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International News

No-water urinal market expected to grow over next 10 years

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According to Kenneth Research, which investigates market trends for several industries, and investment magazine MarketWatch, the worldwide demand for waterless or no-water urinals is expected to grow by more than 10% over the forecast period of 2022 to 2031.

E-foam battery foamer forgoes manual pumping to produce thick and adhesive foam

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Put an end to continuous effort and manual pumping with the e-foam from Belgian supplier De Witte. Incorporating a powerful lithium-ion battery, it activates with just one push on the button and facilitates the non-stop production of foam for up to one hour.

Global Recycling Day: How could recycling benefit your business?

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In celebration of Global Recycling Day this coming Friday, 18th March, experts at essential services provider, Direct365, has shared a guide on the benefits of recycling for your business, along with advice on how to achieve green goals.

Washie Smart Toilet Seat is making it safe to go in public washrooms again

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When nature calls, few of us like to make us of public washrooms.

That's starting to change with the Washie Toilet Seat, the cleverly-designed Smart toilet seat with a hands-free sensor that dispenses an alcohol-based cleaning solution to wipe the seat down before and after use.

Waterless Urinals earn NGBS Green Certification

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Waterless No-Flush urinals manufactured by Waterless Co, have earned National Green Building Standard Certification (NGBS Green) from Home Innovation Research Labs.

Waste management companies likely to see high M&A activity in 2022 and beyond

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A new report on the global economy lists waste management as one of the top three industries likely to experience high merger & acquisition activity in 2022 and beyond.

Kleen-Tex commits to a sustainable future with new product development lead

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Kleen-Tex, one of the world's leading floor mat manufacturers, has announced a new senior appointment as part of its significant investment into product development, to ensure it provides customers across the globe with sustainable, high performance matting solutions.

Nominations announced for Interclean's Amsterdam Innovation Award 2022

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From cloths made from plastic bottles collected from coasts, beaches, seas and rivers, to eco-friendly cleaning robots or a spray bottle that turns tap water into aqueous ozone, which is a powerful, natural sanitiser.

An independent jury selected the 12 nominees for Interclean's Amsterdam Innovation Award from 78 submissions in four categories.

Survey reveals five ways Covid changed impressions of public washrooms and facilities

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Upon entering the third year of the pandemic, Americans are not only more sensitive to germs in public washrooms, they now hold higher standards for the cleanliness, condition and technology used in these shared spaces, according to the annual Healthy Handwashing Survey from Bradley Corporation conducted in January.

New anti-static carbon fibre vacuum accessory kit makes overhead cleaning and dust removal easier, safer, and less costly

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Goodway Technologies has launched a new anti-static Carbon Fibre Vacuum Accessory Kit.

This lightweight and practical solution delivers a safer, effective, and less labour-intensive way to perform the overhead cleaning of pipes, walls and other surfaces where combustible dust can accumulate.

Idrobase sanitises Italian Pavilion at Cameroon’s Salon Promote

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The mission was clear: to guarantee an exhibition environment, free from viruses, for the renewed presence of Italian companies at a trade fair in Cameroon.

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If you’re a regular reader of my Leaders you’ll be aware that I’ll occasionally have a ‘what a great idea!’ moment. The most recent occurred last week when I received a press release regarding the British Cleaning Council’s latest initiative, to issue a ‘badge of honour’ to cleaning staff. If you missed it, you can see the news in our side column. Yes, the perception of cleaning has changed over the past two years but the idea that one day, everyone in the industry might be proudly sporting the 'We Clean, We Care' badge, (and, looking ahead, in different languages depending upon where in the world we happen to be providing our services) with companies displaying the logo on websites, marketing materials and social media, just draws us all together and underlines the importance of what we do and why we do it.

