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International News

Nova from Kennedy Hygiene - the perfect solution for maximum hygiene

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Nova 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.

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

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Kimberly-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.

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.

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This coming Saturday is Global Handwashing Day and although it’s not something I generally mention, with Covid cases once again on the rise in my neck of the woods and probably in many other places where the cold, damp weather’s setting in – plus the re-emergence of seasonal flu, which can be a killer -  I’ve decided that this year I should. Why? Well I tend not to mention it because I figure it’s something we all do as a matter of course, so it doesn’t need a special day. But then I’m wrong with my figuring, aren’t I? I’ve visited several motorway service stations this year and as it’s always with family and friends I’ve had longer to observe washbasin activity as I’ve waited for the rest of my party to emerge from the cubicles. 
A practice I consider to be almost as natural a part of daily life as breathing – i.e. it shouldn’t need any thought - is something we all do differently, which means some of us aren’t doing it right, (and that’s not just handwashing but breathing too)! My own handwashing tends to vary depending upon where I am, what I’m doing next and how long I’ve got. Often my thoughts are racing so the last thing I’m thinking about is how I’m washing my hands. Something else that plays a huge part is the environment I’m in: I’m happy to linger in a quiet and welcoming washroom, whereas a noisy, crowded facility that doesn’t seem clean and cared for, has me rushing for the exit. I doubt I’m very different from most folk in those respects. 
The American Cleaning Institute’s president & CEO Melissa Hockstad, has said recently: "Over the past two years, we have had stark reminders about the importance, impact and necessity of essential hand hygiene practices. Washing your hands with soap and water remains one of the simplest and most effective ways to prevent the spread of infectious disease. This starts with each of us, in our homes, schools, communities and workplaces". She’s right, of course. So my message to myself – and to you if you’re not focusing while you wash your hands, is: ‘take more care’ – even if your environment isn’t the most welcoming or you’re pushed for time! Melissa also highlighted the need for us to wash our hands more regularly during food preparation; when involved in caring for the sick, after nose blowing, coughing or sneezing; after handling rubbish and after directly handling dirty laundry – again something I’d expect us all to do as a matter of course, but worth a mention, just in case.



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This Week's News

MBE awarded to leading cleaning industry figure

* MBE-Kim.jpgKim Phillips, a leading figure in the cleaning & hygiene industry, has been awarded the Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) at Buckingham Palace.

Kim is a director at the British Cleaning Council, the national chairperson of BCC member the Association of Building Cleaning Direct Service Providers (ABCD) and head of catering & facilities services at Rotherham Council.

Local family business couple celebrate a combined 116 years of service

* Local-family-business.jpgSussex-based cleaning, hygiene and healthcare products business Wightman & Parrish is celebrating more than 100 years of combined service for married couple, Michael and Pam Parrish.

Michael and Pam celebrated a combined 116 years at a celebration dinner in The Hardwick Suite at the International Lawn Tennis Centre. Family, friends and work colleagues came together to thank the couple for their drive and dedication over the years.

Michael Damiana to lead MicroCare’s global sourcing efforts

* Mike-Damiana.jpgMicroCare, which manufactures environmentally progressive chemistries and tools used in critical cleaning, has appointed Michael Damiana director of global supply chain.

Mike brings with him more than 20 years of experience in sourcing and supply chain management.

Forum ISSA Pulire 2022 gets underway on Tuesday

* Forum-ISSA-PULIRE-2022.jpgEverything is ready for the sixth edition of the Forum ISSA Pulire, which will open its doors on 18th October at the Stella Polare Congress Centre in Fiera Milano Rho, Italy.

Products still make a splash after 25 years

* Bio-Productions-Toss-Blocks.jpgRenowned cleaning products manufacturer, Bio Productions, is celebrating 25 years since its market-leading Biological Urinal Blocks first made a splash.

The probiotic urinal blocks were dubbed 'Toss Blocks' when they first launched, named as such because users simply toss them into urinals and let them do their work.

Our hard floor hero!

* Hard-Floor-Hero.jpgIt doesn't get much better than working hard on a job and when finished, standing back to admire the result and the customer says: "Wow - that's like brand new!"

