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I know I’m always moaning about the litter fouling our streets but a recent Keep Britain Tidy study shows that I’m justified in my whinging. It reveals that the direct cost of keeping our streets clean is almost £1billion a year – and that a significant part of this is attributable to removing litter – but it doesn’t take into account the indirect costs of litter… The Group reviewed everything from crime to punctures and wildfires and for each potential impact, evidence from around the world was used to extrapolate the potential cost to society.
For example, the contribution of litter to crime in England is estimated to cost up to £328million a year - based on evidence associated with litter as a causal factor in crime. Areas that are more littered are more likely to correlate with higher crime levels.
The material value of litter being lost to the economy was also investigated and if we recycled 50% of items littered in England it would have an economic value of at least £14.8million!
"It’s important that we understand how litter and poor local environmental quality can adversely impact on society and our economy,” says Keep Britain Tidy’s Phil Barton. “What this report shows is that the actual price we pay to clean up the rubbish is just the tip of the iceberg. More work is needed to fully understand the hidden cost of litter and there are gaps in our understanding, but what is clear is that the bill for litter in England is significantly more than the direct costs of keeping our streets clean.”
I believe what he’s saying is that rather than keep cutting street cleaning budgets, our councils should invest more in cleaning services, as this will not only reduce litter and the costs of cleaning it up but it will also reduce graffiti and other more serious crime that may also need cleaning up and which is costly to investigate. Further, it will improve recycling and increase recycling income - while cleaner, more inviting, crime-free streets will encourage tourists to visit and spend money.
I’ve often wondered why bins are emptied almost daily in some countries and it’s all finally starting to make sense…
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This Week's News
EUnited Cleaning, with the support of the European Federation of Cleaning Industries (EFCI) and the International Association for Soaps, Detergents & Maintenance Products (A.I.S.E) is launching a campaign called the European Cleaning Days (ECD).
This campaign aims to highlight the importance and benefits of professional cleaning in places such as offices, hospitals, airports, train stations, etc and it will be starting in May 2015.
The International Facility Management Association's FM credential programme has earned accreditation and seven commendations from the American National Standards Institute. ANSI, which oversees thousands of standards and guidelines that directly impact businesses in a range of sectors, accredited IFMA for the Facility Management Professional (FMP) and Sustainability Facility Professional (SFP) credentials.
"Thousands of FM professionals from around the world have worked hard to earn professional credentials from IFMA because they appreciate the value of third-party recognition of their knowledge and skills," says IFMA Chair James P. Whittaker, P.E., CFM, CEFP, FRICS.
Antimicrobial agents seem ubiquitous these days, showing up in many of our everyday products - soaps, detergents, sprays, you name it. They are marketed to us as consumers and as professionals as safer and more protective than ordinary products.
Many of us think that we're less likely to get sick if we use 'antibacterial' soap and wash our hands often but are these products safer or are they making us sick?
As you leaf through the piles of proposals cluttering up your desk, the first question on your lips is probably: "How much will it cost?" When it comes to forking out for a commercial cleaning contract, cost is a big part of the decision making process... but it's not the only factor you should consider.
To help you with your decision, MAR Services has put together a list of questions you need to know the answers to:
The Business Services Association published a report yesterday - commissioned from Oxford Economics - setting out the economic contribution of the business services sector to the UK economy, at national, regional and constituency level.
The sector is made up of five categories - Facilities Management, Business Process Outsourcing, IT and digital services, construction services and front-line outsourced public services which accurately reflect the business services sector.
Here we take a look at the company to date, and discover what the future holds.
Brightwell Dispensers is a global designer and manufacturer of innovative soap, paper and chemical dosing and dispensing systems. Created in 1947, the family company grew from its humble Newhaven origins as a manufacturer of industrial paste dispensers for hand washing and protection in production areas, to position itself at the forefront of the professional hygiene industry.
Rwanda's cleaning services sector is steadily improving and is slowly making its mark on the economy - and to ensure that it provides better services and becomes more professional, the Rwanda Utilities Regulatory Authority has brought in guidelines and in some cases regulations, reports Donah Mbabazi in The New Times.
It was the first full BCC meeting since changes were made to the secretariat and there were several items on the agenda - not least of which was the running of the secretariat. It was agreed that Pat Wherton (pictured), who has looked after the Association of Building Cleaning Direct Service Providers for several years, should continue to oversee the BCC's secretariat services for the next 12 months.
Ten years after the opening of the branch in Ningbo (China), Idrobase Group has opened a new company in Bangalore (India) and a production facility in Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam), with the aim of developing business in emerging markets. The group turnover amounted to over 10 million euro (75% of which came from exports).
During 2014, Idrobase Group kept introducing new products within its traditional core business, such as high pressure washers, spare parts and accessories, industrial and civil misting systems.
For 28 years, the Loo of the Year Awards have been the UK standard for 'away from home' toilets throughout England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. The unannounced inspections by trained and experienced awards inspectors are valued by cleaning and FM companies as a valuable and independent assessment of the standard of their service and recognition of their achievement.
New for 2015, entries are now invited from any washroom provider or contractor anywhere in the Republic of Ireland. There are 60 entry categories and a range of national awards for Ireland as well as eligibility for overall trophies as well.
Packaging solutions specialist, APPE, launched its latest aerosol product 'SprayPet Reveal', at the Aerosol and Dispensing Forum in Paris this week. SprayPet Reveal is a fully see-through aerosol solution providing complete product visibility and creating on-shelf impact.
The innovation is the result of a partnership between APPE and US-based Power Container Corp, a privately-owned developer and manufacturer of airless dispensing systems. SprayPet Reveal is the combination of APPE's transparent SprayPet container with Power Container Corp's Power Pouch dispensing system, the next generation bag-on-valve, which is also transparent.
Sunshine Cleaning Systems has been awarded the cleaning contract for Charlotte-Douglas International Airport - the eighth busiest airport in the US - for a second five year term, following a competitive bid process. The new contract term commenced this week and runs until the end of January 2018, with renewal options for 2019 and 2020.
Cleaning large scale, complex airports isn't new for Sunshine. The company cleans several other major airports including Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International, Palm Beach International and Tampa International, while CLT received the International Air Transport Associations Eagle Award for 'Best Airport' in 2010, which recognised the airport for its quality of service and economical value to airline customers.
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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 email@example.com 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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