecting and reporting data about such things as energy...

Hygiene Group is the right ingredient for Cereform

...mprover, which is used by many of the country's top bakeries each day to control the baking process and optimise the consistency and appearance of bread products. The company produces approximately 250 tonnes of bread improver each week at the site. Hygiene Group's team was brought in to carry out overhead cleaning work at the factory, which inv...

Ecolab launches $25,000 Clean Makeover Contest for restaurants

...ndustry experts estimate there are more than 300,000 independently owned restaurants across the US. And despite the long hours, hard work and financial risk accompanying that dream, restaurateurs are devoted to serving their customers. To celebrate their entrepreneurial spirit of service, Ecolab is inviting restaurant owners to share their stories ...

Final tickets on sale now for BCC Conference 2012

... three events have sold out, with over 200 senior executives convening each year to discuss, debate and disseminate the latest business strategies for the cleaning industry. Whether you are a company owner, contractor, public sector, manufacturer, consultancy, a start up or an established player, the BCC Conference 2012 is an essential date for ...

Cresswell awarded cleaning contract at new local school

...been chosen to clean the school site at Ledbury Hall, which was previously used as a community hall and had for many years hosted occasional local community events. Cresswell was contacted by the school at the end of the Summer holidays. It put together a quotation for an initial deep clean plus regular cleaning and within days, the quote was acce...

Haulage firm fined after worker is severely injured by vehicle he had just cleaned

...e haulage firm has been fined after a driver was severely injured when he was knocked to the ground and run over by a tractor unit of a Heavy Goods Vehicle, that he had just cleaned. Risk assessments regarding vehicle movements around the site, prepared by external consultants, were deemed by inspectors to be inadequate.[TRIMTO] Ian Mackie, 43, ...

OxyBAC hand wash: very safe and highly effective

...al skincare specialist Deb Group, has announced the launch of OxyBAC, which it claims is the safest and most effective antibacterial hand wash for use in any food handling, general workplace, public facility or social care environment where higher standards of hand hygiene are required.[TRIMTO] Professional use, liquid antibacterial hand washing...

BICSc celebrates outstanding year at Annual Awards Dinner and Golf Day

The British Institute of Cleaning Science hosted its Annual Awards Dinner and Golf Day last Thursday at the Marriot Forest of Arden Hotel, Birmingham. The successful event celebrated excellence in accredited training and assessment within the industry, and honoured those who have made a definitive contribution to both the Institute and the indust...

Government to charge businesses £124hr for health & safety fails

...proach now. FFI aims to recover costs from those who break health & safety laws for the time and effort HSE spends helping to put matters right, such as investigating, writing reports and taking enforcement action. Chris Hall, Managing Partner of health & safety consultancy Lighthouse Risk Services, says: "As well as confirming the st...

Important reminder to all ISSA/Interclean Amsterdam 2012 exhibitors planning to show in 2014

If you exhibited at ISSA/Interclean Amsterdam 2012, were happy with the location of your stand and want to secure that space again, you have only a couple of days to do so. You need to reserve the space with the organisers before the end of this month, as from 1st October 2012, all space that is not reserved will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. www.issainterclean.com ...

Ladder Association stresses need for safe equipment following prosecution

...m for numerous work-at-height issues relating in particular to ladder equipment found in a terrible and life threatening condition. The Association says that national schemes such as the currently running Ladder Exchange are vital in promoting safety among ladder users and stockists. The safety policy of the prosecuted Birmingham company require...

BSCAI announces Registered Building Service Manager workshops

...erday the schedule for the remaining 2012 Registered Building Service Manager workshops in Northern and Southern California. These workshops are designed to help qualified individuals involved in custodial contracts become RBSM-certified.[TRIMTO] RBSM Workshops are designed for contract cleaning supervisors, project managers, area managers and p...

Instazorb super absorbent granule now available in UK

...lti-use, non toxic absorbent granule 'Instazorb' is now available in the UK via specialist chemical and online instrumentation expert, Process Measurement & Analysis (PMA).[TRIMTO] InstaZorb challenges preconceptions of what is possible with an absorbent granule, having the capacity to absorb up to 465% of its own weight in virtually any spi...

Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust chooses In Depth for windows contract

In Depth Managed Services, one of Britain's leading cleaning and facilities-management specialists, has been awarded the contract for window cleaning by Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust.[TRIMTO] The three-year contract is to clean the windows at six sites including Leeds General Infirmary, where the third series of Channel 4's Bafta-award-wi...

CSSA frustrated by news that illegal migrants are not pursued for economic reasons

...TO] Responding to these revelations, Cleaning & Support Services Association Chief Executive Andrew Large said: "I am greatly frustrated at this news, which seems to drive a coach and horses through UK policy on illegal working. How can legitimate employers be expected to police their workforce when the Government itself has given up on the ...

Auto Bella launches complete auto car wash capability

...ishing to set up an automated car washing business. Available in options to suit different needs and able to process up to 50 cars a day, the offering includes: * Rotating stainless steel ceiling boom, which can incorporate the high-pressure hose and prevent the hose from causing obstruction during washing * Pressure washer, a...

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...industry professionals in 148 countries worldwide! Personal hygiene - or the lack of it - and its link to the spread of infection has been hitting the headlines again in recent weeks. First there was the repeat of the news which seems to surface every couple of years that many Brits don't wash their hands after visiting the loo, then t...

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...ls in 148 countries worldwide!   Having spent much of the past fortnight both day and night, 'camped out' at a South West London hospital with a sick relative, I was in the perfect position to observe at close quarters the cleaning staff in action, what they used, how they worked, the standard of cleaning and more importantly, the...

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  Leading cleaning chemicals manufacturer Greyland has moved. Their new address is: Greyland Ltd, Fifth Avenue, Tameside Park Industrial Estate, Dukinfield, SK16 4PP       

New K-CP products protect against risks faced by oil and gas industry workers

To protect against the many hazards faced by workers in the oil and gas field as well as to provide the tools they need to work productively, Kimberly-Clark Professional is introducing a range of personal protection and wiping solutions for upstream, midstream and downstream operations. Oil and gas industry workers must contend with a variety o...

Selden acquires Jeyes Professional Division

... leading independent producers of chemical cleaning products, has acquired the Jeyes Professional brand from Jeyes Group for an undisclosed sum. Jeyes Professional Division became a wholly owned division of Selden as of Monday, 1st October 2012.[TRIMTO] The sale sees manufacture, distribution and administration of Jeyes Professional products for...

Sweeping away a feather fiasco

The Initial Facilities cleaning team at London's Piccadilly Circus came to the rescue recently and saved the day as more than 1.5 tonnes of feathers threatened to swamp the Underground Station.[TRIMTO] The white chicken feathers had been released above ground as part of a spectacular aerial performance by Les Studios de Cirque, who had transfo...

Kensington & Chelsea SITA street cleaners to be balloted for strike action over pay

...yal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea have won it the accolade of the cleanest in London in 2012. And although they work hard and are well respected by the residents and visitors to the borough, this is not reflected in their pay, which is said to be the lowest for street cleansing staff across the capital. GMB, which represents all the street...

REACH benefits not obvious yet, EU admits

...inally planned for June, had been delayed until October. "A lot of work was put into this review and this is one of the reasons why it's slightly delayed - it was substantial," he told a conference organised by the German chemical company BASF in Brussels last month. The review, now close to finalisation, looked into all sorts of aspects of R...

Funding announced to increase recycling rate in Scotland

...d announced an additional £1.2 million of funding would be available to help councils in Scotland reach the 50% recycling target set for the end of 2013.[TRIMTO] The funding will be available immediately and until April 2013 to help councils meet their target commitments and specifically to fund improvements to Household Waste Recycling Ce...

Green Seal awards 1st Specialty Cleaner Certification to PortionPac

Green Seal announced yesterday that PortionPac Chemical Corporation's Pot & Pan Detergent and NeutraPac Floor Neutralizer have achieved certification as the first Green Seal-certified specialty cleaning products on the market. Meeting the GS-53 standard (Specialty Cleaning Products for Industrial & Institutional Use) means that these pro...

KD masters Prochem's Sapphire

...' exclusive distributor Prochem Europe for his new Renault Master van. "My van was getting older and like my previous truckmount, was having a few major problems, so my overall investment was relatively significant. But the vehicle and Sapphire are a perfect fit," he says. Founded in 1980, as a general contract cleaning company, KD Contracts ...

Clean India journey set to spread hygiene, sanitation awareness

A 'great wash yatra' beginning on Wednesday at Wardha in Maharashtra, the centre of Mahatma Gandhi's Quit India Movement, will travel across the heart of India, in a bid to spread awareness about hygiene and sanitation. The yatra, reports the Khaleej Times , will take the form of a travelling carnival featuring sanitation and hygiene themed ga...

Gum success for Newham Council

...n the latest stage of Newham's drive to make the borough a place "where people choose to live, work and stay". The new GR8888 machines, supplied by Trafalgar Cleaning Equipment to Newham Council, can clear up to 300 square metres a day and are already out in force across the borough. Mayor Sir Robin Wales was on hand to press the new cleaners...

Karcher repeats popular £100 cashback scheme

... machine (excluding upright models) sold through a participating Karcher dealer between October 8th and November 30th 2012, the company will reward the customer with a cheque for £100. Using hot water when high-pressure cleaning can reduce cleaning time by up to 40% and improve final results. This is because oil and grease stains emulsify ...

New features on offer at The Cleaning Show 2013

... co-location with the very popular IMHX 2013 event, The Cleaning Show 2013 is set to be the biggest and best ever. More than 200 exhibitors, specialising in a variety of different sectors, will be present at the 2013 show, with over 50 exhibiting for the first time. Martin Scott, Exhibition Sales Director, says: "We expect The Cleaning Show 2013...

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...ntries worldwide! My goodness last week's leader prompted some responses! Most of the callers and emailers wished to remain anonymous (some sadly still have sick relatives in hospital) but each and every one of them - whichever part of the 'civilised' world they hailed from - had a horror story to share. Thank you everyone that got in touch! ...

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  Leading cleaning chemicals manufacturer Greyland has moved. Their new address is: Greyland Ltd, Fifth Avenue, Tameside Park Industrial Estate, Dukinfield, SK16 4PP       

Ryans ploughs through a clean 10 years

Ryans Cleaning, of Tipperary, Ireland, is celebrating its 10th anniversary of servicing the National Ploughing Championships, one of the largest outdoor events in Europe.[TRIMTO] The event, which saw more than 200,000 people visit over a three day period, took place in September at Heathpark, New Ross, County Wexford. A team of 45 specialis...

Training flexibility with the WoolSafe Academy

Professional cleaners and carpet care specialists who want to further their knowledge without sacrificing precious time are encouraged to enrol with the new online training centre from the WoolSafe Organisation. Launched this month, the cutting-edge WoolSafe Academy provides comprehensive training courses that offer the ultimate in flexibility.[TR...

Emprise bulks up its gym cleaning portfolio

... of partnership with gym chain, Pure Gym, Emprise has now been named the sole supplier for cleaning and associated services to the entire Pure Gym portfolio, which currently includes 43 gyms across the UK.[TRIMTO] Pure Gym is a value gym chain that offers its members 24/7 access to state of the art equipment at affordable prices. Emprise has bee...

Sewage waste to become plastic

...king innovation that will help turn municipal sewage sludge into raw materials, to be used by paper and plastics industries around the world.[TRIMTO] The technology, developed by Israeli company Applied Cleantech, has been some years in development. It has resulted in a compact, automatic and efficient facility that recycles solids from raw sewa...

Edge set to unveil "the first truly portable industrial steam cleaner"

...ry model, which comes in 12v or 24v versions, gives working times of 1.5 hours with the 12v version and four hours with the 24v option. It can also be plugged into a normal electricity supply. It combines the productivity of two other new models, which Edge will be showing off at a 'Steam Day' in Uttoxeter Racecourse on 26th October. The seco...

Assign - next-generation mobile and field workforce scheduling software launched

Wheatley Associates has launched Assign, its next-generation mobile and field workforce scheduling and productivity software solution.[TRIMTO] With its combined focus on usability and functionality, Assign radically rethinks the concept of real-time scheduling. Its highly intuitive user interface provides extremely easy access to a wealth of f...

Korean airforce chooses RCM sweepers

...o account that in Korea, as in Japan, cleaning is considered one of the first signs of civilization and that good technique and accuracy are held in high regard, can you fully appreciate the meaning of this contract," says the manufacturer. The Boxer range comprises seven medium -l arge sweepers for professional cleaning of large areas. With its...

Study finds PurThread hospital privacy curtains resist superbug contamination eight times better than control curtains

...iled as a first of its kind study conducted by the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine, standard control curtains were found to be eight times more likely to be contaminated with the superbug vancomycin resistant enterrococus (VRE) than experimental PurThread privacy curtains which only had one positive VRE culture during the entire study...

Ausclean WA is looking for presenters - can you fill the role?

If you are at the leading edge of cleaning and hygiene, ensure your experience is shared - submit an application to present a paper at Western Australia's upcoming dedicated cleaning and hygiene show. Sessions covering hygiene in healthcare and hospitals, green sustainability, new technology and outdoor cleaning are all welcome, as are marketi...

We have Mail: Hospital cleaning

Dear Jan, Nice leader last week and your thoughts are spot on. We were able to see the accuracy of these in another part of the country when we were doing some expert witness research and work as part of a legal action we got called in to advise on. As expert witnesses, we also got to view the work and training package of one of the co-responde...

Tickets selling fast for 25th Anniversary Loo of the Year Awards presentation extravaganza!

...ent for all those involved in 'away from home' toilet provision/servicing is a few short weeks away and tickets are selling fast![TRIMTO] Whichever part of the supply/service chain you're in, from 'hardware' to disposables manufacturer/supplier, from facilities manager to service provider and toilet attendant or cleaner, or whether you're an 'aw...

Chicopee receives special customs certification

... as an Authorized Economic Operator (AEO). The AEO certification acknowledges Chicopee's consistent and outstanding operations, both in international shipping and company security.[TRIMTO] Due to enormous increases in international shipping and the anticipated growth of cross-border shipping in the future, both the European community and the US ...

Irish manufacturer seeks distributors

Dublin-based Safe-Stride is one of Ireland's leading independent suppliers of commercial hygiene products, specialising in cleaning systems and floor safety for the retail, leisure, hotel and catering industries. Safe-Stride's focus is in manufacturing detergent products for distributors that support programmes for warewashing, foodservice and la...

News from the Spanish cleaning industry

"The situation in Spain is, as you know, pretty dire with financial, social, education and public health cuts, VAT rises, unemployment up to 25.1% and political corruption coming to light every day... Financial rescue is almost here though!" writes AFSEL'S Thais Rodriguez. "Despite all the problems, ASFEL (the Association of Spanish Manufacture...

Asfel is looking forward to 2013 export promotion

...r. Like every year, these actions are supported by the Spanish Institute for Foreign Trade - ICEX - and are voted for via a questionnaire distributed amongst the association's members.[TRIMTO] Asfel believes ICEX provides essential support for Spanish companies in their drive to revitalise the economy. It quotes analysts as saying that the best ...

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... industry professionals in 148 countries worldwide! My daughter (newly back from university) and I fall out more about our weekly food shop than we do about anything else. I'd rather go to the store myself - although admittedly I come back with things I'd not intended to buy - but she's become a real advocate of Internet shopping, which has ...

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  Leading cleaning chemicals manufacturer Greyland has moved. Their new address is: Greyland Ltd, Fifth Avenue, Tameside Park Industrial Estate, Dukinfield, SK16 4PP       

New CIWM President launches benchmarking report and demands greater global efficiency

...012/13 Chartered Institution of Wastes Management President John Skidmore was inaugurated this week and used the occasion to launch a major CIWM report. [TRIMTO] Entitled Professional Perspectives on Waste & Resource Management, the report provides a current picture of waste and resource management across the UK and Ireland and draws on...

NGOs denounce 'culture of secrecy' in EU chemicals agency

...a review expected this month. An audit of the ECHA, undertaken by the European Environmental Bureau and ClientEarth, concluded on "fundamental flaws" in the way chemical substances are registered under REACH, reports EurActiv. The NGOs accuse the ECHA of accepting "uncompleted dossiers" submitted by chemical manufacturers and failing to use its ...

Speed manufacturing makes for record sales at Greyland

After a short period 'bedding down' in the new 34,000 sq ft factory and warehouse, Greyland are already back to posting record sales figures! "After several years of successive growth, the business urgently needed to expand capacity," says Greyland Managing Director Richard Dyson.[TRIMTO] "Following a short period to allow for settling in wh...

We have mail: Campaign to Protect Rural England's Past President, Bill Bryson, writes...

...king about the littered carrier bag which, when it's not choking wildlife or failing to degrade in landfill, can often be seen caught in trees - a vision described mysteriously but evocatively as witches' knickers. To reduce this type of litter, CPRE has been working with Keep Britain Tidy, the Marine Conservation Society and Surfers Against Sew...

Karcher acquires Socofren SA

...ra high pressure market in that country.[TRIMTO] "Following the acquisition of the German Woma brand, Karcher France decided to buy Socofren, which distributes the brand in France," says Francois Malmanche, President of Karcher France. "Karcher's roots have always been in the high pressure professional cleaning market, so this acquisition n...

World industrial & institutional cleaning chemicals market to grow at 4.7% pa to 2016

...d growth by 4.7% annually through to 2016.[TRIMTO] In summary, the report says that worldwide demand for I & I cleaning chemicals will grow 4.7% annually, to exceed $44 billion in 2016. Overall, the fastest growing applications will be in healthcare, and food and beverage processing. Developing markets in Asia, Africa and Eastern Europe will...

From beach to bottle: Method's new product line features ocean plastic packaging

...innovation in sustainable packaging - bottles made from a blend of plastic recovered from the ocean and post-consumer recycled plastic. This limited edition packaging is for a new Method product, a two-in-one hand and dish soap.[TRIMTO] Scientists estimate that several million tons of plastic make its way into the oceans every year, polluting th...

New independent studies show Purell Advanced Instant hand sanitiser to be ahead of the game

...ounced yesterday the results of a series of independent lab studies testing the ability of instant hand sanitisers to meet FDA Healthcare Personnel Handwash germ kill requirements at various dosage levels.[TRIMTO] The studies, which included more than 20 different hand sanitisers, concluded that the patent-pending Purell Advanced Instant hand sa...

WFBSC Curitiba reinforces industry's public hygiene and sustainability roles

...ilding Service Contractors' president Adonai Aires de Arruda (pictured left with WFBSC executive VP Andrew Large) when officially opening the WFBSC Congress 2012 last week, reports Alan Hardcastle, Consulting Editor of the Australia-based InClean magazine . Alan says that a common theme running through three days of quality presentations was the n...

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  Leading cleaning chemicals manufacturer Greyland has moved. Their new address is: Greyland Ltd, Fifth Avenue, Tameside Park Industrial Estate, Dukinfield, SK16 4PP       

A self sustaining solution for electronically controlled taps

With water saving being a crucial factor in the building and refurbishment of commerical projects to ensure that they meet the necessary criteria for efficiency and sustainability, Geberit has launched a new innovation that ensures its electronically controlled taps are the most energy efficient on the market.[TRIMTO] Geberit's electronically ...

Australian cleaning contractors face similar issues to those in the UK

... while our hourly charges remain static or reduce? "I keep putting out Recommended Hourly Rates and contractors insist on cutting those rates by up to $10.00 per hour. If the Fair Work Ombudsman was to check all of these so called business people out, it would be total chaos because they cannot meet their legal overheads. "Yes, I know that m...

New success signals unparalleled award hat-trick for SkySiren

...s remarked: "We were impressed by the development of this technology in response to a real problem, and that it is now being widely used by those who can benefit most from it." The SkySiren, which has been used on many of the UK's largest and most prestigious projects, has also been recognised with awards at the International Awards for Powered ...

Norse scores high in schools cleaning and grounds purchasing frameworks

...sses in Contracts Frameworks for a raft of public sector procurement organisations (CBC, ESPO, NEPO and YPO) representing the £2 billion buying-power Pro5 Group. This includes placement on Pro5's schools cleaning and grounds maintenance frameworks. The company tendered for grounds frameworks in four counties, scoring the highest rating in ...

Study shows efficacy of improved hydrogen peroxide against healthcare-associated pathogens

...ome cleaning products, had a greater log-reduction of organisms at a one-minute contact time than standard hydrogen peroxide and quaternary ammonium compounds (QUATS).[TRIMTO] Researchers from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill evaluated two healthcare hydrogen peroxide products, referred to in the study as containing improved hydro...

Greyland 'wins gold' from supplier to the London Olympics

The Supplies House is Greyland's biggest distributor customer so when the call came in that the cleaning contractor at the London Olympics was about to run out of soap, it's no surprise that the delivery was made the very next morning! This example just serves to illustrate that "using Greyland as your warehouse" is not just an empty phrase! ...

New apprenticeships in facilities management launched

... FM, while degree-level Facilities Management Apprenticeships have also been introduced at Levels 4 and 5.[TRIMTO] "Because facilities management is a fairly new industry, young people don't yet tend to view the profession as a career option," says Sarah Bentley, Chief Executive of Asset Skills, the industry skills body for FM. "The new Level...

Sustainable floorcare costs less with 3M Scotch-Brite Surface Prep Pads

As the name behind Scotch-Brite Cleaning Solutions, one of the world's best known cleaning brands, 3M has a reputation for developing environmentally preferable solutions that outperform their conventional alternatives. The latest addition to the company's floor care range is the 3M Scotch-Brite Surface Prep Pad - a premium quality floor strip...

Truvox Multiwash machines keep Glasgow Royal Infirmary floors clean

If you were to rank the locations where regular hygienic cleaning and maintenance are must haves, then hospitals would certainly be serious contenders for the number one spot. [TRIMTO] Ensuring that healthcare settings are clean and tidy is not only important from an aesthetic point of view - creating a good impression for patients and vi...

Effective hand hygiene in reducing the spread of infections

Rafael Cobos AMIMarEST, of Futureclean Assured Systems, reports on the psychology of hand washing and the best ways of promoting effective hand hygiene Hand hygiene has long been considered to be the single most important preventative measure in the transmission of infectious agents. Measures to undertake hand hygiene are surprisingly straigh...

Innovation and Customer Service Award winners: as voted for 'electronically' and by ISSA Show attendees

...ke it to the presentations at the recent ISSA trade event in Chicago, the winners of the Innovation and Customer Service Award winners, as voted for by ISSA Show attendees, were:[TRIMTO] Innovation Awards * Cleaning Agents: Clorox Hydrogen Peroxide Disinfecting Cleaners by Clorox Professional Products Co. * Disposables: MOD Di...

How to tackle Springtime pests

By Marion C. at Victor Pest, a global leader in efficient and cost-effective pest control solutions Springtime has been a little slow this year, but the sun is finally making its way out from behind the clouds. However, the sunshine also marks the arrival of many pests and the start of a busy season for facilities management companies who ne...

Deliberately disabled safety mechanisms lead to fine for recycling firm

...ton Magistrates' Court heard on Wednesday that inspectors found there had been deliberate bypassing and disrepair of several machine guards on two baling machines, which were used to compress material such as cardboard and cans for recycling. Prohibition Notices were served stopping all work on the two machines. The company was also served with an ...

Personalised feedback makes healthcare workers twice as likely to clean their hands

...wn that giving one-to-one feedback to healthcare workers makes them twice as likely to clean their hands or use soap.[TRIMTO] The Feedback Intervention Trial (FIT) is the first such trial to be done in a large number of hospitals anywhere in the world. Carried out across 60 wards in 16 hospitals that were already implementing the English and Wel...

Solving the dilution dilemma...

Soluclean is an eco-friendly and easy to use range of pre-dosed concentrated surface cleaning products encapsulated in fully water-soluble sachets, which helps take the guesswork out of how much cleaning chemical is needed for the job in hand.[TRIMTO] Fully biodegradable and phosphate free, the range covers virtually every aspect of the everyd...

Betco launches new Stealth MicroRider scrubber

...to 36%. The machine includes the new Eco-Mode feature that allows an operator to conserve energy and reduce water consumption on demand. With a productivity rate of more than 30,000 sq. ft per hour, the new Stealth MicroRider greatly improves cleaning efficiency. In addition, it operates at only 54 dBA.[TRIMTO] "This new innovation has chan...

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...me as drag queen Lily Savage) hasn't forgotten his roots. Apparently Paul used to be a cleaner - and now when he stays in a hotel, before he leaves his room, he tidies the bathroom and pulls the duvet up on the bed to make the room look neater. He also leaves an envelope with some money in it and a thank you note. "They come in and say 'that's n...

News in Brief

  Leading cleaning chemicals manufacturer Greyland has moved. Their new address is: Greyland Ltd, Fifth Avenue, Tameside Park Industrial Estate, Dukinfield, SK16 4PP       

Third-hand smoke: what the carpet cleaning and janitorial suppliers need to know

Second-hand smoke is a term that generally refers to inhaling tobacco smoke coming from someone else's burning cigarette or smoke that has been exhaled. Many people are shocked to learn that, according to the American Cancer Society, this kind of smoke can have even higher concentrations of carcinogens (cancer-causing agents) than smoke inhaled di...

Genie will reappear in different form

Genie Management Group, the Aylesbury based contractor support company, will be rebranding to OrangeGenie Group and realigning its operational brands to Genie Umbrella, Genie Accountancy and HSE Passport.[TRIMTO] OrangeGenie Group has focused on developing its business and brand values based on operational excellence, customer intimacy and prod...

