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International News

Kärcher UK launches its first ever robot scrubber dryer, KIRA B 50

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Kärcher UK tells us it is excited to launch its first ever robotic cleaning machine: KIRA B 50, a fully autonomous scrubber dryer. Designed to tackle medium and large floor areas, this new compact cleaning robot is efficient, timesaving, easy-to-operate, safe, flexible and completely autonomous when required.

Albert’s autonomous robotic fleet cleans 20million sq.m in Czech Republic in less than a year

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Albert, an Ahold Delhaize local brand and one of the Czech Republic's largest retail brands, has announced in partnership with Brain Corp and Tennant, that its fleet of autonomous mobile robots deployed across its Czech Republic hypermarkets and two distribution centres have officially cleaned over 20 million square metres (215 million square feet), completing over 92,000 cleaning routes.

Kleen-Tex extends popular Iron Horse offering

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Kleen-Tex, one of the world's leading floor mat manufacturers, has bolstered its high-performance Iron Horse matting range with the launch of Iron Horse Light to provide professionals with a cost-effective yet efficient solution for commercial applications.

Green Sack range rolls out with new innovative product offering

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Berry Global is relaunching its popular Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association-accredited Green Sack range of refuse sacks, which are UK-manufactured in Heanor, Derbyshire, from recycled agricultural and post-consumer plastic waste.

The latest versions provide users in the cleaning, hospitality and facilities management sectors with a solution that is both easier to use and incorporates improved seals.

ISSA Pulire: free online registration is open

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You 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.

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

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Cintas 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.

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.

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As someone who was brought up to abide by the law of the land and to respect authority, I’ve been at odds with myself somewhat recently, over my reaction to the reports and pictures of so many surveillance cameras and road barriers being disabled around the UK, by angry citizens. I can’t help feeling that those involved aren’t career criminals or vandals as such, but ordinary people like me, who are becoming ever angrier over the growing numbers of seemingly unnecessary driving restriction schemes that are damaging our lives, our ability to work and our businesses. Yes I’m talking about cameras and road blocking barriers set up as part of London’s Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) along with those in Low Traffic Neighbourhoods, which are being vandalised and in some cases removed. Folk are refusing to pay fines, others are covering their licence plates and some are even walking through restricted roads wearing licence plates strung around their bodies – no doubt to confuse the cameras and cause disruption to the system. I had to chuckle at the police comment: "Masked vandals are difficult to detect and charge," but can’t help thinking that the police, too, can see that these systems are so ill-advised that they’re going to lead to greater civil unrest. 
As you may imagine, I was happy to learn this week that London Mayor Sadiq Khan is facing a High Court battle to prove his plans to extend the ULEZ zone to all of Greater London in August are lawful. I hope to goodness that he loses. As someone who’s living just outside greater London and who regularly has to cross into the Zone while going about my business, I can see the damage this extension will do to local people and businesses who simple cannot afford to upgrade their vehicles to comply with emission standards and as a result face paying a daily fine of £12.50. 
The Mayor claims he’s averting a ‘health emergency’ by reducing toxic air caused by traffic, yet his schemes, in my view, add to pollution by creating bottlenecks of slow-moving traffic elsewhere. His miles upon miles of 20mph zones also cause jams and increase pollution (and frustration!) not only because journeys are taking longer and we’re forced to drive further, but also because car engines and gear boxes are often forced to labour in these circumstances. Plus, however good public transport may become, people can’t take heavy or cumbersome items such as cleaning equipment on a bus or train, can they? There’s a protest against ULEZ and LTNs in London’s Trafalgar Square on Saturday at midday. I can’t help but feel I ought to go along…


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This Week's News

Principle appoints specialist services director

* PRINCIPLE-SPECIALIST-SERVICES-DIRECTOR.jpgPrinciple Cleaning Services has appointed Juan Camara as its specialist services director. Juan has more than 27 years' experience in performance improvement and is an expert in data centre cleaning, having spent many years in the sector.

He will be responsible for leading and expanding the specialist services division as part of Principle's medium-term growth strategy and will also work alongside the vertical cleaning team.

