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Technology will become biggest challenge for facilities managers

A recent webinar, jointly hosted by FM software provider Service Works Group and the Facilities Show and featuring a panel of leading lights from the facilities management profession, opened with the results of an online registration poll which revealed that technology will be the biggest challenge faced by those in the profession in the future.
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CIRI's Spring 2016 Science & Research Symposium: second call for papers

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The Cleaning Industry Research Institute International has made a second call for papers for the conference it is organising with the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning & Restoration Certification and the Journal of Cleaning, Restoration & Inspection. The deadline for submission is 15th December 2015.
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Hydrophobic coatings market and surfaces forecast to 2023 examined in new research report

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Low-performance, semi-commoditised hydrophobic materials have been used on building surfaces for years. However, the most innovative self-cleaning building products - windows, tiles and wall panels - have tended to use hydrophilic technology.
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Recycling & Recovery International Trade Fair to analyse circular economy from all perspectives

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According to estimates from the European Commission, if all of the applicable legislation concerning waste management were to be implemented, more than 400,000 jobs would be created in the European Union, of which 52,000 would be in Spain.
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Workers at 15 US airports join pre-Thanksgiving Day nationwide fast for $15 and union rights

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According to a University of California-Berkeley Labour Centre report detailing the stunning rise of poverty jobs at US airports, 37% of cleaning and baggage workers live in or near the poverty level.
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European tissue industry launches multilingual hand-hygiene hub

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The European Tissue Symposium has launched a new website, which offers a one-stop-shop for information and sound science. It will prove invaluable for anyone looking for details on the most hygienic way to dry hands following a visit to the washroom.
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'Down Under' discovers advantages of waste-to-energy

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The ground has been broken for one of Australia's most innovative biogas projects. In the next 14 months, German biogas plant manufacturer Weltec Biopower and its project partner Aquatec Maxcon will establish a biogas plant in a Melbourne suburb.
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Paint packs power to kill bacteria

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New Paint Shield has become the first US Environmental Protection Agency-registered paint found to continuously kill difficult-to-treat, infection-causing bacteria.
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ANSI/IICRC S500 Standard and Reference Guide for Professional Water Damage Restoration published

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The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning & Restoration Certification announced yesterday that it has published a newly-revised ANSI-approved ANSI/IICRC S500 Standard and Reference Guide for Professional Water Damage Restoration (4th edition, 2015).
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When 'easy' is better...

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The PW-H28 is one of the latest additions to IPC's range of hot water, high pressure cleaners that has been conceived in close collaboration with IPC clients, who are demanding a simple, compact machine that is easy to use and economical, while being efficient and offering the performance users would expect from a professional machine.
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New Matrix Steam Mop Kit offers simple, effective cleaning

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Matrix Cleaning Systems' new Steam Mop Kit is designed to provide users of its UK-built machines with even more versatility in cleaning.
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Nilfisk acquires North American high pressure cleaner specialist Hydro Tek

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Nilfisk Group has acquired Hydro Tek, the California-based manufacturer of high pressure cleaners.
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Toto Washlet sales top 40 million units globally

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Toto, a plumbing industry leader with annual sales of some $5.1 billion, announced last week that it has achieved a major global milestone with its popular Washlet line of personal cleansing systems.
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A letter in the Yorkshire Post last week highlighted a potential cause of cross-contamination in healthcare facilities. It was written by someone who had observed a simple action by a healthcare worker who thought she was complying with procedures but through lack of awareness may well have created problems that could have had a devastating effect on her facility’s healthcare-acquired infection figures. I have no doubt that what the writer observed is something that’s repeated in facilities all over the world.

Professor J. A. Double, of West Yorkshire, wrote in response to a recent article in the Yorkshire Post by MP Andrea Jenkyns: 'A simple lesson in hygiene that will save lives.'

