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Twenty years ago, when Internet broadcasting was in its infancy, and to get online we had to unplug the ‘phone and insert a lead from computer into vacated socket, John Austen and I broadcast our first Cleanzine. We had no idea how things were going to go and I don't think anyone expected us to be around for long - the concept was too new and so radically different. I recall my surprise at reaching our 100th issue. It doesn’t seem that long ago - yet here we are at our 1,000th! That's the equivalent of just over 83 years-worth of the monthly printed publications which were still the norm for the first few years of Cleanzine’s existence. Although I say it myself, that's quite an achievement - especially when I realise I've managed to write 1,000 Leaders!
How things have changed... Not just with 'dial-up' Internet being replaced by a wireless signal which allows us to work almost anywhere, but in terms of our industry. When John and I attended our first Show as Cleanzine, (Interclean, Amsterdam) exhibitors were amused to see us taking videos of their live demo's for our broadcasts. Now such videos are a marketing tool staple… If ‘a picture tells a thousand words', a decent video can surely provide a book's-worth. Technologically, our industry's advanced enormously, but in my view it's our professionalism that's improved most. Emphasis has been put on enhancing the service provider/client relationship and serious attention paid to branding, so cleaning teams can represent their brand as they work. The fact that cleaners are far more thoroughly trained these days and are highly skilled, too, is obvious to me whenever I get to observe them working. They’ll interact with and advise the public – seemingly proud to be responsible for keeping our environment clean. For those who hadn’t previously noticed our cleaners, Covid-19 proved a turning point in their perception of the role cleaners play in keeping us all safe. Crucial, frontline/key workers? I reckon so.
Sadly, some people have short memories. Below, we run a Soapbox on behalf of Jim Melvin, chairman of The British Cleaning Council, who understandably was astonished to learn recently, that cleaning is still considered by some in Government, (whom we thought were onside) to be less important than some other industries. Please get involved in Jim’s study – and if you’re one of our thousands of overseas readers, are your country’s cleaners getting the support and recognition they deserve? Do please, let me know how things stand.
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This Week's News
The CHSA's independent inspector conducted 143 audits during the year, inspecting every member of the CHSA. More than 3,800 individual items were checked across all the schemes making sure ‘what's on the box is what's in the box’.
SOAPBOX: Jim Melvin, chairman of The British Cleaning Council, writes of his concerns regarding the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Cleaning & Hygiene and lack of Government response to meet with the industry
It is almost a year since the APPG was set up and whilst we have seen traction in the Apprenticeship Levy/Trailblazer group, we have not seen the same level of commitment and drive in relation to the main areas of concern and strategy that we had commenced upon. If you recall these were as follows:
Congratulations to Melissa Hockstad, president & CEO of the American Cleaning Institute, who will serve as vice chair of the National Association of Manufacturers' Council of Manufacturers Associations.
Made up of 260 industry-specific manufacturing associations representing 130,000 companies worldwide, the CMA creates powerful partnerships across the industry and ensures manufacturers have the strongest possible voice.
“More and more consumers are focusing on being eco-friendly in their personal and professional lives, which means they want to use companies that will commit to helping the environment.
To stay ahead of the competition, cleaning companies must now look into ethical business practices. But how?
Swedish company Polygiene AB has this week announced that, through the indirectly wholly-owned subsidiary Addmaster (UK), it has entered into an agreement to acquire the business related to SteriTouch from the privately owned English company Radical Materials.
The purchase price amounts to - approximately, £3.5 million (SEK 43.2 million), where £3.15 million (SEK 38.9 million) is paid in cash and the remaining £0.35 million (SEK 4.3 million) is paid through newly issued shares in Polygiene.
Established in 2018 by Danish-born restauranteur, Søren Jessen, Ekte (meaning 'genuine' or 'real' in Norwegian) brings an authentic taste of the Nordic regions to the city of London.
ISSA Scholars, an ISSA Charities signature program, has opened its scholarship applications for the 2022-2023 academic year. Employees of all ISSA member companies and their families are encouraged to apply before close of business on 30th April, 2022.
Opportunities for member companies to donate to a scholarship fund or develop a new fund are available now.
When Deliveroo Editions required dedicated virus sanitisation support to ensure the highest standards of protection throughout its UK delivery-only kitchen hubs, it turned to UK provider of industrial, commercial and domestic cleaning services, ICE Cleaning.
With the 2021 national lockdown accelerating an uptake in demand for takeaway services, Deliveroo Editions knew it had a responsibility to ensure its kitchens not only facilitated the increase in orders, but consistently ensured the safety of all employees and visitors.
The finalists have been announced for the 2022 Kimberly-Clark Professional Golden Service Awards recognising excellence, performance and commitment through unprecedented times in the cleaning and FM industry.
Dubbed by many as the 'Oscars' of the cleaning industry, these awards are the pinnacle accolade - therefore many congratulations go to 59 finalists from 24 companies, listed below.
Policy and packaging experts from across the cleaning product supply chain will address two key industry priorities - ingredient communication and sustainable packaging - during the ACI Convention Issues Briefing, being held on 2nd February 2022 in Orlando, Florida.
The ACI Convention – a leading global business-to-business event for our industry - will take place 31st January - 5th February at the Grande Lakes, Orlando.
The commercial aviation sector has experienced considerable turbulence since Covid-19 first emerged in early 2020 - a year that saw global air travel decline by a staggering 67%. In the two years since, the pandemic has had a profound impact on passenger trends and preferences, a new survey by Germany-based travel site Wingie has found.
"Covid has dramatically changed the attitudes and priorities of most travelers today," notes Orkun Özkan, senior commercial manager of Wingie. "Before the pandemic, health and hygiene concerns were relatively insignificant. Now they're among the leading factors affecting flight selection."
The 2022 College Football Playoff National Championship between the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Georgia Bulldogs, took place on Monday before an audience of 67,000, at Indianapolis's Lucas Oil Stadium - a GBAC Star accredited facility.
The accreditationvfrom the Global Biorisk Advisory Council, a Division of ISSA, ensures that facilities of all sizes meet the highest standards of cleaning, disinfection and infectious disease prevention.
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