Yes, cleaning may be a role that hadn't been at the top of the list when we were considering careers, but the measures in place these days - along with the consequences of not following them correctly - mean we have to care! While if an airline pilot makes a fatal error, the consequences may be immediately devastating for all those involved along with family, friends, colleagues etc., an error made by a cleaner can have far greater-reaching consequences in terms of the global spread of infection without us ever being aware of their involvement. Sadly, it's taken the pandemic to convince everyone of what those in our industry have known all along. The role of the cleaner is one of the most important there is!

Over the years I've occasionally been asked why I refer to these crucial workers as cleaners, instead of cleaning operatives. Rather than being disrespectful of cleaners by not acknowledging the 'upgrade', I felt at the time the idea was first mooted, (I believe in the early 90s) that it was an attempt to raise the status of those carrying out what many considered to be menial tasks and that view has never changed. It didn't just happen in our industry and it led to some ribbing for workers whose titles sounded quite ridiculous. I've never considered cleaning to be a menial task but something that requires thorough training if you're to do it properly. If I'd had my way back then, I'd have persuaded the powers that be to call our cleaners 'cleaning technicians'. I think it's far more appropriate, bearing in mind the skill involved if the job's to be done well. Your thoughts please?

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This Week's News

GBAC joins Global Health Security Agenda Consortium

* GBAC-joins-Global-Health-Security-Consortium.jpgThe Global Biorisk Advisory Council, a Division of ISSA, has joined the Global Health Security Agenda Consortium, a volunteer association of organisations dedicated to helping make the world safe from infectious diseases. The GHSA Consortium Board of Directors has also voted for GBAC to join the steering committee.

"We are proud to be part of this organisation that includes members from a variety of industry sectors including public health and medicine, health security, science and technology, and more," says GBAC executive director Patricia Olinger. "We look forward to collaborating with GHSA Consortium members to help organisations mitigate the effects of infectious disease outbreaks."

Impactful air filtration on demand

* Gama-Rediair1.jpgWhat is air filtration?

While environmental decontamination and hand hygiene are universally recognised to reduce the risk of infections and keep people safe, adequate ventilation is vital for ensuring the air within workplaces & shared spaces is safe. Aerosols and droplets carry infectious microorganisms in the air that spread infections within poorly ventilated spaces.

Five things you thought you knew about hand dryers

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"As members of the hand dryer industry, we rarely have much to say about TikTok beauty trends - but, since dryers have played a high-profile part in a recent set of viral videos, we'll make an exception in this case.

The trend itself is straightforward enough: some people are using jet air hand dryers to curl their hair.

As a result, however, a popular medical TikTok has reacted to this idea by reigniting the age-old and increasingly untenable claim that hand dryers aren't hygienic.

Pioneering app significantly speeds up certification process for UK businesses

* pioneering-app.jpgA cleaning company has developed pioneering app technology to enable it to provide same day reports to its customers. Hy5 Commercial Cleaning, which operates throughout the country, has invested in a specialist app which allows its staff to compile reports on the job whilst cleaning kitchen ventilation systems and to submit instant reports to clients.

By speeding up this process, the app also quickens the certification procedure for its customers and ensures they are up to date with essential insurance requirements and Environmental Health documentation.

Quality sustainable trade workwear is the way forward

* Ann-Dowdeswell.jpgAnn Dowdeswell at Jermyn Street Design, a global specialist in corporate clothing, takes a look at why it's important, now more than ever, to ensure the longevity and sustainability of workwear so that your business can thrive in an increasingly competitive environment.

“Organisations are recognising the importance of trade workwear for fostering a positive brand image and for ensuring the safety and wellbeing of employees. Workwear isn't just about quality anymore. Sustainable production of clothing is key to ensuring you are providing durable, long-lasting uniforms.

SOAPBOX: The rising demand for cleaning products in gyms and fitness clubs

* Soapbox-Sam-Greaves.jpgSam Greaves, managing director and the fourth generation owner of The Cleenol Group - the manufacturer and supplier of commercial and industrial cleaning and hygiene products - looks at how gyms are driving the demand for cleaning products in the wake of the pandemic...

