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2015 American Cleaning Institute Sustainability Report features first-ever 'Critical Issue' assessment for cleaning products industry

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The American Cleaning Institute's 2015 Sustainability Report showcases the cleaning products industry's progress toward sustainable development and unveils ACI's first-ever industry 'materiality assessment', which maps the critical risks and opportunities facing its value chain.
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Hefter and Denis Rawlins team up to promote innovative scrubber-dryers across UK

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Cleaning contractors and facilities managers looking to exploit innovative floor cleaning technology are the target for a new alliance between the UK's Denis Rawlins and Germany's Hefter Cleantech, which manufactures scrubber-dryers.
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Steam clean the streets with Matrix

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Chewing gum is a huge problem - not just for local authorities, but for commercial property owners, transport companies and property management companies who are responsible for the cleanliness and upkeep of buildings, streets or commercial transport.
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Georgia-Pacific Professional unveils new innovations under new GP Pro brand name

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Georgia-Pacific Professional has, this week, introduced its new brand name - GP Pro - which, it says, "represents a multi-year strategy to aggressively invigorate GP Pro's innovation pipeline and an elevated customer focus on product portfolio".
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Bunzl to acquire Planet Clean Canada

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Planet Clean Canada, which is based in Vancouver, British Colombia and operates throughout Western Canada, is to be acquired by Bunzl.
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Bosch is launching full range of heavy duty tools for grounds maintenance crews

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Bosch Professional will be unveiling what it says is a groundbreaking range of heavy duty, battery-powered additions to its Professional garden portfolio at the Saltex exhibition (4th and 5th November at the NEC, Birmingham).
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ISSA names first franchise member

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Building maintenance company City Wide Franchise, has announced that it is the first franchise member of the ISSA. Through a special membership package, the company can now offer its franchise partners the opportunity to join the ISSA at a significantly discounted rate.
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Cleaning gadget beats bacteria on shopping trolley handles

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A 2011 study by the University of Arizona, found that 73% of shopping trolleys tested positive for faecal bacteria and 50% for E.coli.

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.
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Ausclean Pulire: three days of professional development start 19th October

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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.
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New visuals show proper use of surface disinfecting products in healthcare environments

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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.
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Cromwell extends washroom range

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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.
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ISS Greece awarded for innovative safety- and people practices

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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.
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Brightwell Dispensers launches new EcoMulti chemical dilution system

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Building on the success of the popular Eco range of chemical dilution systems, Brightwell Dispensers has expanded its product offering and developed EcoMulti, which offers a cost-effective way of diluting multiple chemicals from one dispenser.
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Chicopee develops new system for tailor-made cleaning

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Speciality cleaning wipes expert Chicopee, has developed a new dispensing system which allows users to create tailor-made, single-use wet wipes.
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You have, by now, probably read the article ‘Bullying, low wages and no paid holiday: five British cleaners on their jobs’, that appeared in a recent article of The Guardian and featured cleaners sharing their experiences of working in this industry. If you haven’t, see: www.theguardian.com/society/2015/oct/19/five-cleaners-tell-their-stories

As one might expect, the article paints a dire picture of our industry (it would have been nice to have included some cleaners who don’t feel exploited), but as usual it was the comments left by readers that held the most fascination for me.

One said an employer often pays differently according to the contract, i.e. minimum wage on one and living wage on another, and that the same company will offer career development under one contract but not under another. That concept had never occurred to me but thinking about it now, it makes sense, because some clients will pay enough to enable cleaners to earn the living wage and take holidays, while others won’t… and of course this difference will reflect on the pay and conditions the cleaners enjoy or endure. But how awful for friends or family members who may work for the same company but on different contracts, where one might have great working conditions and the other toils for the bare minimum!

Do most contractors pay like this or do they average out the pay across all contracts, I wonder?

Contractor Saints Cleaning argues that the problem arises from tenders which force contractors to quote rock bottom prices. He says: “I choose not to enter these price war battles, and am thus able to pay staff a fair rate. Companies and local authorities need to realise that the cheapest supplier will generally pay the lowest wages. It's not rocket science...”

