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International News

Cintas honours 'best-of-the-best' school custodians during nationwide contest

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Cintas Corporation is accepting nominations for its sixth-annual Custodian of the Year contest to honour the best-of-the-best amongst school janitors and custodians. Nominations for the $10,000 prize package can be made online and voting closes on 4th March, 2019.

Created to shine a spotlight on custodians who often receive little recognition for their hard work and dedication, the contest will award $5,000 to the winning custodian and $5,000 in Cintas and Rubbermaid products and services to the winning custodian's school. A $500 cash prize will be awarded to an additional top nine finalists.

ISS divests activities in Argentina and Uruguay

ISS has divested its activities in Argentina and Uruguay. The divestment reflects ISS's strategy of focusing on its core business in markets with significant future demand for Integrated Facility Services and markets of importance for global key account customers.

The buyers of the activities are the shareholders behind Grupo Serza, a leading facility services provider with more than 20 years of strong presence in the Argentine market.

With the transfer of shares, all employees and customers will be transferred to the new owners on existing terms. Completion of the transaction took place on 30 January 2019.

CMS Berlin 2019: Apply now for the CMS Purus Innovation Award 2019

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As of now all exhibitors taking part in CMS Berlin 2019 - Cleaning.Management.Services, can apply to enter the CMS Purus Innovation Award 2019 (PIA): the PIA is one of the most coveted industry awards and reflects CMS Berlin's high level of innovativeness.

E-cleaning set to play a vital role at Interclean Istanbul 2019

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E-cleaning will be a big deal at this year's Interclean event in Istanbul. Along with new robots and machines, providers are rapidly developing the management & mobility solutions that the industry needs to drive efficiency and power the future of cleaning.

Kärcher to break ground for New Region North America Headquarters

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Kärcher will be officially breaking ground for the development of a new, 380,000sq.ft facility to house its Region North America Headquarters in Aurora, Colorado, today.

Dudley Industries announces supplier agreement with Queenex in Dubai

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Dudley Industries, manufacturer of stainless steel and metal washroom dispensers, has announced a supplier agreement with Queenex in Dubai, whose primary business activity is the manufacture and distribution of tissue products.

CMS Berlin and InnoTrans extend an invitation to the Mobility Cleaning Circle

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Messe Berlin has announced an exclusive networking event for senior executives at the international cleaning trade fair CMS Berlin 2019 (24th - 27 September). On 25th September, following the outstanding success of the first event in 2017, the Mobility Cleaning Circle will again take place.

Hyge Kickstarts wet wipe and toilet paper revolution

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Hyge is revolutionising personal hygiene with its biodegradable wet wipe on a roll. With a modern design that fits seamlessly on existing toilet paper holders, Hyge says the product delivers a superior clean to its inferior toilet paper counterpart and is better for the environment.

Bunzl Canada brings Intelligent Restroom Management System to grocery industry

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Bunzl Canada announced yesterday that its IoT-based washroom monitoring system, WandaNext, has been installed in two busy grocery stores in the greater Toronto area.

Partnership aims to clean up campsites and trails across America

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Airstream, maker of the iconic Silver Bullet travel trailer, has announced that public campsites across the US will be tended to after the partial Government shutdown thanks to the Campsite Cleanup Campaign, a partnership between Airstream and the National Forest Foundation (NFF).

RB and Diversey to partner in North American industrial and institutional cleaning market

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RB, (formerly known as Reckitt Benckiser) and Diversey have this week announced a strategic alliance in the North American industrial and institutional cleaning market.

Healthcare Cleaning Forum MENA Regional Conference program announced

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Interclean Istanbul will welcome an exclusive first to its exhibition halls when the show opens on 10th April - the Healthcare Cleaning Forum MENA Regional Program.

An exciting addition to this year's edition of the region's leading professional cleaning and hygiene event, the forum will bring together top experts and professionals from the healthcare sector to explore the key challenges facing healthcare cleaning.

