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International News

Jon Graves appointed as Greenteck Global's first chief operating officer

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GreenTeck Global has strengthened its leadership team to support the company's ambitious growth plans by recruiting Jon Graves as chief operating officer.

Genesis Biosciences consults with US Green Seal to implement industry-wide standards

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A global biosciences company with its European headquarters in Cardiff, Wales, has been in instrumental in the introduction of new Green Seal Standards that will ensure products in the cleaning industry, and in particular 'spray-applied' microbial-based cleaning products, are safer for the end-user and more eco-friendly.

Rensair launches smarter solution for indoor air pollution

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Indoor Air Quality specialist Rensair has launched an affordable, WiFi connected air purifier for smaller indoor spaces. Lightweight (9.5Kg) with heavyweight performance (clean air delivery rate of 460cu.m/hr), the Compact is ideal for small-to-medium-sized enterprises, conference rooms, doctor & dental surgeries, classrooms and homes.

New frontline workwear uniforms inhibit bacterial growth

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If you work in a high-pressure environment, you want to feel fresh and comfortable, which means that the added advantage of clothing that's not just smart but also inhibits bacterial growth is obvious. To tick all these boxes, NNT and Polygiene have teamed up to create a new range of protective uniforms.

Employees continue to struggle with stress, while awareness and utilisation of wellbeing programs in the workplace remains low

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While employees across Europe and the US continue to report high levels of stress, a surprising percentage do not take full advantage of their workplace's wellbeing initiatives, despite employers' continued prioritisation of these programs.

Researchers develop plastic film that can kill viruses using room lights

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Researchers at Queen's University Belfast, Northern Ireland, have developed a groundbreaking plastic film that can kill viruses which land on its surface, with room light. This breakthrough could lead to a significant reduction in the transmission of viruses in healthcare environments but also in other settings that uses plastic films - for example, food production factories.

Microban launches Refresh: a patent-pending odour capture technology that is completely metal free

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Microban International has introduced Refresh - its newest, patent-pending, sustainable odour capture technology that is completely metal free. This innovative technology is proven to reduce odours by up to 93% on polyester and polyester-rich blends, even after 30 launderings.

Nexaro's new industrial cleaning robot vacuum system increases efficiency while saving money

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Rising wages, a glaring shortage of labour and the stigma of a supposedly unattractive profession: the industrial cleaning industry is undergoing a profound transformation that makes the use of new technological approaches more necessary than ever.

First carbon footprint audit produced for Toucan Eco reveals low CO2 emissions

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Centrego, the manufacturer of Toucan Eco cleaning and disinfection systems, has completed the first carbon footprint audit for its Toucan Eco Active Plus system.

Clean on the road - Focus on Mobility Cleaning at CMS Berlin

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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.

Greenteck Global agrees exclusive distribution deal with Alliance Scotland

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.

Maintenance Cleaning - the benefits

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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'

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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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This Week's News

Start your double-sided cleaning journey now with UltraFlex Duo - system that can easily be adapted to your needs and requirements

* Vileda-Power-of-two.jpgThe 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.

New dates announced for postponed APPG inquiry

* BCC-Chair_Jim-Melville.jpgThe 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.

BICSc Annual Awards 2022 winners revealed

* BICSc-Awards-2022.jpgOutstanding 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.

Brightwell extends versatile dispenser systems and strengthens R & D programme during its 75th year

* Brightwell-75years.jpgBrightwell Dispensers, a global designer and manufacturer of soap, paper, and chemical dilution and dosing systems, marks its 75th anniversary this year.

During 2022, it has continued to extend and enhance its product offering, focused on helping customers with their evolving cleaning & hygiene needs.

CleanWell to develop plant-based cleaning solutions for CPG brands, contract manufacturers & industrial supply companies

* Cleanwell.jpgCleanWell, 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.

Jangro marks milestone in Sorrento

* Jangro-40th.jpgUK & Ireland distribution giant Jangro officially marked its 40th birthday in September, after the outbreak of Covid-19 halted celebrations in 2020.

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.

OSCFM announces multi-million pound five-year deal with London's leading serviced office space provider

* OSCFM-OSiT.jpgOffice 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.

Ineos Hygienics new campaign fronted by Formula One seven-time world champion

* INEOS_HYGIENICS_LEWIS_HAMILTON.jpgIneos Hygienics has collaborated with Formula One legend, Lewis Hamilton, to lead a national campaign called #Limitless.

Known for his endless drive, the aptly dubbed campaign shows the Seven-Time World Champion amongst an infinite series of reflections - positioned to dramatise what life could look like with limitless potential, through staying fit and healthy.

Broadcaster extends facilities management contract with Mitie

* Broadcaster-Mitie.jpgThe 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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Recent UK News

Queen's passing brings back memories for BCC deputy chair Delia Cannings

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The sad passing of HM Queen Elizabeth II brought back proud memories for British Cleaning Council deputy chair Delia Cannings. Delia, who was then working as head of vocational sciences at a Birmingham college, was awarded a Queen's Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education 2002, for training that was specifically focused on the cleaning & hygiene industry.

NIC Services Group announces promotion of Ken Atherton to COO

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Ken Atherton has taken on the new position of chief operating officer at the award-winning facilities management company, NIC Services Group.

CHSA calls for support for our industry in face of energy crisis

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The Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association has called for support for the industry in the face of the energy crisis.

Principle champions social value at third conference

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Principle Cleaning Services is hosting a Social Value conference, to be held at Barings' London office, next Wednesday, 28th September. The event will cover a range of topics including defining social value, why it is so important and practical advice on how to calculate and implement social value within an organisation.

APPG inquiry postponed following the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II... New date to be set for inquiry by the APPG for the Cleaning & Hygiene Industry

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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 have been postponed following the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

Jangro celebrates two years of Planet Mark certification

Jangro, the largest network of independent janitorial distributors in the UK and Ireland, has achieved its second year of being Planet Mark certified.

How Silu Wellness Centre has created a feeling of 'zen' with the Vectair Sensamist

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Silu Wellness is a state-of-the-art wellness centre located in Peterborough, UK. Silu brings the latest innovations in fitness, physical health, mental wellbeing, nutrition and holistic therapies to the East of England, offering classes such as dynamic hot yoga, body combat, pilates, body pump, circuits and meditation. It also offers wellness services including osteopathy, reflexology, hypnotherapy and massage.

Students & Abbee cleaning up

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It's not only students going to school this September; many schools & colleges across the UK are also employing Abbee robots to contribute to the net zero pledge, enthuse students and support cleaning staff.

Shades of Greyland

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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 unveils new name to reflect significant fleet diversification

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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.

Cleanology secures contract for Europe's largest car showroom

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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.

Work at height charity launches Supporter Scheme

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The No Falls Foundation, the UK charity dedicated to keeping people safe when working at height, has launched its first official Supporter Scheme.

Events & Exhibitions

The Cleaning Show
13-14th March 2024

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14-17th May 2024

ISSA Pulire 2025
27-29th May 2025
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