The professor said he felt that many hospital staff simply do not understand cross-infection, going on to say that "sadly, this has been totally compromised by the use of disposable gloves that in most instances have replaced hand washing."

He went on to describe a recent visit to hospital, during which he observed a nurse wash her hands before donning sterile gloves. She then prepared a sterile area before putting the patient’s notes on the prepared area.

"She then realised something was missing and without any thought of removing her gloves, rummaged through several drawers and cupboards to find what she was looking for and then placed it on the 'sterile' area," he said. "She then attended to the patient and removed a cannula in what she believed to be a 'sterile' procedure. The notes would not have been sterile; nor would anything she had touched while rummaging about.

"While it is right that staff should wear gloves where there is a clear risk to them, somehow the message has to be got across that disposable gloves are a real source of cross infection if worn to handle the notes of patients and touch any unsterile surfaces prior to carrying out what they believe to be a clean procedure."

The professor has a point. I, too, observe people who are cleaning and I observe healthcare professionals who are supposed to be complying with cross-contamination prevention procedures. I have often wondered whether following procedures has become so mechanical that people have forgotten to actually think about what they’re doing. And of course that’s when procedures can create the very problems they’re designed to prevent…

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This Week's News

Vectair Systems honoured as International Green World Ambassador

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This recognition comes as a result of the environmental success of the company's V-Air Solid multi-phasing air freshener with sub-micron technology, which has won an International Green Apple Environment Award.
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Operation Magnify focuses on stamping out on illegal working in cleaning industry

* Doug-BICSc-Award15.jpgA meeting took place last week between leaders of the cleaning industry and Immigration officials, as part of Operation Magnify, the Home Office's latest campaign in the fight to stamp out illegal working.

Operation Magnify is targeting the construction and care home sectors as well as cleaning contractors, as these are thought to be some of the most likely industries that illegal workers are to be found - along with the restaurant sector.
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Cleaning company is the overall 'Tork Loo of the Year Awards' winner

* 2015-winner.jpg'We Clean', a Birmingham-based cleaning company, was delighted be awarded the prestigious Overall Tork Loo of the Year Award Trophy at the Loo of the Year Awards annual presentation event last Friday.

This is the first time in the Awards' 28-years-history that a cleaning company has achieved this top award and was in recognition of the company being awarded Platinum Awards for every one of its entries.
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Cleaning up the detergents industry by sustainable development

* SUSTAINABILITY-SUMMIT.jpgThe premier Sustainable Cleaning Products Summit was hosted in Paris recently and the consensus was that the cleaning products industry needs to take greater steps to address its environmental and health impacts...

For although there have been improvements in product formulations, there remain concerns about contentious chemicals.
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Offering more than just a pint... pub wins award for best accessible loos in the country

* clos-o-mat_velvet_coaster.jpgJD Wetherspoon's showcase Velvet Coaster on Blackpool seafront opened this year as the country's biggest public house. It was also the first in the country to include a Changing Places assisted, accessible toilet, for people who need the help of a carer.

The venue has now added another accolade to its tally, winning the 2015 Loo of the Year Trophy for the best Changing Places facility across the UK and Ireland.
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ISSA/Interclean calls for entries for the Amsterdam Innovation Awards

* Innovation.jpgThe Amsterdam Innovation Awards are now open for entries. All exhibitors are invited to enter their most innovative designs to be judged by an independent, international jury.

The Awards winners will be announced on the first day ISSA/Interclean in Amsterdam, on Tuesday 10th May, 2016. Exhibitors wishing to submit products for the Award should complete the online application by 24th January - which is only a few weeks from now.
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EcoWaste 2016 opens its doors in just over a month

* arab-eco-show.jpgEcoWaste 2016 will take place in Abu Dhabi from 18th to 21st January 2016, at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre.