Prochem waves wand over quicker cleaning

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The cleaning accessories offer from Prochem Europe has been expanded with the introduction of the Powermate 1200 extraction power wand - and feedback from the marketplace has been unequivocal.

See Morclean's new ThermaSteam at The Cleaning Show: Stand A15

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Steam cleaning is an economical and environmentally-friendly process for the safe and effective cleaning of a number of different surfaces. The new ThermaSteam trailer-mounted industrial steam cleaner from Morclean, is a revolutionary, heavy-duty cleaning system built to effortlessly remove graffiti and chewing gum without the use of harmful solvents or chemicals.

Prototype beach microplastics cleaning machine now ready for trial

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Hawaii Wildlife Fund, with the help of countless volunteers, has been cleaning Hawaii's coastlines for 15 years and just reached a milestone of recovering 500,000 pounds of plastic, including bundles of nets and line. Its efforts have been frustrated by an abundance of microplastic debris which is the most difficult to collect and remove from the beach because it takes so much time.

All this could soon be about to change...

Brandon Burton named IICRC standards chairman

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The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning & Restoration Certification has this week announced Brandon Burton as its new standards chairman, taking over from longstanding standards chairman Howard Wolf on 1st January 2019.

DuPont to expand industrial biosciences research capabilities in the Netherlands

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DuPont Industrial Biosciences officially broke ground this week on its new site at the Leiden Bio Science Park in Oegstgeest, the Netherlands. The state-of-the-art, multidisciplinary facility will utilise modern biotechnology to make industrial processes more efficient and products more sustainable.

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I applaud South Staffordshire Council for the way it connects with its residents and in particular for the way it brings the human side of council services to life. Cleaners have long been known as 'the invisible workforce' and for decades the consensus has been that if we can show the public that those tasked with cleaning up after them are human beings too, with feelings and aspirations... people who get tired and achy and who are no doubt frustrated that their efforts are so often unappreciated, then the general public might just take more care to clean up after themselves, not drop litter and ensure toilets are flushed after use, for fear of upsetting the cleaners whom they know, like and trust.

This has been proven where cleaners go about their work while the occupants of the facilities they're cleaning are also working. The two are able to build a relationship which means that often, cleaners are able to spend more time cleaning and less time clearing up what can amount to vandalism. I'm not talking graffiti here, but the willful disregard of where rubbish is left, or where people leave a horrible mess in the washroom, with taps running, liquid soap congealing over the basin and toilet tissue strewn over the wet floor.

This cleaner/occupier relationship can't flourish in some situations though, where the nature of the work means we don't get to meet the cleaners. Take refuse collectors, who do a lot of their work before sun up... Plus, since in most areas the bins are on wheels and the lorries have to keep moving to avoid causing traffic jams, the crews have to work at such a fast pace that we rarely get to make eye contact with them; let alone start a conversation.

South Staffordshire Council's 'How much do you #LoveYourBinMan?' campaign, asks residents to let them know if their particular collector has gone out of their way to provide a brilliant service. I don't know whether there's an award involved, but the council will share the best stories in its magazine, which will help bring the human factor to the service and may just make the public aware that the less mess they make, the easier these service providers' working days will be.

I for one would love to see more of that connection and recognition, wouldn't you? Anything that might make the cleaners lives' better, works for me - and there's not a lot to lose in trying, is there?

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This Week's News

HAIs will be Canada's second leading cause of death by 2050... but help is at hand

* HAIs-Canada.jpgAccording to a recent report by the Public Health Agency of Canada, Healthcare-Associated Infections are currently the country's fourth leading cause of death and could move up to second place by 2050. Help, however is at hand...

OptiSolve and the Kelley Lab at the University of Toronto are to combine novel nanomaterials with a genomics-based approach to allow for precise identification of pathogens that cause HAIs.

Polls are open for third-annual 'Happy Hands' contest

* Happy-Hands.jpgThe finalists have been selected and now it's up to you to choose a winner! Voting for SC Johnson Professional's third-annual Happy Hands dispenser design contest is now open. The student-drawn designs are on display at and open for voting through February 28th.

