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You’ll no doubt be familiar by now with my belief that it’s largely up to us, as members of the general public, how hard our cleaners have to work and also how much they’ll enjoy their work, depending upon how we choose to leave spaces and facilities we’ve visited, and how we interact with them when our paths cross. ‘Leave no trace’ and interact kindly, appreciatively, and with warmth, and we’ll help make their day… Leave an unwarranted mess that we could so easily sort ourselves and/or ignore their efforts - and perhaps obstruct them in their work - and we’ll bring them down.
If you’re one of our thousands of overseas readers you may not be familiar with the phrase ‘it warmed the cockles of my heart’ but it’s something you may well have felt yourself if watching the World Cup and seeing the fans from Ghana cleaning up any mess left in the stadium after beating South Korea and perhaps even more surprisingly (because their team had just been defeated) the Japanese fans clearing up AND sorting the recycling after their team played South Korea - having already done so not only for their own group stage match against Germany, Costa Rica and Spain but also during the World Cup opening match between Qatar and Ecuador.
I’m sure that after their defeat they’ll have wanted to slope off in dismay but they didn’t. All I can say is that all these considerate people are a credit to themselves, their families and their countries, and I hope that the fine example they’ve set is noted by those amongst us who feel it’s their right to leave a trail of devastation for others to clear up! Forgive me if I’ve missed any good deeds and do please let me know if I have, because people who go out of their way to clean up behind themselves so others don’t have to do so, deserve recognition for their efforts.
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Cleanology has appointed its first ever COO, to support the company's national expansion programme. As chief operating officer, Edd Horler (pictured), will manage day-to-day operations across the UK territory, which runs from Scotland to the South Coast.
Dominic Ponniah, CEO at Cleanology, describes the move as an essential strategy to ensure that the company maintains the same high level of service as it moves into new markets. It has undergone rapid growth over the last year, expanding its customer base from three to 17 UK cities.
One, was adopting a pragmatic and proportionate approach to the requirement for all biocidal products supplied in the UK to contain active substances sourced from suppliers on the Article 95 list. This is now to end.
Genesis Biosciences has recently made a key appointment in its Cardiff-based headquarters to support its global capabilities. Multi-lingual Katie Thomas (pictured), has been appointed as commercial & operations assistant and will aid the business in its international affairs using her ability to speak French, German and Italian.
After graduating from Aberystwyth University in 2016 with a double-major in French and German and a minor in Italian, Katie moved to Italy where she taught English as a Foreign Language for three years and achieved non-native fluency before stepping into the world of business.
The company scooped the Sustainable Scale-up Business of the Year category in recognition of its Net Zero strategy and a commitment to minimising the eco impact of the built environment.
"The cleaning industry is a huge contributor to the UK economy, and we are proud to have supported it in 2022, setting standards and advocating a Roadmap to Sustainability.
Congratulations to Britain's Terry 'Turbo' Burrows for once again seeing off the competition in the latest window cleaning speed and efficiency trials ' this time at Expo Houten in The Netherlands.
The industrial vacuum solution for when size, portability and industrial design need to check all the boxes, Goodway Technologies’ new DP-E1-H Compact HEPA unit weighs under 43 pounds, making it easier to transport throughout a facility.
Use it for dry or wet applications in industrial facilities, food and beverage plants, commercial kitchens, and much more.
Poppies, the domestic cleaning franchise and member of the Domestic Cleaning Alliance, is enjoying a period of significant growth and success, with "all-time highs in enquiries" coming in since the pandemic and some branches having a waiting list.
One such franchisee to have demonstrated the proof of concept in the Poppies franchise is Emma Ryan, franchisee of Poppies Stockport. In the last 12 months alone, Emma's business has seen a staggering 64% growth across business operations. Meanwhile, in the six periods leading up to the pandemic compared to the last six periods, Poppies Stockport has increased its turnover by 63%.
Themed 'Public Toilets Shouldn't Be Scary', Singapore's National Environment Agency Clean Public Toilets Campaign 2022, uses humour to appeal to the public to adopt good behaviour and thus avoid the 'toilet horrors' which arise from dirty public toilets. It aims to continue urging users to adopt the behaviours of 'Flush, Clean, Bin, Dry'.
The campaign is running on free-to-air television, and out-of-home, digital and social media platforms. In-situ materials such as posters and wall stickers will be progressively installed in public toilets at hawker centres, selected coffeeshops, parks, beaches and community clubs, to remind public toilet users about good toilet behaviours.
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