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Living within the perimeter of the M25 motorway which circles London and its outskirts, means local car journeys to shops or countryside walks, or to access the M25 itself, have me crossing briefly into parts of Greater London without a second thought. Although I’m lucky enough to drive an ‘Ultra Low Emission Zone’ compliant car, I’m angered by London Mayor Sadiq Khan’s decision to ignore thousands of people’s concerns and expand the ULEZ zone throughout Greater London. How does he think tradespeople and other small businesses living or operating around the expanded zone - or who have to drive across it to visit clients way out of London, will cope if they can’t afford to upgrade their vehicles to avoid the £12.50 daily ‘fine’ for non-compliance? Like many of us they’re struggling to cope with significant rises in inflation and operating costs and these charges will only exacerbate the issues. While price increases may cover the costs, these will only work if customers can afford to pay extra. I fear that hundreds of businesses will be forced to close.
Some tradespeople working in the current ULEZ zone have resorted to lugging heavy toolbags and equipment around on the tube, but tubes don’t adequately cover the expanded zone and aren’t an option for those who need to cross briefly into the zone to travel further afield. Or a window cleaner with a ladder, or a carpet & upholstery cleaning professional, for that matter.
People all around the M25’s interior are angry about the decision, which like so many other new city road schemes, doesn’t seem to have been thought through. My own MP is against it and appears to subtly support the handful of councils refusing to erect the CCTV cameras required to police it. I’m with him on that one!
New figures from Auto Trader show that van operators will struggle to buy compliant vehicles in time for the zone’s expansion on 29th August. Logistics UK, which represents 18,000+ transport industry companies, says supply chain issues have caused new van registrations in 2022 to be at their lowest since 2013 and that the introduction of more clean air zones around the country has intensified demand for Euro-6 vehicles and raised prices for second hand purchases too. It’s asking for those who can demonstrate that they have ordered - or plan to order - a compliant vehicle, to remain exempt from additional charges should they not receive delivery in time. While I support this stance, I fear it doesn’t go nearly far enough. I’d like the expansion to be scrapped.
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Industrial maintenance and cleaning/sanitation solutions specialist Goodway Technologies, has promoted Evan Reyes to global director of sales for its sanitation division.
The World Federation of Building Service Contractors has confirmed its line-up of speakers for the Global Executive Summit (GES), 14th ' 15th March 2023 in London, in conjunction with the London Cleaning Show.
The 2023 event features one day of sessions covering topics including Executive Leadership during times of uncertainty and ESG/Sustainability, specific to the contract cleaning and facilities maintenance industry. The format of the program will include a mix of lectures, case study exercises, panels and networking events featuring experts, academics, industry CEOs and customer perspectives.
Stephen joined the Phs Group in 2018 as head of sales for hotel, retail and catering in the hygiene division, before being promoted to sales director for Phs Greenleaf in 2020.
Key representatives from across the cleaning & hygiene and public health sectors have taken part in a high-level meeting to discuss the recent report from the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for the Cleaning & Hygiene Industry.
Some 20 industry experts joined the roundtable meeting in London to discuss the findings of the inquiry, entitled 'Embedding Effective Hygiene for a Resilient UK', and how to respond to, and take forward, the recommendations.
The move will see the hygiene technology innovator boost the number of its eco-friendly products made in Europe from 25% to 75% by the end of the year, of which 60% will be manufactured in the UK.
The data, revealed by cleaning equipment manufacturer and distributor, Robert Scott, shows that 78% of cleaning businesses surveyed expect the sustainability of their products and business practices to top the list of their customers' priorities this year.
With commuters returning to the workplace hitting a post-pandemic high, expectations of a cleaner, safer, and more hygienic working environment mean the responsibilities of cleaning and hygiene professionals and facilities managers across the country have intensified.
In light of this, the UK's leading event for the cleaning & hygiene industry, The Cleaning Show 2023 has announced some of the industry's leading suppliers and manufacturers that are confirmed to exhibit when the event returns to the ExCeL, London from 14th -16th March 2023.
Buyers of office and wheelie bin liners are now protected by the Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association's quality guarantee.
According to data from ASFEL, the National Association of Spanish Cleaning & Hygiene Products Manufacturers, Spanish exports of products for the professional cleaning and hygiene sector grew by 7.01% in November 2022, compared to the previous month.
The 16.5-acre farm in Brixham will provide 2MW of power for the adjacent treatment works and will feed back into the grid any surplus energy generated.
The Edinburgh-headquartered company has taken over the Manchester-based Purity Group, purchasing its assets out of administration. The move further builds the North West England footprint for Spotless, which has had a Manchester and dedicated team operating within the region for over a decade.
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