The Happy Hands contest promotes the importance of handwashing at schools by encouraging K-12 students to use their creative skills and imagination to design a custom soap/sanitiser dispenser.

Handy new Steam Trolley System helps eliminate equipment transportation woes

* Matrix-Steam-Trolley-System.jpgMatrix Cleaning Systems' new Steam Trolley System is a multifunctional piece of equipment that is ideal for use with the company's small/compact steamers; the SO4, SO8, SD4, SMO8 and SMO4.

Shown here with the SO4, complete with standard accessories and steam mopping tools and pads, the STS eliminates the need for operatives to have to carry the machines and accessories separately. The trolley has a myriad of storage options and a handy cable tidy; large, lockable castors facilitate perfect manoeuvreability and make transportation and storage simple and a lot safer.

Mind the gap: how the transport sector can meet targets to reduce avoidable waste

* Transport-waste.jpgUK train companies are forever warning us to 'Mind the Gap'. But are they doing enough to close another gap that presents a different challenge altogether: the rail sector's performance gap against targets to minimise waste? Despite committed obligations to reduce waste - and to meet the 90% recycling target set by the DfT - many train operators are some way from their destination, argues Dan Brown, Corporate Sector Director, SWRnewstar...

EveryOneCloud reaches two million milestone in just 18 months

* EveryOneCloud.jpgCloud-based attendance and location management portal EveryOneCloud has recorded over two million clockings in just 18 months since its launch. Developed by workforce management specialists HFX, EveryOneCloud provides cleaning contractors of all sizes with the convenience to track employee attendance, presence and location in real-time, with a low cost monthly fee.

The system supports over one hundred devices including biometric hand readers, face recognition, finger print as well as traditional card/proximity based devices, mobile apps and telephony, allowing the system to be tailored to every workplace environment and working practice.

Campaign aims to SCRAP fly-tipping in Norfolk

* Campaign-to-SCRAP.jpgNorfolk has launched the SCRAP fly-tipping campaign which aims to fight the blight of fly-tipping in the county and cut the annual £1m clear up cost. The campaign reminds people to check their waste is being taken away for disposal by a licensed carrier - either by asking to see a Waste Carriers Licence or by looking up the company on the Environment Agency website.

"I hate to see fly-tipping and I know the vast majority of people do too," muses Cllr John Fisher, Chairman of the Norfolk Waste Partnership. "Fly-tipping is illegal, unsightly and pollutes the environment.

Local MP impressed by one stop operation at eco-friendly manufacturer

* Local-MP_Bio-P.jpgSir Nicholas Soames MP paid a visit to Burgess Hill-based manufacturer of environmentally-friendly cleaning products, Bio-Productions, on Friday. Accompanied by the company's managing director, Angela Gill, he was given a tour of the company's offices and laboratory on the Victoria Business Park, where he had the chance to see the factory's production line first-hand.

Throughout the visit, Angela and operations manager, Chris Freeman, showcased the diverse products that make up the Bio-Productions catalogue, which has significantly expanded since business began in 1984.

Weight of 9,600 lions saved from household bins

* Weight-of-lions.jpgThe amount of waste thrown away by households across Malvern Hills District has fallen by more than 1,680 tonnes since the introduction of Alternate Weekly Collections, which was launched last April and saw collections switched to waste being picked up one week and recycling the next on a rotating basis.

Between April and November last year households threw away 8,172 tonnes of waste compared to 9,853 in 2017. The reduction is equivalent to the weight of 9,606 Lions or 14,246 Giant Pandas.

For the love of laundry

* Christeyns-hotel.jpgBradford-based laundry chemicals manufacturer Christeyns, has recently won a contract to supply world class, leading hotel Adare Manor with laundry detergents and supporting machinery.

Adare Manor, located on the banks of the River Maigue in County Limerick, Ireland, is the former seat of the Earl of Dunraven and Mount-Earl and now a luxury five-star hotel. The property, set on 840 acres and incorporating a championship golf course and the only La Mer Spa in the British Isles, was awarded 'Hotel of the Year 2018' at the Virtuoso Best of the Best Awards.