That's exactly what happened to Andy Daly of A&C Diamond Cleaning Services in Northamptonshire, only a short while ago.

Oxonox reveals game changing performance of its lift and escalator sterilisation solutions

* OXONOX.jpgUK tech firm, Oxonox, has revealed the results of its revolutionary AirLift and AirStair products.

Designed to restore the public's confidence in post-pandemic hygiene and drive footfall, Oxonox’s two controlled plasma sterilisation solutions have demonstrated that they provide round-the-clock protection against viruses and bacteria, reducing the microbiological load continually by 90% on average, both in the air and on surfaces, outside of laboratory conditions.

This statistic is key as it demonstrates the products' effectiveness in real world environments, as opposed to sterile laboratory settings.

Home Secretary's remarks on migrant workers and unskilled labour branded 'ridiculous, out of touch & divorced from reality'

* Home-Secretary.jpgLeaders of one of the UK's biggest industries have branded the Home Secretary Suella Braverman's comments about reducing migrant workers entering the country as 'ridiculous', 'completely out of touch' and 'divorced from reality'.

The £59 billion cleaning, hygiene & waste sector has been suffering from severe staff shortages since a tightening of immigration rules last year left cleaning & hygiene professionals incorrectly labelled as unskilled, making it more difficult for overseas workers to join the industry.

Chemicals company fined after releasing cloud of chlorine gas into factory

* chlorine-gas.jpgA chemicals company has been fined after releasing a cloud of toxic chlorine gas that spread through its factory, yard and surrounding area resulting in staff needing hospital treatment and significant damage to the factory.

In June 2019, Wiltshire company GEA Farm Technologies (UK) mistakenly mixed an Intermediate Bulk Container containing approximately 700Kg of concentrated sulphuric acid into a mixing vessel which already contained 1,600 litres of sodium hypochlorite solution.

Clean Planet Energy secures supply agreement with plastics recycling giant, KW Plastics

* Clean-Planet.jpgClean Planet Energy's North American division has announced a long term agreement with one of the world's largest recyclers of HDPE and PP rigid plastic, KW Plastics.

The agreement will provide plastic scrap to Clean Planet's new ecoPlant, to be built in Alabama, and means that up to 20,000 tons of plastic residue generated at the current KW Plastics facility in Alabama will be turned into reusable circular products, rather than being sent to landfill.

Industry smashes last year's record at Cleanology's annual event to raise funds for The Hygiene Bank

* Cleanology-The-Hygiene-Bank.jpgOne hundred guests applauded on the evening of 27th September after a sell-out event at London's Ivy restaurant raised over £13,000 and a further £8,000 in product donations to help The Hygiene Bank charity in its work to alleviate hygiene poverty.

"The generosity and engagement of our industry has been astonishing," says organiser, and CEO of Cleanology, Dominic Ponniah. "This year, we recruited sponsors who have championed the cause and helped us take the event to a new level. We are really proud to see so many industry representatives coming together to achieve a common goal. With the cost of living biting more each day, there has never been a more important time to support the work of The Hygiene Bank.

Mrs Buckét partners with Brynteg School - one of the largest secondary schools in Wales

* Mrs-Bucket-school.jpgCommercial cleaning company Mrs Buckét has signed an exclusive new contract with Brynteg School in Bridgend, one of the largest secondary schools in Wales. The new partnership sees Mrs Buckét extend its portfolio of education providers, putting its experience of working in schools and busy workplaces into practice to the benefit of Brynteg's pupils and staff.

As well as investing heavily in state-of-the-art equipment to ensure that the school is cleaned to the highest possible standard, a new site manager, David Downing, has been appointed to guarantee that everything runs smoothly.

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Recent UK News

Time Out for Mike

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After 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.

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.

Events & Exhibitions

ISSA Cleaning & Hygiene Expo
11-12th September 2024


Cleantex Africa
16-18th October 2024
South Africa


ISSA Show North America
18-21st November 2024
Las Vegas


Interclean China 2024
11-13th December 2024

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


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