UK Government's flagship employment programme off to a promising start, but low employer awareness hinders progress

...ramme, the CIPD warns that it needs to build on the scheme's early progress by increasing awareness and understanding of the scheme amongst employers.[TRIMTO] In a survey of more than 1,000 employers, drawn from all three main sectors of the economy, the CIPD found that the majority (79%) of employers that have used the Work Programme say recrui...

Vectair names TNT Unlimited 'Manufacturer Representative of the Year 2012'

...r Systems 'Manufacturer Representative of the Year' award.[TRIMTO] TNT Unlimited's Tim Twitchell and Kevin McClain were awarded with an honorary plaque along with a generous cash prize at the ISSA Interclean show in Chicago. Presenting the award were Paul Wonnacott, President and Tom Valentino, Vice President Sales & Marketing, of Vectair Sy...

Nviro wins Employer of the Year award

South East cleaning and FM specialist Nviro has had its work with new graduates recognised by Smart Training & Recruitment, which recently awarded it the title 'Employer of the Year.' This award demonstrates Nviro's dedication in the marketplace, as well as showing that it is more than just a cleaning company, since it really helps those w...

Inaugural FM Event is praised by industry

...d vital industry insight, a host of exhibitors from across the full spectrum of the FM supply chain and first class networking opportunities. Bringing together Facilities, Estate and Property Managers along with leading suppliers, The FM Event provided a useful environment to view and interact with the latest products and services from leading c...

Americo launches a new corporate identity

...ico Manufacturing Company, the Georgia, US-based manufacturer of sustainable floor pads, floor mats and cleaning accessories that are sold in over 70 countries worldwide, has unveiled a new logo.[TRIMTO] The original logo was used since Americo's founding in 1969. "While our former Americo logo was well known and recognised throughout the worldw...

Kaivac introduces new AutoVac system for the professional cleaning industry

...ariety of add-on components designed for different cleaning situations, including Kaivac's Dispense-and-Vac and Spray-and-Vac systems. The AutoVac can be used with either of these add-ons, or users may also select the 'AutoVac Complete' - a preconfigured system that includes the Trolley Bucket, a wet/dry vacuum, and an AutoVac Add-on Kit. An add...

Healthy Schools Campaign thanks supporters as it launches new guide

... "PortionPac believed in the value of this guide, had the vision to see the impact it could have, and took a chance by supporting a fledgling program in 2006," says Rochelle Davis, executive editor of the guide and president and CEO of Healthy Schools Campaign. "Since then, we've seen huge strides in policy, in the marketplace and on the groun...

Facilitate the future growth and development of your cleaning business

...of the last few years hit the cleaning industry in the same way as it hit most industries in the US and Europe. However, the cleaning industry around the world still remains profitable due to the demand for cleaning services from other industries.[TRIMTO] Despite the economic downturn's effects on the global economy however, China's cleaning sup...

Global green packaging market is expected to reach USD 177,733.0 million in 2018

...ket (Recycled, Reusable & Degradable) - Global Scenario, Trends, Industry Analysis, Size, Share and Forecast, 2011 - 2018', the global green packaging market was worth USD 108,750.0 million in 2011 and is expected to reach USD 177,733.0 million in 2018, growing at a CAGR of 7.6% from 2013 to 2018.[TRIMTO] In the overall global market, Europe...

A BSCAI Service Employee of the Year Award winner for the fifth year!

...h time.[TRIMTO] Nominations came from some of the Association's 1,200 member companies worldwide and the BSCAI Independent Board chose Elaine Alexander as the winner - having been impressed by her 'unequalled' service attitude, personal commitment to her community and her family. As well as being honoured at the the opening general session of...

New OptiSilk range brings touch of luxury to Optimum Professional

Optimum Professional, a leading brand of disposable paper products for the cleaning and hygiene market, has extended its product offer into a new market with the launch of OptiSilk, a range of luxury silky soft toilet tissue. It is part of its continuing commitment to provide innovative products that meet the needs of its customers.[TRIMTO] T...

Hat trick for Cagney Contract Cleaning

...lity (Convention Centre Dublin) * Overall Supervisor of the Year Danius Kincinas (Kraft Ireland) The company was a finalist in a total of seven categories. These hard-fought awards are designed to promote continuous improvement within the industry and to recognise the hard work and dedication of the cleaning personnel and the standard...

SCA aims to save Eur300 million p.a. by cutting costs and increasing productivity

... its Capital Market Day in Stockholm, SCA announced that it had introduced a programme to cut costs and increase productivity within its hygiene division, with a view to saving some Eur300 million a year. The jobs of an estimated 1,500 people will be affected.[TRIMTO] "Our efficiency programme from 2011 goes according to plan and to date we have...

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... with my repetitive calls for the need for every cleaner to be properly trained so that the job in hand can be tackled safely, efficiently and in the most cost-effective manner. A plea earlier this week from one of our readers, (see below under Ask the Experts) shows just the type of thing that can happen when untrained cleaners are let loose on...

Ask the Experts

One of our Facilities Manager readers has asked for help: "We have a major problem in the City and your expertise might help. "The contractors have cleaned six floors of metal tiles with a buffer that uses a circular motion and it has scratched all the tiles and the client isn't happy with it. We need some kind of polisher, cleaning agent, machine, chemical etc to try and clean and take the swirls out. have you got any ideas?" If anyone is able to advise, please post your suggestions on our Facebook page. facebook.com/Cleanzine ...

News in Brief

  Leading cleaning chemicals manufacturer Greyland has moved. Their new address is: Greyland Ltd, Fifth Avenue, Tameside Park Industrial Estate, Dukinfield, SK16 4PP       

National head office puts Trust in Principle Cleaning

...of Government, The National Trust is a charity that relies for income on membership fees, donations and legacies together with revenue raised from its commercial operations. It has more than four million members and 61,000 volunteers and protects and open to the public over 350 historic houses, gardens and ancient monuments. Staff at London bas...

Clean up at The Golden Service Awards 2013!

...ellence in the cleaning & support services industry, the awards provide a benchmark for quality and are the ideal opportunity for contract cleaning companies and in-house cleaning teams to promote the excellent work carried out by their cleaning teams and give them the recognition they deserve.[TRIMTO] The Golden Service Awards 2013, in part...

Anti-microbial plastic - an answer to the lack of human hygiene

...ene revealed in a recent survey, according to the CEO of Britain's leading specialist in degradable and anti-microbial plastics.[TRIMTO] Commenting on research from Queen Mary University and the London School of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, showing that one in 10 bank cards and one in seven bank notes are contaminated with faecal matter, Micha...

ISSA/Interclean North America 2012 exceeds expectations

...esults of the recent I ISSA/Interclean North America 2012 exceeded expectations, both statistically and according to the stream of positive feedback received from exhibitors and attendees. Busy booths, important business connections, and high-quality education and speakers are among the top reasons given by satisfied participants.[TRIMTO] The sh...

PDI signs agreement with HealthTrust for surface disinfection products

PDI, provider of infection prevention education, clinical support and products, has been awarded a contract for surface disinfection from HealthTrust, the group purchasing organisation that supports nearly 1,400 acute care facilities, as well as 10,600 ambulatory surgery centres, physician practices and alternate care sites in the US, with an ann...

New 6K Hydrophobic Surface Protection System - it isn't like other glass coatings and it protects steel too!

CRL's new surface protection system has been specifically designed to protect both glass and stainless steel, making them look cleaner for longer and cutting the time taken to clean them. [TRIMTO] 6K by CRL is a two-step surface protection treatment with a three year protection lifespan. It uses nanotechnology and provides a hydrophobic, ...

Omega power - an incredibly compact stainless steel steam cleaner!

...nless steel.[TRIMTO] The compact Omega has been designed to offer user friendliness, reliability and robustness, but at an affordable price that it is said to compete on price with the domestic machines that are currently available, whilst providing all the attributes one would expect from a professional machine. The continuous fill boiler sy...

ISS continues solid performance in challenging market

...ecline in non-portfolio services, exiting customer contracts with unsatisfactory payment conditions and timing of contract start-ups.  [TRIMTO] However, due to the start-up of recent multinational IFS contract wins and the continued strong growth in emerging markets, ISS expects an organic growth for 2012 around 2%. Yesterday, ISS A/S ...

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...ls, this could be increased to 45mph or 50mph. The speed limit for smaller HGVs (those between 3.5t and 7.5t) is 50 mph and this will remain unchanged. Department for Transport statistics on monitored free-flow roads estimate that around 70% of HGVs over 7.5t currently travel over 40 mph and it is argued that these HGVs have an unfair competitiv...

Betco launches new Stealth cylindrical sweeping scrubbers

Betco Corporation has launched two new Stealth cylindrical sweeping scrubbers. The ASC20BT and ASC24BT are 20in. and 24in. cylindrical floor scrubbers that improve efficiency by eliminating the need to dust mop a floor before scrubbing, thanks to the dual brush technology, which allows the Stealth machines to sweep debris off the floor while they...

Ask the Experts: some answers

...at the metal tiles are used to eliminate any electrostatic build-up, typically used in server rooms and data centres. If this is the case, then any polish applied will affect the electrical conductivity of the tiles and negate the reason for the metal floor material. If it's a coated metal floor, then an approved electrically conducting coating (li...

Will demand for water outstrip supply by 2030?

...ater executives from around the world finds that nearly 40% of the executives questioned believe demand for water is "highly likely" to outstrip supply by 2030.[TRIMTO] Most of the other respondents predict the risk is "moderately likely." The study was conducted by The Economist magazine's Economist Intelligence Unit and involved 244 senior ...

Triangle Services receives US nationwide CIMS-GB Certification

Triangle Services' Janitorial Division has achieved CIMS-GB (Cleaning Industry Management Standard-Green Building) certification from ISSA. This designation covers all janitorial locations throughout the US, ensuring the company's clients receive a consistently highly-quality service.[TRIMTO] CIMS-GB certification applies to management, operati...

HiFlo Pole Gloves - a timely launch!

With a cold snap that has taken most of us in the UK by surprise and our friends across the Atlantic dealing with one weather problem after another, the launch of Unger's premium quality HiFlo Pole Gloves is highly timely. But of course they are not just for use in cold weather; they are perfect for all-year-round protection.[TRIMTO] Specifica...

A new standard in skincare science

Health and hygiene go hand in hand - and we're reminded of this fact almost constantly. Seemingly not a day goes by without a story about these inextricably linked subjects hitting the headlines from virus outbreaks in hospital wards to the continued fight against healthcare associated infections. These are potent reminders that developing goo...

IFMA names 2012 Class of Fellows

...ity Management Association has announced the 2012 class of IFMA Fellows. The fellowship recognition and awards presentation were held at IFMA's annual Awards of Excellence banquet earlier this month, at San Antonio's Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Centre, in a celebration that capped off IFMA's World Workplace 2012 Conference & Expo.[TRIMTO] E...

Time to get on the acquisition trail (but take a different path)

... it is time buyers should be looking to broaden their horizons away from these classic acquisitions and should instead take a look at the 39 companies identified as high value acquisitions. David Pattison, chief analyst, says: "There are plenty of companies that need capital and would welcome investment. Distress sales have dominated the market...

CK Group Cleaning Services wins Museum of London

CK Group has won the prestigious Museum of London contract for all housekeeping and portering services, taking over from MITIE. Located over three sites, London Wall, Docklands, and the archeological offices based in Islington, the Museum of London tells the story of one of the world's greatest cities and its people.[TRIMTO] The London Wall...

Trilogy system... the cleaning revolution!

...it has been described as "an operator's dream" by those who love that it enables them to dust, wash and dry both horizontal and vertical surfaces without having to use an assortment of tools.[TRIMTO] Trilogy is practical, simple to use and intuitive, optimising time and reducing the cost of staff training. It allows ergonomic cleaning, without a...

Soapbox: World Toilet Day - what can you do?

...ople on our tiny planet don't have access to either a toilet or drinkable water. Poor sanitation and lack of access to clean water is one of the world's key issues.[TRIMTO] The humble toilet can be a stepping stone to a healthier life, greater dignity, freedom, equality between women, men, girls and boys, and a major catalyst to the developme...

5,000 clean toilets to be installed along the Ganges basin

... basin. Suitable for the sub-zero temperatures of the Himalayan region or railway coaches, buses and highways, the toilets recycle human waste. They can provide fertilisers for crops, water for irrigation and methane gas to power villages. They are also 100% maintenance free and economically viable. The project has been undertaken by the Gang...

Nurses should clean 'only when relevant' says poll

...ing that they should help to clean 'sometimes.' This follows a recent survey of 1,000 NHS nurses and healthcare assistants on cleaning practices and attitudes which found that a third of respondents had cleaned toilets or mopped floors in the previous 12 months. Moreover, almost three quarters of those responding to the survey had received no...

P&G has new fibre sourcing goals for tissue-towel and absorbent hygiene products

...y has announced new fibre sourcing goals for the pulp it purchases for its tissue-towel, baby care, and feminine hygiene brands. These new goals help deliver progress toward P&G's long-term environmental sustainability vision, which includes having all products and packaging made from 100% sustainably sourced renewable or recycled materials.[TR...

Business efficiency and innovation in the spotlight at BCC annual conference

Andrew Neil, former editor of The Sunday Times and currently known for his BBC political programmes, was the keynote speaker addressing 200 delegates from the cleaning industry at the British Cleaning Council conference 2012, which focused on business efficiency and innovation.[TRIMTO] The event, held at Coin Street Conference Centre, London,...

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...ce to work flexible hours, I shook my head in disbelief. Running a business is hard enough as it is and ensuring workplace continuity when employees are on holiday is tough at the best of times... attempting to cover for what may be longish-term, short-notice breaks is likely to induce a real headache and for some small businesses... well... it cou...

Transforming skills in Europe and beyond

WAMITAB (the Waste Management Industry Training & Advisory Board) and the University of Northampton, are planning to transform the skills agenda in Waste, Resource and Facilities Management around the world.[TRIMTO] Chris James, CEO of WAMITAB and Professor Kamal Bechkoum, Dean of the University of Northampton, have signed a Memorandum of U...

British Cleaning Council welcomes new London Living Wage

... building motivated, dedicated workforces the Living Wage helps businesses to boost the bottom line and ensures that hard working people who contribute to London's success can enjoy a decent standard of living," he said. "Despite very challenging economic times it's clear that more employers are waking up to the huge benefits that paying the Living...

Kaivac's AutoVac system NFSI certified

...ovide high-speed cleaning in hard-surface areas (such as hallways, cafeterias, lobbies, warehouses, and fitness areas) without the cost, bulk, or complexity of a standard automatic floor scrubber. This makes it ideal for a wide range of facilities and especially in organisations where budget constraints are an issue. "Our internal testing usi...

David Bellamy OBE steps down as President of BICSc

...g on its way to the 100th anniversary. His enthusiasm - as for all his interests - knows no bounds and the Institute has benefited to the full. "He set us on the path of environmental concern at a time when it was by no means a priority talking point in any industry - especially our own." Professor David Bellamy was a regular chairman at the...

Compostable refuse sacks set a record

...] The stimulus was LOCOG (The London Olympic Organising Committee) setting the target of Olympic and Paralympic games being the greenest games ever. A key part of that was to collect and recycle as much waste as possible, and it was decided to provide a range of distinctive sacks to facilitate waste separation at source. Three different size...

Northern European regions the most innovative, reveals new study

...firms its position at the top of the overall ranking in innovation, a key driver of economic growth and jobs. The Scandinavian country is closely followed by Denmark, Germany and Finland, the Regional Innovation Scoreboard shows. The report has covered 190 regions across the European Union, Croatia, Norway and Switzerland. The scoreboard has ...

Handy poster demonstrates how to tackle odours and stains in healthcare settings

Prochem Europe has published an A4 Odour Control Healthcare Guide poster for hospitals, nursing and residential care home users, which gives handy, illustrated tips on safe and efficient urine decontamination, stain removal, odour control and carpet cleaning. The poster can be downloaded at:[TRIMTO] www.prochem.co.uk T: 020 8974 1515 E: sales@prochem.co.uk W: www.prochem.co.uk ...

Forum announces five-point plan for jobs and growth

...Chancellor ahead of next month's Autumn Statement to outline a five-point plan to help deliver jobs and growth for the UK economy.[TRIMTO] The Forum is urging Mr Osborne to concentrate on measures that will help the small business sector flourish by reducing business costs, boosting employment in the private sector and laying the foundations for...

Soapbox: Why we should all ignore GDP statistics

...e.[TRIMTO] Gross Domestic Prices at constant prices - or Real GDP - is used widely by economists and politicians to indicate the volume of wealth generation in a particular economy or region," he said. "Yet as a single figure it summarises nothing more than a set of assumptions applied to a fluid mix of disparate data. Take as a starting poi...

Agreement confirms elite supplier status

...le to supply all 19 Nationwide members with more than 500 products, including a core range of black and clear refuse sacks, compactor sacks, office bin products and wheeled bin liners that will be available to all 35 branches of the network. The company's UN accredited clinical waste sacks, which make extensive use of star seal technology and are ...

Ingot Services continues its support for Suffolk youth charity

...o present an award on the night.: "I was really pleased to be asked to attend what was an uplifting and inspiring evening," he says. "Everyone who gives their time to the charity in whatever role they can gives something to the lives of those young people who otherwise might not get the chance to fulfil their wish to try an activity or learn a ski...

Buc-ee's New Braunfels bathroom is America's best

... best. This branch of the Texas convenience store chain is said to "have a bathroom as big as Texas and some of the most spotless loos in the Lone Star State, making this pit stop perfect for any road warrior and fit for a king". And with 83 toilets to choose from, guests even get their very own throne![TRIMTO] "Buc-ee's brand of convenience sto...

Cleaning and environmental apprenticeships firm receives industry accolade for second year running

Nordic Pioneer, a training company which specialises in workforce development as well as cleaning and environmental apprenticeships, has been presented with the Eric Hill Memorial Award by the Worshipful Company of Environmental Cleaners for the second year running.[TRIMTO] The livery company presents the Eric Hill Memorial Award (in remembran...

Ambitious plans announced for Facilities Show 2013

... of free educational content that includes the CPD Seminar Theatre, Facilities Show Seminar Theatre and the Energy Solutions Theatre.[TRIMTO] The free educational content will provide panel sessions, seminars and lively debates across the three days that will tackle the issues and challenges faced by those working within the FM sector. The newly...

Further funding for employer ownership of training will help burst skills bubble

...create the training schemes they need to grow their companies, the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development's chief executive highlights the need for skills and training to form an integral part of discussions about long term business planning.[TRIMTO] Peter Cheese, Chief Executive at the CIPD comments: "Employers have a vested interest ...

Armchem International continues expansion with acquisition of Handi-Clean Products

...h Florida's Armchem International, a leading business-to-business provider of speciality industrial and maintenance products to over 25,000 customers worldwide, this week announced that it has acquired the Greensboro-based Handi-Clean Products, a manufacturer of environmentally friendly cleaning products and equipment.[TRIMTO] "The acquisition o...

And in contrast 70% of African women lack a safe toilet increasing their risk of illness, shame, harassment and violence

Seven in 10 women in sub-Saharan Africa have no access to a safe toilet, threatening their health and exposing them to shame, fear and even violence.[TRIMTO] This means that on World Toilet Day, last Monday, 19th November, 297 million African women and girls lacked safe and adequate sanitation and of those 107 million don't have a toilet at al...

Demon success with Hurricane Combi pressure washer

... IOG Saltex last year, Demon's Hurricane Combi is proving hugely popular with a range of industries and with cleaning and facilities management companies, local authorities, sports arenas and marinas.[TRIMTO] The Combi was born from the success of two products, the Hurricane Pressure Washer and Rotowash Professional floor cleaner, already manufa...

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... I attended my first British Institute of Cleaning Science Annual Dinner. I think it was in 1993/94 and Dame Shirley Porter was the after dinner speaker (I believe in her capacity as President of the Institute - although Colin Hasson and other industry stalwarts might correct me on both counts). The main gist of Shirley's talk was that if the in...

Conference to hear from expert behind British athletes' 2012 success

... Manchester, will hear from leading experts on how talent management means stronger performance now and in the future, and on the psychology of business coaching. Speakers include Chelsea Warr, Head of Athlete Development for UK Sport, and mentoring expert Dr Christian Van Nieuwerburgh, Chief Executive of the International Centre for Coaching in...

Does new report signal future problems for window cleaning industry?

...nd $1 billion (USD) by the year 2018.[TRIMTO] Self-cleaning windows will experience increased demand because of building codes that require much higher levels of energy efficiency. Zero-energy building mandates for self-cleaning windows - prevalent in Europe - are especially important because solar energy transmission through windows must be fi...

ICE's new ServiceSmart Lite makes keeping track of cleaning contracts easier

Industrial Cleaning Equipment , the Southampton-based cleaning equipment and service specialist, has launched ServiceSmart Lite - a new asset management tool that provides comprehensive on-line tracking and support to clients.[TRIMTO] ICE took a pioneering step when it introduced its first web-based system, Service Smart, back in 2008. It was d...

Limescale removal technology heralded as a breakthrough

... appear to be, if there's limescale they're not clean enough as the limescale will quickly build up and as well as being unsightly, it will attract bacteria, which will soon start to smell really bad. Hard water scale removal system ContraCalc incorporates the latest advances in physical water conditioning, offering what the manufacturer says is...

NCL introduces Ultra Concentrated Speed Stripper

...ced the introduction of Bolt Ultra Concentrated No-Rinse Speed Stripper. Bolt quickly penetrates and easily removes even extreme floor finish build-up, with application time and labour cut to a minimum thanks to its excellent wetting and slow drying features.[TRIMTO] The product does not contain caustics and does not require a neutralising fl...

WFBSC's new worldwide cleaning report discusses and compares sector's key issues

...omprehensive worldwide cleaning report. Covering 38 countries, it gives an overview of the size and importance of the cleaning market in those countries and the key issues for the sector - such as staffing and training issues, the pressure to lower costs and provide greater value for money, the need for increased professionalism and improving t...

Free Greyland wallplanner!

Yes, it's that time of year again. Planning for 2013. Who's away on holiday, when? And which deliveries is that Bank Holiday going to clash with? Don't trouble with computer spreadsheets that will either crash, or keep bringing up last year's arrangements, plan it all out at a glance - with the free Greyland Wallplanner![TRIMTO] Available t...

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... I attended my first British Institute of Cleaning Science Annual Dinner. I think it was in 1993/94 and Dame Shirley Porter was the after dinner speaker (I believe in her capacity as President of the Institute - although Colin Hasson and other industry stalwarts might correct me on both counts). The main gist of Shirley's talk was that if the in...

Global product launch from KGS

... to contain Ferrzon, which in turn is thought to be the only substance that can scratch a diamond - and that because of its structural properties, Ferrzon technology is superior to diamond when used on steel and other very hard materials, as well as being more versatile and efficient than diamond for floor maintenance, grinding and polishing.[TRIMT...

Bacterial test results provided within seven hours

...rking day or shift. The development involves the company's low cost but highly sensitive EnSURE hand-held luminometer, combined with its new versatile MicroSnap Total test. This system enumerates bacteria on solid surfaces as well as in raw, cooked and liquid foodstuffs, such that results are available in seven hours or less.[TRIMTO] The sys...

LCC Support Services signs up for ICE's new rental model

Industrial Cleaning Equipment , the Southampton-based cleaning equipment and service specialist, has welcomed LCC Support Services as a valued new client - in what is believed to be a groundbreaking 'first' for the industry.[TRIMTO] ICE has now become LCC's sole floor cleaning equipment supplier, thanks to a specially devised rental model that ...

CHSA announces changes to secretariat from 1st January 2013

...ommenting on the change in secretariat, Stephen Harrison (CHSA Chairman) said: "I am delighted that Andrew Large, CEO of the CSSA, will be assuming responsibility for the management of the CHSA secretariat. "The CHSA Council was unanimous that the best option for the CHSA was to work collectively with the other industry associations to drive for...

We have Mail: R.I.P. CHSA

...Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association I am amazed to learn that the Council of CHSA are to abandon the Association's heritage, put at risk the Association's autonomy and ultimately, despite what they may say, jeopardise its very existence by passing the management of the Association to the Cleaning & Support Services Association. In thi...

Would you like salt with that?

Colder than average months in October and November are already driving sales at workplace equipment supplier Slingsby's purpose built salt facility as increasing numbers of businesses and organisations choose to prepare early for bad weather. Met Office figures show that 2012 has been one of the coldest years since 1996 and several inches of sn...

The use - and misuse - of floor buffers and floor scrubbers

...highly respected consultancy Futureclean Assured Systems discusses why buffing machines need to be handled with care... [TRIMTO] Floor buffers and scrubbers are remarkably useful cleaning equipment, yet like all other industrial cleaning machines, they are capable of causing significant and expensive damage. We all know the damage that can be ca...

Tests of Canadian hotels indicate high levels of contamination

...r undertaken, included 54 hotel rooms in six different hotel chains representing budget, mid-range, and luxury hotels. Researchers looked for microbial contamination on more than 800 'high-touch' surfaces in the hotel rooms using an ATP metering system, (ATP stands for adenosine triphosphate and is produced by all living things, including germs,...

Autumn Statement leaves green economy out in the cold, says CIWM

With the green economy representing one of the few areas of economic growth and potential for the UK, the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management is disappointed to see it so poorly supported in the Chancellor's Autumn Statement that was made yesterday. "Waste and resource management has an essential role to play in delivering a sustainable,...

Jangro launches smart cleaning training programme

Cleaning isn't the easiest job in the world and those whose job it is to clean, need to be trained to do it properly. Think: sometimes powerful machinery, trailing leads, potentially dangerous concoctions of chemicals, dilution rates that should be adhered to and wet floors - all mixed with members of the public who may or may not be the cleaner'...

