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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.
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When I wrote in last week’s leader about my support of both the London Living Wage and those contractors who pay their cleaners over and above the National Minimum Wage, I was aware that the Chancellor was likely to announce in yesterday’s budget a cut in working tax credits and I called for a fairer pay rate for everyone, so we as taxpayers would no longer have to subsidise firms that could well afford to pay their employees a higher hourly rate than they currently do. I had no idea though that there were plans to bring in a compulsory National Living Wage that before many years will reach £9.00 an hour… Or of the plans to increase the compulsory rate paid by quite as much, quite so soon!
The NMW for an adult not in training is currently £6.50 and it has reached that level having gone up in increments of less than 40p a time (but often as little as 10p – 15p) since it was introduced in 1999. A rise to £6.70 this coming October has been on the cards for some months, but employers will now have to increase this to £7.20 from April of next year – by far the biggest rise over a 12 month period ever.
I wonder, with cleaning budgets so tight, whether clients will be prepared to pay so much more for their cleaning services to cover the extra labour costs involved, or whether they’ll opt to reduce the services they receive, or even decide to do the cleaning themselves?
It’s going to be up to our industry to really sell the benefits of professional cleaning performed by enthusiastic people who are properly trained (as well as housed and fed!) and thus know what they’re doing and have the energy to do it.
Perhaps I can do my bit by sharing some of the horror stories you as contractors come across, when you have to ‘pick up the pieces’ of someone else’s mistakes. Do please get in touch if you have anything you’d like to share with those of my readers who employ cleaning contractors – or indeed if you’re a building owner or manager with news of how many problems, poorly executed cleaning can cause. I hear so many stories but as they’re told to me in confidence, I’m unable to use them, so if you can share, please do. It may well be the making of our industry in terms of improving public perception of cleaning as a profession!
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Results of a survey published today show that while there is low brand loyalty, all product categories and companies registered growth in the market for industrial and institutional cleaning wipes in the US, which increased by over 5% in 2014.
'Industrial and Institutional Wipes USA: Market Analysis and Opportunities', issued by worldwide management consulting and market research firm Kline, reveals that several companies, such as market leader Clorox Professional Products or various smaller brands like Metrex Research or Spartan Chemical, are growing faster than the overall market growth.
Visitors to the CMS Berlin exhibition will be familiar with the enormous stand emblazoned with green frogs and soon that frog will be a familiar site in the US, since Frosch, Germany's 'most trusted brand' for natural cleaning agents with more than 25 years of experience in developing and manufacturing environmentally-friendly cleaning and personal care products, has this week announced its entry into the US market.
Initially, 12 products will be available and these will be distributed by exclusive importer, Ezzi Imports.
The Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association has established a new Undergraduate Scholarship Scheme open to the children of CHSA members' employees. Applications are being sought from now (closing date 30th June 2016) with the first Scholarship commencing in September 2016.
The successful applicant will be awarded £1,500 per annum for three years. Once fully operational there will be three concurrent recipients a year, each at a different level of study.
World Toilet Day has been recognised worldwide on 19th November each year since 2001. This international day aims to inspire the global community to take action to break the toilet taboo and raise global awareness that a staggering 2.5 billion people still do not have access to proper sanitation.
RAS, the Restroom Association (Singapore), has introduced The World Toilet Day Commemoration Fund to encourage all preschools and schools to organise toilet-related activities and events in their preschools, schools and community in October or November to commemorate World Toilet Day.
Adoption of innovative fabric technology for healthcare worker and patient attire is growing, as more healthcare facilities forego traditional uniforms in an effort to better protect patients and staff from healthcare-associated infections.
As one indicator of this growth, Vestagen Technical Textiles reports that a variety of healthcare facilities have recently converted to its Vestex protective uniforms. The facilities include Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals Emergency Departments, Flagler Hospital and the University of North Florida (UNF) School of Nursing.
Pet food manufacturer Sarval has been sentenced this week after employees were exposed to chlorine gas during the cleaning of equipment at the company's Nottinghamshire plant. The Court heard that employees were further exposed to hydrogen sulphide fumes at the same premises when a blockage was cleared from another piece of equipment.
The Health & Safety Executive told the Court that on 15th May this year, there was a release of chlorine gas from a scrubber during a routine cleaning operation when hydrochloric acid was added to a sump containing sodium hypochlorite.
Over two days in June, employees working in sales, administration and service at the cleaning machine manufacturer Hako, worked together in polishing the building and outdoor facilities of the monastery to a shine, helping out in the soup kitchen and maintaining machines.
New guidance is available on managing safety in the papermaking process. The guidance is for managers and users of paper and tissue manufacturing machinery and it provides practical information on managing the risks for those working on papermaking machinery and associated tasks and describes the law that applies to this type of work.
This edition updates references to legislation, standards and links to further guidance. It has been restructured since the last edition, to cover tasks in papermaking as well as the machine itself.
According to a national survey, nearly 70% of Emiratis who have experienced unpleasant public toilet conditions report leaving the premises without completing their intended business, will think twice about returning or will never return.
Magnifying the problem, more than 60% of respondents say they told someone else, posted a comment on social media or complained to management. Such findings indicate undesirable toilet experiences prove costly for business.
Organisers of the recent Glastonbury Festival opted for Polaris Plastics' eco-friendly, compostable refuse sacks in its quest to collect and hold the waste as efficiently as possible. Over 100,000 sacks were used throughout the Festival, at all waste locations across the 900 acre site.
The sacks have been provided by the same Polaris distributor for the last two years and conform to the international environmental standard EN 14342; giving the organisers the assurance that the sacks will fully compost along with the waste in the sack. The compostable sacks are tested to compost naturally and in industrial composting facilities as well as anaerobic digestion facilities.
Leverstock Green Lawn Tennis Club recently celebrated its 50th birthday, and as Wimbledon 2015 began, was proud to feature in a recent BBC article about its success at attracting girls of all ages into coaching. The Tennis Club is 'coming of age' as its membership expands and the club facilities evolve.
The club was founded back in 1961 by Herbert Secretan, the club's first life president, who donated the land for the club in memory of his daughter Fleur, who had been a keen tennis player.
A school operator and a cleaning contractor have both been fined, after a man sustained permanent spinal injuries while felling a tree on school grounds in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire.
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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.
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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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