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Despite economic optimism, more cleaning industry managers report pressure to reduce labour and other operating costs

The results are in and according to cleaning managers across the US, 44% agree that the recession is over, up 5% from last year's results. However, despite this optimism, more are reporting pressure to reduce labour and other operating costs. (Ed: now where have I heard that before?)
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Rebounding European janitorial market offers new opportunities for suppliers

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The market for janitorial cleaning chemicals in Europe, which until recently was seen as 'flat to declining', posted modest growth of 1.6%, according to Kline's recently published study 'Janitorial Cleaning Products in Europe: Market Analysis and Opportunities'.
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Three key patents issued to antimicrobial company

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Agienic, an Arizona-based innovator in antimicrobial technology, has announced the issuance of three key US patents on its novel copper-based antimicrobial materials.
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Two ice giants merge

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Cold Jet, a world leader in the development of innovative, environmentally responsible, dry ice cleaning and dry ice production solutions, has completed the acquisition of IceTech - and with collective global facilities including the US, Canada, Mexico, Denmark, Germany, Poland, Belgium, Spain, Japan and China, the move will facilitate world-class customer support capabilities anywhere in the world.
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Dozens arrested as US airport cleaners and their colleagues rally for better pay and conditions

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Dozens of contracted airport workers and allies were arrested on Monday at demonstrations in cities throughout the US, as part of a national airport workers' civil disobedience against the injustices and inequality which, says the Service Employees International Union, persist at airports across the country.
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Launch of compact ride-on machine sees Hako enter new market

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An important segment of the cleaning machine market is set for a shake-up with the launch of a new ride-on scrubber dryer from Hako.
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New sanitisers for smart phones and tablets can reduce spread of superbugs in under 30 seconds

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At the Consumer Electronics Show last week, healthcare technology company, Seal Shield, attracted lots of interest with its Sky family of UVC Sanitisers, designed to kill bacteria and viruses on the hard-to-clean consumer electronics that so many of us are now using in our workplaces.
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* israeli-cleaning-co.jpgRacism is a thorny subject, isn’t is? I don’t know where in the world you are, but in my neck of the woods many people now shake their heads when racism is mentioned, in the same way they do when health & safety is mentioned: ‘Oh no, not that again!’ seems to be the feeling – and the consensus is that in some quarters, racism is used as an excuse for, perhaps, people not getting the promotion or pay-rise, or the best table in the restaurant, rather than because they weren’t the best person for the job, the company had budgets to consider or the table had been pre-booked by a regular. I won’t go on.

The reality is that we all have to be very careful about what we say, just in case it gets taken the wrong way.

Then on the other hand are the people who really don’t care…

Have you come across the flyer this week, advertising cleaning services in Israel?

I still can’t work out whether it’s real or if it’s been put together to elicit a reaction, but as it’s on Israeli journalist Tal Schneider’s Facebook page I suppose it must be true. I’m still struggling to understand how whoever produced it has got away with it.

The offending flyer, (pictured), advertises a menu of charges for cleaning services, based on the ethnicity of the cleaners. i.e. if you can’t afford to pay too much for your cleaning, you can choose an ethnic minority group that allegedly doesn’t produce as good a result in the time, or – if you really want to push the boat out, you can hire a harder working European cleaner for more money and a better result.

Yes – you did read that correctly!

African cleaners are charged out at 49 shekels (£8.70/hr); while Eastern European cleaners who don’t have Israeli citizenship are charged out at 52 shekels and those carrying all the necessary visas and work permits will cost 69 shekels.

The flyer also apparently refers to those that might be considered to be potential terrorists and offers ways to avoid employing them!

A company spokesperson is quoted as saying that the different rates are not illegal, and that European workers are charged out at higher rates because they’re better workers than the Africans are!

Yes I know…

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This Week's News

Floorbrite to brighten up Manchester in April

* Floorbrite_Nik-Wyers.jpgFor the past four decades, Floorbrite has built a reputation as the north's largest contract cleaning and facilities management company and has recently confirmed its stand at the Manchester Cleaning Show.

The family-run-firm, which was set up in 1972 by the late Martin Wyers, now employs more than 1,200 people across the north of England and provides cleaning and facilities management for nationally recognised names such as Aldi, JD Sports, and Manchester's very own The Lowry.
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Researchers turn paper waste into ultralight material that improves oil spill cleaning

* Researcher-Hai_Duong.jpgA research team from the National University of Singapore's Faculty of Engineering has achieved what is being hailed a world first by successfully converting paper waste into green cellulose aerogels that are non-toxic, biodegradable, ultralight, flexible, extremely strong and water repellent.

