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Is Just-In-Time ordering still effective?
Just-in-time (JIT) ordering started in Japan in the 1970s and spread to many parts of the world about decade later. Essentially, it is an inventory management system with the objective of having just enough inventory readily available to meet current demand but avoiding excess.
Not all refuse sacks are created equal
BPI Recycled Products, one of Europe's leading manufacturers of refuse sacks and Europe's largest recycler of waste polythene, is proud to be exhibiting at both the Manchester Cleaning Show and ISSA/Interclean Amsterdam 2016.
Khemsoft offers environmentally sustainable non-destructive industrial cleaning
A new industrial cleaning solution offered by Khemsoft, dry ice blasting, is an environmentally friendly and sustainable cleaning method that can help any business improve their environmental impact. Whether the commercial business needs a dry clean, it is trying to reduce the amount of water or chemicals used or is trying to enhance sanitation or cross-contamination prevention programmes, dry ice blasting provides the environmentally sustainable answer.
Robots, apps and connected technology to star at ISSA/Interclean Amsterdam 2016
With only weeks to go until the 26th edition of the ISSA/Interclean Amsterdam show opens its doors on 10th May, RAI Amsterdam has revealed more details on what to expect at the show.
The 2016 show will feature over 800 exhibitors from over 45 countries, showcasing their cleaning and hygiene products and solutions in a total floor area of approximately 60,000sq.m. RAI also reports that more live demonstrations are to be given across the show floor than ever before, including in the Outdoor Cleaning Show and High Pressure Demonstration Area where visitors will be encouraged to 'try-it-yourself' with many of the products on display.
Bonasystems wins nationwide slip management contract with Mitchells & Butlers
Bonasystems, a market leader in cleaning and anti-slip products, services and consulting, has won a prestigious contract with Mitchells & Butlers to provide slip prevention solutions to 400 of its outlets. Mitchells & Butlers is one of the UK's largest operators of restaurants, bars and pubs in the UK and its portfolio includes well-known brands such as Harvester, Toby Carvery, All Bar One and O'Neills.
Report: More US companies reporting on sustainability
More US-based corporations are reporting the steps they are taking to become more sustainable, according to a recent survey from the Conference Board, an independent business research association working in the public interest, and Bloomberg News.
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Although I write this from Manchester, where John and I are attending the Cleaning Show, this isn’t a ‘show daily’ since there’s lots of other news we’d like to share with you, as you’ll see below. There are a few show items and there’ll be more filtering through over the coming weeks.
When we arrived yesterday it was about half an hour after the doors opened and if you’d seen me you might have wondered where my horse was, as I gave out a loud “Whoa” and stopped in my tracks wondering what the heck had happened.
We hadn’t seen a UK show this crowded since the British Institute of Cleaning Science regionals we used to organise in the 90s when I was editing CHT. Not all of them of course, as few were what you could call exceptional – it’s the ones at the Clarendon Suite along the Hagley Road I’m talking about, which was always so busy that you’d think there wasn’t an international at the NEC every other year. If you remember those and weren’t in Manchester yesterday, you’ll understand my meaning!
As you’ll read below, two huge machines were sold before the doors were even due to open – and that’s the one we know about – there may well be others! And the place was buzzing – that’s not just me saying it but about 30 of those with whom we stopped to chat. Manchester had drawn a lot of our friends and colleagues from the past who we’d not seen for many a year.
Northern powerhouse indeed!
Several people quipped: “Who needs London?” referring to the London show which will be held in alternate years to what undoubtedly will be a Manchester event. Some seemed a mite serious with this question and my answer is that if we can do this here, we can do it in London too.
Everyone who attended the London show seemed to enjoy it and we mustn’t forget that it was the first year it had been held away from Birmingham since the early 90s. And don’t forget the issue caused by the second show that had been set up against it, which led to many not bothering to support either.
These shows put money back into the UK cleaning industry and the industry pulled together to get this one off the ground and ensure it was buzzing. If we can do it in Manchester we can do it in London next year – and make it more international too.
Let’s do it!
