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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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Governments spend loads of money trying to get their messages across and we all grumble about the money being wasted, which could be so much better spent elsewhere. And it’s not just governments… recently, the University for the Creative Arts - the highest ranking specialist arts university in the Complete University Guide 2016 - paid out almost £82,000 to the agency that designed Channel 4 TV’s logo, to create the university’s new logo and branding. Now if the university specialised in, perhaps, languages or cookery, I could understand the decision; but for a university overflowing with budding artists, graphic designers, CAD specialists and the like, I find it ridiculous.
How much better it would have been if the students had been invited to take part in a competition to create the logo and branding! The project wouldn’t have needed to incur any costs, because the accolade for the winning student and finalists would have been payment enough. And just imagine the entry on the winner’s CV!
One body that does have it right is ‘Keep America Beautiful’ which has worked with The Ad Council and Zooppa (the global social community of creating talent) to run the ‘I want to be recycled’ competition, in which consumers produce their own videos in an attempt to increase everyone’s participation in recycling.
Although it only came third (after ‘Potty Talk’, in which bathroom fixtures discuss the pros and cons of letting a recycling bin move in, and ‘Urban Myths’ in which teenage girls are given recycling truths by an Ouija board) it was ‘Let's Make Soap’ that made the biggest impression on me. It features Samir Lakhani, a 22-year-old student and his creation, EcoSoap Bank - an organisation that acquires and recycles leftover soap from hotels, and puts it into the hands of people who otherwise would have no access to this most essential form of hygiene:
Another that impressed is of Drew Lamb, an entrepreneur and hardcore recycler who shows us how important it is to ‘close the loop’ and maximise efficiency in operations, and in the process dispels the silly notion that recycling is just for hippies.
The campaign directs consumers to IWantToBeRecycled.org which includes comprehensive resources on recycling as well as an interactive game. I for one can’t think of a better way to get the message across and get people recycling!
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While most residents of the state of California are now required to scale back water consumption by 25%, in Beverly Hills the reduction is 35%. This is because the city, as well as its residents, has historically used more water than other communities in the state, mostly for lavish landscaping.
In a rush to find ways to reduce consumption, the city is now paying any business that purchases and installs a waterless urinal $500. This is up from the $200 the city was paying before the state's water restrictions went into effect.
Airedale Chemical Company, which manufactures and distributes surfactants to a number of brand leaders in the cleaning chemicals sector, has been fined as a result of an incident whereby people at a neighbouring company were exposed to nitric acid fumes.
In April 2014, employees from Joda Freight were exposed to the chemical fumes during transfer of the substance from a road tanker into a storage vessel. The fumes escaped through a vent situated on the roof of the Airedale building that housed the nitric acid storage tank.
'Cutting Red Tape' aims to get rid of unnecessary bureaucracy. It intends to shine a light on out-of-date legislation and any confusing implementation, such as unhelpful government guidance or needlessly complex inspection regimes, to ensure they make sense. It builds on the successes of 'Red Tape Challenge' and Business/Focus on Enforcement.
SNG's Professional range, which includes the Muvo, Senses and Moss & Rowe brands, has the integrity of the brand leaders but at a more commercially viable price point and is available in a variety of formats and sizes to cater for all businesses.
The Government's commitment to raising the bar for low-paid workers has been welcomed by cleaning and facilities management services company Nviro, which is calling on the rest of the industry to go further by supporting a true 'living wage' for its employees.
Nviro managing director Brian Warren is urging the cleaning industry to move away from price competition effectively based on wage costs and to focus more heavily on quality of service and efficiency.
When RCM decided to introduce a small, ride-on scrubber drier, the Italian manufacturer took into consideration all the technical and structural options that would produce a strong, efficient and reliable machine that was economically enough to compare favourably with a walk behind machine.
"Convenience is measured, above all, in the benefits that come to the operator that is sitting, instead of walking," says the company's Marzia Mucci.
Camfil UK, a world leader in providing air filtration solutions for maintaining healthy and comfortable indoor environments, has published a paper highlighting the energy saving opportunities that arise from choosing effective air filtration systems within non-domestic buildings.
Called 'Quick wins for energy savings in buildings: A Facilities Manager's guide to choosing low energy air filters for both optimised energy performance and indoor air quality', the publication addresses the challenge that all industry sectors are facing when it comes to the energy efficiency of their building stock.
Facilities managers at Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen said the Lanes team's rapid response helped make sure the drainage pump failure was resolved with minimum disruption to everyday activity.
The East London NHS Foundation Trust is making a difference to thousands of people's lives, providing them with much-needed mental health services and support.
CleanCore Technologies, which manufactures aqueous ozone cleaning systems, was started nearly six years ago. The company was first known as Viriditec but changed its name to CleanCore Technologies in 2014 - although the name Viriditec is still used for the company's products that are marketed and sold in Canada.
While CleanCore is nearly six years old, its first five years were dedicated to research and development of this no-chemical cleaning technology. The goals were to ensure the technology's effectiveness and making it a practical, reliable, and cost effective system for use in professional cleaning.
July brings the launch of Brushtec's new high performance forklift sweeping attachment range: The Sweepertec. The 100% British-made, new brush system is designed for sites that only occasionally need to be swept and where the purchase of a dedicated sweeper and operator can not be justified.
The brush module is designed to quickly and simply attach to forklift, tractor and telehandler forks, where the 16 rows of stiff, aggressive, high-quality bristle provide fast and efficient hard surface cleaning of industrial and agricultural debris, in both forward and reverse mode.
Offered in two designs to fit many of the British manufacturer's commercial steam cleaning and gum removal machines, the new chassis allow the machine user to manoeuvre the machine more easily and more safely over large areas and uneven surfaces.
3M's innovative range of floor pads and advanced cleaning and maintenance products is helping global facilities services company ISS to drive down costs and reduce its environmental footprint for the benefit of its customers worldwide.
The inventor of the original non-woven floor pad, 3M is one of just two companies approved by ISS to supply floor pads for its global cleaning and maintenance operations and the partnership doesn't stop there.
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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 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.
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