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Arrow's Chinese investment pays off with new contract wins
Investment in a new Chinese operation is already paying dividends for a Leicestershire manufacturer of cleaning and maintenance products. Arrow Solutions, which is based at a factory in Moira, has marked the first three months of trading in Shanghai with news that it has secured a string of new contracts to supply Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) and Beijing Metro.
Are the robots coming?
In this article, Peter Forshaw, of recruitment specialist Maxwell Stephens, discusses the effect robots may have on the facilities management industry, highlighting how they have had a positive impact in one hospital by and reducing cross infection, saving time and enabling those they have replaced to carry out more interesting work.
Sustainable Cleaning Products Summit to tackle impacts
The Sustainable Cleaning Products Summit will discuss practical approaches to address the impacts of cleaning products. Hosted in Paris on 26th -27th October, the second edition of this executive summit will feature sustainability metrics, green ingredients, sustainable packaging, and consumer impacts.
Bacteria at universities... but not as you know it!
Cleanliness is not something normally associated with university life. If you've ever set foot in a student house, you'll know that coursework and cider take priority over cleaning. However, universities are still legally required to responsibly manage the wastewater they produce.
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Poor Hilary Clinton… she can’t win, can she? No – I don’t mean like that, but whatever she does, people are having a go and she can’t even command sympathy when she’s unwell.
What has this to do with cleaning and hygiene, you may ask?
Well – an opinion piece in the Jerusalem Post is slating her for bad hygiene at the Ohio rally, with the writer saying, “I cringed when I saw her poor cough hygiene.
“Clinton may not be able to keep a secret, and may inadvertently (we hope) have spread sensitive, classified information to enemies of the US – but did she have to get up on national TV and show millions of people how to spread the plague? How can the American voter not cringe when sputum is flying into the microphone, into the air, into her hand which will shake a few hundred people’s hands only moments later?
“Even the bottle of water that she will hand to her unwitting aide – who will then open a door, use a pen, a cell phone and then drive home to her family? Whatever Clinton has, now lots of other people have it too. Maybe they won’t get symptoms right away (but) if we hear about a flu or pneumonia outbreak in Ohio, epidemiologists should investigate whether Democrats are getting sick more than Republicans. People who attend her rallies and line up to shake her incubator hand may be the first to get sick.
“Perhaps the better question is – where was Clinton’s hand sanitiser?”
The author reminds us that portable sanitiser bottles need a wipe down too, since they will have been handled while our hands were contaminated. She also questions the teaching that we cough into our hands rather than into the air, saying we then transfer the germs on our hands to door handles, car doors, steering wheels, supermarket trollies and baskets, remote controls, phones, pens, food items, credit cards – and, of course, to those with whom we shake hands.
She says that while coughing into a tissue is now more acceptable, moisture (and with it the germs) on the tissue, will spread to our hands and beyond, so coughing into our shoulder or sleeve is a better option, since this will hold the germs on a surface that’s rarely touched by other people.
And with flu season about to hit, it’s a lesson worth remembering, isn’t it?
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This Week's News
FSA chief scientific adviser outlines the challenges of antimicrobial resistance
Professor Guy Poppy, the Food Standards Agency's chief scientific adviser, published the latest edition of his Science Report yesterday. It examines the science behind antimicrobial resistance, or AMR, and presents the latest findings around the role that food plays in the problem.
The report is published as the President of the UN General Assembly convenes a one-day high-level meeting at the UN Headquarters in New York to discuss AMR.
MEPs urge action against social dumping
EU member states should coordinate better to stop firms from illegally cutting costs at the expense of workers' rights, say MEPs.
With stubbornly low levels of growth and continued lack of competiveness in many European economies, social dumping is a burning issue. This is when enterprises undermine local traditional labour markets and their social levels by using cheaper, often migrant workers for production, or by moving production to a low-wage third country, then importing their products. Employees pay the price of certain governments' inaction in the face of needed structural reforms and the social dumping that unfortunately exists in Europe.
CHSA Golf Day raises record breaking £6,500 for charity
One of the highlights of the cleaning industry calendar, the Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers' Association's annual Golf Day, which took place last week at Oulton Hall, Yorkshire, raised a record breaking £6,500 for the Chairman's charity, Helping Treat Cancer Together.
