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An extra hall for next year's Amsterdam show!

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In response to the increasing demand for stand space and the request for more networking space by the visitors and exhibitors, the organisers of ISSA/Interclean Amsterdam have decided to add an extra hall to the floor plan, creating more possibilities for existing and new exhibitors.

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Today, the people of Britain go to the polls and I can’t remember a general election that has been so exciting and one in which so many parties have items in their manifestos that could have such an impact on our industry. I’d love to have your thoughts on the pledges to massively increase the National Minimum Wage and those concerning immigration – and no doubt I’ll get them after what I’m about to say…

I’m a strong supporter of the London Living Wage and am pleased that so many employers in our industry are paying it. Many, however, are not - and while I’m aware that people have businesses to keep afloat, I have a household to run, money’s tight and I don’t think it’s fair that my taxes should go towards topping up other people’s pay when their often wealthy employers should be paying them enough to live on in the first place.

A small room in a shared house in my road is going for £100 a week plus bills. How can someone on minimum wage or a zero hours contract afford that? And when you’re doing a full working week, where’s the dignity in having to claim benefits to top up your income so you can pay your rent and feed your family? It’s not really on, is it?

I know the cost of living is less outside London and the South East, but wonder whether the National Minimum Wage is really high enough for those earning it, to be able to live. And how will they be able to save for retirement, when earning so little?

Some parties are promising to control the numbers or ‘calibre’ of those coming into our country. Our industry relies heavily on immigrant workers and many employers have entire contracts serviced by cleaners from a particular country who look after recruitment if more cleaners are needed; they tell me they can’t get the Brits to do the work and that if they do, turnover is high.

Wherever you are in the chain, how will any changes in legislation affect you and how do you plan to overcome the problems they might present (or spend the extra money)? And do you agree or disagree with the comments I’ve made today? If you’re one of our thousands of overseas readers, what do you think about potential changes to our immigration laws? Please do let me know!

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This Week's News

Emergency messaging critical in preventing cholera after Nepal earthquake

* Wateraid-Nepal.jpgWaterAid Nepal has begun an emergency response programme providing water, sanitation and hygiene services to districts hit by the recent earthquake.

The development organisation, which has been working in Nepal since 1987, will work with long established partners in five regions providing water purification tablets and hygiene kits to survivors, ensuring safe water in areas where the supply has been cut off and installing emergency sanitation measures such as pit latrines and trenches.

Principle becomes first cleaning contractor in Europe to achieve CIMS accreditation

* CIMS-Certified.jpgPrinciple Cleaning is once again leading the way in the cleaning industry by having gained a coveted CIMS accreditation and in so doing has become Europe's very first cleaning contractor to achieve it.

Launched by global association ISSA, the Cleaning Industry Management Standard (CIMS) is the first consensus-based management standard that outlines the primary characteristics of a successful, quality cleaning organisation.

Spreading the word, not the microbes, on safe hand drying to optimise hand hygiene

* hands-chart.jpgThe European Tissue Symposium, ETS, has announced that it will be taking part in the International Conference on Prevention & Infection Control (ICPIC) in order to stress the importance of proper hand drying as a part of optimal hand hygiene.

A World Health Organisation (WHO) initiative, which will take place in Geneva, Switzerland, from 16th - 19th June, ICPIC provides a forum for the exchange of knowledge and experience in the prevention of healthcare-associated infection and control of antimicrobial resistance.

Asia's largest nonwovens exhibition SINCE/ANEX 2015 takes place next week

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The 16th Shanghai International Nonwovens Conference & Exhibition (SINCE), combined with Asia Nonwovens Exhibition and Conference (ANEX) will be held in Shanghai World Expo Exhibition & Convention Centre, from 13th - 15th May, 2015.

Ecoppia's E4 water-free solar panel cleaning robots now cleaning 5 million panels/month

* Eccopia-e4-robot.jpgEcoppia, a developer of automated, water-free photovoltaic (PV) solar panel cleaning solutions, has announced that its E4 robotic solar panel cleaning system is now fully operational on five additional PV production facilities in the Middle East, totalling more than 35 MW.

With these new systems in its portfolio, Ecoppia's E4 system is now cleaning approximately five million panels every month.

State Opening of Parliament and Trooping of the Colour may be marred by cleaners' strike

* State-Opening.jpgJust prior to the State Opening of Parliament and the Trooping of the Colour at St James's Park, is not the best time for the people responsible for cleaning those locations to be on strike - but that is what we may be facing unless an ongoing dispute can be quickly resolved.

Further to a recent news story on the subject, GMB members employed by OCS in Hyde Park, Kensington Gardens, St James's Park, Green Park, Grosvenor Square and Brompton Cemetery in London are being balloted for strike action over OCS serving notice to move from weekly to monthly pay without - according to the Union - agreement with staff and on a number of other issues.

Strengthening healthcare systems and delivery - 'Hand Hygiene is Your Entrance Door'

* How-to-hand-wash.jpgHong Kong's Department of Health (DH), through a series of events and promotional materials, called for healthcare workers and the public to pay attention to hand hygiene in support of the annual Hand Hygiene Awareness Day on May 5th.

Proper hand hygiene is the key element to infection control in healthcare settings and also a good habit for the general public. Since 2005, Hong Kong has pledged support to the World Health Organisation (WHO)'s first global patient safety challenge, 'Clean Care is Safer Care', and is committed to promoting good hand hygiene to control the spread of infectious diseases.

From evolution to revolution as Rawlins unleashes Battery Autovac in the UK

* OAVB-Overhead.jpgDenis Rawlins has unleashed the battery-powered OmniFlex AutoVac - a Crossover Cleaning machine designed to do the job of advanced scrubber driers at a fraction of the cost.

