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Start 2018 with five ways to future-proof your business

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The professional cleaning industry is changing more and evolving faster today than at any other time in its history. And while this is happening, the majority of cleaning contractors are so busy with their day-to-day business operations, they may not see even more changes coming right around the corner.

UN accreditation for Vision Gelpack's clinical waste range

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Vision Gelpack, the UK manufacturer of polyethylene films, liners and sacks, formed following the acquisition of the assets of Gelpack Excelsior by Visionscape Group, has been awarded UN accreditation for its range of healthcare and clinical waste collection products.

RAS launches SaniGives: 'Buy * Give * Help'

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SaniGives is a new holistic initiative launched by the Restroom Association Singapore, aimed at raising public awareness of the need to show kindness to cleaning attendants and recognise the good job that they do. Meaning 'Giving for Sanitation', SaniGives, encourages individuals to be be SaniGivers and:

Sodexo and Huawei sign global partnership agreement

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Sodexo has signed a five-year partnership agreement with Chinese global information & communications technology solutions provider, Huawei, which opens the door to Sodexo providing Huawei with integrated facilities management services on a global scale.

At Your Service Cleaning Group provides additional layer of protection against germs

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At Your Service Cleaning Group has announced its latest effort in helping its clients fight harmful germs that can have severe impacts on businesses and community members.

Sustainable Cleaning Products Summit highlights key industry concerns

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Some of the pressing sustainability issues facing the cleaning products industry, were discussed at the 4th edition of the Sustainable Cleaning Products Summit hosted in Paris last month.

RPC bpi recycled products wins environmental award

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RPC bpi recycled products has won a Green Apple Environment Award 2017 in recognition of its best practices - put in place over a number of years - which have resulted in the company achieving Valpak accreditation for 'Zero Waste to Landfill' across 75% of its sites.

ISS extends partnership with Hewlett Packard Enterprise

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ISS's current integrated facility service contract with Hewlett Packard Enterprise, which started in 2005 was set to expire by the end of 2018, has been extended to the end of October 2021.

New LB4 Superleggera: the backpack vacuum cleaner which offers so much more...

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Lightweight and versatile, the new LB4 Superleggera is a backpack, canister vacuum, carpet cleaner and blower - all in one single machine.

Manufacturer Lindhaus tells us: "No other vacuum cleaner includes the backpack (standard), the canister, the carpet cleaner and blower (optional) functions."

Interclean Amsterdam expands again to add 'On-Premise-Laundry' section

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Looking to meet increased demand, interclean Amsterdam has expanded the scope of the show for the second time - demonstrating its position as the world's biggest and most popular event for the professional cleaning industry.

Diversey to acquire Twister, Swedish manufacturer of diamond cleaning pads

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Diversey announced on Tuesday that it has entered into an agreement to acquire Twister Holding AB and its assets for an undisclosed amount from private equity firm Polaris.

Singaporean cleaning & waste management sectors to be transformed

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On Monday, Singapore's Minister for the Environment and Water Resources, Masagos Zulkifli, unveiled the strategies and initiatives designed to create a vibrant, sustainable and professional environmental services industry, able to provide the services and solutions required to achieve Zero Waste and a clean environment.

NSS launches ISSA Innovation Award winning eForce scrubber with joystick control

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NSS Enterprises's innovative new ride-on scrubber is joystick controlled. The joystick control allows the operator to work in a very natural position; no steering wheel or standing required.

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I've worked part-time for Epsom's leading estate agent for years and despite what some people think, agents work jolly hard for their commission! Occasionally, rivals undercut everyone else's fees in an attempt to win the business but this is silly... successful agents calculate the cost of selling the property - from administration and window cards, to advertising, supply and management of sale boards, staff time, office cover during viewings, postage, printing, fuel, etc. when negotiating fees. If we have a buyer lined up and thus know we can cut our up-front costs, we'll match the low fee - either winning the business or causing the rival to drop even lower. If not, we wait for the vendor to call for help, because an agent that's working for a fee which doesn't cover the costs involved, is spreading itself too thinly and will end up reneging on its promises since it can't sustain the efforts needed to secure a sale and keep it in place.

