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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.
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.
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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There may be changes ahead in the way the UK’s local authorities procure goods and services… In a statement released today along with the publication of the National Audit Office’s report on the Government’s spending review, NAO head, Amyas Morse, said:
“Time and again, we find that problems in the delivery of public services can be traced back to the way Government goes about planning and managing business in pursuit of an administration’s policy objectives. Instead of an enduring framework that supports coherent strategic planning, effective business management and accountability, the current approach amounts to a collection of top-down, set-piece processes and guidance that fail to make the most of the understanding and expertise across government. Government must make a cultural change if it is to make a lasting difference to its performance and narrow the gap in accountability and transparency.”
The report finds that while there have been improvements in the way Government plans and manages public sector activity, insufficient attention has been paid to longer-term funding decisions and their impacts. There is not a coherent, enduring framework for planning into the medium-term and beyond, which would allow any government to make achievable plans, know whether it is on track, adjust its approach where necessary and provide clear accountability. There is a lack of long-term, joined-up thinking and the result is poor value for money.
Talking of money, were you around when the UK ‘decimalised’, or when the Euro was launched? Or do you live in a country that adopted the Euro in later years? I understand that in every scenario, vendors used the changes as an excuse to increase prices. I don’t know how it happened regarding the Euro (only that it did) but decimalisation encouraged vendors to ‘round everything up’ to the nearest penny, rather than reduce it. Yes I know it was only a penny but back then they were worth something and when everything was added up, the rounding up made a big difference to a household’s monthly spend.
Today we’re running a ‘Soapbox’ from a delivery company whose competitors are using ‘Brexit’ to increase prices by 10%. This is not the first time this practice has been brought to my attention.
Whether for business or pleasure, the Internet has given us enormous knowledge and great communication and made us expert at shopping around. Raised prices thanks to a flimsy excuse will result in customers buying elsewhere. Be warned…
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This Week's News
During the night of 17th July there was a fire in the Green Machines factory in Falkirk, Scotland. The fire brigade had everything under control quickly and therefore, blessedly, there were no injuries and there has just been some damage at the assembly building.
"The assembly building took the most damage and this has been temporarily relocated," reports Malcolm Docherty, director of operations of Green Machines International.
By Mark Errington, sales & marketing director, City Distribution
City Distribution, based in Blackpool, has been servicing the North of England for 29 years. We take orders up to 4:45pm delivering the following day and even man our sales office on probably our customers' busiest day, Saturday, to deal with product enquiries and process orders for Monday delivery - arguably making a rod for our own back but today's retailer need every tool in the box to secure that all important sale and contractors need continuity of supply.
It was a little over four years ago that the company moved to its current 34,000 sq ft factory and warehouse located in a purpose-built modern trading estate close to the M60 Manchester Ring Road.
With on-site liner exchange services, sanitary waste bin liners are often complemented with an antimicrobial consumable which acts as a disinfectant to protect users until the bin liner is replaced again.
RCM says its new Kilo compact, ride-on scrubber drier can increase productivity, since it offers precision manoeuvring in narrow spaces, a good running time and perfect drying, while a comfortable 'true' seat and user friendly controls can keep the operator content for long periods. There is a double brush version that offers even better performance.
The Cleaning & Support Services Association has issued an Innovation & Technology Executive Bulletin, which looks at battery technology in detail, examining the different types and their advantages and disadvantages and in particular with regard to their use in cleaning equipment. It was compiled using information supplied BSA (Battery Safety Hub) and ICE - (Industrial Cleaning Equipment).
Ideal for 'away from home' washroom providers that need to cut costs and offer a more sustainable solution to washroom users whilst creating an upmarket look, Eisl UK has launched its new Eco range of mixer taps.
Available in Europe now and in the UK from the 3rd quarter of 2016, the new Eisl Eco range offers a new level of functionality, with Water Saving, Energy Saving and Anti-Scald technology.
Warburg Pincus, a global private equity firm focused on growth investing, has today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement whereby one of its affiliates will invest in Hygiena, a leader in rapid-results environmental testing. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
The Carbon Trust Standard is globally recognised as an independent certification of a company's progress in taking action on greenhouse gas emissions, demonstrating that the company has not only adopted good practice but has equally shown real achievements in managing and reducing its carbon emissions year-on-year.
Incentive QAS, the specialist cleaning arm of Incentive FM Group, has been awarded a contract to provide cleaning services for Orangebox, an innovative design company that delivers flexible workplace solutions for forward thinking organisations. It follows a competitive tender.
Chicago, US-based Consolidated Chemical Works Concentrates has become an Associate Member of the Cleaning Management Institute, one of the premiere training and certification organisations within the cleaning industry.
"Training is a critical component to any well run cleaning operation," says Sarajane Giles, product manager for CCW.
Bonasystems, well-known for its cleaning and anti-slip products, services and consulting, has carried out an important cleaning contract at the British Library in St Pancras, London with its contract cleaning partner, Emprise.
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Recent UK News
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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