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Cleaners and those involved in waste management have once again been highlighted as an at-risk group when it comes to occupational cancer as a result of exposure to carcinogens in cleaning products – this time in a report just published by the European Agency for Safety & Health at Work.
Said to be some 90% less corrosive than rock salt, it is non-toxic to vegetation and grass, it minimises rust damage and won't tread into and harm carpets. It is also non-harmful to wildlife.
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The Association of Manufacturers of Domestic Appliances’ pre-Christmas food waste survey, revealed that our enthusiasm for recycling wilts when it comes to food scraps. While an impressive 87% of we Brits say we put out paper and card for recycling, 84% recycling plastic, 77% recycling glass and 75% recycling metal, only 41% of us bother recycling our food waste, meaning that our less frequently collected ‘main’ waste bin may attract more than a parking ticket when the weather gets hot!
Food waste that’s not recycled either goes to landfill or is incinerated; emitting greenhouse gases and wasting valuable biogas, precious soil nutrients and vital resources such as phosphorus. Clearly something needs to be done to change our behaviour…
Another report this week, discusses our need to embrace ‘cradle-to-cradle’ rather than cradle-to-grave’ manufacturing; it says that this could create an extra 200,000 jobs, which can’t be bad, can it?
I’m known for whinging about the waste I witness whenever I’ve visited the local tip, with perfectly good sofas, beds, carpets and other furnishings dumped simply because they’re grubby or no longer to the (ex)owner’s taste. When I show potential buyers around properties during my weekend estate agency job, I answer their “Those filthy carpets will have to go” comments by saying that a good cleaning technician will quickly (and for a lot less expense) bring them back to virtually ‘as new’ condition.
For anyone who doubts this, just look at these before and after shots from the multi-award-winning Chris Straker (www.straker.cleaning) of Sutton-based Straker Cleaning – who also happens to have been cleaning carpets and upholstery in the Houses of Parliament since 2005 and is one of only a couple of handfuls of certified Master Rug Cleaners in the UK. It's incredible what a good technician can achieve, isn't it? Cleaning - rather than wasting - just has to be the way forward!
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This Week's News
Over 200,000 new jobs could be needed across Britain from the continued development of resource efficient activity to 2030, such as recycling, reuse and remanufacturing, according to a study by WRAP and Green Alliance.
The report 'Employment and the circular economy: job creation in a more resource efficient Britain', indicates that development of resource efficiency, unlike other industrial transitions, requires more labour.
Many businesses pride themselves on the standard of cleaning and standard of maintenance of the building they occupy or that they are responsible for cleaning. The most frequent place visited by most users of the building is the washrooms. First impressions count and high standard must be achieved consistently if the provider's reputation is to be maintained.
As a service provider how do you know how you compare with your competitors and how do you gain recognition?
The success of Idiots on Ladders mirrored a record-breaking year for the Ladder Exchange, which traded over 15% more ladders than in the previous year, continuing its three straight years of growth since being taken over by the Ladder Association in 2012.
Matt Wonnacott of Vectair Systems, draws our attention to inaccuracies in an article published recently in Cleanzine and a number of other industry publications...
Dear Jan and John, I have been made aware of an article written about Ecobreeze recently (which was included in most magazines) which contained some inaccurate information. Here is the link:
Accordingly, this month's Business of the Business from Tornado, a leading manufacturer of professional cleaning equipment, lists the top five challenges cleaning contractors may grapple with in 2015 - and although the company is US-based, the challenges are facing businesses everywhere:
Gel-type cleaning products have become very popular due to the additional contact time that this type of product has even on vertical surfaces, allowing the cleansing action to cut right through stubborn grease and grime.
Formulated by Greyland with the fresh citrus scent and cleaning power of lemons, their new Lemon Cleanser Gel is effective in cleaning and maintaining most hard surfaces.
Having a cluttered desk may not be a bad thing, a new survey from OfficeTeam suggests. More than two-thirds (68%) of human resources managers interviewed felt it's at least somewhat acceptable to have a messy desk at work.
