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International News


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Steve Backshall becomes latest Keep Britain Tidy Ambassador

Steve Backshall, TV presenter, naturalist and novelist, is the latest celebrity to become a voluntary ambassador for British Cleaning Council member 'Keep Britain Tidy'.

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American Cleaning Institute names Melissa Hockstad as new president & CEO

The American Cleaning Institute Board of Directors has announced that Melissa Hockstad will become president & CEO of ACI, effective 1st January, 2017.

Twenty-nine countries join forces to prevent healthcare associated infectious diseases

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 beneficial aspects of the application of such coatings will be assessed in the context of potential environmental adverse effects, as well as development of bacterial resistance.

Savlon India introduces low cost innovation for hand hygiene

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On Children's Day, ITC's leading hygiene brand, Savlon India, unveiled its Hygiene & Health programme - Savlon Swasth India Mission. The programme is designed to encourage behavioural change towards washing hands amongst children through various engaging and entertaining educational initiatives in schools. And this one's REALLY clever.

Dwyer Group acquires Window Genie

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The Dwyer Group, one of the world's largest parent companies of trade service brands, (think Molly Maid, Drain Doctor and Rainbow International, amongst others) has completed the acquisition of Window Genie, a nationally ranked home service franchise.

Bunzl branches out further into Europe

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Yesterday, Bunzl announced that it has entered into agreements to acquire two further businesses in Denmark and France.

Europe looks to Scotland in fight against food waste

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The household food thrown out by Scots each year would be enough to make 800 million meals - enough to feed everyone in Scotland three times a day for 50 days. Zero Waste Scotland is calling on Scots to act now and put an end to unnecessary food waste, which also costs households £1 billion a year.

iVo launches EleVac 'super quiet' cordless backpack HEPA vacuum

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The new iVo EleVac BackPack vacuum runs very quietly and also boasts full HEPA filtration. It has a powerful vacuum and is available in both lithium battery and mains versions.

Kimberly-Clark renews commitment to help solve global sanitation crisis

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This November 19th, on World Toilet Day, Kimberly-Clark renewed its commitment to its Toilets Change Lives programme - a multi-national commercial programme that leverages the power of its well-known brands to educate consumers and help solve the global sanitation crisis.

Polishing up for a shinier floor

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Sebo experts in the UK discuss how to get the best results from your floor cleaning equipment...

There are many vacuum cleaners that can perform maintenance and cleaning. Those with a speed of up to 200 rpm perform a scrubbing task, and those between 200 and 400 rpm both scrub and polish.

New robotic system to tackle toilet cleaning tasks

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For the past couple of years, Israeli-based entrepreneurs David Alush and Daniel Tokarev have been researching the history and methods of toilet cleaning. They tell us they were amazed to discover that for the past 90 years the manual toilet brush has been the cleaning technique used for what can be the filthiest place in the workplace and other away-from-home facilities as well as the home.

Deb launches new website

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Skincare solutions expert Deb has launched a new website. It brings together all elements of the group's fight against occupational skin disorders and the spread of infections - which is in line with its mission to 'Make Hands Matter in the Workplace'. At customers can find product details, share information and learn about hand hygiene and skincare.

Deb has also created a launch video to introduce the website and is available at

OspreyDeepclean brings back both good and bad from ISSA/Interclean Chicago

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"Judging by the weather we've seen of late it would appear the gales have followed us home from the 'Windy City' and this year's host of the North American ISSA/Interclean; Chicago!" writes OspreyDeepclean's Katy Bell.

Global cleaning chemicals in healthcare, market report 2015-2020, now available

Research & Markets has announced the addition of the 'Global cleaning chemicals in healthcare market - segmented by type, application, and geography - trends and forecasts (2015 - 2020)' report, to its offering.

Choice Hotels launches soap recycling programme with Clean the World

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Choice Hotels International, which has 6,400 hotels franchised in more than 40 countries and territories, has announced that it has entered into a partnership with Clean the World to collect and recycle hotel soap and similar bottled products that will help fight the spread of hygiene-related illnesses.