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... find myself getting quite cross sometimes at the stupid statements some of our Judges make whilst handing down equally stupid sentences and a case in today's newspapers is a good example. Three young men - dubbed the 'SMT' graffiti gang - daubed graffiti on train and tube carriages across London over a three year period, causing £150,000...

Danger: chemicals! New online toolkit alerts workers and employers to hazard pictograms

...unched by EU-OSHA, the European Agency for Safety & Health at Work. The toolkit helps employers and their workers handle dangerous substances with care and keep themselves safe at work.[TRIMTO] The new online toolkit includes the film 'Danger: chemicals!', a poster and a leaflet. The central character is 'Napo', the hero in a series of anima...

Synergy Health shows support for MRSA Action UK

...me a corporate sponsor for MRSA Action UK, a leading charity dedicated to raising public awareness and influencing Government and healthcare providers in the fight to prevent MRSA and other healthcare associated infections. As part of the sponsorship agreement, Synergy Health's Infection Prevention & Control division will also be making a d...

Vectair partners gynaecological cancer research charity to launch its Femcare MVP range

Vectair Systems, technological innovator and leading manufacturer of away from home hygiene products, has teamed up with The Eve Appeal gynaecological cancer research charity to raise awareness through the launch of its Femcare MVP range of feminine hygiene units.[TRIMTO] In the UK, 50 women are diagnosed with a gynaecological cancer every day...

UBM Live unites Facilities Show and FM Event for 2013

UBM Live, the organiser of Facilities Show and The FM Event, announced this week that the FM Event will merge with Facilities Show for 2013. Taking place from 14th -16th May at Birmingham's NEC, Facilities Show 2013 is the annual flagship event dedicated to those working across the full spectrum of facilities management.[TRIMTO] "We are really ...

Tips on maintaining gym mats

...cal gym to work off the excesses of the holidays with a view to starting the New Year with a health and fitness campaign. Many indoor sporting activities, including wrestling and gymnastics, require the use of gym mats to promote safety and prevent injuries. However, compared to other types of matting, gym mats have very specific placement, clea...

The High Seas Hobbit toilet wins the 2012 Lepicol Home Throne Award

...el won this exciting new award at last week's Loo of the Year Awards.[TRIMTO] Entered by Matthew and Carol Short, farmers who live in Frazerburgh, north of Aberdeen, it was judged to be the best 'Home Throne' toilet. The award was presented by radio and TV's Dr Hilary Jones at the 2012 Loo of the Year Awards which was attended by over 350 guests...

New partnership to find work for unemployed people in Wales

...ls body Asset Skills has formed a partnership with a specialist training provider in Wales to train and find work for 50 unemployed people.[TRIMTO] The agreement signed between n-ergy group and the skills body's new social enterprise company Asset Skills for Employment, is part of a UK-wide programme called 'Routes to Employment', which is worki...

Stop-painting.com introduces new pallet marking kit

...oor marking product that makes marking box shapes on industrial concrete floors much faster, easier and long lasting, has been introduced by Stop-painting.com. The Superior Mark Pallet Marking Kit includes pre-cut strips of the patent-pending Superior Mark floor tape which features bevelled edges and recessed adhesive and is engineered to withstand...

BICSc to discontinue COPC qualification

...ing Operator's Proficiency Certificate (COPC), along with Food Premises Cleaning Certificate (FPCC) and Healthcare Professionals Cleaning Certificate (HPCC) will be discontinued and withdrawn from use from 31st March 2013 following the establishment of the Cleaning Professional Skill Suite (CPSS).[TRIMTO] The current Car Valeting qualification h...

Blaklader to launch multi-certified product range designed for tough conditions

Blaklader is now venturing heavily into workwear for tough and hazardous working conditions with the launch of a new line called 'Multinorm'. The collection provides maximum protection for skilled workers such as industrial workers, electricians, welders and other groups exposed to electric hazards, fire and heat hazards, liquid chemicals or toug...

Swedish hospitals failing toilet hygiene guidelines

...ent is open seven days then of course it should be cleaned seven days," Mall Kriisa, hygiene doctor and author of the guidelines for Swedish company hygiene, told DN. Some hospitals were found to clean the toilets only once a day and even as little as five days a week when they were used over the entire week - which falls far behind the standard...

Harper Brush Works sold to Cequent Consumer Products

...' Harper 112 years ago, Harper Brush Works has sold a variety of products for commercial industrial and home settings including brushes, push brooms, buckets/dust pans, automotive cleaning tools, long handled cleaning tools, mops, microfibre/dusting tools, food service products and housewares. Harper Brush Works is one of the few remaining broom a...

ISS and Telenor sign Nordic IFS contract

Telenor, the international provider of tele, data and media communication services, has entered into a strategic partnership with ISS, where ISS will be delivering Integrated Facility Services to most of Telenor's operations throughout the Nordic countries.[TRIMTO] The new contract, signed with Telenor Real Estate, includes delivery of propert...

Avoid the perils of window cleaning in frozen wintery conditions

... window cleaning services are better tailored to overcome the challenges of the cold winter weather and that its tried and tested systems deliver superior results in all weather conditions, providing end users with faster and longer-lasting results.[TRIMTO] Window cleaning in frozen conditions takes real care when it comes to health & safety...

Five new cleaning contractors will keep Mecca clean

...me of the current cleaners engage in jobs outside of work, such as collecting scrap iron, cardboard and cans instead of concentrating on their jobs. And he revealed that the department has now "made all necessary arrangements to contract five cleaning companies to improve the standard of cleanliness" in the holy city. He said a study conducted b...

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...g up to Christmas we editors receive lots of information about predicted trends for the coming year and a press release that arrived today, which perhaps I shouldn't have looked at (as it was unlikely to be anything to do with cleaning) was headed up:  'IBM reveals five innovations that will change our lives within five years'. The first pa...

Hunters, farmers and a steady diet of new cleaning accounts

...Selkow, who through more than 35 years in cleaning has stacked up an impressive depth of experience and knowledge of the industry, argues the case for being a farmer rather than a hunter... If I can save myself some time, then I figure I am ahead of the game. I have to explain hunting and farming almost every day so now I can just send this pos...

Carlisle awarded Arriva contract

...Services has been awarded the contract to provide Arriva, the UK's largest bus operator, with fleet and depot cleaning services. The contract will be the UK's biggest bus cleaning contract and will involve operations across the country.[TRIMTO] This contract win exemplifies the type of enlightened partnership approach to providing soft services...

UKCPI Council welcomes new leaders

...ducts Industry Association has announced three new appointments to the leadership of its Council. Brandon Pilling of ACDOCO has been named Chairman and he will be supported by two Vice-Chairs - Petra Hangweier of Unilever and Steve Elder of Ecolab.[TRIMTO] The Council provides the overall leadership of the association and comprises industry lead...

Techniclean Supply acquires business of AIM Trading

... Stuart Garman of TCS explains: "Techniclean Supply heard that AIM trading was in administration and was looking for a buyer. TCS has been looking for an acquisition for some time as it has excellent cash resources and is backed by a multi-million company which also has extensive cash resources. "From hearing about the opportunity to completi...

Hull firms in court for worker's death in roof fall

Two Hull firms and a company director have been sentenced for joint safety failings relating to the death of a worker who plummeted more than eight metres through a fragile rooflight while cleaning gutters. Kevin Jackson, a father of five, suffered multiple injuries including several fractures of his skull, 15 broken ribs and severe damage to his...

Vileda Professional launches flexible and disposable high level cleaning solution

Vileda Professional has announced the launch of its new MicroDispo Dustermop - a flexible and economical solution for cleaning all of those hard to reach areas.[TRIMTO] With a bendable frame and telescopic handle, the MicroDispo Dustermop gives cleaning professionals an easy to use solution that can be bent into position and is slim enough to ...

Bunzl makes acquisitions in Canada and Australia

Bunzl announced yesterday that it has made two further acquisitions in Canada and Australia. The company has acquired the business of McCordick Glove & Safety in Canada. Based near Toronto, McCordick is a distributor of gloves and other personal protection equipment to a variety of industrial and retail customers as well as to redistributor...

European cleaning industry reaffirms drive towards efficient, sustainable cleaning

A.I.S.E., the International Association for Soaps, Detergents and Maintenance products, celebrated its 60th anniversary earlier this month. As part of a conference held in Brussels, a number of high level speakers focused their attention on the theme: "Visions for the future, tackling societal and sustainability challenges."[TRIMTO] At the even...

Housing and care provider appoints eight contractors

Housing and care provider Midland Heart has selected eight contractors to take forward its Environmental Services. The £6m, three-year agreement with the potential to be extended for an additional two years will be serviced by contractors such as John O'Connor and Oakleaf who'll be responsible for internal cleaning of shared areas within ...

LOTY 25th Anniversary winner is Staffordshire County Council

..."Staffordshire County Council places significant importance on the provision of first class toilets and its entries were toilets in council buildings including schools, fire stations, youth centres, libraries and even the County Building in Stafford, not public toilets. "Leading toilet providers recognise the importance of meeting this basic hum...

Christmas energy saving tips for businesses

Christmas is an expensive time of year for everyone and for businesses it's a period when energy costs typically rocket according to IMServ Europe, the independent energy data management provider. Putting up the Christmas lights, installing the energy sapping inflatables and turning up the thermostat to combat the recent arctic weather will a...

Weathering through the Winter with Aquatread and Scraper II mats

Winter is here for many of us and your building's floor mats are more important than ever. The harsh weather of this season will show no mercy on your flooring and maintenance budget. Making an investment in floor mats could be the best decision you make this season.[TRIMTO] Ice-melting salts, snow and water can damage your building's carpet w...

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... of time to lie around over the break, reflect on things I never generally have time to think about and watch rubbishy TV programmes. Unusually my New Year's Eve was spent alone, shivering and wrapped in blankets on the sofa, which meant that throughout the day I saw a number of news bulletins showing the different countries welcome in 2013 with...

Greyland: as seen on TV

...movies such as the latest Bond film in order to reach a global audience.[TRIMTO] So imagine Greyland Managing Director Richard Dyson's surprise when his mobile phone started receiving dozens of text messages one evening recently following an airing of Waterloo Road, BBC TVs popular drama series about a troubled secondary school, which has featur...

Soapbox: Funding needed to keep Britain's open spaces clean and litter-free

Bill Bryson, of the Campaign to Protect Rural England, argues against cuts to the Tidy Britain budget...[TRIMTO] You may not know this but the Campaign to Protect Rural England has campaigned against litter since its inception in 1926. The era and causes were different but the result was the same - England's beautiful landscapes and waterways ...

World's largest floor cleaning franchise plans global expansion

Chem-Dry, said to be the world's largest carpet, rug, stone and tile cleaning franchise with 3,500 franchises in more than 35 countries, is embarking on a global expansion, having identified several target markets including France, the Philippines, Turkey, Germany, Taiwan, India, Iceland, Brazil, Argentina and Chile. The company is seeking master...

Aurora Capital acquires DuBois Chemicals

... established in 1920 - from The Riverside Company.[TRIMTO] DuBois offers a broad range of proven and customised chemicals solutions together with excellent customer service and technical support. Differentiated solutions offered by DuBois reduce downtime, minimise defects, extend equipment life and generate high return on investment for custome...

Talks being held today to avert further protests and strike action at hospitals

The GMB union and Sodexo are meeting in London this afternoon in a last ditch attempt to avoid further protests as were seen outside Brighton and Haywards Heath hospitals yesterday and to avert industrial action.[TRIMTO] The union says that while Sodexo has apologised to staff working as cleaners, caterers, housekeepers and porters on NHS cont...

Healthcare firm in court over severed thumb

...trapped in a dry wipes machine that was found by investigators to have insufficient guarding Leyland Magistrates' Court was told last Friday that the 39-year-old had been working at the plant at the Matrix Park industrial estate on Western Avenue in November 2011 when he reached into the tunnel leading out of the machine to stop it becoming bloc...

Cleanerswarehouse appointed exclusive distributor for Vitec Global in the UK

...l chemistry, Vitec Global provides a real answer to combating bacterial growth, so creating a safer and cleaner environment for everyone. Vitec Global manufactures a range of cleaning products that delivers cleaning solutions across textiles and hard surfaces for customers from both retail and contract cleaning environments. Initially Cleaners W...

A clean winner

The countdown is on to the opening of the UK's leading showcase for all products and services used in the cleaning & support services industry. The Cleaning Show 2013, which the organiser says is set to be the largest in the event's history, with pre-registered visitors up by 70%, will take place from March 19th -21st at Birmingham's NEC.[TRI...

Cleaning at the sharp end!

...ing Services has scored something of a coup by winning the contract to clean London's fabulous new landmark building: The Shard at London Bridge Quarter - the new commercial district emerging on London's South Bank. Principle is delighted to be working in partnership with London Bridge Quarter Estate Management, the dedicated on-site service team,...

Powr-Flite troubleshooter: How to safely remove ice melt haze from hard floors

...minerals designed to reduce the freezing point of water, helping to keep surfaces such as pavements and pathways safer to walk on during cold, icy weather. However, these compounds are often tracked into buildings where they dry, leaving a white haze on interior hard-surface floors. This haze can become very difficult to remove and if cleaned im...

New training videos available from Airx

Airx Laboratories, the odour and pathogen control specialist that operates in three dimensions: airborne, surface and sub-surface, has updated its website and training page to include 15 new training and product information videos. These short informative videos allow for fast and concise review of product features, benefits and uses, as well as l...

Clever FM solution can help increase efficiency and lower costs

...plinary approach to ensure that a building or complex operates at optimum efficiency for the people and businesses inside.[TRIMTO] The disciplines which fall under the heading of facilities management are far-reaching and include planning, design, construction, furniture, health & safety, occupancy, catering, hospitality, ICT and accountancy...

Porsche Museum in Germany serviced by ISS

...t as the preferred supplier. ISS now provides the museum with cleaning services, maintenance, glass and facade cleaning, garden maintenance, snow removal and pest control.[TRIMTO] The modern museum building in Stuttgart, which has about 5,600 square metres of exhibition space, provides space for approximately 80 historic vehicles and more than 2...

A new weapon in your cleaning skills armoury?

...rg National Military Park Museum is being given a special clean by chief conservator David L. Olin and visitors are able to watch the process while hearing a narrative of the scenes in the painting, via a sound & light programme. [TRIMTO] The work is expected to end on 1st February, according to www.pennlive.com For those readers who are...

Biggest idiot on a ladder crowned by Ladder Association after public vote

...as giving you a laugh should help ensure that you take ladder safety more seriously throughout 2013 and beyond?[TRIMTO] After three months of picture submissions and voting, the UK Ladder Association's global 'Idiots on Ladders' campaign has discovered the biggest 'ladder idiot'. Beginning on 1st September, the Ladder Association welcomed sub...

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...s The High Street's camera specialist), Blockbuster (the long-time leader in home video/DVD rental) and HMV (the last remaining dedicated music outlet). As well as the recession, people are blaming the companies' failures on the growing use of the Internet for personal shopping and for Jessops this is particularly sad as its staff have shar...

Seminar: The New EU Biocidal Products Regulation: Applicable in Six Months and Counting

... regulation (BPR). The seminar, 'The New EU Biocidal Products Regulation: Applicable in Six Months and Counting', will provide an opportunity for regulators and commercial actors at all stages of the supply and use chains to discuss issues of common interest and concern.[TRIMTO] The seminar will provide an update on further measures required to...

UK business needs smarter spending strategies for growth

Industry report finds lack of awareness at board level of spending habits and inefficient supply chains holding back businesses. Expense Reduction Analysts is launching a report as part of its 'Smarter spending for business' campaign, calling on UK businesses to implement smarter spending strategies to aid their chances of success or survival i...

Swedish cleaner goes off the rails!

...en stopped working on the Stockholm commuter train she was cleaning, climbed into the driver's seat and drove it away. Needless to say the woman, who was in her 20s, had not missed her vocation; the train left the rails and ended up embedded in a three-story luxury apartment building.[TRIMTO] Tomas Hedenius, spokesman for train operator Arriva, ...

Holden Industries acquires Vector Technologies

...Industries has announced its acquisition of Vector Technologies, based in Wisconsin. Vector designs and manufactures powerful industrial vacuum cleaner and cleaning systems, combination vacuum & jetters, abrasive blasting and surface preparation equipment, spill response equipment, asbestos and hazardous waste industrial vacuum removal equipmen...

Triangle Services commences operations In Colombia

Triangle Services, a privately-held supplier of managed support services to the facilities and aviation communities, has announced its entry into the international marketplace with the opening of an office and operations at El Dorado International Airport in Bogota, Colombia.[TRIMTO] Triangle President and Co-Owner Perry Fine expressed his exc...

FM professional and membership bodies "failing employers" - FM chief spearheads campaign for action

A leading facilities management employer is spearheading a campaign urging greater cohesion and more effective representation among FM membership bodies.[TRIMTO] Chris Cracknell, Chief Executive of international facilities services organisation OCS Group and Chair of FM skills body Asset Skills, is convinced industry representation is too frag...

Idrobase Group closes 2012 at +13% and sets the targets for 2013

...osed the year with a turnover 13% up on 2011. This result is in line with the business expectations and was positively influenced by the success of the new products launched in 2012 involving all the corporate brands.[TRIMTO] From the professional Idrobase hp washers to the accessories and spare parts of the Club dei Riparatori, to hp washer bu...

New colour for Karcher products makes differentiation easier

...nthracite. The colour change creates a clear differentiation between consumer-use products (yellow) and commercial-use products (anthracite), and is part of a strategic realignment of the entire company to focus on the customer.[TRIMTO] "Our focus," said Hartmut Jenner, Chairman of the Karcher Management Board, "is on ensuring that our customer...

AffLink notes emerging distributor and supply chain trends for 2013

AffLink, the US-based sales & marketing organisation for the professional cleaning and building industries, has just released its jansan distributor predictions for 2013. According to Michael Wilson, Marketing Director for AffLink, the predictions focus on emerging trends that the company believes will impact professionals in both the ...

China air pollution hits record levels but relief may be close at hand - for some

...e to the country's rapid pace of industrialisation, reliance on coal power, growth in car ownership and disregard for environmental issues - and in some areas the related health problems are escalating. One of Beijing's worst rounds of air pollution recently kept school children indoors and sent coughing residents to hospitals. Reports Dr Huang Ai...

Improve food safety in food production with cleaning solutions

..., as the food manufacturing industry is the core stage in the food supply chain known as 'from farmland to table'.[TRIMTO] Most food poisoning cases each year are related to food-borne pathogenic bacteria pollution. There are many types of food production enterprises, such as wine, dairy, solid food, and more. These production plants share one t...

REACH regs remain 'Elephant in the Room' for industry as fears grow over awareness - EEF survey

...ons for manufacturers, especially amongst smaller companies, remains worryingly low. It backs longstanding fears that companies have failed to recognise the full scope and significance of the REACH (Registration, Evaluation & Authorisation of Chemicals) regulations on their use of certain substances or, that they believed it was limited to chem...

Brighton hospitals pay dispute: an update

Further to last week’s story regarding industrial action by cleaners and some of their support service colleagues at Brighton & Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust,  this joint statement has been issued by the GMB union and Sodexo, the employer: Following negotiations between GMB and Sodexo that took place in London to resolve ...

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... Minister David Cameron has finally made his long-awaited speech about Britain's position in the EU and - perhaps surprisingly, he seems to have won a lot of people over. Reading the comments made by those working for the EU machine prior to the speech, it was clearly felt that we Brits had joined a 'club' and were asking for the rules to be cha...

Urgent reviews of anti-Legionella water treatment essential after HSE ban on elemental copper

Thousands of property managers responsible for public buildings are being forced to carry out urgent reviews and source alternative water treatments following the recent Health & Safety Executive ban on the use of elemental copper as a biocide, particularly for legionella control. The HSE says: "It will be illegal to sell or use water treat...

ISS wins contract with NIBSC

ISS Facility Services has announced that it has been awarded the contract to provide security and cleaning services to the National Institute for Biological Standards & Control (NIBSC), a centre of the Health Protection Agency (HPA). Based in South Mimms, Hertfordshire, NIBSC is a multi-disciplinary scientific establishment whose purpose i...

AlturaSolutions releases report on marketing directions that will impact the Jansan industry

E-commerce will grow significantly in the professional cleaning industry and will evolve into 'm-commerce' (mobile-commerce) allowing end users to view and buy janitorial tools and equipment on smartphones, tablets, and other mobile devices, according to Robert Kravitz, President of AlturaSolutions Communications, a marketing and public relations...

ICMMA launches design award for the Cleaning Show

...sign students will be asked to submit their designs for assessment by the ICMMA technical committee and the winner will have the opportunity to work with industry leaders to see how their design might be transformed into production. Speaking at the launch, Andrew Large - Secretary of ICMMA said: "This is a great opportunity for engineering and d...

Tips for cleaning professionals to keep flu and Norovirus germs at bay

...ear due to the nearly 111 million work days lost. Norovirus cases are also on the rise this season, and the CDC reports that foodborne norovirus illness accounts for $2 billion in lost productivity and healthcare costs each year. This means cleaning professionals who work in office buildings, hospitals, hotels or other public places need to take...

ISSA/Interclean Central & Eastern Europe just three months away

...mp; Eastern Europe has established itself as the premier trade show for the cleaning industry in Poland and surrounding countries, including the Czech Republic, Russia, the Baltic states, Romania and the Ukraine. With 193 exhibitors from 29 countries and almost 3,700 visitors from 57 countries, the show has proved to be the most important network e...

Time is running out to make the most of exhibiting at Ausclean WA

The calendar has ticked over and we're now flying through the first month of 2013 which means the Ausclean WA is getting very close! The event is taking place at the Esplanade Hotel, Fremantle, on 19th and 20th March 2013. If you're a supplier to any aspect of the cleaning and hygiene industry this is the show for you to promote your products...

Greyland says don't get caught short!

Known for their 'does what it says on the tin' approach to making and naming chemicals, Greyland has a range of products suitable for every area in the washroom so there's no need to get caught short! For cleaning stainless steel urinals without causing unsightly chemical reaction to the metal surface Triple S the Stainless Steel Safe toilet c...

Cleaning linked to asthma risk, shows new study

A new study has found strong evidence for a link between cleaning jobs and the risk of developing asthma. Researchers at Imperial College London tracked the occurrence of asthma in a group of 9,488 people born in Britain in 1958. Not including those who had asthma as children, 9% developed asthma by age 42. Risks in the workplace were responsib...

Staying pristine at every height, one year on!

A landmark rugby league venue is set to be restored to an immaculate condition at every height ahead of its ‘first birthday.' The £25m St Helens RLFC Langtree Park stadium opened in January 2012 and is undergoing annual maintenance works in the close season thanks to the powered access expertise of Nationwide Platforms. To facil...

Cleaning industry welcomes wider support for the living wage

...w include Jeremy Warner, assistant editor of The Daily Telegraph, one of Britain's leading business and economics commentators. The living wage campaign, which has been vocally supported by the BCC since its inception, supports paying workers a wage calculated to the basic cost of living in the UK. Many living wage backers, including Jeremy W...

Unilever brings zero waste to landfill commitment five years forward to 2015

...ay announced that more than 50% of all its factories have achieved the goal of sending no waste to landfill in 2012. This was achieved whilst the company reported annual sales of €51 billion - up from €40 billion when Unilever set out its new vision of doubling the size of its business whilst reducing its environmental impact and increasi...

Andrew Large announces departure from cleaning industry

It has been announced that Andrew Large will be leaving the cleaning industry by this Summer to take up a new role heading up the British Poultry Council. This means that the UK's Cleaning & Support Services Association is looking for a new Chief Executive, whose role will also involve looking after the interests of other UK cleaning industry...

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...own-ups used to joke about how I needed to learn my ‘Three Rs’, (Reading, ‘Riting and ‘Rithmetic) but these days any mention of the Three Rs will likely conjure up a different message: ‘Reduce, Reuse, Recycle’. This is the 555th  issue of Cleanzine and if you've read even a small number of our ...

Restoration Industry Association files suit against Thermapure in Federal Court

...e US has filed suit in Federal Court in the Western District of Washington State against Thermapure and it has released the following statement:[TRIMTO] "The purpose of this suit is to invalidate six of the seven patents held by Thermapure.  These patents, and in particular the '812', have been used by Thermapure to sue RIA members and othe...

VLA Healthcare removes Sharps Terminator from sale in the UK and Germany

...Healthcare announced last Friday that is has removed the Sharps Terminator from sale in both the UK and Germany. The decision to remove the product from sale and to cease all promotional activity, was taken due to concerns over reliability and performance issues pertaining to the product, which were uncovered during NHS testing and evaluation. ...

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...in 148 countries worldwide! I’m sure we’re all aware of how frustrating it is and how much ill feeling is created when a washroom doesn’t have toilet tissue or soap. Unnecessary waste and the theft of disposables from public or workplace washrooms causes problems for users as well as those who have to pay for the product...

Hoover Commercial manufacturer in North America to invest in innovation

The maker of America's vacuuming brands Hoover Commercial, Hoover, Dirt Devil and Royal announced last week plans to significantly increase the investment in engineering, innovation and design in the US. TTi Floor Care, based in Ohio, plans to hire more than 200 new electrical engineers, mechanical engineers, technicians and industrial designers n...

FMA Certificate accredited by RICS

... the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. "This is an extremely exciting partnership for us and our industry," says the FMAs Chris Hoar. "The move will present the opportunity for those who have successfully completed the FMA Certificate, to gain direct entry to the RICS Associate grade of membership." The FMA Certificate, run by the Fac...