In fact, 9% even said it's a sign of a creative person. However, nearly one-third (32%) stated they would question an employee's organisational skills and effectiveness if that person had an unkempt workspace.
Recognising the rise of social media and the importance of video in the way consumers now like to communicate, leading hygiene manufacturer Vectair Systems has launched a YouTube channel containing a new range of product videos. The videos have been produced by a leading production company using a film crew that has worked on BBC productions including Eastenders and Casualty.
By visiting the YouTube channel here:
Amyris has announced this week its plans to launch its first industrial cleaning products containing Myralene renewable solvents through US AutoForce and US Lubricants - both US Venture companies.
This will enable Amyris's high performance, renewable industrial cleaning products to gain visibility and access to over 35,000 automotive aftermarket and industrial outlets served by US Venture divisions.
Established in 1985, Rosemor International specialises in the manufacture and supply of precision-engineered escalator cleaning equipment and the company is starting 2015 with a bang (as we say in this neck of the woods) by offering current customers using the old Rotomac equipment the opportunity to part exchange it for a new Rotomac ET15B.
"Rotomac ET15B has been developed for a better performance," says the company's Efi Rosen. "It is the new generation of the machine... It is more efficient and built for longer term use."
The Cordant Group has this week announced the launch of Cordant Services, in a move designed to offer additional value and services to existing customers, whilst providing a strong foundation for an ambitious growth programme.
It is supported by a multi-million pound investment in technology and infrastructure that will see the business offer a fully transparent solution and a strong collaborative approach to customer relationships.
Just a few weeks ago, Macroclean, a company born out of the entrepreneurial vision of RCM and Macro, opened its doors to the Italian distributors for an open day devoted to the presentation of the new 2015 road sweeper models.
After the meeting, the guests visited Macroclean's production department and learned about the technical innovations enjoyed by the M60 model.
MITIE, the FTSE 250 strategic outsourcing company, has been awarded An FM contract with Turner Broadcasting. The multiyear contract will see MITIE deliver FM services, including maintenance and repairs, cleaning, front of house, waste management and mailroom services, at three of the broadcaster's sites.
Turner Broadcasting, a unit of Time Warner, operates over 160 channels including CNN, Cartoon Network and Boomerang.
"Our new premises are slightly larger and will incorporate and small showroom and training school," he says, apologising in advance for any telephone and email disruption that may occur.
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PALLMANN is the 100+ year old division of the German Uzin-Utz AG and manufactures products and machinery for the installation, renovation and maintenance of wood floors.
WECOVI, a long established Dutch manufacturing specialist to the professional cleaning and leisure sectors, is seeking to recruit an Account Manager to maintain and develop its business within the United Kingdom and Ireland.
Reintec (part of the HSS Group) are a specialist Hire, Sales and Service cleaning equipment provider who support customers throughout the UK. As the business continues to grow, we now have fantastic opportunities for two National Account Managers to join our team covering both Northern and Southern UK.
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.
The Strategic Operations Manager Job Description
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.
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Recent UK News
The Cleaning & Support Services Association is to terminate its role within the Building Futures Group - the organisation formed less than a year ago by the merging of Asset Skills, the Facilities Management Association and the CSSA itself.
Membership of the Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers' Association's Soft Tissue Manufacturing Standards Accreditation Scheme has increased by three during a year in which the rigour of the Scheme has been enhanced, according to Mike Stubbs, Chairman of the Scheme's governing Panel.
Rafael Cobos of Futureclean Assured Systems, argues that for Best Practice to be properly applied to cleaning, those responsible for the cleaning process, must also adopt Continuous Improvement measures...
The National Carpet Cleaners Association and the Institute of Inspection Cleaning & Restoration Certification have released details of their 2015 training courses. Some are already fully booked so if you want to ensure that you don’t miss out, do contact the secretariats this side of Christmas if you can. The courses and dates are as follows:
A male cleaner at Gatwick Airport has asked his employer – OCS - to excuse him from one of his jobs, following an assault by a member of the public.
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Loo of the Year Awards
Clean India Technology Week
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