The OmniFlex range is a modular cleaning system that allows building managers and cleaners on tight budgets to 'cross over' from mopping to hygienic, automated cleaning in easy and highly cost-effective steps.

‘Gum Gulper’ uses steam and biodegradable detergent to break down gum then sucks up slurry

* gum-gulper.jpgSteam Clean Systems, the Sussex based steam cleaner specialist, has developed a new chewing gum removal system. Named ‘Gum Gulper’, this standalone system utilises super-heated steam and a biodegradable detergent to break down the gum.

Its vacuum feature then allows the operator to remove the slurry – something many other standalone systems leave behind – so the surface is left both clean and dry.

SCA to launch new Tork Industrial Low-Lint Cleaning Cloth in North America

* Trevor-Kelley_SCA.jpgEarlier this week, SCA, the producer of the Tork brand of Away-from-Home professional hygiene products, announced the launch of a new, extremely low-lint wiper for technical cleaning tasks involving sensitive surfaces.

Designed to meet the needs of clients in lint and static electricity-sensitive industries such as electronics, aircraft manufacturing, printing, vehicle painting and food processing, the Tork Industrial Low-Lint Cleaning Cloth delivers extremely low-lint cleaning, certified anti-static properties, excellent solvent use and a high absorption capacity of oil and water.

Distributor support, training and advice with Greyland

* RD-Supplies-House.jpgDistributors of janitorial products, and especially cleaning chemicals, naturally expect product support from their suppliers, and Greyland is no exception.

Detailed information on all their chemicals is readily available from their website, and luckily, due to the 'says what is does' labelling policy, customers know exactly what they are looking for, and are examining the correct product information without any confusion!

TCFM awarded further distribution centre contracts

* TCFM.jpgTC Facilities Management has been awarded the cleaning contract at a new build distribution centre in Daventry, following a rigorous tender process, TCFM is providing all area cleaning at this 980,000sq.ft general merchandise facility, located in the heartland of the distribution centre world. The company is also celebrating other contract wins.

Leading TCFM’s distribution centre sales growth, business development manager Mark Parish comments of the Daventry new build contract:

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Recent UK News

Distributors demand transparency

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Distributors are turning to members of the CHSA's Manufacturing Standards Accreditation Schemes for soft tissue products, plastic refuse sacks and industrial cotton mops to obtain greater transparency in their supply chains.

New module in Cleaning Masterclass series launched

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A brand new, unique, online course in domestic and residential cleaning is now available. This course is also perfect for guesthouses, bed and breakfasts, small hotels and holiday homes, where a high standard of cleaning and appearance is expected without question and the lack of good cleaning can ruin the reputation and break the business.

James Briggs announces acquisition of Premiere Products

James Briggs, one of the UK's largest independent aerosol and speciality chemicals manufacturers, announced yesterday that it has acquired the business and assets of Premiere Products, the renowned manufacturer of branded and private label janitorial cleaning products.

Investment improves fortunes at The Laundrette

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A makeover and investment in new Girbau washers has transformed The Launderette in Stoke-on-Trent. Within weeks of opening, turnover has more than tripled, helping to deliver a rapid return on investment for investor Dave Robson, proprietor of Staffordshire Cleaning Solutions which took over the once-struggling business.

Designer of housework management app 'MoppedUp' comes clean about mid-life crisis solution

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For many people, reaching 40 is a time to splurge on a sports car or a motorbike. However for Malcolm Lewis, 39, a business analyst from London, the ticking clock signalled a time to create rather than spend.

Matrix makes easy work of training in steam cleaning procedures and machine set up

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We all know how important it is to get the best out of any cleaning machine, and using any type of cleaning machine correctly is all down to the training being delivered professionally and accurately.

This can be a very costly exercise - especially if the machine has been supplied by a company that is located a long distance away from where the machine is to be used.

Cleaners kicking up some dust

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UK cleaners have got their union involved in a couple of disputes this week, with one group currently on strike (unless the strike action has been averted between writing this piece and Cleanzine's subsequent broadcast).

Should shops provide washroom facilities for their customers?

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Gillian Kemp, leader of the ‘Truckers Toilets UK Campaign’
asked readers of the Public Toilets UK newsletter last month whether there should be customer washrooms in shops.

“Two main comments were made,” she tells us:

(1) Shops selling food and drink to be consumed on the premises should have a customer loo available – nothing fancy; just a clean loo and wash basin with toilet tissue, soap and drying facilities

£150 million boost for contract cleaning market in 2015

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The contract cleaning market is set for inflation busting growth, says a new report from MTW Research, with sales rising by more than 3% in 2015.

CHSA launches Accreditation Scheme for industrial cotton mops

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Determined to continue driving up standards in the cleaning industry, the Cleaning & Hygiene Supplier's Association has developed and is now launching the Manufacturing Standards Accreditation Scheme for Cotton Mops. Its purpose is to drive up standards in the manufacture, description and labelling of mops.

Events & Exhibitions

CRS 2019
19th October 2019
Cleaning & Restoration Show 2019
Harrogate Convention Centre


CleanExpo Pulire
29-31st October 2019

Sustainable Cleaning Summit
6-7th November 2019


12-14th November 2019
Madrid, Spain

ISSA North America
18-21st November 2019
Las Vegas

Loo of the Year Awards
6th December 2019
Prestigious Awards in the heart of England
2018 Awards video

Surfactants Summit
12-13th February 2020

Budapest Cleaning Show
14-15th October 2020


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