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MEPs to vote this week on regulation of robots
From drones to medical and cleaning equipment, robots are increasingly becoming a part of our everyday life. But although some 1.7 million robots already exist worldwide, their use is still not properly regulated. Members of the European Parliament are currently debating and are about to vote on a report calling for rules to regulate the use of robots, including creating a separate legal status for robots.
Sodexo reveals trends shaping the global workplace in 2017
Sodexo, a world leader in delivering sustainable, integrated facilities management and foodservice operations, has released its 2017 Global Workplace Trends report, detailing the most critical factors affecting the world's workers and employers. The report is an insightful tool for employers navigating the changing workplace to push toward success.
Growing healthcare sector to boost global industrial cleaning market through to 2021
The global industrial cleaning market is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of close to 5% during the forecast period to 2021, according to Technavio's latest market research.
In this market research report, Technavio covers the market outlook and growth prospects of the global industrial cleaning market for 2017-2021. The market is further categorised into five segments based on the chemicals used, including surfactants, enzymes, builders, fragrances and processing aids.
Older workers are not only wiser - they're more productive
A survey that compares the working habits of different age groups among 3,000 office workers across Europe has thrown up some unexpected findings. Among them it suggests that with age not only comes wisdom, but also greater resilience to extra demands and higher levels of productivity than their younger co-workers.
Henkel reported to be in talks to buy Sealed Air's Diversey professional cleaning business
A story in yesterday's New York Post reports that Henkel - which in the 90s, as Henkel Ecolab, was one of the leading names in the European professional cleaning market, is in talks to buy Sealed Air's professional cleaning business, Diversey.
The talks are said to have been revealed by two sources, but have yet to be confirmed by either company, according to the publication.
Creating a facilities management programme: 'Do's' and 'Don'ts'
Developing a comprehensive approach to facilities maintenance is not always an easy task to accomplish. While there are many best practices for creating an FM programme, the path to finding and implementing a plan that meets the specific needs of your facility or facilities can be challenging.
Fight Norovirus and keep schools open
With the recent outbreaks of Norovirus causing school closures in the US, the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention has published guidelines including the recommendation of cleaning and disinfecting contaminated surfaces with a disinfectant registered as effective against Norovirus by the Environmental Protection Agency.
Clorox Professional introduces new portfolio of odour control products
Four out of five cleaning industry professionals say that removing odour from the air is their biggest cleaning challenge (79%), according to a recent survey from US-based Clorox Professional Products. However, the survey also finds that the odour elimination products currently on the market are not fully addressing professional cleaning needs.
Teens wow officials with train coach cleaning system
Eight students in Mumbai have developed a novel vacuum cleaning system for train coaches, in a project said to have impressed cleaning officials even attracted the attention of railway minister Suresh Prabhu. The students - five of whom are US citizens and all aged 12-14 - visited Vadodara and Mumbai stations to study the rubbish disposal in train coaches before devising the cleaning system.
Last chance to register for ACI's 2nd 'Future of Surfactants Summit Europe'
Registration is closing tomorrow for ACI's 2nd Future of Surfactants Summit Europe, which is taking place 8th & 9th February 2017 in Antwerp, Belgium, with an exclusive pre-conference site visit to the Bio Base Europe Pilot Plant. The organizer tells us that there are only a few spaces remaining.
The event will give you the chance to meet senior representatives from key companies in the industry, currently confirmed from the following:
CMS Purus Innovation Awards to debut at this year's Show
At the international cleaning trade fair CMS 2017 Berlin, the CMS Purus Awards, which have been presented since 2005, will become the Innovation Awards, signalling a new direction. The CMS Purus Innovation Awards (PIA), will honour 'intelligent products and solutions', recognising products, tools and systems that feature excellent usability and an outstanding overall design.
Singaporean hotel's waste management system up for 'Most Green Collaboration' Award
A food waste digestion system that has successfully reduced food waste at a smart Singaporean hotel, may have won those involved an Award. The project has been selected as one of three finalists in the 'Most Green Collaboration' category, by the Singapore International Chamber of Commerce, for its 2017 SICC Awards celebrating collaborative innovation.
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Many years ago, as a young teenager schooled close to the team's ground, I was a Sutton United fan, attending the amateur side's every home game for several years as well as some of the nearer away fixtures. Although I no longer follow the game or the team, I was interested in how they fared hosting the mighty Arsenal in the fifth round of the FA Cup this week.