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This Week's News
Honouring World Health Day by protecting indoor air quality
Avmor, Canada's leading manufacturer of professional cleaning solutions for the Jan/San and foodservice markets, believes that the professional cleaning industry should honour this day by focusing on ways to protect human health... and at the top of its list is indoor air quality.
Cleaning makes BBC Breakfast!
Congratulations to all those who made it to Event City Manchester, yesterday at 06:30, to watch or take part in BBC Breakfast's coverage of The Cleaning Show. It was clearly great fun and gave the industry lots of valuable publicity - especially as it was shown regularly throughout the morning.
BCC backs Tidy Britain APPG Westminster event
Members of the British Cleaning Council have been invited to attend an event at the House of Commons this month to discuss ways of tackling the UK's growing litter problem.
The event has been organised by Keep Britain Tidy in its role as part of the Tidy Britain All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) and will be chaired by the BCC's voice in Parliament, Jim Fitzpatrick MP (Pictured here being interviewed outside the Houses of Parliament by ITV News.
Unger's Stingray - a safe and simple way to clean indoor surfaces!
Paul Sherrington really looked as if he was enjoying his work demonstrating Unger's recently launched Stringray cleaning tool to the gathered audiences packing the stand throughout the Manchester Cleaning Show - and his enthusiasm was infectious.
Even we had a go and we have to say that the Stingray was as easy to use as it looked.
Contract cleaning market to enjoy £100m growth for 2016
A new report from MTW Research suggests the contract cleaning market is set for £100 million growth in 2016, despite the new National Living Wage dampening market profitability.
Following a healthy 2015, the contract cleaning market is expected to experience solid growth in 2016, according to MTW's analysis of 70 top cleaning contractors. Contract cleaning sales are set for above inflation growth this year, boosted by a number of key end use sectors including health, care homes, education and private commercial markets.
Med-X's Nature-Cide insecticide moves into Cannabis cultivation supply
Med-X announced this week that it has struck a deal with cultivation distribution venue GrowMinded to supply its Nature-Cide cleaning and pest control products to cannabis cultivators in several states throughout the US.
"The Nature-Cide products have been tested and utilised by multiple cultivators for pest management and pest prevention," stated Med-X COO and Nature-Cide co-developer Matthew Mills. "We are thrilled to have distribution partners like the GrowMinded team."
i-Robot robotic floor cleaning machines now available from Vaclensa
We can expect to see a lot more from Vaclensa in the near future and the company's large stand at the Manchester Cleaning Show gave us a taste of things to come. What caught our attention was an area being buzzed around by the new Commercial i-Robot robotic cleaning machine, which has a really low profile for cleaning under cupboards etc.
The i-Robot is fast and powerful, very responsive and we watched it make short work of large pieces of grit. The company's Danny Cross told us that it was attracting a lot of attention.
Papyrus Supplies acquires Veli Mark Oy and strengthens its position in Finland
Papyrus Supplies has acquired the family owned company Veli Mark Oy in Finland, the full service wholesaler within the professional cleaning and hygiene products sector, which uses the distinctive zebra print (and the animals themselves) in its branding.
Through this acquisition, Papyrus Supplies says it is further strengthening its Nordic position in the field of cleaning and facilities management supplies.
Airplus - the new air freshener system from Kennedy Hygiene
Kennedy Hygiene Products has unveiled its latest air-freshener system - the Airplus Ellipse - at the Manchester Cleaning Show.
A simple, battery-free, door-mounted air freshener solution for washroom cubicles, the Airplus Ellipse offers maximum ease of service with easy loading and activation of the refill: the cartridge has been designed to activate inside the dispenser using the action created by closing the cover - thus avoiding any possible fragrance spillage.
Singaporean washroom association moves closer to becoming 'Toilet Hub' in 2016
In 2015, the Restroom Association (Singapore) reached new milestones with the launch of its World Toilet Day Commemoration Fund, Happy Toilets @ Preschools Programme and Guide to Better Preschool Toilet Design, Maintenance and Education.
RAS president Tan Puay Hoon tells us that the Association is already actively gearing up for its 5-year action plan of evolving as a Toilet Hub - a hub for all toilet matters concerning building owners, cleaning attendants and public users.