Another poster responds, saying: “I get the impression that your 'race to the bottom' largely exists because it's difficult to measure the benefits (especially short-term) of deciding to pay staff comparatively well. Have you noticed any quantifiable difference, or are you running on an 'if it ain't broke' basis?”

Saints Cleaning responds with: “If you consider taking pride in one’s work, staff retention and loyalty as good attitudes to foster in a business, then I'd say it has the desired effect.”

That makes sense, doesn’t it? And I can’t help feeling that it’s not just the contractor that benefits, but the client too…

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This Week's News

The UK cleaning industry celebrates its best: Golden Service Awards 2015 Winners announced

Category_1_142.jpgThe cream of the UK cleaning industry gathered at a glittering ceremony at the Hilton Hotel in London's Park Lane last Friday, to celebrate the achievements of those who'd entered the Kimberly-Clark Professional Golden Service Awards 2015 and hear the winners announced.

The following 23 winners are now officially the Best in the UK Cleaning Industry:
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Entrance matting market set to be worth $6,722.3 million by 2020

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With a new report showing that the entrance matting market is showing healthy growth (it is set to be worth $6,722.3 million by 2020, increasing at a Compound Annual Growth Rate of 4.8% from 2015 to 2020), more companies are clearly recognising the benefits of installing this 'first line of defence' against dirt and water ingress.
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LooBlade - a toilet cleaning revolution

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And with the campaign not due to end until next Thursday, November 5th at 18:24, who knows how much more interest there will have been in his innovation?
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Hako's new Combi 400 sweeper-scrubber sets standards

* Hako-combi.jpgThe latest advancement in ride-on cleaning technology is now available in the UK with the launch of a new sweeper-scrubber drier from Hako.

Ideal for use in all heavy-duty applications, the Powerboss Combi 400 is particularly suited to warehouses, multi-storey car parks and other environments that require long run times and exceptional manoeuvrability.
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Next week's MECTW proudly launches 'Unsung City Cleaning Heroes' initiative

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Sodexo achieves ISO55001 for global asset management

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Sodexo is leading the way in offering comprehensive asset management capabilities globally and to clients in diverse segments ranging from corporate and healthcare, to manufacturing, mining and oil and gas.
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Business Performance Group acquires janitorial sales agency Sans Peur from owner Rob Sutherland

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Gordon Christiansen, non-executive director, is excited about what this acquisition means for The Business Performance Group. "With Rob's assistance we will now add Soluclean, ecgo, SpaceVac, Everstrong and Verdoni to our existing partners in this category, including Kimberly-Clark and Unger," he says. "We've got bold aspirations in the cleaning and broader facilities maintenance categories, and are always looking at new vendors that we can work with."
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NewVoiceMedia helps Vax clean up at MCCF Awards

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Run by The UK Contact Centre Forum, the Awards recognise the excellent people, processes and technology that make up the Midlands' contact centre sector, from over 700 contact centres across the region. Announced on Friday at an awards ceremony, the awards recognised winners chosen from hundreds of businesses that entered or were nominated for the titles.
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A glutton for punishment?

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The potent machine is highly effective at cleaning up cigarette butts, drinks bottles and chewing gum from pavements. Electrically-driven, it runs silently, using a lengthy vacuuming nozzle to clear hard-to-reach pavement cracks and kerbsides.
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Cromwell takes a new approach to recycling

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Between them, Team Cromwell cycle thousands of miles each year, ensuring that the colourful message gains maximum exposure.
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Consumerism and hedonism display? "Absolute rubbish!" say the cleaners

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The artwork, by Goldschmied & Chiari, in Museion Bozen-Bolzano, Italy, focused on 1980s' consumerism and hedonism, by socialist politicians and their never-ending parties.
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National Account Managers

Southern & Northern UK, OTE £70K

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.

The National Account Managers will work closely with our Sales Director to attract new customers whilst ensuring customer retention and growth. The role will focus on the development of the sales pipeline for Reintec to drive revenue and win new business.

