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In just a few hours it will all be over… and although with voter turnout expected to be high we’re unlikely to be 100% sure of the outcome, we’ll no longer be able to influence whether we ‘Bremain’ or ‘Brexit’. Conversations around the dinner table, in the pub or office will return to normal; Facebook users will revert to posting inspirational pictures and words or videos of cute animals, rather than a Britain Stronger in Europe or Vote Leave flag, with what has often been some wildly inaccurate propaganda beneath it.
But it’s been fun, hasn’t it? I’ve particularly enjoyed joining in some of the online debates which, because of the very nature of the Internet, have facilitated a global forum. I’ve noticed quite a change over the years… some time ago we Brits were sneered at for daring to consider leaving; now huge numbers of our fellow EU citizens are saying that they want a vote too.
Watching and listening to all the leaders as they became more desperate to win our votes, has ranged from laughable to frightening (in as much as they’re our leaders and should try and retain a modicum of dignity). And of course it may be a coincidence, but I’ve just gone through my ‘spam’ folder and discovered two emails from Vote Leave, one from UKIP, one from the Taxpayers Alliance and one each from Priti Patel and Michael Gove. Am I the only one seeing a pattern here or am I being paranoid?
In a survey last week which asked 900 UK manufacturing companies whether they think they are better served by the UK remaining in the EU, 55% said they think the UK should go it alone compared to 45% who think the UK is better off in the EU. However, 14% admitted that they could still be persuaded to change their mind.
Chris Griffin of Manufacturing Futures – which carried out the survey, said:
“Manufacturing is a key sector in the referendum debate because so many UK companies trade in the EU and rely on being able to export freely. The UK still ranks as the 11th largest manufacturing nation in the world and, although many businesses have concerns, we are surprised the results of this poll are so close with the referendum fast approaching.
Let’s hope that whatever happens, works out for the best for all of us – and not just we Brits…
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This Week's News
Dianna Steinbach, ISSA director of services (Europe, Middle East, Africa), flew in from Germany to present the Elected Mayor of Doncaster, Ros Jones with the Cleaning Industry Management Standard Certificate that has been awarded to Metro Clean, part of Doncaster Council.
This makes Doncaster the first local authority outside North America to become a CIMS Certified Organisation.
Best practice benchmarking organisation i-Clean Systems, has reported finding that some cleaning operatives are still not being paid the mandatory National Living Wage, despite its introduction on 1st April this year.
Mike Boxall, managing director said: "Some cleaning contractors claim that this is simply down to a delay in updating their payroll systems and that all cleaners will receive the backdated pay they're owed.
Robert Urquhart, a member of the Worshipful Company of Environmental Cleaners, received a Livery Companies' City & Guilds Award from Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal at a ceremony at Buckingham Palace earlier this month. The Awards are given in recognition of 'Outstanding Achievement' as a City & Guilds of London Institute learner or tutor.
Based on years of industry experience, technical expertise and customer feedback, Brightwell Dispensers' innovative new Quantura dishwash dosing range, comprises contemporary, high-tech designs that meet the demands of today's commercial kitchen environment.
Following the overwhelming interest in and success of the world's first battery powered dry steam unit for gum removal; the GB1, the specialist gum busting brand known as GumBusters, (part of OspreyDeepclean) tells us it is excited to be launching a new compact version of the same technology - appropriately named the GB Compact.
Officially launched at the Interclean exhibition in Amsterdam last month, this compact unit is already generating huge amounts of interest from a multitude of sectors.
Proving of interest to visitors at the recent ISSA/Interclean show in Amsterdam, the LW30 pro L-ion from Lindhaus, works continuously for 20 minutes and then requires only a 90 minute charge to fully recharge the batteries.
Envirosystems announced this week that it has acquired the Victoria Treatment Facility located in Victoria, British Columbia from Tervita Corporation. The facility handles multiple waste streams generated by shipyards, cruise ships, freighters, tankers and other marine vessels.
It is also supported by a field services operation that collects and manages household hazardous waste materials and performs lab-packing work for a variety of commercial and government customers on Vancouver Island.
Director of Sebo, Justin Binks, comments: "The fact that we have been recognised by Which? is in itself a big win for us all here at Sebo. It is testament that we are a recognised brand that provides high quality, reliable and durable products and delivers excellent, honest and consistent customer service in all areas of our business. The shortlist is drawn from companies which have achieved high customer satisfaction."
NetApp has this week announced that it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Habitat For Humanity to construct new toilets for local schools and household units in and around Bangalore. Supporting the Indian Government's Swachh Bharat mission, this program will also involve educating local communities about necessary sanitation and hygiene practices.
With nearly half of India's population defecating in the open according to UNICEF, India reports the highest number of deaths due to diarrhoea among children under-five in the world.
Rochester Midland Corporation is to sell its feminine care, toilet seat cover and food service paper business to Impact Products, effective 1st July, 2016. RMC - manufacturer of the first Green Seal-certified janitorial cleaning product line in the world - says it is to focus its efforts on continuing to provide high-quality, environmentally preferable cleaning chemistry and programmes for its janitorial, institutional and odour-control customers in a wide variety of markets.
In an addition to its sole UK supplier agreement for Codonics' D-6000 mobile device disinfection range, APC Contech will supply the new on-demand Radius3 Disinfection Technology system to UK hospitals and associated healthcare markets.
The 'Incentive Beat The Shiner Competition' is a speed challenge and Terry 'Turbo' Burrows, the Guinness World Record Holder who claims to be 'The World's Fastest Window Cleaner', will be on hand to give advice and set the pace for others to follow!
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