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It takes a lot for a politician to teach me anything and I disregard most of what any of them say because I’m generally aware of the true sentiment behind their words. Something British PM David Cameron said recently though has added a new dimension to why I’m a strong supporter of the London Living Wage and why I applaud (in particular) the contractors who opt to pay their cleaners more than the National Minimum Wage decrees that they should.
I’ve always thought about the cleaners in the past. They do what can be a really unpleasant job that few of us would choose to do and they tend to be ignored by those who happen to be using the area being cleaned – as if the cleaners are not actually there, working hard to make the environment better for us to enjoy. Add to that the fact that many cleaners earn NMW and have little prospect of reaching management level within their companies and – well – it’s not really fair, is it? Why shouldn’t they be paid more for their efforts and why should they have the added indignity of being classed as receiving benefits?
Successive governments have followed a scheme whereby the poorly paid have their income topped up by tax credits (and from what I’ve read, this is not something that’s peculiar to the UK but is used in other countries too) and while I’ve been pleased that as a result they have to struggle less than they might, it was only thanks to Cameron’s words that I experienced the 'Eureka moment.' It’s my money (and yours) which is being used to pay people whose employers don’t - for one reason or another, pay them enough on which to live.
I say 'for one reason or another' because there are no doubt cases whereby employers have created jobs that their cashflow can’t really support but there will be many more where wealthy employers who can well afford to pay their workforce a living wage decide not to. Why should I help pay it on their behalf?
That’s not fair either, is it?
Congratulations then to Brayborne Facilities Services, the latest in a growing band of contractors striving to pay a fair wage for a fair day’s work. I hope it won’t be long before those that don’t pay a living wage are vastly outnumbered by those that do!
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This Week's News
Air Products' chairman, president and CEO Seifi Ghasemi had words of sympathy for the victims of last Thursday's attack at its facility in L'Isle-d'Abeau, France. He also expressed appreciation for the assistance and outpouring of support received from around the world, as the company continues to cooperate with the continuing investigation by French and other authorities.
"I am horrified and saddened by the attack on our facility in France. I believe I speak for all of our Air Products family around the world in expressing our deepest sympathies to the family of the victim of this unspeakable act," said Mr Ghasemi.
New data from Hill-Rom shows its hand-hygiene compliance system, which uses badge-based locating technology to provide automatic, continuous monitoring and recording of every time a staff member uses a hand-hygiene station, dramatically increases hand washing among hospital staff using the system.
Analysis of more than 20 million instances of hand washing shows institutions using Hill-Rom's Hand Hygiene Compliance Solution have achieved an average 226% improvement in compliance, with some institutions showing compliance by caregivers nearly tripled.
The Directors of Robert Scott Group have announced that, with effect from July 1st 2015, the Oldham, Lancashire-based Robert Scott & Sons has acquired the total share capital of UTC - Universal Towel Company.
UTC will continue to operate and supply its range of products to the UK and European markets from its current bases in Horsham and Tonbridge, and proprietor, Tony Filer, will remain as managing director of the company.
With the mercury rising this week, British workers’ health could be put at risk due to a lack of clear, legal guidelines on the maximum temperatures allowed in the workplace, according to office space search engine, Office Genie. As the UK faces a heatwave, it’s been revealed that British employees are not fully protected by law against high temperatures under which they may be forced to work.
Currently, workplace regulations state that employers must act if workplace temperatures dip below 16 degrees C (13 degrees C for workplaces where people carry out intense physical work), but there is no equivalent maximum temperature.
Since previous enforcement experience has indicated that safety data sheets are often non-compliant, the Forum for Exchange of Information on Enforcement is to prepare and execute a fifth coordinated enforcement project focusing on obligations related to extended safety data sheets, exposure scenarios, risk management measures and operational conditions.
The International Facility Management Association is anticipating another exceptionally productive World Workplace Conference and Expo following a record turnout of 1,295 at the combined 2015 Facility Fusion conferences held in Canada and the US.
The 2015 World Workplace Conference and Expo will be held at the Colorado Convention Centre in Denver, Colorado from 7th - 9th October 2015. Registration is currently open and the early bird registration discount ends after 15th August 2015.