Mitie links with Connect Group to win new contract worth £7.5 million

* Mitie-Connect-Group.jpgMitie has won a five-year contract with specialist distribution and logistics company Connect Group following a competitive tender process. Through an integrated facilities management contract, Mitie will manage a host of services including engineering, cleaning, security, reception and landscaping across 78 distribution centres and its headquarters in Swindon, Wiltshire.


Territory Sales Manager 

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a successful Manufacturer of Cleaning Equipment to extend its' sales team with the appointment of a Territory Sales Manager.

The role will require a highly motivated and sales-driven professional, who will be able to demonstrate the drive and enthusiasm, in order to manage and grow an existing business portfolio of accounts through Wales, The Midlands and parts of Lancashire.

Established in 1954 SYR is a pioneer of innovative cleaning solutions and is still at the forefront of cleaning technology and, along with supplying more than 500 distributors in the United Kingdom, holds international contracts with high-profile B2B and B2C customers. A key requirement of this role is that the successful Applicant will be able to demonstrate an ability to manage business flow through Distributor Networks in the designated areas and will be able to ensure the smooth transition and reporting of business gained from the company's national accounts initiatives via third party distribution channels.

The successful Applicant will be responsible and accountable for the business growth within this competitive sector and will report directly to the Group National Account Manager.

There is a substantial current level of business in the Area and the Company has set challenging targets for growth within the next three years to complement its' significant turnover in other market sectors.

As you would expect, this position will attract a very competitive salary and commission/bonus opportunity for the right candidate and provide potential for the individual to grow and develop with this long established, but still highly ambitious company. Computer literacy, excellent communication skills and ability to work in a focussed 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 this market environment are essential.

Package includes; . Competitive Salary. . Bonus scheme. . Company Car. . Smart phone, Computer, IPad and Laptop. 

If interested, please forward your CV or contact; or

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Recent UK News

Clarity-The Soap Co. new recruitment drive signals bright future

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As 2019 gets underway, social enterprise Clarity-The Soap Co. (founded in 1854) announces that it has recruited new personnel in key positions as it implements a revised operating strategy to help ensure another phase of sustainable growth under chief executive, Nigel Lewis. Says Nigel:

UK Contract Cleaning Market '£95m Boost for 2019'

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A new report from MTW Research suggests the contract cleaning market is set for £95 million growth in 2019, despite Brexit uncertainties sustaining pressure on companies and dampening volume growth.

CSSA announces finalists for Training and Environmental & Sustainability Awards

The Cleaning & Support Services Association has revealed the companies that have made it onto the shortlist for both its Training Award and the Environmental and Sustainability Award, in the Association's second UK Contract Cleaning Awards program. Those with a chance of winning are:


* Enhance Office Cleaning
* Jangro Group
* Julius Rutherfoord & Co
* Regular Cleaning
* Renovo Facilities & Services

Environmental and Sustainability:

Government's road fixing robots ideal 21st century solution says FTA

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If you're fed up with delays to deliveries or are responsible for fleets and the equipment they contain that are being damaged by our nation's ever growing legion of potholes, you will no doubt have been heartened by the Government's announcement at the start of this year that it is to invest in the creation of robots to help repair the UK's vast underground pipe network and prevent disruption of roadworks in the future. Malcolm Bingham of the Freight Transport Association, most certainly is.

On the way to winning the battle against single-use plastic

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The environment wins as British people back litter-picking and turn away from single-use plastic. Over 70% of people now view tackling litter as more important than they used to and 75% feel more appreciative of people who pick up litter, according to a new survey carried out for Keep Britain Tidy by Ipsos MORI.

Take part in HSENI and DAERA chemicals Brexit stakeholder event in Northern Ireland

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The Health & Safety Executive Northern Ireland (HSENI) and The Department of Agriculture, Environment & Rural Affairs (DAERA) will be hosting a one-day stakeholder event covering Brexit and its impact on chemical regimes in a no-deal scenario.

