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Cleaning doesn't generally make it into the mainstream news but this week the 'nationals' have carried two major cleaning stories - the post-Glastonbury music festival clean-up and the investigation conducted by US news programme 'The Today Show', which drew attention to the 'nasties' to which we're exposed whilst flying and in the airports themselves.
More from Glastonbury in a couple of weeks when I've had a chance to catch up with my friend and Project Earth Rock founder Jess Gold, whose sustainability and recycling videos received more airplay on all Glastonbury's main stages, than any other video. Project Earth Rock is an initiative designed to teach (mainly) our young people about sustainability and is not unlike the David Bellamy Awards initiative run by the British Institute of Cleaning Science about 15 -20 years ago - although it's more interactive and with lots of singing. Jess volunteered at Glastonbury as an 'environmental auditor'; a role which, I believe, probably involved a lot of waste sorting and recycling. Jess will be talking to me about her experiences and what she learned there about our attitudes to waste and recycling.
The Today Show team uncovered something that has fired the various news editors' imaginations: badly ingrained dirt just about everywhere and even traces of excrement in places. It's not news to most of us in the cleaning industry though and John and I often moan at having to put our jackets, carry-on bags, passports etc into those plastic trays which have previously held other people's outdoor shoes, which can have just about anything on the soles! Nor are we happy about walking bare-footed through the security checks, where others - possibly with filthy feet and perhaps the odd verruca or gaping sore - have trodden previously.
And knowing how quickly the aircraft have to be airborne once more, how on earth can they be deep cleaned/sanitised every time? It's impossible! The report is useful though in as much as it will draw the attention of the wider public to the germs that can be lurking on such items as the security trays, seat belts and fold-down food trays that most of us touch without thinking. Cue lots of sales of disposable sanitising wipes and hand gels...
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"The aim was to develop a brand new and innovative bin wash machine that would change the way operators think, to be the first to recognise the need for a totally new idea in this industry, and to be proactive in taking steps forward to improve what's currently available in the marketplace today..."
So said Peter Morley, managing director at Morclean, when asked to describe the thinking behind the new Bin Wash City.
The Building Futures Group, the trade association for the UK cleaning industry, has this week announced access to a six-figure budget for its members to develop industry-led training and development opportunities. This is in addition to discounts on its current training offer which has been developed by a range of industry experts for members.
As part of its commitment to raising the profile and standards of the cleaning industry, the organisation is also planning a nationwide campaign to help raise the profile of the wide-ranging careers accessible in the cleaning industry.
The International Facility Management Association is anticipating strong turnout at its flagship event, the World Workplace Conference and Expo, to be held in New Orleans, Louisiana, US, from September 17th - 19th, 2014. Exciting programme updates have been made to support the theme for this year's conference: 'FM + Strategy x Innovation = Your Formula for Success.'
The event is scheduled into the industry calendar earlier this year than in previous years. Registration is currently open at and early bird attendee registration discount ends after 10th July.
This new trailer system houses a three-stage purification process, consisting of a carbon pre-filter, reverse osmosis (RO) membrane and the latest Unger innovation - the nLite HydroPower DI Filter. This completes the purification process, exceeding standard DI filter efficiency through patented design features, including Unger's exclusive Quick Change Resin Bags.
If all companies effectively compete on service, the key differentiator then lies in the service management model and the ability to execute it. A new publication from ISS outlines how the traditional models and themes are no longer sufficient and that future focus should be on the service delivery system and the power of the human touch.
Leadership and culture play a greater role in effective service organisations today than ever before. By clearly stating the vision, mission and values of the organisation, service employees have a common goal. Value based leadership is an effective way to make values and vision become meaningful and relevant when communicated and supported by first-line management and frontline employees.
Hydrosafe has been certified by Campden BRI and Oéti National Institute for Food & Nutrition Science, as being safe for use on all food preparation areas.
Restaurant visitors have become critics. Reviewing has been democratised by the development of websites like TripAdvisor, in which anyone can share their views on a place they visit.
The rise of the connected world - symbolised by the now-ubiquitous Android and Apple smartphones - has facilitated easy access to such sites, both for posting reviews and using them to decide where to eat.
