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International News

Polygiene strengthens management with top recruitment

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Antimicrobial technology specialist Polygiene Group has just finalised the recruitment of Frank Stevens in the new position of chief operating officer in the company.

Why you have to pick up a calculator to dry your hands in a public washroom

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By Germán Muñoz, marketing director, Mediclinics S A

Juan Yuste works as a facilities manager in a large shopping centre in Madrid and as such is responsible for managing all the infrastructures and services of this macro-complex, with the aim of optimising all its resources.

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I’m grateful that my daughters have managed to avoid the pressures put on young people these days, to use far too much make-up along with the almost-obligatory surgery to ‘correct’ any real or imagined imperfections, while spending fortunes on fast fashion so the outfits can show off the new body. It’s partly because of these views that I’ve not been drawn into the global Love Island phenomenon, since I’ve assumed that it represents much of what I dislike about the modern world. 
As a regular reader of the Waste & Resources Action Programme newsletter, I’ve started to wonder whether I’ve been overly judgmental though, since it was through this medium that I realised the producers of the dating show are trying to make a difference by encouraging folk to buy second hand clothes rather than new. Yes – thanks to a collaboration with eBay UK, this year’s British Islanders will be wearing pre-loved clothes sourced entirely through the online ‘exchange’ store. I did some digging and found a press release in which Jemma Tadd, head of fashion at eBay UK says: “The overwhelming response we’ve had to the initial announcement is testament to how much this change is needed, as well as the public appetite for this. We cannot wait to see all of the outfits come through on the show and remove any stigmas around pre-loved. We hope when people see this on the Islanders, it inspires them to either add a couple of pre-loved pieces to their wardrobes, or sell stuff they no longer use to keep things in circulation.”   
Although the programme’s only been running for a couple of weeks, the searches being made on eBay are already showing that this new initiative is making a difference with people seemingly coming to realise that there’s something to be proud of when buying second hand, in terms of both saving money and helping save the planet. I understand that not enough reference is being made on the programme by these young influencers though, that what they’re wearing isn’t new, and I hope that this can quickly be rectified so that maximum impact can be achieved before the series ends. 
If you’re wondering why this is so important to me, check out WRAP’s our 2017 report ‘Valuing Our Clothes: the cost of UK fashion’ – and then consider the global impact - at: https://wrap.org.uk/sites/default/files/2020-10/WRAP-valuing-our-clothes-the-cost-of-uk-fashion_WRAP.pdf



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This Week's News

Susanne Jorgensen to succeed ISS Americas CEO Dan Ryan, effective 1 July 2022

* ISS_Susanne-Jorgensen-CEO.jpgSusanne Jorgensen is to take over the role as CEO, Americas Region, ISS, from Dan Ryan, current CEO of Americas and chief group commercial officer. 

Dan Ryan has decided to step down from the Executive Group Management and leave ISS by the end of July. Susanne will take up her new role and also become a member of the Executive Group Management from 1st July.

New study by Sanitation & Water for All looks at changing external perceptions of water, sanitation and hygiene

* global-study-Water-Sanitation-Hygiene.jpgThe Sanitation & Water for All global partnership (SWA) has this week released the findings of a global study on external perceptions of water, sanitation and hygiene, as well as barriers to driving political prioritisation and investment.

Conducted by Browning Environmental Communications, the study gathered insights from 200 decision-makers across climate, health, human rights, humanitarian response and economic development sectors.

SOAPBOX: Back to normal? No thank you!

* Back-to-normal2.jpgJay Coates, Director, Twotwenty2 Cleaning, writes…

“Following two years of upheaval, we constantly hear the desire to return to normality, but do we really want that? At the outbreak of the pandemic, it has to be said the cleaning industry was underprepared; cleaning processes were inadequate for the new challenges, and cleaning companies did not hold the necessary equipment to enable the creation of a safe environment. The cleaning industry quickly took stock, and rose to the task, but several problems remained.

We are major users of single-use plastics. As a consequence, our industry is a major contributor to this ongoing global catastrophe, so we have to ask ourselves if we are happy for this to continue? Plastic bottles should be returned to manufacturers for re-use.

Ecoserv Group introduces monitored waste management

* ECOSER-MONITORED-WASTE-MANAGEMENT.jpgEcoserv Group, the multi-discipline facilities management company, is launching a managed service to help customers meet their waste and recycling commitments.