BCC reiterates call for industry members to join lobbying campaign

* BCC-needs-YOU-campaign.jpgThe British Cleaning Council has thanked the more than 150 industry members who have backed its lobbying campaign and called on more colleagues to lend their support.

Early results are that three MPs have been engaged, along with the Conservative policy unit, which only serves to demonstrate the effect that YOU are having.

Recycle Week video picks up Award

* Recycle-Week-video-Award.jpgLast week, the 2022 Recycle Week hero video, 'Let's Get Real', scooped a Gold Smiley award at the OCFA charity film awards, fending off tough competition from Barts, the Scout Association, Samaritans, Diabetes UK, Breast Cancer Now and The Bible Society.

The theme of last year's campaign was to boldly challenge perceptions and myths around recycling, as well as targeting contamination to improve recycling behaviours. The award-winning video unpacked what really happens to recycling in a fast-paced, behind-the-scenes journey through a recycling facility.

An end to 'greenwashing': marrying the power of data and passion to deliver on ESG

* Samsic-environmental.jpgCompanies across all sectors talk about being 'green' and 'sustainable' but with the requirements of day-to-day operations taking priority, it can become all too easy for this to become no more than lipservice and for truly sustainable activity to be pushed to the back of the queue.

Corporate social responsibility is a widely used term and most company websites will contain references to policies and practices in this area. More recently, however, environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) has started to take over, implying an approach to business which goes beyond solely sustainability - however this may be defined.

Recycle nuclear waste to fight climate crisis, urge green campaigners

* Recycle-nuclear-waste.jpgIf nuclear waste were recycled and repurposed as fuel for advanced nuclear reactors it could generate up to a millennia of zero carbon electricity for Europe, says a new report released this week by the international environmental campaign group RePlanet.

Idrobase’s new Tempesta trolley helps reduce chemical use

* Idrobase-Tempesta.jpgIdrobase Group’s new Tempesta trolley is an innovative solution in the field of pressure washing machinery, so much so that it has been nominated for the next ‘Product of the Year’ Award at the ISSA Piatti show.

Scrubber dryers can be expensive...

* Scrubber-dryers-expensive.jpgThis article by Wessex Cleaning Equipment & Janitorial Supplies is for those who are interested in learning about the benefits of upgrading the cleaning operation by replacing mops and buckets with scrubber dryers.

B-Sure Recycling solves customers' waste management problems

* B-Sure-Recycling.jpgLeicestershire-based B-Sure Installations, a leading NHS Hygiene dispenser installation company in the UK, has invested over £70k to launch a new waste management company, B-Sure Recycling. The new enterprise helps customers reach waste management targets by providing a complete collection and recycling service of all types of business waste.

"How we manage waste is a huge business concern for everyone across all sectors from schools, manufacturing, retail and healthcare," explains Ross Chambers, managing director, B-Sure Installations. "Reaching recycling targets through circular economy solutions is a significant part of environmental goals for companies today.

Mitie wins two multimillion pound contracts with National Grid

* Mitie-nat-grid.jpgMitie has been awarded two new multimillion pound contracts to deliver hard and soft facilities management services for National Grid. With an initial term of five years, and the option to extend for up to three more years, Mitie will provide FM services to over 260 sites across the UK, paying all those working on the contract at least the Real Living Wage.

National Grid is the owner of the UK's electricity network, using energy generated from wind farms and other power sources, and transporting it through pylons, overhead lines, cables and substations to power local networks, directly connecting British homes and businesses.

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Recent UK News

The Cleaning Show 2023: a huge success with sustainability, innovation and technology at its core

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Returning to London, The Cleaning Show 2023 surpassed all expectations, with more than 6,700 visitors descending on ExCeL last month, for three days of unbeatable networking and product-sourcing opportunities.

Aberdeen City makes progress in real Living Wage campaign

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An ambitious action plan to 'Make Aberdeen a Living Wage City', launched in November 2022 by the Aberdeen Living Wage Action Group, has seen early progress in growing the number of accredited Living Wage employers in the city.

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