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

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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.

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

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Brightwell 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

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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.

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

Ineos 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.

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.

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I was interested to learn yesterday that more than 60% of the food waste at the venue for next week’s ISSA Show - which happens to be the largest convention centre in North America - is donated, composted, or used to generate renewable energy. Along with many other steps the facility’s taken to improve sustainability, this appeared pretty impressive, but then I pondered over what happens to the remainder and why it’s not being put to good use too. I know in the UK (or where I live, anyway) we’re asked not to pour liquids into our food waste bins so perhaps that’s the answer? 
The latest UK figures show that the amount of food saved from becoming waste thanks to its redistribution continues to rise significantly – up 16% in 2021 from 2020’s figures, with more than 106,000 tonnes of surplus food worth more than £330 million, (the equivalent of 253 million meals) redistributed via charitable and commercial outlets. Redistribution has more than tripled since climate action NGO WRAP, which monitors UK surplus food as part of its food waste prevention work, first reported figures in 2015. An estimated 426,000 tonnes of surplus food worth over £1.3 billion has now been saved from wastage - the equivalent of more than a billion meals in six years. Sadly, however, each year nearly 200,000 tonnes of perfectly good food in the supply chain still goes to waste - enough to fill Wembley Stadium eight times every year. I find this incredible, considering the price rises we’re currently having to endure! 
Catherine David, director of collaboration & change at WRAP, agrees: "It's devastating to see how much food continues to be wasted from supply chains when so many people are struggling to afford the basics, and food redistributors say they can take more,” she says. “Whilst we welcome the increased amount of food being redistributed in the UK, we know there is a huge amount of good food that could be feeding people. Wasting food also feeds climate change, as all the resources taken to produce the food are thrown in the bin with it." 
I must admit that I’d never previously considered the impact made in the food production, packaging and distribution process when contemplating food waste, which Catherine refers to here. Adding that to the mix only makes me more ashamed that despite all the technology we have at our disposal and the fact that people throughout much of the developed world may well soon be struggling financially – if they’re not already – we seem unable to properly get to grips with the issue.



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This Week's News

Time Out for Mike

* Mike-Osiadacz.jpgAfter 37 years in the cleaning industry, Mike Osiadacz, sales director for Matrix Cleaning Systems for the past 10 years, has decided to take retirement. Those who know Mike - and there will be many who do, will know that for the past 23 years he has been involved with steam cleaning equipment… Something that he has been very passionate about and evident when he is presenting and demonstrating.

Mike recalls that it all started back in 1985 at Premiere Products when he was working on the production line building single disc rotary machines, before moving into sales and joining the National Accounts Division, selling into local authorities and relocating to the North East and eventually back to the South West.

Nova from Kennedy Hygiene - the perfect solution for maximum hygiene

* Nova-pedal-white.jpgNova is the next generation of sanitary units from Kennedy Hygiene. Following in the footsteps of the Intima range, this is a further improved market leading unit that embodies exceptional functionality, quality, and unique service-friendly features.

Just in time for ISSA Show: The new greener McCormick Place Campus

* McCormick-Place-Campus.jpgWith the ISSA Show North America taking place next week from 11th – 13th October, attendees and exhibitors should know the many steps Chicago's McCormick Place has taken to become greener and more sustainability-focused.

"In the process, this has helped make the facility a healthier and more sustainable place to hold the convention," a spokesman says. "The McCormick Place Campus is the largest convention centre in North America. Before the pandemic, it welcomed more than 3million people annually. But that creates a huge impact on the environment. Fortunately, McCormick Place has taken many steps to reduce that impact."

'Twindemic' could cost more lives due to the severe shortage of cleaning staff, industry leaders warn

* Twindemic.jpgIndustry leaders are very concerned and reasonably warning that the ongoing severe staff shortages affecting the £59bn UK cleaning, hygiene & waste sector could cause any 'twindemic' this winter to be much worse.