Show visitors in race to buy Morclean's Bin Wash
Morclean's Green Apple Award-winning BinWash machine has clearly created a stir because as the Manchester Cleaning Show's doors opened, two organisations made a beeline for the stand and asked to buy the machine on show.
Bearing in mind that the doors opened 15 minutes early as there were so many people outside waiting to get in, two machine sales before the show's official opening time must be something of an industry coup - and we're not talking about something in the mop & bucket price range either!
WFBSC announces first Berlin meeting for CMS 2017, as Thomas Dietrich takes over presidency
For the first time, the World Federation of Building Service Contractors will be gathering cleaning industry decision-makers from around the world for a meeting in Berlin.
From 18th to 20th September 2017, the Federation will be holding its congress alongside the international cleaning trade fair CMS Berlin 2017 - Cleaning.Management.Services in the German capital. The headline topic of the international conference is 'Cleaning in the digital world - processes, people, technology.'
Greyland new launches at Manchester Cleaning Show
New products seen on the Greyland stand include Cotton Fresh air freshener trigger spray, Bathroom Cleaner and Limescale Remover trigger sprays formulated with anti-limescale for hard water areas, and their 1L angle neck Spring Toilet Freshener. We'll be bringing you more detailed information on these new products very soon.
A good way to teach and test driving skills...
It's all very well having state-of-the-art cleaning equipment but unless your operating skills are up to scratch, you're not going to do the best job, are you? Karcher has been running a competition at the Manchester Cleaning Show to see who can negotiate its tight course the quickest, without knocking over any of the bollards (which incurs penalties) using both walk-behind and ride-on machines.
It occurred to us that a course like this actually offers a great way of training users in how to operate the machines while negotiating potential obstacles, before setting them loose on contracts... If you're a cleaning contractor, is this something your company does, or would consider doing?
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We have an opportunity for a
Business Development Manager
We are looking for the right person to join our sales team. A rare opportunity has arisen to join our small, friendly team and sell our premium quality range of floor cleaning and steam cleaning equipment in the North of England and Scotland.
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 sanitize 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.
The successful candidate will be well-organized, professional and capable of dealing with people at all levels. Experience of the cleaning industry is preferred although full product information and training will be given.
Quality Care Cleaning has an exciting opportunity for a Contract Manager to join our team in Cambridge. We offer a competitive salary depending upon experience. Benefits include; the use of a company vehicle, mobile phone & tablet, plus 28 days holiday per annum (Including bank holidays).
We are a professional, commercial cleaning company with over 30 years' experience, looking to employ a Contract Manager on a full time, permanent basis to manage the service delivery of a number of key contracts. We require an experienced, professional, hands-on and customer-focused individual that shares our commitment to effectively manage an established team, to achieve consistent high cleaning standards.
To effectively manage cleaning services at sites allocated to you in line with Quality Care Cleaning standards, statutory requirements and as directed by management.
Technical Sales Manager: Midlands
PALLMANN is the 100+ year old division of the German Uzin-Utz AG and manufactures products and machinery for the installation, renovation and maintenance of wood floors.
We wish to appoint an experienced sales manager to promote our innovative, full range of products to contract customers and their clients.
Strong relationships within the wood floor or floor care market, an ability to identify and develop business opportunities and the self motivation to succeed will be rewarded with a generous career package and an enviable opportunity to play a key part of our success.
The ideal candidate will live in the Midlands area and should expect some time away from home, in the UK and in Germany.
Account Manager (UK and Ireland)
Salary; £40k per annum +On Target Earnings (OTE), + Car, Pension.
WECOVI, a long established Dutch manufacturing specialist to the professional cleaning and leisure sectors, is seeking to recruit an Account Manager to maintain and develop its business within the United Kingdom and Ireland.
This appointment offers an exciting and challenging opportunity for a sales professional to join a progressive organisation which has operations in The Netherlands, Germany and the United Kingdom.
