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Angry UK cleaning & hygiene industry leaders have hit out after opposition parties have avoided meeting them to discuss pressing sector issues. The British Cleaning Council wrote to the Labour, Scottish Nationalist, Lib Dem and Green parties in August but none have agreed to meet with our industry’s representatives and the frustration over this comes after months of demands for a meeting with Government had also been ignored. The BCC tells me that although Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer and the SNP responded, advising that contact would be made, this has not happened, while the others have failed to respond. The BCC has also contacted Government on several occasions to discuss concerns over the treatment of cleaning & hygiene staff in Number 10 during 'partygate'. Letters were acknowledged but no other action has resulted.
I’m astonished at the lack of engagement, bearing in mind the sterling work our industry did in keeping everything as clean and as safe as possible during the pandemic and especially so during lockdown when none of us really knew what we were dealing with or how to tackle it. Remember when we were initially advised to wash our food and food packets when unpacking them after shopping trips and to wash our bags and clothes too? Remember the fear we faced when going about what had previously been our well-established routines? Was what we were doing (or failing to do) putting us and our family, friends and colleagues in danger?
Imagine being a cleaner, with one’s family worrying about what might be picked up ‘on the job’, (not just cleaning, but during the commute - often by public transport, to spend time in a potentially contaminated area with Covid-19 carriers) & what devastating effect it might have on the family! How many cleaners, working long hours through family-disrupting shifts - perhaps on minimum wage, had to argue their case for continuing to go into work, with loved-ones arguing back that the rewards were just not worth the risks involved?
Our sector’s one of the biggest in the UK, worth almost £59Bn and employing 1.47m people, but is suffering major recruitment and retention issues which we need Government help in solving. Says BCC chair Jim Melvin: "The sector's staff play a vital role in keeping people healthy, safe and well and as the industry’s one of the 10 biggest nationally, it’s hugely important to the economy. Politicians of all stripes should be both interested and have a care about what’s required on behalf of the industry and the general public. Their continued lack of action would suggest that they don't.” Well said Jim!
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The UltraFlex DUO system is Vileda Professional’s efficient new mopping system. In comparison to regular mops, the UltraFlex DUO can be used double-sided, resulting in a more time efficient floor cleaning.
The remaining two sessions of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for the Cleaning & Hygiene Industry inquiry into the role of cleaning & hygiene during the pandemic will take place on 11th October and 18th October (both Tuesdays).
The APPG inquiry, entitled 'Embedding Effective Hygiene for a Resilient UK', held its first session earlier this month but the final two sessions were postponed following the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, for the duration of the national period of mourning.
Outstanding achievements and standards of excellence within the professional cleaning industry were celebrated and recognised at the 2022 British Institute of Cleaning Science Annual Awards last week.
Celebrating the exceptional standards and leading lights of the global cleaning community were guests from across the industry who attended the glamorous black tie event, which was staged at The Forest of Arden Hotel & Country Club.
During 2022, it has continued to extend and enhance its product offering, focused on helping customers with their evolving cleaning & hygiene needs.
CleanWell, a provider of plant-based household cleaning products for nearly two decades, announced on Tuesday a strategic business shift to focus exclusively on developing custom green disinfecting sprays and wipes for B2C and B2B partners.
The company is exiting the CleanWell-branded retail segment of its business to concentrate on turnkey product development solutions from concept to finished goods for CPG brands, contract manufacturers and industrial supply companies. The combined reach of these partners will significantly broaden the availability of CleanWell's better-for-you cleaning technology.
Celebrating this huge achievement in style, Jangro hosted 160 members and suppliers in the beautiful resort of Sorrento, Italy, for a very special annual conference and lots of fun! Experiences included excursions to Pompeii and Capri, as well as a spectacular celebratory dinner to mark the momentous occasion.
Office Space Cleaning & Facilities Management, a leading workspace cleaning & hygiene firm, together with Office Space in Town (OSiT), one of London's leading flexible and serviced office space providers, have announced the start of a new multi-million-pound five-year contract.
The deal reflects the successful long-standing cooperation between the two companies, and OSiT commitment to making workspace cleanliness a key extension of its ongoing Environment Social and Governance efforts.
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The British Broadcasting Corporation has extended its facilities management contract with Mitie for an additional two years. Under the extension, Mitie will continue to deliver an extensive range of facilities management services including cleaning, maintenance, engineering, logistics and landscaping across the organisations' nationwide property portfolio, such as its iconic sites in London (pictured), Cardiff, Glasgow, and Salford.
Through its Plan Zero consultancy services, the Mitie team will also continue to support the BBC's pledge to reach net zero by 2030, and Mitie specialists will recommend ways to reduce carbon emissions and support the organisation's decarbonisation strategy.
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