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International News

Ecoray can help with infection control during Covid-19 and beyond

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The Ecoray system is a totally autonomous addition to the range of Grande Brio Scrubber Dryers and Willmop vertical scrubber dryers from TSM Italy - brought to the UK market in an exclusive partnership with Hooper Services in Portsmouth, Hampshire.

Afflink grows leadership team

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Dana Duckworth has joined Afflink as VP of supply chain solutions. Tasked with developing end-user business in key market segments, she will focus on leveraging relationships within the supplier/distributor community to foster growth among new and existing B2B customers.

Lead time on popular Brightwell Modular dispensers reduced to only 10 days

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Brightwell Dispensers has reduced the lead time on its popular Modular manual 400ml, 900ml and 2-litre soap dispensers to 10 days, to ensure everyone can wash their hands even in public spaces!

UMF Corporation introduces Sticky Particle Roller for hospitality

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Yesterday, UMF Corporation introduced the PerfectClean Sticky Particle Roller, which helps ensure every surface in the hotel guest room is spotless. Developed as the last step for attendants to use throughout the guest room, the Sticky Particle Roller is perfect for picking up hard-to-see particles such as hair, lint, crumbs, and more. It is available now.

Rustins acquires Peek premium polish portfolio

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Rustins, a leading British manufacturer of wood finishes, speciality paints and performance cleaners that has been established for almost 100 years, has acquired the Peek portfolio of premium polishes for the UK and Europe.

Idrobase Group starts again with an anti-inflation bonus

About 100 Euros more per month for all employees from March until December 2022, in response to the cost of living, but also as a sign of confidence in the future: this is what the shareholders of Idrobase Group, Bruno Ferrarese and Bruno Gazzignato, decided a few days after the fire that destroyed one of the warehouses, rendering many offices at the headquarters in Borgoricco, in the province of Padua, unfit for use.

ISSA Show North America 2022 opens registration and releases education program

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ISSA Show North America 2022, the annual tradeshow which brings together leaders from the commercial, institutional, and residential cleaning community, is open for registration. The event offers opportunities for networking, education and product discovery that help industry professionals evolve their businesses and change the way the world views cleaning.

America's Best Restroom 2022: contest finalists revealed

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From one of the busiest airports in the country to a restaurant within an old manufacturing building, the top 10 finalists for the 2022 America's Best Restroom contest have been revealed.

NYU Langone health study confirms efficacy of EvaClean PurTabs NaDCC disinfectant

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New York University Langone Health (NYUL) chief epidemiologist Dr Michael Phillips and his colleagues at NYUL conducted a study to confirm the efficacy of sporicidal disinfectants for controlling Clostridioides difficile (C. diff) and Candida aruis (C. auris).

Cleenol launches Edencleen range

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One of the UK's longest established manufacturers and suppliers of quality cleaning and hygiene products has officially launched its Edencleen range. Fourth generation family owned Cleenol Group has created Edencleen to reflect its mission to play its part in the creation of a 'cleaner and safer world'.

Dudley Industries launches slimline Modulo behind-the-mirror cabinet

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Dudley Industries, the British manufacturer of stainless-steel washroom equipment, has announced the launch of new, slimline version of its Modulo Behind-the-Mirror Cabinet system.

Do college students make the grade on cleaning?

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The sophomore year of the American Cleaning Institute's Class of Clean is now in session. The College Student's Guide to Cleaning' aims to educate college students on proper cleaning, laundry and hygiene practices.

Agenda announced for sixth edition of Forum ISSA Pulire

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The speakers of the ISSA Pulire 2022 Forum have been announced. The sixth edition of the congress dedicated to integrated services will address issues which more than others are influencing our present and, above all, shaping the future of this sector.

Successful biogas trial paves way to Europe for Genesis Biosciences

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A biogas additive produced by Genesis Biosciences and used in the wastewater treatment process has secured pre-eminent results in a live trial ahead of its launch to market later this year.

