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International News

Handcare drives the US I&I cleaners industry, posting 3.6% growth in 2015, finds Kline

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In the wake of many infectious diseases, growing awareness of hand hygiene has been driving the market for industrial and institutional (I&I) hand care products in the US.

Before and after tests prove benefits of aqueous ozone cleaning system

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Recently released ATP test results (a process of rapidly measuring actively growing microorganisms through detection of adenosine triphosphate, or ATP) using an aqueous ozone cleaning system to clean five different surfaces, show the powerful effectiveness of this cleaning technology.

TVH acquires assets of Danish DanTruck ApS

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TVH Group has acquired the assets of the Danish lift truck manufacturer DanTruck ApS.

Wecoline introduces new red scrub pad for daily floor cleaning

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Wecoline has introduced a new red scrub pad made from the well-known Full Cycle Americo material. This new red quality has been developed to produce a pad with more cleaning power, without adding any abrasive grains to the pad.

Holchem addresses spread of Summer illnesses with summer spill kit

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Holchem has launched an Industrial Spill Kit. Aimed at businesses where hygiene standards are of the utmost importance, the kit is designed to clean up the effects of illnesses such as Norovirus and contain them to restrict the spread in the workplace.

Charles Bentley launches hygienic toilet brush

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Charles Bentley & Son has become the exclusive distributor of a new hygienic toilet brush, after launching the product in the UK and Continental Europe.

Quick hygiene test for the brewing industry

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Some of the major challenges for brewers are to make safe quality beer that maintains consumer confidence, while meeting retailer expectations and minimising both costs and wastage.

Amsterdam Innovation Awards 2016 shortlist announced from record number of entries

The jury of the 11th edition of the ISSA/Interclean Amsterdam Innovation Awards has this week announced the nine shortlisted nominees from a record total of 110 entries.

Becoming part of the Legend...

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To provide the cleaning and flood restoration industries with a single source for all of their equipment and solution needs, Dri-Eaz Products and Chemspec Europe, joined forces as of Tuesday 1st March 2016, to become Legend Brands Europe.

Permanent coating provides a one step solution to rust treatment

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Water, energy and maintenance solutions provider NCH Europe's Maintenance and Partsmaster Innovation Platform has launched Salvage 2+, a durable permanent coating product that prevents liquid from causing corrosion in infrastructure.

Cleaning on curriculum for children in Singapore

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By the end of 2016, students in all Singaporean schools will be involved in the daily cleaning of their school environment, whether it be before the first lesson, during recess, in between lessons, or just before leaving for the day.

Moerman's new ProClean Combinator is designed to save you time and make you money

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Moerman's latest addition to its ProClean family of products, the Combinator, is an innovative combination tool designed from the ground up using the company's E.A.S.E. (Efficiency, Amazing results, Safety and Ergonomics) design principles.

Apply some pressure with Briggs & Stratton

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Briggs & Stratton, the world's largest manufacturer of petrol powered outdoor equipment, has launched its new power product line up for the 2016 season which features six new pressure washers.

Taski Intellibot - robotic cleaning reimagined

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The new Taski Intellibot range of automatic robotic cleaning machines from Diversey Care is destined to transform floorcare, building care and facilities management by supporting new ways of working and delivering higher levels of efficiency, performance and value.

New Gojo Mild Antimicrobial Handwash family: Proven protection that's gentle on the skin

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Frequent handwashing is both effective and gentle with the launch of Gojo Mild Antimicrobial Handwash. The new formulation has proven efficacy against a broad spectrum of potentially harmful micro-organisms, from bacteria to yeast and virus particles, whilst being mild to the skin.

Cannon Touch targets spread of workplace germs

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Minor illnesses are the second biggest cause of workplace absenteeism in the UK. Reduced productivity and the potential costs of buying in cover for absentees soon affect the bottom line, so it makes sense to do all you can to improve hygiene and with it, the spread of illness-causing bacteria.