This material is ideal for applications such as oil spill cleaning and heat insulation as well as packaging.
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ISS wins large integrated facilities services contract with Rolls-Royce in Asia and Americas

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The new Deb Stoko range: combatting occupational skin issues in commercial premises

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The portfolio of Deb Stoko hand cleansers, sanitisers and after-work restore creams have been formulated to address and reduce the spread of infection as well as the risk of occupational skin disease.
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Girbau adds energy- and water-saving 'Smart Load' technology to latest HS Series washers

GIRBAU-SmartLoad.jpgGirbau's new Smart Load technology on its latest HS Series washer extractors offers on-premise laundries even greater savings in energy, water and detergent use. Smart Load automatically adjusts water consumption and chemical dosing in accordance with load weight, fabric and chosen wash programme to save energy, water and detergent without users needing to do anything.
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Hygiene hits heady heights at Jupiter healthcare hub


* Tru-D-Jupiter.jpgJupiter Medical Centre has bolstered patient and staff safety with two Tru-D SmartUVC robots, which deliver an automated, measured dose of UVC to consistently disinfect an entire room from a single position - ensuring 99.99% pathogen reduction in direct and shadowed areas and eliminating human error, while documenting disinfection results for each cycle.
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Book the date: find out about far-reaching regulatory change before it's too late!

* CHSA-bacs-conference-reach.jpgREACH, the new regulations governing the way in which chemicals can be packaged, sold and used in the cleaning and hygiene industry, is now in force. According to those who have been working with the new regulations, they are business critical.

In partnership with the British Association for Chemical Specialities, the Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association is hosting a conference designed to explain fully, the regulations and their impact on your business.
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Air Liquide announces acquisition of a hygiene specialist in Brazil

* Air-Liquide.jpgAir Liquide has announced the acquisition by its subsidiary Schuelke, a specialist in hygiene and hospital disinfection, of Vic Pharma, a company operating in this sector in Brazil.

Founded in 1990, Vic Pharma has more than 100 employees and is the second largest independent player in the Brazilian hygiene market. It offers a broad range of hygiene products for disinfecting surfaces, instruments and medical devices, as well as antiseptic solutions for pre- or post-operative care.
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Sustainability, technology, innovation and opportunity: take your seat at an ISSA/Interclean Amsterdam 2016 seminar!

* ISSA-seminar.jpgThe organisers of ISSA/Interclean Amsterdam have published details of the ISSA Educational Seminar programme at the event, which takes place 10th - 13th May 2016 and is expected to attract over 30,000 attendees from over 130 countries.
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BOC launches Cryoclean snow+ industrial cleaning process

* Cryoclean.jpgBOC's new Cryoclean snow+ industrial cleaning process, combines dry ice blasting (using CO2 dry ice crystals) with sand blasting to provide a flexible industrial cleaning method for a wide range of industry sectors including automotive, aerospace, additive manufacturing, construction, food, metal and machine construction, pharmaceuticals, plastic manufacturing and steel.

This new process can be used to clean weathered plastic seating in stadia, industrial products such as machinery, process equipment and conveyor belts. Cryoclean snow+ is also useful in the new, fast-growing additive manufacturing sector, where it can be used to remove oxides from the surfaces of a number of materials, including steels and aluminium, and to clean polymers.
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Pre-Mardi Gras job fair ensured a thorough post-celebration clean-up

* Mardi-gras.jpgThe City of New Orleans Department of Sanitation and JOB1, held a pre-Mardi Gras job fair to recruit 150 temporary employees who would clean the city both during and after the 2016 festival, which has just taken place.

Those attending the job fair were also given information about a limited number of full time, permanent employment opportunities with the City's Department of Sanitation.
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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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Recent UK News

CSSA relaunch: we have lift off!

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Around 60 people - members, potential members, the press and guests from the cleaning industry - gathered in London on Monday for an event that has been hailed a resounding success: the official relaunch of the Cleaning & Support Services Association, 50 years after its initial 'official' launch in 1966.

And while many things about association membership haven't changed, such as the opportunities for networking and friendship it provides, the ability for the industry to speak with one voice and address industry issues collectively rather than as individual companies (i.e. from a position of strength) there are a great many new things planned.
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Thousands expected at the Manchester Cleaning Show 2016

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The Manchester Cleaning Show (6th - 7th April at Event City) is a launch event for 2016 and follows the same exhibition and free conference format of its parent Cleaning Show held in London every two years. The reception to the new, northern spin-off has been remarkable with over 1,000 people registered to attend with just weeks to go.
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Steam Clean Systems unveils its new high powered twin hose steam cleaner

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The new ST4000 from Steam Clean Systems is reckoned by its makers to be the most powerful boiler-powered dry steam cleaner in Europe. Its mighty 14 litre boiler delivers a massive 42Kg of steam per hour at a pressure of 10bar...
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ICMMA moves operational management to ISSA UK

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ISSA and The Building Futures Group have reached agreement to immediately transfer the Industrial Cleaning Machinery Manufacturers Association's (ICMMA) operational management to ISSA's UK membership portfolio, with continued oversight by the group's Secretariat, Hazel Langley.
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Health & safety laws: tough guidelines and even tougher sentences from now on

As from last Monday, Crown Courts and Magistrates Courts in England and Wales have been bound by tough new guidelines when sentencing those who have been convicted of breaking health & safety law. For the first time, courts in England and Wales are required to follow comprehensive sentencing guidelines.

