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NanoMarkets has announced the release of a new report titled, 'Smart Surfaces Markets 2015-2022', which predicts that the smart surfaces market will grow to around $13.5 billion by 2020 and scale to almost $30 billion in 2022. The report follows a January 2015 release on smart coatings markets and reveals that smart solar surfaces (both photovoltaic panels that are monolithically integrated into roofs and windows and self-cleaning solar panels) will be big money spinners, together with self-cleaning walls, windows and other surfaces.
Cleaners in Northern Territory, Australia, have been reimbursed by a total of some Aus $30,000 following a ruling by the Fair Work Ombudsman that their employers has wrongly paid them less than the minimum wage.
Nilfisk-Advance is changing its name and corporate brand to Nilfisk, to create a stronger alignment with Nilfisk's main global product brands and to increase brand impact as well as understanding for Nilfisk's customers. The new company name will be implemented globally as of April 2015.
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Although we’re still awaiting the final visitor numbers and finer details of just who attended, the information released by the organisers of this month’s Cleaning Show echoes what John Austen and I were being told by the exhibitors whose stands we visited: it wasn’t just the quantity that impressed, but the quality too.
Visitors included thousands of contract cleaners including all the major UK companies; more than 30 borough and city councils from Birmingham to the Scottish Parliament itself; at least 20 universities from as far afield as Exeter and Liverpool, some 30-plus hospitals and NHS trusts; representatives from transport companies and hubs such as the likes of EasyJet and Heathrow Airport as well as numerous train companies; purchasers from all of the major UK supermarkets; plus football clubs, banks, holiday and hotel companies and many major retailers with representatives from such places as the Trafford Centre and Harrods. We are told that there were also more international visitors than ever before.
As we learn more we’ll share it with you; but suffice it to say that the event was considered a success by the majority of those who attended and looks set to start growing again. Hurrah! The next in the series is scheduled for 14th – 16th March 2017 and the British Cleaning Council’s Doug Cooke tells us that exhibition stand bookings are already well underway.
Next month (from 22th – 24th April), it’s the turn of ISSA/Interclean Central & Eastern Europe and the show’s manager, Rob den Hertog, tells us that the show is currently attracting 43% new exhibitors of which 13% are new Polish companies. Visitor registrations have come from 65 countries, so that’s another show which is clearly ‘on the up’ and becoming more international to boot.
Many stand staff tell us that they move from one cleaning exhibition to another, rarely going home – and while it’s lovely to meet up with old friends, one exhibition hall can look very much like another and this is where the location can make such a difference. In May, from 19th – 21st, the industry will converge at Pulire in the beautiful city of Verona, and whether it’s the location, the food, the lovely Italian people or a combination of all three, this is one show to get excited about!
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Pulire, the thriving cleaning show and conference which takes place in Verona, is just a matter of weeks away, so if you're planning to enter the Innovation Awards you need to do it soon. The show itself kicks off on 18th May and the final deadline for project submission is 1st April.
The latest profit report from Plimsoll Publishing has looked at the UK's Top 942 commercial cleaning firms and assessed each on their profitability and financial health.
The just-published report found that, despite average margins up on last year, 34% of commercial cleaning firms are recording a loss. However, some companies are seeing impressive sales increases.
i-Clean Systems, the independent best practice benchmarking specialist that has reviewed the practices of over 200 cleaning providers across 5000+ buildings, has joined the Equality & Human Rights Commission responsible procurement taskforce to share knowledge on best practice and responsible procurement in the cleaning industry.
Don't worry if you missed the Address, which was delivered by Paul Castle, solutions director of Mitie's cleaning business and Peter Smith, practice leader of the Marketing Doctors, because Mitie has created a whitepaper that outlines its vision of the future of the industry and how it will affect you over the next five years.
Whether you're a supplier, provider or end-user, this paper explains Mitie's view of the future and how you can stay ahead of the game.
Newly-relocated to London's ExCel venue, the 2015 Cleaning Show, which closed its three-day run the week before last, had already attracted an unprecedented number of visitor pre-registrations according to organisers and the numbers were not disappointing, believes Prochem Europe sales manager, Phil Jones.
Targeted at the hospitality industry where it is perfect for food preparation and kitchen areas, as well as the leisure sector where it can be given a thorough workout in gyms and workshops, the Easyroll Ellipse has been developed with maximum flexibility in mind.
Reward specialists and HR professionals could significantly increase employee motivation with a better understanding of the science behind the impact of pay and reward on employee behaviour. That's according to new research by the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development, the professional body for HR and people development.
The report, 'Show me the money! The Behavioural Science of Reward', discusses how money may not be the straightforward workplace motivator we expect, and highlights how alternative approaches to reward may be more effective in increasing employees' intrinsic motivation to succeed.
According to the panel governing the Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers' Association's (CHSA) Manufacturing Standards Soft Tissue Accreditation Scheme, the products of non-members most commonly found to be deficient, are mostly toilet tissue and centre feed rolls, many of which are bought on price per case.
"Buying from an Accredited Scheme member is the only way to be certain these products are not deficient," explains Jenny Turner, panel member and marketing director of SCA Hygiene Products UK.
Delivering unparalleled access to knowledge, innovation and solutions from across the FM sector, the event is the highlight of the year for FM professionals.
Facilities management service provider Servest Group has won a three-year contract with the global art business Sotheby's to provide cleaning services to locations in London. The contract will see Servest provide core cleaning, washroom, laundry, consumables and pest control services to all of Sotheby's properties on New Bond Street and to the Sotheby's fine art storage facility in Greenford and it has been agreed that cleaners will be paid in line with the current London living wage.
PGI Specialty Materials announced today that its subsidiary has reached an agreement to acquire Dounor SAS, a French manufacturer of materials used in hygiene, healthcare and industrial applications.
The agreement to acquire Dounor follows PGI's acquisition of Fiberweb in 2013 and Providencia in 2014 as PGI continues to execute on its growth strategy in specialty materials for infection prevention, personal care and high-performance solutions. Based in Neuville en Ferrain, France, Dounor's strong business in hygiene, particularly adult care products, will expand PGI's offerings in this area and enable PGI to better deliver its innovative solutions to customers in Europe.
KM Cleaning Services has always provided washroom and hygiene services as part of its overall offering; a service that has been taken up well by its current clients. With a view to expanding this service further the company has acquired a new business development manager - Karen Page.
Karen has worked within the washroom & hygiene industry for many years. She is up to speed with all the latest technologies to ensure the company's clients' washrooms are run efficiently and effectively, while also assisting them in meeting their sustainability targets.
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