*Cleanzine-logo-10a.jpgCleanzine: your weekly cleaning and hygiene industry newsletter 17th August 2023 Issue no. 1078

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International News

International appointment for Genesis set to cultivate customer network

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Genesis Biosciences has welcomed a new appointment, Lawrence Keen, to its growing sales team as the company looks to expand its customer network across the UK and Ireland.

The antimicrobial nature of bioflavonoids…

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By Richard Thomas, managing director of Citrox Biosciences

“The pandemic certainly hammered home the benefits of regular handwashing and surface disinfection in controlling microbial proliferation. However, traditional cleaning products often contain toxic chemicals that are damaging to the environment, or that can lead to a range of health problems, including dermatitis, asthma and even cancer.

After France, Korea and China… Idrobase Spain is born

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Idrobase Spain has joined the already operating Idrobase France, Idrobase Korea and Idrobase Ningbo in China, with the birth of Idrobase America and Idrobase Japan pending.

Shared wheelchairs – a neglected contamination risk?

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Did you know that over 65 million people worldwide use wheelchairs every day? And that in addition, another one billion people use wheelchairs temporarily, for instance, due to illness or injury? Or that unfortunately, many wheelchair users develop illnesses and infections?

Hygiene trio join forces

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Family-owned supplier of detergents and disinfectants, Christeyns Food Hygiene, has joined forces in a tri-partner initiative with Danish food hygiene equipment expert Foamico and hygiene equipment specialist H&M Disinfection, to offer unique turnkey solutions.

AI-Powered air care: Putting the 'AI' in air freshener solutions

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Writes Matt Wonnacott, founder of Ennovamark - a new agency created to help aircare, hygiene and washroom technology brands and businesses develop effective innovations and marketing strategies. Matt’s two decades of experience in the industry, enables him to support clients with outstanding and truly innovative ideas - both for branding and products.

Reflecting on 2023 predictions for distributors and the global supply chain

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Earlier 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.

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

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

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

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Berry 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.

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.

Welcome to the Cleanzine



BCC ‘thrilled’ to announce approval for the Cleaning Hygiene Operative Apprenticeship. Full Story here.

My radio station of choice these days is Fix Radio, which is aimed at tradespeople. Unsurprisingly it's one of the fastest-growing in the UK: it plays a wide range of music, it’s introduced us to new artists and it has an enormous playlist which means we’re not bombarded with the same songs, over and over. Plus the chats between presenters and guests are interesting and informative for those not in the building trade and are especially useful for those of us who are responsible for the buildings in which we live and work, who will need to employ tradespeople at some stage. Knowing a bit about the problems we’re dealing with, can save us a small fortune when crossing paths with some of the more unscrupulous tradespeople. For yes – there will always be those who’ll try and make more money by bamboozling us with science! We find a good one and we stick with them, don’t we – even if we have to wait a while, (since they all seem to be inundated with work these days)? 

When my daughters were considering career and university options, I did my utmost to persuade them to go into one of the trades, telling them they’d earn excellent money and would never be out of work, since their skills would always be in demand. I didn’t realise back then just how accurate my words would one day turn out to be… Yes, it appears that just as it is with cleaners, the services of those working in the construction industry trades are now very hard to come by. According to Fix, some two thirds have had to cancel or delay work because of labour shortages, leading to a real backlog. Mulling over the situation while doing my own cleaning, it occurred to me that perhaps we as an industry are missing a trick when it comes to trying to rebrand cleaning as a profession? Think about it. Many of the professions are, quite rightly, under fire. Look at journalism and the judiciary, for example, and the respect that’s been lost for them because of incompetence, bias and poor decision-making. We all look up to good tradespeople, don’t we? They’ve gained qualifications and have often benefited from on-the-job training with more experienced colleagues – with the lucky ones having served an apprenticeship too, while many are improving their skills with ongoing training. They, like cleaners, are providing essential services that require training and experience if they’re to be done well and safely. For me it’s a perfect alignment. 
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This Week's News

Churchill empowers employees with Employee Ownership move

* Churchill-empowers.jpgChurchill Group, one of the largest independently-owned soft service providers in the UK, specialising in cleaning, catering, security and front-of-house, has announced that it has become an Employee Ownership Trust.

An EOT is a trust that enables a company to become owned by its employees and can be set up by a company's existing owners. EOTs do not involve direct share ownership by employees, rather a controlling interest in the company is transferred to an all-employee trust which is then held for the benefit of employees.

Register now to attend Interclean China

* Registration-Interclean-China.jpgRegistration for Interclean China, the dedicated international trade show in China for the professional cleaning & hygiene sector – taking place from 18th -20th October in Chongqing and free to attend - is now open.

