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International News

Seven sustainability trends that will impact cleaning industry in 2023

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Steve Ashkin of The Ashkin Group, an internationally recognised consulting firm working to green the professional cleaning industry, believes that 2023 is going to be a pivotal year for the professional cleaning industry when it comes to sustainability.

Spanish exports of professional cleaning and hygiene products grow by 3.59% from January to September 2022

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ASFEL, the National Association of Spanish Cleaning & Hygiene Products Manufacturers, tells us that overseas sales of professional cleaning & hygiene products increased by 3.59% in value from January to September 2022 and that Spanish exports reached 800 million euros over this period. In volume, overseas sales fell by 3.08%.

RAS launches latest ‘Guide to Better Public Toilet Design & Maintenance’

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RAS, the Restroom Association of Singapore, used the country’s recent 14th LOO (Let's Observe Ourselves) Awards to launch the fifth edition of ‘A Guide to Better Public Toilet Design & Maintenance’.

Integrating sustainability into warehouse processes and technologies

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The journey to net zero is accelerating for logistics organisations, supported by the introduction of low-emission schemes and an increase in sustainable technology developments.

Who do you think should feature in ISSA's '100 Years of Legacy Celebration'?

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ISSA is entering its 100th year in 2023 and the Association will be celebrating its anniversary by highlighting many of the people, products and brands who/that helped it reach this important milestone, and those moving ISSA and the industry forward into the next 100 years. It is looking to you to help tell these stories.

Hygiene industry experts join forces

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Hygiene equipment application specialist H&M Disinfection Systems and specialist hygiene solution provider Christeyns Food Hygiene have signed a strategic partnership.

Managing customer expectations - how we can learn business lessons even from a trip to the Everglades!

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Matt Wonnacott, founder of Ennovamark, writes…

"Managing customer expectations - it is a classic and key feature in building trust and loyalty between the client and a vendor. In my previous role, I made sure this was at the forefront of my relations with customers.

International appointment for global biosciences company

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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.

Terry Burrows proves he hasn't lost his touch!

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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.

Power and portability take centre stage with Goodway Technologies’ ultra-compact HEPA industrial vacuum

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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.

Singapore launches Clean Public Toilets campaign 2022

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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'.

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I’ve had a fair few responses to my request at the back end of last week’s Leader for comments on the RMT rail union’s publication:  ‘Cleaning up the railways: Why a safe railway must mean the end of outsourced cleaning’ and it’s taking some time to assimilate them, so if you’ve not yet commented and wish to have your views taken into account, you can see what the RMT thinks at: https://issuu.com/rmtunion/
In considering the comments I’ve received to date - and through discussions with friends, family and others I’ve chatted to, it’s become clear that people tend to lump ‘outsourcing’ into one thing, rather than look at the individual parts. This tends to give people a negative view of it. When it comes to the National Health Service for example, (another institution suffering from strike action this Winter season) the outsourcing of cleaning services tends to be lumped in with other completely different types of services that have been outsourced, including care services in the home, the use of expensive nursing agencies to cover staff shortages and now the ability to use companies such as Livi for video consultations with healthcare professionals when we’re unable to secure a five-minute appointment with the ‘family doctor’, or GP. 
I know nurses who’ve left the employ of the NHS and joined agencies because they can earn more money that way and can also enjoy more flexibility - and that this along with the growing number of other privatised services involving individual healthcare is making many of us believe that this is all part of a slow creep towards a privatised NHS. I feel it’s wrong to lump cleaning in with these other types of outsourcing because it’s damaging to our industry. I believe that by outsourcing cleaning we’re dealing with one of the biggest problems facing the NHS – that of a shortage of the right type of staff. I know our industry is battling to cope with an enormous deficit when it comes to numbers of cleaning staff but I believe that because of the very nature of cleaning and the competent professionals involved in running our healthcare contract cleaning services – along with the dedication and commitment of those actually doing the cleaning – we manage to cover the shortages in a way that the other ‘agencies’ are often unable to. And at a far lower cost, financially, to the NHS. 
Your thoughts please?


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This Week's News

Global biosciences company makes key appointment in UK labs

* Genesis_Kate-Ledwoch.jpgGenesis Biosciences has made a key appointment at its Cardiff-based headquarters to support the development of its extensive eco-friendly microbial product range. Kate Ledwoch, senior scientist, will aid Genesis in its research and development lab, supporting the implementation of cutting-edge technology into new and existing products.

Recently published in the British Journal of Hospital Medicine, Kate has a PhD in Applied Phycology from Cranfield University; a MSc in Biofuels Process Engineering and BSc in Chemical Technology and Engineering and will bring her wealth of experience to microbiology experiments in the lab, testing products and reporting to ensure Genesis's research meets the highest industry standards.

New style logo to guarantee quality of plastic sacks

* CHSA-Weight-Logo.jpgBuyers of plastic sacks need to look out for the new style logo that guarantees the quality of plastic refuse sacks. The Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association’s Refuse Sack Accreditation Scheme panel decided to simplify the weight 'dumbbell’ logo to just one weight category as opposed to a choice of four on the label.

