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I’ve said it before and no doubt I’ll say it many times more: Cleaning is not the best, the easiest or the most glamorous job in the world but it is one of the most crucial. Really good cleaners are hard to come by but few of them earn anything like what they are worth. Why should a TV presenter, for example, live a charmed and glamorous life while earning enough each month to buy a small house in some parts of the UK, while the all-important cleaner has to struggle to survive? After all, the cleaner actually has more responsibility…

As you can no doubt imagine, I’m a supporter of The Living Wage in the UK, which this week was increased to £7.85 per hour (21% higher than the National Minimum Wage of £6.50) and £9.15 in London.

Whereas the National Minimum Wage is mandatory, paying the Living Wage is a matter of choice. Some people I ask complain that paying more will damage their businesses – they say they can’t afford it – but others are finding it’s improving the calibre of cleaners they employ while promoting loyalty and cutting training and recruitment costs thanks to the resulting reduction in staff turnover.

Next week, we’re running an article on how Living Wage accreditation is impacting on Julius Rutherfoord’s cleaning business – and if you’re an employer toying with the idea of becoming accredited, it will have some useful information for you.

Finally (and this has nothing to do with cleaning but…) I travelled to London by train to attend a press launch yesterday, embarking at St Pancras Station, before walking across and through St Pancras International and along the shopping mall. Nowhere did I see a poppy for sale and nor have I seen any in my home town of Epsom. I wear a poppy to show my respect of ALL those who’ve lost their lives fighting what I consider to be unnecessary battles throughout the world and am flummoxed as to why – on the 100th anniversary of the start of World War 1, I’m unable to do so this year. Looking at people’s lapels I’m not alone! Where have all the poppies gone?

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This Week's News

New 2015 Living Wage rates announced

* Peter-Cooke_CTS.jpgOn Monday, the UK Living Wage rate was set at £7.85 per hour, an increase of 2.6% on the 2013 rate and 21% higher than the National Minimum Wage of £6.50 per hour; improving the take home pay of 35,000 low-paid workers across the country who are employed by over 1,000 Living Wage accredited organisations - many of them in the cleaning industry.

The London Living Wage rate has been set at £9.15.

BSI launches first global risk management standard for supply chains

British Standards Institution, the global business standards company, has this week launched PAS 7000, a universally applicable supply chain information standard for suppliers and buyers at organisations of all sizes around the globe. It will bring transparency and cost savings to the procurement of supply chains.

NISSCO awards 2014 Sustainability honours to Americo Manufacturing

ISSA-show-floor.jpgAmerico Manufacturing was presented with the 2014 Sustainability Award by the NISSCO (National Independent Sanitary Supply Companies) Buying Group at the ISSA Show in Orlando, FL, this week. 

NISSCO President, Mark Bozich, made the presentation to Americo Senior Executives with many NISSCO Distributors on hand for the event. 

SpaceVac wins 'pole' position

* SPACEVAC.jpgSpaceVac Technologies, the global high level and gutter pole cleaning equipment specialist, has reached 'pole' position - voted best brand in independent comparison tests.

SpaceVac beat its two competitors Omnipole and Skyvac in practical tests on an Essex office block by a national window and gutter cleaning company.
One complete basic set of vacuum operated gutter cleaning equipment was bought from each of the three UK manufacturers - Omnipole, SpaceVac and Skyvac.

New SideRunner lorry wash facilitates cleaning of smaller fleets, cost-effectively and using minimal water

* Sidewinder-Drive-with-coach.jpgLaunched this week, the SideRunner is a single brush lorry wash machine designed for use by smaller operators of coaches, vans or lorries, typically with a fleet of between five and 50 vehicles.

Traditionally a 3-brush rollover system would be ideal for a fleet of maybe 75 - 150 vehicles; this would be a significant investment for the smaller operator (at least £50K). Likewise, a traditional pressure washer may well be comparatively inexpensive to purchase, but for a reasonable fleet size it's also labour-intensive and can require much more water and harsher detergents than the SideRunner requires.

The US Janitorial Services Industry: a new report and forecast

A new report into the US janitorial services industry, from the Bharat Book Bureau, examines the huge and mature $52 billion US commercial janitorial services market that employs nearly 1 million people.

The report recognises that the business is very competitive, comprised of 765,000 mainly small operators, including 44,000 franchised outlets.

Just how much do you know about cleaning with bleach?

Rafael Cobos AMIMarEST, of FutureClean Systems, writes...

Recent work with a number of different (and unconnected) clients has revealed problems caused by a similar source - Bleach; Sodium Hypochlorite to be more exact. In one example, bleach was used to disinfect a large tank of water, initially through super chlorination and then to maintain clean water. Another example, which is more worrying, is the use of bleach for routine janitorial cleaning.

These are just a couple of many examples we've seen, particularly in cleaning applications which is also a recurring theme amongst smaller cleaning operations.

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Cleaning industry professionals would rather tackle body fluids than urine stains and odours in washrooms, reveals survey

* Clorox-spray_jug.jpgMost people have a 'get in and get out' strategy when it comes to using public washrooms and do not consider what kind of maintenance is put into these facilities on a daily basis.