Ashkin sees 2013 as 'tipping point' for sustainability and the cleaning industry

Stephen Ashkin, President of The Ashkin Group and CEO of Sustainability Dashboard Tools, believes 2013 will be a 'tipping point' year for the professional cleaning industry as cleaning professionals become more involved in reducing clients' operating costs by becoming more sustainable.[TRIMTO] "Building owners will increasingly turn to their s...

We have mail: Derrick Blunden responds to last week's leader on the EU

... wise words. When I voted for Britain to join the European Economic Community in 1975 I was told and believed that I had agreed to the UK joining a free trade area. I have never agreed to give the rights and responsibilities for non trade powers to any other entity. The European Union has been foisted on the people of the UK. Snip by snip we ...

IICRC EIICRC Europe: new contact details

The IICRC Europe office/administration centre is now being run by Vincent Blackman and the new contact details are as follows: 47A Wrecclesham Road, Farnham, Surrey GU9 8TY. T: 0844 880 0025 F: 01252 715725 E: admin@iicrc.org.uk W: www.iicrc.org.uk

Trust fined after employees exposed to TB bacteria

...stigated by the Health & Safety Executive, which identified numerous issues with the management and maintenance of the CL3 containment facility that is used to provide a microbiological diagnostic service. They included: - Inadequate risk assessments for activities involving TB and consequently no safe system of work - Critical control me...

Thick fog and smog over North China, presents marketing opportunity!

They say that good marketing people should have the ability to turn a negative into a positive and the organisers of China Clean Expo 2013, which will be held from 1st - 3rd April 2013 at the Shanghai World Expo Exhibition, are doing just that, by drawing attention to the advantages presented by the thick smog and fog that has settled over North C...

Kimberly-Clark Professional collaborates with Disney on Healthy Schools Project

Kimberly-Clark Professional is collaborating with Disney in its new campaign to improve hand hygiene among children. Data published by the Department of Education has revealed that every day, thousands of children across the UK are absent from nurseries and schools due to minor illnesses, often spread by poor hand hygiene. Independent studies ha...

Betco launches Photon Max with SRT Floor Finish

...Floor Care line. Photon Max with Scuff Resistance Technology (SRT), utilises proprietary technology and is a high gloss, remarkable response floor finish that has superior black heel mark resistance.[TRIMTO] Photon Max with SRT is low odour and perfect for retail, supermarkets and healthcare - indeed anywhere the highest gloss is demanded. T: 1-888-462-3826 W: www.betco.com ...

Innovation in the hand towel industry: next generation products from Comax UK and Katrin

The C-Fold towel has been a core part of the hand towel industry for many years and has served it well. However, as the industry makes way for new technologies, better understanding of delivering real benefit is leading organisations to make new product choices - and with good reasons.[TRIMTO] Catriona Lee, Marketing coordinator at Comax says:...

New contactless soap dispensers from Kennedy: 'Savona Ellipse Auto'

...e Auto range of soap dispensers is the latest set of products to be developed by Kennedy`s research and development team. The dispensers provide an ultra hygienic solution for hand washing. Based on infra-red proximity technology combined with a high speed dose delivery, this automatic soap dispenser delivers one of the most user-friendly no touch ...

How important are public washrooms?

Residents and visitors to the our towns and cities expect to find clean, hygienic and well maintained publicly accessible toilet facilities when they shop, eat, drink or just enjoy the attractions provided. Without this crucial provision they will find somewhere else to spend their time and money.[TRIMTO] Good washrooms demonstrate that the pr...

Rubbermaid launches Spa Fragrance Collection for commercial environments

...Spa Fragrance Collection for air care in commercial environments. In response to marketplace trends and needs, three spa quality fragrances utilising natural, essential oils proven to positively impact mood, have been added to RCP's Air Care portfolio. The fragrances have been proven to enhance the facility's image while increasing user satisfac...

Cleaning contractors wade in to clear flooded NHS site

...r NHSBT sites around the country took in stocks of blood to continue supplying hospitals in the Midlands, South West and parts of the South East, Filton - home to one of the world's largest blood processing centres - was closed as the fire services pumped water from both inside and outside the waterlogged premises.[TRIMTO] "The fire brigade did ...

Major expansion plans at Avica

Avica UK, the fast growing, independent janitorial, education and catering supplies company, has embarked on a major expansion programme across its three branches following exceptional business growth over the past year.[TRIMTO] The Watford warehouse and headquarters was the first to be upgraded and expanded. Now the Tunbridge Wells site has...

Singaporean washroom association launches awareness-raising online game and competition

What is thought to be the first online game that enables players to experience the demanding work of a washroom cleaning attendant, was launched recently at the LOO (Let's Observe Ourselves) Carnival & Awards ceremony in Singapore, by the Restroom Association (Singapore). [TRIMTO] And although the main purpose of 'LOO Whiz' is to educ...

LPM wins major contract with Communisis

LPM Cleaning & Support Services, the nationwide contract cleaning and janitorial supplies business, has won a major new contract to provide cleaning services for Communisis - the marketing communications services provider - at two of its main facilities in Leeds.[TRIMTO] The contract, awarded in December 2012, required a co-ordinated mobili...

EU's REACH chemical review flags small business fee cut

...l be that so far REACH is functioning well, but there is a need to reduce the impact on SMEs (small and medium enterprises)," a Commission source told EurActiv. "It has been costly for them to fully implement REACH and the review will highlight the need to address this issue," the source said, adding that the statute was essentially working well...

Legal ruling on criminal record disclosures requires contractors/employers to take extra care

...ing the cleaning to have a Disclosure & Barring Service check (formerly known as the CRB check) and while this has had its problems in the past - mainly due to the length of time it took for the checks to be carried out and their cost, when one considers the rapid turnover of cleaning staff - the process has run fairly smoothly in recent years....

Room disinfection robot gains UK acceptance after successful NHS trials

... is an automated total room disinfection system that uses SmartUVC technology to accurately measure and deliver the lethal UV dose required to break the DNA of bacteria, virus and spores to render them harmless. It is engineered to silently disinfect shadowed and line-of-sight surfaces from a single placement within a room, overcoming human error s...

Truvox scrubs up at the Trojans Club

Rugby is a full contact sport - with the players' kits taking as much punishment from mud and grass as the players themselves through tackles and line-outs. It can be a dirty game - literally - and the same goes for spectators, who huddle on the sidelines to cheer on their teams and collect their own share of the mud. This means that rugby clubs ...

Canadians combine: Swish Maintenance acquires SK Sanitary Specialties

...any with a national presence. Its mission is to support its customers in the communities they serve and to be recognised as the expert in providing complete cleaning solutions. SK Sanitary Specialties is a leading distributor within the lower (Canadian) mainland. In keeping with the BC marketplace's core focus, the company provides expert green ...

Gojo signs agreement with US HealthTrust

...es has announced a new contract with the US-based HealthTrust to provide its 1,400 member hospitals and 10,600 ambulatory surgery centres, physician practices and alternate care sites with access to purchase the full line of Purell Instant Hand Sanitizer and Provon hand hygiene and skincare products through the group purchasing organisation (GPO). ...

CMS 2013 Berlin: allocation of hall space has already begun

...many bookings already taken from all the leading market players the task of allocating individual stands and special display areas in the halls has already begun.[TRIMTO] Inside Halls 1.2 to 4.2 of the Berlin Exhibition Grounds, companies will be exhibiting their products and services in a display area covering 24,000 square metres. Once again, ...

Auditors slam Europe's waste system - for waste

... municipal waste per year, a source of environmental degradation unless properly collected, treated and disposed. Refuse can contain important raw materials and resources, and the EU has introduced directives to enforce common waste management standards and targets. It has also co-financed waste management infrastructures in specific regions. Bu...

National winner John puts the Who? in Which?

...hn attended a Prochem training course in 2010. "When the recession impacted on my other business and bills needed to be paid, I thought I would have to give up," says John. "But instead, I went on a Prochem carpet cleaning course to get some good training, bought Prochem chemicals, started advertising and began to pick up work." One of John's...

Don't let the Winter Vomiting Virus take hold

Britain is in the grip of a winter vomiting outbreak which has already seen many thousands fall victim to the debilitating virus. Cases of the vomiting bug have surged to a five-year high and the health service has reported outbreaks at dozens of UK hospitals. Front-line health workers are being struck down by the virus, leaving overstretched ...

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....6% in the final quarter of last year. The German economy contracted by 0.6%, Italy’s by 0.9% and Portugal’s by 1.8%. Elsewhere it is claimed that France’s public deficit is going to be close to 3% of GDP this year. The German statistics office suggested that a large contraction in demand for German exports around Europe was to bl...

Restroom Association (Singapore) presents its Loo Awards

...TRIMTO] For this latest round of LOO Awards, 57 nominations were received for three categories - and a total of 16 recipients, including the 'Best Happy Toilet' category which is not open for nominations, were selected to receive the awards from Guest-of-Honour Mr Liak Teng Lit, Chairman of the Public Hygiene Council. The LOO Awards cere...

New report gives top considerations for hiring commercial window cleaners

... position as an increasing force in the London window cleaning market, its investment in technology and its ability to listen to customers' concerns and issues, it has managed to acquire the knowledge and expertise that enable it to serve its customers faster, for less money and with less risk, efficiently ensuring less disruption for customers dur...

Armchem International launches green version of best selling Tub, Tile & Grout Cleaner

...m International, the business-to-business distributor of over 50,000 speciality industrial products and a winner of Merfin's Growing Green Program Award, has introduced a new green version of its number one product, Grout 66.[TRIMTO] The green version is a non-corrosive, non-fuming, tub, tile & grout cleaner that provides top-tier performanc...

Unger extends indoor window cleaning range

Following the success of its recently launched products for cleaning interior glass and mirrors at height (using telescopic poles) Unger has now completed the range with the new Handheld Padholder and the ultra smooth, easy glide Microfibre Cleaning Pad.[TRIMTO] Easy to use and durable, the aluminium Padholder is designed to facilitate the app...

No damage, just PURfect results!

...ents Karen Barker, Marketing Manager for Vileda Professional. "Customers can experience fast drying and a streak-free finish, with fantastic results on all surfaces including glass, which will enhance a site's overall image." The new PURmicro microfibre cloth combines the best characteristics of microfibre cleaning performance coupled with the a...

Norse wins Archant facilities management contract

...nt, one of the UK's largest independently-owned regional media businesses, has awarded its cleaning and Facilities Management contract to Norse Commercial Services. The three year contract, with an option to extend for a further three years, includes cleaning, building maintenance, mechanical and electrical repairs and maintenance, reception, se...

ISS Sweden continues cooperation with Kalmar County Hospital

ISS and Kalmar County Council in Sweden have signed an agreement valued at more than SEK 50 million, which means ISS will deliver cleaning services to the County Hospital in Kalmar for the coming years.[TRIMTO] Kalmar County Council covers the entire county and is responsible for healthcare, dental care, as well as some education. Kalmar Count...

Facilities Show and co-located events to return to London for 2014

...p; Management Series - including IFSEC International, FIREX International, Safety & Health Expo and Facilities Show - will move from Birmingham's NEC to ExCeL London in June 2014 (17th - 19th).[TRIMTO] The decision comes at the end of a 12 month period of research and consultation with stakeholders across all communities, which resulted in o...

CMS Advisory Committee gains a new member

...nother representative of the industry from a company exhibiting at CMS. He represents the washrooms and hygiene sector.[TRIMTO] The International Trade Fair for Cleaning Systems, Building Management and Services, will take place from 24th to 27th September 2013. The Advisory Council is made up of figures representing the industry and the profess...

Vectair Systems' popular V-Screen urinal screen range welcomes two new fragrances

Vectair Systems, technological innovator and manufacturer of away from home hygiene products, has introduced two additions to its V-Screen range of urinal screens; Woodland Retreat and Ocean Spray. Vectair V-Screen offers an effective means of keeping drains and urinals free-flowing and combats odour control between washroom cleaning visits. ...

EU landfills or incinerates 60% of its municipal waste: "Must do better!" says FoE

The European Union currently landfills and incinerates 60% of municipal waste. Valuable materials which could be recycled or re-used are being thrown away as rubbish, contributing to demand for more raw materials, says a Friends of the Earth report, released today. The study concludes if the EU is to move to a zero-waste Europe, higher recycling ...

Kärcher wins unfair competition lawsuit against Chinese manufacturer

...-pressure cleaners.[TRIMTO] The Court ruled that production of the pirate product must be halted and that the manufacturer must make a compensation payment to the Swabian family, which has been selling high pressure cleaners to the Chinese market since 2005. "Our confidence in the Chinese courts and authorities has been confirmed without exce...

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...see if something interesting came up that I’d want to write about. I checked my Facebook page and immediately stumbled across what was to become the basis for my leader. Look at this… a short video which shows the dramatic impact mankind’s attitude to waste disposal has on the wildlife of an otherwise uninhabited island 2...

Tax time for BSCs: be aware of the five tax hot spots

...start getting their records together, ready to file their taxes. It is important for BSCs to understand what the Internal Revenue Service typically scrutinises on a business tax return and hopefully, avoid an audit. In this article (which has useful information for BSCs everywhere), Tornado Industries Business of the Business offers some useful tip...

Stackable 10 litre container cuts weight and adds impact

A new stackable 10 litre container from French manufacturer RPC Emballages Moirans, can help brands improve both their sustainability credentials and on-shelf impact.[TRIMTO] The 310 container is the result of thorough research in environmental impact and ergonomics, as well as the increasing demand of customers for personalisation capability....

Bitesize learning with the WoolSafe Academy

Since its launch in October 2012, the WoolSafe Academy has welcomed numerous flooring and cleaning professionals through its virtual doors. Specialising in providing online training courses that are handily divided into bite-size modules, the Academy's flexible nature means that it is fast becoming a leading platform for online training globally....

RIA members create cleaning solution for flood damage

A number of the Restoration Industry Association members have partnered with All Hands Volunteers to create The Sandy Solution, a cleaning solution designed to remediate houses with mould growth as a result of flood damage from Hurricane Sandy. The clean-up can be carried out by volunteers working with the property owner.[TRIMTO] Michael A. Pi...

IFMA: The sustainable office in action - new 'Service Center of Excellence'

...nable workplaces. The Houston-based 'Service Center of Excellence', employs innovative technologies and techniques to benefit the triple bottom line of people, planet and profit.[TRIMTO] "The IFMA Service Center of Excellence was conceived, designed and built around the core concepts of sustainability, usability and productivity," says Marina Ba...

Textile manufacturer sentenced over worker's death

A West Yorkshire textile firm has been ordered to pay more than £115,000 in fines and costs for safety breaches that led to a worker being crushed and killed by a falling stack of rag bales. Forklift truck operator James Welka, 61, died in hospital just hours after the incident at WE Rawson's warehouse in Castle Bank Mills, Wakefield, in...

Helping business to be 'smart' about waste and resources

...l help businesses across the UK to cut their waste costs, comply with all the necessary legislation and become more resource efficient.[TRIMTO] The one-day Waste Smart course has been developed in conjunction with the Department of Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) and other key expert bodies including WRAP (Waste & Resources Act...

Prochem Europe customer is UK's fastest-growing franchise

...-growing franchise is storming into the disaster restoration market using Prochem Europe technology and solutions.[TRIMTO] Greater numbers of escape-of-water insurance claims due to record rainfall in the UK in the past year have seen an increase in the need for damage restoration companies and Kings Lynn, Norfolk-based Tempest Restoration has ri...

Game on for LPM Cleaning at SONY Computer Entertainment Europe

...RIMTO] SCEE, which has its head office in London, is responsible for the distribution, marketing and sales of PlayStation3, PlayStationVita, PlayStation2, PSP and PlayStationNetwork software and hardware. It also develops and publishes entertainment software for these formats, and games are tested in its design studios, which are operational 24 ...

AsepticSure disinfection system proving successful in Canadian hospital trials

... San Francisco-based Medizone International announced this week the successful completion of safety and preliminary operational trials of its AsepticSure system at Quinte Health Care Belleville General Hospital, affiliated with Queen's University Working with Contamination Control Company (C3), an Ontario-based provider of AsepticSure services ...

Higiexpo 2013 set for success

...r the Institutional Cleaning Market (Abralimp), tells us that the 23rd Higiexpo - Fair of Products and Services for Hygiene, Cleaning & Environmental Preservation and the 24th Higicon - International Congress of the Professional Cleaning Market., being held from August 13rd to 15th in São Paulo, are set for success.[TRIMTO] Some 11,0...

Will you be attending AusClean WA?

AusClean WA will be held over 19th - 20th March 2013 in Fremantle, WA, and with more than 12 hours of education, 30 exhibitors, happy hour on the show floor and the Cleaning Council WA Golf Day, networking and relationship building has never been so simple in Western Australia. One of the popular education sessions is 'Changing with the times'...

Restaurant fined £24,000 plus costs, for cleaning and hygiene offences

...ealth officer. Liverpool magistrates heard that during a seven month period between March 2012 and October 2012 the Buffet Star, on Hanover House, 87 -91 Hanover Street, a self-service buffet restaurant in the City Centre serving Chinese and Thai cuisine, was visited six times and on each occasion serious and repeated contraventions of the f...

ISSA ready to hit the fairways

... the fairways again at this year's ISSA Golf Day, which will be held on 27th June at the Toft Hotel and Golf Course, Toft, Bourne, Lincolnshire PE10 0JT.[TRIMTO] The event offers distributors, manufacturers and contract cleaners an excellent opportunity to network with fellow cleaning industry professionals - and at over 6,474 yards, Toft Golf C...

Nviro cleans crime scenes as part of three year contract with Hampshire Police

Cleaning contractor Nviro has successfully retained and increased the value of its contract with the Office of the Police & Crime Commissioner for Hampshire after undergoing a rigorous retendering process via Hampshire County Council's procurement team. Nviro won the bid to clean police premises plus additional work involving crime scenes....

Morclean launches machine range for cleaning wheelie bins

Morclean's new wheelie bin wash range - ideal for both domestic and commercial wheelie bin cleaning - is now available for orders. Of high quality design, extremely efficient and really easy to use, the machines complete in seconds what can otherwise be a tedious and sometimes unpleasant job. They can wash two domestic bins simultaneously. ...

WFBSC responds to intervention by UK Chief Medical Officer on infectious disease

...the shortage of antibiotics could pose a serious threat to public safety, Executive vice-President, Andrew Large said: "The UK Chief Medical Officer's request underlines the important part that cleaning plays in disease prevention. Strict hygiene standards are generally understood as essential in hospitals, but outside in schools, offices and on pu...

'Libera', the industrial high pressure washer from Italy

...ers, Libera's pump is easy to service because it's visible, its electric motor 'breathes' fresh air and its electric panel is simplified, with only one on/off switch.[TRIMTO] Libera is designed for heavy duty use and is ideal, for example, in sandblasting applications. Its main components are a tubular frame set, an industrial pump set (1450 rpm...

Georgia-Pacific and Versus Technology collaborate over healthcare hygiene

...y, to introduce the SafeHaven monitoring system, designed to help healthcare workers improve their hand hygiene participation rates. [TRIMTO] Healthcare associated infections are a growing challenge affecting the quality of healthcare, and according to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, the best way to help prevent the spread...

Soluclean product/training videos now available on YouTube

They say a picture paints a thousand words and Soluclean has gone one stage further with its product/training videos which are now available on YouTube. The videos show the Soluclean range and how it should be used, ably demonstrated by Lynn Webster, Managing Director of cleaning consultancy LWC and ex-National Chair of the British Institute o...

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...ed, to grouse about the vagaries of this nation’s recycling processes – which, I understand, are echoed throughout much of the developed world. I find it daft that the responsibility often rests on individual householders to separate their recyclables into the correct receptacles for regular collection. Why daft? Well, because if peo...

Katrin Academy - stepping stones to success

...etsa Tissue's move to its new offices at Walton-on-Thames. Aimed at those selling washroom products and those involved in Facilities Management and/or contract cleaning, the objective of the new programme was to provide an intensive day of immersive Katrin training for small groups of people. The proposed programme included the chance to underst...

Savortex launches energy efficient hand dryer into FM sector

Savortex, the young and ambitious, technology-driven British manufacturer of energy efficient hand dryers, has launched the new addition to its Vortex EcoSmart Range: The Vortex 540 Diamond White hand dryer.[TRIMTO] The anti-bacterial gloss-finished product boasts significant improvements to the company's established low energy and sustainable...

Spiderman window cleaner surprises patients at children's hospital in Tampa

...n joined forces with High-Rise Window Cleaning to take on the force of evil known as dirty windows, and brought some much-needed smiles to sick children in the process.[TRIMTO] After rappelling down the roof, the webbed hero began his grime-fighting duties by cleaning the windows outside a child-filled playroom on the 8th floor of the hospital. ...

Electrolysed water for The Lab at Westminster Kingsway

The Lab, one of the brand new facilities at Westminster Kingsway College, enables students to explore - and experiment with, the latest innovations in science-based cooking equipment and techniques. It is headed by Rachel Edwards-Stuart, a doctor of food science and also a qualified chef.[TRIMTO] Rachel needed to ensure the highest levels of h...

Motorclean becomes largest provider of car valeting services in the UK

...o company Motorclean, the specialist car valeting business, to support the acquisition of the trade and assets of Forward Valeting Services as part of a £5m transaction. [TRIMTO] Mobeus financed the MBO of Motorclean in 2011 and this follow on funding takes its total investment in the company to £9.2m. The acquisition sees the cre...

Marriott helps 'Clean the World'

...ome an official hotel partner of Clean the World, a non-profit organisation that collects, recycles and distributes discarded soaps and other hygiene amenities to communities in need. [TRIMTO] With nearly 47,000 rooms (more than 200 hotels) already participating, Marriott tells us it is the number one hotel chain in the Clean the World portfoli...

Landfill still the answer for most, despite EU recycling target

Figures released by the European statistical agency, Eurostat, show that while recycling and composting of waste grew in the last decade across Europe, most countries still dump the bulk of their rubbish despite their obligations to recycle half of it by 2020. Some 37% of the average 503 kg of waste each European country generates ends up in land...

Extra funding for emergency pre-monsoon cleaning awarded to Kochi Corp. of India

...cal bodies have been instructed to take urgent steps to start pre-monsoon cleaning within two weeks and as an incentive, a further cash sum will be awarded to the local body that achieves the highest standards of cleaning and hygiene, reports The Times of India. Cleaning and awareness programmes will also be started in all civic bodies in the di...

IFMA brings Facility Fusion Conference & Expo to Los Angeles, next month

The International Facility Management Association will host the Facility Fusion Conference and Expo at the JW Marriott in Los Angeles, Calif., US, from April 2nd - 4th, 2013. The conference and expo will include education workshops, leadership training and discussions on best practices in various disciplines related to facilities management includ...

Cleaning Show organisers release details of seminar programme

...hanging the way the world cleans - David Yli-Juuti of Tersano Int 14:00: How to meet the growing demands for safer, greener cleaning - Mark Jankovich of Delphis Eco 15:00: Real time information for PAYE reporting - Dean Hudson of CleanLink Software[TRIMTO] Wednesday 20th March 11:00: Maximising your service cycle - Andrew Joy ...

Academic believes awards system will lead to cleaner schools in Ghana

...Polytechnic in Ghana, has reiterated the need for hygiene to be taught in schools to promote health and a clean environment. He has suggested that the required motivation could come from an awards programme whereby the educational authorities would award prizes to the cleanest schools.[TRIMTO] The Professor was speaking at the opening of the 201...

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...go on!" said the cleaners at last week's Academy Awards.  Most of us just saw all the glitz and glamour on Oscars night but we hear that if it hadn't been for the cleaning staff, the event would have lost some of its sparkle...  According to The Independent, those arriving for Hollywood's most glittering occasion of the year - the ...

Sodexo named one of the 'World's Most Admired Companies' by Fortune Magazine

...to Fortune Magazine's 2013 corporate reputation survey. Nearly 4,000 business executives, directors and analysts rated close to 700 companies from 30 countries on nine criteria, from innovation to global competitiveness, for the survey.[TRIMTO] Among leading global companies in the Diversified Outsourcing Services sector, Sodexo ranked number on...

China Clean teams up with World Toilet Organization to create onsite forum

...ion to China's public health issues as well as promoting toilet culture across China. Professionals and experts from the sustainable sanitation sector, such as Prof. Jan-Olof Drangert, from Linkoping University in Sweden, will be giving speeches and interacting with the attendees onsite.[TRIMTO] In accordance with people's physiological conditio...

New joint venture company will safeguard jobs and deliver key services

A new multi-million pound contract between Norse Commercial Services and Norwich City Council, which will secure the jobs of a local workforce and strengthen the bonds of a public sector partnership, came into effect on 1st March.[TRIMTO] The £4.8 million per year contract to deliver environmental services such as buildings cleaning, str...

Xenex 'robot' halting spread of infection in more than 100 hospitals

As major news outlets including The Wall Street Journal, USA Today and CBS News have recently reported, US hospitals are engaged in a ferocious battle against the deadly pathogens and multi drug-resistant organisms which cause healthcare associated infections. Hospital cleanliness plays a role in the spread of HAIs, which are caused by microor...

ISS soars with Ryanair at Luton Airport

...ew 18-month contract will cover the cleaning of all Luton airport-based aircraft, which currently stands at four Boeing 737-800s. Services will include aircraft interior cleaning, deep cleaning, toilets and water servicing as well as daily services such as rubbish collection from inbound flights and spot cleaning.[TRIMTO] The new contract is in ...

Firm fined as stonework cleaning and pigeon spike installation job injures passer-by

Workers using a mobile elevating working platform to clean stonework and install pigeon spikes above shops had a mishap when repositioning the platform, which consequently struck the building and dislodged an 8kg chunk of masonry that fell almost eight metres to the pavement below, striking a pedestrian on the shoulder and knocking him to the gro...

