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What do you see in this picture? Street cleaning in action? You're right of course, but I also see a missed opportunity - well, actually, two!
I'm aware that a team of outside contractors is engaged in overnight intensive deep cleaning of pavements - including the removal of chewing gum - in Romford, Essex. I also know that this work is in addition to the investment of an extra £400,000 by the Council into more frequent residential street cleaning. But who's the contractor? And whose machines are being used? This is a missed marketing opportunity for the contractor who's impressed the Council enough to have won the contract and a missed opportunity for the manufacturer of the equipment being used. Please get in touch if you can fill in the gaps - or if you're not involved in this particular job but have a success story of your own you'd like to talk about... Cleanzine has a global circulation of 100,000-plus readers and we could help you sell your product or service, by sharing your news.
Returning to the subject of my previous two Leaders, I had a lovely message from Vickie Ryde, mother of young litter picker Leighton Ollerenshaw, thanking me for the mention. Vickie said she'd told Leighton I'd been commending his efforts and that he'd said he couldn't understand why people are so proud of him and that the litter shouldn't be dropped in the first place. He thinks he will still be litter picking when he's 100 years old, bless him. As you might imagine, my response included the sentiment that I hoped that by the time he gets to be 100, the world will be a much better place and that he won't have to go around picking up other people's litter!
Other readers emailed me links to a story about Nadia Sparkes who this year picked up a volunteering award from the Prime Minister, but who was forced to change schools after being bullied for picking litter on her journeys to and from her school, (which doesn't appear to have offered her the support she needed). She's now settled happily at Reepham High, where she's appreciated by the environmentally-conscious people with whom she mixes. She's still litter-picking en route and the uniform is made from recycled plastic bottles. Oh I do love a happy ending!
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This Week's News
The Restoration Industry Association and the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning & Restoration Certification have announced a strategic partnership to enable each organisation to focus on its core mission and which will help elevate knowledge and professionalism within the industry.
In addition to providing an expanding list of rigorous educational programs, RIA hosts trade shows and conferences which highlight the latest technology, industry trends, best business practices and regulatory developments.
ISSA is calling for entries for the 10th Annual ISSA Innovation Award Program, which is organised into five categories - Cleaning Agents; Dispensers; Equipment; Services & Technology; and Supplies & Accessories - each vying for the Innovation Category Awards and, ultimately, the Innovation of the Year.
"Innovation is the driving force behind progress," says Kim Althoff, ISSA vice president of sales, trade shows & publications. "In the most tangible terms, ISSA is helping to fulfill its mission of 'advancing clean and driving innovation' with this program, through which we support and recognise the latest in products and services our members are bringing to market."
Commercial contract cleaning provider Ecocleen, has expanded its business development team to support the continued growth of the company within the UK. Vince Reddick (left) and Jack Lowe (below right) have been appointed as business development managers to take advantage of sales opportunities in London, East Anglia and the South West of England on behalf of Ecocleen's network of regional franchisees.
The British Institute of Cleaning Science is launching a special month-long membership campaign in May, inviting members to share what it means to #BeBICSc alongside several incentives promoting membership uptake amongst the wider cleaning community.
The campaign will encourage current members to share a video or a few words on social media on what BICSc membership means to them using the hashtag #BeBICSc. The first 10 members to take part will receive £50 off their next membership renewal.
To meet the demands of an electric future, new battery technologies will be essential. One option is lithium sulphur batteries, which offer a theoretical energy density roughly five times that of lithium ion batteries. Researchers at Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, recently unveiled a promising breakthrough for this type of battery, using a catholyte with the help of a graphene sponge.
The researchers' novel idea is a porous, sponge-like aerogel, made of reduced graphene oxide, that acts as a free-standing electrode in the battery cell and allows for better and higher utilisation of sulphur.
Chemicals specialist 2M Holdings - recently crowned Export Champion 2019 by the Department for International Trade - has now been given the Queen's Award for Enterprise in International Trade, in recognition of significant export growth.
Headquartered in the UK, the company has international presence in Benelux, Brazil, China, Germany, Ireland, Poland and Scandinavia, and exports to over 90 countries.
SC Johnson Professional has relaunched its Refresh foam soap line, with new formulations designed to elevate the handwashing experience. Available in a range of new signature fragrances and fragrance-free options, just one pump of product removes over 99% of dirt and germs, when used properly.
"Refresh products are designed to deliver a pleasant experience to encourage hand washing," says Mike Flagg, head of SC Johnson Professional's North American business.
Results from a voluntary clean-up by Cromwell Polythene in its local area to support The Great British Spring Clean 2019, indicate levels of rubbish have decreased significantly compared to last year and that the Clean Driver Scheme is helping.
The family-run business, which supplies a range of polythene products to aid recycling, annually supports the Keep Britain Tidy environmental campaign to eliminate litter and end waste. Last year, Cromwell Polythene collected 67.3Kgs of litter over a three-hour period from the Sherburn Industrial Estate where it is based. Its 2019 action in the same area led to a collection of 11Kg in 1.5 hours - an impressive 68% reduction!
Principle Cleaning Services, the London-based cleaning specialist, which provides its services
The company is aiming to raise £30,000, through various fundraising events, in recognition of its 30th anniversary this year.
This achievement is attributable in part to growth in Hoppecke UK's battery and charger rental business. A targeted campaign to highlight the advantages to businesses of all sizes has seen orders rise from zero at start-up to several hundred rental batteries in 12 months.
Task Force Window Cleaning has awarded Joe Wolfe of Prairie Village, Kansas, free window cleaning, pressure washing and gutter cleaning for life. The company cleaned Joe's storm windows, soft washed his house, pressure washed his fence, driveway and patio, cleaned his gutters and cleaned his dryer vent on April 13, 2019.
Task Force Window Cleaning recently awarded the same lifetime service to a veteran of Vietnam, Desert Storm and Iraq/Afghanistan at the VFW Post 846 BBQ Competition.
ISS received the highest overall score of 84 out of 100 among the 89 companies rated in the 'Commercial Services' sector. Released yesterday, the Sustainalytics' ESG report highlights ISS as a leader on environmental, social and governance issues compared to its industry peers.
The results of a survey of UK office workers suggests that we are becoming increasingly anxious about answering the phone at work. Telephone answering service Face for Business, has uncovered staggering statistics on the degree of call anxiety exhibited by UK office workers.
Fear of making or taking calls, also known as 'Telephobia', is a real thing that's not just limited to fear of calling a loved one or ordering a pizza.
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Recent UK News
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:
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.
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