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International News

Soapbox: How inflation affects the prices of new vs. used machines - or how it doesn't

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by Dennis Kottmann, head of marketing at Surplex

"The economic situation and production costs determine the prices for new machines. It's an ideal time to sell your no longer used equipment in times of falling inflation rates.

New UVpro FMT Air and Surface Treatment boosts hygiene standards across industries

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Nuvonic, a global UV technology solutions provider, has launched UVpro FMT (Flange Module Tank) UVC disinfectors for the treatment of air and surfaces in storage tanks. This innovative solution ensures the cleanliness and safety of storage tank environments in various industries, including food and beverage, healthcare, and pharmaceuticals.

Commercial refrigerator cleaning: tips from an expert

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According to a March 2023 Forbes article, those that predicted the demise of restaurants during the pandemic were “myopic (short-sighted) in the extreme”. The article concludes that instead of dying, the restaurant industry – in the US, anyway, has bounced back tremendously, with many restaurants busier and doing better now than before Covid-19.

Spain's exports soar; imports show steady growth in Q1 2023

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Figures just released by ASFEL, the National Association of Spanish Cleaning & Hygiene Products Manufacturers, show that the sector's exports have soared over the first quarter of 2023, while imports have shown steady growth.

ISS Australia gears for growth with senior leadership changes

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ISS Facility Services Australia has announced strategic leadership changes that will bolster its growth and enhance its commitment to fostering a strong organisational culture.

Addressing gaps in the cleaning industry by creating an environment of care

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In almost every country around the world, mental wellbeing is considered to be the second-biggest casualty of the pandemic behind the economy. As such, it has never been more important for cleaning brands to champion their cleaners' mental health - not only to contribute their overall success and longevity, but to instil a culture of care and protection in the industry.

CMS Berlin makes a strong comeback

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About to take place for the 11th time (from 19th to 22nd September) after a four-year break, CMS 2023, the Berlin-held trade fair for the cleaning & hygiene sector, is as strong as ever, with bookings back to pre-Covid levels.

Vispa EVO now dries forwards AND backwards

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Comac’s Vispa EVO floor scrubber, known for its agility and power, now has a new function that makes cleaning even easier and more practical… it has a new squeegee that is designed to dry backwards.

Vispa EVO’s newly designed parabolic squeegee continuously follows the direction of the machine, but what makes this this one so special is its ability to dry backwards.

ACI recognised with 2023 Clarion Award for 'Class of Clean'

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The American Cleaning Institute has been honoured as a 2023 Clarion Award winner, presented by the Association for Women in Communications. ACI's ‘From the Classroom to a Clean Room’ - Class of Clean’ was recognised as Best Public Relations One-Time Campaign - Annual Budget of $10,000 or more.

GumBusters' achievements reach lofty heights!

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While visitors to the Observatories on the 86th floor of Empire State Building in New York City are unlikely to be looking down at their feet, (unless perhaps they're suffering from vertigo?), it is still crucial that everything is kept clean and hygienic for the 20,000 daily visitors to this iconic viewing platform.

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Many times during my three decades in this industry, I’ve got into discussions with people – both from the industry and outside it, on outsourcing. Their argument is that outsourcing’s more costly since layers of ‘middlemen’ need to be paid and that there’s a lack of control over the finished result - leading to a drop in standards over time. My argument is that outsourcing work in which you’re not expert - to qualified professionals who’ll ensure your site and business are clean, hygienic and safe for your employees and visitors, allows you to focus on your core business. 
My experience and those of family members who’ve stayed in NHS hospitals over the past couple of years have left me wondering whether there’s another aspect to this, and whether sometimes contractors are offering services in which they’re not expert – perhaps because the client wants to outsource everything to one service provider? I’m not saying it’s ‘jack of all trades; master of none’, but think that perhaps during negotiations, people are over-confident about their team’s ability to perform ALL aspects the job equally well and that this can be damaging to not only their reputation but that of their client/s too. 
Two years ago I enjoyed wonderful food, served on china, at a local hospital. It apparently bore no resemblance to that which had been served up until then, when the contractor’s catering failings led to it losing that part of the job. Catering was instead brought in house and is still proving a huge success. My daughter’s currently in another local hospital where the contractor's doing a great job with everything bar the catering. Reheated food comes in foil containers while ‘freshly cooked’ food is served in horrid compartmentalised plastic plates. Apparently it’s disgusting, (this is backed up by other patients & some of the staff we’ve spoken with) and means loved ones have to take food in. 
As well as the extra contract cost to the NHS, it’s a waste of resources and everyone’s efforts.  And when it comes to contract renegotiation, will an otherwise excellent services provider lose the contract because the catering’s letting it down? Might the replacement be brilliant at catering but fall short when it comes, say, to the cleaning – or is there an option to combine forces with a company that's better than yours at some aspects of the job? After all, it’s the ability to concentrate on your core business that allows you to do it well, isn’t it?


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This Week's News

Celebrating 30 years of continuous service

* Tennant-handshake.jpgTennant UK is celebrating 30 years of continuous service from Michael Bradburn, field support manager within Tennant's nationwide service division.

Prior to being part of the global Tennant Company, Michael joined Vaclensa in 1993 as a service engineer for the Yorkshire region, being promoted to senior engineer in 1996, and then to his current role as field support manager, managing 15 technicians across the UK, as well as taking on the role of safety auditor for the entire team of 80 Tennant UK technicians and engineers working in the field.

Analytics Dashboards live track cleaning business costs and profit

* BigChange_Analytics-Reporting_Sapphire.jpgBigChange has launched a series of Analytics Dashboards to display critical business information for cleaning firms.  Big-screen graphs and tables provide an instant view of performance, such as job costs, productivity, customer service, and finance. 