Following the successful launch of the show in 2021, this year's event will be open for the first time for international attendees - with more than 200 exhibitors, 40+ keynote speakers and more than 8000+ visitors expected. The exhibition offers the opportunity to discover the entire Chinese cleaning market under one roof.

Thousands of homes and businesses missing out on full energy generation potential this summer

* solar-panel-cleaning.jpgThousands of homes and businesses could be left out of pocket this summer according to experts from Rentokil Specialist Hygiene. The organisation, which has launched a new solar panel cleaning service to boost the efficiency of domestic and commercial electricity generation, warns that dirty solar panels will see homes and businesses potentially miss out on the equivalent of up to seven hours of sunshine a day.

With more than 14 hours of daylight due to fall on the UK's 14.6GW* of residential, commercial and industrial rooftop solar capacity per day, Rentokil Specialist Hygiene warns that energy generation could be cut by up to half due to dust and pollen coating the panels.

Cleanology launches latest fundraiser to fight hygiene poverty

* Cleanology-fundraiser.jpgMulti-award winning office and commercial cleaning company Cleanology has launched its third annual fundraising event in aid of The Hygiene Bank. The event has been a resounding success after raising around £40,000 in its first two years.

This year the popular fundraiser is being held on Tuesday 3rd October in The Balcony Room at the majestic Globe Theatre in London's Bankside.

Sellars introduces new ultra-low linting spunlace wipers

* Sellars.jpegSellars Absorbent Materials, a Milwaukee, US-based manufacturer of wipes, absorbents and towel and tissue products, has added a new product to its Toolbox line. Its S700 Spunlace wipers are durable, ultra-low linting and solvent resistant, making them ideal for use in critical clean environments, including aerospace, automotive, printing, manufacturing and medical.

Sellars' Spunlace wipers are super absorbent, have exceptional wet strength, are abrasion resistant and can withstand prolonged use with harsh chemicals and solvents. In addition, they do not contain binders or glues, meaning they are contaminant-free.

What Not to Put Down a Drain

* What-Not-to-Put-Down-a-Drain.jpgBy plumbing expert David Cruz, at MyJobQuote

"We're all guilty of putting things down the drain without a second thought. But did you know there are some things that you should never put down the drain? Some items can end up costing you a hefty amount in repairs if you're not careful.

There is no one that's seen this more than at MyJobQuote.co.uk - Drain problems are some of the most common plumbing issues that need to be dealt with. In the following list of items that you should never put down the drain, some of the items may surprise you. If you want to avoid some sizeable plumbing costs down the line, make sure to keep these items in mind and dispose of them appropriately rather than putting your plumbing at risk.

ISS extends its contract agreement with Capgemini

* ISS-Capgemini.jpgISS has extended its existing contract with Capgemini in Europe and North America, for three years.

ISS has worked with Capgemini, a global business and technology transformation partner, since 2012, when it started to deliver services to office sites in the UK. The contract has since been expanded to also include sites in the EMEA and North America regions as of 2019 and the company is also delivering integrated facility management for Capgemini sites in India.

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Recent UK News

Gojo recognised as a key partner to the NHS

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Gojo tells us it is proud to be a brand showcased in an official publication commemorating the NHS, entitled 'NHS 75: Celebrating 75 Years of the National Health Service’. This accolade demonstrates the key role played by the skin and hygiene specialist, which has now been a partner to the organisation for more than 30 years.

Ecoserv Group expands executive team

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Stephen Jones and Jim Humphrey have joined the executive team of sustainable commercial cleaning specialist Ecoserv Group, as well as both becoming shareholders in the business. Stephen will take on the role of chief operating officer, while Jim will be responsible for key accounts and procurement as a shareholding director.

BioVate Hygienics announces recruitment of four new staff in latest expansion drive

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BioVate Hygienics, a leading provider of innovative hygiene solutions, has welcomed four qualified professionals to its growing team.
The new members - Graham Peace, Spencer Berry, Jon Chomicz and Sammy Riggins – have taken up key positions, further strengthening the company's capabilities and supporting its continued expansion.

Celebrating 30 years of continuous service

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

Analytics Dashboards live track cleaning business costs and profit

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BigChange 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.

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.

Events & Exhibitions

ISSA Cleaning & Hygiene Expo
11-12th September 2024


Cleantex Africa
16-18th October 2024
South Africa


ISSA Show North America
18-21st November 2024
Las Vegas


Interclean China 2024
11-13th December 2024

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


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