Sadly, it was 'not very well' - and not just in the game! I learned that the Arsenal team had trashed their dressing room, which although not up to their usual standards, had been clean and tidy before their arrival.
The pictures I uncovered in the MailOnLine say it all. Here is just one to give you a flavour. There's absolutely no excuse for it, is there?
What horrified me even more was that in the comments below the article, some posters seemed to think it was OK, because Arsenal had donated £50,000 to the club!
What about having respect for the hosts, the surroundings, and those whose job it is to clean? Have these millionaire players forgotten their much lowlier beginnings in the game?
The arrogance of Arsenal's team members who left the mess and what is clearly a poor upbringing, dismays me - as does the feeling by the posters that this behavior is acceptable. It's not.
And of course it's not just rubbish. In walking to my weekend job the past three Saturdays, I've encountered vomit in both our shop doorways and out on the pavement itself (no pictures to illustrate this part!).
None of this is acceptable. And unless we as a nation start strongly instilling in our young people - as we used to in what now seems like another lifetime - that it's not OK to leave our mess or bodily fluids around for others to clean up, things are going to get worse.
We need to get people to behave properly, but until then, what's the answer? Litter and vomit wardens out in force over weekend nights, with unruly citizens thrown into the cells until morning and then punished with fines and or long hours of community service (perhaps cleaning)?
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This Week's News
Cleaning services market to reach $74,299 million, globally, by 2022
A new report published by Allied Market Research, titled, 'Cleaning Services Market-Global Opportunity Analysis and Industry Forecasts, 2014-2022', projects that the global cleaning services market is expected to garner $74,299 million by 2022, growing at a compound annual growth rate of 6.2% (2016 to 2022).
Cleaning services market trends are expected to be progressive over the next few years. Asia-Pacific is expected to grow at the fastest pace during the forecast period and account for around 30% of the overall cleaning services market revenue by 2022. The growth is primarily driven by the upsurge in demand from China, Japan, and India.
Health & safety 'top of agenda' at Cleaning Show
With 27.3 million days lost due to work-related ill health or injury in the UK last year, health & safety will be top of the agenda at next month's Cleaning Show, where the Health & Safety Executive will be running a session of free workshops to help employers protect their workforce and reduce costs attributed to managing staff absence.
Over 550,000 musculoskeletal disorders were caused or made worse at work in 2016 according to the HSE, with lifting and moving people or equipment, chemical and biological substance use, repetitive movement and slips, trips and falls, the main physical strains facing workers.
Seventh consecutive Norovirus-free year in Merton schools thanks to meticulous cleaning
Julius Rutherfoord's expert cleaning standards and focus on health & safety have effectively eradicated Norovirus outbreaks from London borough of Merton Council Schools and Families premises for seven consecutive years.
Norovirus or the 'Winter Vomiting Bug' became a serious issue in Merton in the Winter of 2007/08 with unacceptable numbers of cases, followed by another debilitating Winter of outbreaks in 2008/09.
One in four UK abattoirs fails to meet basic hygiene standards
One in four slaughterhouses is failing to take basic hygiene precautions to stop contaminated meat reaching the public, the Bureau of Investigative Journalism can reveal.
An analysis of government audits carried out at more than 300 abattoirs in England, Wales and Northern Ireland identified major hygiene failings in more than a quarter of the meat plants. The failings could expose consumers to serious food poisoning illnesses such as E.coli, salmonella or campylobacter. The true situation may be even worse.
Keeping food clean and safe to eat
Matt Montag, distribution sales manager for CleanCore Technologies, which manufactures aqueous ozone cleaning systems used in the food service industry, writes...
"According to public health officials, there are three primary ways that food in restaurants and food processing facilities can become contaminated and unsafe to consume. These are:
Meet Moptimus Prime, the latest recruit to Mitie's cleaning team!
Mitie, has introduced a state-of-the-art cleaning robot to its cleaning service at Hinchingbrooke Hospital. The robot cleaner, launched last month, is custom-made for the hospital and in the shape and appearance of an ambulance.
Moptimus Prime uses a mapping system to guide it round the hospital, completing pre-programmed cleaning duties, freeing up staff to focus on more complex tasks. Fitted with a motion sensor, it is able to detect if anyone is in front of it and stop moving.
Kleen-Tex acquires a leading UK residential mat brand
Kleen-Tex Holdings (UK), the UK subsidiary of Kleen-Tex in Europa GmbH, has announced the acquisition of The Turtle Mat Company, owner and marketer of one of the most recognised residential doormat brands in the UK.