Hosted by renewable energy company, Masdar, in partnership with Tadweer (The Center of Waste Management in Abu Dhabi), and co-located with the World Future Energy Summit and the International Water Summit, EcoWaste is part of Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week, and aims to support the region's urgent waste disposal challenges and needs in the quest for sustainable development and environmental protection.
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TVH becomes official distributor of Lonking lift truck parts

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Lonking Holding was established in 1993 and has become one of the biggest machine manufacturers in China. The company consists of 19 wholly-owned subsidiaries and four production bases that produce parts, lift trucks and earth-moving machinery.
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We have Mail: CSSA relaunch update

Dear Jan,

Just a brief update... We already have 12 cleaning organisations and suppliers pledged to join the revitalised Cleaning & Support Services Association, with many more interested.

Last week, as CSSA chairman, I attended a meeting of Home Office officials and senior immigration officers to discuss the proposed clampdown on illegal workers as the Immigration agency focuses on the cleaning, construction and care services sectors.
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Regular Cleaning differentiates itself from the competition with CIMS certification

* Award2.jpgFounded in 1969 by the organisation's current chairman Terry Carrigan, at the age of 27, on the timeless core values of 'honesty, attention to detail and attention to clients, Regular Cleaning recently chose to pursue certification to the ISSA Cleaning Industry Management Standard (CIMS) due to the programme's alignment with the company's promise to deliver the best services possible to its clients through well managed operations.
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Reliable cleanliness in the National-Garden-Show (BUGA) City of Havelberg

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Sweeping forward with new innovation

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Offering the same durable sweeper attachment for forked vehicles as the larger, established version, this new configuration, which has 16 rows of long life stiff bristles, is ideal for areas where a 200cm (79in.) attachment cannot operate.
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Lancashire faces cuts in refuse collections and street cleaning

Refuse collections and street cleaning are amongst the services set to suffer as Lancashire County Council tries to reduce its spend by £4.7m.

Deputy leader Cllr Tony Greaves, who oversees the council's finances, told the Lancashire Telegraph: "The government is again slashing our grants and councils like ours in the north of England, are among the worst hit. We're looking at different ways to cut our spending and raise our income, but we're now very close to being forced to stop doing some quite important things."
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Patients at increased risk of infection as Elisabeth Bruyere cuts 30 cleaners

* Elisabeth-Hospital.jpgCuts to cleaning staff at Elizabeth Bruyere Hospital in Ottowa, Canada, are putting patients at increased risk of infection, warns the union that represents the workers.

The hospital is in the process of reducing its staff by what the union claims is the equivalent to 30 cleaners in the latest cuts to a hospital that, like others across Ontario, is dealing with a five-year funding freeze.
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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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Recent UK News

Soapbox: flawed vacuum cleaner testing should be re-examined

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Justin Binks, managing director, Sebo UK, writes...

EU labelling requirements for vacuum cleaners have already been much debated - but, in the wake of the Volkswagen emissions scandal, it is worth nothing that vacuum cleaner manufacturers self-test and self-validate so it is all too easy for results to be fudged and skewed to present products in an advantageous light.

Added to this, the tests themselves are unrepresentative of real world cleaning scenarios so magnify the confusion in the market place. Quite simply, the whole process is somewhat unbelievable and pointless.
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British Toilet Association launches UK Toilet Map

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The British Toilet Association has launched an interactive toilet map; a state-of-the-art app that can be used on mobile phones, tablets and PCs.

The map displays the exact location of over 780 toilets across the UK and then expand the information to show opening and closing times, as well as vital information on the overall provision within each toilet for their specialised needs.
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Hako sweepers arrive in Staffordshire towns

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Two historic Staffordshire towns are set to benefit from the latest street-cleaning technology with the arrival of a new fleet of Hako sweepers...

East Staffordshire Borough Council has taken delivery of four Citymaster 1600 machines from Gullivers Truck Hire that will help keep the area's streets, car parks and pedestrian areas looking spick and span.
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Council to cut 45 street cleaning and open spaces maintenance jobs in bid to save £1.395m

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Scotland's Dundee Council, has announced that it is to cut 45 jobs in its street cleaning and open spaces maintenance operation in a bid to save £1.395 million of the £28m it has to shave from its budget over the next two years.
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Elsewhere in Scotland...