The evening dinner was hosted by BBC TV's Dan Walker and its fund raising credentials attracted former Premier League and England footballer, Ian Wright.
ODVF spells clean food service floors
Floorcare in food service establishments can be very difficult. Food service floors are often blanketed with high volumes of grease, oil, and food debris. Few cleaning systems are designed specifically for cleaning food service floors...until now.
Sustainable Dashboard tool adds Energy Star integration
The Sustainability Dashboard, a tool that measures and monitors six key performance indicators - energy, water, waste, transportation, products such as cleaning products, and human resources, to help users monitor and report efficiency improvements, now adds a new programme, 'Energy Star Integration Assistance' so that the data from the Sustainability Dashboard can be easily transferred into Energy Star's Portfolio Manager.
Delta-Q Technologies introduces Lithium Charger Development Kit
Delta-Q Technologies, The Canadia-based battery charging solutions provider for electric drive vehicles and industrial equipment worldwide, this week announced the debut of its lithium integration kit to battery companies, original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), and battery management system manufacturers at The Battery Show in Novi, Michigan.
Open Day next week celebrates major investment in cleaning business
Hugh Crane (Cleaning Equipment) is holding an Open Day at its newly refurbished site in Whittlesey, Peterborough, on 30th September. This major investment shows the business strategically placed to meet the ever-increasing demands from customers along the A1 corridor.
"We have been operating from the site since October 2001 and when the option of acquiring the site next door became available in 2014, we decided that now was the right time to expand," says Jim Saunders, Whittlesey branch manager.
All Care set for expansion into the UK
All Care, which is based in Veenendaal, The Netherlands, has announced plans to widen its business scope into the UK. Currently, the company offers a wide range of washroom dispensers and related products to Benelux and more generally across Europe. Now, for the first time, its full range of European manufactured products will be offered to leading wholesalers and distributors in the UK and Ireland.
Mike Ziolek has been appointed to lead All Care in the UK and looks forward to bringing a highly respected brand into the UK.
Kenya Ferry Services launches biannual cleaning exercise
Residents of Likoni, Mombassa were urged to be conscious of their environment and be 'the champions of their surroundings' during the launch of a biannual clean-up exercise at the ferry offices, which entails cleaning the entire areas accessed by ferry commuters on both the island itself and the mainland.
Incentive QAS expands retail portfolio with £1m shopping centre contract
Incentive QAS, the specialist cleaning business, has been awarded a £1m, three-year contract by property management company, Workman Group, to provide cleaning services at the Pentagon shopping centre in Chatham, Kent.
Under the terms of the agreement, the Incentive QAS team of 14 staff will be providing a 24/7 cleaning service at the centre, which attracts over 225,000 shoppers every week.
Mitie helps Scottish Government achieve unique carbon status
Mitie, which has been providing facilities management services to the Scottish Government since 2012, has helped it retain its unique status as the only government in the world to hold the Carbon Trust Triple Standard. This follows the successful recertification of the three awards which were first gained in 2014.
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An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Manufacturer of Cleaning Equipment to extend its' successful sales team with the appointment of a National Account Manager.
Established in 1954 our Client is a pioneer of innovative cleaning solutions, is still at the forefront of cleaning technology and holds international contracts with high-profile B2B and B2C customers. The role will require a highly motivated and sales-driven manager, who will be able to demonstrate a successful sales career, in order to manage an existing business portfolio and to develop and grow new opportunities.
A key requirement of this role is that the successful Applicant will be able to demonstrate excellent knowledge of the Quick Service Restaurant (QSR) business sector. The successful Applicant will have full responsibility and accountability for the business growth within the QSR sector and report directly to the Sales Director.
Computer literacy, excellent communication skills and ability to work in a focused and self-motivated way are also required. A clean, full driving licence, and the availability to be able to work flexible hours due to the nature of the QSR business working hours are essential.
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Business Development Manager
We are looking for the right person to join our sales team. This is an exciting opportunity to join our small, friendly team and sell our unique, premium quality floor cleaning and steam cleaning equipment.