New contract win builds on JTM's social housing portfolio

...g sector. Founded in Leeds in 1983 by MD John Middleton, JTM Service provides laundry facilities and services for more than 100 social housing providers from the Scottish Borders to the Midlands. Isos Housing is one of the fastest growing housing groups in the North East with over 12,000 homes across the region. Isos believes housing should b...

Energy efficiency on agenda at Facilities Show 2013

...t Theatre, address the most pressing issues around driving down energy costs, efficiency strategies and engaging the workforce.[TRIMTO] The Facilities Show 2013 will take place at Birmingham's NEC from 14th - 16th May, providing a unique event for the industry with all aspects of FM covered, including FM solutions, business continuity, leadershi...

Idrobase buys new premises to cope with increasing business

An expanding order book has forced Idrobase Group to seek extra capacity once more. The company has now bought a new 1,000 sq.m building, adjacent to its historic headquarters in Borgoricco, which will house a new production line and a warehouse. In 1998, after 12 years as a distributor, Idrobase started out with a 900 sq.m building, most of w...

Greyland customer survey - results are in!

The results are in, and the winner is... (cue drumroll) YOU! Yes, the Greyland annual Customer Survey has been evaluated for 2012 and despite all that could have happened (but didn't) during their move a year ago, the overall consensus is that Greyland service is 'Excellent.' Of those who returned their Customer Survey forms, none thought t...

Tissue World, Barcelona, less than two weeks away

...two weeks from now from March 18th to 21st in Barcelona, Spain, will give tissue makers, converters and suppliers to the tissue making and converting industries the opportunity for meetings, idea exchange and learning. It is a truly global event, with visitors and exhibitors coming from all over the world.[TRIMTO] Visiting an exhibition is the m...

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...xhibiting at this biennial event for the first time, so there will be plenty of new products to see and new companies and services to discover! And it won't be all 'me too' products or changes in livery either. We hear that 67 new products have been entered into the Innovation Awards and all of these will be available for show vis...

Bird-B-Gone!

...tric bird deterrents, Clear Track, which is available around the globe. Effective for both small and large pest birds, the Bird Jolt Flat Track System does not harm birds but instead conditions them to avoid the area. The system is said to be the only electric track bird deterrent system in the US with multi-patented anti-arcing and glue trough ...

Vileda Professional's clean sweep at Manchester Arndale

...e to maintain a clean environment, which reinforces a quality image to ensure shoppers return again and again.[TRIMTO] Shirley Harrald, National Account Manager at Vileda Professional comments: "I have been working closely with the Manchester Arndale team for several months to ensure we are providing the very best cleaning solutions for them. In...

Olympic legacy lingers on for Bay West

...om dispensing products to the away from home market, scooped a major win at the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, when its Bay West range was chosen for venues within the Olympic Park. In all, some 16,000 Bay West dispensers were installed within the Olympic Park, and across the duration of the Games 7,500 cases of product, including toi...

New Soybean Resin urinals cement Waterless Co's environmental credentials!

Waterless Co., the first manufacturer of no-water urinal systems in the US and whose products are used throughout the world, has once again shown the world that it really cares for the environment by introducing a range of Soybean Resin urinals to its portfolio.[TRIMTO] Several models in the company's High Performance Composite range can be spe...

Keep stains at bay with the brand new app from WoolSafe

After months of development and fine-tuning, the WoolSafe Organisation is set to launch its Stain Guide App this month. Designed especially for carpet owners, housekeepers, facilities managers and building maintenance managers, the app is set to become an essential tool across the board and proves WoolSafe's commitment to finding new and innovativ...

Hygiene concerns change our thinking on construction materials

Rising awareness and concern about hygiene and infections is affecting companies on many levels. Some are even thinking about changing the materials used to construct their workplaces, to help keep the area safe and hygienic for both employees and members of the general public.[TRIMTO] "People are becoming increasingly concerned about the risk...

Vectair runner in London Marathon!

...on April 21st.[TRIMTO] Dave will be joined by his daughter Catie running her first ever marathon and between them they have decided to use the event to raise money for Newcastle Upon Tyne based charity COCO. In 2008 Catie visited The Gambia where funds raised by her school were used to provide basic equipment such as exercise books, pens etc ...

AfidampFAB launches 'Pulire 2013 Innovation Awards'

...Pulire Innovation Awards.[TRIMTO] The awards will take place during Pulire 2013 - the exhibition and conference dedicated to the professional cleaning and environmental hygiene market, which will be held in Verona from 21st - 23rd May. Entry into the awards programme is restricted to those exhibiting at the show and the programme is designed to ...

New 3M Melamine Floor Pads deep clean and restore up to 5 x more floor

Cleaning and maintaining stone, marble, concrete and other porous floor surfaces presents a particular challenge to facilities managers and contract cleaners; which is why 3M has launched a new, high-performance Melamine Floor Pad tailormade for the job.[TRIMTO] Specially designed for daily, deep and spot cleaning of ceramic, polished concrete...

Rise in low-skilled migrant labour from EU is not simply due to work ethic or skills, says new report

...one of the conclusions of a new study published today by the CIPD, alongside policy recommendations and a warning that employers need to safeguard their long-term skills and talent mix by continuing to provide support and entry level opportunities for young job seekers.[TRIMTO] The report, ‘The State of Migration: Employing Migrant Workers...

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...ctor, says: “We expect The Cleaning Show 2013 to attract a record breaking number of visitors and with The International Materials Handling Exhibition running alongside the show, a huge increase in visitor numbers from the warehouse sector is assured.  Exhibitors have one opportunity every two years to get their products in front of a ma...

Dry Fusion: Stand G93

...r Dry Fusion Carpet Cleaning System an impressive 50% saving! Re-Act is both a heavy duty pre-spray and pad solution in one. It dilutes 1:10 and replaces the previous 'Restore' and 'Activator' Dry Fusion products yet is more environmentally friendly. Managing director Shaun Bradbury tells us it is still WOOLSAFE approved though.[TRIMTO] Both the...

British Cleaning Council : Stand H52

The Cleaning Show is jointly owned by the British Cleaning Council and representatives from several of the member organisations are on the stand to tell you more about their associations and why - as a service provider or supplier, you should join them and why - as a buyer or specifier of goods and services, you should seriously consider using a m...

Jangro: Stand G30

...nd of floor.[TRIMTO] The revolutionary feature is that staff can complete this learning whenever and wherever they can access the Internet and that you have a complete record of their training and results. To fully appreciate the Solution's capabilities, visit Jangro's stand G30 at The Cleaning Show. Try the training for yourself on the day...

Ophardt Hygiene: new hygiene dispensers

Ophardt Hygiene is showcasing an enormous range of dispensers and complete hygiene solutions for public washrooms - including the impressive reliable and robust stainless-steel Santral series, which come as standard with the company's durable 'anti-fingerprint coating' for long-lasting good looks. "AFP ensures a noticeable reduction of visible fi...

Prochem Europe: Stand C70

Our image shows the Prochem stand before all the equipment was brought onto it and while it might look impressive here, just wait until you see it in its full glory - there is so much to discover! For example, there's the Endeavor - a brand new portable carpet and upholstery extractor which has so impressed the judges of the Innovation Awards,...

FactoryCat / Elan Sales: Stand E80

The TomCat Orbitz range of scrubbers from FactoryCat have - literally - landed in the UK this week and you can see them ably demonstrated on a range of floor surfaces including concrete, marble and vinyl - showcasing their ability to strip multiple layers of seal without the use of harmful chemicals, reducing the risk of slip and fall potential a...

UKCPI: Stand F48

...o the association for free, when they sign up at the show. Cleaning Show visitors can find out more and pick up a membership pack at the stand. Philip Malpass, director general of UKCPI, said: "As the lead trade association for our sector, UKCPI delivers robust industry representation to politicians and officials, offers guidance and advice to memb...

Brightwell Dispensers: G50

...closely guarded secret but they shared with us that it's: "An entirely new range of chemical dosing and diluting equipment, which demonstrates yet again, Brightwell's state-of-the-art quality, striking innovation and world class manufacturing." If you want to know more, all will be revealed when the Show opens its doors open today. And if you're on...

Centrego: Stand C80

... launching two new versions of the Toucan-Eco that wowed visitors to the last Cleaning Show in 2011 and which has been impressing the cleaning world ever since. As well as the new Toucan Mini, Centrego is introducing the Toucan Eco II which has been created following increased customer demand for a jug-only device that can be used with conventional...

Window Cleaning Competition

Window cleaning always has a high profile at the Cleaning Show and this year will be no different. Those in the trade (and perhaps those thinking of taking it up) will have the opportunity to view and try out a huge range of innovative window cleaning products including water-fed pole systems, access equipment, safety equipment, work-wear, squeeg...

PowerCell: Stand A70

As you take in the clever features and sheer functional beauty of the floor cleaning equipment on display at the Show, try to imagine the frustration you'd feel if you owned such a machine and it didn't work... This is the costly scenario faced all too often in the cleaning industry -and it's one that industrial battery supplier PowerCell would l...

PTS Clean: Stand E40

... when other machines are used. When the unit is pushed the side wheel activates both the main brush and a vacuum fan which rotates at high speed, creating a vacuum effect and providing suction powerful enough to collect & retain the dust. Being battery-free, cable-free and engine-free, the Picobello has an unlimited running time, is completely ...

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...veryone we spoke to saying they’d picked up some excellent leads over the morning alone. John and I agreed how refreshing it was to see lots of new companies taking up the stands and Martin Scott and his team deserve to be congratulated for the efforts they’ve made to fill the halls with so many new faces – and of course new produ...

Jangro triumphs in Innovation Awards

...mme, called ‘Learning Management System’ (LMS).enables contract cleaning companies and organisations that directly employ cleaning staff, to train every employee on a range of specific cleaning tasks for only £0.99p, per person, per course.[TRIMTO] The first release of LMS programmes offers modules to cover basic everyday ...

And the category winners were...

...eanfix, PTS Clean, Centrego, Addguards, Miele Professional, Mac International, HTC, Connect Hygiene and Unger. We'll be bringing you details of their winning products later this week, when we've had a chance to look at them all and talk to the manufacturers. Neil Nixon, Chair of the judging team which included Stan Atkins, Doug Cooke, Maureen Ma...

"It's been rammed!"

We've never quite come across this term before by someone referring to their exhibition stand but having seen how busy Dean Smith and the relatively new Sales Manager Europe, Ewout de Lange, and the team had been every time we walked past Stand E80 , we could understand perfectly what Dean meant![TRIMTO] "We don't do hundreds of shows but...

Goodbye and hello

We met outgoing head of the Cleaning & Support Services Association, Andrew Large, along with new Media & Policy Manager for the British Cleaning Council, Melissa Higgs. Andrew is leaving for pastures new - or is that flying the coop? - as he is about to join the poultry industry. Having first met Andrew at another cleaning industry sh...

Hydro Systems Europe shows new prototypes

...quo;s Alistair Blair-Davies talked us through the attributes of the two new prototypes on the stand – one offering flexible dispensing and dosing and the other being a lower cost version of the company’s top performing foaming system – both of which should be available within the next few months. He said feedback from visitors...

Bright Hygiene: Stand C52

Well… when you see someone that looks like a burly rugby player, wandering around a cleaning show looking miserable and dressed in a tight, bright pink tutu, you just have to go and investigate, don’t you? So why was he dressed like that? “I’m the cleaning fairy,” he confessed. [TRIMTO] “We wanted to dr...

£50M to spend between them!

...hese three ABCD members, (from left) Mark Herring from Nottinghamshire, Kim Phillips from Rotherham and Simon Hollingbery from Reading have some £50,000,000 to spend between them, reports ABCD General Secretary Pat Maloney (not pictured).

Brightwell Dispensers launches Eco Mix and Eco Shot

So the secret is out… Brightwell is launching a new range of chemical dosing and dilution systems, Ecomix and Ecoshot, as Suzanne Gardent , pictured, explained. “Economix is a proprtioner,” she explained. “Connected to mains water, it creates a vauum and dilutes a pre-determined ratio of chemical into a final solution,...

Numatic International: everything new

...pany’s Jonathan Evans explained. Indeed some 90% of what was on show was actually new – and there were even some impressive tweaks to Henry and his family, news of which we’ll be bringing you over the coming weeks.[TRIMTO] Here is Jonathan with a new range that has “made the customers very excited,” according to the...

Environmental Hygiene Products shows NHS approved waste bins

...turer had cleverly used some of the material it uses for its sack holders to make the desk on its stand, tying the whole thing together nicely.[TRIMTO] Our picture shows Customer Relations Manager Mark Hollingsworth holding aloft the new Ultimate Evo plastic sackholder, which has a 20 litre solid body and – importantly – is National ...

Pasante Healthcare launches Dizolve detergent sheets

... Paul Tudor, told us that he’d had such as successful show in 2011 that he’d booked a stand that was twice the size for 2013. And how had he done? “It’s been really busy,” he said. “I’ve taken about 20 good leads already – not bad for a morning’s work!”[TRIMTO] Pasante was launching the...

HTC Floor Systems: Stand H80

... hails from Sweden, talked us through the way the Innovation Award-winningTwister floorpads operate and said that the most important part of his job had been building the brand and educating users on how to use the new technology without causing blips in the service they were providing to their customers. He said that one of the things that had bee...

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...enting purchasing power of over £50M ! The days are past when some came only for the freebies and a day off from work; there are serious people out there now. Emma Wood from Disposables UK told us that they had almost 200 good leads over the two days so far - and she wasn't the only one telling us a similar story. Yes the show is smaller ...

Anglian Chemicals: Stand F64

John and I (and many others) were delighted to see that Anglian Chemicals are back exhibiting at the cleaning show and we were equally delighted to learn that business is going very well indeed! [TRIMTO] Our picture shows the team on the stand and we'll be bringing you news of the ISO 9001-certified company's comprehensive range - available th...

BMP Europe

BMP is a global company specialising in the manufacture and conversion of polyurethane elastomers, technical nonwoven textiles and mechanical systems for use in applications ranging from digital printing to industrial cleaning equipment.[TRIMTO] "Continual investment in the development of materials and manufacturing processes to meet the ever-...

Centrego (Toucan Eco) introduces the Fogger

...our tracks; this time around it's the Toucan Fogger (pictured here with Centrego's Oliver Weisflog) and the Toucan Mini (also pictured) - a smaller version of the Eco - which, like its older, bigger brother, has won an Innovation Award.[TRIMTO] All three products dispense a combined disinfectant/cleaner made from ordinary salt and tap water, whi...

Disposables UK unveils new products

...bles UK is using The Cleaning Show for the launch of a range of new products. A regular at the Show and occupying its usual position at the entrance to the hall, the Group's brands will be on show en masse and will include 'never seen before' products. [TRIMTO] The team is be proudly displaying newly launched products from the Optimum range...

Florence and the machines strike at Truvox: Stand E20

New marketing co-ordinator Florence Summers and marketing manager Natalie Dowse, told us that they have been kept very busy throughout the exhibition, by stand visitors wanting to know more about the benefits of using Truvox machines.[TRIMTO] "The Orbis cordless burnisher and Orbis battery scrubber have been particularly popular at the show this year," said Florence, who, with Natalie, had been giving vistors tips on the best way of cleaning different types of flooring. T: 023 8070 6600 E: sales@truvox.com W: www.truvox.com ...

ISSA/Interclean

...with Amsterdam Rai's senior sales manager ISSA/Interclean Gerard Rijnbeek, who hails from North Holland, The Netherlands. Gerard is promoting ISSA/Interclean Central & Eastern Europe (taking place from 24th - 26th April 2013, in Warsaw, Poland) and next year's show in Amsterdam (taking place from 6th - 9th May). Gerard told us that already, som...

Osprey to supply lightweight 8 bar steam cleaner

John and I have always been impressed with OspreyDeepclean products and when we were at Pulire, Verona last year, we were stopped in our tracks by the machines on the Maxima Advanced Solutions stand, so perhaps we shouldn't have been surprised to see Giuseppe Codemo (left in picture) with Thomas Stucken and learn that they have struck a deal![TRI...

Soluclean introduces a first of its kind in toilet cleaning and descaling

Soluclean's stand has been very busy throughout the show, with visitors keen to learn more about the company's eco-friendly and easy-to-use range of pre-dosed concentrated surface cleaning products encapsulated in fully water-soluble sachets. One of the latest product innovations is the Daily Toilet Cleaner & Descaler, which sales director Jo...

Unger UK: Stand C10

Founded in 1964 by Henry and Barbara Unger in Solingen, Germany, Unger Enterprises, Inc. is an international company with offices in the US, Germany, China and the UK as well as manufacturing facilities in the US, Germany and India. Globally acknowledged for revolutionising the window cleaning industry over the past 40 years with modern squeegees...

Tersano (International) Srl introduce ozone cleaning

Although the sanitising power of ozone (O3) has been known about and utilised since the early 1900's, it was not until Tersano was able to re-engineer the technology for commercial use that the full cleaning, sanitising and environmental benefits were realised. [TRIMTO] The company's Lotus Pro technology - a finalist in this year's Innovation ...

Connect Hygiene: at the heart of a new £50M business

...e in the away-from-home paper market! Formed from the amalgamation of Connect Hygiene Products and Peter Grant Papers, Northwood Hygiene Products will be operating under its new name from July this year. Headed by Chris Wickham and his management team, the operation - which will have a combined turnover of nearly £50m, will be a cle...

Seen in the aisles

The British Cleaning Council's Doug Cooke (left) and Mark Woodhead, have been out on the exhibition floor talking to visitors and exhibitors and finding out how people are enjoying the show.

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...professionals in 148 countries worldwide! The UK Cleaning Show is over for another two years and the next time it is held, in March 2015, it will have moved to its new home at London's ExCel. Generally this move was seen as a positive one by those at the show although there were a few people who weren't so sure. John Austen recalls the ...

A rare work ethic!

...pts his award for Window Cleaner of the year 2013. The certificate says: 'for Industry achievements and time served'. In the UK and no doubt other parts of the world, 'time served' generally refers to the number of years and weeks an offender has spent in prison! Work has clearly not been like a prison sentence for John though, who in 44 years of...

'Bin' making the most of the time at the show...

We didn't get to speak to the team on the Morclean stand until the final day, so busy were they every time we walked past.... So we weren't surprised when Managing Director Peter Morley (pictured) told us they'd had around seven good leads an hour, every hour. [TRIMTO] "These shows are normally dominated by the 'big boys' he said. "Visitors re...

the fastest female window cleaner in the world

...leaning, is now the fastest female window cleaner in the world, having cleaned the requisite number and sizes of windows in just 15.32 seconds. John tells me women can't park cars as well as men can, because they don't have the same spacial awareness. Well I think Deborah's just proved him wrong!  ...

And it wasn't just the Brits that came...

Although many people say this is a UK show, visitors came from far and wide - and there were a number of foreign exhibitors too. Unger's Dave Rogers told us on the second day that they'd had visitors to the stand from as far afield as Sweden, Finland, Moscow and Australia - all interested in buying, rather than just window-shopping. On the fin...

Natural preparations

...pecialises in the development of cleaning products based on microbial, antimicrobial, plant extract and enzyme technology. "We provide unrivalled technical support and innovative, environmentally friendly solutions andbservices to a wide range of sectors," said the company. "We also undertake specific product development on behalf of our clients...

And from one cleaning fairy to another...

...visitors coming into the show via the main entrance were given free samples of Fairy Extra Clean washing up liquid. Now all we need are some rubber gloves. We're clearly at the right place to find some...

JAWS open and at the ready...

JAWS (Just Add Water System), an innovative and effective range of green cleaning solutions, has recently launched in the UK following excellent growth in the US, Canada & Australia amongst other markets. Developed by Canberra Corporation, a US company with 40 years' experience in the manufacture of cleaning solutions, the technology allows b...

Window cleaning services right on target!

Christopher Oaks (left), of north of England-based Archer Window Cleaning Services, accepts the award for Window Cleaning Company of the Year Award 2013 from the Federation of Window Cleaners' Scott Smith.[TRIMTO] As well as window cleaning, Archer offers cladding and gutter cleaning services, with its staff using a number of different access ...

German engineering... but British marketing

...alls Group, brokered the deal which enables him to import Columbus Cleaning Machines from Germany - and thus this is the first UK Cleaning Show at which Shaun has demonstrated the machines. They were going down a storm - but as usual, Shaun had adopted a clever strategy to attract visitors to his stand, which meant that plenty of people saw the mac...

Not your normal, run-of-the-mill feather duster - we promise!

"Ostrich feathers have millions of separate, wispy filaments that collect and hold dust rather than just move it about," explained Roy Davies. "Our Dustease ostrich feather dusters won't leave an electrostatic charge so surfaces such as metal, glass and plastic stay dust-free for longer. They're designed for dusting naturally, so say goodbye to t...

No surprise that this family business is still going strong!

...is Nu-Life carpet cleaning business in 1981, but these days we generally see son Mike manning the stand at these shows and stone care products are now taking centre stage.[TRIMTO] "Two years ago we saw the Cheetah Pads in action and quite frankly we weren't convinced," confessed Mike. "After all, we already had a super-fast grinding and polis...

Training: delivered by an expert

...ut. People with skills in facilities services can make your organisation more effective, productive and competitive - and the workplace safer - by addressing your skills gaps directly, even in uncertain economic times.[TRIMTO] "Anyone who is in a job and needs extra training and development can become an apprentice," argued multi-award-winning M...

Never pump again!

...e was Green Gorilla Europe. There was quite a crowd watching Magnus Jonatansson, who hails from Iceland, demonstrate the Green Gorilla Advanced Spray System - and when we realised how the system worked, we could understand why. Magnus explained that his company, Fremst ehf Iceland, has the exclusive rights to sell and distribute the product in E...

In a hurry to get home Paul?

Well - it was the end of the show and I have to admit that those of us who'd been there for the duration were going a little stir crazy... Paul Pearce of the National Carpet Cleaners Association was keen to get back home to his wife Sandra so we suggested he try the rocket. [TRIMTO] It didn't work of course, but while he was resting his tired ...

Innovation Awards winners: truly in a position to celebrate!

...ing to be proud of, so congratulations go to all the finalists![TRIMTO] As they are so important and because there were so many excellent new products for the judges to choose from, we need to do them justice, so we've decided to list the winners today and bring you in-depth details of each of the products - together with those of some of the ot...

"Definitely beneficial"

Everyone on the Kennedy Hygiene stand agreed that it had been well worth exhibiting at the show, particularly with regard to the Savona Ellipse Auto range of contactless dispensers, being shown for the first time in the UK and proving highly popular. The company's Jade Hyland added that she enjoyed the fact that the show wasn't full of similar p...

All the way from Belgium and the 19th century...

... Professional Window Cleaning Tools. "They're all about durability, design, performance, ergonomics and quality materials," said Guy Vande Vyvere, (pictured with some of the products). "It's been a very busy show. We're pleased we came. There's been a good mix of end users and distributors here." T: +32 51 48 88 66 W: www.moermangroup.com ...

Truly innovative!

...the show that we were able to get onto the OEMAchem (in partnership with Green Harbour Solutions) stand and find out more - such was the interest in it amongst the visitors. We're glad we perservered![TRIMTO] "We're very proud to use the cleaning show to launch this exciting new range of Invisikill products," said Mark Chiverton. "Invisikill is ...

It was like a late night visit to the supermarket...

...e chicken counter in case they appear to be greedy or desperate. They appeared in one of the aisles and ever so slowly, people started edging towards them; before long the movement had become a rush and soon there was a wall of men holding their cameras aloft. Our John Austen happens to be quite tall (or perhaps he was at the front) so he got a ...

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...ning’ was one of the categories in this year’s global Electrolux Design Lab competition and while I’ve not yet had a chance to look at all of the 1700 submissions, one that I have seen is ‘Smart-Floor.' Considered by the judges to be amongst the 100+ best ideas, Smart-Floor is a self-cleaning, anti-slip, three-ply floor w...

Singaporean toilet association shares its expertise

... of Singapore was recently invited by JTC (Singapore's leading industrial infrastructure specialist and housing provider) to conduct a sharing session on washroom hygiene with close to 100 tenants and lessees mostly from the Food & Beverage and retail sectors.[TRIMTO] The invited guests were not only educated on washroom hygiene but also upd...

Cleaning supplies director scoops Surrey award

A director of a commercial cleaning and janitorial supplies business has been chosen as Director of the Year in the Toast of Surrey Business Awards. Ollie Rastall, who co-owns Source Supplies with his business partner Dave Piper (left of photo), was selected as a worthy winner by a panel of judges from the Surrey branch of the Institute of Direct...

Cleanliness can improve academic achievement and enhance student retention rates

...Resource GB is urging universities to consider the importance of cleanliness in creating a positive and productive environment for their students. It has a point... A recent survey conducted by Resource GB identified that students drew a direct link between their own academic achievement and the cleanliness of their campus and halls of residence. A...

New Biocidal Products regs: last chance to influence regulatory framework!

...reement on a legislative amendment to the BPR. If prompt consensus can be reached with the Council and the European Parliament, the changes will take effect before the new regime becomes applicable on 1st September 2013. As with REACH, the new biocides regime is relevant not only to manufacturers and formulators of biocides, but downstream users ...

Initial Facilities plans scheme to create 80 apprenticeships

Initial Facilities has announced plans to expand the apprentice programme within its transport division. The company has committed to recruiting 80 new apprentices following the success of pilot schemes during the past two years. "We are committed to creating an increasing number of career opportunities for young people," said Graham Thwaites,...

