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If the Leader that came with last week's Cleanzine had you scratching your head in confusion, I'm not surprised! It's the one we ran in Cleanzine's sister publication, KBzine, the previous day! I hope it provided food for thought though... Here's the one you were meant to be reading:
Last week's Leader in which I discussed the benefits of our industry's awards programmes, prompted lots of phone calls and social media messaging! Many of you agree with my comments that often, the new products and technologies which most impress us haven't been entered into the awards programme at all - and this idea has led to a number of discussions about the way companies market themselves and their products, and the effects that 'doing it right' can have on success. One idea I rather liked, wasn't as a direct result of my Leader but instead came in the form of a LinkedIn challenge by Paul Castle, national sales director at NIC Services Group, who said:
"Right then... what do you want to see at the new cleaning show? (I've had my say on my disappointment of this year's offering). Let's start this off with a 'comparison lab' - a place like a 'robot wars' arena where suppliers can go head-to-head with their competitors in a judged setting (productivity, usability, standards etc) like a dance-off but for equipment! How many would actually stand by their kit against their rivals?"
I love Paul's idea but I'm wondering how easy it will be to get off the ground, with some companies afraid their boasts about their product being the best won't stand up to scrutiny, and others not having the resources to take part. As I said to him, so many press releases I receive claim to talk about the 'leading', 'groundbreaking', 'best-in-class', 'first-to-market' etc, so to have the opportunity to see similar products go head to head would be interesting, to say the least.
While training as a journalist, one of the things I learnt was never to repeat these claims verbatim, since it can get you into trouble if they are challenged by another manufacturer and your publication - because of advertising support and the like - is deemed to have a vested interest in supporting a false claim. I've seen journalists come unstuck where they've not adhered to this rule but still the press releases making these claims keep coming. I'd love to see similar products presented head-to-head, so we can judge for ourselves.
What do you think? Is this 'robot wars' arena-type exercise something in which you'd like to take part?
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Edinburgh waste analytics company, Topolytics, has been chosen by Google and SAP as one of the top five circular economy technologies globally. The Circular Economy 2030 Contest, organised by both tech giants, set out to find the best revenue-generating ideas that can unlock $4.5 trillion of new economic output.
The contest, which received more than 200 applications from around the world, was looking at commercial concepts that could scale globally and help to design out waste and pollution, keep products and materials in use and/or regenerate natural systems.
Positioned somewhere between an undercounter dishwasher and a pass-through, the new Nelson Advantage Plus AD51 'Ergo' has been ergonomically designed to avoid the need for the operator to bend.
"Back problems are the most common occupational ailment in the catering workplace," explains John Nelson, managing director of Nelson Dish & Glasswashers. "The Ergo provides an affordable solution for people who don't need to invest in a pass-through but who want a comfortable means of loading and unloading a dishwasher."
There are less than four weeks left to enter the 2019 British Institute of Cleaning Science Annual Awards, with the ceremony taking place on Thursday 26th September at Whittlebury Hall Hotel & Spa in Northamptonshire.
The winners are determined by a judging panel made up of industry experts, and provide a great opportunity to showcase an individual's, or organisation's, achievements to the wider cleaning industry, as well as BICSc community of over 30,000 members. Last year's winner of the 'Client Commitment to Training' award, Rosaleen Liard, chief executive officer of Chequers Contract Services says of her company's win:
Did you know that cleaning can account for up to 70% of a site's water usage? That statistic resulted from research carried out in 2013 from WRAP - the Waste & Resources Action Programme.
WRAP is an organisation dedicated to producing positive economic and environmental action. It identified the food and drink industry, including manufacturing and hospitality, as the highest industrial water user outside of energy and waste. This does not include water used within finished products.
Toronto, Canada-based Citron Hygiene has expanded its global footprint and entered the European market with its acquisition of Admiral Cleaning Supplies in Leicestershire, England. This is Citron Hygiene's first acquisition outside of North America, making it an especially significant one. Admiral has been in business for 34 years and is one of the UK's largest distributors of the HORECA market (Hotel/Restaurant/Cafe).
It has two locations in the UK, approximately 80 employees and 7,500 customer locations.
David Wax, executive vice president of US distributor Waxie Sanitary Supply, has been elected by the Board of Directors as the chairman of Network - the distributor for supply chain professionals managing multi-site programs - for a two-year term. David has held numerous positions within Network over the past 25 years, including vice chairman, and has been active in various committees.
He will lead the Network Board of Directors and the Network membership, aligning with strategic suppliers and key customers globally.
The new Citrus scent - from the luxury, ethical The Soap Co. Original Collection - has refreshing notes of zesty lemon and fresh grapefruit and is available both as a hand wash and hand lotion (available in 300ml & five-litre refills to reduce your plastic waste).
In just over a month's time, one of the biggest professional cleaning trade shows in Europe will be opening its doors. From 21st to 23rd May 2019, the biennial trade show Pulire Verona - strong in numbers and opportunities - will present at its 24th edition a wide range of machines and services in an event that's becoming increasingly international: 76.33% of exhibitors are Italian while the remaining 23.67% are from other countries.
The exhibition has also vastly expanded in size.
The Danish Building & Property Agency, the state's property enterprise and developer, has announced that it has selected ISS Denmark as its partner in wave One of the Government's comprehensive integrated facility services outsourcing plan. The agreement has a total value of about DKK two billion over seven years. The contract is expected to be finalised after 15th April 2019.
"ISS has significant capacity in the market, and we look forward to starting a strong partnership, where we can jointly develop, improve and professionalise an area with huge potential." Says Rasmus Brandt Lassen, director of the Danish Building & Property Agency.
The contracts, worth £3 million per annum, will see over 300 colleagues join TCFM up and down the country since the contracts started going live from 1st March, 2019.
Almost two-thirds of employees are concerned that cleaners should be paid fairly. According to research commissioned by London-based contract cleaning firm Cleanology, 63% of staff care greatly about the rate of pay for cleaning operatives. However, only 39% have an accurate idea of the real figures on cleaning pay.
Cleanology is a passionate advocate of the Real Living Wage and initiated the research to explore the attitudes both to wage levels and to perceptions around cleaners' pay. It discovered a great deal of confusion around the National Living Wage and Real Living Wage pay brackets, with a majority of respondents underestimating the level of the voluntary Real Living Wage and just 33% correctly identifying the statutory National Living Wage rate.
Although we briefly covered the Cleaning & Support Services Association Awards in the week that they took place, the arrival of a link to some fabulous pictures of the event, including the presentations themselves and the many happy attendees, has prompted a revisit which should be of interest to those who may have missed our write-up because the London Cleaning Show was still in full swing...
"These Awards have been developed to recognise everything that shines within the UK cleaning sector - great products, great systems, great contractors, and great individuals," says the CSSA's John Findlater. "The strength of the awards is that they are run for the industry, by the industry and voted for by industry experts.
Ecocleen, the commercial contract cleaning provider, has successfully achieved ISO 27001 certification in recognition of its best practice information security standards. This latest accreditation demonstrates that the company has implemented internationally-recognised standards across the business to ensure customers, staff and associates benefit from the highest level of data protection.
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