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International News

Pipe-dream solution for Tata becomes reality

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A pioneering Cardiff-based biosciences research company has developed an eco-benign solution that will prevent blockages in the Tata steelworks' pipe system saving the Port Talbot company time and money.

Redesigned dry steam machines are a breeze to service

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Introducing the new look industrial iS mobile dry steam units from OspreyDeepclean... Ideally suited for heavy duty cleaning and sanitising; the units have been redesigned for ease of use by the operator and for easy access for maintenance and servicing.

Hako offers dimensions in professional cleaning technology

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Available with working widths of 108 and 123 cm and equipped with a 260-litre tank, the new Scrubmaster B260 R provides a cleaning performance of up to 8,600sq.m/hr and complements Hako's ride-on scrubber-drier family.

Refresh Foam Soaps: choose your fragrance or go fragrance-free

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SC Johnson Professional's Refresh Foam Soap line contains formulations designed to elevate the handwashing experience. Available in a range of new signature fragrances and fragrance-free options, just one pump removes over 99% of dirt and germs when used properly.

The cleaner management software for all cleaning businesses

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Roma Systems provides an affordable software solution that is viable and scalable for businesses of all sizes. The intuitive, browser-based solution offers:

- Automated smart scheduling - allocating staff by distance and compatibility
- Time & attendance - an intuitive app or landline solution for your field staff to log times

ISSA Awards 2019 Innovation of the Year

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As the ISSA Show North America 2019 came to a close in Las Vegas last Friday, attendees and exhibitors alike convened at the ISSA Innovation Showcase on the show floor to meet the winner of the 2019 ISSA Innovation of the Year award: Entry, a chloride-free de-icer product from Secure Winter Products (pictured).

Interclean Amsterdam shares the top cleaning and hygiene trends for 2020

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In the run-up to the 2020 event, Interclean Amsterdam reveals the three trends set to shape the professional cleaning and hygiene industry in years to come...

Mirius concentrates on the environment with new Eco Select Cleaners

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Mirius, one of the UK's leading manufacturers of professional cleaning and hygiene products, has launched a new range of concentrated cleaning products - Eco Select.

Vaclensa introduces vacuum cleaner made from recycled plastics

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Vaclensa, one of the UK's leading suppliers of professional cleaning machines and now part of the global Tennant brand, has replaced it long standing C167PT Tub Vacuum Cleaner with a new version made from recycled plastic.

Factory Cat/ Tomcat parent announces tech-partnership with Brain Corp

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Brain Corp, a San Diego-based AI company, creating transformative core technology for the robotics industry, and RPS Corporation, manufacturer of global commercial cleaning equipment brands Factory Cat and Tomcat, have formed a technology partnership. RPS will license Brain Corp's BrainOS platform to power an autonomous, ride-on scrubber that delivers both quality and innovative green technology across a wide range of applications.

Bloo launches MOT health check toilet to coincide with ProNature launch

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Bloo has revealed the 'MOT Health Check Toilet' of the future, to show its commitment to a more sustainable future. This is to also coincide with the launch of ProNature, Bloo's first toilet cleaning rim block, which is made with a 100% recycled plastic basket.

Key problem areas in the bathroom

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Whether travelling on a holiday or business trip, what really matters to hotel guests is a clean, hygienic bathroom. This was the result of a recent representative Forsa survey, commissioned by Kaldewei. When asked about the most important feature of a hotel, almost two thirds of interviewees (62%) cited a clean bathroom.

Kimberly-Clark's signature sanitation program 'Toilets Change Lives' celebrates five years

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Five years ago, Kimberly-Clark took action to improve sanitation and engage consumers in the sanitation crisis through the launch of a program named 'Toilets Change Lives', which united the company's global brands through nonprofit partnerships, consumer education and on-the-ground sanitation work.

Firmenich proves malodour control is key to tackling today's sanitation crisis

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Marking World Toilet Day, Firmenich - founded in Geneva, Switzerland, in 1895 and now arguably the world's largest privately-owned perfume and taste company - released pioneering research demonstrating that malodour control is key to tackling today's sanitation crisis.

DEAL Program announces 2019 Award Winners at ISSA Show

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Each year, Sustainability Dashboard Tools presents the DEAL Program Awards to distributors throughout North America and Europe that have taken significant steps to reduce consumption and operate more sustainably and efficiently.

Global steam cleaner market expected to grow considerably over coming years

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The global steam cleaner market is expected to expand at a compound annual growth rate of approximately 6% during between 2018 and 2024, according to a new report that cites changes in our attitude towards 'green cleaning' as one of the reasons why.

Hygienalia+Pulire pulls in more visitors and exhibitors than ever before

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The 5th edition of Hygienalia+Pulire - the Spanish trade show for the professional cleaning and laundry sectors, attracted 6,264 visitors: almost 20% more than the previous edition.

Dust extraction specialist launches new range of industrial vacuum cleaners

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Dustcontrol UK has officially launched its new and upgraded range of powerful Tromb vacuum cleaners.

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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.

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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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This Week's News

Intu awarded Overall Loo of the Year Awards trophy

Loo-of-the-year-2019.jpgIntu, which owns some of the best shopping centres in the UK, has been awarded the Overall Loo of the Year Awards Trophy in the 2019 Loo of the Year Awards.

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.

Report indicates growth of no-water urinal installations worldwide

Report-indicates-growth.jpgA November 2019 study indicates that the global market for no-water/waterless urinals is expected to expand by 8% in the next eight years.

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:

BSCAI announces Clean Award recipients

BSCAI-Clean-Award.jpgBuilding 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.