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Since the pandemic started to wane and our lockdowns came to an end, I've seen the results of several surveys, taken in various parts of the world, all of which have cited hygiene concerns as the main reason people have been reluctant to return to their workplaces. While I can see this would be an important factor, surely quality of life should be given equal footing? To not have to sit in a car on the motorway or negotiate road humps, chicanes and 20mph speed limits in urban areas and towns, whilst worrying we could be made late by unexpected roadworks or traffic jams makes a huge difference – as does the daily commute on public transport involving the inevitable delays to, or cancellations of, services. Homeworking allows many of us to have an extra hour in bed or take the children to the park at the end of the working day, or take up a new hobby, using time that would normally be eaten up by the commute to and from the workplace. 
In the UK we have to contend with the ongoing disruption caused by striking railway workers, with those in other sectors threatening to stage their own actions which will make going out to work even harder. In many other parts of the world, farmworkers are staging traffic-disrupting convoys in protest at their livelihoods being deliberately destroyed. What’s not to like about working from home? Oh yes – the price rises threatening to make our energy bills unaffordable! These could force us back into our workplaces, although the businesses we work for may cease to exist because they’re subject to the same price rises too. Where – and how – is this all going to end? 
The most recent survey on return to work hygiene fears cites cleanliness of desks and kitchens being more of a worry than dirty washrooms. Most workplaces have cleaning products lying around and I’m sure I’m not the only one who’s resorted to a spot of DIY at times, where others haven’t left certain spots as they would have wished to find them. 
I haven’t seen mention of the many farmers’ protests in mainstream media which is worrying since what’s going on is going to affect us all in terms of food shortages and upwardly spiralling prices. Nor have I seen coverage of the impact strikes and empty offices have on the cleaning industry which must make the running of these contracts an absolute nightmare for those involved. But that’s because we’re always the last to be considered – if we’re even considered – isn’t it?



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This Week's News

MPs to begin major inquiry into pandemic cleaning & hygiene

* MPs-inquiry-into-pandemic-cleaning.jpgMPs will begin a highly significant inquiry next week into the role of cleaning & hygiene, and the associated challenges, during the pandemic.

The All-Party Parliamentary Group for the Cleaning & Hygiene Industry will commence the much-needed review, entitled 'Embedding Effective Hygiene for a Resilient UK', on September 6th with the aim of producing a report with policy recommendations which will feed into the national UK Covid-19 Inquiry.

Industry veteran Carlos Reinoso joins ETS Board

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Carlos, who holds a master's degree in Forest Sciences, has more than 20 years of experience in the paper sector and has held influential positions in trade associations at both European and national level. Currently director general of the Spanish Association of Pulp & Paper Manufacturers (ASPAPEL), he has worked for the Confederation of European Paper Industries (CEPI) in Brussels and is now a member of the CEPI steering committee. He also coordinates the Alliance for Competitiveness of Spanish Industry and is active on the Spanish Employers Federation.

Touch-free, hygienic and water-saving: The right tap for every washbasin

* TOTO-1.jpgTOTO has introduced two new automatic tap collections featuring the Self Power and water-saving Eco Cap technologies. Perfect for everything from high-end hospitality bathrooms to busy washrooms keen to conserve water, these collections were both recognised with the international Red Dot Award and Green Design Award for their outstanding design.

Available in a wide range of different versions, there is a perfect tap for every washbasin - from self-rim and undercounter washbasins to furniture washbasins and vessels.

Indian government to step up enforcement to eradicate sewer cleaning deaths

* India-sewer-cleaning-deaths.jpgMore stringent enforcement of the laws banning the manual cleaning of underground sewers and septic tanks in India has been promised as part of a new government drive aimed at stamping out the practice which claims numerous lives each year, reports the British Safety Council.

Announcing the new National Action Plan for Mechanised Sanitation Ecosystem (NAMASTE), Social Justice & Empowerment Minister Virendra Kumar said the plan aims to eliminate fatalities during the manual entering and cleaning of sewers and septic tanks - known as manual scavenging - through measures such as better enforcement of the law at national, state and urban local body level.

EvaClean and Adyton MedTech partner to provide enhanced disinfection to healthcare facilities in Central and Eastern Europe

F* EvaClean-ADYTON-MedTech.jpgor over 30 years, Adyton s.r.o. has been a primary provider of healthcare technologies for more than 53 million inhabitants in central and eastern Europe (CEE) Intent upon bringing its safer, more effective infection prevention solutions to the Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Poland, EvaClean EU has formed a strategic distribution partnership with Adyton, formalised during a signing ceremony in Prague.

"Our goal is to improve lives through groundbreaking technology and make a difference in patient care by preventing healthcare-associated infections," explains Marek Jaluvka, chief business development and new partnerships officer at Adyton. "As one of the leading infection prevention solutions, EvaClean is the perfect partner to help us achieve this goal."

Specialist hygiene company achieves Zero Waste to Landfill as sustainable initiatives take hold

* Christeyns-sustainable-initiatives.jpgWarrington-based Christeyns Food Hygiene has achieved Zero Waste to Landfill for the last two years as it puts sustainability at the heart of company policy.

By working in partnership with ACM Environmental, the firm has achieved exceptional environmental performance with Zero Waste to Landfill in 2020, 2021 and on target for 2022.