With washroom maintenance likely to be a topic discussed at the ISSA/Intercleain conference in Orlando (the show ends tomorrow afternoon), Clorox Professional Products partnered with ISSA, to uncover the 'secrets from the stalls' and get the dirt about cleaning industry professionals' challenges and tough jobs in the washroom.

FM company MAR Services launches website to showcase range of services


Ahead of the company’s 30th birthday next year, Facilities Management company MAR Services has undergone a marketing overhaul, with the launch of six new websites showcasing all its services, a blog and a reinvented social media presence. 

General manager Christa Brazier says: “Our website relaunch is taking MAR Services into a new era. We are utilising new technology and media to enhance the way we do business and we are very excited about what the future has to hold.” 

Kaldewei: "Any grout joint is one too many"

* Kaldewei_Xetis.jpgThe Asklepios Group, one of the largest companies in the German healthcare sector, and its members of the Green Hospital Program, are focused on developing approaches to a 'green' hospital and this involves ensuring that everything is both hygienic and easy to clean.

VDI sells hygiene businesses to concentrate on its Batteries Division

On 2nd October, VDI Group announced that it had signed an agreement to divest part of its Health & Safety activity with the sale of all of its operations under the brand Direct Hygiene Industry. This amounted to about half of VDI's Health & Safety business and is part of the company's development strategy in the medium term, which is designed to enable it to focus on the batteries side of the business.

VDI confirmed this week that it sold its subsidiaries last Friday as follows: the Distribution of Hygiene (Metropolitan France), the French Health Industry - based in Reunion Island and part of the business VDI Belgium, society TINI and the holding control group Etienne BBA Packaging.

Grosvenor Services shines with five wins at contract cleaning awards

* Grosvenor-Services-ICCA.jpgFacility services specialists, Grosvenor Services, is celebrating success at the recent Irish Contract Cleaning Association Awards 2014, with an impressive five wins to underline its cleaning expertise and excellent service delivery, especially in the premium retail sector.

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Recent UK News

2014 Loo of the Year Awards success

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Interest in the Loo of the Year Awards continues to grow as entrants recognise the value of gaining prestige and recognition of their brand - and importantly their employee's efforts, as a result of achieving awards.

Duplex begins new innings at Lord's cricket ground

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Barry Wilmot and Duplex advocate, Lyn Webster (LW Consultancy) recently visited Lord's Cricket Ground to demonstrate machines from the Duplex range.

This led Sarah Brett - Purchasing Manager for MCC, owner of Lord's, to choose the Duplex 340/Steam and 620/Steam as its preferred floor cleaning machines.

Portable Sanitation Expo 2015 reveals new location and dates

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The Portable Sanitation Expo - the only UK event that is 100% dedicated to the portable sanitation sector - will be held at a larger venue next year to accommodate the event's growing popularity. Coventry's Ricoh Arena will host exhibitors and attendees from across the industry for two days of networking and knowledge building on 25th and 26th February.

High achieving school appoints specialist cleaning provider for sparkling results

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Edmonton County School, a large educational establishment serving the communities of Enfield and Edmonton, has engaged the services of specialist contract cleaning company, Julius Rutherfoord. The contract has been awarded during a period of extensive building and refurbishment, as the school evolves and expands.

Soapbox: The shocking truth about clinical waste sacks

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By Lorcan Mekitarian, commercial director, bpi.healthcare

As outrageous as it sounds, many of the clinical waste sacks being used by hospitals and other healthcare establishments in the UK are not compliant with the United Nations requirements for the Carriage of Dangerous Goods.

Top safety accreditation for Cynergi Cleaning & Support Services

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Cynergi has been awarded accreditation from Safecontractor for its commitment to achieving excellence in health and safety. Safecontractor is a leading third party accreditation scheme which recognises very high standards in health and safety management amongst UK contractors.

Worshipful Company of Environmental Cleaners honours the outstanding achievements of our forces

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The prestigious surroundings of Fishmongers' Hall, occupying an enviable position on the River Thames in central London, was a fitting venue for the WCEC Military Awards Ceremony, which took place recently. This annual event recognises the work and achievements of Environmental Health Technicians (EHTs) from the Royal Army Medical Corps (RAMC), the RAF Environmental Healthcare and the WCEC's affiliated Cadet Units.

Two new cleaning/FM contractors join the Templa CMS fold

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Templa says it is delighted to welcome Maxim FM (Sunderland) and the MPS Group (Essex) as recent recruits to its CMS integrated management software.

Events & Exhibitions

Expo Clean & Expo Laundry
11-13th July 2019
6th Edition
Jakarta International Expo


CMS Berlin
24-27th September 2019
Paired with:
CMS World Summit 2019


CMS World Summit 2019
24-26th September 2019
Paired with:
CMS Cleaning Management Services

12-14th November 2019
Madrid, Spain

ISSA North America
18-21st November 2019
Las Vegas

Loo of the Year Awards
6th December 2019
Prestigious Awards in the heart of England
2018 Awards video

Budapest Cleaning Show
14-15th October 2020


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