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World's largest campaign launched to promote sustainable work and healthy ageing for all

Last Friday in Brussels, the European Commission and the European Agency for Safety & Health at Work (EU-OSHA) in cooperation with the Netherlands EU Presidency, launched a two-year Europe-wide campaign: Healthy Workplaces for All Ages. Focusing on sustainable work and workplace safety and health in the context of the ageing workforce, the campaign provides a timely reminder that the younger workers of today are the older workers of tomorrow.

FAQs about the SDS

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As most cleaning professionals around the world know, the old Material Safety Data Sheet has been replaced by the new Safety Data Sheet. In the process, numerous questions have come up as to why the old MSDS was replaced along with enquiries specifically about the new SDS forms.

Britannia Washing Systems help keep National Express Fleet in fine fettle

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For a high profile brand such as National Express, image is everything.

The Group delivers services in the UK, North America, Germany, Spain and Morocco, with more than 800 million journeys annually made on its buses, trains, light rail services and coaches. It strives for operational excellence in everything it does across the organisation, from its safety and CSR policy to choice of vehicle and livery.

Oust ugly algae for good

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Algae on wooden decks... on terraces and pavements... slippery, ugly and damaging. And if aesthetics are at stake - as they are on monuments, tombstones, facades, etc., the cost of algae removal can be substantial - not just in hours, but also in material damage.

Over the coming weeks, many cleaning companies will go out on site and temporarily remove the green tarnish... knowing that the algae will return in a couple of months.

Cannon Hygiene launches the Imagine collection

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Cannon Hygiene has launched the Imagine collection of washroom dispensers in over 40 countries - a modern product range which showcases a fully co-ordinated design scheme to create a style-led washroom suite.

The company says that the range will inspire customers to Imagine more from their washrooms with a choice of 24 dispensers featuring a modern, striking geometric look inspired by interior design trends and the Cannon Hygiene logo.

The ultimate flat surface cleaner from Spinaclean

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Spinaclean, the specialist pressure washer and cleaning equipment manufacturer, has launched New Slipstream Pro 20, a flat surface and traditional pressure washer for large areas of commercial and domestic paving, brickwork and decking.

India revises its solid waste management rules

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The Environment Ministry of India has revised its Solid Waste Management Rules after 16 years, to encourage citizens to do something to prevent the waste to wealth by following 'recovery, reuse and recycle' principles wherever possible.

Intelligent call-to-action capability launched at Smart IoT London targets FM companies

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ContinuumBridge, a provider of enterprise IoT (Internet of Things) solutions, has launched Spur, an intelligent call-to-action device and service aimed at service providers in the facilities management, retail, leisure and hospitality industries. It provides an intelligent, easy-to-use means for service users to initiate a request or report an issue and provides the user with an immediate acknowledgement.

SkyVac launches most powerful gutter cleaner

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SkyVac has launched what it believes is the world's most powerful pole operated gutter cleaner. The company says that the SkyVac Industrial is at least three times more powerful than any other model; capable of drawing 8000 litres of air per minute and lifting water 150in. It will even remove heavy tufts of grass up to 5 kilos.

Celebrating its fifth year of UK production, SkyVac has designed this model for all situations. It has three motors controlled by a power management lever to operate on 6,500 - 8,000 litres suction per minute and to ensure economical use of electricity.

AC7Duo catalyst natural cleaner can safely sanitise a room in 15 minutes

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Just imagine the air in a room being made odour free and sanitised safely and efficiently in 15 minutes... This is what the AC7Duo offers at a push of a button. No chemicals or deodorants are required as this commercial grade air cleaning system is inspired by nature - a thoughtful combination of harnessed ozone power and mobility under your control.

Fresh and clean smelling air is often critical for a company's performance and reputation, as well as for its occupants' health and wellbeing.