The dashboards receive live data from across the business, including job updates from field operatives equipped with mobile devices, giving managers and staff complete visibility of all aspects of the business.

CHSA's half year report shows members' high levels of compliance with Accreditation Scheme specifications

* CHSA-Half-Year-Report.jpgThe 2023 half year report produced by the Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association's independent inspector shows high levels of compliance amongst CHSA Accreditation Scheme members.

By 30th June, the inspector had completed 83 audits, just over half the total scheduled for 2023.

Clear views ahead as Brighton's communities welcome new window cleaner

* Simon-Grange.jpgIt can be hard to find a good window cleaner who offers much-needed cleaning ‘extras’, but not so now for the residents of Brighton & Hove – thanks to local entrepreneur Simon Grange who has launched his ‘My Window Cleaner’ window cleaning business and become part of one of the fastest growing franchises in the UK.

Reflecting on 2023 predictions for distributors and the global supply chain

* 2023-predictions-global-supply-chain.jpgEarlier this year, Michael Wilson, chief executive officer for AFFLINK, home to 300 independent distributors throughout the US, published his predictions for 2023 - specifically as they apply to distributors and the global supply chain.

But according to Michael, the world is changing so fast, "it's getting very hard to predict the future in business. Everything can change in as little as a few weeks."

Glittering UKHA Summer Ball and awards is a smash hit: 'Oh what a night!'

* GLITTERING.jpgLast month more than 300 guests attended this year's UKHA Summer Ball, which incorporated the Hotel & Housekeeping Honours Awards, and celebrated the hospitality sector's hard work, dedication and talent.

Traditionally, the UK Housekeepers Association's Summer Ball is hosted by different regions - and, this year, it was the Midlands & South West's region's turn to hold the event, which took place at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Stratford upon Avon.

57 varieties... of ISSA's Cleaning Industry Management Standard Certification

* 57-ISSA-GBACS.jpgISSA, the worldwide cleaning industry association, announced yesterday that 57 companies have achieved the Cleaning Industry Management Standard (CIMS) Advanced by GBAC certification.

Created by the industry, for the industry, CIMS Advanced by GBAC is the first global, consensus-based management standard that outlines the primary characteristics of a successful, quality cleaning organisation including disinfection infection prevention protocols.

Meeting the challenge of increased demand for sustainable cleaning products

* Meeting-the-challenge.jpgBy Nick Winstone, co-founder & managing director of Biovate Hygienics…

“Sustainable cleaning plays a major role in supporting a company's overall sustainability goals. It creates a good brand image for your company, slashes energy costs and promotes green procurement as well as care for the planet and its people.

According to a 2021 consumer intelligence survey report by PwC, 76% of consumers are likely to stop buying from a brand that doesn't practice sustainability. From the same report 84% of employees prefer to work for a company that cares for the environment.

Berry's PCR bottles support Bio-D's sustainability commitments

* Berry-Bio-D.jpgBerry Global has created a range of reusable bottles made entirely out of post-consumer recycled (PCR) plastic for UK ethical cleaning company The Bio-D Company.

The range includes 750ml, 1 litre and 5 litre sizes for a number of Bio-D's liquid products including Laundry Liquid, Fabric Conditioner, Dishwasher Rinse Aid, Washing Up Liquid and Home & Garden Cleaner.

Mrs Buck├ęt wins new key account with Dow, in Barry, South Wales

* Mrs-Bucket-New-Key-Account.jpgCommercial cleaning company Mrs Buckét, has secured another major account: Dow Silicones - a leading global producer of silicones and silicone-based technology, serving the diverse needs of customers worldwide.

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Recent UK News

First class career progression at Jangro

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Congratulations to Tammy Ladner, who, thanks to support and encouragement from her employer Jangro, has just completed 4.5 years of study to earn herself a top honours degree, (and with it the Governer's prize) along with promotion to the role of operations & welfare manager at the company!

Work-related fatality figures show waste & recycling needs attention

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Work-related incidents in Great Britain claimed 135 lives in the last year, according to figures published this month by the Health & Safety Executive.

Pura NappiCycle gives more than 31,000 used nappies a second life

Eco-friendly baby brand, Pura, has released the results of the first phase of its groundbreaking nappy recycling trial - in partnership with NappiCycle - revealing that 6.3 tonnes of waste was saved from landfill - the equivalent of 31,500 used nappies.

Entries for UK's premier cleaning awards open next Tuesday

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Considered to be the pinnacle awards for the UK cleaning industry, the Kimberly-Clark Professional Golden Service Awards - next taking place on 23rd May 2024 at the London Hilton, Park Lane, are open for entries from 18th July.

BCC elects new chair and deputy chair

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The British Cleaning Council, which is the voice of the UK's cleaning, hygiene & waste sector, officially elected a new chair and deputy chair at its recent Annual General Meeting. Delia Cannings, who has served as deputy chair of the BCC for the past two years, has taken over the chair from Jim Melvin, while David Garcia takes over the deputy chair role.

Events & Exhibitions

CMS Berlin
19-22nd September 2023
Messe Berlin

National Floor Safety Institute
25-26th September 2023
International Symposium on Slip, Trip and Fall Prevention

Hurst Convention Center, Texas


Interclean China 2023
18-20th October 2023
2nd edition


7-9th November 2023
Madrid, Spain

Clean Eurasia Expo 2023
8-10th November 2023


ISSA Show North America
13-16th November 2023
Las Vegas


The Cleaning Show
13-14th March 2024

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