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Hard-pushed NHS trusts up and down the country are spending thousands every week on gel sprays in bids to avoid visitors transmitting infections, when simple soap and water is cheaper and far more effective.
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).
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.
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This is issue 662 of Cleanzine – the equivalent of some 55 years-worth of broadcasting when you compare it with magazines that issue only every month! Circulation for our first issue 13 years ago comprised around 4,500 UK contacts John and I had built up over our many years in the cleaning industry, together with contact details of members of UK-based industry associations, whose CEO’s and National Executive Committees and General Secretaries could see the benefits of a weekly source of industry-related information, delivered free-of-charge to their members’ inboxes.
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And right from our first ever issue, we’ve been supported week in, week out, by Newhaven-based Brightwell Dispensers, whose Neale Pybus liked our plans and had enough confidence in our ability to deliver, that he pledged his support without hesitation. That is until two weeks ago when we inadvertently managed to omit Brightwell’s ad due to a server blip…
I don’t generally mention companies in my leader but thought that under the circumstances I ought to herald the fact that Brightwell’s ad is now back in pride of place, heading up the ads in the centre column! We like to rotate ads to give everyone the chance to be at the top, but Brightwell’s slot has always been non-negotiable. And I’d like to thank Brightwell and our other advertisers – many of whom are also long term supporters, for helping us pay the bills. We couldn’t have done it without you!
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This Week's News
Global facilities services provider ISS A/S of Denmark has signed a global partnership agreement with Alfred Karcher GmbH. Under the agreement, which will run for an initial five years, Karcher will supply cleaning equipment to ISS Group companies worldwide.
In the context of ISS's new global supplier strategy, Karcher was selected against several rivals and, along with one other vendor, is now an exclusive supplier to ISS.
According to the Healthy Hand Washing Survey conducted by Bradley Corp., Americans use various techniques to avoid touching things and coming into contact with germs in a public washroom, with 57% risking injury by manoeuvring themselves into a position that enables them to operate the toilet flusher with their foot!
The results are part of the Healthy Hand Washing Survey conducted by Bradley Corporation, a manufacturer of commercial plumbing fixtures, washroom accessories, partition cubicles, emergency fixtures and solid plastic lockers.
A device-related superbug outbreak in a Los Angeles hospital has revived concerns over both device and facilities cleaning and sterilisation, says Kalorama Information, which will drive growth in the market for these services.
Kalorama notes that the effectiveness of many antibiotics is waning dramatically, as more and more types of bacteria become resistant to antibiotics. This is forcing the industry to re-evaluate prevention, diagnosis, and treatment plans for patients in hospitals and other health facilities as well as ways to clean and sterilise the facilities themselves.
There are only a few weeks to go until the 2015 Awards for Excellence in Recycling and Waste Management close for entries. Celebrating the creativity, innovation and sheer dedication of those working to keep resources in the loop, these free-to-enter Awards are the best way to show your colleagues, customers and stakeholders that you really are top of your field.
Big business, entrepreneurs, charities and local authorities will be competing for the top spots in the 2015 Awards for Excellence. Founded by the Environment Media Group, these prestigious awards recognise individual success stories, outstanding team efforts and original approaches to sustainable resource management.
This campus provides apartments, recreation centres, a medical centre and many other living amenities for its residents. ISS will provide a full range of services to Huawei, including cleaning, security, office support, customer service, and facilities management.
"We wanted a waterless solution to reduce water use and maintenance costs," explains Adrian Bailey, facilities manager at Winchmore School.
The Health & Safety Laboratory has launched a new footwear rating scheme called 'GRIP.' GRIP provides free information to health & safety managers so that they can make informed, evidence based decisions before purchasing resistance footwear.
Bunzl has this week announced that it has completed the acquisition of two further businesses - one in Canada and the other in Spain.
Based in Toronto, Jan-Mar Sales is principally engaged in the sale of cleaning & hygiene supplies to distributors in the region. Revenue in the year ended 31st January 2015 was C$12 million.
Did you know? Almost every employer in the UK could engage 'The Living Wage' in their cleaning services without having to pay more, so please, do make everyone aware! A rapidly expanding global digital company recently bid its two London office buildings for cleaning services via its global facilities director.
After considering better and far more intelligent ways of working in its cleaning operations, the company saved £80K per annum on its current contract cleaning spend from the 1st bid option Thames put before them. The global digital entertainment company then decided to opt to re-invest £40K of that £80K annual saving, by choosing Thames' 2nd bid option paying 'The London Living Wage'!
Volunteer-run trade union United Voices of the World has successfully negotiated with Contract Cleaning & Maintenance (London) to secure the London Living Wage - and other notable benefits, for the cleaners and porters at the famous Sotheby's auction house in London.
As well as a substantial pay rise to the full London Living Wage of £9.15 per hour, the increase will be backdated to 1st November 2014, a suspended shop steward and dismissed cleaner have both been reinstated, and the chemicals the cleaners use will be changed in favour of more eco-friendly products.
Pulire, the largest trade show in Italy dedicated to professional cleaning technologies and the second largest in Europe, taking place in Verona from 19th to 21st May, is a key partner for the hospitality (Ho.Re.Ca.) segment.
"Sparkling clean hotels, lodgings, wellness centres, spas and restaurants are the most effective calling card for our country, which is being tested this year with the major challenge of Expo 2015," say the organisers.
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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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