Alongside a proven sales experience from the contract cleaning industry, communication skills, commercial awareness and a 'can do' attitude are the key ingredients we're looking for. You'll need to be comfortable working with key stakeholders across the business and happy to present to new and existing customers.

What are the benefits? We'll be honest - it's our colleagues that make us what we are. As well as a competitive salary, company car and fantastic bonus, we provide an industry leading benefits package with an extended range of family-friendly benefits.

Interested? Please visit www.hsscareers.co.uk to apply or for an informal chat call Annie Bhagat on 0161 7494046.


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Technical Manager

c. £45,000 UK based

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.
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Strategic Operations Manager

Cambridge, OTE 40K-50K

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

Job Title: Strategic Operations Manager Based at: Quality Care Cleaning Ltd. Copley Hill Business Park Reports to: Managing Director Responsible for: Operational Staff Job Purpose To manage the planning, analysis and delivery of a multi-site commercial cleaning service. The post holder will be responsible for organising, evaluating and revising service whilst maintaining high levels of cleaning service standards, cost effectiveness, and increasing turnover.
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Field Sales Executive/Estimator



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.

The successful candidate will be: An excellent communicator with the ability to build rapport with customers. Professional in appearance and conduct. Experienced in field sales in the daily office cleaning or associated cleaning industries and preparing accurate proposals and making your own appointments. Flexible with regards to travel and working when required for new client and contract start meetings. Clean driving licence and ideally living within 25 mile radius of Harlow.
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We have an opportunity for a

Field Sales Manager
Central England

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.

Duplex Cleaning Machines has been a leading industry expert in the supply of commercial and industrial cleaning machines since 1986.

Recognised and trusted throughout the UK and globally, the Duplex range cleans all types of flooring and features the unique ability to clean and sanitise with the power of steam. The Duplex machine is the result of many years of the finest design, engineering and craftsmanship with each machine being hand-built in Italy.

Duplex has been an ISO 9001 accredited company for over twenty years demonstrating our compliance with all quality standards related to the supply of products and services.

The successful candidate will be well-organised, professional and familiar with dealing with people at all levels. Experience of the cleaning industry is preferred although full training and product information will be given. 
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Experienced Export Sales Manager - Vectair Systems Ltd


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.

As a rapidly growing company trading in over 100 countries globally, an opportunity exists for an experienced and self-motivated individual to join and further strengthen our export team.
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ISSA EMEA Education & Certification Manager

£40,000 Europe, country negotiable

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.

Salary: £40,000 based on experience. Location: within Europe, country negotiable based on job requirements. 
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LAVORWASH GB – Leading manufacturer of cleaning machines

Sales Representative
Manchester area

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.

We are offering a good salary base + bonus/commission and benefits. The perfect candidate for this role will have at least one year of client facing sales experience; if not, please do not apply.

For more details and info please contact rossi.marco@lavorwash.it by sending your CV and we will get in touch.


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Key Account Executive

Base salary £30,000 OTE £42,850
Matched contribution pension scheme, company car, laptop, mobile
M40 / M1 Corridor

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.

The Role The Key Account Executive reports to a Key Account Manager and is measured on these KPI's

* Growth in turnover and gross margin across the assigned customer portfolio.
* Implementation of European & UK framework agreements across the sites of major customer groups.
* The identification of capital projects valued in the range £5k to >£30k - translating these into quotations with support and closing the sale.
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Sales People Required

East & West Midlands, Greater London


Denis Rawlins Ltd has been supplying cleaning machines and matting to industrial, commercial and institutional organisations for over 45 years. We specialise in first class support through customer service, training, product demonstrations and advice.

We currently have vacancies for sales people in the East and West Midlands, as well as the Greater London area with remuneration in the form of a competitive package based on your expertise.