On Monday, global hygiene and forest products company, SCA, successfully floated its joint venture, Asaleo Care, in Australia, New Zealand and Fiji on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX). Trading in the shares will commence today (July 3rd.)
In early June, SCA and its Australian partner, Pacific Equity Partners, announced that an Initial Public Offering was planned for the joint venture Asaleo Care. The offering has been successful and from July 3rd the Asaleo Care share will be traded on the ASX.
The British Safety Council has launched a new range of accredited health, safety and environmental qualifications designed to teach employees how to keep themselves and others healthy and safe at work and to reduce the environmental impact of their organisation's day-to-day activities. And while the Council is British, the qualifications can be worked for and achieved wherever you are in the world.
The Chengdu Research Base of Giant Pandas has installed advanced IQAir HealthPro air filtration systems in its panda nurseries to protect the health and development of newborn panda babies. The installation of the air purifiers came just in time for the baby-panda birthing season which runs from June through September.
The Living Wage Foundation says it is delighted at the commitment shown by Julius Rutherfoord, the London-based contract cleaning specialist, following its decision to work with the Foundation under its Recognised Service Provider programme.
Employees working at Julius Rutherfoord's head office receive a minimum hourly London Living Wage Rate of £8.80 - significantly higher than the national minimum wage of £6.31.
GBM, the business support services group, has bought Eclipse Contract Cleaning to further strengthen its business in Scotland; the acquisition, will take GBM Scotland's annual revenue to around £10m.
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A new position has become available for a Technical Manager to join the British Institute of Cleaning Science. The successful applicant will take the lead in developing a new range of training and learning programmes, using different methodologies including classroom, practical and online. These new products and services will contribute to the increase in training and membership sales and other related business in both the UK and Internationally. The role will include delivering consultancy services to our customers when appropriate.
Quality Care Cleaning has an exciting opportunity for a Strategic Operations Manager to join our team in Cambridge. We offer a OTE salary range of £40,000 - £50,000 per annum plus benefits We are a professional, commercial cleaning company with over 30 years' experience, looking to employ a Strategic Operations Manager on a full time, permanent basis to manage our service delivery. We require an experienced, professional, quality driven individual that shares our commitment to customer care, team work & high standards to effectively manage an established team.
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Swift Office Cleaning Services Limited is an ISO9001 & 14001 accredited company that has an excellent opportunity for a Field Sales Executive to join their team. You will be visiting potential clients' premises covering London, Herts & Essex to discuss their requirements for daily office cleaning and various associated services.
A proven sales record in the cleaning industry is essential and you will be able to understand the clients' needs thoroughly, allowing enough time for our cleaning staff to complete our proposal that caters for the clients requirements at the budget they are prepared to spend. Telesales is also a vital part in this role, so experience in all aspects of lead generation is essential.
We are looking for the right person to join our sales team. This is a very rare opportunity to join our small, friendly team and sell our unique, premium quality floor cleaning equipment in the central area of England.
Vectair Systems is a multi-award-winning technological innovator, manufacturer and supplier of commercial 'away from home' washroom equipment. Founded over 25 years ago, we manufacture leading international brands including Airoma, Micro Airoma, Sanitex MVP, V-Screen, Vectair V-Fresh, Babyminder, Quadrasan, Prozone, Femcare, MVP and V-Air SOLID.
With an EMEA Head Office in Basingstoke, UK, Vectair Systems also offers unique OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturers) services, allowing companies to design their own style of coordinated washroom products and dispensers, using the latest manufacturing technologies from state of the art facilities.
Summary: Are you a rainmaker? ISSA is looking for a proven leader who will provide strategic direction and manage tactical plans to provide education, training, certification and business tools for Europe, Middle East and African member companies of ISSA, the worldwide cleaning industry trade association, www.issa.com. This person will be accountable for planning, management, execution and communication at several levels within and outside the association to meet education and certification revenue and participation goals to satisfaction. Expected to support the EMEA Director in achieving ISSA'S overall strategic goals for the EMEA region. Submit CV in English.
We have an exciting opportunity for a Sales Representative to join our team based in the area of Manchester, UK. The role will be a full time position working 40 hours a week, Monday to Friday. Typically you will be out on the road 3 days + 2 days at the office.
