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International News

Hospital floors may pose a larger health risk than previously thought

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Hospital room floors may be an overlooked source of infection, according to a study published in the March issue of the American Journal of Infection Control, the official journal of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control & Epidemiology (APIC).

GBAC joins Global Health Security Agenda Consortium

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The 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.

Impactful air filtration on demand

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What 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.

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.

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You’ve probably become familiar with my grumbling about the amount of waste dumped around our countryside but for me the solution has always been so simple: have a decent enough deterrent in place that will prevent people from dumping their waste wherever they feel they won’t be caught doing it and make it easy and free of charge for households and businesses to dispose of their own waste responsibly. Drastically cut the opening hours and days that the civic amenity tips are open and start charging people for the rubbish they’re trying to dispose of responsibly, (who often have to queue in their vehicles for long periods to do so) and you have a recipe for disaster, as the past few years have shown.

The Great British Spring Clean, now in its seventh year, tells us that between 25th March and 10th April, ordinary people have collected almost half a million bags of litter from our streets, countryside and waterways. That’s a huge and commendable effort, but one which shouldn’t really have been needed, should it? And that’s just the small stuff which can be collected in a bin bag. What about the DIY and builders’ waste, white goods, furniture and other large and messy – and sometimes hazardous, items? Councils in England alone spent nearly £400 million dealing with fly-tipping last year and we’ve had to put up with the mess before it’s been cleared. It never made any sense to me…

I’m delighted to say that moves are finally afoot to bring our surroundings back to their once clean and unlittered glory. The Government has launched a consultation document on waste disposal and the proposals appear to have been well thought out. You can read it at:




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This Week's News

RightCycle offers groundbreaking dispenser and hand towel recycling scheme

* RightCycle.jpgKimberly-Clark Professional has launched The RightCycle Programme for the recycling of old dispensers and used hand towels, supporting UK businesses in their drive to meet zero waste to landfill goals.

Since its groundbreaking launch over 10 years ago, the scheme has diverted over 1,500 tonnes of previously hard-to-recycle, non-hazardous PPE from landfill and incineration. This latest extension to the scheme gives businesses the opportunity to transform the way they dispose of old dispensers and used hand towels for a more sustainable washroom.

Cleaning Show makes successful return to Manchester

* Manchester-Cleaning-Show.jpgThe Manchester Cleaning Show returned in April for its first face-to-face event in the city for over three years. With cleaning continuing to be an essential service, the Manchester Central Convention Complex experienced a wave of traffic as visitors and exhibitors reconnected and sought out the latest product innovations.

Opening the first day of the show, Delia Cannings (pictured), deputy director of the British Cleaning Council, remarked on the sector's progress and stressed the importance of the industry's commitment to supporting initiatives that push for a better future for all.

Scam warning issued as criminals defraud £thousands from businesses purchasing shipping containers

* Scam-containers.jpgValued at $8.7 billion and projected to reach $12.08 billion by 2027, the global shipping container industry has become a central component of the world economy. It isn't just global shipping, however. Containers are increasingly being used for secure storage, converted into offices, data centre housing, R&D labs and electric battery storage and testing centres.

A growing market and the increasing cost of steel pushing up the price of containers, has seen opportunistic scam artists target the unsuspecting public offering knock down or slightly lower cost containers that never materialise.

Rainbow International’s new managing director is Mark McMullen

* Rainbow_Mark-McMullen.jpgA year on from the transfer of Rainbow International in the UK to new ownership of Consortium Group RF (CGRF), the renowned restoration company, which handles some 20,000 projects each year, has appointed Mark McMullen to the role of managing director.

Mark brings with him wide-ranging experiences across several sectors including franchised managed facility services, retail, hospitality and wholesale. This breadth of experience brings with it, real strength in B2B and B2C relationship management, and the ethos that being committed to customer service is the key to success. Mark is a great fit with the organisation’s strong values and across the Rainbow network. He has the support of a team with many years of industry experience to deliver their ambitious plans for the future.

Genesis Biosciences presenting at two major cleaning trade shows this Spring

* Genesis-Biosciences_Emma.jpgGlobal biosciences company Genesis Biosciences is exhibiting at two international trade shows this May, promoting its eco-benign technologies. Holding stalls at Interclean Amsterdam and CHEMUK on consecutive days, the bioscience expert will be showcasing its latest technologies: Evogen white label products, the Evogen Professional probiotic cleaning range and the Biosan antimicrobial range.

