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With the holiday season officially upon us, millions of us will be preparing our homes to host friends and family to celebrate the holiday season. In addition to preparing meals, hanging decor and buying gifts, families will be putting away clutter and cleaning their homes before hosting guests and out-of-town visitors.
To support its rapid growth and expansion plans, London based commercial cleaning business Cleanology has appointed new talent to create an all-new sales & marketing team which has already delivered a significant haul of new contract wins to the value of £400K.
Over 60 universities, research institutes and companies from 29 European countries are to jointly study the impact that antimicrobial (nano-)coatings can have on the spread of infections in healthcare environments.
"The advantage of a backpack is easy to see when trialed, giving a massive 66% saving on time compared to tub or upright vacuums, according to independent ISSA tests," claims the company. "This is a massive saving.
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If you're a regular reader of my leaders, or if you know me well, you'll probably realise how much pleasure it gave me to be able to write, in one of this week's news stories: "The cleaning industry fares a great deal better than that".
The story to which I refer, came about as a result of this week's Office for National Statistics figures which show that while there is still an average 18.1% gender pay gap in the UK (the lowest since records began), it is far lower than that when it comes to cleaners, their supervisors and managers. Well done the cleaning industry!
I'm probably going to receive hate mail for saying this, but I strongly believe that pay should be equal as long as the work that's carried out is the same. I hate the idea of females in any industry earning the same as their male colleagues, while perhaps having an easier ride, thanks to being 'the fairer sex'. I was cross when female tennis players at Wimbledon were asking for the same pay as men, when they played just three sets to the men's five, while the idea of boardroom quotas 'to even things up', makes me positively livid.
Equal pay for equal work is the right way to go and a place on the Board should be awarded on merit - not just because the female quota is lacking!
I do find it sad though that in this day and age and in a land that's known to be one of those that does the right thing by its people, we still have a gender pay gap. There's absolutely no excuse for it, is there? If women cleaners are paid just 0.3% less than their male counterparts - way below the average - just imagine what it's like at the other end of the scale!
On that note, may I wish you well for the holidays? This is the last issue of Cleanzine until 5th January and I was about to say "so John and I can have a much-needed break". However, we will be working hard on that 5th January issue over the holidays, so please make our lives easier by keeping your news coming our way. If you're also having a break, I hope it's a good one and may 2017 be happy, healthy and peaceful for us all.
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This Week's News
The Office for National Statistics has issued its latest statistical bulletin on the gender pay gap and it shows that while more women are involved in cleaning work than men, the women earn less than their male colleagues per hour, whether they be basic cleaners, managers or anything in between.
Generally, at 18.1%, the gap in average pay between men and women, for all employees across many industries, is the lowest since records began. The cleaning industry fares a great deal better than that...
Unger was presented with the Innovation Award at the international cleaning trade fair ISSA/Interclean North America recently. The Unger Stingray indoor window cleaning system managed to impress the jury and won the coveted award in the Supplies & Accessories category.
With a total of 50 cleaning companies registering their products for the Innovation Awards this year, the competition was challenging across all categories.
The growth will be fueled by rising populations and per capita incomes in developing economies, especially in the Asia/Pacific region, where those with improved earning capacity are turning to higher-performance cleaning products that more often use amines in their formulation.
Hampshire-based Industrial Cleaning Equipment, has, this month, acquired 100% of the shares of Cleaning Equipment Supplies (CES), which is based in Cwmbran, South Wales.
"This is a very exciting and strategic acquisition for the ICE business," says Mark Bresnihan, CEO of ICE. "We have been in discussion with CES for some time, to learn about how this opportunity could benefit both organisations and their customers. "We feel really positive about the CES business, its people and what it can bring to the ICE group.
As Greenspeed continues to grow, accelerated by the successful integration of the Ecover Professional range of ecological cleaning chemicals into its business, the company is moving to a new office at Rotterdam Airportplein 22-b, 33045 AP Rotterdam on 1st January 2017, where it will be sited on the third floor.
Happy 25th birthday to one of the longest-established marine service providers on Spain's Mediterranean coast. Nautiel Services is celebrating its birthday after opening a new office in Valencia and Palma de Mallorca, and exhibiting at the Valencia Boat Show during the Autumn.
The company has also expanded its cleaning technology portfolio with a Prochem Europe-supplied Sapphire 460SS truck mounted extraction cleaning machine. Business is booming!
ISS has announced that it is to divest its activities in Iceland, to reflect its strategy of focusing on its core business in markets with significant demand for integrated facility services and markets of importance for international key customers.
Annual revenue of the Icelandic business, which employs 695, was DKK 130 million (2015) and the buyer is a group of international and Icelandic investors, led by Patrick de Muynck.
DuPont Nutrition & Health and Hygiena, a Warburg Pincus portfolio company that specialises in rapid food safety and environmental sanitation testing, announced today that Hygiena is to acquire DuPont's global food safety diagnostics business.
The acquisition includes all of DuPont Diagnostics business assets, including the BAX and RiboPrinter Systems and associated test kits; a global and technically trained sales, R&D and manufacturing organisation, and in-house production capacity.
Las Vegas Sands Corp. (LVS) has this week completed its worldwide volunteer effort to build 100,000 hygiene kits this year for social enterprise Clean the World, to help improve the health and wellbeing of populations in need. Kits assembled this week by Sands China and community volunteers at The Venetian Macao, will benefit Children's International, who will deliver the 35,000 kits to families in need in the Philippines.
A 67-year-old cleaner has died after being overcome by fumes from cleaning agents, which Hazmat officials have determined were caused by some type of chemical reaction or release - possibly from a janitor's closet - located in a company staffroom. A second man was hospitalised, but we understand that he has been/is being released.
Stockport residents are amongst the best in the UK at recycling and were amongst the top 10 authorities in the whole of England in 2015/16. Residents across Stockport, Cheshire, have helped the borough to recycle over 59.4% of household waste.
To end this year on a high, the council is supplying residents with some suggestions to make sure recycling can be part of the festive period, when recycling rates usually drop. It may be something those responsible for recycling in other local authorities would wish to share...
The information provided by local authorities and compiled by the FSA, which gives a detailed breakdown of enforcement activity across the country, shows an increase in a number of areas of local authority enforcement activity, and levels of hygiene compliance in food business, in spite of reported staffing reductions.
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