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We ran a piece last week regarding an inquiry British MPs were about to undertake, examining the role cleaning & hygiene played during the pandemic and the challenges that had to be overcome by those involved in keeping us all safe. The aim of the inquiry: 'Embedding Effective Hygiene for a Resilient UK', is to see what lessons can be learnt and ultimately produce a report with policy recommendations, which will feed into the national UK Covid-19 Inquiry to help increase disease-resilience to current common infections and help inform the UK's response to any similar future public health emergency. What I hadn’t been aware of at the time was that we could watch the sessions – which will take evidence from public health experts and many industry firms and associations - online, via Zoom.
While you won’t be allowed to participate in the sessions, I can imagine they will likely prove invaluable for those running cleaning contracts, for who can honestly say that during the pandemic, everything about their operations, on every contract, went without a hitch? I used to be involved in the running of the UK’s Association of Building Cleaning Direct Service Providers and I learned so much from the regular sessions whereby members would meet up and discuss challenges they’d faced in particular situations, what they’d done to overcome these challenges, what had worked – and what hadn’t. Colleagues could question the thinking behind actions taken and come up with suggestions on how things could have been done differently, or describe how they’d faced an identical challenge but had enjoyed a better result because they’d followed a different course of action. OK, so discussions won’t be had online by guests at the upcoming Zoom sessions but the sessions will certainly provide opportunities for follow-ups and gear everyone up for the subsequent Industry roundtable event that’s being mooted – which I hope will be shared with our industry colleagues globally.
A session has already been held involving a public health expert in hygiene promotion and a Director of Public Health who has led on the local implementation of public health measures. On 13th September the focus will be on contractors who delivered cleaning services at the time, alongside suppliers and manufacturers of the cleaning & hygiene products which were very much in demand during the pandemic, while the session on 20th September will involve owners and landlords of a variety of buildings. To watch the proceedings, email [email protected] by 18:00 on the day before the session you wish to attend. Places will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.
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The business, which manufactures Toucan Eco systems distributed in the UK by Robert Scott, commissioned international environmental consultancy Force Technology to complete an independent carbon footprint audit of its Toucan Active Plus system to evidence its environmental impact throughout its expected lifespan.
CMS Berlin is making a guest appearance at InnoTrans, a leading global trade fair for transport technology, and from 20th to 21st September will have information about Mobility Cleaning on the virtual industry platform CMS Plus.
Be it on a work commute by bus or a holiday trip by train - for passengers, cleanliness has been an important quality aspect on public transport not just since the coronavirus pandemic began.
GreenTeck Global has signed a five-year partnership with Alliance Scotland for distribution of the company's innovative range of natural cleaning solutions throughout Scotland. As part of the relationship, Alliance Scotland will represent GreenTeck Global's COSHH-free products across all sectors, from local authorities and public transport bodies to hospitality companies.
The move will see more of Alliance's customers access to GreenTeck Global's innovative, chemical-free technology, which combine the powerful and 100% natural disinfectant properties ofozone and electrolyzed water (HOCL) to deliver the highest hygiene levels.
By Martin Wharmby, who paid a visit to Greyland Limited, to find out how the business has survived the last few years of turmoil, and what the future holds as the company approaches an important milestone.
In its factory on the edge of Dukinfield, Greater Manchester, cleaning chemical manufacturer Greyland Limited is enjoying the best run in the company’s history. While many businesses are still reeling from the COVID years, Greyland weathered the storm of lockdowns and restrictions only to find that the appetite for their wide range of cleaning chemical solutions continues to grow unabated.
Dawsongroup has unveiled a new name for its fleet division, Dawsongroup emc, as it gears up for expansion into new sectors. Following significant growth over the past 17 years, the firm - previously known as Dawsongroup Sweepers - has renamed the business to reflect the diversity of its growing vehicle range.
Having secured a position as one of the UK's number one suppliers of premium municipal vehicles, Dawsongroup emc has expanded into numerous sectors in recent years, offering a prestigious fleet of municipal, industrial and specialist vehicles to public and private sector companies.
Regular maintenance of carpets will not only prolong their working lives but also make cleaning them easier for operatives next time round. Prochem area sales representative Jon Ewing looks at one clean that makes the point clear'
Working closely with a number of commercial cleaning companies, we get to hear how the majority of their customers only want premises cleaned once or twice a year.
Two Devon-based entrepreneurs have developed an innovative, touch-free sanitising station which reduces the consumption of single use plastic bottles and messy alcohol gels, with the support of HSBC UK funding.
Rob Searle and John Ellacott at Ezisan have created a unique orb-shaped electronic sanitising unit which deploys an ultra-fine, alcohol-free 'mist' for use on both hands and small objects, to help combat viruses and bacteria.
Cleanology is driving its national expansion with a new contract win covering three of Mercedes-Benz's showrooms in the North-West, including the luxury car company's flagship site in Stockport - the largest in Europe.
"This fantastic news has cemented an incredible year for our business," enthuses Dominic Ponniah, CEO of Cleanology. "As well as winning awards in 2022, we have successfully expanded into an additional 12 towns and cities across the UK. Manchester is one of our fastest growth areas, and we are looking forward to helping the Mercedes-Benz sites reflect the high standards associated with the brand.
Designed to allow companies and organisations in any industry sector to demonstrate their support for the aims and objectives of the charity, the scheme offers membership in four distinct categories.
Julius Rutherfoord, one of the capital's largest independent cleaning contractors, has retained £30m worth of education cleaning contracts, awarded in the last two months, and spread over the next five years.
The company, which operates in London and the surrounding boroughs, cleans 136 education sites - both in the state and independent education sectors, providing 13,000 hours of cleaning each week to keep staff and pupils alike safe. Across all its sites, it provides close to 30,000 hours of cleaning services each week.
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