Easy Clean Commode wins Good Design award

Clinell, one of the UK's leading infection control brands, has announced that its best selling Easy Clean Commode has won the Good Design award.[TRIMTO] The Clinell Easy Clean Commode incorporates multiple novel and patented features to bring to market what it thought to be the first commode specifically designed to help improve cleaning compl...

Avica further improves customer service levels

Avica, the independent southern janitorial and catering supplies company, is increasing its customer service offer at all three centres by increasing stock levels and extending order cut-off time.[TRIMTO] The company has extended the weekday order cut off time for next day deliveries from 16.00 to 17.00 and orders over £45 will be delive...

BSCAI Announces 2013 Board of Directors

...ractors Association International recently announced the installation of its newly elected officers and directors during the 2013 BSCAI CEO Seminar, held at the Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa in Maui, HI. The following directors hold officer positions in 2013: Kevin S. Rohan, CBSE, Cavalier Services – President Yasser Youssef, T...

Ausclean Pulire is looking for presenters – can you fill the role?

If you are at the leading edge of cleaning and hygiene, ensure your experience is shared – submit an application to present a paper at Australia’s well-established, dedicated cleaning and hygiene show. Sessions covering hygiene in healthcare and hospitals, green sustainability, new technology and outdoor cleaning are all welcome &nd...

How to tell if a hotel is going green

Believe it or not, Summer will soon be here and many people are starting to plan their holidays now. One thing that more and more people look for when they travel is to stay in a hotel that is taking step to be greener. But how can you tell? After all, according to one travel expert, on one of his travels he found the only thing green about the &l...

Truvox Multiwash provides safety first at Horsham Hospital

A healthy, hygienic environment is essential for any location, but in hospitals and healthcare settings it is particularly important. People attending outpatients' clinics or visiting loved ones rightly expect to see scrupulously clean floors, so facilities managers need to ensure that their floor cleaning regimes, and machines, are delivering th...

Italians still steaming ahead...

...ranchini. Now, 28 years on, the manufacturer produces a wide range of steam generators, accessories and ecological systems in its two Italian factories which cover some 40,000sq.m, before sending them to market in 66 countries.[TRIMTO] The constant commitment addressed to the design and to advanced technological innovations, has enabled Tecnovap...

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... us will at some time or other have spoken about (or indeed come across someone who has first hand experience of) the dangers of mixing chemicals, but generally this has involved untrained cleaners mixing two or more cleaning chemicals to produce a better result than one of them produces on its own. Indeed, long term readers of my musings m...

April in Portugal proves productive for Gary

Janitorial Express, one of London's leading janitorial supply houses and a member of the Jangro Group, has won the Best Turnaround Business Award at the European Business Excellence Seminar held in Lisbon, Portugal. The Awards ceremony followed the EMEA Business Excellence Forum with keynote speakers Sir Clive Woodward and Brad Sugars.[TRIMTO] ...

Contract cleaning market switches to specialised in 2013

... easing pricing pressure by offering services more closely aligned with the client's corporate aims and objectives. Discussing the findings, MTW's director Mark Waddy commented: "There is a clear growth in 'strategic fit' cleaning, with more focused market positioning also providing growth opportunities in an otherwise challenging environment. I...

Report offered to Cleanzine readers at discounted price

...size, trends & shares 2007-2017 are included for: - Specialised Cleaning - Standard Cleaning - Facade/Window Cleaning - Other cleaning services[TRIMTO] The report also includes a SWOT & PEST analysis, a detailed industry review and four years of financial details for 170-plus leading contract cleaning c...

We have Mail: Mike Bone, Managing Director of the Loo of the Year Awards, writes...

Hi Jan, I read the article 'Cleanliness can improve academic achievement and enhance student retention rates' in last week's Cleanzine with great interest. Loo of the Year Awards agree completely with cleanliness being an essential element of good education as well as good toilets. Residents and visitors to the UK's towns and cities expect t...

Prochem widens specialist solutions offer

Prochem Europe's dominance in the professional carpet & upholstery cleaning technology and solutions sector is reflected in the company's latest product catalogue and price list, downloadable now.[TRIMTO] New lines from the Surrey-based technologist and trainer span an innovation award finalist at this year's Cleaning Show in the Endeavor,...

We have Mail: UK ready for backpacks

Hi Jan, Having spent three days on the ProTeam stand at the Cleaning Show where we had almost non-stop visitors - all high quality people and many keen to actually try on America's market leading backpack vacuum system, I believe the UK market is starting to realise the benefits this innovative equipment can deliver.[TRIMTO] Sorry we didn't ...

MITIE's cleaning & environmental business renamed Environmental +

... MITIE's Environmental + business is one of the UK's largest providers of cleaning, pest control, landscaping, waste recycling and winter gritting, with more than 32,000 employees working across the UK. Its client base is varied and includes airports, major supermarkets, cinema chains and government departments. Environmental + is active on every ...

UK manufacturer's compact steam cleaner packs powerful punch

With growing numbers of facilities of all types - and particularly healthcare facilities and infection prevention and control teams - acknowledging the cleaning and infection-fighting power of steam cleaning, Matrix Cleaning Systems has introduced a new machine to answer their needs. Called Omega, the small and easily manoeuvrable 4.5 bar pressur...

Jury announces nominations Golden Broom Award 2013

...] The Golden Broom Award competition is an initiative of the Polish Cleaning Chamber of Commerce and is held every other year in conjunction with the ISSA/Interclean Central & Eastern Europe exhibition. The competition received entries from many of this year's 200 exhibitors. The Category Winners will be announced at the first day of ISSA/In...

Contents of vacuum cleaner left to fester over weekend cause explosive reaction!

An industrial vacuum cleaner that had been used to clean up aluminium powder and was left unemptied for the weekend, provided the perfect incubation chamber... The powder reacted with water that was also inside the machine, creating a cloud of hydrogen gas that exploded and burned an unsuspecting worker who switched on the machine the following Mo...

New report shows cleanliness rated as top concern in fitness sector

... fitness environment', offers key insights into the importance of a clean environment for consumers and provides three simple steps to help gym operators and other fitness organisations improve member satisfaction scores. It also includes a case study showing how one fitness chain dramatically improved its member satisfaction simply by changing ...

Cleaning Show 2013: A Great Success - it's official!

...e three day event which closed its doors on Thursday, 21st March a great success for both visitors and exhibitors alike. "The Cleaning Show 2013 exceeded all our expectations and was a clear demonstration that the UK cleaning industry continues to thrive despite tough economic times," says Martin Scott, Exhibition Sales Director. "In 2011, 765...

Enter now for the CMS Purus Awards (and don't forget the new category!)

Messe Berlin is inviting all exhibitors at CMS 2013 to enter their products and solutions into the CMS Purus Awards. Products competing for the good design award will be judged on styling and functionality in equal measure. The entries will compete in five categories: Machines, Equipment, Washroom Hygiene, Brand Communication and a new category...

ISS receives strong support for refinancing and extension of debt

..., ISS A/S announced that it had received commitment for the refinancing of its Second Lien Facility and had received strong support from lenders consenting to extend the predominant part of the company's senior debt. ISS furthermore received consent for the implementation of other amendments intended to increase both operational and refinancing ...

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... 148 countries worldwide! As I write, workplaces on both sides of the Atlantic are in flames and are likely to continue to burn for days. One, in a fertiliser plant in Texas, US, has claimed an estimated 15 lives and injured more than 100 people; there have been calls for the entire town surrounding the plant to be evacuated. The other, i...

New Saniflo MD predicts success

...director Tim Pestell is warmly welcoming the new financial year with an exciting plan for raising brand awareness and growing market share. Tim, who has been with Saniflo since 2007 as sales director, now executes the dual role of managing director and sales director on behalf of French parent company SFA Group following the retirement of former ma...

Disposables UK comes to the rescue of South Yorkshire Fire Service

Disposables UK, a leading supplier of cleaning and hygiene products for the away from home market, has joined forces with South Yorkshire Fire Service to provide products for its washroom facilities in all its stations across the region.[TRIMTO] South Yorkshire Fire Service operates 24 busy fire stations across an area covering Sheffield, Roth...

ECHA - online quiz tests your knowledge on new hazard pictograms

...ams for the labelling of hazardous chemicals in the EU introduced by the (Classification, Labelling and Packaging) Regulation. A research by ECHA shows that many of these pictograms are not yet recognised or properly understood.[TRIMTO] To support the CLP awareness-raising campaign, EU-OSHA has recently launched a toolkit to help employers ...

Clever packaging for concentrated cleaner!

Chemicals Direct's Conservatory Roof and Panel cleaner is a biodegradable, concentrated, multipurpose hard surface cleaner, suitable for use in many applications. It removes grease, grime, dirt, algae, bird droppings and leaf mould and may be diluted between 10-1 and 150-I depending upon the degree of soiling.[TRIMTO] But what really made the ...

Hygiene on the move

It is accepted, by most organisations, that washing hands with warm water and soap, and then drying with a single use towel, removes germs and reduces or even eliminates the potential for germs to spread. This improves the health and wellbeing of staff, increasing morale, which in turn, reduces sick leave and increases productivity.[TRIMTO] Bu...

New study examines possible contamination from hand drying methods

Environmental hygiene research and testing institute Eurofins-Inlab, has published the findings of a study it undertook on behalf of the European Tissue Symposium, in which it assessed the microbiological contamination of three types of hand drying equipment in public washrooms.[TRIMTO] The study was carried out in various settings in the Ruhr...

IFMA announces sustainable exhibitors programme winners for 2013 Facility Fusion Conference & Expo

Following the 2013 Facility Fusion Conference and Expo in Los Angeles, California, USA, the International Facility Management Association has announced the winner of the 2013 Facility Fusion Sustainable Exhibitors Program, Facility Engineering Associates. This innovative, voluntary programe is designed to encourage and highlight environmentally c...

Lancaster General Hospital (US) adds Xenex's germ-zapping robot to fight superbugs

... powerful than the sun to 'zap' nasty organisms that cause infections like the flu, norovirus, MRSA and Clostridium difficile (C. diff). In minutes, the device can disinfect a patient room, patient bathroom or operating room (OR) by pulsing the light, which washes over the surfaces where germs reside.[TRIMTO] LGH is the fourth hospital in Pennsy...

Ryans raises the standard

Eire-based venue and event cleaning specialist Ryans Cleaning has been internationally recognised for its commitment to event sustainability by obtaining the International Standards Organisation's highly renowned ISO 20121 Certification.[TRIMTO] Developed for the London Olympics, the ISO 20121: Event Sustainability Management System standard, ...

ISS and Coca-Cola - it's the real thing!

...n ISS started delivering the service Reception Excellence. Now, the cooperation has been further expanded as ISS will deliver cleaning, window cleaning, waste management, carpet cleaning, IT cleaning, washroom services, pest control, catering, security and plant services.[TRIMTO] Heidi Andersen, responsible for Facilities Management at Coca-Cola...

Prochem expands training programme with in-depth stain removal course for 2013

With increasing choice of specialist solutions available, the effective treatment and removal of stains from carpet and upholstery is an exacting science these days. The UK's largest commercial provider of training to cleaning professionals, Prochem Europe, has responded to growing demand for advice on the subject with the launch of a new cour...

Making food safety commitments you can stick to

... business can stick to.[TRIMTO] In the foodservice industry, any opportunity to take a step back and consider what would make us better is welcome. The frantic nature of day-to-day work, particularly in a busy kitchen, makes such moments hard to come by. In the spirit of resolution making, what could your foodservice business focus on improvi...

EMS raises the bar on ambulance cleanliness and infection control

Suffolk based private ambulance operator, EMS, is to work in partnership with medical deep clean and bio-hazard specialist, A+E Cleaning Solutions. All vehicles and equipment in service with EMS will be regularly and systematically deep cleaned to maintain best practice standards for clinical hygiene and infection control - with an emergency cal...

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...ey required by Government, to enable us to be considered as one of the new Sector Skills Councils - and thus receive a share from a huge pot of funding for the training and education of those in the industry.  It soon became clear that we would miss the target, so we looked at finding another, similar industry with which we could pool resou...

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... Read by industry professionals in 148 countries worldwide! I know that as a long-serving and committed member of the cleaning industry I should advocate the need for the regular and thorough cleaning of as many locations as possible. However, it was only with a slight tinge of guilt that I felt totally exasperated upon reading one of a s...

190 Cleaning Services firms braced for takeover

...g. The study warns that a combination of stock piling cash, difficult growth, low interest rates and ageing directors has left these 190 companies ripe for acquisition as the sector consolidates, evolves and starts to prosper again. David Pattison, senior analyst on project, said: "On one hand, 16 cash rich companies have been stockpiling cas...

Asset Skills and the CSSA announce merger plans

Asset Skills, the industry skills body for facilities management and cleaning, has reached an agreement in principle with the Cleaning & Support Services Association to look into the benefits of merging the operations of each organisation. The two organisations have developed a close working relationship over the past 10 years and there is ...

Trojan Battery adds REMS batteries to network of distributors for France

...ycle batteries, has announced a distribution agreement with REMS Batterie Industrielle Services, expanding Trojan's presence in France. As a Trojan authorised master distributor, REMS joins Accus Plus to distribute and service Trojan deep-cycle batteries in the region.[TRIMTO] "The addition of REMS to Trojan's extensive network of worldwide dis...

Unger launches HiFlo Control Complete On / Off switch for water fed poles

...eaning with water fed poles. Attach the HiFlo Control to the base section of a pole for easy access and water flow adjustment with one swift motion. Save water, time and money - work faster and more efficiently whilst helping the environment.[TRIMTO] How it works: Fit the HiFlo Control onto a pole using the nLite Clips or using the universal Vel...

Van users: life is going to get tougher

... the worst polluters will soon find themselves running out of road.[TRIMTO] Already, larger vans and minibuses can only freely enter London's Low Emissions Zone - virtually the whole of Greater London - if their vehicle meets the Euro 3 standard for particulate matter. Otherwise, there is a £100 daily charge, imposed 24/7, with a non-payme...

Rainy days don't have to get you down... Armchem's got you covered!

...ay not feel like singin' in the rain, but at least you'll now have a place for employees, customers and visitors to keep their umbrellas and prevent them from making your building wet! Armchem International, the business to business distributor of more than 50,000 speciality industrial products to thousands of customers worldwide, has introduced t...

Karcher cleans a true London landmark

Karcher has recently cleaned the iconic London Eye, removing traffic film and grime that had built up over 13 years of use. The extensive project took three weeks, with rope technicians using specialist Karcher professional hot water pressure washers to deep clean two or three capsules each night while the city slept.[TRIMTO] The extensive act...

We have Mail: communication is the key

...subject of interest to contractors all over the globe: "Last month I went to Fremantle, in the land of giants (WA), and spoke at the Ausclean Trade Show on the subject of 'Costing an Hour's Labour and its Relationship to Subcontracting.' When I finished the talk I was amazed by the number of questions asked by both contractors and customers...

We have Mail: Any idiot can clean?

...idual areas, (engineers, surgeons, pilots etc) are respected for their skill, their knowledge, and their application. We all admire them, but unfortunately every adult on the planet is a cleaner!! All have been made to clean at some time in their life at home, or in their personal environment, and they think they are now experts, so ...

Incentive FM adds Northampton's venue to shopping centre contract portfolio

...ll range of services required for the retail environment, including cleaning, security, maintenance and other support services. IFM will have full responsibility for providing 24-hour security for the Centre, full maintenance, with all cleaning at the centre being undertaken using 'ec-H2O' Electronically Converted Water Technology, which is both sa...

Ecolab to acquire Purate business from AkzoNobel

...treatment applications. Completion of the transaction is subject to customary regulatory clearances and other standard closing conditions.[TRIMTO] "Chlorine dioxide is recognised as an excellent antimicrobial agent to control biologic growth primarily in cooling towers and a wide variety of other industrial water treatment applications," says Ti...

Get Waste Smart at the Facilities Show 2013

With many FM professionals facing recycling and waste reduction targets in their jobs, and with new responsibilities coming in due to the EU Waste Framework Directive, sustainable waste management and resource efficiency are moving fast up the FM sector agenda. The drive for profitability is integral to every business, and optimising resource m...

Matrix Industrial Range of steamers now completed

Matrix's Industrial Range incorporates two single phase machines and three, 3-phase machines. These have been specifically designed to fulfil all heavy duty cleaning applications. Each machine features a continuous stainless steel boiler with steam temperatures at source between 165 - 180 degrees deployed at pressures from eight to 10 bar.[TRIM...

Guests expect a 'Spring Clean' standard all year round from hospitality operators

...y by P&G Professional, 61% of European customers expect operators to maintain Spring cleaning standards all year round - making this standard an essential part of building a memorable guest experience.[TRIMTO] P&G Professional, conducted the study across five European countries and revealed how perceptions about spring cleaning vary acro...

IFMA announces 300th Sustainability Facility Professional in time for Earth Day

...lity Facility Professional credential. A facilities manager with an SFP credential has been trained and tested to fill a much-needed role in sustainable management of the built environment. Since the credential was first introduced in 2011, the rate of new facilities managers earning their SFP credential has quadrupled.[TRIMTO] "Facility manager...

ABCD Seminar 'Trading and Charging'

...eive from the services they provide. It will be presented by renowned speaker on this subject - Andy Mudd, Principal Consultant - Association for Public Service Excellence. "Most service providers in the UK, where services are provided to the public sector are feeling the squeeze," says Patricia Wherton ABCD General Secretary.  "Th...

Vax Commercial appointed by Travelodge

Vax Commercial has won a two-year contract to supply Travelodge, one of the UK's leading hotel brands, with its VCC-08 tub vacuum cleaner. After an extensive eight-week tender process, which saw the VCC-08 put through its paces at Travelodge's Head Office in Thame and its hotels in Swansea and Swanleigh, the UK designed product came out the clear...

WFBSC's first CEO Forum takes place in Rome

...rum in Rome recently. Building Service Industry leaders from as far afield as the US, Brazil, Japan and Germany discussed two fundamental issues for the future of the BSC sector.[TRIMTO] The first issue to be discussed was the future scenario planning for the sector, building on the ISS 2020 project. The second was the role of cleaning in develo...

Georgia-Pacific to acquire Buckeye Technologies

Buckeye Technologies and Georgia-Pacific have announced that they have reached a definitive agreement for Georgia-Pacific to acquire all of the outstanding shares of Buckeye Technologies' common stock, as well as its five manufacturing facilities, global sales offices and approximately 1,200 employees, for $37.50 per share in cash. The transactio...

Cooperation announced between Group Eulen and the Dussmann Group

The Madrid-based Eulen group and the Berlin-based Dussmann Group, have signed a an agreement for the joint provision of integrated facilities management services in 35 countries. The partners are both said to be leaders in their home markets for facilities services, reports Reinigungs Markt .[TRIMTO] The agreement will enable companies with gl...

Australian acquisitions will open up market for Bunzl

Bunzl, the UK-based distribution and outsourcing group, has this week announced that it has purchased three businesses which form part of the Industrial & Safety division of Jeminex in Australia.[TRIMTO] Based in Sydney, the businesses acquired operate from locations throughout Australia and focus on three specialist markets. The workwear a...

Congratulations!

Congratulations to Nikki Savings, Vectair Systems' Finance Manager, and Dave O'Donoghue, Export Manager, who successfully completed this year's Virgin London Marathon. Nikki ran London in a time of 4 hours 27 mins, which is a fantastic achievement, seeing as she also ran the Brighton marathon the weekend before in 4 hours 4 minutes![TRIMTO] ...

Karcher and Sanoserv win the Golden Broom Award 2013

...t the opening of ISSA/Interclean Central & Eastern Europe 2013, the KM 105/100 R P from Karcher and the Touch-less Disinfecting Services from Sanoserv were announced as winners of Golden Broom Innovation Award.[TRIMTO] Winner in the Product Category for Karcher, the KM 105/100 R is a new compact ride on sweeper in the one metre working width...

'Greenness' - a way to prove your products' claims!

The European Commission has proposed EU-wide methods for companies to measure and communicate their 'greenness' and the environmental footprint of their products. The voluntary scheme, called Building the Single Market for Green Products, will make use of the EU Joint Research Centre's controversial 'lifecycle assessment' method (LCA) for calculat...

Chemspec Europe solving the insolvable

Some stains appear to be impossible to remove and the professional cleaner that can 'solve the insolvable' will gain much credibility and valuable recommendations to others. This is the experience of a growing number of customers who use a great new Chemspec Europe product to make really stubborn stains disappear.  Many stains can be rem...

FM Sector pledges 10,000 Apprenticeships and 11,000 Work Inspiration places to reduce youth unemployment

The crucial role the Government believes apprenticeships will have in revitalising the economy and jobs market was emphasised yesterday by the Facilities Management sector which has pledged 10,020 Apprenticeships and 11,192 Work Inspiration placements by 2015 at The FM Big Conversation hosted by Richard Sykes, CEO of ISS UK and Ireland.[TRIMTO] ...

Optimise your workforce at Service Management Expo 2013

...educational schedule for its Field Services Theatre, hosting conference quality seminars, workshops and industry debates across three days. Service Management Expo, said to be Europe's only dedicated event for the field service market, takes place at Birmingham's NEC from 14th -16th May this year as part of the Facilities Show, providing a plet...

EEF and ENER-G launch hunt for Britain's greenest manufacturers

The hunt is on once again for Britain's most efficient and sustainable manufacturers. EEF, the manufacturers' organisation, and ENER-G have launched the Environment award category as part of the fifth annual Future Manufacturing Awards with companies eligible to win two prestigious awards at regional and national level.[TRIMTO] The EEF/ENER-G E...

Member states showcase dual education schemes ahead of EU proposals

...y to address youth unemployment. Business federations from Austria, Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands and Switzerland held a conference in Brussels on 26th April to determine the best way to present and transpose successful apprenticeship systems to other EU states. With youth unemployment soaring across Europe, the apprenticeship - or 'dual ...

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...s of qualified teachers) aren’t aware that a cleaning professional - using the right products and procedures - should be able to bring the carpet back up to good-as-new, sweet-smelling condition, without nearly as much disruption or expense! Please get in touch either by emailing me or posting a comment on our Facebook page.  www.fac...

ISS named world's best outsourcing company

...ld's best outsourcing service providers - The Global Outsourcing 100.[TRIMTO] "We are very proud and deeply honoured that IAOP has recognised ISS as the world's best outsourcing company," enthuses Jeff Gravenhorst, ISS Group CEO. "We take the ranking as a vote of confidence in ISS and our global platform from which we integrate and self-deliver ...

IFMA Foundation to award at least US$185,000 in FM scholarships in 2013

...ties around the world grow more complex, it is becoming more important than ever to educate the men and women responsible for running them," argues IFMA Foundation Executive Director Jeff Tafel, CAE. "With today's facility managers getting closer to retirement every day, there are simply not enough young people entering the FM field to meet the gro...

Liquid Voice in the heads of lone workers

Liquid Voice, the call recording and contact centre solutions specialist, has completed a successful IVR project for SitexOrbis. The project is part of the SitexOrbis code5 lone worker protection service, which integrates call recording, IVR, GPS, scheduling and incident handling systems to help the 24/7 response team provide rapid assistance to 1...

Synergy Health partners with Age UK East London to reduce infection risk

...of infection in the community. The company has donated a year's supply of its Assure Antimicrobial Hand Sanitiser to ensure excellent hand hygiene among the charity's staff. This will help protect the health of vulnerable older people, whose immune systems might be weak and may be susceptible to infection.[TRIMTO] Bee Burgess, Director of Commu...

Facilities managers and property owners urged to be alert on sewer flooding

In a year which has seen increased flooding across the UK (and many parts of the world) and an ongoing stand-off between Government and the Association of British Insurers regarding flood insurance, a significant cause of property flooding - sewers, appear to have flowed under the radar. Now risk management consultancy Argyll Environmental is urgi...

New, simplified naming system for Tork wiping products

The same high quality products with new, simpler names and more customer-focused packaging - this is what Tork manufacturer SCA is bringing to its customers.[TRIMTO] As SCA migrates products from the newly-acquired Lotus Professional brand into its Tork assortment, the names of all Tork wiping and cleaning products are being changed to become ...

Facilities management industry bodies plan to unite in one representative body

...The British Institute of Facilities Management, Asset Skills, the Facilities Management Association and the Cleaning & Support Services Association have agreed to the concept of forming one single and united body to represent facilities management & support services. As the facilities management and support services profession and indust...

A strong turnout in Warsaw!

...rn Europe (CEE), was held two weeks ago at the Warsaw International Exhibition Centre in Warsaw, Poland. It attracted almost 200 exhibitors from 26 countries and was once again deemed a real success. The organisers tell us that there were 3,706 visits over the event's three days and that these included 3,035 unique visitors from 55 countries. Th...

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...ed because they've gone wrong... robots that have apparently carried out the same procedures a thousand times suddenly going haywire in front of the assembled press, the journalist who gently touched the display and created a domino effect which caused the whole thing to collapse, press-filled executive coaches that broke down en route, a nervous p...

Workshop showcases how antibacterial products are judged effective

Antibacterial experts and manufacturers of antibacterial soaps are showcasing the latest methods for demonstrating the effectiveness of antibacterial hand soaps and sanitisers in killing disease-causing germs.[TRIMTO] During the 2013 meeting of the American Society for Microbiology, the American Cleaning Institute and the Personal Care Products...

Trojan batteries and watering system to equip new Pacific Floorcare auto-scrubber

Pacific Floorcare has selected Trojan Battery's deep-cycle flooded T-1275 batteries and the HydroLink single-point watering system for use in its new S-20 automatic floor scrubber.[TRIMTO] "When designing new equipment, Pacific Floorcare includes only the best components to ensure our machines provide customers with outstanding performance," e...