New Spartex range

* Spartex.jpgBrammer Buck & Hickman, the supplier of industrial maintenance, repair and overhaul products and services, has launched the Spartex range of everyday industrial essentials to make it simpler for customers to purchase and replenish operational and workplace essentials, such as chemicals, cleaning, storage, fasteners and work clothes.

The company says it has researched and sourced a wide range of products, providing customers with choice, along with quality and competitive pricing. Spartex products are stocked in Brammer Buck & Hickman warehouses, facilitating fast and efficient delivery, even at short notice.

ISC signs strategic partnership with SoftBank Robotics EMEA

* SoftBank-Robotics-Italy.jpgSoftBank Robotics EMEA has signed a strategic partnership with a leading services provider in Italy. Under the agreement, ISC will now offer Whiz, Europe's first industrial cobotic vacuum sweeper, to its facility management and cleaning contractor clients.

By implementing Whiz into its cleaning operations, ISC can help its clients to significantly improve cleaning performance and drive efficiencies. Importantly, ISC can demonstrate innovation and deliver the new approaches contractors need in the ongoing fight against Covid-19 and the safe return to the workplace for employees.

New business development manager for Incentive QAS

* BDM-Incentive.jpgIncentive QAS has appointed Bryan Haley as business development manager to further support the ongoing development of the company following its growth over recent years.

Bryan will be supporting the commercial team with all new business development opportunities, as well as the delivery of the Incentive QAS sales strategy. He will assist with all lead generation and act as bid manager for all new business opportunities. The role also includes ownership of the company CRM system and Incentive QAS tender platforms.

New Albert supplier Ecoserv supports sustainability in film and TV industry

* ECOSERV-FILM-TV.jpgFacilities Management company Ecoserv Group, has become an approved sustainable supplier to the film and TV industry. The company has joined forces with Albert, an industry-funded organisation tasked with reducing the environmental impact of production, to help accelerate change and tackle the sector's carbon footprint.

Mrs Bucket becomes a Living Wage Employer

* Mrs-Bucket-Living-Wage-Employer.jpgCommercial cleaning company Mrs Bucket has been certified by the Living Wage Foundation as an accredited Living Wage Employer, as part of its goal to become one of the foremost employers in the cleaning and facilities management industry.

The Swansea£headquartered firm has committed to paying its staff in line with rates set by the Living Wage Foundation, the only UK wage rate that is voluntarily paid and based on meeting UK living costs.

Citron Hygiene and Aunt Flow combat period poverty in Ukraine

* Citron-Hygiene_Aunt-Flow.jpgCitron Hygiene, a global washroom hygiene services company, and Aunt Flow, provider of free vending period product machines, are donating 20,000 period products to support those affected by the conflict in Ukraine.

With the help of I Support The Girls (ISTG), a non-profit organisation that helps impoverished women, they are getting these essential feminine hygiene products to those who need them in Ukraine.

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Recent UK News

BCC's latest research report is available free on request

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Some interesting insights on the cleaning, hygiene & waste sector are revealed by the British Cleaning Council's 2022 research report, published yesterday, Wednesday, 6th April.

SOAPBOX: World Health Day: “Make even just modest lifestyle changes now for a cleaner world and healthier future”

As we mark World Health Day on April 7th, after a two-year-long pandemic, Sam Greaves, of Cleenol Group, argues that people only need to make modest lifestyle changes to contribute to a cleaner world and healthier future.

Ineos Hygienics announces partnership with Great Britain and England Hockey

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Ineos Hygienics has become Official Hygiene Partner to Great Britain and England Hockey, keeping the men and women's teams in safe hands with their new range of professional sport sanitiser sprays - designed by sportspeople, for sport.

Incentive QAS awarded contract extension with Link Group

Incentive QAS has been awarded a further three-year contract with Link Group after supporting the organisation through its UK expansion.

Pioneering app significantly speeds up certification process for UK businesses

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A 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.

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

A 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.

Room Shield seals Ezisan deal and new board advisor appointment

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

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

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Mitie 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.

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.

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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