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In the UK, cleaning is often referred to as a Cinderella industry, after the lass in the fairy tale who was treated as a skivvy at home but whose efforts went unrecognised by her family and the rest of the staff; she was neglected, ignored unless her services were required and was fed on scraps. As one dictionary defines it: “one suffering undeserved neglect”.
The story dates back hundreds of years and most countries have their own version, so whichever one of the 163 countries to which Cleanzine is sent, that you’re in as you read this, you’ll probably be familiar with the concept – even if the name is different.
Most people do tend to ignore cleaners, don’t they? Yet they do such an important job that takes skill if it’s to be done properly. They work hard to clean, yet once their backs are turned, we mess everything up again. Just imagine what we’d have to suffer if none of the cleaners turned up to work for a couple of weeks! They deserve to be treated with respect, don’t they?
Perhaps it may not surprise you, that although it was nothing to do with me whatsoever, I couldn’t help but feel a little smug when I learned this week that in Greece, the ISS cleaning team went up against the likes of Coca-Cola and Vodafone yet emerged triumphant. You can read more, further down the page, where you’ll also find a story on another company from this industry – Evans Vanodine – receiving the Queen’s Award for international trade. My hearty congratulations to everyone involved!
Also this week is a piece about LCC retaining a college cleaning contract it’s held for 15 years. From what I hear the students could do with being taught a little respect for the faculty, the environment and the cleaning teams (littering fines wouldn’t go amiss, I reckon!) – and since LCC won a Golden Service Award for its work there, that team deserves congratulations too.
This year’s Golden Services Awards take place next Friday. I’m looking forward to joining several hundred others who are proud to be able to celebrate the efforts of the cleaners and I’ll let you know the names of the winners just as soon as I’m able. Cinderalla industry? If only we could change that concept for good…
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The handles are clearly a hotbed of germs, but now, an easy-to-use cleaning device that helps keep the handles of supermarket trollies free from bacteria is being trialled in leading supermarkets in the Middle East.
International speakers from the USA, Europe and Australia will address key topics and concerns for the cleaning industry at Australia's only dedicated cleaning and hygiene exhibition taking place on the Gold Coast later this month.
Addressing issues such as hospital infection, best practice procedures and Australian workplace laws, the free professional development is supported by a display of more than 40 leading cleaning suppliers.
Infection prevention products and solutions specialist PDI, has released an infographic that highlights key challenges across various healthcare settings, as well as guidelines for selecting an appropriate disinfectant for the situation.
This tool is part of a larger effort to raise awareness around steps hospitals can take to create efficiencies and lower healthcare-associated infections.
Cromwell Polythene has extended its washroom range with the introduction of a white LDPE saddle bag for the discreet disposal of feminine hygiene and other sanitary waste. Measuring 159mm (six inches) wide when open and 240mm (11 inches) in length, the sanitary bags fit most dispensing units for ease of use.
Supplied block headed in 50s, the bags are packed 20 heads per carton of 1,000. Like all Cromwell products, they come with a minimum guaranteed net box weight - in this instance 1.20kg - clearly marked on the outer carton.
In competition with other global industry leaders such as Coca-Cola and Vodafone, industry contractor ISS Greece has received four safety- and people-related awards in 2015. The awards highlight the company's innovative workplace practices.
ISS Greece received, among others, a Silver award in the category 'Healthy Workplace Campaigns' for the campaign 'Me & You'. The award follows last year's performance where ISS Greece received Gold in the same category.
Cambridge Regional College has almost all the cleaning challenges known to man, but LCC Support Services has handled its cleaning for 15 years and enjoys the task. LCC even won a Golden Service Award for its amazing achievements on this site.
As the college has expanded the cleaning horrors have increased too from the 20,000 students who drop their rubbish and half-finished drink cans everywhere. They have transformed the paved areas into a sea of chewing gum, which as fast as it is removed, reappears.
Nearly a third of employers have reported an increase in people coming to work while they are ill, according to the annual Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development / Simplyhealth Absence Management Survey.
The survey of nearly 600 employers finds that 31% have seen an increase in so-called 'presenteeism' in the last 12 months.
A study of 2,000 adults undertaken by Geberit AquaClean revealed major differences in personal hygiene routines in the Winter versus Summer, with many Brits (33%) halving the amount of time they spend in the bathroom during the colder weather from 30 minutes to just 15 and a staggering 10% of adults admitting that they don't change their underwear every day.
Barry-Wehmiller Companies is to acquire the operations of Winkler+Dunnebier GmbH, including POEM (W+D). The acquisition includes W+D's operations in Neuwied and Lohne, Germany, along with the US subsidiary, W+D North America, and the Malaysian subsidiary, W+D Asia Pacific.
It is anticipated that the deal will be finalised at the end of this year.
Representatives of Evans Vanodine were honoured to be in the presence of Royalty recently when Chairman Derek Evans and Peter Thompson, international sales manager, visited Buckingham Palace to attend a special business reception and accept an award for International Trade, in recognition of its outstanding overseas sales growth over the last three years.
During the workshop, the Minister for Health & Medical Education, Chaudhary Lal Singh, asked delegates to dedicate themselves to improving cleanliness in public health facilities.
A recent report issued by Allied Market Research indicates that the robotics market, which was valued at $26.78bn in 2012, will continue to grow at a Compound Annual Growth Rate of 5.4% annually until the end of the forecast period in 2020 - something Toronto, Canada-based Great Rock Development will be catering for with its return to the robotic industrial cleaning market, through its subsidiary Cyberworks Robotics.
The new centre in Chorley offers training, technology and expert advice, providing customers with a single-source support package.
Nationwide Window Cleaning, the UK's largest window, gutter and high level cleaning business, has bought its own three storey, 800sq.m new office block at Colton Mill Office Park, Leeds. Based only 20 miles from its home for the last three years, the new site doubles its previous floor space and provides a range of additional facilities and anticipated growth requirements for the next 10 years.
The building has been finished to a very high specification with glass partitioned offices to provide a mixture of open plan and cellular accommodation, meeting rooms and rest areas.
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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.
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