For more details and info please contact firstname.lastname@example.org by sending your CV and we will get in touch.
Base salary £30,000 OTE £42,850
The Company Kaiser+ Kraft (KK) is an industrial B2B equipment and hardware reseller via catalogue. KK supplements this with Key Account Managers / Executives to provide a knowledgeable local face with the aim of becoming the preferred supplier of Maintenance, Repair and Operation hardware to its clients.
Founded in 1972 and based in Welwyn Garden City, we provide high quality cleaning services operating inside the M25, Herts, Beds, Bucks & Essex. We enjoy an outstanding reputation operating within the Education, Office Cleaning and Leisure sectors predominantly. We employ in excess of 1000 staff providing services for over 200 extremely satisfied customers. As we continue to grow, we are recruiting for a Sales Exec / Trainee Sales Exec with experience of the Cleaning, Washroom services or "soft services" environment.
Please send your CV to Paul Nixon, Director:
Wanted to run office and scheduling for all contractors, sales work & logistics. Needs experience in window cleaning. Knowledge of London & South East Region, Health & Safety helpful. Must be competant in using computer and with good customer relations.
CCS Cleaning are currently recruiting for a full-time Area Manager to look after our sites throughout the United Kingdom. The ideal candidate will have a proven track record in the cleaning industry and have a very good knowledge of the business. The successful candidate will receive a competitive salary, full training and will be mentored by our Group Operations and Development Manager. Company phone, car and tablet will also be provided.
About the company: Cleanology is a dynamic and fast-growing commercial cleaning, security and facilities management company, providing professional services to offices, restaurants, retail outlets, schools and other businesses around London. The company employs 400+ staff.
Ramon Hygiene Products, based in Leicester, are one of the UK's and Ireland leading suppliers of cleaning products and equipment to the professional hygiene and janitorial trade as well as cash and carry wholesale and retail sectors. We offer a wide range of branded and own label cleaning products into both sectors, coupled with an extensive range of professional cleaning equipment.
Vileda Professional is the leading global solutions provider of innovative quality cleaning systems for the Professional user. Our UK business is seeking an exceptionally talented individual for the position of Regional Account Manager covering the Central England, East Anglia, Home Counties and North London areas You will assume responsibility for the achievement of sales targets within your region through development of new business in the healthcare, FM and local government sectors in conjunction with partner distributors Skills
We are a professional, commercial, cleaning company with over 30 years' experience looking to recruit a Commercial Contracts Manager who will be responsible for the effective management of a dedicated team providing a cleaning service to designated clients.
GreenZone Cleaning & Support Services is a growing, dynamic organisation offering our clients a unique service delivery, providing a green cleaning service. Although we are a young Battersea based company we have the knowledge & expertise to deliver exceptional levels of service.
VERMOP is one of Europe´s leading manufacturers of cleaning systems and accessories. We achieved this through many years of competence, excellence in innovation and the personal motivation of our employees. Our production site in Germany stands for tradition, quality and consistent customer orientation. Due to continued expansion and growth we are now looking for a driven Area Sales Representative to join our team.
This Dutch family-owned business manufactures, converts and distributes its innovative products to customers throughout Europe. In the above position you will be responsible for the commercial results of Wecovi Ltd in the UK & Ireland. Therefore, you will draw up a concrete sales plan each year. Your focus will be on the professional cleaning sector as well as on the leisure sector.
A world-leading manufacturer of industrial and domestic cleaning equipment, Nilfisk-Advance now has a vacancy for a Strategic Account Manager with a remit of Contract Cleaning and Healthcare accounts.
About LVC: Established 1995 we are the 'one stop shop' for industrial and commercial cleaning machines, covering the South East & East of the UK with a strong presence in London. We constantly research new technology and are at the sharp end of the latest innovations. Working closely with a wide range of trusted manufacturers make it possible for us to deliver bespoke solutions for all our clients cleaning needs. We offer our customers the skill of our engineers who can repair and carry out maintenance on all types of cleaning machines. You will be welcomed in to a fast growing, friendly company.
Excellent basic salary plus multiple bonus opportunities.
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