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Chem-Dry Carpet and Floor Cleaning has received top honours in the 2018 Global Franchise Award competition, winning the 'Best House & Office Franchise' category. The awards showcase excellence in international franchising. Winners were announced at the 2018 International Franchise Association convention in Phoenix., US.
Ernie Rosenberg, who served as the American Cleaning Institute's president & CEO for 17 years, is the recipient of the special ACI Chairman's Award, recognising his outstanding leadership of the Association for the cleaning product supply chain. He was honoured during the 2018 ACI Annual Meeting & Industry Convention.
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From the Kimberly-Clark Professional Golden Service Awards last Thursday, to the Cleaning & Support Services Innovations Showcase (sponsored by the Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association) taking place today, the UK cleaning industry is certainly celebrating its leading lights at the moment.
‘Golden Service’, as it has become affectionately known, is one of our longest-running and most highly-regarded Awards programmes, having started in 1991 before some of those whose work was being scrutinised by the judges this year, were even born. You can see the list of winners below and may I offer my hearty congratulations to each and every one of those involved in keeping the winning sites clean, as well as the individuals who’ve been recognised for their ‘stand-out’ efforts.
The CSSA’s Innovations Showcase, which is in its launch year, is one that’s based on a novel concept – a Dragon’s Den-style selection process in which 24 shortlisted companies presented their innovations to a panel of industry experts – and although as far as I’m aware, the judges weren’t under pressure to consider investing thousands of pounds of their own money in any of the innovations that took their fancy, I understand that choosing the finalists was incredibly difficult.
The process must also have been a lot of fun (and if you’re wondering why I say that, please visit Dragons_Den_(UK_TV_series) where you’ll find an excellent outline of what being in the Dragon’s Den involves).
The eight shortlisted innovations are being presented to the industry-at-large today in London for a final vote and I look forward to learning which innovation has won, later on.
I know from attending product launches and exhibitions, that it’s only when you’re speaking to those involved in the development of a new product or service, and see them presenting it with a passion, that it actually ‘comes alive’ and you can really understand its features and benefits and why they’re there.
Because of this, I’m hoping that these new CSSA awards are considered successful enough that they will be held again in future, and that perhaps the Dragon’s Den presentations are thrown open to a wider audience, so more people can understand that the mechanics of - and the science behind our industry, are something to be admired.
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Yes... it was time for the highly-anticipated 2018 Kimberly-Clark Professional Golden Service Awards - the long-running Awards programme which recognises outstanding commitment and a passion to deliver performances that raises cleaning standards.
Stephen is MP for a Stirling, a seat he contested in 2005 and 2015 prior to winning it in 2017. Before entering Parliament, he was EMEA sales operations leader at Kimberly-Clark, a company he originally joined in 1986.
As a company with great strength in commercial floorcare since 1950, Betco Corporation has expanded its portfolio by acquiring the assets of GMI Engineered Products - including CRMX, 3-Step Concrete Polishing System (pictured in action), in January 2018.
The CRMX System was created as the best restoration solution for concrete polishing professionals and will help broaden Betco's product offering in concrete flooring restoration and maintenance alongside Crete Rx, an innovative concrete maintenance solution for facilities.
RPC bpi recycled products and ESE World UK, both recently acquired by RPC Group, have been awarded places on Frameworks with Braintree District Council for its Refuse Supplies Framework PROC17-0110 and the ESPO (Eastern Shires Purchasing Organisation) Framework 860_18 Refuse and Recycling Products.
The companies are leaders in their respective fields and jointly offer customers a large selection of high-quality products and services - RPC bpi recycled products is the leading manufacture of refuse sacks and ESE World is the leader in providing temporary storage solutions for waste and recyclable materials.
"This year, for World Water Day, we must celebrate all the new technologies helping us use water more efficiently," writes Klaus Reichardt, CEO and founder of Waterless Co, one of the largest manufacturers of waterless urinals in the US...
"International World Water Day is held annually on 22nd March. Its goal is to focus on the importance of freshwater and advocate for the better management of water.
Avidbots has this week announced the opening of a regional sales and service office in Hong Kong. The office will support customers throughout the Asia Pacific Region who are embracing robotics to drive productivity gains, with a focus on direct sales in the Hong Kong and Macau markets as well as support for market entry into mainland China.
Domestic Angels founder Samantha Acton has joined the likes of Samantha Cameron, Baroness Karren Brady, MPs Harriet Harman and Nicky Morgan and top business owners Kelly Hoppen, Kath Kidston and Jacqueline Gold in signing the Daily Telegraph's open letter urging the Government to back female entrepreneurship in the UK.
Entrepreneur Samantha founded Domestic Angels in 2002 and franchised the business in 2016, boasting around 30 staff and providing a home-based management solution across Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole.
The five-year, one-of-a-kind study of 70 entities across different functions represents 50,000 managers worldwide.
Using a standing desk over a conventional workstation with desk, chair and computer screen can have a positive impact on the health and wellbeing of employees, but standing on hard floors can cause problems all of their own.
Ergonomic standing desk mats from Mats4U can help your team to burn more calories during the day while still being comfortable at work.
California has adopted a new workplace safety and health regulation to prevent and reduce work-related injuries to housekeepers in the hotel and hospitality industry. This is the first ergonomic standard in the nation written specifically to protect hotel housekeepers.
The new standard, which will be enforced by Cal/OSHA, was approved 9th March by the Office of Administrative Law and will become effective 1st July.
This week, the main span of the FIU-Sweetwater University City Bridge was lifted from its temporary supports, rotated 90 degrees across an eight-lane thoroughfare, and lowered into its permanent position.
The largest pedestrian bridge moved via self-propelled modular transportation in US history, it is also the first in the world to be constructed entirely from self-cleaning concrete.
Having been with Jangro for 16 years in the role of operations director, Joanne has seen her leadership roles gradually expanded, from establishing a professional and efficient Head Office, to chairing the Jangro Group Development Committee and more recently becoming Chair of the Jangro Board. She also sits on many industry association boards, including the Cleaning & Support Services Association.
In addition to various sludge tanks, this also included complex wastewater treatment plants such as a stainless-steel tank with a stainless-steel floor or a funnel-shaped secondary clarifier.
New research has revealed that only 24% of drivers have completed the full 35 hours Driver Certificate of Professional Competence training required of them by 2019, with nearly half of drivers (49%) still at least 14 hours short.
The research of commercial drivers and operators unveiled that over 52% of the respondents welcome training as they feel it helps them to be a better driver, while over half would like to see new industry courses introduced.
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