Mikea SRL announces acquisition of Samich brand

* Mikea-SRL-acquires-Samich.jpgMikea SRL, based in Rosciano, Italy, has announced the acquisition of Samich brand. Samich  developing and producing high quality machines, diamond tools, pads and systems for flooring treatments.

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 praised for rapid mobilisation after new CBRE win

Incentive-No12.jpgIncentive 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.

Ecocleen adopts advanced right to work checks solution

ecocleen-uComply.jpgCommercial 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 successfully completes the divestment of ISS Hygiène et Prévention in France

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.

CHSA donation buys residential retreat for up to 30 bereaved children

CHSA-Grief-Encounter.jpgStephen 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 shares procurement success

Somerset.jpgSomerset 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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Candidates should be experienced in Sales Management with a proven track record in Sales within Commercial DOC.

Basic Salary from £50-60,000 + negotiable & Car Allowance & Bonus & Commission. 

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Recent UK News

BCC welcomes ESA to the fold

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The British Cleaning Council has grown even bigger... with the trade body representing the UK's resource & waste management industry the latest to join. The Environmental Services Association has around 100 members, two-thirds of whom deliver recycling and waste services, and is working with members to make the circular economy - where all waste is eliminated and resources are reused - a reality.

Principle opens Window Cleaning Centre of Excellence

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Principle Cleaning Services, the London-based cleaning specialist that provides its services to some of the most iconic and famous landmark buildings in the Capital, has opened a Centre of Excellence for its window cleaning division.

The new Principle Windows facility in Stratford has a training and classroom area for its high-level access team, secure and dry storage facilities for rope access equipment and state-of-the-art reach and wash filtration tanks. The company has also added electric vehicles to its fleet to support its objective to be the most sustainable cleaning company for which to work.

Spinning Gate Shopping Centre wins national award

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Spinning Gate Shopping Centre has been given a National Award for its waste management achievements. The facility, which hosts 35 stores in 110,000sq.ft of retail space in Leigh Town Centre is now the proud owner of a National Green Apple Bronze Award for Environmental Best Practise for its achievements in 2018.

Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust extends partnership with ISS

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Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust has awarded ISS Facility Services Healthcare the contract to deliver non-clinical soft FM services across the Trust.

Nick takes off with Prochem

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Business is literally taking off for Nick Woods at Herts & Essex Carpet Cleaning. If he's not on site at Stansted Airport or the US military airbase at Mildenhall, he's up in the clouds over London on the 46th floor of the city's iconic Leadenhall 'Cheesegrater' building.

Great Britain second highest rated in the world for water and sewerage services

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A major new international survey has revealed that the satisfaction rating for Great Britain's water and sewerage services is the second highest in the world. GB comes second only to Germany across 28 countries surveyed, with results 18 points higher than the global average.

NIC promotes Gary Haman

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Congratulations to Gary Haman on his promotion to the position of regional director at NIC Services Group, where he has already been instrumental in the delivery of exceptional service, according to the company's national operations director, Ken Atherton.

Denis Rawlins joins Matrix distributor network

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Matrix Cleaning Systems has welcomed a new distributor into the fold. Denis Rawlins - founded in 1969, has been supplying commercial and industrial cleaning equipment and matting into businesses, industry, and the public sector ever since and like Matrix, enjoys an enviable reputation, with foundations built on strong traditions of quality, care, speed of delivery and exceptional customer service.

Bespoke laundry stays cool to go green

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A West London commercial outfit has introduced new sustainable working methods to deliver laundry with a clear conscience.

Saniflo supports charity that makes obsolete trucks into homes for up to 12 people

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Annual World Toilet Day may spawn many jokes and can be a haven of comedy for all of us that take sanitation for granted. But behind the hilarity is a serious initiative that we all should all aspire to support.

Celebrated on 19th November every year, World Toilet Day is about inspiring action to tackle the global sanitation crisis and help achieve Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6, which promises sanitation for all by 2030.

The facts are stark:

Registration now open for Midlands/North's largest cleaning & hygiene event

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Registration is now open for the Manchester Cleaning Show, taking place at EventCity on 25th and 26th March 2020.

Now firmly established, the Show is the region's largest cleaning & hygiene event offering an invaluable opportunity to meet with suppliers, make new connections and gain knowledge about the key challenges affecting the industry.

Bio-Productions helping to raise funds from rubbish for Air Ambulance

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Ever the eco-warrior, green cleaning chemicals manufacturer Bio-Productions is encouraging everyone in the company to collect their empty crisp packets to be recycled on behalf of the Air Ambulance Kent, Surrey and Sussex (AAKSS).

Dairy farm fined after employee permanently blinded by disinfectant chemicals

Beechdean Farm, of North Dean, Buckinghamshire, has been fined following an incident in which an employee was permanently blinded by corrosive chemicals used in cleaning.

Fighting back against fly-tippers: one council's 'joined up approach' a huge success

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One Friday last month, Thanet District Council enforcement officers teamed up with Kent Police's Rural Task Force for a day of action, targeting suspected fly-tippers.

Mitie boosts new Fife College contract with sustainability credentials

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Mitie has secured a five-year contract with Fife College, with the option to extend for a further two years. The contract includes the provision of cleaning and waste management services.

Events & Exhibitions

Surfactants Summit
12-13th February 2020

Manchester Cleaning Show
25-26th March 2020


China Clean Expo 2020
27-29th April 2020
Expo Clean for Commercial Properties and Hotels


12-15th May 2020

Budapest Cleaning Show
14-15th October 2020


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