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International News

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

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Companies 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.

Recycle nuclear waste to fight climate crisis, urge green campaigners

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If 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

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Idrobase 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.

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.

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I believe it was Oscar Wilde who came up with the idea that 'all publicity is good publicity' but I must confess I've never agreed with the sentiment and particularly so now, when a bad review shared on social media that goes viral can send companies to the wall. One of the most successful marketing campaigns I've come across is that which created the wide acceptance of the name Hoover as a verb. https://notoneoffbritishisms.com/ quotes the Oxford English Dictionary as saying that people started to 'hoover their carpets and floors' in the late 30s, despite the Hoover vacuum cleaner only being patented in 1927. While the campaign was a resounding success, it's had its downside as the aforementioned website points out, since people also 'hoover up drugs' etc.

My household is generally calm but my goodness do we have some fraught discussions about waste, recycling and not throwing bits away that belong to other things just because they've become separated. If there's a lid floating around that belongs to a storage container, find the container and marry it up with the lid. If you have an odd sock, its partner will be in someone else's drawer. Don't create unnecessary waste! It seem so simple to me.

The other is one of them saying they're going to do the hoovering. "It's vacuuming," I tell them. "We have a Henry - not a Hoover". Anyway... I was somewhat miffed to find that 'Henry Hoover' was trending on Twitter the other morning so clicked the link to have my say on behalf of the cleaning industry: "Henry's not a Hoover!" I quickly realised I was looking at another 'bad marketing gone good' example in as much as Henry Hoover has clearly become a pet name for Numatic's tubvac and that morning people were singing his praises for his 'big break'... clearing up the orange powder paint scattered over a snooker table during a World Snooker Championship match at The Crucible, by a 'Just Stop Oil' protester.

As well as damaging the baize enough that it needed replacing - thus delaying the match for 24hrs, the protester increased electricity and heating consumption for when the match was resumed the following day - with the folk travelling for a second time to see the same match also taking their toll on the environment. Add to that the electricity used by Henry having his turn at the table, and the fact that the bag inside him will also have had to be replaced, along with the general annoyance at the protestor's hypocrisy, and you have an example of what Just Stop Oil may originally have felt was good publicity, becoming bad publicity.



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This Week's News

Paul G H Bakker, founder and chairman of WoolSafe and ITFA

* Paul-Bakker.jpegWe're sad to have heard from WoolSafe's global marketing director Steve Bakker, that his father Paul, WoolSafe founder & chairman, passed away peacefully on 5th April 2023, aged 82. Well-known and liked and respected by many in our industry around the world, Paul had been active in the carpet and cleaning industries as well as with standardisation work for many years.

He was dedicated to WoolSafe which he built into a global business, and ITFA, the International Textile Flooring Academy, which he had helped set up for the preservation of knowledge about carpets and rugs. Our industry won't be the same without him.

SOAPBOX: ‘The cost of going Green’, by Michael Richardson, CEO, The Perfect Little Company

* Green.jpg“There's been much written about funding for Green projects but very little on how ‘going green’ saves money. So with the aid of over 60 UK corporates, we've done a little calculation to highlight just one example, vacuuming in offices.

Candidates announced for ‘Product of the Year ISSA Pulire 2023’

* BubbleFlush-ISSA-PULIRE-2023.jpgAn impressive 22 products from 18 companies exhibiting at the upcoming international event ISSA Pulire 2023 (9th – 11th May, Milan), have been announced as candidates in the third edition of the ‘Product of the Year’ Awards.

Aimed at recognising the research activity carried out by companies operating in the professional cleaning sector and the effectiveness of products placed on the market, the Awards program will culminate with the announcement, by an international Jury, of the winner and finalists on the first day of the show, 9th May, at the ISSA Pulire Lab in Hall 8 of the exhibition complex.

Business expansion creates 600 new jobs at Cleanology

* Cleanology-600-new-jobs.jpgIn the past 12 months, Cleanology took on 600 new staff, during a period of record-breaking growth that saw the company win new contracts in London, as well as spearheading a national expansion ranging as far afield as Scotland, Bristol and Oxfordshire. An acquisition in Wigan, Lancashire, added a further 400 staff to the books, bringing the total to 1,400.

Dominic Ponniah, CEO of Cleanology, describes the jobs created as vindication of the company's strength, as well as its dedication to employee wellbeing. "The figures speak for themselves - in 2022, our turnover rose to £25 million," he says. "But the jobs we have created are also worth talking about.

Stacey Turner wins UMF|PerfectClean’s National Hygiene Specialist Excellence Award

* UMF-chosen.jpgUMF|PerfectClean has announced that Stacey Turner, hygiene specialist at Riverview Hospital in Noblesville, Indiana, has earned the company's 14th annual National Hygiene Specialist Excellence Award. Stacey was nominated by Riverview Hospital director of housekeeping Scott Smith for her exemplary work as team lead of the hospital's environmental services (EVS) department.

"Through her hard work, leadership, and commitment to infection prevention, Stacey helps support Riverview's commitment to being a champion for health and wellness throughout central Indiana," said Scott. "She delivers excellence in everything she does, driving quality improvements and providing our customers throughout the hospital with exceptional care and support.

Delphis Eco appointed Craft Guild Of Chefs' Official Hygiene Partner

* Delphis-Eco-Chefs.jpgEco-cleaning chemical brand, Delphis Eco, has announced a partnership with The Craft Guild of Chefs as The Guild's 'go to' cleaning products of choice.

Under the partnership, The Guild will be using Delphis Eco's non-toxic cleaning products at the four of the major competitions it runs throughout the year, including Graduate Awards, The British Culinary Championships (replacing Wessex Salon Culinaire) and Skills for Chefs.

Sodexo extends 15-year partnership with Queen's Hospital, Romford for a further five years

* Sodexo-Queens-Hospital.jpgSodexo has had its catering, retail and soft services FM contract at Queen's Hospital, Romford extended for a further five years and will implement new portering and cleaning technology as part of the contract extension.

Sodexo has delivered the soft FM services at the hospital since 2006 as part of the PFI contract with ProjectCo and Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust.

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Recent UK News

Principle appoints specialist services director

Principle 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.

BCC reiterates call for industry members to join lobbying campaign

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The 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.

Recycle Week video picks up Award

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Last 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 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.

Events & Exhibitions

The Cleaning Show
13-14th March 2024

Cleaning Products Europe
9-10th April 2024
Czech Republic


Care Show London
24-25th April 2024


Interclean Amsterdam
14-17th May 2024

Cleantex Africa
16-18th October 2024
South Africa


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


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