"With Turtle Mats, we are gaining a strong retail brand for our company portfolio, especially in the UK market," explains Jürgen Teubenbacher, managing director of Kleen-Tex in Europa GmbH. "For both companies, there are very positive synergies - on sales, marketing, and distribution."
Reconfigurable work platform combines the flexibility and strength
The Lobo System is a re-configurable work platform product that combines the flexibility and strength of traditional scaffolding with the simplicity and mobility of tower systems.
This combination provides a versatile access system that has applications right across facilities management and maintenance.
65% of SME businesses not ready for tax digitalisation
A recent survey by the UK200Group, the membership association of independent chartered accountancy and law firms, showed that 65% of its members' SME business clients do not currently use software to manage their accounts.
They will be forced to adapt significantly in order to use software to comply with HMRC's 'Making Tax Digital' project, which aims to see businesses reporting tax digitally by 2018.
Company fined after young worker suffers 'life changing' injuries
A waste management company has been prosecuted after a worker was left with life changing injuries. Chippenham Magistrates Court heard how the 19-year-old worker and his colleagues had cleared a blockage from the waste picking line, when his gloved hand got caught in the conveyor belt. The roller fractured his right hand, dislocated his wrist and radius and he had to spend two weeks in hospital following the incident.
The investigation by the Health & Safety Executive found that there was no effective guarding around the conveyor belt to prevent workers' hands from being caught up in the mechanism.
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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.
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Recent UK News
Selden Research acquires Premiere Products
The Directors of Selden Research are delighted to announce the acquisition of the brand, assets and goodwill of Premiere Products from James Briggs (Hygiene), saying:
“We recognise this as a tremendous opportunity to develop what is one of the longest established and most respected brands in our sector. The Premiere Products portfolio is a perfect fit into the Selden offering; distribution channels are similar; manufacturing requirements are similar, methods and ethos are similar also.
GV Health wins contract with Compass Medirest and Bunzl to supply over 30 UK hospitals
GV Health announced yesterday, two major new collaborations with logistics operator Bunzl Catering Services and outsourced food, catering and soft FM services supplier Compass Medirest. Under the deal, Bunzl will supply hospitals with an extensive range of GV Health products including clinical and non-clinical waste bags, spillage kits and environmental hygiene solutions including wipes and disinfectants.
ISS to provide FM at new Ocado HQ
ISS is commencing a new contact with online supermarket Ocado. ISS will provide an integrated service solution to Ocado at its new Head Office address in Hatfield, which includes catering & hospitality, building maintenance services, cleaning, waste, energy & environmental management and health & safety management.
CHSA: Driving up standards for 20 years
The Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association is this year celebrating the 20th anniversary of its Manufacturing Standards Accreditation Scheme for Soft Tissue.
For 20 years, the Association has been active in driving up standards, making sure that what's in the box is on the box. Today the marque of the Soft Tissue, Plastic Refuse Sack and Industrial Cotton Mop Accreditation Schemes means buyers can be certain they get what they pay for.
Julius Rutherfoord designs bespoke cleaning solution
London's reopened Design Museum, which is set to become the world's leading museum of contemporary design and architecture as it reopens in a spectacular new location, has chosen Julius Rutherfoord as its specialist cleaning and soft FM services contractor.
Welsh cleaning company nears final stage of school project
A Welsh cleaning services company has recently completed the third of a four-phase project for Afon Taf High School in Merthyr Tydfil. Clean Sweep has been contracted by Interserve, the international construction and support services group; conducting a live renovation of the high school; to complete cleaning services on each phase of the ongoing project.
Alliance Paper and Tissue premises burns down
Large quantities of paper were still burning under controlled conditions and under the watchful eye of 25 fire services crew last Thursday night, at the scene of the fire which started late the previous night at the old Alliance Paper and Tissue premises in Fordhouses, Wolverhampton.
BCC Chairman hails Cleaning Show seminar programme
BCC Chairman, Simon Hollingbery, is urging visitors to the Cleaning Show in March to attend at least one seminar, as he says there is a wealth of information available that will be relevant to anyone running a UK cleaning business.
Floorbrite completes Mannequin Challenge
Remember the Ice Bucket Challenge, which involved having a bucket of icy water thrown over you? Well now it's the turn of the Mannequin Challenge, where at a given time, those taking part have to pretend they're mannequins; sticking to the pose they're in when the challenge begins - as shown in this video produced by Floorbrite.
Events & Exhibitions
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