"In the early days of the pandemic we saw a rapid increase in the use of cleaning and disinfection products as individuals and organisations stepped up hygiene practices to prevent the spread of the virus. According to a YouGov poll, in Spring 2020, 77% of people reported improving their personal hygiene, such as washing their hands more frequently or using hand sanitiser.

'Tree in a Million' initiative as part of sustainability commitment

* INCENTIVE-QAS-TREES.jpgA team from Incentive QAS, the contract cleaning arm of the Incentive FM Group, planted 30 tree saplings as part of the 'Tree in a Million' initiative.

'Tree in a Million', is a campaign run by Ethical Nation to help our planet, people and wildlife. Trees help to cool and clean our air, lock up carbon, reduce flooding and provide sustainable raw materials - and are our best hope in combatting the climate crisis.

Goodway Technologies' quality management system ISO 9001:2015 Certification renewed

* Goodway-biospray.jpgGoodway Technologies has announced the renewal of its certification as an ISO 9001:2015 certified company.

The global manufacturer of maintenance and sanitation solutions has been recognised as operating a quality management system as it relates to design, manufacturing and sales of industrial maintenance and sanitation solutions for commercial facilities management, HVAC, food and beverage, manufacturing, power generation, maritime and other industrial applications.

Room Shield seals Ezisan deal and new board advisor appointment

* Room-Shield-Ezisan.jpgA major high-profile appointment is set to help a Midlands hygiene specialist realise a £multi-million opportunity for its revolutionary sanitising solution.

Room Shield, which was formed by entrepreneurs John Donnelly and Kevin Parr, has attracted Hamish Taylor as a Board Advisor to help it build a clear marketing story for its Surface Shield HOCL (hypochlorous acid) products and to broker new relationships in key sectors.

Mitie secures new £multi-million integrated FM contract with BAE Systems

* Mitie-BAE.jpgMitie has been awarded a new multi-million pound, five-year contract to provide a full integrated facilities management service to BAE Systems. The contract covers 26 BAE Systems sites across the UK and integrates multiple contracts for four of BAE Systems' businesses under one umbrella.

The contract will see Mitie provide a suite of FM services, including mechanical, electrical and building fabric maintenance, cleaning, reception, waste management, landscaping, mailroom, and energy management, as well as catering and pest control.

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Recent UK News

How to grow and protect our cleaning franchise business in times of uncertainty

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Uncertainty forms a significant part of any business. Every business owner knows that without risk, there is no reward. The extent of the effects of Covid-19 could not have been predicted, or prevented, and businesses across all industries, including the cleaning franchise sector, were forced to adapt and change their business landscape as they knew it.

BCC to launch 'We Clean, We Care' at Manchester Cleaning Show

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Attendees at this year's Cleaning Show in Manchester are being strongly encouraged to claim and wear a free badge celebrating the work of cleaning and hygiene staff.

Prochem packaging moves to 100% recycled plastics

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Cleaning products specialist Prochem Europe is introducing post-consumer recycled plastic (PCR) packaging to its product ranges. Says Prochem chemical product manager, Parag Patel:

Birkin Group's £6.5m funding boost will facilitate investment

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Birkin Group, has secured £6.5m funding from Boost&Co and its sister company, Growth Lending. The funding will be used to create new jobs, support growth capital, repay legacy shareholders, provide ongoing working capital and facilitate investment in new technology.

Principle's second conference to focus on sustainability and people

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Principle Cleaning Services is hosting its second sustainability conference, on Thursday 31st March, at Barings' London office. The theme is sustainability and people, with presentations covering what ESG means in real estate and how to report on it effectively, the benefits of working with social enterprises, a discussion on carbon footprints, and how we can all contribute to a lower carbon lifestyle.

Events & Exhibitions

Interclean Amsterdam
14-17th May 2024

Cleantex Africa
16-18th October 2024
South Africa


ISSA Pulire 2025
27-29th May 2025
Rho Fiera Milano


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