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Caretakers at Glasgow's primary schools are threatening to stop cleaning up spillages and picking up litter unless they are paid up to £1,000 extra every year. The workers, employed by Cordia - Scotland's biggest provider of facilities management services in local government - are also demanding back payments of the annual sum, which could cost the organisation more than £2million.
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Eastbourne cleaners shine at Business Awards

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An East Sussex cleaning company has been recognised for its high quality customer service in this year's Eastbourne Business Awards. The Local Cleaners TLC, which was established in the town three years ago, scooped 'Highly Commended' in the Quality Customer Service category.
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New waterless urinals can save washrooms 87,000 litres of water per unit a year

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Armitage Shanks has launched a new range of energy- and cost-efficient waterless urinals, which are easy to install and maintain.
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See the dramatic effects fragrance has on the way we feel

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If you have ever denied the importance of a washroom smelling clean as well as looking clean, or the impact a particular smell might have on the productivity of your workforce or the way your customers will perceive your business, a new initiative by S C Johnson should convince you otherwise...
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CHSA launches new website

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The Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association's (CHSA) new website is now live.

Run by its members for its members the CHSA represents all the major manufacturers and distributors supplying cleaning and hygiene products into the UK and Ireland. The new website clearly communicates the CHSA's three primary activities:
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Timely review wins cleaning contract plus London Living Wage for staff

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Thames Cleaning & Support Services tells us it has managed to implement the London Living Wage without increasing its costs - a move that has helped it win the cleaning & support services contract at Blackstone's newly acquired premises at 160 Queen Victoria Street in London.
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Brentford FC upgrades laundry

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The laundry at Brentford Football Club's training ground operates seven days a week throughout the 10-month season, catering for 120 players with three sets of kit each.
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Working at height specialist receives unexpected reward for paying London Living Wage

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Working at height expert, CAM Specialist Support, has been presented with the London Borough of Lewisham's Employer of the Year award for its commitment to its staff, including paying the London Living Wage.
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Soapbox: Why British and Irish Hospitals have banned bleach

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By Michael Gately, CEO of Medentech. Medentech is based in Wexford, Ireland with offices in New Jersey, USA

"Bleach (sodium hypochlorite) is no longer used in any British hospital for surface cleaning and disinfection, yet contrary to popular myth, bleach has never been 'banned' by the National Health Service. What is it then that has driven bleach from being the go-to disinfectant to something that would now be seen as highly unusual in a British hospital setting?
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StarStream: changing the way we use ultrasonic cleaning

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Heralded as one of the most important developments in ultrasonic cleaning in decades, a new piece of technology that uses only cold water and ultrasonic bubbles has the potential to revolutionise cleaning in the healthcare industry and beyond.

The technology, known as StarStream, works by enhancing the cleaning power of a stream of water.
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What's trending in FM in 2016 and beyond? Have your say in next Wednesday's industry debate

A webinar to explore what the future holds for the facilities management industry in 2016 and beyond, jointly hosted by FM software provider Service Works Group (SWG) and Facilities Show, will take place at 11:00 next Wednesday, 25th November 2015.
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OCS Group to boost Channel Islands TFM service with acquisition of Meadowcroft

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OCS Group has acquired Guernsey-based Meadowcroft, a third generation family-owned building services provider, in a deal it says will boost its offer of Total Facilities Management to Channel Islands businesses and property owners.

OCS says that the expanded business will be able to offer clients in Guernsey and Jersey a comprehensive set of property services, including washroom services, cleaning, compliance, electrical engineering and mechanical services.
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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

Held simultaneously with CMS

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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
UK

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Clean India Technology Week
18-20th January 2018
Mumbai,
India

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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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