ISS Mexico wins contract with Teva Pharmaceuticals

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ISS Mexico has won a contract with Teva Pharmaceuticals, which builds on the contractor's existing relationship with Teva in Israel and Chile.

The aqueous ozone timeline...

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Those attending the recent ISSA tradeshow probably saw aqueous ozone cleaning systems on display and for some, this will have been the first time they heard of this cleaning technology.

RCM Atom Plus: 'unbeatable against dust'

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"It's not by chance that companies with critical cleaning problems, opt for RCM efficiency and reliability," challenges RCM's Marzia Mucci, who goes on to say:

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First, apologies – if you’re as unfamiliar with England’s geography as I appear to be – for misleading you last week into thinking Thurrock is in Essex. I know it’s in Kent (and thank you to those who took part in the subsequent Facebook discussion). I’m wondering whether my error was a subconscious effort to counteract the bad press Essex receives, having heard of a campaign to prevent the use of the derogatory term, ‘Essex Girls’!

Tomorrow is Loo of the Year Awards day, which sadly, I’m unable to attend this year. Good wishes to everyone involved – from the organisers to exhibitors and attendees and in particular the toilet attendants and cleaners themselves, who have an unenviable job. I’d also like to thank the forward-thinking councils that prioritise the provision of clean, hygienic and well-stocked public toilets, over other less-important drains on the ever-diminishing budget. I hope you all have a wonderful day and well done to the winners!

Although it won’t have been sent to coincide with the Awards, I received a press release today from Waterless Co in the US, revealing that two researchers from Brigham Young University’s Splash Lab, which ‘seeks to unravel the physical mechanisms of fluid behaviours’, have conducted research into ‘splashback’ onto clothing, shoes, walls and floors, when men use urinals.

To help determine ways to minimise splashback, the pair used high-speed photography and image processing, in a quest to discover the effects of urine stream breakup; how different angles affects splashback, and the effects of velocity of the stream.

They ascertained that urine starts to break into droplets in the urethra long before it’s released into the urinal, which means the splatter process begins as soon as urine is ‘out of the gate’, so to speak.

They also discovered that urinating at a 90-degree angle directly onto the urinal wall, causes maximum splashback (interestingly, they found that most men urinate at this angle!). They also found that the closer you are, the smoother the flow and the less the urine breaks into droplets.

Apparently, urinating parallel to the urinal surface – toward’s the base – helps reduce splashback considerably, as does standing close to the urinal – which, says Waterless’s Klaus Reichardt, is just the opposite of what many men believe!

With New Year’s resolutions soon to be made, a simple adjustment in urinal use habit would be a great thing to add to the list, don’t you think?

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This Week's News

ISSA/Interclean Amsterdam 2018 to take up 12 halls and include new Laundry and Waste Management sections

* Interclean.jpgReinforcing its position as the world's biggest and most popular event for the professional cleaning industry, the next ISSA/Interclean Amsterdam exhibition in 2018 will occupy 12 halls of the RAI Amsterdam for the first time.

This increase to the show's floor area further emphasises the need for both exhibitors and attendees to plan their visits well in advance for maximum opportunity to meet and network at the event.

French FM market to reach US$110.42bn in value by 2024, says TMR

* france-facilities-management-market.jpgAccording to a new research report published by TMR, the opportunity in the market for facilities management in France, which stood at US$48.02bn in 2015, is likely to expand at an impressive Compound Annual Growth Rate of 9.80% during the period from 2016 to 2024 and reach a whopping sum of US$110.4bn by the end of the period for forecast.

Stay well this winter - A helping hand from Gojo

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"Everyday hand washing is one of the most effective measures to prevent the spread of infection. The winter months traditionally see an increase in viral illnesses - from the common cold and influenza, to norovirus, more commonly known as the winter vomiting bug, these highly contagious viruses are unpleasant to say the least and in worse case scenarios can be quite debilitating.

Hand hygiene is one of the most preventative ways to reduce the spread of germs, therefore it is paramount that hand hygiene best practice is encouraged, not only during cold and flu season but all year round.