Neal Stone, policy & standards director at the British Safety Council, says of the changes: "We broadly welcome the new guidelines and in particular that in future, three factors will be key in determining fines for health & safety offences: the degree of harm caused, the culpability of the offender, and the turnover of the offending organisation.
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Jeremy Paxman warns that UK's at litter 'tipping point'

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Jeremy Paxman, speaking in Solihull at the FPA annual Environment Seminar, set the tone for the litter agenda in 2016 by calling on the whole supply chain to take action to tackle the UK's litter crisis or face legislative action.

The ex-BBC Newsnight anchor, speaking in his capacity as patron of the litter campaigning organisation Clean Up Britain (CLUB) said that the UK is at a tipping point in attitudes to litter and that businesses need to collaborate to take action and tackle the problem.
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Vectair Systems' V-Air Solid air freshener wins 4th international award in 12 months

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V-Air Solid, an environmentally-friendly, non-aerosol air freshener from Vectair Systems, has won the 'Best Innovation Award' in the Washroom Hygiene category in the 2016 Clean India Awards - its fourth award since its launch a year ago.

A panel of eight judges, including purchasing director of Reliance Industries & executive housekeeper of the Intercontinental Hotels Group, chose V-Air Solid as the most innovative product for its simplicity, use of new technology and its strong environmental credentials, amongst other factors.
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Soapbox: What does it take to be a facilities manager?

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Writes Peter Forshaw, managing director of Maxwell Stephens Recruitment

A few years ago, I wrote an analysis of the facilities management sector as a whole and at that stage my feelings were that the market was still clearly separated into two distinct areas: in-house (corporate management) and outsourced (third party). In my view, the FM market is much more blurred in certain respects and, as such, success requires an ever increasingly diverse range of skills, education and attributes.
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Beating bedbugs and bacteria: how to clean a mattress effectively

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We have been reading a lot in the news recently about dirty hotels, poor cleaning regimes and problems caused by an abundance of bedbugs.

Lindhaus argues that the periodic cleaning of mattresses is absolutely necessary to prevent the formation of bacteria that can cause allergies and dermatitis.
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Bravo makes clean cruising for Condor

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Carrying more than one million passengers and 200,000 passenger vehicles annually, Poole-based Condor Ferries operates a year-round service connecting the UK, the Channel Islands of Guernsey and Jersey and the ports of St Malo and Cherbourg in France.

Mike Mustill, hotel services operations manager, Condor Ferries, called in Kevin Day at Prochem Europe distributor CJS Portsmouth to find a more robust, powerful and faster clean than they were currently achieving.
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HSL - Machinery Directive course updated

The Health & Safety Laboratory's new Machinery Directive course is being held on 24th February 2016 in Buxton, Derbyshire. It will give delegates a thorough understanding of the Supply of Machinery (Safety) Regulations 2009 legislation, (as revised) as well as the key current European and International safety standards that support the Regulations.

Delegates will also be shown how to build a technical file and have the opportunity to practice assessing conformity to the essential health & safety requirements. The purpose and content of a declaration of conformity and incorporation will be explained, along with when to use which.
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A stitch in time...

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Ken Wainwright, of the National Carpet Cleaners Association, writes...

"Murphy's Law states that if anything is to go wrong, then it will happen at the most inconvenient time. It also states that when this happens it will usually be mega expensive and the inconvenience will last for days, if not weeks.

For us carpet cleaners, one of the things that we dread most is a machine breakdown, and this was brought home to me last month when my portable extraction machine had its annual service at the manufacturer's works.
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Press statement from the BFG issued 14th January 2016

The Board at The Building Futures Group has announced, with regret, that the company has ceased trading.
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Industry wants answers after vague BFG closure statement

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The cleaning industry was rocked last week with the news that The Building Futures Group had folded. Now people are justifiably asking what went wrong?
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Clean for The Queen for Her Majesty's 90th birthday

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Clean for The Queen is a campaign designed to encourage those of us who live in the UK to clear up Britain in time for The Queen's 90th birthday on 21st April 2016. It will rally an army of volunteers across the country to clean up their local areas and will include a special clean-up weekend on 4th - 6th March.
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7th OEESC takes place from 19th - 21st September 2016 in Manchester

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The first Occupational and Environmental Exposure of Skin to Chemicals Conference took place in Washington in 2002. Since then it has occurred every two - three years and has become the premier platform for exchange of new scientific discoveries and practical ideas from all parts of the globe.
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SkyVac sales are flying high

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SkyVac, the UK manufacturer of the most powerful high level cleaning equipment, reports that sales are flying high. SkyVac systems have now been adopted for high level cleaning at the UK's largest airports - Gatwick and Heathrow - and equipment orders are arriving from all over the world.
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'Could do better' says Oxford City Council's head of environmental health services

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Although unlike some food establishments those in the city of Oxford are faring rather well, with 86% of establishments boasting a hygiene standard rating of at least four out of five, Ian Wright, Oxford City Council's head of environmental health services, is calling for greater improvements to be made.
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Events & Exhibitions

Cleaning & Hygiene Expo
9-10th May 2017
Melbourne
Australia

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Pulire Verona
23-25th May 2017
Italy
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CleantexPulire 2017
12-14th June 2017
Johannesburg
South Africa

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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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ISSA/Interclean Amsterdam
15-18th May 2018
Amsterdam
The Netherlands

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