Safety requirements published for human robot collaboration

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Eunited Robotics - the European Robotics Association - reports that the ISO Technical Specification with safety requirements for industrial human-robot collaboration (ISO/TS 15066) was finalised by the responsible international ISO working group in December 2015 and published by ISO on February 15, 2016.

The document can be ordered at ISO store (www.iso.org). ISO/TS 15066 contains requirements for the safe implementation of robots in collaborative operations and with robotics being used more and more in cleaning, the publication is timely.

Esclean offers special promotional and business opportunity for industry professionals

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"The 2014 edition of Esclean was a giant leap towards the sector's objectives," say the Spanish show's organisers. "It succeeded in promoting professionalisation and guaranteed product quality, encouraged a culture of professional cleaning and hygiene, fostered the launch of actions aimed at reducing costs while improving the hygienic result of cleaning.

It also "disseminated the idiosyncrasies of a sector that creates employment and wealth and which is committed to the environment, enhanced well-being, quality of life and public health."

Handwashing gets skipped a third of the time in outpatient healthcare

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Despite having policies in place to prevent infections, staff at outpatient care facilities fail to follow recommendations for hand hygiene 37% of the time, and for safe injection practices 33% of the time.

This is according to a study published in the April issue of the American Journal of Infection Control, the official publication of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control & Epidemiology (APIC).

Honouring World Health Day by protecting indoor air quality

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Avmor, Canada's leading manufacturer of professional cleaning solutions for the Jan/San and foodservice markets, believes that the professional cleaning industry should honour this day by focusing on ways to protect human health... and at the top of its list is indoor air quality.

Med-X's Nature-Cide insecticide moves into Cannabis cultivation supply

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Med-X announced this week that it has struck a deal with cultivation distribution venue GrowMinded to supply its Nature-Cide cleaning and pest control products to cannabis cultivators in several states throughout the US.

i-Robot robotic floor cleaning machines now available from Vaclensa

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We can expect to see a lot more from Vaclensa in the near future and the company's large stand at the Manchester Cleaning Show gave us a taste of things to come. What caught our attention was an area being buzzed around by the new Commercial i-Robot robotic cleaning machine, which has a really low profile for cleaning under cupboards etc.

Papyrus Supplies acquires Veli Mark Oy and strengthens its position in Finland

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Papyrus Supplies has acquired the family owned company Veli Mark Oy in Finland, the full service wholesaler within the professional cleaning and hygiene products sector, which uses the distinctive zebra print (and the animals themselves) in its branding.

Through this acquisition, Papyrus Supplies says it is further strengthening its Nordic position in the field of cleaning and facilities management supplies.

Airplus - the new air freshener system from Kennedy Hygiene

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Kennedy Hygiene Products has unveiled its latest air-freshener system - the Airplus Ellipse - at the Manchester Cleaning Show.

A simple, battery-free, door-mounted air freshener solution for washroom cubicles, the Airplus Ellipse offers maximum ease of service with easy loading and activation of the refill: the cartridge has been designed to activate inside the dispenser using the action created by closing the cover - thus avoiding any possible fragrance spillage.

Singaporean washroom association moves closer to becoming 'Toilet Hub' in 2016

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In 2015, the Restroom Association (Singapore) reached new milestones with the launch of its World Toilet Day Commemoration Fund, Happy Toilets @ Preschools Programme and Guide to Better Preschool Toilet Design, Maintenance and Education.

WFBSC announces first Berlin meeting for CMS 2017, as Thomas Dietrich takes over presidency

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For the first time, the World Federation of Building Service Contractors will be gathering cleaning industry decision-makers from around the world for a meeting in Berlin.

From 18th to 20th September 2017, the Federation will be holding its congress alongside the international cleaning trade fair CMS Berlin 2017 - Cleaning.Management.Services in the German capital. The headline topic of the international conference is 'Cleaning in the digital world - processes, people, technology.'