FSA publishes local authority food law enforcement information

* FSA.jpgThe Food Standards Agency has this week published official statistics on food law enforcement by local authorities across the UK for the year 2015/16.

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.

Cannon Hygiene Canada announces name change

* Cannon_citron.jpgCannon Hygiene Canada announced yesterday that it will begin operating under its new name 'Citron Hygiene', effective immediately. Citron Hygiene replaces the former 'Cannon Services'. The new company - which also announced its acquisition of food service hygiene provider, Sani Service - will continue to provide world-class washroom hygiene, chemical solutions, pest control and life safety products for a growing number of commercial facilities.

TTUK spokesperson takes part in Ministerial Round Table

* TTUK.jpgTruckers' Toilets UK's Gill Kemp was one of three women and 35 men from various organisations who took part in a Ministerial Round Table recently, on roadside facilities.

TTUK had been invited to lead on two agenda items: 'Minimum Standards' and 'Provision of facilities for visiting drivers', but the discussions focused more on lorry parking (especially in the Kent area), security and safety; food provision; laybys and slip roads - and, of course, costs. Gill did make her voice heard and tells us that the Chair, Rt Hon John Hayes MP, Minister of State for Transport, appeared shocked that the Minimum Standards - which he said were reasonable - are not adhered to.

Facilicom UK celebrates greater health and safety accreditation

* Facilicom_Jan-Hein-Hemke.jpgFacilicom UK has been certified to British Standard (BS) OHSAS 18001:2007 by SGS; a market leading UKAS accredited certification body. The award demonstrates the contractor's commitment to continually improving its health & safety performance, since the Standard is a framework for occupational health & safety management systems.

Window Clean UK will be expanding and rebranding soon

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The new services will incorporate the latest technologies and training and the company tells us that it has secured experienced professionals, with excellent pedigree and background, that will enable the contractor to offer a more comprehensive range of support services.

How do you define success in your restoration business?

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In Business school we were taught that the purpose of a business was to make money. This seems like a very fundamental concept but in reality I think that this is overlooked by many businesses. When the thought of making money is discussed I think that it needs to be put into context to understand the real challenge that many restoration professionals struggle with. The first concept is opportunity cost and the second is risk.

Christeyns scores a hat-trick as it takes third industry award in a month

* Christeyns.jpgBradford-based laundry chemicals manufacturer Christeyns, is certainly raising the bar with its third industry award of the month. Part of the Christeyns group, based in Ghent, Belgium, it has been recognised for its continued work in the community, winning the Environment category at the 'Raising the Bar' awards, run by West & North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce, which celebrate and promote the good work that is done by countless businesses hoping to make a positive impact on their communities.

Mitie retains major contract with Hinchingbrooke Healthcare NHS Trust

* Mitie.jpgMitie's Clean Environments business has successfully been re-awarded its contract with Hinchingbrooke Healthcare NHS Trust to provide domestic cleaning services, waste collection, pest control and external window cleaning.

The three-year partnership, with an opportunity to extend for two further years, builds on the excellent service and partnership delivered by Mitie since 2009.

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Recent UK News

Bin it - no ifs or butts

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Thurrock Council in Kent tells us it wants residents to feel proud of their environment and that one of the ways to achieve this is to ensure that streets and neighbourhoods are clean, safe and litter-free.

"We are taking a zero-tolerance approach to those caught dropping litter - whether it's a small piece of chewing gum, a cigarette butt or drinks can," it warns.

Campaign group to protest against QMC hospital cleaning contractors with 12-foot rat

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Campaign group 'Keep Our NHS Public' is taking a 12-foot inflatable rat to a protest ahead of a meeting today, between Nottinghamshire's QMC and City hospitals Trust and the cleaning contractor, Carillion. The meeting is being held to discuss the future of the deal between the two and KONP says it will be protesting against the continuation of the deal - using a giant 12-foot inflatable rat to 'make the point as clearly as possible'.

