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PGI Specialty Materials announced today that its subsidiary has reached an agreement to acquire Dounor SAS, a French manufacturer of materials used in hygiene, healthcare and industrial applications.
NanoMarkets has announced the release of a new report titled, 'Smart Surfaces Markets 2015-2022', which predicts that the smart surfaces market will grow to around $13.5 billion by 2020 and scale to almost $30 billion in 2022. The report follows a January 2015 release on smart coatings markets and reveals that smart solar surfaces (both photovoltaic panels that are monolithically integrated into roofs and windows and self-cleaning solar panels) will be big money spinners, together with self-cleaning walls, windows and other surfaces.
Cleaners in Northern Territory, Australia, have been reimbursed by a total of some Aus $30,000 following a ruling by the Fair Work Ombudsman that their employers has wrongly paid them less than the minimum wage.
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Ask any British child (who’s been taught some history) about our network of canals and the chances are they’ll be able to tell you that these waterways were designed to provide irrigation but then really came into their own during the Industrial Revolution when they enabled suppliers to move large quantities of goods around the country.
I can’t imagine the manufacturer involved in the production of this particular detergent ever expected to take its products to market via the canal but if it were me I’d be turning this week’s mishap to my advantage and using it in my marketing material…
Manchester’s Ashton Canal was turned into what may well be the world’s biggest bubble bath when water shot in by fire crews tackling a blaze at a nearby chemical plant mixed with detergents that were being stored there. When the residue drained into the canal, it formed a 6ft wall of foam that covered a 100ft stretch of the waterway.
I understand that the foam raised a few smiles from those needing to navigate it and luckily initial investigations by the Environment Agency reveal little impact on water quality and thus minimal danger to wildlife, which is really lucky.
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On a sad note, we report below, the loss of Colin Hasson, one of the industry’s favourites in this neck of the woods and probably well remembered by those who visited the British Institute of Cleaning Science’s stand at an international cleaning show during the nineties and early noughties. I’ve heard about Colin’s rise through the industry’s ranks more than once but without anything written down it would have been stupid to guess and I notice there’s very little on the BICSc page itself. It occurred to me that we should all perhaps have had something in place, much as the press does for royalty, statesmen and important celebrities and the like. That’s quite an accolade, isn’t it?
If you have any memories of Colin you’d like to share, do please email us and we’ll set aside a page on our website as a tribute to the lovely man.
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New research by the University of Westminster, commissioned by ETS, the European Tissue Symposium, concludes that drying hands with single-use towels shows a lower level of airborne microbe dispersal and contamination. This could help achieve more hygienic washroom settings.
The study, undertaken by microbiologist Keith Redway who has already presented top line findings at last year's HIS Conference in Lyon, looked at the potential for microbial contamination from hand-drying and the potential risks for airborne microbe dispersal, particularly if hand washing is sub optimal.
In 1970, Earth Day was originated to help save the environment from air and water pollution, but today, the celebration takes on a new meaning. Some 47% of Americans associate Earth Day with recycling, while only 23% associate it with cleaning up local parks or beaches - which most resembles the day's original purpose - according to a survey from ecoATM, the nationwide network of automated electronics recycling kiosks.
Recycling options have increased since the first Earth Day, and companies such as ecoATM are giving consumers an incentive to do so; ecoATM offers instant cash at the 1,890 kiosks across the US for cell phones, tablets and MP3 players.
Disabled toilet solution specialist and Loo of the Year Awards sponsor, Clos-o-Mat, has put together a Continuing Professional Development training course dedicated to hygiene rooms.
"Communities Secretary Eric Pickles reinforced his commitment to tackle the 'scourge of bin blight' by calling on the housing industry to provide more space for waste and recycling containers.
Is it because of the 'no nonsense' product naming that means there can be no confusion on the label as to what the contents do? Far simpler than trying to make sense of manufacturer product codes isn't it?
Or is it the great value for money that Greyland products offer? After all, with Greyland it doesn't cost much to clean an awful lot.
Prochem Europe is reporting a strong market response to upgrades to its Endeavor portable carpet and upholstery extractor shown at last month's Cleaning Show in London, with plaudits for increases in performance output from 150psi to 220psi and 500psi.
The Surrey-based cleaning technology specialist has uprated the Endeavor to a standard 220psi machine. Its Aquatec Smooth Flow DC motor pump has a pressure switch to prevent premature brush wear and incorporates an internal bypass to stop the pressure switch being damaged prematurely by the cycling effect when using a hand tool.
As the new Ambassador Sponsor of the 'Service Delivery Innovation of the Year', Award BPI will be associated with encouraging innovation in the delivery of cleaning services leading to improved customer satisfaction.
As a champion of UK recycling, BPI is the largest polythene film recycler in Europe, with scope and expertise to recycle in excess of 70,000 tonnes of plastic each year.
Rosemor International, as a leading escalator cleaning machine manufacturer, decided to exhibit at the French national cleaning show, Europropre, which was held in Paris recently. Rosemor was represented in Paris by the company’s official distributor in France - Alpes’hy.
The distribution agreement between the two companies came about as the result of Alpes’hy’s huge success in France promoting and selling the I-mop.
Omnova Solutions' new Mor-Glo Ultra G zinc-free polymer resin, is designed for the formulation of high-gloss floor care products. The resin features 'Twin-Linked' polymer technology to provide an extraordinarily strong chemical bond that meets the challenge of producing a durable high-gloss, dirt-resistant finish without zinc, facilitating compliance with strict environmental standards that continue to be adopted worldwide.
"As environmental consciousness and regulations continue to grow, organisations and institutions increasingly are eliminating use of zinc-based floor care products," says Rick Sandford, general manager of Omnova's global Coating Specialties business. "Mor-Glo Ultra G resin has been designed to make sure our floor care customers can support the market shift from zinc-base
Ghana's Ministry of Local Government & Rural Development has announced that it will be reintroducing sanitation inspectors to improve hygiene standards and ensure that people keep their local environment clean.
When they were in operation previously, the inspectors, known locally as 'nsama sama', used to go from house to house to ensure that people kept their homes and environments clean and they had powers to sanction whose standards were found to be lacking.
ISS Chile has been awarded an integrated facilities management contract by Codelco, for the world's largest copper producer's corporate headquarters in Santiago, with cleaning, security, maintenance, pest control, and support services adding 75 full-time employees.
ISS Chile currently offers security and cleaning services in several divisions within the company, employing 458 people.
With so many of us now linking our personal communications systems to those within our workplaces, it makes more sense than ever to ensure that our systems are secure.
The National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) and Better Business Bureau (BBB) suggest that now is the perfect time for a ‘digital Spring Cleaning’ to coincide with the more traditional home and office annual cleaning and decluttering rituals and that we should add a digital element by updating security software, unclogging our inboxes and ridding our smartphones of unused apps.
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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.
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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.
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Hi Jan, Thanks for making those amendments to the article*, we've had statistics from The Cleaning Show who sent out the original email and they had over 5000 clicks on the link, with only 500 of them coming from their email, so potentially 4500 came from The Cleanzine which is great news.
I know that initially the link in the email didn't work so I just wondered if you had feedback from people who said they couldn't access it. If so, would you consider running the story again in the next edition of The Cleanzine? We can always provide new copy to keep the story fresh.
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