The successful candidate will be responsible for the continuing development of the company's business with existing accounts and to build new and profitable business relationships. The role includes working with other account managers to train end-user customers in the correct use of the company's products and to develop and train distributor staff to ensure the maximum optimisation of the Wecoline brand.
We are seeking to appoint a young or experienced industry professional who is enthusiastic, willing to work hard and who is looking to enhance their career with this dynamic and growing international Organisation.
For more information please check www.wecovi.com/en/news
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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.
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.
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.
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.
We have an opportunity for a
Field Sales Manager
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
British Library books Emprise for five more years
Emprise Services has been awarded a new five-year contract with the British Library, where it has provided its services at the Library's sites at St Pancras in London and Boston Spa in West Yorkshire since 2003.
New analysis of UK recovered plastics gives clarity to market situation
The latest data and in-depth information about UK plastics recycling and reprocessing was published on Tuesday in an updated Plastics Market Situation Report. Compiled by the UK's resource efficiency expert WRAP, it includes detailed analysis of recovered plastic flows, prices and the sustainability of end markets, including the risks and opportunities.
Sharing the benefits of being a Living Wage employer
The increased costs of paying higher wages are a concern to many businesses, so London Living Wage employer CAM Specialist Support - a commercial high-level cleaning and building maintenance business - was happy to share its experiences of the benefits with a group of local businesses recently.
NCCA courses - some new dates
There have been some changes made to the dates of training courses run by the National Carpet Cleaners Association. The new schedule is:
Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning:
13th - 14th May
8th - 9th July
16th - 17th September
18th - 19th November
Farewell HaFSA; hello Courtauld Commitment 2025!
In June 2012 at the launch of the Hospitality & Food Service Agreement (HaFSA), 70 hospitality and food service organisations committed to collectively deliver targets on food and associated packaging waste prevention, as well as increasing recycling rates.
Business owners fear that National Living Wage won't increase productivity
70% of businesses are supportive of the new National Living Wage, though they do not anticipate that it will bring any improvement in productivity.
The findings come from the latest results from the Close Brothers Business Barometer, a quarterly survey which gauges sentiment from CEOs, MDs and other management from around the UK and Ireland.
Recycle Week - change of date
Following the announcement of the date for the EU Referendum, Recycle Now has decided to move the date of Recycle Week for 2016 from June to 12th - 18th September. The organiser has consulted with a number of its partners and stakeholders and they agree that the intensity of activity around the EU Referendum may have an impact on the success of a Recycle Week in June.
Cordant Cleaning doubles work with Metroline
London bus company, Metroline, has extended its contract with Cordant Cleaning and more than doubled the scope to include an additional six locations, making a total of nine within North West and West London.
Incentive FM Group makes strategic acquisition
Facilities services company Incentive FM Group has acquired Specialist Window Cleaning in a move designed to enable the business to self deliver additional services to its rapidly expanding portfolio of customers.
CCM proud to become UK distributor for Waterkracht
Columbus Cleaning Machines (North East), which specialises in effective, efficient and environmentally friendly professional cleaning equipment, has recently been appointed the sole UK distributor for the Waterkracht brand of trailer pressure washers.
Ideal Response supports The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army recently took part in Europe's largest disaster training exercise in Dartford, Kent, feeding over 2000 first respondents across a four-day period. Needless to say, the Emergency Response Units that were used to feed the first respondents, required a thorough clean before being fully ready for the next job.
10 reasons to start tracking your vehicles
Giselle Bigsby, sales manager of TrackVehicles365, writes...
Vehicle trackers are a small device that can be fitted to any sort of vehicle, and through tracking the vehicle via a GPS signal they offer businesses are huge amount of benefits.
Events & Exhibitions
Clean Middle East Pulire
7-9th November 2017
14-16th November 2017
Loo of the Year Awards
8th December 2017
30th Anniversary of this popular event
St Johns Hotel, Solihull
Clean India Technology Week
18-20th January 2018
The Manchester Cleaning Show
11-12th April 2018
2nd outing for this busy 2-day event
15-18th May 2018
ISSA Cleaning & Hygiene Expo
29-30th August 2018
International Convention Centre Sydney
Budapest Cleaning Show
5-6th October 2018