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When Quartz’s Vanessa Van Santen-Smith told us at the Pulire exhibition in Verona that she was working with the British Cleaning Council to organise a Manchester cleaning show, to cater for those who’d not been able to attend the London Cleaning Show, we were delighted and – with Vanessa’s permission – shared the news with you.
Others in the industry were not so delighted and far from supporting the show, were warning companies planning to exhibit, that they should only book a small stand as the show was unlikely to be a success – if it happened at all. So not only were they not supporting the show (which raises money for the UK cleaning industry), they were actually setting it up to fail.
They hadn’t reckoned on the will of some of the Northern cleaning industry players though, who were determined to make the show a success – one of them being Greyland Chemicals’ Richard Dyson who came up with the ‘Northern Powerhouse’ slogan and wrote a comment piece for us about the need for a show to support the industry in that neck of the woods. Nick Wyers from Floorbrite and the teams from BonaSystems, Morclean and Bunzl in particular, have also pushed hard to create some excitement – as have others.
Richard Dyson tells us that in response to the first wave of VIP invitations he’s sent out to distributors, he’s had acceptances from as far afield as Dublin, South Wales, London and Kent – so it’s not just locals who’ll be attending. Total visitor registrations now stand at around 2000 and almost 70 stands have been booked by companies of all sizes including some big names… companies that had chosen not to exhibit at the last of the national cleaning shows in Birmingham.
“Wow, I’m amazed at how this has all come together… the way everybody has got involved and done their bit to make it happen,” Richard told us.
John Austen and I agree too that working together, our industry can achieve great things and it has surprised us in the past, when listening to exhibitors moan about the lack of show visitors, that they’ve not bothered to do something as basic as invite their contacts along. If you’re exhibiting in Manchester and haven’t yet invited your contacts to attend, please do it soon so we can show everyone just how great our ‘Northern Powerhouse’ can be.
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This Week's News
The findings come from the latest results from the Close Brothers Business Barometer, a quarterly survey which gauges sentiment from CEOs, MDs and other management from around the UK and Ireland.
Rubbermaid Commercial Products (RCP) has launched the revolutionary Lumecel, a rechargeable energy cell which transforms light into power, meaning batteries will no longer have to be purchased or replaced.
Lumecel works seamlessly by capturing energy from either natural or artificial lighting. This means that the energy cell will never need to be changed, making it environmentally cleaner than the standard battery powered units.
More US-based corporations are reporting the steps they are taking to become more sustainable, according to a recent survey from the Conference Board, an independent business research association working in the public interest, and Bloomberg News.
To do this, the corporations are adopting the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) framework. This is the most widely used outline of standards and guidelines that allow corporations to disclose their economic, environmental, and social impacts.
Following the announcement of the date for the EU Referendum, Recycle Now has decided to move the date of Recycle Week for 2016 from June to 12th - 18th September. The organiser has consulted with a number of its partners and stakeholders and they agree that the intensity of activity around the EU Referendum may have an impact on the success of a Recycle Week in June.
Managing a large number of mobile cleaners across hundreds of sites is a challenge. London contractor Julius Rutherfoord, has launched a groundbreaking biometric based time and attendance system, which helps safeguard the security of sites and the cleaning team, whilst ensuring clients receive the level of service they deserve.
Biometric identification, whereby a person's identification can be verified through unique physical attributes, such as their fingerprint, offers the most advanced and reliable means of ensuring only the right personnel enter client premises.
Natural stone floors such as marble and granite were once rarely found in commercial facilities because they were expensive and they were believed to be 'delicate' floors, needing considerable attention and care. That's changed today.
The costs for most stone floors has come down markedly in the past decade. And while these floors do need some cleaning special attention, they are actually considered some of the hardiest and most durable available.
London bus company, Metroline, has extended its contract with Cordant Cleaning and more than doubled the scope to include an additional six locations, making a total of nine within North West and West London.
The new contract is worth more than £3.5 million and this is the third time the contract has been renewed since it started in 2007.
The event will start at 09.30 on Wednesday 11th May with refreshments offered throughout the day.
Facilities services company Incentive FM Group has acquired Specialist Window Cleaning in a move designed to enable the business to self deliver additional services to its rapidly expanding portfolio of customers.
This will include low level, rope access, cradle and high-level window cleaning using a combination of traditional and water-fed pole methods.
Columbus Cleaning Machines (North East), which specialises in effective, efficient and environmentally friendly professional cleaning equipment, has recently been appointed the sole UK distributor for the Waterkracht brand of trailer pressure washers.
These trailer pressure washers have a Kubota diesel engine equipped with a heat exchanger connected to the primary cooling system and are fitted with an eco boiler.
The Salvation Army recently took part in Europe's largest disaster training exercise in Dartford, Kent, feeding over 2000 first respondents across a four-day period. Needless to say, the Emergency Response Units that were used to feed the first respondents, required a thorough clean before being fully ready for the next job.
The Disaster Training Exercise began on 29th February and was an excellent opportunity for the London Fire Brigade to practice its 'Urban search & rescue' skills. The exercise was also a great opportunity for emergency services to practice their coordination skills in a very realistic environment.
Vehicle trackers are a small device that can be fitted to any sort of vehicle, and through tracking the vehicle via a GPS signal they offer businesses are huge amount of benefits.
But why go to the expense of implementing a vehicle tracking system? Here are 10 of the most common reasons.
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Overall in 2007, average earnings for all employees were £30,015 and although by 2015 they had increased by 12.2% to £33,689, with inflation running at 25.6% over this period, average earnings for all employees are really 13.4% below 2007 level, claims the union.
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Events & Exhibitions
ISSA North America
Loo of the Year Awards
Future of Surfactants Summit
Budapest Cleaning Show