Vax to close its commercial floorcare division

Vax has announced the closure of its commercial floorcare division, Vax Commercial, by the end of 2016. This means that all existing trading relationships will cease on 31st December 2016. The current sales team will remain in place to support this transitional period until 5th December 2016 and at this point no further orders will be accepted or processed.

Vax will, of course, continue to support its customers by honouring all aftersales service and warranty liabilities.

Vectair Systems crowned one of the world's greenest manufacturers for its V-Air Solid air freshener

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Following last year's success of being recognised as an 'International Green World Ambassador', Vectair Systems has now won a prestigious 'Green World Environment Award' in the international campaign to find the greenest countries, companies and communities.

CHSA backs CSSA Inaugural Awards

The Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association has announced that it has signed up as a Champion of the inaugural Cleaning & Support Services Association Awards.

The CSSA Awards have been developed to recognise everything that shines within the UK cleaning sector - great products, great systems, great contractors and great individuals.

Health and safety at work statistics published for 2016

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The Health & Safety Executive's latest annual statistics have been published and show that while Britain continues to be one of the safest places to work in Europe, many workers are still being injured or made ill by work.

How do you clean a plane?

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It's more than forgivable to go about your daily life with no consideration for how things that pass you by are cleaned or maintained. But what if cleaning unusual - and everyday objects - was a cool, more epic job than you once thought and in fact worth marvelling at?

Girbau washer saves the day at RNLI's busiest lifeboat station

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Girbau UK has donated one of its HS-6008 high speed washers to the RNLI's Tower Lifeboat Station, the busiest in the country. The new washer is perfect for coping with the station's large volume of laundry that needs cleaning on a daily basis and crucially provides reliable high-temperature disinfection as well.

Green Machines UK's business review leads to overseas move

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The parent company of Falkirk, Scotland-based Green Machines UK tells us it has undertaken a review of the overall Green Machines business, with the aims of: providing a more competitive product, on a more flexible basis, to customers and partners; retaining the well-known high-quality standards, secured by ISO certification, and effecting a general improvement of the Green Machines overall brand performance.

New Research to support the business case for paying the Living Wage in SMEs

New research by Middlesex University London and the University of Liverpool and funded by the Barrow Cadbury Trust has shown the clear business case for the Living Wage, with small business that pay the Living Wage experiencing fewer employee disputes, an increase in productivity and staff motivation and a reputational and corporate brand advantage over competitors.

Key findings from the report include:

Greyland back in London for 2017 Cleaning Show!

Other than the Manchester Cleaning Show earlier this year, Greyland has been notable by its absence as an exhibitor in recent years.

Now, due to the success of the newly launched London and Manchester events, Greyland is re-taking its rightful place as a 'must-see' exhibitor once again.

Pioneering partnership shortlisted for award

A groundbreaking shared services deal between five councils more than 85 miles apart, which could save them around £40m, has been shortlisted in the 'Most Innovative Service Delivery Model' category of the LGC's public sector awards 2017.

Thought to be the first time local authorities have looked beyond their immediate neighbours to share services, those involved are Hart District Council, Mendip DC, South Oxfordshire DC, Vale of White Horse DC and Havant Borough Council. East Hampshire DC is also involved through services already shared with Havant.

TCFM evolving with communications infrastructure business Arqiva

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TC Facilities Management is celebrating the successful mobilisation and ongoing delivery of cleaning, security, catering, post room and reception services at Arqiva. The contract, now into its sixth month, is being managed by Raphael Sagula, FM manager, TCFM.

Events & Exhibitions

Loo of the Year Awards
2nd December 2016
St Johns Hotel
Solihull, UK


Saudi Clean Expo
15-17th January 2017
The only dedicated cleaning event in Saudi Arabia
Saudi Arabia


Clean India Technology Week
18-20th January 2017


The London Cleaning Show
14-16th March 2017
After its inaugural success, The Cleaning Show opens its doors in London once more.

Cleaning & Hygiene Expo
9-10th May 2017


Pulire Verona
23-25th May 2017

8-10th August 2017
Sao Paulo


ISSA/Interclean Istanbul
18-20th October 2017

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