Greyland new launches at Manchester Cleaning Show

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New products seen on the Greyland stand include Cotton Fresh air freshener trigger spray, Bathroom Cleaner and Limescale Remover trigger sprays formulated with anti-limescale for hard water areas, and their 1L angle neck Spring Toilet Freshener. We'll be bringing you more detailed information on these new products very soon.

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Nothing quite underlines the fact that having decent, accessible washrooms in town centres is good for tourism and business, as the news recently of a coach firm saying it will give Newbury town centre, Berkshire, a miss when it comes to stopovers, as a result of the council closing two of its public toilets!

Up to 1,000 coach passengers a week will now no longer be stopping at the town for lunch and other refreshments or to do some shopping, as the coach company says it will be finding somewhere else to stop over in future. And that’s just one company. Just imagine the figures if other coach operators follow suit – as well as other people who’d normally spend the day (and their money) in Newbury but who will now decide to ‘go’ elsewhere…

I know it costs money to keep public toilets open, clean and stocked, but the knock-on effect on local businesses that suffer as a result of closures, impacts on their ability to pay their rents and rates and thus reduces a council’s income. Local businesses without enough income, eventually have to close down themselves, don’t they? Boarded up shops don’t do anything for a town’s image and once the rot sets in, it can be downhill all the way from then on in…

Some of the forum comments that have gone up, following the news, show that people are, generally, frustrated by the closures – and obviously this isn’t all just about Newbury but about public facilities the UK over. Some overseas posters are saying that the UK’s the worst in Europe when it comes to decent public toilet provision. Many posters are saying they’ll use other town centres instead, while some are admitting that they’re finding it harder to go out anywhere for the day, as the lack of public facilities – particularly as they get older – is keeping them in their homes.

It’s being suggested that visitors to Newbury use the library’s facilities but I understand that these are not near the coach stop-off points and will likely involve queuing. Not exactly a ‘public convenience’ then…

I do hope that before the two blocks that have been shut down are sold to developers and turned into housing, the council considers installing turnstiles and charging people, say 10p or even 20p to use them. The money will soon add up…

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This Week's News

UK public makes food hygiene number one priority when eating out

* food-hygiene.jpgUK consumers are united in not tolerating poor food hygiene ratings and simply won't visit places that have had food safety issues, no matter what type of restaurant they are. Some 61% won't eat at a restaurant, takeaway, coffee shop or pub that has a low Food Standards Agency (FSA) Food Hygiene Rating while three quarters (75%) said they wouldn't risk dining at a restaurant that had been implicated in a food hygiene incident, even if recommended by someone that they trust.

Brightwell Dispensers: exciting new launches

* Q200_Brightwell.jpgWith ISSA/Interclean Amsterdam just around the corner, Brightwell Dispensers - the global independent designer and manufacturer of innovative soap, paper and chemical dispensing systems for the hygiene industry - is back with some exciting new product ranges...

2016 celebrates the release of new product ranges including the Quantura range of dishwash dosing systems, a new drain dosing system and the recently launched EcoMulti chemical dilution system. The company has chosen ISSA/ Interclean Amsterdam to preview the new ranges which will be on display at stand 01.239.

2016 is looking better than last year, says Tennant Company

* Tennant.jpgIn results announced this week, Tennant Company has reported net earnings of $4.4 million, on net sales of $179.9 million for the first quarter ended 31st March, 2016. In the 2015 first quarter, Tennant reported net earnings of $5.0 million, on record net sales for a first quarter of $185.7 million.

"The sluggish business environment that we encountered in the 2015 fourth quarter carried over into the 2016 first quarter, making for a difficult comparison against record sales in the prior year period," says Chris Killingstad, Tennant Company's president and chief executive officer.

Chemours to sell 'Clean and Disinfect' business to Lanxess

* chemours.jpgThe Chemours Company has signed a definitive agreement to sell the Disinfectants, Oxone and Chlorine Dioxide business lines (Clean and Disinfect business) of its Chemical Solutions segment to speciality chemicals group Lanxess for $230 million in cash. The company anticipates closing the transaction within the second half of 2016, subject to customary closing conditions and regulatory approvals.