The CHSA's new style 'dumbbell’ logo specifies the weight that the sack can carry and so the duty of the plastic refuse sack.

New negative air machine offers quick and safe way to clean ducts

* Negative-Air-Duct-Machine.jpgGoodway Technologies has introduced the ultimate companion to its rotary duct cleaner with the AQ-V-4A Hi Flow Negative Air Machine - a powerful air machine that offers the latest technology to deliver intense negative pressure in air ducts to capture virtually all debris.

Importantly, the vacuum effect created, restricts the spread of pollutants such as dust, mould and other contaminants outside the ducts being cleaned.

Christeyns makes landmark acquisition in Ireland

* Christeyns-Ireland.jpgChristeyns UK, international laundry and hygiene specialist, has completed the acquisition of Gannon Chemicals based in Claremorris, County Mayo, Ireland.

Already a key player in the Irish marketplace, this acquisition provides a firm footing to further build Christeyns’ Irish business and forms part of the firm’s strategic plans to become market leader in their fields of operation.

Autodrome of Modena’s RCM sweeper still a winner 10 years on

* RCM-Modena.jpgOur picture shows the RCM 1250 City sweeper, purchased in 2012 and still used daily for cleaning the Modena racetrack.

First, some history… In Modena, Italy, in 1909 there was a boy named Enzo who would dedicate his life to cars and racing, first as a mechanic and then as test driver, driver and sports director of Alfa Romeo - and, finally, as manufacturer of one of the most famous cars in the world: the Ferrari.

RJN trigger sprays colour-coded and recycled too!

* RJN-colour-coded.jpgRJN's new colour-coded trigger spray bottles are made from 100% Post-Consumer Recycled plastics. Always at the forefront when it comes to sustainability, RJN Chemicals has introduced a new range of 500ml colour-coded reuseable trigger spray bottles manufactured from 100% Post-Consumer Recycled plastics.

The new bottles are also designed for the increased comfort of operatives and are lighter in weight. They are manufactured in the UK and are themselves 100% recycleable.

ISS signs new banking customer in Australia and retains rescoped contract with global banking group

* ISS-Australia.jpgISS A/S has entered a new five-year partnership with a major banking client in Australia. Furthermore, ISS has retained a partnership with another global banking group, however with a reduced scope of work. Together, this will be revenue neutral for ISS in 2023.

As of 1st April 2023, ISS will start to deliver integrated facility services to the major banking client. The services included in the contract are cleaning, security, concierge, workplace, technical maintenance, asset management and helpdesk. When fully implemented, the services will be delivered by approximately 700 ISS ‘Placemakers’ across more than 500 sites.

Mitie appointed to NHS London Procurement Partnership Total Facilities Management Framework

* Mitie-NHS-London-Procurement.jpgMitie has been named as a supplier on NHS London Procurement Partnership's Total Facilities Management Framework. The new agreement will enable Mitie to bid for contracts which support all authorities through the provision of FM. This includes six lots, covering hard, soft and total facilities management, cleaning, catering and security services.

This appointment provides Mitie with the opportunity to pursue FM contracts within healthcare sites and public buildings, ensuring FM services are co-ordinated effectively to deliver a holistic approach for health and public sector organisations.

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Recent UK News

2022 London Housekeeper of the Year Award winner announced

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TidyChoice, online platform offering home cleaning and childcare services for London residents, has announced that Marlucy Magalhaes, a central London resident, has won its 2022 Housekeeper of the Year Award.

Ecoserv Group wins Gold at Green Apple Awards

Ecoserv Group, claimed to be the largest family-owned provider of sustainable facilities management in the UK, was a Gold winner at the Green Apple Awards for Environment Best Practice 2022.

Delphis Eco CEO Mark Jankovich wins Leader of the Year Award at Made In Britain Impact Awards

Mark Jankovich, CEO of British eco-cleaning brand Delphis Eco, has won Leader of the Year Award at the 2022  Made in Britain Impact Awards.

Two speakers announced for upcoming London Cleaning Show

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With The Cleaning Show in London’s ExCel not far off, (14th – 16th March, 2023) the organisers are busy getting the conference programme together and have now confirmed the first two speakers.

HSE releases latest health & safety statistics

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The Health & Safety Executive's newly-released annual health & safety statistics report for 2022, has revealed that in Great Britain, 36.8 million working days were lost due to work-related illness and non-fatal workplace injury, 123 workers were killed in work-related accidents and 565,000 sustained an injury at work.

Manchester-based Niz Cleaning Solutions enjoys good growth with help from Truvox

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Greater Manchester-based Niz Cleaning Solutions is a small cleaning business providing office cleaning, end-of-tenancy and domestic deep cleaning plus specialist cleaning services in difficult environments such as automotive detailing.

Employers lack understanding of health and wellbeing needs

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Both employers and employees face a major lack of understanding regarding health and wellbeing need and support, according to research from Towergate Health & Protection - and that can make it more challenging than it should be when looking at how to support staff in the coming year.

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

London Cleaning Show
18-20th March 2025
ExCel London

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


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