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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.
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.
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.
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A friend sent me a link to an article in This is Money, which was reporting on the cost of removing rubbish from around Britain’s motorways and A-roads. Most of this rubbish will have been thrown from vehicles by drivers and their passengers, and although the removal cost is said to be some £4.8m a year – since these roads only make up 12.7% of our road network – the real cost of the clear up is much greater.
The article claims that some 364,000 bags full of litter have been collected since 2013, with
roadside pickers filling more than 333 sacks every day along 4,300 miles of Britain’s motorways and A-roads.
The cost of filling each bag – at £40 – is said to be the equivalent of a single pothole repair – and we all know where the money should really be spent, don’t we?
Highways England released a 'Litter Strategy' report in 2014 in an attempt to educate motorists on the problems they cause by discarding litter, but rather than there being less rubbish to clear, collection rates have increased, with 139,952 bags filled between 2015 and 2016.
The solution is simple, and as Highways England project manager Michael Hoult says: “The litter can cause a hazard to drivers, workers and wildlife. I'd urge everyone to keep a bag in their car to use for rubbish, and then put it in the bin when they get home.”
But people aren’t listening, are they?
There was an interesting forum at the foot of the article, with many posters suggesting that rather than having paid council employees do the work, offenders on Community Service or those serving time in prison, should be forced to do it. Others argue that this is jeopardising jobs – and indeed one posted: “Dropping litter keeps people in a job. In fact we should drop more to keep unemployment even lower. More jobs can be created by having inspectors monitor that enough litter is dropped to keep the workers in a job. Finally, we need an overall monitoring department. We could call this OffDrop or OffLit.”
I can’t quite work out whether they were serious or not…
The majority of us hate CCTV systems around our roads, so aiming cameras onto sliproads, where apparently much of the rubbish is dropped, with litterbugs being heavily fined and given penalty points on their licences, really appeals. Don’t you agree?
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This Week's News
The United Nations Food and Agricultural Organisation has alerted Western and Central African governments to be vigilant, and to continue their raised surveillance and prevention efforts after H5N1 avian influenza outbreaks were recently confirmed in chicken farms in Cameroon.
"We're looking at a quickly spreading disease that has devastating effects on livelihoods in communities," said Abebe Haile Gabriel, FAO Deputy Regional Representative for Africa, in a news release today.
The American Cleaning Institute has urged the US Environmental Protection Agency to exempt or minimise the use of animal fats under its Renewal Fuel Standard programme, as it threatens a key raw material used in the cleaning products industry.
Animal fats are a key feedstock used by oleochemical producers, which help supply the production of soaps, laundry detergents, fabric softeners, hard surface cleaners, dish detergents and personal care products, as well as many other everyday consumer and industrial products.
The latest Office for National Statistics Labour Productivity report has revealed that labour productivity, as measured by output per hour, grew by a mere 0.5%. However, the figures are 17% below an extrapolation based on its pre-downturn trend. Therefore, labour productivity per employee has failed to markedly rise since the global downturn.
Naturally Greyland, one of Britain's leading cleaning chemical manufacturers has a range of products to to tackle the problem.
Apparently they looked similar to the throwaway shopping bags we were using in their millions and they performed as well as their plastic rivals, but rather than damaging the environment, they would, once they had become torn and tatty and been thrown out - quickly biodegrade.
The UK generates approximately 200 million tonnes of total waste in a year. About half of this is generated by construction, with commercial & industrial activities generating almost a quarter (24%), and households responsible for a further 14%. About a quarter of that total is sent to landfill.
With the drought ongoing in many US states, reducing the amount of water and energy used, continues to be at the top of many hoteliers' minds.
Holchem, the Pilsworth, UK-based hygiene technology solutions provider, has spread its wings and knowledge base to reach international shores by carrying out a series of training sessions with Blue Skies Foods in Ghana.
Holchem's technical service manager Sarah West carried out a four-day tour designed to educate the team at Blue Skies' fruit slicing and juice plants. It included carrying out hygiene audits and Cleaning in Place investigations as well as extensive CIP background training with the Blue Skies Hygiene team that involved how CIP works and operates as well as chemical safety and hygiene training.
Cleanall Services of Leyland, Preston and Care Facility Management of Leeds, have joined forces to create the new £12m turnover Aston Services Group.
Independent facilities services organisation Incentive FM Group has acquired ARL Support Services, a specialist company providing window-cleaning services to many of the UK's most recognisable retailers located on the high street or within retail parks.
The acquisition will further strengthen the Group's portfolio of world-class cleaning services and solutions.
BCA, Europe's largest used vehicle marketplace, is offering the thousands of small enterprises that use vans, some useful advice on what to consider when buying their next vehicle.
Back in 1966 a new business, Progress Cleaning Services, was formed by Dave Robson. Later, his two sons, Kevin and Ian, joined what is today one of the UK's largest national window cleaning contractors.
Starting as a general cleaning business, Dave recognised the need to clean higher, more difficult buildings using new techniques, so he adopted the challenge. Today the company currently holds the Window Cleaning Company of the Year Award, has a large fleet of vans and workforce with bases across the UK; but Progress has not had an easy ride.
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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.
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