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This week, John Austen and I have been attending The Cleaning Show at the ExCel exhibition centre in London's Docklands. It's still on today so if you're within reach, it's well worth a visit if you haven't managed to get there over the past couple of days, or if there are people you wanted to meet but were unable to previously, because they were busy doing business. After all - it has been pretty busy ...
While we normally do a 'live' on-site issue, thanks to the inadequacies of my Internet Service Provider, I've been unable to work on this issue once home in the evening, so look out for all the show news and pictures and new product information we've gleaned this week, over the coming weeks.
In the meantime, let me congratulate the winners of the CSSA 'Inauguration Debut Awards', developed to recognise everything that shines within the UK cleaning sector - great products, great systems, great contractors, and great people - and run by the industry to celebrate all that is good with the industry: ICE for the ICE Locator, (Best Product), Julius Rutherfoord (Contract Innovation), Chequers Contract Services (Training), Robertson Facilities Management (Corporate Social Responsibility), Chequers Contract Services (Environment & Sustainability), Chris Duncan MBE, Numatic founder & owner (Outstanding Contribution).
See next week's issue for more information on what made each of these winners, stand out in the judges' opinions - although you can learn more about ICE's winning product, below, in 'This week's news'.
If you've been unable to make it to the show and can't visit today, also below are some of our pictures, taken at random around the hall: If you are at ExCel today and came in on the Docklands Light Railway and plan on leaving the same way when the show ends, may I recommend that you try and grab a seat at the very front, where a vast wraparound window gives you a clear view of London and many of its more modern iconic buildings as you approach? At this time of year and with the fabulous weather, the sun appearing to balance on the buildings as it sets, and the myriad of colours and shadows cast on the scene ahead and reflected off the thousands of windows, are truly uplifting. Also uplifting is the thought of the cleaning opportunities all these new buildings - many in various stages of construction - will bring!
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16th March 2017