Firms must guard against staff fatigue as fines for corporate manslaughter escalate to £20m

* fatigued.jpgImperago has published a paper outlining the importance of taking staff fatigue into account when devising staff working patterns. Major companies convicted of corporate manslaughter that have a turnover of £50m or more could now face fines of up to £20m according to guidelines by the Sentencing Council that were announced recently.

While there are many lifestyle factors that can cause fatigue, so too can work related factors such as time of working and resting periods, length and number of consecutive work duties and intensity of work demands.

Cleaning Operative of the Year winner announced

* ABCD-cleaner-of-the-year.jpgIn annual awards created by British Cleaning Council members, the Association of Building Cleaning Direct Service Providers and Denis Rawlins, (which provides sponsorship), June Manley has been named Cleaning Operative of the Year 2016. June, who works at Carr Mill Primary School, St Helens, Merseyside, wins £250 of high street vouchers and a specially engraved glass trophy.

Senior EU leader to keynote session on 'Opportunities Offered by the Circular Economy Package'

* EU-official.jpgDr. Hugo-Maria Schally - head of unit Eco-Innovation and Circular Economy, directorate general for the Environment, Directorate Green Economy of the European Commission, will lead the session titled 'Redefining Innovation - Opportunities of the EU Circular Economy Package' on 12th May at the 26th edition of ISSA/Interclean in Amsterdam.

As a leading advocate of sustainability in Europe, Dr. Schally will provide attendees with an overview of the Circular Economy Package and, in particular, its potential to impact the cleaning sector by improving global competitiveness, fostering sustainable economic growth and generating new jobs.

With every generation comes new innovation!

* Rotomac-generations.jpgRosemor International has recently lined up four different generations of its customers' machines in its workshops. This shows 16 years of innovation and technical development.

The Alta 20, built in 2000 was the original model Rosemor brought from Tennant, also known as the Rotomac 300. As you can see the control panel and many other features were modernised in developing the next model, the Rotomac 330, some five years later.

British Safety Council endorses World Day for Safety & Health at Work campaign's message

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its belief that proportionate and effective management of health & safety is an enabler of business activity.

Celebrated annually on 28 April and led by the International Labour Organisation, the World Day for Safety an&d Health at Work raises public awareness of the importance of health & safety at work, as well as the prevention of occupational accidents. In 2014/2015, accidents at work claimed 142 lives and caused 78,000 injuries in Britain.

Australian cleaners find United Voice helps win proper pay and conditions

* Murray-Bridge.jpgAustralian Union United Voice has stepped in to help a group of cleaners win the pay and conditions they deserve.

The union says that in late 2014, when cleaning contractor Pickwick won the contract for the Murray Bridge Marketplace shopping centre, it hired new workers and compelled them to provide an Australian Business Number. It says that in 2015, cleaners were paid a flat rate of AU$19 (£9.90) an hour for any day of the year and that they did not receive paid annual leave, sick leave or superannuation, so were effectively casual employees even though they were regularly rostered.

Floor cleaning company doubles size of premises

* Tesco-B-A.jpgWarwickshire-based Beaver Floorcare was engaged recently through flooring manufacturer Relay Floors to clean and restore the vinyl interlocking tiles to their former glory at a Tesco store.

The call came because the onsite cleaning contractor was not delivering the desired standards for the store manager and the high level of appearance that was expected.

Cromwell uses MP's Earth Day visit to highlight range of environmental issues

* NigelAdamsMP_visit.jpgCromwell Polythene's managing director James Lee highlighted a wide range of environmental issues when local MP Nigel Adams visited the company's Sherburn headquarters, near Leeds, this week.

The Member of Parliament for Selby and Ainsty, who has consistently championed local businesses and, as Chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Biomass Group, is an enthusiastic supporter of biomass, appropriately chose April 22nd, Earth Day 2016, for his visit. The first Earth Day, more than 25 years ago, is widely credited with launching the modern environmental movement.