Mitie launches electric fleet in fight against climate change

Mitie has become what it believes is the first major facilities management company to announce that it will launch an electric fleet. The organisation has pledged to run at least 20% of its company small van and car fleet using electric vehicles within the next two years.

Cordant Cleaning secures expanded contract with Stagecoach

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Cordant Cleaning, part of Cordant Group, has secured a significant contract renewal with leading bus operator Stagecoach to provide cleaning, shunting and fuelling services at10 depots across London. The new deal will also incorporate an eleventh depot in Guilford, which means that Cordant will branch out of London into a new Regional Operating Company; Stagecoach South.

Greyland celebrates its 20th anniversary

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Born in the very last years of the 20th Century and now thriving in the 21st Century, leading cleaning chemicals manufacturer Greyland is one of those literal 'rags to riches' success stories that warms the heart: Starting from nothing, growing steadily year on year, doubling turnover and staff in the past six years alone, Greyland is now set to grow even further with the recent acquisition of major new customers.

2019 IWFM Awards are Go! - "Dazzle us with your brilliance," say judges

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Entries have opened for the 2019 IWFM Awards, the workplace and facilities management profession's most prestigious event and the first since the launch of the Institute of Workplace and Facilities Management last November.

Five star reviewed Professional Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning course: NCCA training date

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The National Carpet Cleaners Association is running a three-day comprehensive training course in professional carpet & upholstery cleaning from 14th through 16th February 2019.

Lord Mayor visit marks start of Centenary celebrations for Pland

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The Right Worshipful the Lord Mayor of Leeds, Councillor Graham Latty, visited Pland Stainless in Leeds this month to mark the start of the manufacturer's Centenary celebrations and present some long service awards.

Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust look to ISS and the Future

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After an extended period of competitive dialogue with a number of potential partners, Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust has awarded ISS Facility Services, Healthcare, a five-year contract, with an overall worth of approximately £40m, to provide a wide range of soft services, including cleaning, catering, housekeeping, security and associated services.

BNP Paribas awards three-year Crown Estate contract to Principle

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Principle Cleaning Services, the London-based cleaning specialist, which provides its services to some of the most famous landmark buildings in the Capital, has been awarded a three-year contract with BNP Paribas Real Estate.

EU Exit: Guidance for businesses that use chemicals

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To ensure that the UK will continue to be able to monitor and evaluate chemicals to reduce the risk posed to human health and the environment if the UK leaves the EU without a deal on 29th March, the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs has issued a reminder of the actions those involved in the chemicals business may need to take.

Cleaning Show free-to-attend conference - new speakers announced

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New speakers have been announced for the free-to-attend, three-day conference running alongside The Cleaning Show:

* Syed Ahmed (pictured), CEO, Savortex will discuss the Internet of Things and how it can benefit the cleaning industry. Syed will show how IoT can help identify the hidden risks in buildings that humans can't - in terms of energy, waste and resources.

WhiffAway at The Cleaning Show: Stand F12

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WhiffAway Group, a world leader in waterless urinal technology, will be exhibiting at The Cleaning Show at London's ExCel from 19th to 21st March 2019 on stand number F12.

Events & Exhibitions

Clean India Technology Week 2019
13-15th February 2019

The Cleaning Show
19-21st March 2019
United Kingdom


Clean Buildings Expo
26-27th March 2019


Interclean Istanbul
10-12th April 2019


IWFM Conference
24th April 2019

Pulire Verona
21-23rd May 2019
Verona, Italy

ISSA Cleantex Africa
4-6th June 2019
Johannesburg, South Africa

ISSA Expo Limpieza 2019
5-7th June 2019
Mexico City


CMS Berlin
24-27th September 2019
Paired with:
CMS World Summit 2019


CMS World Summit 2019
24-26th September 2019
Paired with:
CMS Cleaning Management Services

12-14th November 2019
Madrid, Spain

ISSA North America
18-21st November 2019
Las Vegas

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