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From our personal experiences, John Austen and I are well aware just how tough it is to be involved in organising and fronting exhibitions and conferences and ensure that not only do they go according to plan but that those who attend – either as an exhibitor or a visitor – enjoy themselves, have everything they need while they’re there and come away feeling that their money and time have been well spent. I couldn’t help but smile at this picture of Robert Stelling (left), Jos van den Berg (centre) with Rob den Hertog who between them have looked after us all so well at Interclean, Amsterdam. Jos was ‘head honcho’ when I first attended more than 30 years ago; he was succeeded by Rob who’s just enjoyed his last Interclean Amsterdam before he fully retires at the end of May, (enjoy it Rob!) having handed over the reins in 2021 to Robert. “For me last week was very special,” says Rob. “It was busy, full of meetings, full of new products and an extensive knowledge program with presentations and demonstrations, but above all it was fun! It is almost impossible to describe the energy you could feel during the show.” Everything a show needs then!
This morning I’m heading to London for another event where the buzz is exciting and tangible – the Kimberly-Clark Professional Golden Service Awards. I can’t wait to applaud those who will be there representing the winning teams and thank them for the great job they’re doing in keeping our environment clean and hygienic. And while applause and Awards are wonderful, I feel we mustn’t lose sight of our need to keep these folk ‘fed and watered’. Some of the companies that have impressed the Awards judges are recognised by the Living Wage Foundation for paying their employees a wage based on the cost of living, rather than something reflecting our Government’s National Minimum Wage - which is generally inadequate for those with rent to pay or a mortgage to service. With the way inflation’s increasing, it will be interesting to learn how our cleaning contractors are planning to keep pace and ensure that they can continue to pay their employees a Living Wage when their clients will be desperate to cut costs. Worrying times ahead, eh?
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Sue Gray, the Second Permanent Secretary in the Cabinet Office, has finally reported on the findings of her investigation into what has been dubbed 'Partygate', and while we were expecting her to dish the dirt about MPs' flouting the rules they put in place to reduce the spread of Covid-19, we didn't expect to learn that the cleaners had not been treated with respect either. Included in the 37-page report is Sue's statement that:
There is simply no hiding that our planet is under great pressure. From rising sea levels to increasingly turbulent temperatures across the globe and pollution aplenty, the wellbeing of our environment is in danger.
In this respect, governments around the world are taking action to limit damages to our surroundings. The UK, for instance, has already begun its race towards a legally binding net zero target, which must be reached by 2050. To start with, and to stay on track, Britain has to halve its emissions by 2030.
The Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association has formally launched its Roadmap to Sustainability, announcing the first webinar - 'Sustainability and the Cleaning Industry', which will take place at 10.30 on Wednesday, 29th June.
"Sustainability is one of the biggest issues facing our sector and it is one of the most complex," argues CHSA chair, Lorcan Mekitarian. "Identifying the best way forward and making the right environmentally and ethically sustainable choices is challenging. It's particularly tough when set in the context of day-to-day commercial pressures and the current huge escalation in the cost of energy. Our Roadmap to Sustainability is designed to help members move in the right direction, whatever their starting position."
The Global Biorisk Advisory Council, a Division of ISSA, has secured Dr Deborah Birx, world-renowned medical physician, infectious disease expert and diplomat, as keynote speaker at the GBAC Symposium on Air Considerations, August 16th-17th, at the Hyatt Regency Chicago.
The inaugural GBAC Symposium will bring together scientists and industry thought leaders to share innovations and best practices for improving indoor air quality in non-healthcare settings.
Clean the World, a global leader in water, sanitation, hygiene, and sustainability, is expanding its Hospitality Recycling Program and Soap Saves Lives Box Program in the UK as it aims to tackle the global issue of plastic pollution and hygiene insecurity abroad.
For the last 13 years, Clean the World has partnered with the hotel industry to recycle soap and bottled amenities in the US, Montreal, Hong Kong, Punta Cana and Amsterdam.
The UK has been experiencing a shortage of delivery drivers in recent years. So much so, that Amazon enticed part-time workers with up to £3,000 in incentives to ensure this didn't affect profits during the festive period.
As well as this, according to the Road Haulage Association, the industry was short of more than 100,000 HGV drivers in June 2021. This was due to a number of factors, from barriers to obtaining a licence to the introduction of Brexit.
Vicenza-based SpareWash, which boasts more than over 50 years of experience in car washing systems, has formed an alliance with Padua-based Idrobase Group, the pressurised water technologies specialist.
Scottish Borders-based hypochlorous manufacturer, Aqualution, has scooped a top accolade at the Business Insider Made In Scotland Awards last week for its hypochlorous acid based gel which is spearheading a revolution in infection control.
The Awards ceremony was held last week at the Glasgow Science Centre, sponsored by Scottish Business Insider and the National Manufacturing Institute of Scotland and hosted by Scottish comedian Sanjeev Kohli, with Aqualution facing stiff competition from technology firm Stamp Free and drinks brand Savora.
Global research and technology company Dyson for Business, and the UK's leading motorway service provider Welcome Break, have announced details of a recent partnership which is helping Welcome Break deliver its sustainability goals by using the latest washroom technology.
The company has installed over 450 Dyson Airblade 9kJ low energy hand dryers across its 44 service areas and 31 hotels in the UK. Each hand dryer uses only a sixth of the energy of conventional dryers, corresponding to 9.1 kilojoules of energy per use, and captures 99.95% of particles through its HEPA filter - helping Welcome Break's 85 million annual visitors dry their hands hygienically and efficiently.
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