Dolphin Dispensers to showcase 'high impact' Excel Range at ISSA/Interclean

* DOLPHIN.jpgDolphin Dispensers, a leading UK-based manufacturer and global commercial washrooms solutions provider, will be launching its extended Excel Dispenser range at this year's ISSA/Interclean event taking place in Amsterdam 10 - 13th May 2016.

A master in the art of creating seamless washrooms, Dolphin Dispensers says its current Excel range can be found within landmark commercial office developments and public buildings including education facilities, airports and stations around the world.

Springfield Clinic operates Xenex Germ-Zapping Robot

* xenex-dia.jpgSpringfield Clinic has announced that it is the first Ambulatory Surgery Center in Illinois, US, to use the Xenex Germ-Zapping Robot and is among the leading outpatient surgery centres in the country to incorporate the technology.

The Xenex robot, affectionately named Louie by the Springfield Clinic Infection Control Committee, uses Full Spectrum pulsed xenon ultraviolet light to quickly and safely destroy harmful bacteria, viruses, fungi and bacterial spores. The portable system is effective against even the most dangerous pathogens, including C. diff, influenza, Ebola and MRSA.

Thrive residents play key part in selecting new contractors

* Thrive-GM-Team.jpgThrive Homes put its residents at the heart of the decision-making process before awarding its new communal cleaning and grounds maintenance contracts.

The housing association involved its tenants and leaseholders in every stage of the process before awarding its communal cleaning contract to Pinnacle PSG and its grounds maintenance work to Lotus Landscapes, with a sub-contract to social enterprise, Let's Talk Grounds Maintenance (LTGM).

GMB Scotland to ballot Glasgow council workers for strike action

GMB Scotland members across Glasgow City Council are being balloted for industrial action over changes to working time arrangements that could cost workers up to £500 a year. A strike ballot of over 1,500 members employed across key services such as cleansing, refuse, land and environment and social care will run from Friday 29th April to Thursday 19th May.

The dispute has been prompted by GCC's decision to convert six public holidays into annual leave, removing the ability of staff to work hours on overtime rates of pay which have been crucial in helping thousands of workers avoid the low pay trap.

Markets broaden for Regent Samsic in latest round of business wins

* regent-sam.jpgA spate of new contracts and additions across the UK measures the continued growth of cleaning and security services provider, Regent Samsic in the year's first quarter.

2016 sees steady brand penetration for the Coventry-based company spanning a wide range of client markets.

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Recent UK News

Soapbox: Mike Robinson, chief executive of the British Safety Council, writes about our aging workforce and why the BSC support the new Healthy Workplaces for All Ages campaign...

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The European workforce is ageing fast. By 2030, employees aged over 55 are expected to make up 30% or more of the total workforce in many EU countries. In the UK, 30% or more of the total workforce is already over 50 years' old, while 60 year and older employees constitute 23% of the workforce, and this figure is set to rise to 30.7% by 2020.

Employment figures suggest jittery employers spooked by increasing labour costs

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Commenting on today's ONS Labour Market Statistics, (www.ons.gov.uk) Gerwyn Davies, labour market adviser at the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development, the professional body for HR and people development, says:

"Existing employer concerns over the cost implications of the National Living Wage, pension auto-enrolment and the impending Apprenticeship Levy are starting to affect confidence amongst employers.

Reclassifying temporary staff as 'unsupervised' puts businesses and directors in jeopardy, says CXC Global

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Agencies that advise employers to reclassify temporary staff as 'unsupervised' are putting both their end clients and their directors in jeopardy, according to CXC Global.

£200m Cash Injection for FM Market in 2016

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A new report on the UK facilities management market from MTW Research has found that profitability is set to rise by £200 million in 2016, sustaining optimism for the market despite a slight slowdown in growth.