You can improve productivity and achieve brilliant results with the new Vax Commercial VCW-06 carpet washer - the latest addition to the Vax Commercial portfolio and one the company says is its 'best-performing' machine so far.
Designed to make it quicker and easier for you to achieve professional results, the all in one VCW-06 will give you really clean carpets - fast. The rotating brush bar loosens and lifts the visible stains whilst also dealing with the ingrained dirt; powerful extraction sucks up dirty water for a really deep clean and lifts the carpet pile for a professional finish.
The management team of Emprise Services Holdings, a leading support services provider, today announced their acquisition of the Emprise group from its existing shareholders with the support of LDC and RBS.
Emprise is a leading mid-market support services provider specialising in cleaning and security with an excellent track record of delivering high quality solutions. Emprise has a turnover of c£75 million and employs circa 5,000 people to deliver a range of integrated support services to clients on a national basis.
With many organisations finding it increasingly difficult to implement and manage sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility policies, there has been no better time to look at cleaning products and open up to the innovation that can assist in fulfilling their objectives.
Soluclean has the perfect solution; a comprehensive range of pre-dosed, concentrated cleaning chemicals for daily cleaning that are encapsulated in a water soluble film. This Daily Cleaning System has recently been accredited with the EU Eco Label.
Brayborne Facilities Services has demonstrated sector leadership by making a commitment to the Living Wage for its staff and becoming a Recognised Service Provider. In a sector that has often seen poor pay and conditions, Brayborne is actively securing the support of all its clients to meet its objectives in paying a fair wage for a fair day's work.
The Living Wage campaign has been running for nearly 10 years and has lifted over 45,000 people out of poverty.
The Kiam KV80-3 & KV100-3 both feature triple motors; that's three, 1200W bypass motors, giving a massive 3600W of suction power if required as well as the energy-saving options of 1200W or 2400W for less demanding jobs. And being both a wet & dry vacuum machine; each can be used for vacuuming the warehouse or garage, as well as for picking up spillages, or to just suck water and sludge directly.
The commendation, from one of the leading UK nationwide catering and bar equipment distributors, recognises Greyland in the Hygiene section of the awards. This follows last year's award to Greyland as Supplier of the Year recognising the efforts that Greyland takes in supplying all 11 individual member companies that make up the Caterbar group.
Cold Jet has launched an enhanced product portfolio of dry ice blast cleaning machines designed to guarantee the best pellet integrity, maximum cleaning aggression and the most reliable blast stream on the market.
"The rugged Aero Series has always delivered superior performance and versatility with the lowest cost of ownership," says Christian Rogiers, vice president of marketing with Cold Jet. "Now further enhanced to meet the customer's need and budget, Cold Jet has streamlined the Aero Series to three levels of functionality: the Aero, Aero 40FP and Aero 80FP (FP = full range of pressure)."
Mike Bone, managing director of the Loo of the Year Awards, tells us he is delighted that Tork, a leading global brand in workplace hygiene and a valued and loyal Awards Supporter for many years, is the 2015 Headline Sponsor of Loo of the Year Awards.
The competition, now in its 28th year, is also sponsored by Airdri, a world leader in hand dryer development with its products distributed worldwide through its global distributor network, and Clos-o-Mat, Britain's leading supplier for disabled toileting solutions for in and out of the home.
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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.
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Recent UK News
The Shareholders of Northwood Paper Sales and associated companies have announced that they have acquired the issued share capital of Disposables UK. The parties have had a long and successful relationship both during the time when the company was led by its founder, the late Trevor Storer, and subsequently with the present management.
The Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers' Association has signed up as a Silver Sponsor of the Golden Service Awards.
"We're delighted to be a Silver Sponsor at the Golden Service Awards," says Stephen Harrison, chairman of the CHSA and managing director of Harrison Wipes.
Whether it was supporting it directly, or riding the wave of positivity and enthusiasm that the Olympics brought with it, there was a definite trough left in its wake for a lot of people.
Not so for CE Facilities Services, as Tomas Gronager, chief executive officer, explains:
Barbara Hornby of Delivered Health Solutions is pictured here receiving her trophy from sales manager Danny Jackson.
Events & Exhibitions
ISSA/Interclean North America
Clean Middle East Pulire
Loo of the Year Awards
Clean India Technology Week
The Manchester Cleaning Show