Deb InstantFoam Complete breakthrough: the fully virucidal foam hand sanitiser


Deb Group has launched Deb InstantFoam Complete, said to be the world's first alcohol-based foam hand sanitiser that is proven to be fully virucidal, bactericidal and yeasticidal.

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When Quartz’s Vanessa Van Santen-Smith told us at the Pulire exhibition in Verona that she was working with the British Cleaning Council to organise a Manchester cleaning show, to cater for those who’d not been able to attend the London Cleaning Show, we were delighted and – with Vanessa’s permission – shared the news with you.

Others in the industry were not so delighted and far from supporting the show, were warning companies planning to exhibit, that they should only book a small stand as the show was unlikely to be a success – if it happened at all. So not only were they not supporting the show (which raises money for the UK cleaning industry), they were actually setting it up to fail.

They hadn’t reckoned on the will of some of the Northern cleaning industry players though, who were determined to make the show a success – one of them being Greyland Chemicals’ Richard Dyson who came up with the ‘Northern Powerhouse’ slogan and wrote a comment piece for us about the need for a show to support the industry in that neck of the woods. Nick Wyers from Floorbrite and the teams from BonaSystems, Morclean and Bunzl in particular, have also pushed hard to create some excitement – as have others.

Richard Dyson tells us that in response to the first wave of VIP invitations he’s sent out to distributors, he’s had acceptances from as far afield as Dublin, South Wales, London and Kent – so it’s not just locals who’ll be attending. Total visitor registrations now stand at around 2000 and almost 70 stands have been booked by companies of all sizes including some big names… companies that had chosen not to exhibit at the last of the national cleaning shows in Birmingham.

“Wow, I’m amazed at how this has all come together… the way everybody has got involved and done their bit to make it happen,” Richard told us.

John Austen and I agree too that working together, our industry can achieve great things and it has surprised us in the past, when listening to exhibitors moan about the lack of show visitors, that they’ve not bothered to do something as basic as invite their contacts along.  If you’re exhibiting in Manchester and haven’t yet invited your contacts to attend, please do it soon so we can show everyone just how great our ‘Northern Powerhouse’ can be.

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This Week's News

Business owners fear that National Living Wage won't increase productivity

* money.jpg70% of businesses are supportive of the new National Living Wage, though they do not anticipate that it will bring any improvement in productivity.

The findings come from the latest results from the Close Brothers Business Barometer, a quarterly survey which gauges sentiment from CEOs, MDs and other management from around the UK and Ireland.

New Rubbermaid Lumecel technology says "No" to continually replacing batteries

* lumecel.jpgRubbermaid Commercial Products (RCP) has launched the revolutionary Lumecel, a rechargeable energy cell which transforms light into power, meaning batteries will no longer have to be purchased or replaced.

Lumecel works seamlessly by capturing energy from either natural or artificial lighting. This means that the energy cell will never need to be changed, making it environmentally cleaner than the standard battery powered units.

Report: More US companies reporting on sustainability

* Ashkin.jpgMore US-based corporations are reporting the steps they are taking to become more sustainable, according to a recent survey from the Conference Board, an independent business research association working in the public interest, and Bloomberg News.

To do this, the corporations are adopting the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) framework. This is the most widely used outline of standards and guidelines that allow corporations to disclose their economic, environmental, and social impacts.

Recycle Week - change of date

* recyclable.jpgFollowing the announcement of the date for the EU Referendum, Recycle Now has decided to move the date of Recycle Week for 2016 from June to 12th - 18th September. The organiser has consulted with a number of its partners and stakeholders and they agree that the intensity of activity around the EU Referendum may have an impact on the success of a Recycle Week in June.

Julius Rutherfoord launches groundbreaking biometric based time and attendance system

* Biometric.jpgManaging a large number of mobile cleaners across hundreds of sites is a challenge. London contractor Julius Rutherfoord, has launched a groundbreaking biometric based time and attendance system, which helps safeguard the security of sites and the cleaning team, whilst ensuring clients receive the level of service they deserve.

Biometric identification, whereby a person's identification can be verified through unique physical attributes, such as their fingerprint, offers the most advanced and reliable means of ensuring only the right personnel enter client premises.

