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It’s easy to forget from where I’m sitting, that the British Institute of Cleaning Science isn’t just ‘British’ but has members all over the world, and thus the news of Professor David Bellamy OBE’s passing yesterday will be of greater interest to our industry than I had first thought, (David was President of BICSc for more than a decade until he relinquished the role in 2012). I had the pleasure of chatting to him on several occasions and managed to secure an interview with him to support the launch of a new magazine into the industry, through which I was hoping to promote the need to clean in a sustainable way. His passion was infectious and his ideas inspirational.
One of the things David showed passion for back then was the use of an abrasive ball in the washing machine to improve washing results by increasing agitation and thus reducing the need for washing powder. I’d never come across the concept but thanks to his enthusiasm I gave it a go and as a result have been able to help the environment in a way I’d never have thought to do myself. Nowadays these devices are fairly common. Do you use one at home? If not, do try!
David worked with BICSc and JohnsonDiversey to educate young people about the need to protect the environment, launching the David Bellamy Awards Programme - a competition designed to encourage schools to be aware of, and act positively towards, environmental cleanliness. It was conceived during one of the many BICSc Annual Awards Dinners David attended, where his enthusiastic presentations prompted lively debate and changing attitudes. I know that lending his name and energy to the Awards did a great deal to promote environmental awareness and cleanliness in our nation's schools and helped instil some important – and hopefully lifelong - lessons to everyone involved.
Many felt that David’s controversial attitudes to climate change led to his ‘shunning’ by the BBC and a number of charities and environmental bodies that had enjoyed his input and support over many years. I’d love to ask him what he thought of young Greta Thunberg and the way climate change has climbed to the top of the global agenda this year…
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With 20 centres across the UK and Spain, Intu's whole business is focused on creating the best places for shopping and leisure, so that visitors visit more often and stay longer. Part of this focus is on providing customer washrooms that meet the needs of all types of users including Changing Places facilities.
The research was conducted by Transparency Market Research - an analytics, research and advisory service for Fortune 500 companies. The reasons given for the growth rate, according to TMR, include the following:
Building Service Contractors Association International has announced the recipients of the BSCAI Clean Awards, which demonstrate the best in excellence among building service contractors and categories. Recipients - ranging from new members to business leadership - were recognised at the BSCAI 2019 Contacting Success Conference in Las Vegas.
The winners were chosen by the BSCAI Awards Committee made up of 13 individuals from member companies.
Samich has, since 1981, been a pioneer in diamond disc technology for polishing and grinding marble, granite, concrete and other floors, whilst collaborating with grinding and polishing machine manufacturers to develop Samich-customised machines that fix/use its diamond tools and accessories.
Incentive QAS successfully mobilised a range of cleaning services at a major multi-story office building in just seven days after securing a new contract with CBRE, the international real estate services and investment firm.
The specialist cleaning company was awarded a three-year deal to deliver a range of bespoke solutions at 12 Arthur Street in London.
Commercial contract cleaning provider Ecocleen, has teamed up with uComply to streamline and simplify its Right to Work checks. The company will use the uAuthenticate mobile application across its nationwide network of franchises, so regional directors can immediately authenticate identity documents. This will further enhance Ecocleen's robust staff onboarding processes by introducing real-time Right to Work checks that empower local users.
"Effective background checking and pre-employment screening is a critical part of our complete compliance with Home Office immigration guidelines," explains Jean-Henri Beukes, managing director of Ecocleen.
ISS has successfully completed the divestment of ISS Hygiène et Prévention to Weinberg Capital Partners. Established in 1965, ISS Hygiène et Préventionis a leading provider of route-based hygiene and prevention services to the French market. This includes services such as air hygiene, sewerage, pest control and fire protection. ISS Hygiène et Prévention employs approximately 1,500 employees and generated around DKK 900 million in revenue in 2018.
The divestment aligns with ISS's strategy, focusing on core on-site activities, supporting the development of the Integrated Facility Services and key account customers.
Stephen Harrison, immediate past chairman and vice president of the Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association has donated over £10,000 to the Chairman's Charity, Grief Encounter. The money, raised by CHSA members and their guests at the Association's Gala Ball and Golf Day, will be used to pay for a residential retreat for up to 30 bereaved children.
Grief Encounter supports bereaved children and their families to help alleviate the pain caused by the death of someone close.
Somerset Waste Partnership recently completed a successful tender for the council's waste collection options, despite challenging circumstances. A new report from Eunomia, written alongside SWP, provides insight into the process.
The results of the report were presented by SWP and the winning bidder, Suez recycling and recovery UK, at a recent webinar.
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