Greyland triggers rapid washroom cleaning frenzy!

...tty expensive pieces of cleaning equipment, one conclusion is inescapable: it needs to be done fast and it needs to be effective. And with the Greyland range of ready-to-use trigger spray cleaners, it gets to be both! Where washroom walls are looking a little jaded, the pleasantly fragranced Spray & Wipe with Bleach trigger spray is perfe...

Minister welcomes launch of Clean Britain Awards 2014

...r the Clean Britain Awards 2014, which recognise the efforts of local authorities to achieve high standards of street cleanliness and local environmental quality, opened for entries yesterday at a launch event in Northamptonshire.[TRIMTO] Now in their 25th year, the Clean Britain Awards reflect the importance of a clean and well maintained envir...

Principle Cleaning revolutionises the industry!

...ng a full time workforce to operate flexibly with any business to develop ways of improving quality and service in a sustainable way. The sustainable, London based contract cleaning business has formulated this specific method to provide its clients with a host of benefits to suit individual needs and make shifts flexible, meaning that any work ...

Europe Gesture Recognition & Touchless Sensing: worth $4.82 Billion by 2018

... Low maintenance costs * Government measures for water conservation * Tourism and hospitality industry ...and many more[TRIMTO] That's according to a new 351-page market research report, 'Europe Gesture Recognition & Touchless Sensing Market (2013 - 2018) Technology (2D, 3D, Ultrasonic, IR, Capacitive); Product (Biometr...

Pulire 2.0: an extra bit of magic

...ars of service to professionals make Pulire a leading event in Europe, ranked second for importance and size, and one of the most influential globally. In 2011, more than 10,000 visitors from 90 countries were able to see and discuss the latest innovations with 300 exhibitors from 21 countries filling more than 16,000 square metres of display space...

Sobeys of Canada teams with Betco and Quick Request to improve store cleanliness

...o adopt a cutting-edge smartphone technology called Quick Request, to better manage the cleanliness and appearance of Sobeys stores.[TRIMTO] Quick Request is a software service that allows customers to use their own smartphones to report problems, request services, and provide feedback. The system allows companies like Sobeys to conduct quick in...

Management change at MGS International

.... With this acquisition, Michel is now the sole owner of MGS International, a leading manufacturer and supplier of, amongst other things, Greenspeed Microfibre Systems.[TRIMTO] The decision to continue with a single manager is a joint strategy decision made by the MGS management. "I am convinced that the company has a great future ahead of it,"...

New health & safety training school opened

...training price tag, there is good news ahead. SOS Training has been formed to help the cleaning, FM and service industries with health & safety training. SOS's principal consultant, Lorraine Larman, has 20 years' experience across many service sectors including catering, cleaning, NHS, transport, pest control and agriculture. Lorraine, a cha...

Next generation healthcare secured

The James Paget University Hospital NHS Trust became the first Foundation Trust in Norfolk and Suffolk in August 2006. The hospital prides itself on a continued commitment to modernising and improving patient care. With a strong national reputation for research and excellence in the quality of its training facilities, the hospital trains over on...

Romex launches new module to manage risk to drivers

...biggest cause of occupational fatality is driving on business. There are more than 20 people killed and a further 250 seriously injured every week.  The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents states that: "Drivers who were using a mobile phone were nine times more likely to be involved in a fatal accident," while the National Safety Cou...

Get your tickets for next month’s charity ball

...day 7th June at the London Copthorne Tara Hotel, Scarsdale Place, Kensington, London. Brendan Healy and the Heartbeat Hollies will be providing the cabaret and dancing.[TRIMTO] Starting at 19.30 for 20.00, the event promises to be good fun. Tickets are still available and cost £87.50 - although they are going quickly. T: 02034 680923 E:info@suzannehowe.com [TRIMTO] ...

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...news Read by industry professionals in 148 countries worldwide! As my daughter Melissa and I were loading up the car on Tuesday to take a myriad of unwanted items and garden waste along to our local amenity tip for recycling, she remarked how lucky we are to live so close to what is known locally as 'the dump' and wondered what other p...

16 finalists nominated for the CMS Purus Awards

...eir products apart from those of their competitors. It also helps them to be recognised as customer and quality oriented. Design not only contributes to a product's image and sales, but is also part of a forward-looking corporate strategy. The finalists who have made it into the last round are proof that the cleaning industry boasts a wide range...

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... Read by industry professionals in 148 countries worldwide! Pulire 2013 opens today at 10.00 and - if the last event in 2011 is anything to go by, it's going to be very busy until the doors close this evening at 18.00. But don't worry... if you can't make it today there's always tomorrow and Thursday (same opening hours throughout) to explor...

Conference Programme: Today's events and conferences are as follows:

...iello, President Veronafiere Ass. Antonio Lella, Verona Matteo Marino, Presidente AfidampFAB Toni D'Andrea, Managing Director Afidamp Servizi Andrea Miglioranzi, President AMIA Verona 14.30 - 15.30 Room Mascagni A new way to run B2B shows in years 2.0. The market for B2B fairs in the world and the new media approach. New trends for the profession...

Pulire 2013

Pulire is the largest professional cleaning industry trade show in Italy and it enables visitors to explore the latest developments in a complete range of machinery, chemical products, equipment and components for professional cleaning and hygiene and talk to those who know how to get the best out of them. Some 300 exhibitors have taken more than...

...n other countries. They have certainly succeeded. Pulire is now a leading exhibition in this sector and the ideal place to discover and discuss both new products and equipment and the latest market trends, whilst networking with like-minded industry colleagues from around the world. ...

An important aspect of this, is the international expansion of the Pulire brand, with trade shows taking place in Spain, India, Turkey, Russia and Asia, all organised by Afidamp Servizi in conjunction with local partners and the industry associations. The shared objective is to offer invaluable opportunities for meeting others with the same interests and objectives. ...

...lving to suit market needs, introduced two changes last year that proved successful with exhibitors and visitors alike so have been continued for 2013. These were as a result, noted Toni D'Andrea, Managing Director of Afidamp Servizi, of taking on board suggestions made by associates and previous exhibitors and adapting the show accordingly. They included moving the show to May, to promote business opportunities before the Summer holidays and changing the format and the length of the event. ...

Another show enhancement that proved successful and which is being continued this time around, came in the form of 'Club Pulire', which enables previous exhibitors to meet with their colleagues, their competition and customers to network and build relationships, away from the hustle and bustle of the main exhibition stall.

This year saw the launch of Pulire 2.0, an 'interactive event' available on smartphones and tablets which has two applications: one for exhibitors and one for visitors. We understand that the entire catalogue is online with assigned QR codes, which will facilitate what has been described as a match-making system for managing appointment books and agendas as well as the real time monitoring of visitors arriving at the show, so interested parties will know when others have entered the halls and be able to make contact. ...

...so that the trade show does not end after the three days of the event. It is prepared ahead of time and survives after the doors close. Pulire 2.0 is a place of constant meeting, real and virtual, for an open, interactive exchange between supply and demand of professional cleaning," say the organisers. It sounds like a great concept and we'll be able to tell you more once we've experienced it for ourselves. ...

...vation Awards, an initiative promoted by AfidampFAB in collaboration with Afidamp Servizi Srl. John and I are delighted to have once again been invited to join the judging panel and are excited about shortly being able to examine the shortlisted products first hand, try them out for ourselves and speak to the people that designed and built them. Lo...

Verona is a city of rare beauty, encompassing thousands of years of ancient history but with a city centre enjoying economic and commercial modernity sitting beautifully with typically Roman historical architecture, which is preserved along with the medieval, Renaissance, Venetian and Austrian buildings that are available for everyone to admire.

In 2011, (after the show had finished of course!) John and I spent a never-to-be-forgotten few hours exploring the incredible 14th century Castelvecchio which stands by the Adige River beside the Castelvecchio bridge. Unlike some museums, this one allowed us within touching distance of the most captivating sculptures, statues, paintings, miniatur...

...- Verona. This beautiful city is at the crossroads of the Venice (115 km) - Milan (160 km) motorway and the Brennero (220 km) - Bologna (140 km) motorway and can be easily reached by road or rail. The exhibition centre is about 3 km out of the city centre, and a few minutes' drive from the Verona sud' exit (Venice-Milan motorway). A dual carriageway connects the exhibition centre to the local Airport Valerio Catullo. ...

If you're flying in, as John and I did, getting to the exhibition centre from the airport (about 9 km) is simple: * If you've hired a car: Take the ring-road (tangenziale) towards Villafranca. Follow the signposts for Verona Sud motorway exit and then follow the signpost for Fiera. You should be there in about 10 minutes. * Bus-navetta: A sh...

Conference Programme:

Today's events and conferences are as follows:  10.00:Opening Ceremony - Salieri Room - PALAEXPO Ettore Riello, President Veronafiere Ass. Antonio Lella, Verona Matteo Marino, Presidente AfidampFAB Toni D'Andrea, Managing Director Afidamp Servizi Andrea Miglioranzi, President AMIA Verona  14.30 - 15.30 Room Mascagni  A n...

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... Day one of the show got off to an encouraging start with the turnstiles spinning from the outset and queues of visitors who were clearly regretting not having taken advantage of the online registration system prior to the event. Bet they won’t leave it so late next time! As the show is clearly going to be a busy one, John and I thought ...

Karcher

...lly has two products in the Innovation Awards special exhibition area but during our visit to the stand we discovered that they combine to form what the company’s David Wickel described as a “System approach” which also includes other products. Very clever it is too.[TRIMTO] More often now we’re seeing vast swathes of sol...

RCM

... Also being considered for an award is RCM’s Eco Sanitizing scrubber, which is eco-friendly and saves money. Export Area Manager Celio Franch, told us: “RCM’s Eco Sanitising system is for the professional sanitisation of floors. It reduces 97% of bacteria, eliminates the cost of separate sanitisation, reduces cleaning costs, ...

Diversey

...angle from the plastic frame. These spikes are forced outwards when the mop is applied to the floor and they catch on the mop head and hold it fast.[TRIMTO] When the mop head needs to be changed, a simple action draws the spikes in and the mop head can be released straight into the bucket with no need for the operator to touch the mop head at an...

Nilfisk

...equired to tilt the drum to the angle needed to drain the contents. It makes cleaning faster, safer and less tiring for the operator.[TRIMTO] “Productivity is increased further thanks to the dual filtration system, as the opearator does not have to change the filter according to the material to be pumped,” explained General Manager M...

Enjoying his work…

...s ‘Chef Claudio’ as he’s there to cook up tasty morsels for his hardworking RCM stand colleagues and their guests. He served us with some local delicacies with aplomb and very tasty they were too!

Fimap

...ldn’t find out very much about the Hybrid ride-on machine as those familiar with its features and benefits had taken a party of visitors to visit the Fimap factory for the afternoon. Marketing manager Caterina Compri did agree to pose for us however and she said that it was all very comfortable… www.fimap.com

Sutter Professional

...’s shortlisted Connect Training Solution was cheerfully demonstrated to us by Chiara Traverso and it is very easy to understand and use. Connect enables cleaners to learn their trade remotely, eliminating the need for them to take time away from their work. They can study at their own pace and there’s a fun ‘games’ sectio...

Ar-co

...e to obtain all the possible combinations required in terms of common traditional products for the hand and machine cleaning of floors, windows and furniture and for the sanitisation of bathrooms. “This system can reduce costs by 30% when compared to traditional bottles and tanks. Moreover, our dosing packages – unlike many others on...

SRI

Despite the bright and eyecatching stand and the cheerful welcome from Olivier Foret and Bertrand Clausel, we couldn’t help but think, when they poured oil on a display board and filled a cup with what looked like wet sand, that this was just another spill absorbency kit. And when they said: “There’s no need to worry about the q...

...14 Clean as an absolute value. Finding  the right balance for Italy between rationalisation and innovation, growth and legality Chair Toni D’Andrea, CEO Afidamp Servizi Organization: Afidamp Servizi 15.00 - 16.30 - Workshop - Press Room - Mascagni SACE system A model of savings in hospital hotel services Speakers: ...

Brightwell's new website

Brightwell Dispensers has completely changed its website. It's quicker and easier to navigate, more intuitive and offers better interraction with the user. www.brightwell.co.uk

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... worldwide! Pulire 2013: We expected yesterday to be even busier than the opening day had been and we weren't wrong. There's a real 'buzz' around the show floor and everybody - exhibitors and visitors alike, seem happy. We hear that visitor numbers on the opening day though were more than 2,000 higher than they were in 2011 and we think it's g...

Elsea

While I have to admit that I dragged John onto this stand because of the unusual pastel tones of the equipment, (well I am female...) we liked what we saw when we got there. Rino Fulvino told us what - apart from the colour - was new about this range, which is available globally.[TRIMTO] Called the E.2, its passive colours belie its rugged bui...

Isal

...outside exhibition area at Pulire made me envious of a climate that facilitates the setting up of stands outside in the fresh air. Imagine that in Birmingham! It was clear as we looked around that this 360 Electrica from Isal Power Sweepers was Italian designed - it was so sleek and stylish. However, it has many other attributes as Leonardo Bernasc...

Sirmac

We often see moulded pressure washers and we often see stainless steel ones but neither John nor I could recall seeing machines combining the two materials and certainly nothing looking quite as smart as the Sirmac machines. Dr Sara Bagassi told us that this was for extra stability and strength in a machine which was designed to be more compa...

Nettuno

...n our tracks by an unusual piece of equipment. When we asked Francesca Fratus about it, she grinned and said: "Oh yes, we've just made a big investment in that!" When questioned further, she revealed that the purchase - an automatic filling machine - was so new that it hadn't even appeared at the factory yet; it had just been purchased a couple of ...

4CleanPro

We were drawn to the 4CleanPro stand by a striking range of bright green machines and because several visitors were showing a close interest – always a good sign. We were particularly struck by the sleek lines of the Gaia compact scrubber drier which we could see is easy to manoeuvre - and since Patrick Vangestel and the team were explainin...

Teinnova

Considering that industrial kitchens are equipped with exhaust systems designed to evacuate smoke and odours, the extracted vapours contain a high degree of fat that accumulates in the filters, hoods, ducts and extractors. The fat is highly flammable and is responsible for most fires in restaurants. Furthermore, dirty systems force the system&rsq...

Tecnica

...r than metric values, but once Tecnica’s Stefano Vidoni explained that the equipment on his stand is popular in the US and UK, it made more sense. The Tecnica HD18 carpet cleaning system is offered in widths of 14 and 18 inches. It comes with a high performance suction motor, an electronically protected belt brush drive and a multi level f...

QTS

The QTS stand display was stunning and John and I were fooled by the optical illusion that had been created, which made us think that the basins were real when really they were just a photograph. But it wasn’t just the illusion that drew us onto the stand… the dispensers were really, really fresh and unusual, as you can see from our ...

Coynco

So often I've visited a service station and vacuumed the interior of my car, only to find that when I vacuum the mats that sit in the footwell, the grit and other debris springs from the rubber mouldings and undoes all my hard work. I was delighted to see then, that one of Coynco's coin operated car valeting machines has a special section for ...

Cleanvac

...c BRS machine, which uses steam at up to 170 degrees. You just have to take up the carpet, clean it and lay it back down on the floor again.[TRIMTO] "The equipment is competitively priced - as are the consumables," he told us, saying that the company offers comprehensive training support to customers. "With the use of the control ...

Wirbel / Ghibli

Wirbel/Ghibli's Gabriele Sidoti told us that the stand had been incredibly busy throughout the show and we noticed that there was plenty for everyone to see. Indeed such was the impact of the range of equipment on display, that as we were leaving John and I saw a major global competitor taking photo's of some of the machines. If he didn't want...

Paperdi

If there were to be a prize for the best stand, my vote would have to go to Italian converter Paperdi. Although the company hadn't actually manufactured the stand (which was made completely from cardboard - from the displays and reception desk to the chairs and tables and stools) it didn't matter. It let visitors see that this was a disposable...

STOP PRESS

...urnalists, had an early morning meeting to discuss our thoughts on the Innovations Awards finalists and cast our votes. I can now announce that the winner of the tools and equipment category is SRI for its Pelican Pack, Karcher won the chemicals category with its RM99 solar cleaner and Nilfisk won the machines category with its Aspiratori Serie VL500. Visitors voted the Diversey mopping sysem a winner. ...

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...ntries worldwide! Here follows the final instalment in our report from the Pulire exhibition and conference that took place last week. It all seems so long ago and I for one really miss being in Italy. As you will see, we discovered some real innovation and got to try out some interesting and useful products, as well as some great wine pr...

Qleen cleaning: far easier than it looks!

One of the things John and I love about exhibitions is that we get to try out the products rather than just talk about them, so when the opportunity arose to try the German-built Lehmann Qleen Pure Water Cleaning System for use on solar panels, we both had a go.[TRIMTO] Although the cleaning head looked quite cumbersome, once it was up on the ...

Some much needed 'Spring Air'

With the rotten weather we've been experiencing in the UK and the promise of similar storms in Verona on the closing day of the show, there had been a real shortage of 'Spring Air', so when we came upon a company of the same name with a young lady standing beside a column that was emitting a plume of pleasant smelling fragrance, we just had to st...

Ecogum: zap chewing gum on the go

Enjoying the freedom, sunshine and fresh air of the external exhibition area - and having a very busy show too - was Neil Maddox (pictured left) and his sidekick 'Jason'. Neil showed us how Ecogum works and just how easy it is to use.[TRIMTO] "Ecogum is an environmentally responsible chewing gum removal system that is easy to use for long peri...

Magris goddess

This young lady wasn't just standing there handing out brochures and looking pretty, she was directing visitors to this distributor's stand to the experts they needed to speak with about the products that had caught their eye. As there were several new products on the Magris stand, she was kept very busy!

Ophardt Hygiene: "A great show with lots of interest in products old and new"

By the time we got there Ophardt Hygiene's stand staff were exhausted. And so were we! They told us they'd had, "a great show with lots of interest from visitors in the established products as well as the new ones". He said that everyone had been impressed by the reliable and robust stainless-steel Santral series, which come as standard with the ...

Clean air in a cube all the way from Switzerland

The Clean Cube 037 Basic, Clean Cube 037 and the Evo Clean Cube 027 Mini, are made in Switzerland by the Cleanservice Group in association with Magris. These EEC certified atomisers pump out 0.3 micron particles that contain hydrogen peroxide, to clean, disinfect and refresh rooms. The particles can capture and break down bacteria, viruses, fungi...

Ready to race - an automatic escalator and travelator deep cleaning machine

... "Our Rotomac machine, which is based on aircraft engineering, is still the world's only horizontal and vertical, fully automatic escalator cleaning machine and it is used all over the globe," he argued. "Now we have taken the world's best machine and made it even better. By listening to our clients, we have developed the only automatic escalato...

It was all Greek to us and we liked what we saw...

...y say, a refuse sack. Well those of us in the cleaning industry know that there's a real difference and that generally you get what you pay for. A good sack, which will take more weight and volume, will cost more, but will be less likely to split. A cheap sack will end up costing more as you either have to double up or continuously be replacing sp...

Now... will this get me all the way to the airport?

Judging by the picture I was starting to feel a little jaded and may well have been wondering whether I could use this piece of equipment to make a quick getaway (well it is hard work trekking around a large show all day, then producing a daily newsletter for global broadcast the following morning prior to the show's opening!) and I know I was di...

Lithium is the future, when it comes to batteries

...cased a wide range of Discover Clean & Green EV Traction Dry Cell Batteries at Pulire. Designed and manufactured specifically for the floor machine and cleaning industry and recognised as the ideal green alternative to traditional hazardous batteries, these batteries are completely sealed, non-spillable and provide consistent and clean power an...

Industrial vacuum cleaners: powerful, versatile and easy to manage

One thing I do know is that I would have hated to have to break down the TMB stand and take all the exhibits back to base![TRIMTO] The company offers a large range of central vacuum cleaning systems and wet & dry vacuum cleaners - many of which were on show - and Roberto Marcolini posed with one of the largest on the stand, before explaini...

Yes it was a train carriage...

Emmediemme had one of those 'stop you in your tracks' stands but this time it was in the literal sense as on display was part of a train carriage which served very well as a demonstration vehicle, as amongst other products, the company was showing graffiti removal systems and a hand aerosol that cleans and disinfects seating and which is designed...

Food industry brush ensures that no bristles get into the food!

One stand that caught our eye was that of Ariston Cleaning Solutions - simply because of the fantastic colour coding options offered by the range of brushes, shovels and other 'light'cleaning equipment on display. But was it all just about the colour coding? Certainly not, as John and I soon discovered![TRIMTO] One of the products that impress...

Tecnovap: delicious wine AND lots of new products!

One very busy stand with lots on show was Tecnovap - and incredibly, visitors were offered as refreshment some really good wine produced by Tecnovap owner Giuliano Franchini. So enjoyable was the wine and the company of the stand team, that we could have stayed there chatting and supping all day... but as I said, there was lots to see...[TRIMTO] ...

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...s issue would carry an interview with Martin Scott, who used to be the face of the UK Cleaning Show and who many claim has split the industry by launching The Cleaning Expo into the slot left by BCCE (British Cleaning Council Exhibitions) when it decided to move the Cleaning Show from Birmingham’s National Exhibition Centre to London’s ...

Dustcontrol introduces new 'green' approach for mobile product range

...ile dust extractor range.[TRIMTO] The new motors are now being used in Dustcontrol's AirCube 500 and AirCube 2000 models. Each motor has 100W lower consumption than previous Dustcontrol motors, but are more powerful than ever before. James Miller, Dustcontrol UK's General Manager, explains further: "The motors have been developed with the env...

Osmond singer's visit is music to the ears of Disposables UK

...e event, to be held in Leeds on 1st September, will raise funds for charities, The Hearing Fund UK and Music and the Deaf, with monies benefitting deaf children in Yorkshire.[TRIMTO] The visit was prompted by Disposables' association with the EU Ecolabel, a European wide label promoting environmental excellence in its products and services, whi...

Linen hire service and laundry company fined following fall from ladder

A linen hire service and a laundry company have both been fined for safety breaches after a worker fell from a ladder while trying to clear a blockage in an industrial-sized laundry machine.[TRIMTO] A female employee of AAA Linen Services, who worked at the company's Park Royal headquarters in North West London, shattered her left ankle after s...

Workplaces should wash their hands of infections

Hand sanitisers are now found in all types of workplaces and have become one of the fastest selling products in workplace equipment supplier Slingsby's 35,000 product range - which comes as no surprise after research revealed that a quarter of people in the UK have faecal bacteria on their hands. [TRIMTO] The research carried out by hygien...

UK's £4 million windfall for underpaid workers

...age rules. This resulted in 708 employers receiving automatic penalty charges of up to £5,000 and 26,519 employees receiving an average of £300 in back pay, topping up wages that had previously been below the legal minimum rate. "Paying less than the minimum wage is totally unacceptable," warned Employment Minister Jo Swinson. "Whene...

Labour savings with Untouchable with SRT

Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport, located just 10 miles west of New Orleans, handles more than 8 million passengers each year and understandably, the floors take a 'beating'.[TRIMTO] The Building Service Contractor for this facility was looking for a way of making and keeping the floors clean and shiny. The prior finish that w...

82 Councils in England & Wales and 32 in Scotland committed to paying Living Wage

The GMB Congress in Plymouth was yesterday told that of the 400 councils In England and Wales there are now 82 paying or committed to pay their staff the living wage. In addition, all 32 councils in Scotland are now living wage employers paying their staff at least the living wage. The councils in England and Wales are:[TRIMTO] Ashfield Dist...

Incentive FM invites teams to enter charity shoot

... Club in Reigate, Surrey.[TRIMTO] A total of 20 teams will compete, each made up of five friends and colleagues, with breakfast, lunch and refreshments included in the day's activities. Teams will be entered as Regular, Occasional and Novice standards and full tuition will be provided by allocated coaches from the Horne Clay Pigeon Club. Jere...

ACI presentations in Barcelona to focus on sustainability advancements, ecolabelling trends & surfactant safety

...stainability advancements in the cleaning products industry, trends in North American ecolabelling, and the safety of fatty alcohol based surfactants at CESIO - the 9th World Surfactant Congress & Business Convention, which is being held next week from 10th - 12th June.[TRIMTO] The event, held at the Centre Convencions Internacional Barcelon...

800 tonnes of waste paper catches fire at SCA Hygiene in Chesterfield

Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service spent more than 24 hours over Tuesday and Wednesday this week, quelling a fire involving 800 tonnes of waste paper that was being stored in the yard of SCA Hygiene, Goyt Side Road, Chesterfield.[TRIMTO] We understand that the fire, which sent a thick plume of ash drifting around the town, was reported at 12....

Study: Hospital laundering practices may expose patients to infection-causing bacteria

...aning towels', conducted by Charles Gerba, Ph.D., Professor of Microbiology, University of Arizona, and colleagues from the University of Arizona, with support from Kimberly-Clark, found that: * Laundering practices were insufficient for removing potentially harmful bacteria from reusable cloth and microfibre towels commonly used to clea...

New 3M Scotchgard Resilient Floor Protector makes stripping a thing of the past

Cleaning and protecting vinyl flooring has just become a lot faster and more affordable with the launch of 3M Scotchgard Resilient Floor Protector. Not only is it much quicker to apply than traditional acrylic floor coatings; it doesn't require stripping - reducing labour costs and improving productivity, without compromising standards.[TRIMTO] ...