Kaivac focus on floors: cleaning contractors and stone floors

* Kaivac.jpgNatural stone floors such as marble and granite were once rarely found in commercial facilities because they were expensive and they were believed to be 'delicate' floors, needing considerable attention and care. That's changed today.

The costs for most stone floors has come down markedly in the past decade. And while these floors do need some cleaning special attention, they are actually considered some of the hardiest and most durable available.

Cordant Cleaning doubles work with Metroline

* Metroline-buses.jpgLondon bus company, Metroline, has extended its contract with Cordant Cleaning and more than doubled the scope to include an additional six locations, making a total of nine within North West and West London.

The new contract is worth more than £3.5 million and this is the third time the contract has been renewed since it started in 2007.

Industrial cleaning equipment specialist celebrates 50 years in business

* iteco-easy-wash.jpgTo celebrate 50 successful years in business, Harrison Hire & Sales is welcoming past, present and future customers to its Anniversary Open Day at the Yorkshire Air Museum in Elvington near York.

The event will start at 09.30 on Wednesday 11th May with refreshments offered throughout the day.

Incentive FM Group makes strategic acquisition

* incentive-signing.jpgFacilities services company Incentive FM Group has acquired Specialist Window Cleaning in a move designed to enable the business to self deliver additional services to its rapidly expanding portfolio of customers.

This will include low level, rope access, cradle and high-level window cleaning using a combination of traditional and water-fed pole methods.

CCM proud to become UK distributor for Waterkracht

* colorado-ccm.jpgColumbus Cleaning Machines (North East), which specialises in effective, efficient and environmentally friendly professional cleaning equipment, has recently been appointed the sole UK distributor for the Waterkracht brand of trailer pressure washers.

These trailer pressure washers have a Kubota diesel engine equipped with a heat exchanger connected to the primary cooling system and are fitted with an eco boiler.

Ideal Response supports The Salvation Army

* Ideal-SallyA.jpgThe Salvation Army recently took part in Europe's largest disaster training exercise in Dartford, Kent, feeding over 2000 first respondents across a four-day period. Needless to say, the Emergency Response Units that were used to feed the first respondents, required a thorough clean before being fully ready for the next job.

The Disaster Training Exercise began on 29th February and was an excellent opportunity for the London Fire Brigade to practice its 'Urban search & rescue' skills. The exercise was also a great opportunity for emergency services to practice their coordination skills in a very realistic environment.

10 reasons to start tracking your vehicles

* vehicle-tracking.jpgGiselle Bigsby, sales manager of TrackVehicles365, writes...

Vehicle trackers are a small device that can be fitted to any sort of vehicle, and through tracking the vehicle via a GPS signal they offer businesses are huge amount of benefits.

But why go to the expense of implementing a vehicle tracking system? Here are 10 of the most common reasons.

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Recent UK News

Soapbox: Zero-hours contracts here to stay; can be positive if managed well

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Gerwyn Davies, labour market adviser at The Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development, writes in response to yesterday's Office for National Statistics figures on zero-hours contracts...

"Today's figures show a further increase in the number of people on zero-hours contracts, including a growing proportion of people on those contracts for less than a year.

Expert demonstrations and advice at the Manchester Cleaning Show

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This Spring is your opportunity to meet the Bonasystems' experts at the Manchester Cleaning Show from the 6-7 April 2016, at Event City in Manchester. During the Show the team will be running a series of demonstrations on Stand E07.

From Pendulum Tests to the latest anti-slip products, Bonasystems will highlight the most recent developments in floor care, maintenance, and lend advice on how to prevent workplace slips, trips and falls.

National Dry Cleaners chooses Girbau wet cleaning equipment

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"Dry cleaning is changing," says Adrian Redgate, director at National Dry Cleaners. Established in 1897 and based in Nottingham, National Dry Cleaners has an established reputation for high quality cleaning and outstanding customer service. Led today by Adrian Redgate, the great grandson of founder Henry Redgate, it remains a family business.