The company has partnered with GPT Waste to deliver a highly compliant and monitored waste management solution that will complement its existing cleaning, maintenance and sustainability offering.

Colop’s continued partnership with Microban International helps stamp out bacteria

* Microban-Colop-Antibacterial.jpgColop, an independent manufacturer of stamps and marking devices, is celebrating a decade of incorporating Microban antimicrobial technology into the handle, cap and index window of its Classic Line, Printer Line, Pocket and Children's stamps. These products are perfect for use in high-traffic environments, such as schools, healthcare facilities, offices and airports.

ISS says mobile collaboration robots will automate cleaning tasks in canteens

* ISS-mobile-robot.jpgISS tells us its latest innovation project, FacilityCobot, is to develop a unique mobile robot that can relieve cleaning staff from repetitive or physically exhausting tasks. This solution will integrate a smart building sensor system with a human robot interface – allowing the robot to work efficiently side by side with cleaning staff in large open-space areas such as canteens and offices.

Mobile robots removing dirty dishes and empty bottles from canteen tables may become a normal sight in companies and public institutions in the near future.

New report reveals domestic services businesses are among the most AI-savvy

A new report from Yell that focuses on the growing potential of using AI in business has revealed the impressive time-, money- and effort-savings companies around the world could stand to make, especially when it comes to the domestic services world.

With data showing that AI in some form is already used in 83% of UK businesses, Yell's report delves into more detail about this rapidly evolving technology. By using insight gained from extensive surveys with consumers and business leaders, the findings help to shine a light on current attitudes towards AI and the benefits to large and small businesses.

Launch event for 'Beyond Cleaning' - DOC cleaning's sustainability strategy

* DOC-Beyond-Cleaning.jpgOver 100 staff, customers, suppliers and professional partners gathered at Fora in London's Spitalfields Market to mark the launch of DOC Cleaning's long term sustainability strategy - Beyond Cleaning.

The event was organised to showcase DOC's work on sustainability to date and to outline a variety of initiatives under the headline ‘Our vision is to empower everyone we connect with to take positive action for the planet and society’.

Supporting Sherburn community with continued football sponsorship

* Cromwell-Sherburn.jpgCromwell Polythene takes pride in supporting the bustling community of Sherburn in Elmet, which the manufacturer, as a business, has been a part of for more than 20 years. Since its move to the village in 2001, it has supported local businesses, charitable groups and the community in general, striving to give something back to its employees, their families, friends and the causes that are close to the community.

The manufacturer takes corporate social responsibility seriously and as such has implemented steps to contribute to societal goals intended to have a positive influence on the world.

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Recent UK News

Cleanology goes national in major new expansion drive

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Award-winning commercial cleaning contractor Cleanology is bringing its sustainable and ethical approach from London, to the rest of the country.

Sustainably reducing, reusing & recycling electrical equipment

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Sustainability is at the centre of public discussion. In 2022, world leaders gathered at COP26, deciding that greenhouse gas emissions need to see a reduction of 45% by 2030 and net-zero will be achieved by 2050.

Government-backed campaign aims to alleviate logistics issues

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The logistics industry took a decisive step yesterday to address the industry's long-term recruitment and staff retention issues, with the launch of a major new awareness and recruitment campaign, Generation Logistics.

Jangro shows support for The Trussell Trust

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Jangro, the largest network of independent janitorial and cleaning distributors in the UK and Ireland, is proud to announce that it is supporting The Trussell Trust as its chosen charity this year. All 47 members in its network have started collecting foods and other essentials and have been dropping them off to their local food banks across the country.

Reckitt distributes 10,000 bottles of hand sanitiser to Platinum Jubilee celebration crowds

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Reckitt, appointed Official Hygiene Partner of the Platinum Jubilee Pageant last month, has revealed that Dettol Pro Solutions, Dettol's business-to-business offering, distributed more than 10,000 bottles of hand sanitiser and installed over 100 hand sanitiser dispensers across the celebration weekend and also distributed hygiene kits for all volunteers, staff and attendees

Former intern Craig Bowman becomes Kimberly-Clark Professional’s general manager, UK & Ireland

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Kimberly-Clark Professional has appointed Craig Bowman as general manager for the UK & Ireland - 14 years after he started at the global giant as an intern on an industrial placement from university.

Talented employees reach lofty heights

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Principle Cleaning Services prides itself on recognising and rewarding talent - hence the promotion of the window cleaning division's Fabio Silva and Pawel Kochan, to the positions of general manager.

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