Duplex Cleaning Machines has been a leading industry expert in the supply of commercial and industrial cleaning machines since 1986.
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.
The role will include managing our existing networks of dealers and distributors plus developing new ones, demonstrating our equipment to prospective clients, installing machines and training end-users, prospecting for new business and attending trade exhibitions. In return we are offering a competitive salary plus unlimited commission based on sales achieved, fully-funded car and support to organize your territory and working operation to achieve the best results.
For an application form or an informal chat please contact Kevin Scott on 01227 771276 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Registered office: Unit 27 Joseph Wilson Ind Estate, Millstrood Road, Whitstable, Kent CT5 3PS
Tel 01227 771276 Fax 01227 770220 e-mail email@example.com web www.duplex-cleaning.com
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.
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Recent UK News
New UK head office for Kärcher
This Autumn the global cleaning giant will have a new home in the UK - and it's streets ahead of the old facility, if not streets apart. Kärcher UK's brand new, purpose-built UK headquarters opened for business at Banbury's Brookhill Way on Tuesday.
How to cut budgets and improve hospital infection control
The inadequate assessment of cleaning procedures within hospital environments is a huge source of ongoing-costs with lost opportunities to save money as well as improve infection control. The patient environment is known to be closely associated with infection risks and superbugs are now resistant to almost all antibiotics.
UK Bank holiday's biggest clean-up
This year's Notting Hill Carnival - 11 times bigger than the Glastonbury festival - once again attracted hundreds of thousands of visitors to the streets of North Kensington. When Carnival stops a massive clean-up operation swings into play to have the streets clean by the next morning. This year over 320 tonnes of rubbish had to be cleared from the streets during the bank holiday weekend.
TCFM now part of the Colonel's secret recipe at KFC
TC Facilities Management is now an added ingredient at over a quarter of KFC restaurants across the British Isles. The contract being delivered by a team from TC Specialist Services, part of TC Facilities Management, started on 8th August. It will provide window cleaning services to over 200 KFC restaurants, along with jet washing services to sites with Drive-Thrus.
Working at height specialism lands CAM an Olympic-sized challenge
CAM Specialist Support's expertise in high level cleaning has secured it a contract to clean the Here East building in The Queen Elizabeth Park, Stratford, London. Previously part of the London Olympics site, the building was used as the media centre during the 2012 games. Current tenants include BT Sports studios, Loughborough University and a number of new start up and retail clients.
Dan Walker to host CHSA's Annual Golf Day
The Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers' Association tells us that its annual Golf Day (one of the highlights of the cleaning industry calendar), has attracted a well-known celebrity in the form of Dan Walker, presenter of Football Focus, BBC Breakfast and a daily show on Radio 5 Live called Afternoon Edition. Dan will be hosting the Awards Dinner that takes place after the competition and will, no doubt, be featuring in many of the pictures taken of the Awards ceremony, alongside the happy winners.
What a well-thought-out 'away from home' washroom should look like!
Ed: We just had to feature this post, which was shared by a family member on Facebook...
Some 15 years ago I helped organise the Annual Conference for the Association of Building Cleaning Direct Service Providers and the venue was Haigh Hall - the home of this thoughtfully fitted-out washroom.
BIFM Awards 2016 finalists announced
The British Institute of Facilities Management, has announced the finalists in this year's BIFM Facilities Management Awards. The Awards, supported by headline sponsor Carillion, recognise and reward facilities management practices, innovation and projects from across the economy and all areas of the sector.
With its new Robo 2, Carlisle Support Services brings robotics to services industry
As a leading provider of cleaning services to the rail industry, Carlisle Support Services is driving innovation, through the introduction of service robotics. Currently deployed at Hull Paragon Station, Robo 2 is supporting the contractor's employees with the cleaning contractual agreements in place with longstanding client, First TransPennine Express.
Events & Exhibitions
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
Budapest Cleaning Show
5-6th October 2018
ISSA North America
30th October 2018-1st November 2018
Loo of the Year Awards
7th December 2018
St Johns Hotel, Solihull
ISSA Mexico 2019
19-21st February 2019