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Ecolab has made a binding offer to acquire Laboratoires Anios from co-owners Bertrand and Thierry Letartre and private investment company Ardian.
Bunzl announced yesterday that it has purchased Belgian janitorial supply company Polaris Chemicals SPRL.
Based near Brussels, the company sells a variety of products from such manufacturers as Lucart, Unger, Numatic, Floorpul, GreenCare, Ecolab and Vikan, to name just a few, to both redistributors and end users, including government and education establishments, retirement homes and cleaning companies, throughout the Brussels and Walloon regions of Belgium. Revenue in 2015 was £3 million.
To facilitate safe and speedy flood clean-up, the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning & Restoration Certification (IICRC) offers its top tips for reducing property damage and limiting health risks once the water has settled.
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I was going to start today’s leader with a quote – and as I always do, before writing it I checked against the original to see that my version hadn’t become corrupted over time. I ended up reading the entire poem and it seemed rather poignant bearing in mind what’s going on in the markets following the EU referendum just two weeks ago.
A debate on a friend’s Facebook page, that we need the EU to prevent further war in Europe, prompted a post from me pointing out that it’s our leaders who take us into wars and not us, the ordinary people, who instigate them. Perhaps I’m being naïve but I like to think mankind (or most of it, anyway) has matured enough to no longer desire to fight our neighbours, who are also our business colleagues, acquaintances, friends and, more than ever these days, family.
And once again it’s the leaders (and from that I don’t just mean the prime ministers, presidents, etc., but business leaders, financial experts and those the ordinary people look up to) who are creating conflict in terms of the global economy by instead of being seen to be taking the Brexit vote in their stride and promoting the ‘business as usual’ concept, to prevent any potential issues, have instead chosen to create panic and division.
I work across three industries and talk to a lot of businesses that are not just UK-based, as well as ordinary people, over the course of a week. I also receive a multitude of press releases which show that, like the people I’m talking to, those sending the releases are considering that it is indeed, very much, business as usual.
I’m not the only one who’s said over the years that it’s easy to talk yourself into a recession and I despair at the attitudes of those who could truly make a difference in what are now turbulent times, but choose not to.
The quote I mentioned earlier comes from a poem, which I’ve probably not previously read in its entirety but which I have done this morning. It could so easily have been written in response to the situation in which we – in the developed world – now find ourselves.
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This Week's News
Well over a third (38%) of UK small-to-medium sized enterprises (SMEs) believe that if they don't adapt their business models they will go out of business in five years. However, only a mere 2% have done something about it.
Greenpeace is currently running a campaign to get the UK to join America and Canada in their ban of plastic microbeads. Too small to be filtered by waste water plants, these harmful beads have a serious, detrimental impact on the flora and fauna of our oceans.
Here, Peter Crossen, vice president of the maintenance and partsmaster innovation platform of water, energy and maintenance solutions provider, NCH Europe, looks at why industry needs to be aware of the problem.
By Ed Selko. This US-based cleaning & janitorial industry veteran leads a team of similar colleagues, providing a service designed to improve the way clients do business, helping them to greater success...
I want to talk to you about endings and how they feel at three o'clock in the morning. Things change, endings happen and you get to learn something.
The study shows that RayVio's deep UV LEDs can eliminate bacteria found in hospitals and other buildings more quickly and to a higher degree than many of today's most common disinfection products, aiding in the fight against hospital acquired infections (HAI).
CleanExpo Moscow / Pulire, the 18th International exhibition of equipment and materials for use in the professional cleaning, sanitary, hygiene, dry-cleaning and laundry sectors, is taking place from 9th - 11th November 2016 at the Crocus Expo, Moscow, Russia.
Family owned company Harrison Wipes officially celebrated its 125th anniversary on 15th June at a party that included current and former employees, suppliers and local dignitaries including the Mayor of Havering, Cllr Philippa Crowder.
"We're incredibly proud to celebrate 125 years in business," says owner and managing director, Stephen Harrison. "The party made it possible for us to say thank you to our employees, without whom our success would not be possible."
Unger is now expanding its award-winning nLite portfolio with another innovation: nLite One telescopic water fed poles.
As it is so small and light in weight, it is easy to transport and to manoeuvre, making it ideal for female personnel.
The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning & Restoration Certification (IICRC) announces the publication of a newly released French translation of the ANSI-approved ANSI/IICRC S500 Standard and Reference Guide for Professional Water Damage Restoration (4th edition, 2015).
This is a French translation of the English version of an American National Standard. The only version approved by ANSI is the English language version.
Faced with an urgent business need to replace their payroll and billing system, several companies with a turnover of between £4m and £40m elected to switch to TemplaCMS - leading to a rapidly mobilised project at Templa to transfer multiple companies to a new contract management system - simultaneously.
Fila's surface care range includes cleaning solutions, designed to care for all types of tile and natural surfaces. Suitable for post-installation cleans and ongoing maintenance, the range spans high performance pH-neutral detergents, to epoxy grout and grease removers.
All production is supported by Fila's ISO 14001:2014 certification and the range is recommended by over 220 leading flooring brands.
The regulation places responsibilities on the users of cleaning chemicals and increases the burden of data management on the supply chain.
SWC, the specialist window cleaning business within Incentive FM Group, invited delegates at the recent Facilities Show to put their window cleaning skills to the test in order to 'Beat The Shiner.' The competition was a speed challenge against Terry 'Turbo' Burrows, the Guinness World Record Holder who claims to be 'The World's Fastest Window Cleaner'.
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After months of campaigning the British people decided last Thursday that the United Kingdom should leave the EU. The British Cleaning Council took the decision some months ago to remain neutral, and that is still the case now we know the result.
Having seen numerous posts with worried questions regarding a myriad of topics such as passports, driving licences, European spouses etc. and also heard during the Brexit campaign that if we voted to leave virtually all existing legislation would be thrown in the bin, leaving us defenceless and at the mercy of unscrupulous business owners, hell bent on exploiting all staff and operating in contravention to every shred of legislation that existed under the EU.
As from the 4th July 2016, the Disposables UK name will disappear and the company will trade as Northwood Hygiene Products. The experienced merger and acquisition management team at Northwood has ensured that, as ever, customer requirements have taken priority, so any service disruption during the changeover has been minimal.
Most bin wash machines on the market today (including previous Morclean models) have three basic stages of filtration based on a micron level of fine mesh, using industry-standard gauze type filters.
For the past 60 years, the annual RoSPA Awards have been held to celebrate excellence in safety performance.
The Water Management Society is running a two-day event on 28th and 29th June 2016 at the National Conference Centre, Birmingham, which will combine presentations with interactive workshops and will reveal intriguing insights into various water management disciplines.
Events & Exhibitions
ISSA North America
Loo of the Year Awards
Budapest Cleaning Show