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International News

Infection prevention expert bolsters UMF|PerfectClean's growing healthcare team

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Marking the latest expansion of its growing healthcare business, UMF|PerfectClean welcomes Brian Spada as regional sales manager - healthcare markets. Brian is an accomplished sales professional who is skilled in client services and results-orientated client management. Most recently with EvaClean, he brings years of healthcare infection prevention expertise.

Global trade slows, but 'green goods' grow

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Global trade was worth a record $32 trillion in 2022, but amid deteriorating economic conditions and rising uncertainties, growth turned negative in the last half of the year and is set to stagnate in the first half of 2023. The silver lining was the strong performance of trade in ‘green goods’, whose growth held strong throughout the year, says UNCTAD's latest Global Trade Update, published today.

SOAPBOX: A warning about upcoming ‘greenwashing’ legislation, from Steve Ashkin, founder of The Ashkin Group

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“While it has received minimal attention in the United States, a new law proposed by the European Union will require manufacturers and other organisations to prove their product's Green claims.

Quean Clean sailing to success

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Quean Clean, the Coventry-based specialist cleaning provider, has struck up a partnership with YachtNeeds, the world-renowned, Monaco-based digital superyacht marketing company, known as 'the Amazon for yachting', with every product a yacht crew could wish for at their fingertips.

Truvox International launches new Valet Dual Motor Upright

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Truvox International has launched its new Valet Dual Motor Upright high-performance commercial upright vacuum cleaner – a robust machine ideal for use in healthcare, education, hotels and office facilities.

Phs Group expands range of GreenTeck Global technologies

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Phs Group and GreenTeck Global have strengthened their relationship with an agreement to introduce two additional environmentally-friendly technologies to customers. The new deal will see the country's renowned hygiene services provider make two of GreenTeck Global's COSHH-free sanitising solutions even more accessible to UK businesses.

Wanted - innovative cleaning solutions: CMS Berlin presents the Purus Innovation Award

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Whether the topic is sustainable cleaning agents, AI-based systems that let facilities managers control robot helpers, or energy-saving floor cleaning machines - exhibitors and co-exhibitors at CMS Berlin 2023 can submit their entries for the CMS Purus Innovation Award (PIA) now.

Weltec Biopower and GTS extend service partnership for UK and Ireland

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Weltec Biopower has extended the successful cooperation with its service partner, Gordons Technical Service (GTS) from Northern Ireland, until the end of 2026. The German biogas plant manufacturer's cooperation with GTS has been in place since 2017 and applies to Weltec customers from Great Britain and the Republic of Ireland.

ETS 'pleased to sponsor Tissue World 2023'

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ETS, the European Tissue Symposium, says it is proud to be sponsoring Europe's largest tissue trade show, Tissue World Düsseldorf, which returns to Europe for the first time in four years at new venue Messe Düsseldorf.

Diversey to be acquired by Solenis for $4.6 billion

Solenis and Diversey Holdings have entered into a definitive merger agreement under which Solenis will acquire Diversey in an all-cash transaction valued at approximately $4.6 billion (enterprise value). Upon completion of the merger, Diversey will become a private company.

Plastic-free bottles designed for commercial cleaning products

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Biovate Hygienics has announced the groundbreaking launch of one of the world's first plastic-free paper bottles for commercial cleaning products.

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A couple of times since the pandemic reared its ugly head, I've written in these Leaders about the fraud and corruption that took place in many parts of the world, whereby - with everyone's focus on the events that were unfolding - some of the more unscrupulous amongst us took advantage of the situation; with some companies and individuals fraudulently claiming support payments during lockdown, Government departments awarding contracts for the supply of Personal Protective Equipment and other pandemic response-related products to those who shouldn't have had them and the supply of sub-standard equipment - or failure to supply - to name just a few. I recall congratulating the ISSA on its call for those involved in the US to be held accountable. The sums involved were astonishing and it's the taxpayers all over the world who'll be footing the bill for many generations to come. 
A report was published this morning by the UK's National Audit Office, headed: 'Tackling fraud and corruption against Government' and although I haven't been able to do much more than skim through it, I can see it's going to make interesting reading. And while it's a UK report, I can already see that there will be lessons to be learned from it by people and governments everywhere. I hope similar investigations are being carried out all over and that those involved in committing crimes will one day be held to account. 
The report says that Government's vulnerability to fraud and corruption rose during the pandemic as a result of its response, which involved spending more on areas that are inherently vulnerable to fraud and corruption - such as buying equipment - in a time of high demand and giving grants and loans direct to individuals and businesses. It says that as Government needed to respond quickly to the unfolding pandemic, it often did so by prioritising speed when setting up these new initiatives, over reducing the risk of fraud and corruption, and diverted compliance and counter-fraud staff away from their normal roles. It also refers to previous reports that identified ways public bodies could have better managed fraud risk without impairing the emergency response - including faster transparency, better management of conflicts of interest, addressing known vulnerabilities sooner and timely financial reporting. You can read it at: https://www.nao.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2023/03/tackling-fraud-and-corruption-against-government-summary.pdf
Interestingly, it mentions that in the latest Transparency International survey of public and business perception of corruption, the UK, while still ranking highly for trust, fell from 8th out of 180 countries in 2017 to 18th in 2022 for the perceived level of corruption. I haven’t yet read this survey, but I’m looking forward to doing so!


