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As you’ll no doubt be aware, John and I regularly chat to the sales staff who man stands at the many international exhibitions staged for this industry and most admit that the different cities – however exciting they might be to the rest of us – seem to blur into one another. They confess that the thought of a day’s sightseeing, when they are permanently tired, isn’t one they relish. Other industry colleagues who have to travel a lot for work agree that while it may seem glamorous to anyone on the outside, the reality of ‘living out of a suitcase’ is actually quite different.
A press release that arrived recently, which revealed that business travellers have a tendency to add extra ‘personal’ days onto their trips so they can combine business with pleasure without the extra costs, and that many will attempt to stay in a better hotel than they would for personal trips, didn’t surprise me as much as the authors perhaps thought it would in terms of the concept, although it did in terms of ‘where on earth do they find the energy to enjoy a day or two’s holiday after a week at a show?’
And while the report doesn’t mention first class train travel, I can’t help feeling that few of us – with the extortionate costs involved – will pay for an upgrade out of our own pockets so we can avail ourselves of the added luxury of first class travel on our nation’s railways.
I hope managers won’t start cracking down on what many may see as a valid return for nights spent away from home. Speaking as someone who knows how tiring business travel can be, I’d venture that it’s a fully justified and earned add-on. And if it’s not cost the company any extra money, what’s the harm in it?
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The robust market for ingredients in cleaning applications is often overshadowed by that of personal care. Consulting firm Kline, finds that this market carries equally sustainable growth potential, with some country markets increasing at double-digit rates during the forecast period from 2014-2019.
The judges tell us that this year the standard of entries excelled all expectations, which made the paper judging – the first stage of the judging process - a tough job.
From 21st to 23rd September 2016, the Pulire Asia Pacific show will take place and it promises to be quite an event, drawing in visitors from several other similar exhibitions with which it is co-located. If you're planning to take part and want to ensure you have the pick of the stands, you can register your interest now.
The show is taking place in Bankok, Thailand, and will be strategically co-located with the BMAM Expo Asia 2016 - the ninth exhibition and conference on building maintenance & facilities management, GBR Expo Asia 2016 - the sixth international exhibition and conference on green building & retrofits and the World Toilet Forum & Expo.
RCM tells us that instead of saying that its new machine has been 'designed around the man' or that 'it answers to all customer needs' or the like, for simplicity's sake it prefers to project it as a small machine that satisfies most of the purchaser's expectations in terms of price and low maintenance, user-friendliness, comfort and reliability.
"Only the market will say how much the Kilo responds to these expectations," muses RCM's Marzia Mucci. "But with more than 100 machines ordered since they were launched at Pulire, a fair few specifiers have put their faith in it!"
LCC Support Services, the independent national contractor and 2015 Golden Service Awards finalist, has now completed its network of regional bases to self-deliver services to its many national clients.
The bases are strategically positioned across the UK and operate from Edinburgh, Manchester, Coventry, London and Southampton. They will service LCC's growing number of major national accounts, which include Centrica, Santander and Grant Thornton.
In the wake of increasing unease regarding infection control due to concerns such as the Middle East Respiratory System virus, the Ebola outbreak and contamination from construction or renovation projects, Primex Wireless has announced the introduction of its new PrimexIAQ Series Differential Pressure Sensors.
Brayborne Facilities Services, one of the leading providers of cleaning and facilities services in the south east of England, has become a finalist in the 'Large Education Establishment' category for its work for the Woodlands Community College, Southampton. Woodlands is a co-educational facility for 11-16 year olds, specialising in science and engineering, which opened in the current buildings in 2003.
Cannon Hygiene UK has been awarded the Gold standard by Investors in People (IIP), recognising best practice in people management. IIP is a standard used by thousands of organisations across the world, and the Gold award is only given to those businesses that are able to meet an additional 126 requirements on top of the 39 core IIP objectives.
Cannon Hygiene employees were interviewed by IIP across a number of service centres and Head Office as part of a rigorous and objective process.
In the US, the company has entered into an agreement to acquire International Sourcing Company, which trades as Cordova Safety Products. Operating from two facilities and based in Memphis, Tennessee, Cordova is engaged in the sale of a variety of personal protection equipment, principally gloves, to distributors throughout the US.
Workplaces can play a significant role in cutting the amount of plastic that goes to landfill, according to workplace equipment supplier Slingsby, after research revealed that the UK is one of Europe’s worst offenders when it comes to disposing of plastic.
Research from Plastics Europe, which is a leading European trade association for plastic manufacturers, studied plastic recycling rates in 29 countries and the results revealed some major variations across the continent.
Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has been fined £50,000 for failing to control Legionella. The Trust, which runs the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton, was sentenced on 11th June at Lewes Crown Court after a joint investigation by the Health & Safety Executive and Sussex Police identified a history of failing to manage the deadly waterborne bug.
It follows the death of vulnerable cancer patient Joan Rayment, 78, from Rottingdean, at the Royal Sussex in 2011 - eight days after a urine tested positive for the Legionella bacteria antigen.
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The Shareholders of Northwood Paper Sales and associated companies have announced that they have acquired the issued share capital of Disposables UK. The parties have had a long and successful relationship both during the time when the company was led by its founder, the late Trevor Storer, and subsequently with the present management.
The Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers' Association has signed up as a Silver Sponsor of the Golden Service Awards.
"We're delighted to be a Silver Sponsor at the Golden Service Awards," says Stephen Harrison, chairman of the CHSA and managing director of Harrison Wipes.
Whether it was supporting it directly, or riding the wave of positivity and enthusiasm that the Olympics brought with it, there was a definite trough left in its wake for a lot of people.
Not so for CE Facilities Services, as Tomas Gronager, chief executive officer, explains:
Barbara Hornby of Delivered Health Solutions is pictured here receiving her trophy from sales manager Danny Jackson.
Staples Disposables, one of the leading independent UK paper convertors, has entered a partnership that will see the ‘Away From Home’ divisions - which consist of hygiene paper, catering disposables and professional cleaning chemicals - taken over on 19th June and split into ‘Staples Away from home’ and ‘Staples Chemicals.’
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