The situation could become absolutely critical and be exacerbated due to the cleaning sector recruitment crisis if UK Health Security Agency fears of a resurgence in flu infections, coinciding with a major wave of Coronavirus cases, comes to pass, the British Cleaning Council is warning.

Kimberly-Clark Professional launches 100% bio-based and recyclable core plug for hand towel range

* Kimberly.jpgKimberly-Clark Professional has introduced 100% bio-based and recyclable core plugs in its Scott and Kleenex hand towel ranges across Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

The plastic-free core plugs are made primarily from starch and fibre, replacing plastic core plugs currently in use. It is estimated to reduce plastic by over 30 tons every year - the equivalent weight of 1.5 million plastic bottles.

Introducing the Pebble+, which removes 99.9% of bacteria and viruses as it dries

* VELAIR-volcanic.jpgVelair Group tells us it is thrilled to introduce you to the Pebble+. TUV certified, the Pebble+ removes 99.9% of bacteria and viruses, and benefits from Velair's Advanced Hygienic Protocol, consisting of UV-C light disinfection, ION particle generation, and an intelligent H13 media filter; all encased within an ION pure antimicrobial cover, for total protection.

Not only does the Pebble+ boast some of the highest hygiene technologies within the hand dryer market, it also benefits from Velair's patented Plug & Play innovation.

Betco to acquire certain assets of Novozymes' wastewater business

* BETCO.jpgUS-based speciality chemical and equipment manufacturer Betco Corporation has entered into a binding agreement to acquire certain wastewater business assets from Novozymes A/S.

Novozymes is a world leader in biological solutions and one of the largest providers of enzyme and microbial technologies to improve industrial performance while preserving the planet's resources.

Prochem training returns to full strength

* Prochem-Training.jpgFrom Qatar to County Down, cleaners from all over the world have zoomed-in to training courses run by Prochem during the pandemic. So, while the company's course numbers return to full strength at its facility in Surrey, its highly successful online courses are to carry on, says the company.

From a period during the pandemic when it capped numbers attending cleaning courses at 12, then 16 and 22 delegates, Prochem is back to full capacity of 28 for all of its training courses.

Westminster celebrates World EV Day with 14 new electric street cleaning bikes

* Westminster-EVs.jpgVeolia, in partnership with Westminster City Council, took to the streets to roll out its new fleet of electric street cleansing bikes for World EV Day. The set of 14 new bikes are an addition to the extensive Westminster fleet of over 60 electric street cleansing and collections vehicles.

The new electric bikes have allowed Veolia to cut down on the number of diesel vehicles used within the borough. Using a bike in replacement of a diesel vehicle not only significantly reduces noise pollution, but allows for a 100% reduction in Nitrogen Oxide (NOx) emissions.

How to prevent overdue invoices in eight easy steps

* How-to.jpgGary Prince, chief strategy officer at SimplyPayMe, writes…

A report from earlier in the year by the Federation of Small Businesses has found that 440,000 small firms in the UK were almost forced to close due to the late payment ‘crisis’. This crisis calls for businesses to take a look at the way they're paid and put in place a framework to ensure that invoices are paid correctly and on time.

Call for nominations for fourth annual National Guest Room Attendant Excellence Award

* UMF-Nominations.jpgNominations are open for the fourth annual 2022 Guest Room Attendant (GRA) Excellence Award, which recognises the invaluable contributions GRAs - hotel housekeepers – make to guest and employee environments in hotels and lodges across the US.

In an industry that is still feeling the pandemic's aftershocks, the GRA Excellence Award acknowledges the housekeeping heroes who have shown up day after day to clean and disinfect guest rooms and common areas. Nominations are open through 31st December, 2022.

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Recent UK News

New dates announced for postponed APPG inquiry

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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 will take place on 11th October and 18th October (both Tuesdays).

BICSc Annual Awards 2022 winners revealed

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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.

Jangro marks milestone in Sorrento

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

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

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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.

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.

Events & Exhibitions

The Cleaning Show
13-14th March 2024

Interclean Amsterdam
14-17th May 2024

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


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