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This Week's News

How to incorporate green swaps and encourage green behaviours in your 2023 growth plan

* Reduce-Business-waste.jpgA new report has found that taking steps to reduce a business's carbon footprint has a direct impact on improving employee retention. The research by Carbon Commitment revealed that 57% of employees believe their employers aren't doing enough to cut their carbon footprint.

To remedy this, Britain's sustainability and money saving platform - SaveMoneyCutCarbon - has launched a 12-month Carbon Mentor programme, aimed at encouraging staff to learn, employ practical changes in their home and workplace, and reap rewards - all while providing quantifiable data for firms to report on their ESG strategies.

ISSA Pulire: free online registration is open

* ISSA-PULIRE-awaits-you.jpgYou can now register to attend ISSA Pulire, which is taking place from 9th to 11th May at Fiera Milano Rho, Italy and which features, for the first time, a pavilion dedicated to pest management - organised in collaboration with Sinergitech.

Aimed at all those who need professional cleaning, pest control and laundry products in their business, including dealers and wholesalers, cleaning service and facilities management companies, hospitality and food service companies, the healthcare sector, commercial and industrial laundry sector and pest control service companies, the show will feature a huge range of machinery, chemical products, equipment and components for professional cleaning and hygiene, for both indoor and outdoor spaces.

Polls are 0pen! Cintas announces top 10 finalists in nationwide 2023 Cintas Custodian of the Year Contest

* CINTAS-finalist.jpgCintas Corporation has announced the top 10 finalists in its 10th annual Cintas Custodian of the Year contest.

From dressing up like Spiderman during recess to advocating for a mosquito sprayer to protect children from bites, these custodians are truly top-notch.

Protect your workers from violence and aggression

* agg-report.jpgViolence and aggression at work can have a serious impact on your workers' physical and mental health. In 2019-2020 there were 688,000 reported incidents of violence at work.

Prime Facility Services wins 5-year cleaning contract with Wrekin Housing Group

* Prime-Facility-Wrekin-Housing.jpgCleaning specialist Prime Facility Services has been awarded a five-year contract with Wrekin Housing Group. The contract covers a range of sites for Wrekin, which provides affordable homes for more than 28,000 people across Shropshire, Telford, and Wrekin and Staffordshire.

"We were delighted to welcome Prime Facility Services as our new cleaning contractor,” says Anita Francis, area manager with The Wrekin Housing Group. “Its submission met all our requirements and we have been very impressed with all the work so far. The quality of the cleans is very high, the people work safely and it's fantastic to work with a local company that shares our values."

Churchill joins the Infection Prevention Society

* Churchil-IPS.jpgSoft services specialist Churchill has joined the Infection Prevention Society as a corporate member. The IPS is an independent charity with 2,000 members that informs, promotes and sustains evidence-based infection prevention policy and practice to create a health and care system where no person's health and wellbeing is harmed by preventable infection.

Through its membership, Churchill will have access to research and insight from various sectors across the country, access to new innovative products and software, and the chance to attend regional forums and learning events.

Prochem to supply touch-free cleaning to leading UK university

* Prochem-touch1.jpgNottingham University has specified Prochem 'touch-free' cleaning technology to its campuses in the city centre and outlying areas.

One of the UK's leading universities, Nottingham has around 45,500 students and 7,000 staff. The University cleaning team sought a single system to clean, virtually touch-free, all bathrooms, changing rooms and shower areas on campus.

Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust renews partnership with Sodexo to 2027

* Manchester-University.jpgManchester University NHS Foundation Trust has extended Sodexo Health & Care's catering and soft FM services contract for a further four years to 2027.

As part of the new contract Sodexo will be introducing a number of infection prevention initiatives including SureWash hand hygiene training technology, a system that can teach and assess hand hygiene technique and deliver Infection Prevention and Control education as well as black light testing to aid in detecting hidden pathogens on surfaces such as walls, furniture and high-touch areas.

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Recent UK News

Sustainability successes celebrated at Metsä Tissue's inaugural awards ceremony

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More than 200 cleaning industry leaders gathered for a black-tie Awards dinner on London's iconic Cutty Sark last evening, as the winners of the Sustainability Awards were revealed. The event was the first in a new Awards programme launched by Metsä Tissue in the UK, in partnership with the Cleaning & Support Services Association, which aims to promote sustainability and reward its champions.

Atlas appoints new cleaning managing director

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One of Britain's fastest growing facilities management companies, Atlas, has announced the appointment of Ed Bolton into the newly created position of cleaning managing director.

Last chance for waste equipment savings as 'super tax deduction' deadline approaches

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The deadline for a 'super tax relief' on waste management equipment is approaching but businesses still have time to act, says Phs Wastekit, a leading supplier of balers and compactors.

Almost two-thirds of employers set to hire ex-offenders in 2023

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New research reveals how recruitment challenges are encouraging employers to consider ex-offenders. The findings mark the launch of Sodexo's new campaign, 'Starting Fresh', which will encourage, and provide guidance to businesses on proactively hiring ex-offenders.

A clear view: moving the window cleaning industry into the 21st century

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British people are officially too busy to clean their homes in the 21st century, with one in three households now employing a service provider to support with home maintenance needs.

Events & Exhibitions

The Cleaning Show
13-14th March 2024

Interclean Amsterdam
14-17th May 2024

ISSA Pulire 2025
27-29th May 2025
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