Hako helps historic Nottingham's streets stay sublime

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Nottingham City Council has taken delivery of two new additions to its growing fleet of road-cleaning machines from Hako that is already helping to keep the historic city looking its best.

Greyland golf putting comp win could help drive new sales for Prestige Supplies

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Leading cleaning chemicals manufacturer Greyland held a golf putting competition at the recent Manchester Cleaning Show, which John Wolohan of Prestige Supplies, Wigan, won by sinking an impressive 3 out of 5 putts.

Contract Cleaning Market Report Research & Analysis UK 2016-2020 just published

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MTW Research has published a new Research & Analysis market report providing a fresh, comprehensive & reliable review of the public and private sector UK Contract Cleaning Market in 2016 with forecasts to 2020.

BCC delighted with visitor numbers at Manchester Cleaning Show

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Event organisers, the British Cleaning Council and Quartz Media, say they are extremely pleased with attendance at the inaugural Manchester Cleaning Show.

AHCP 2016 Awards shortlist announced

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The Association of Healthcare Cleaning Professionals has announced the shortlist for its 2016 Awards. Congratulations to all those deemed worthy of perhaps going on to become a winner!

The shortlist is as follows:

We have Mail: Brushtec writes of 'solidarity and wire side brushes'

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Dear Jan,

One of the most dominating stories of the past few weeks has been the uncertain future of the Tata steelworks in Port Talbot, Wales. The closure of the plant and others like it around the UK would have far reaching negative consequences, some of which concerns Brushtec.

University of London awards cleaning, security and other contracts to Cordant

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Cordant Services has secured contracts to supply a wide-range of cleaning, security and front of house services to the University of London. Dedicated teams will create a clean, safe and attractive environment within all the buildings of the University's academic and residential estate

RP Adam secures new contract with Young & Co's Brewery

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Cleaning and disinfection products manufacturer RP Adam (Arpal Group) has secured a new long-term deal with Young & Co.'s Brewery, extending the existing contract to 2020.

Wellington Arch undergoes a makeover

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Set in the heart of Royal London, Wellington Arch was built as an original entrance to Buckingham Palace, later becoming a victory arch proclaiming Wellington's defeat of Napoleon.

Visit by Mayor recognises business growth

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Cleanall Services of Leyland, Lancashire, was recommended by North & Western Chamber of Commerce for a visit by the Mayor of South Ribble to recognise exceptional business growth in the area.

Cleaning makes BBC Breakfast!

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Congratulations to all those who made it to Event City Manchester, yesterday at 06:30, to watch or take part in BBC Breakfast's coverage of The Cleaning Show. It was clearly great fun and gave the industry lots of valuable publicity - especially as it was shown regularly throughout the morning.

BCC backs Tidy Britain APPG Westminster event

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Members of the British Cleaning Council have been invited to attend an event at the House of Commons this month to discuss ways of tackling the UK's growing litter problem.

Unger's Stingray - a safe and simple way to clean indoor surfaces!

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Paul Sherrington really looked as if he was enjoying his work demonstrating Unger's recently launched Stringray cleaning tool to the gathered audiences packing the stand throughout the Manchester Cleaning Show - and his enthusiasm was infectious.

Contract cleaning market to enjoy £100m growth for 2016

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A new report from MTW Research suggests the contract cleaning market is set for £100 million growth in 2016, despite the new National Living Wage dampening market profitability.

Show visitors in race to buy Morclean's Bin Wash

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Morclean's Green Apple Award-winning BinWash machine has clearly created a stir because as the Manchester Cleaning Show's doors opened, two organisations made a beeline for the stand and asked to buy the machine on show.

A good way to teach and test driving skills...

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It's all very well having state-of-the-art cleaning equipment but unless your operating skills are up to scratch, you're not going to do the best job, are you? Karcher has been running a competition at the Manchester Cleaning Show to see who can negotiate its tight course the quickest, without knocking over any of the bollards (which incurs penalties) using both walk-behind and ride-on machines.

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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