Crieff Hydro becomes first Scottish hotel group to switch to Greenteck Global's 100% Natural Cleaning Solutions

* CRIEFF-HYDRO.jpgFollowing the partnership earlier this month between GreenTeck Global and Alliance Scotland, Crieff Hydro Family of Hotels has become Alliance's first Scottish client to adopt GreenTeck Global's natural cleaning solutions.

Crieff Hydro Family of Hotels has committed to roll out the chemical-free AquaTeck SC100 cleaning system - a 100% natural, multipurpose sanitiser and cost-effective cleaner produced on tap - across its eight-hotel Scottish portfolio.

New software launched for BrightLogic laundry range and Levels mode

* Brightwell-software.jpgBrightwell Dispensers has launched BrightLogic 2 software to support its recently upgraded and more flexible BrightLogic system. The new software is ‘backward compatible’ with BrightLogic 1 bluetooth units and is compatible with Windows 7 and upwards.

Otium Services agree commercial terms with ICE to extend their long-term leisure contract

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"ICE has been a long-standing supplier to Otium on this contract, and we are delighted to have agreed terms to implement the latest cleaning equipment and technology across these locations," says Paul Rafferty, CEO of Otium Services. “The contract includes a fully inclusive after-sales and service package, and to support the new package ICE is delivering a full mobilisation and training plan to ensure that all members of the Otium team optimise our latest investment in new equipment

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Recent UK News

Principle Windows announced as UK's second largest operator

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Principle Windows, the vertical cleaning division of Principle Cleaning Services, has become the second largest window cleaning operation in the UK.

The division, which employs over 100 people and has a turnover of over £7 million, has a market share of 3.4%, according to an industry report by IBISWorld.

ICE continues partnership with OCS for a further five years

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The team at ICE has agreed terms with facilities management company OCS for a further five-year contract.

Biovate Hygienics launches new catering ranges with Bidfood

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Biovate Hygienics, the innovative manufacturer of next generation biological and ecological liquid cleaning products, has launched its catering ranges with Bidfood - one of the UK's largest foodservice wholesalers - as its national catering distribution partner.

Pinnacle Group reappointed to cleaning contract for 600+ council owned facilities

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A much sought-after contract has been secured by Pinnacle Group to provide specialist cleaning services to Solihull Community Housing, which runs housing services on behalf of Solihull Council.

The SCH cleaning contract, which is worth almost £1 million, will once again be held by Pinnacle Group which previously won the contract from 2010 - 2015.

New country manager for Tennant UK

Tennant UK has welcomed Peter Tye (pictured) as the new country manager following the retirement of Nick Hayes.

Peter joins the Tennant family from Renault Trucks UK and Ireland where he was the Used Truck & Rental director. He was responsible for the strategy, sales, operations and remarketing within the Used Truck division and, under his direction, the business achieved significant growth and profitability.

Winners of CHSA's 2022 Undergraduate Bursary announced

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Three talented young people are celebrating. Olivia Baker, Liam Shepherd and Rebecca Griffiths have been selected as the recipients of the Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association's 2022 Undergraduate Bursary.

Grotspots and hotspots! Is your nearest city on the filthiest food establishment list?

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Feeling peckish? That's the perfect excuse for a trip to a restaurant or an order from a takeaway, but will you risk your health when you sit down to dine?

Direct365, an essential services provider that works closely with businesses serving menus of all types, from fast food to pub grub to haute cuisine, has recently been investigating the nation's food hygiene geography.

Jangro publishes new catering and hospitality catalogue

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Jangro has published a new catalogue, dedicated to the commercial caterer and hospitality sector. Available now in a compact A5 size, it is packed with many new sustainable choices.

These include disposable food packaging, cutlery and drinkware which are made from recycled materials and are also compostable, biodegradable or recyclable.

Targeted hygiene protocols create a more hygienic, time-saving and cost-saving Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games

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By Dr Lisa Ackerley, CEnvH, FRSPH, director of medical and scientific engagement, hygiene at Reckitt

“In a world where it remains challenging to drive confidence, high standards of hygiene remain of great importance - in February 2022 according to Global Reckitt Covid Tracker, with 1000 individuals surveyed, 38% still choose where they visit based on disinfection standards.

Denis Rawlins launches cleaning equipment contract hire service

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Cleaning consultant and equipment supplier, Denis Rawlins, has launched a contract hire service to help businesses invest in the latest cleaning innovations, whilst protecting their bottom line.

Sodexo celebrates Accelerators innovation success

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Sodexo celebrated the culmination of its UK and Ireland innovation programme, Accelerators, in a special event held at its London headquarters recently.

Events & Exhibitions

The Cleaning Show
13-14th March 2024

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


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