Fighting infections with viruses

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Scientists at the University of Brighton have shown viruses that can kill bacteria may be used to combat common infections related to the use of medical devices and other equipment.

This new insight could lead to new methods of preventing infections and could contribute to overcoming problems with antibiotic resistance.

The news comes after the recent government review on the antibiotic resistance challenge suggested that deaths from antibiotic resistant infection could exceed deaths from cancer by 2050, and cost the global economy $100 trillion.

Vote for South London Aramark strike

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Some 175 GMB Union members working as cleaners and hostesses for private contractor Aramark at four hospitals making up the South London and Maudsley NHS Trust, have voted overwhelmingly for strike action to win a genuine living wage, suitable sick pay and unsocial hours payments.

2016 Loo of the Year Awards launched

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Many businesses pride themselves on the standard of cleaning and maintenance of the building they occupy or that they are responsible for cleaning.

The most frequent place visited by most users of the building is the washrooms. First impressions count and high standards must be achieved consistently if the provider's - and the associated cleaning or FM company's - reputation is to be maintained.

We have Mail: It's not just truckers that need toilets!

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Stephen Munton, of the Domestic Cleaning Alliance, writes in response to last week's leader in which we highlighted the difficulties faced by those who drive for a living - and in particular, delivery drivers...

Nationwide catches the eye of the City

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Nationwide Hygiene Supplies has been acknowledged by the London Stock Exchange as one of the '1000 Companies to Inspire Britain'. The report and listing identifies the UK's fastest-growing and most dynamic small and medium sized businesses (SMEs).

Cleaners' pay has suffered more in real terms since 2008 recession, than pay of those in other fields

The real value of earnings of those whose work involves cleaning is a long way behind that of workers in other fields, having taken longer to recover from the 2008 slump, according to the GMB union's Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings 2007-2015.

Overall in 2007, average earnings for all employees were £30,015 and although by 2015 they had increased by 12.2% to £33,689, with inflation running at 25.6% over this period, average earnings for all employees are really 13.4% below 2007 level, claims the union.

Diversey Care's Taski IntelliTrail Fleet Management System improves efficiencies and floorcare machine performance: six-month trial free to new and current Taski customers

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On Monday, Sealed Air's Diversey Care division launched a test drive programme for Taski IntelliTrail, a full-service, intelligent fleet management system that allows facilities managers to remotely monitor their Taski floorcare machines with ease.

We have Mail: Cleaning up after smokers

We included a letter in last week's issue from Peter Vezey, who was asking how industry experts might tackle a dilapidated building that had - amongst other things - been damaged by what appears to have been long-term, heavy smoking. Mary de Cobos, of FutureClean Assured Systems, writes...

CHSA begins search for Undergraduate Scholar for 2016

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The Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association has launched its Undergraduate Scholarship Scheme for 2016 and is now on the hunt for the winning Scholar.

The Scholarship is open to the sons and daughters of CHSA members who on 1st September 2016 will be 18 years or over and commencing their higher education studies this year. The successful applicant will receive £4,500, spread over their three-year degree.

Water saving bathroom products see sales levels rise by 25%

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A 2016 report by MTW Research indicates that sales of water saving bathroom products have risen by 25%, boosted by housebuilding, domestic refurbishment and a continued emphasis by manufacturers on water efficiency.

Based on data from 130 manufacturers and retailers, MTW found that water saving products account for around 30% of the UK bathroom market in 2016, with the 50+ age group, DIoT (Domestic Internet of Things), product labelling and changing consumer habits providing a much needed sales boost in 2016.

Events & Exhibitions

Clean Buildings Expo
11-12th August 2020
Baltimore, USA

China Clean Expo 2020
12-14th August 2020
Expo Clean for Commercial Properties and Hotels


Manchester Cleaning Show
15-16th September 2020


Budapest Cleaning Show
14-15th October 2020


3-6th November 2020
New Autumn dates


Loo of the Year Awards
4th December 2020
+ Washroom Cleaner of the Year Awards
Solihull, W Mids, UK


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