Outgoings have to be taken into account when bidding for contracts - whichever field you're in. If these are not going be recouped then there's absolutely no point in winning the bid. As well as having to cover the losses, the company's reputation is damaged because the service promised is nothing like the reality. Worse, the business can fail...

Carillion, which went into liquidation this week, has been likened to a Ponzi scheme in which cash promised or received for new contracts was used to cover shortfalls on old contracts. The contractor has been providing facilities management services to 150,000 properties in the UK, Canada and the Middle East and as well as the construction projects in which it was involved, there were multiple cleaning and FM contracts - many in UK schools and the NHS.

The government says it will continue to pay the thousands of staff who work in public sector jobs, such as NHS cleaners and school caterers, although thousands of private sector workers - many of whom are cleaners - will likely lose their jobs. Many companies that are owed money, will fail too. I've often said that the general public will only be made aware of the importance of cleaning, if all the cleaners were to down tools. OK, this lot aren't going to stop cleaning through choice, but the effect will be the same and it could be felt very quickly indeed. I hope for all our sakes that the contingency plans being bandied about are put into place without delay.

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This Week's News

BIFM statement on Carillion

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The news that Carillion has ceased trading is both sad and shocking. The clear priority is to ensure that the work the construction and services firm is contracted to do can be completed and the impact for the thousands of Carillion workers, as well as its customers and suppliers, can be minimised.

Axis to make a big splash for charity by cleaning toilets

Axis_toilet-twinning.jpgA caring cleaning company is committing to give every new toilet it maintains this year a thorough cleanse - and a toilet twin. Axis Cleaning & Support Services is to 'twin' every toilet in every new contract it wins this year with a latrine overseas - through the charity campaign Toilet Twinning.

CHSA proud to sponsor CSSA Inaugural Innovation Showcase

* CHSA-CSSA.jpgThe Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association tells us it is proud to sponsor the Cleaning & Support Services Association's inaugural Innovation Showcase, established to celebrate the innovation that abounds in the cleaning industry, and is encouraging its members to enter.

The CSSA Innovation Showcase is taking place on 15th March at The Brewery, in the heart of the City of London. It will celebrate the industry's most innovative products, services and initiatives, as judged by a 'Dragon's Den' panel of leading figures in the industry, including a representative from the CHSA.

British Cleaning Council creates new secretariat post to increase capacity

* BCC-Secretariat.jpgExperienced facilities management consultant Patrick Jongbloet has been appointed by the British Cleaning Council to support the BCC Executive and its membership, as part of its secretariat.

In a newly created role, Patrick will undertake a range of responsibilities including co-ordinating all the BCC's budgets and financial activity and the management of external suppliers.

Sky's the limit for health & safety inspection as Bureau Veritas and Sky-Futures join forces

* Bureau-Veritas.jpgAgainst the backdrop of an increased focus on health & safety in all commercial disciplines, Bureau Veritas and Sky-Futures have joined forces in a pioneering new partnership designed to take inspection strategy to, quite literally, a whole new level, throughout the UK and continental Europe.

Be in control of your washroom with new Scott Control range

* KCP-Bathroom-Scene.jpgKimberly-Clark Professional has launched the new Scott Control Toilet Tissue system to complete its Scott Control washroom solution. Now available as a full range of products, the new system provides facilities managers with the highest standards of hygiene without compromising on efficiency - delivering an uncompromised clean, every single time.

Keep it clean... keep it green... keep it Knol

* Knol-machine.jpgVapour steam cleaning has long been accepted as offering an economical and environmentally friendly process to effectively clean and sanitise a number of different surfaces and equipment. Knol vapour steam cleaning machines are.

Knol provides a vast range of steam cleaning machines for industrial, professional and commercial use that can be used in many industries including; food and beverage, transport, pharmaceutical, manufacturing, health and more.

Easy-on offers durable wall protection solution

* Easy-on.jpgEasy-on is a clear protective coating for any surface, commonly used to defend walls from graffiti, scuffing and damage. One coat lasts for 20 years and can be effortlessly cleaned thousands of times without the need for reapplication.

Schools, housing associations and facilities management companies use Easy-on to extend redecoration intervals and maintain a clean building environment. Walls safeguarded with easy-on are guaranteed to impress and save £££'s.