Experience of selling cleaning machines or similar capital equipment to industrial, commercial and institutional customers is preferred but not essential.
Interested candidates should contact James White in the first instance with your C.V via sales@rawlins.co.uk


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Recent UK News

Campaign launches to change behaviour towards chewing gum disposal

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One of the busiest streets in London has been transformed like never before, as The Chewing Gum Action Group launched its national campaign to reduce gum litter, transforming the dotted grey pavements on Oxford Street with brightly-coloured circles to highlight the significant amount of gum that is dropped.
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Fly-tipping statistics 2014/15, released this week, show illegal dumping is on the increase

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The latest UK Government reports into fly-tipping, published on Tuesday, show that despite the threat of more severe fines for those convicted of the illegal dumping of waste, the practise is on the increase, with the estimated cost of clearance to local authorities in England alone in 2014/15 nearly £50 million - an 11% increase on 2013/14.
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Much-needed campaign to improve cleaners' working conditions spearheaded by industry taskforce

A much-needed campaign to promote good working conditions in the cleaning industry has been launched by an industry-led taskforce set up by the Equality & Human Rights Commission. It includes leading businesses, trade associations and trade unions.
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2015-16 Free Local Authority WRAP Workshop dates announced

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WRAP has announced its 2015 workshop programme for Local Authority waste & recycling officers in England. The workshops will take place in Birmingham city centre and the topics and dates are as follows:
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CHSA members raise £8,500 for charity

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Members and sponsors of the Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association have raised £8,500 so far in 2015 for the Chairman's Charity, The Helping Treat Cancer Together Committee.
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Long service college contract for LCC

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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.
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One third of employers say more staff are going into work despite being ill

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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.
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Survey reveals 10% of Brits don't change underwear every day... personal hygiene takes a back seat to staying in bed once winter sets in

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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.
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Evans' visit to Buckingham Palace

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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.
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New showroom delivers training and technology

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National distributor and training provider Jigsaw Cleaning Systems has opened a dedicated training facility and showroom.
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Nationwide buys new headquarters

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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.
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New research reveals incorrect cleaning 'the major cause' of lack of legal floor compliance in wet leisure environments

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A study of hundreds of leisure facilities by Bonasystems, the provider of specialist floor care products and services, has revealed that four-fifths (79%) of 'wet leisure' floor surfaces were not up to Health & Safety Executive standards used to prevent slips and trips and that incorrect cleaning - rather than floor specification - was a major cause of non-compliance.
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Early accolade for latest addition to Hako range

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The latest addition to Hako's impressive line-up of sweepers has marked its UK debut by receiving a prestigious European accolade.
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Lanes engineers win seal of approval from wildlife attraction

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Lanes Group drainage engineers have cleaned a seal enclosure at an aquarium while being watched by those who have had a vested interest in the quality of their work - the seals themselves.
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Twinkle Clean harnesses online technology and passes savings onto customers

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Twinkle Clean's new online booking system for end of tenancy cleaning in London is proving its worth, according to the company's founder, Robert Garritano, who says: "Our customers love it. We've been able to make savings on administrative costs and pass these savings on to our customers. It's taken our office staff some getting used to though as the phone doesn't ring as much now!"
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CHSA's sell out Golf Day raises £5,500 for charity

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One of the highlights of the calendar, the Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers' Association's annual Golf Day - held at Rudding Park in North Yorkshire - was a 'sell out', raising over £5,500 for the Chairman's charity, The Helping Treat Cancer Together Committee.
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How clean is your computer?

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Did you know that the average desktop has around 150 times more bacteria than your kitchen table? It's a horrible thought and with many of us now eating 'al desko' we need to remember to keep them clean.
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Events & Exhibitions

HIGIEXPO 2017
8-10th August 2017
Sao Paulo
Brazil

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ISSA/Interclean North America
11-14th September 2017
Las Vegas
USA

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WFBSC
18-20th September 2017
Berlin
Germany

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CMS
19-22nd September 2017
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Berlin
Germany

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ISSA/Interclean Istanbul
18-20th October 2017
Turkey
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Clean Middle East Pulire
7-9th November 2017
Dubai
UAE

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Loo of the Year Awards
2nd December 2017
30th Anniversary of this popular event
St Johns Hotel, Solihull
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Clean India Technology Week
18-20th January 2018
Mumbai,
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The Manchester Cleaning Show
11-12th April 2018
2nd outing for this busy 2-day event
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ISSA/Interclean Amsterdam
15-18th May 2018
Amsterdam
The Netherlands

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