Interview with Martin Scott, Exhibition Director, Cleaning Expo

... a percentage of the profits from the established show which it helps to run. What’s going on and why? Martin: I’m not setting up a rival show but providing an alternative for those that want one – and believe me, the industry wants one! Cleanzine: What do you mean: “The industry wants one?” I thought that the ...

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...news Read by industry professionals in 148 countries worldwide! As my daughter Melissa and I were loading up the car on Tuesday to take a myriad of unwanted items and garden waste along to our local amenity tip for recycling, she remarked how lucky we are to live so close to what is known locally as 'the dump' and wondered what other p...

Soapbox: Lyn Crowther FCMI,FBICSc, Founder/Owner, Cleanwise Training and Management, asks:

...A Management Diploma? How many employers can be confident that they are producing the managers and leaders they need for the future?[TRIMTO] For over 50 years there has been cleaning operative training available which has improved the way we clean today. However there has been no recognised management / leadership training for our industry ...

Healthcare cleaning chief calls for national training & qualifications for cleaners in NHS hospitals

...ational Chair Denise Foster is calling for the introduction of nationally recognised qualifications and training standards for all NHS cleaning staff. Currently no vocational qualifications are required to work as a cleaner in the NHS and many hospital cleaners start work with little knowledge or understanding of the complex processes involved.[TRI...

In Kind Direct Charity Household Essentials Campaign - urgent stock appeal

Throughout June and July, In Kind Direct is running an urgent campaign for stock donations from the industry.[TRIMTO] Due to a big increase in the number of charities seeking help, In Kind Direct, one of The Prince's Charities, is seeking donations of a wide range of essential cleaning items (listed below) to pass onto struggling UK charities ...

Profits down as UK cleaning firms feel the pinch

... Cleaning Equipment & Materials companies has revealed a widening gap between firms making outstanding profits and those losing money.[TRIMTO] The latest Plimsoll Analysis found average profit margins have fallen to 5.4% of sales and 214 of UK's top 676 Cleaning Equipment & Materials companies are now running at a loss - a finding that w...

Hill-Rom launches new hospital hand hygiene monitoring solution

Nearly every major public health organisation agrees that ineffective hand-hygiene (hand washing or using disinfecting sprays, wipes or gels) is one of the most significant contributors to the problem of hospital-acquired infections. [TRIMTO] Further compounding the problem is the fact that compliance rates amongst caregivers are difficult to ...

Proandre launches new range of stainless steel products

Proandre strives to offer the market the most innovative and cutting edge solutions, responding to customer needs with products that combine design and quality.[TRIMTO] For this reason, the firm has launched a new range of stainless steel products - a highly attractive material which adds a touch of class to the product, as well as being very ...

Street cleaning machines in India 'not fit for purpose'

... cleaning cupboard in which unused equipment is often found to reside, this equipment isn't a cheap and ineffective chemical or difficult-to-use small machine, but two expensive street cleaning machines that don't appear to be fit for purpose, which were purchased two and a half years ago.[TRIMTO] The publication reports that before the machines...

Outdoor area maintenance an important part of CMS 2013 Berlin

...ning trade are concerned, outdoor area maintenance is an integral part of the cleaning, maintenance and conservation work required in maintaining a property - and the international cleaning trade fair CMS 2013 Berlin will be showing the machines and equipment, cleaning agents and disinfectants needed to ensure the best results.[TRIMTO] The compa...

White Cross Bay says Cleanall, can clean all its premises again this year

White Cross Bay, Windermere (part of the South Lakeland Parks group) has awarded its cleaning contract to Cleanall Services for a second year. The contract includes the provision of the pivotal turnaround cleaning of the lodges on changeover day as well as the cleaning of the complex: bars, restaurants, swimming pool and gymnasium.[TRIMTO] "C...

WAMITAB and Amaryllis: transforming the lives of ex-offenders

Building business that benefits the British economy and puts something back into society by rehabilitating ex-offenders is the aim of the 'New You, New Future' programme. This joint venture between Amaryllis, a leading force in workplace management, and WAMITAB, the awarding organisation in the waste management, recycling and facilities sectors, a...

Ecolab expands research centre in Brazil

...g RD&E teams in our major geographic markets helps ensure close interactions with our customers and value chain partners," says Dr. Larry Berger, Ecolab executive vice president and chief technology officer. "Our goal is to develop industry-leading solutions to make the world cleaner, safer and healthier, to protect people and vital resources, ...

Rome to the Dome - pedal power style!

...nge of riding from the Colosseum in Rome, Italy, to St Paul's Cathedral ('the Dome') in London, England, raising huge sums for various charities. On Saturday, a group is going to embark on this epic journey all over again. For some it will be a fairly regular trip, while others won't know what they're letting themselves in for...[TRIMTO] Amongst...

Bolton recycling firm sentenced after worker crushed

A Bolton company has been ordered to pay almost £130,000 in fines and costs after a worker suffered serious injuries when he was crushed between two trucks at a recycling plant.[TRIMTO] The Health & Safety Executive prosecuted DS Smith Paper after the firm failed to observe correct safety procedures around the tipping area at its Sev...

Two become one

SCA Hygiene Products has announced the migration of two of its key brands into one. Lotus Professional, a brand of former Georgia-Pacific EMEA, will migrate to the existing SCA Tork brand. This means Lotus Professional products are set to have new Tork names and packaging. However, inside the pack nothing has changed and customers will find the s...

PGI to build new manufacturing facility in China

...s week that it will invest in a strategic site in Nanhai, China, that will enable the company to expand its manufacturing capacity for high quality nonwoven products for the global hygiene and healthcare markets it serves.[TRIMTO] PGI's investment in a state-of-the-art facility in Nanhai will also increase its capacity to produce advanced chemic...

Savills awards Emprise global headquarters contract

Emprise Services, the support services provider that specialises in cleaning and security, has been awarded a dual service contract for global real estate services provider Savills' Margaret Street headquarters, which is close to London's Oxford Street. Savills has awarded Emprise a three year contract to deliver daily and periodic cleaning, s...

Chocolate fingers anyone?

...machine which pipes liquid chocolate into moulds - at Ashbury Chocolates. He had removed the rotors and reached up to check the stirrer cavity was clean but the stirrers were still rotating. His left index finger became trapped and was partially severed. It had to be fully amputated later in hospital.[TRIMTO] Mr Countinho, 41, of Peterborough, w...

Special deals available on travel and accommodation for CMS 2013

Berlin is a vibrant city that barely sleeps. And this is also the case during the international cleaning trade fair CMS 2013 Berlin - Cleaning.Management.Services. which takes place from 24th to 27th September.[TRIMTO] Each day the German capital offers its visitors from around the world several hundred events from its extensive programme of ...

How good housekeeping can add a little spice to your life!

Or cranberry, or even peach! These are the subtle fragrances available in some of the Greyland range of ready-to-use trigger spray housekeeping products. Greyland Furniture Polish (yes it does what it says on the label) is a good quality everyday polish for most hard surfaces that leaves a gleam in the eye, as well as on the furniture.[TRIMTO]...

Plumbing theft throwing a wrench in the works of businesses

According to a recent report, fast food restaurants, churches, warehouses, and other types of businesses are reporting more and more thefts of plumbing parts from their washrooms.[TRIMTO] One reason for this: The price of copper often used in pipes or pipe fittings remains at near historic highs, and that means so, too, does the amount of coppe...

RJN Chemicals launches myth busting campaign for the UK market

RJN Chemicals manufactures some of the UK's most sustainable commercial cleaning and sanitising products. RJN's flagship product FreshClean has been in production for over 10 years, and sits comfortably amongst the brand leaders as a highly effective, industrial cleaning solution that tackles almost every conceivable cleaning challenge - from gla...

Vernon Holmes to seek new industry opportunities

...as decided that, following the successful transition of ownership, the time is now right to move on and to look at new challenges for himself within the industry. "I leave Contico on 30th June 2013 after 38 fantastic years with the company," he says. "Over the past 15 months I have done my best to professionally pass over the Contico business to...

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...o not the American dream you’re thinking of, but that very American idea of Network Marketing and the dream that it will reward recruits with enormous wealth (and, in this case, excellent health). Well the various tablets didn’t cure my father’s cancer, give me boundless energy or improve the strength of my family’s nails...

Cleantec Innovation raises the flag for Thanet

...resulting in eight prestigious blue flags, (a voluntary eco-label awarded to more than 3850 beaches and marinas in 48 countries across Europe, South Africa, Morocco, Tunisia, New Zealand, Brazil, Canada and the Caribbean) being awarded to the district's beaches. The achievement demonstrates the fact that the regeneration of this tourist hotspot ...

10th anniversary of Recycle Week shows just how far we've come

... an astonishing 50 billion plastic drinks bottles - enough, laid end-to-end, to stretch to the moon and back more than 10 times over![TRIMTO] This is just one of impressive facts to come to light as Recycle Week - the national event to encourage more people to recycle more things more often - celebrated its 10th anniversary earlier this month. ...

Regent expands training to FM services

Regent Samsic has expanded its staff training and development programme into facilities management services.[TRIMTO] Facilities managers have extensive responsibilities for providing, maintaining and developing a myriad of services, and Regent Samsic recognised that its managers and team leaders would benefit from the opportunity to develop th...

PCMC's flexible flow wrapper: success!

...esting at the Sofidel America facility in Florida (formerly Cellynne Tissue). All speed, changeover and reliability objectives were immediately achieved upon initial testing, and were sustained over a 12 month production test period.[TRIMTO] "It is very rewarding to have met all our objectives for the new flexible flow wrappers," enthuses Barry ...

Quadralene triumphs in Medilink East Midlands Business Awards

...Quadralene Group has walked away with the Export Achievement Award in this year's Medilink East Midlands Business Competition. The Derby-based chemicals manufacturer collected the prize at the Innovation Day awards evening held recently at the Radisson Blu Hotel, East Midlands Airport.[TRIMTO] The company manufactures a wide range of specialise...

Maximise your exposure - enter by July 15th!

Enter your innovative product or service in the 2013 ISSA Innovation Award Programne and maximise your presence with four months of exposure on ISSA.com. And if you're exhibiting at ISSA/Interclean North America 2013, your entry will be featured on the trade show floor and in an ISSA-TV Live Stream interview.[TRIMTO] Last year, one entry al...

AHCP welcomes new National Chair

...ked within the NHS since 1980. In 1984, he achieved the British Institute of Cleaning Science's Midlands Student of the Year award, going on to work as a Supervisor and then Assistant Manager at the Old District Hospital in Selly Oak, South Birmingham.[TRIMTO] In 1990 he was appointed Domestic Services Manager at Birmingham General Hospital, bef...

Jangro/Macmillan on the road to raise £100,000

...t.[TRIMTO] The fundraising campaign started with a sponsored walk involving 27 head office staff and friends, each covering five miles around the Rivington and West Pennine Moors in Lancashire. This single activity raised £1,252. Kyle Macintyre, son of Jackie Macintyre, Director of Jangro Perthshire Member, Co-An UK, simultaneously ran ...

IFMA and BGFMA announce partnership through IFMA Alliance

...An IFMA Alliance partnership provides members of global facilities-related organisations like BGFMA and former IFMA component groups with select IFMA member benefits directed at individual skill development. Members of IFMA Alliance organisations become 'custom' members of IFMA with the ability to determine what information they wish to share with,...

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...ghted to have received an email from Brightwell Dispensers’ Dennis Carver, telling me that he and the other brave souls (several from the UK cleaning industry) who were cycling from ‘Rome to the Dome’ to raise money for charity, all arrived at London’s St Paul’s Cathedral safely,  16 days and 1400 miles after they...

IFMA: World FM Day statements from IFMA President and CEO, IFMA Chair

... around the world. Over the years, it has inspired hundreds of individuals, companies, associations and partners to celebrate their successes and demonstrate the important contribution facilities management brings to the built environment across the globe.[TRIMTO] In recognition of World FM Day 2013, which was last week, IFMA President and CEO T...

AusClean Pulire education programme released - register now

...ducation programme has now been released for AusClean Pulire, the event that is being held at The Grand Pavilion, Rosehill Race Course, Sydney, on 15th and 16th October 2013.[TRIMTO] Celebrating the Australian cleaning industry's commitment to public hygiene and sustainable practices, the event will be much more than simply seminars, workshops a...

Specialty Biocides market: transformed in Europe, energized in the US, and cleaning up in India and China

Considerably reshaped by pending regulations, and despite persistent eurozone economic uncertainty, the specialty biocides market in Europe is expected to grow by 2.1% over the next five years, according to Kline's recently published Specialty Biocides: Regional Market Analysis. While several segments in the US speciality biocides market are likel...

Spectrum successfully completes industrial rope access cleaning at Tilbury Docks

...ss cleaning at Tilbury Docks - the main port for London. Industrial cleaning carries its own perils and health & safety is of paramount importance for facilities managers when hiring contractors.[TRIMTO] Spectrum was hired to provide a specialist hand to assist Tilbury Docks, because its cleaning technicians comply with the highest standard ...

ISS Account Director boosts employment in East London with award winning 'Training to Work' Scheme

...n charity, has over 20 years of experience in facilitating successful partnerships between business and the community.[TRIMTO] Chris, who is the Account Director for ISS' FM contract at Lloyd's of London, was nominated for his achievements as a Training into Work Scheme Champion at Lloyd's - who like ISS, is a long-standing corporate partner of...

Top compliance accreditation for ServiceMaster Clean

Commercial cleaning and disaster restoration specialist, ServiceMaster Clean, has been awarded the Gold accreditation from exor, which demonstrates that its standards are acknowledged as being amongst the highest in the industry.[TRIMTO] Exor's approach towards compliance is based on an active and robust programme of checking, testing and inde...

CHSA hosts MP's visit to promote standards in cleaning products

The importance of cleaning products and the cleaning industry was under the spotlight during a recent visit to an Essex headquarters by MP Dame Angela Watkinson. The Hornchurch & Upminster MP went on a tour of wiping and cleaning cloth specialist Harrison's Wipes premises in Romford to learn more about how non-woven wiping cloths are pro...

HSS moves up powered access league with new acquisition

HSS Hire Services Group, which supplies tools, equipment and related services to the UK market, has acquired UK Platforms, the powered access specialist, from the Haulotte Group. The transaction will make HSS the second-largest provider in the powered access market in Britain and Ireland.[TRIMTO] UK Platforms was founded in 2000 and is a nation...

Charlesbank Capital Partners invests in Trojan Battery Company

...by the Godber family since its founding in 1925. The transaction, which was funded with both equity and debt, introduces the first outside equity for the company, with the management team making a notable co-investment and the Godber family maintaining a significant ownership position.[TRIMTO] "Trojan sees diverse opportunities to continue to gr...

Businesses fly-tipping reaching epidemic proportions

..., every single day there are scores of incidents where hazardous waste is dumped in streets, fields and residential waste bins across the UK as unscrupulous business criminals attempt to avoid fees and the landfill tax.[TRIMTO] The situation is made worse by local government budget cuts, meaning that councils are increasingly stretched in the ba...

Disposing of its old premises...

Disposables UK Group, which supplies cleaning and hygiene products to the away from home market, will move to larger premises and invest £1.7m in new machinery as part of its ambitious five-year growth plans. Previously spread across four sites totalling 107,000 sq ft, which included manufacturing, distribution and administration, it has c...

New anti-bacterial trolley system is a first

...t anti-bacterial cleaning trolley system to the UK market. Developed by Italian company, Filmop, and launched in the UK by Jigsaw Cleaning Systems, the A-B Plus Anti-Bacterial System offers a total solution to infection control in cleaning and is also resistant to chlorine - often a damaging agent in healthcare environments. [TRIMTO] The cou...

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... some of my favourite music accompanied by the sound of the breeze rustling the leaves in the trees and the tweeting of birds. Bliss! And a highly productive way to work too! You may shortly learn through the wider media (as a press release has just landed in my Inbox) that some 100 Tamworth officebroker.com staff are piloting a new ‘t...

It's in the can! ISS selected by HJ Heinz in Europe

ISS and HJ Heinz, the renowned marketer to retail and foodservice channels, of branded foods such as Heinz Baked Beans, have entered into a new partnership covering the delivery and management of Integrated Facility Services throughout Heinz in Europe.[TRIMTO] Building on almost 20 years of co-operation in the UK, the new five year agreement c...

Changing places at Loo of the Year Awards

...moted by the British Toilet Association, is recognising the success of the concept of these 'bigger and better' accessible toilets in public places with a dedicated category, sponsored by the UK's leading supplier of disabled toilet solutions, Clos-o-Mat." Changing Places toilets offer more space than standard (Document M type) accessible toilet...

Gala dinner farewell for Jangro's Chairman

Bryan Squires, who created the Jangro concept and brand in 1980 drawing together a handful of like-minded independent distributors, has retired as Jangro Chairman. He has accepted the post of Lifetime Honorary President.[TRIMTO] Some 120 Jangro members and suppliers enjoyed a fund raising gala dinner and dance in Bryan's honour at the Forrest...

Moerman launches Handy Squeegee

The new, Belgian-made Moerman handy squeegee is particularly suited for removing water from commercial and food processing kitchen tables and worksurfaces, walls in food service rooms and dining tables.[TRIMTO] Featuring a rigid colour-coded frame, an ergonomic grip for comfortable hold and 'green' Dura-Flex Rubber, (recommended wherever hygie...

PortionPac launches new auto scrubber line of unit-dose concentrates

The new system is optimised for auto-scrubber and carpet extraction machines in industrial janitorial applications.  MopPacLite, a pH neutral everyday cleaner; ScrubPac, a heavy duty power scrubber: PowerPac, an industrial strength degreaser; and NeutraPac, a floor conditioner.[TRIMTO] "We decided to create this line beca...

Top safety accreditation for JPM Contract Cleaners

...afety. Safecontractor is a leading third party accreditation scheme which recognises very high standards in health & safety management amongst UK contractors. Employing 1500 people, JPM is principally involved in the Facilities Management sector, specialising in the provision of soft services , with a £7.5million turnover. The co...

What price recovery?

In a month when the EU welcomed another member state and the way was opened for another EU country - Latvia - to join the eurozone, we might well be lulled into assuming that neither the EU dream nor the single currency are discredited after all and that things are looking up. Indeed, the OECD's composite leading indicator for the eurozone has no...

New Orbis MotorScrubber 20 tackles hard to reach areas

...tricky, hard to reach areas is made much easier thanks to the versatile Orbis MotorScrubber 20, a brand new product now available from Truvox International.[TRIMTO] Ideal for retail, healthcare, leisure and education environments, the Orbis MotorScrubber 20 reaches the parts other scrubbing machines cannot reach thanks to its telescopic handle a...

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...un study but there is a serious side to it too – we are hoping workers will feel more focused and alert thanks to the oxygen the plants will be releasing on their desks. Also because they are bringing in the plants from their homes we hope they will help them feel relaxed and more able to work.” A male sales worker has already reaped...

Pulire 2.0: Italian cleaning show releases technical data

...tion." It was added that 25 countries attended the event; coming mostly from Germany, the Netherlands, France and Turkey, which "shows that Italy is becoming the country of reference for connection to the Middle East." There were also exhibitors from China, Russia and the US. International delegations represented Brazil, Singapore, South Afri...

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...l lose the bid; if it’s too cheap the service provider may end up with more work than it can handle with the resources available and the client can suffer from poor service and bad results. Or indeed no service, as the story reveals. Following the original article, which appeared in Alaskan newspaper Juneau Empire and which reports contr...

Peek performance from multi-purpose polish

Peek multi-purpose polish cleans, polishes, restores, and protects 38 surfaces... brass, copper, stainless steel, silver, gold, chrome, fibreglass, ceramics, glass, acrylics, painted surfaces and much more.[TRIMTO] Claimed by many to be the easiest and most economical product to use, with no spills, residue, odour, cloth saturation or mess, yo...

Violetta: a small pressure washer that offers high performance

...oletta - said to be the smallest professional cold-water pressure washer on the market. Reliable and extremely handy, thanks to its small size, Violetta is ideal for continuous work of up to three hours' duration. It is designed and made in Italy and even though it is small, it has all the characteristics which are common to all the pressure was...

Daring to Dream Even Bigger in 2014... China Clean Expo

...e biggest cleaning events in the world, the China Clean Expo 2014 will create another six new shows and a series of onsite events in accordance with the current status and trends in both local and international cleaning markets.[TRIMTO] China Clean Expo, which has a history stretching back more than 10 years, will be held from 31st March to 2nd ...

Soapbox: A warning about the pitfalls of using untrained staff - the problems can start with product procurement!

...without thought as being too expensive or unnecessary. Yet, the requirements for cleaning knowledge and techniques are far higher than most people appreciate; you only have to witness how much damage can be done to surface materials, to people or to the surrounding environment by any one of the following: 1. The wrong product or equipmen...

NHS Supply Chain chooses new all-purple cytotoxic/cytostatic waste bags from GV Health

... waste bags from GV Health have been selected by NHS Supply Chain for use in the NHS throughout England and Wales. Improving the proportion of recycled clinical waste is a key objective for the NHS as it improves safety and reduces environmental impact by lessening the use of incineration.[TRIMTO] An added bonus is that the policy also lowers NH...

Prozone approved by TÜV SÜD

Vectair Systems' Prozone has been approved by TÜV SÜD to the standard BS EN60335 parts 1 and 2 - said to be the first ever ozone generator to achieve this standard. "Ultimately," says Vectair, "this demonstrates Prozone as a product that cannot only clean the air around us effectively, but as one that is also completely safe to...

Something in the air

The absence of malodours is far better than trying to mask the atmosphere - which is why Greyland place more emphasis in their product range on odour neutralisation, than on air fresheners. Very unpleasant odours in and around rubbish bins, waste tips and sewage farms can be successfully managed with Greyland's Cherry Deodorising Fluid. In bul...

IFMA releases realigned Certified Facility Manager credential with two new competency areas

...e International Facility Management Association has released a revised CFM Exam based on an updated and realigned framework for its flagship credential, the Certified Facility Manager. The updated CFM Exam accounts for the most recent Global Job Task Force Analysis which highlighted two new competency areas - emergency preparedness and business con...

Employers urged to take extra care of young people starting Summer jobs

...asily prevented. "Vacation jobs are a great way for young people to earn money, get some experience and develop skills but we know they can be particularly vulnerable when they start work," he argues. "There are many reasons for this: a general lack of work experience; unfamiliarity with the workplace, machinery or work processes; a lack of physica...

New griddle cleaning system cuts cleaning time in half

...y more, thanks to 3M's new Scotch-Brite Quick Clean Griddle Cleaning System.[TRIMTO] Quick, safe and easy to use, the product cleans flat griddles in half the time of traditional griddle cleaning products by incorporating a powerful but non-toxic liquid cleaner that lifts and loosens carbonised food from the hot griddle surface. The food soil...

GSA finalists announced

...w down a list of finalists. [TRIMTO] Congratulations to the following contract cleaning companies and in-house cleaning teams who have now been short-listed for site visits:[TRIMTO] * Axis Cleaning & Support Services (formerly LPM) * BELBClean * Bradford District Care Trust * Cape Environmental Services * ...

ISS contracts extended at Renault and Nissan in the UK, Switzerland and Belgium

...Integrated Solutions has provided integrated total facilities management services at the Renault UK and Nissan GB HQ and the company has just announced that the contract will continue for two more years. The contract was awarded as part of a global tender which also saw ISS retain contracts in Switzerland and Belgium, where services were exten...

EnerSys batteries for advanced cleaning machine performance

Cleaning machine operators and OEMs can achieve significant operational benefits and cost savings with reduced CO2 emissions by specifying Hawker XFC, powerbloc or powerbloc dry batteries from EnerSys in their sweepers, scrubber driers and other floorcare equipment.[TRIMTO] The Hawker XFC battery is ideal for applications involving opportunity...

Street cleaners search waste for precious metals

...way priceless works of art, or finding vast amounts of money left lying around, which they've then handed back to the owner. This time however, a street cleaning company is deliberately sifting through the rubbish it collects in the hope that it will find precious metals. Yes - Veolia Environmental Services has announced that its staff will s...

Contractor ended up biting off more than it could chew

...of Alaska put 10 of its cleaning contracts out to tender, JJG clearly impressed the decision-makers and was awarded eight of them - only to hand back three because it didn't have the resources to service all eight. Now the previous contractor - Reach- is hoping to step into the breach by winning back those three contracts that it had lost. Re...

Top franchising manager switches career path to take on Chemex franchise

After a 15 year career in managing franchisees for leading franchisors, Andrew Davis has switched career paths to run his own franchise. Andrew has joined cleaning & hygiene supplies specialist Chemex to run its North Leicestershire franchise. Previously, Andrew was a regional manager with Dyno-Rod, supporting 20 franchisees. Before that ...

Facilities Show signs exclusive partnership with FMA for 2014 event

...egral role in the development of the show by once again hosting the FMA Pavilion, a central meeting and networking hub for its members including many of the major TFMs. In 2013, the pavilion welcomed Vinci Facilities, HSS Hire, Norland Managed Services, Servest, NFS Hospitality, Guideline Lift Services, Vetasi, Andrews Sykes, Sheffield Hallam Unive...

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... we’re experiencing. I said I felt for delivery people tasked with humping heavy loads around and suggested that customers give them some leeway if the weather causes delays, and that the offer of a cold drink would be nice and may even turn out to be a lifesaver… My words came back to bite me on the backside this week (as we say in...

Principle achieves outstanding reduction in emissions

...as reduced its greenhouse gas emissions in accordance with The CarbonNeutral Protocol, the global standard for carbon neutral certification. The programme involves an independent assessment of the CO2 emissions produced from company operations followed by an offset-inclusive emissions reduction programme. These inspiring results have come throug...

Disposables UK opens new state-of-the-art site

...000 sq