Celebrating 50 years of cleaning innovation with SCJS

* SCJS-Celebrating-50.jpgThe Summer of Love for some meant Flower People, the Kings Road - and pop. For Roy Kent, it was the moment he seized to start his own business. And 50 years on, it continues to thrive as one of Prochem Europe's most dynamic distributors.

"Hard to believe it's been 50 years," reflects Roy's son, Andy who with brother Nigel, today runs the Sussex-based Southern Counties Janitorial Supplies.

End-to-end hygiene and infection control reduces HCAIs and improves patient safety

GV Health will launch a range of integrated solutions for end-to-end infection control, waste management and patient safety at Arab Health 2018, which takes place from 29th January to 1st February in Dubai.

Analysis of CHSA Accreditation Scheme Performance in 2017 shows great results

* CHSA-Accred.jpgFollowing the introduction in January 2017 of the Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association's Accreditation Scheme for Distributors, the CHSA audited more products than ever in 2017. 

The results were exceptional, the Scheme members sustaining very high levels of conformance. The results are more evidence that the only way buyers of cleaning and hygiene products can be certain 'what's on the box is what's in the box' is to look for the CHSA Accreditation Scheme marque.

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Recent UK News

NHS office staff tell how they volunteered to help cleaning colleagues

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NHS Lanarkshire board secretary Paul Cannon swapped his suit for a plastic apron as he scrubbed beds, cleaned areas around beds and handed out patient meals to help hard-pressed clinical colleagues at a busy hospital.

Why you should consider cleaning as a factor in personal liability claims

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Futureclean Assured Systems is a well-established consultancy focusing on cleaning: its systems, cleaning change management and improvement and designing new systems for old, new designs for safer products and implementation of newer and much more effective systems.

SWC and ARL merge to provide wide range of specialist services nationwide

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Following Incentive FM Group's recent acquisitions of Specialist Window Cleaning and ARL Support Services, the company has announced that the two businesses have merged and relaunched under the SWC brand.

Major contract win for Tomcat

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Working in partnership with one of its dealers, TomCat says it is delighted to be able to announce a major contract win that saw the rollout of 36 floor oscillating scrubber driers and sweepers to a well-known, blue chip company.

Nviro, Mountjoy and Pabulum directors agree MBO of parent company, Quarr Group

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The founders of The Quarr Group have agreed a Management Buy-Out with the directors of its three subsidiaries: Nviro, Mountjoy, and Pabulum.

Foul smells, rats and urban foxes: research reveals UK's worst cities for problem rubbish

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A new league table showing the impact of overflowing bins in the UK's major metropolitan areas reveals that Londoners are hardest hit by the effects of problem waste.

British Cleaning Council reveals more details of Manchester Cleaning Show

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More details of the second Manchester Cleaning Show, the northern edition of The Cleaning Show which now alternates annually with Excel in London, have been announced by co-owner of the show, The British Cleaning Council.

Dirty toilets put most Brits off returning to restaurants

A YouGov online survey of 2,012 British adults by Cannon Hygiene, highlights the huge importance people put on the cleanliness and upkeep of washrooms. It shows how dirty washrooms not only put Brits off returning to restaurants, but also encourages them to warn others about the unhygienic conditions. For example:

Big expansion for UK's largest independent manufacturer of cleaning and hygiene products

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Selden Research, which specialises in the manufacture and delivery of professional cleaning and hygiene chemicals, is marking its 50th year with a new state-of-the-art warehouse greatly increasing capacity.

Prochem Europe announces 2018 training course dates

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Prochem Europe has announced details of its industry-recognised one and two-day cleaning courses, covering carpet, hard floors, upholstery cleaning and stain removal.

CHSA raises a record breaking £14,000 for RNIB

The Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association hasraised £14,000 to donate to the Chairman's charity, the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB), thanks to the generosity of CHSA members.

ABM awarded the overall Loo of the Year awards trophy

ABM, a facility services company since 1987, were delighted be awarded the prestigious Overall Loo of the Year Award Trophy at the Loo of the Year Awards 30th Anniversary event on Friday 8th December.

AMFM celebrates Living Wage recognition

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AMFM has become a Recognised Service Provider working alongside the Living Wage Foundation. The Living Wage commitment will see AMFM offer a Living Wage option for each and every request for tender.

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23-25th November 2022

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