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International News

CMA launches inquiry into purchase of Zenith Hygiene Group by Bain Capital

The Competition & Markets Authority launched an inquiry yesterday, into the acquisition of Zenith Hygiene Group by Bain Capital, through Bain Capital's investment in Diversey.

Supply chain reaction: global certification expert states big data key to improving safety standards

As increasingly complex supply chains make it difficult for large manufacturers and retailers to monitor quality and safety across global suppliers, certification provider Bureau Veritas has revealed that adopting a data-based approach to supplier monitoring could be key to driving standards forward.

Christeyns takes over the Spanish Betelgeux

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Christeyns has expanded its activities in Spain and Portugal with the acquisition of Betelgeux, Spanish producer of hygiene products for the food, cosmetic and pharmaceutical industry.

Christeyns has built up a strong reputation as specialist in cleaning and disinfection products in the European food industry. With the acquisition of Betelgeux, Christeyns fortifies its position in this market and takes a step forward in the geographical expansion towards Latin-America.

Why 9,854,955 B2 has a certain ring to it for Kaivac

On 2nd January, 2018, Kaivac welcomed the new year with a notice from the US Patent Office. Kaivac's OmniFlex Crossover Cleaning System has been awarded a new patent - number 9,854,955 B2 to be precise. The patent applies to almost all OmniFlex systems including the Dispense-and-Vac, AutoVac, SUV, or hybrid combination of these systems.

Clean Harbors to acquire Veolia North America's Industrial Cleaning Services Division

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Clean Harbors and Veolia Environmental Services North America, a subsidiary of Veolia North America, announced on Tuesday the signing of a definitive agreement whereby Clean Harbors will acquire Veolia North America's US Industrial Cleaning Services Division for $120 million in an all-cash transaction.

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

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Against 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

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Kimberly-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

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Vapour 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

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Easy-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.

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.

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I know I’ve grumbled about it before but a number of incidents recently have convinced me I’m right – we need a system of single stream/fully co-mingled recycling, rather than the powers that be expecting us to know what can be recycled and in which bin, box or bag it should be placed, wherever we might be in the UK at the time.

China’s new quality standards mean cardboard will only be accepted for recycling if the material is uncontaminated with other waste products. I read a report recently about the enormous volume of ‘carefully’ recycled items sent to landfill rather than being recycled last year because they were contaminated. I can’t for the life of me find it so I can share it with you, but it was enough to make me scratch my head and wonder why we can’t get something right that should really be so simple. And if we couldn’t manage the 1.5% maximum contamination rate that previously applied, how on earth are we going to achieve the 0.5% maximum China’s now demanding?

I’ve looked at a lot of local authorities’ recycling information and there’s little consistency. When people move areas they’re generally faced with a new system. My council swapped the bins and while I can remember that I now have to use a different bin for everything and that I no longer have to separate paper from cardboard but I do now have to separate tins from glass (and put them with the cardboard and paper in the bin that used to be for non-recyclables only) there will be a lot of people who don’t – particularly the elderly who may already be somewhat forgetful.

Some councils are strict and will not empty contaminated recycling bins; fining residents – sometimes quite heavily – who’ve got it wrong. Others don’t seem to bother. Last night I was reading what appeared to be an authoritative piece on what can and can’t be recycled but it contained different information from what I’ve read elsewhere. We need proper information that’s easy to understand and covers everything we might need to discard. We also need consistency – not only within our own councils but from council to council.  Surely a nationwide scheme would be easier to run and control?

Plenty of convicted criminals are given community service for their crimes. Why can’t some of them serve their time sorting our recyclables under the strict supervision of experienced waste management experts, to ensure that our waste is free from contamination, as it should be?

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This Week's News


* David-Garcia.jpgDavid Garcia elected vice president of the CHSA

In recognition of his extraordinary contribution to the Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association, founder and former chairman of Polaris Plastics, David Garcia, has been elected vice president of the CHSA. David has been an active member of the CHSA for many years. He is currently serving as treasurer of the Association and has previously served as chairman.

ACI unveils 'Exploration Clean': Teaching the chemistry behind cleaning

* ACI-Exploration-Clean.jpgThe American Cleaning Institute has launched 'Exploration Clean', an online experience aimed at teaching middle-school students the science and chemistry behind cleaning.

This is the first step in creating a platform containing educational modules for children describing the science and engineering that goes into cleaning products, and extends ACI's efforts to promote STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education, which originated with 2016's 'The Science of Soap' exhibit and online education materials.

Newly formed APPG launches inquiry into workplace falls from height

The newly formed All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Working at Height, sponsored by PASMA (Prefabricated Access Suppliers' and Manufacturers Association) and chaired by Glasgow Central MP, Alison Thewlis, has launched its first inquiry into the numbers of serious injuries and fatalities which occur because of a fall from height and falling objects.

The inquiry is open for evidence submissions from interested stakeholders until 2nd March 2018. The APPG has two days in Parliament to consider evidence and will then develop a report to make recommendations on how the frequency of serious injuries and fatalities can be reduced.

Record breaking visitors at Asia's largest expo on cleaning technology

* Record-breaking-Clean-India.jpgAsia's largest Expo on Cleaning Technology & Hygiene Solutions - Clean India Pulire 2018 along with Waste Technology India Expo, Laundrex India Expo and Car Care Expo saw record numbers visit the Bombay Convention & Exhibition Center, in Mumbai last month.

Attendees were able to experience the latest technologies and solutions for cleaning, waste, laundry and car care from across the world, while learning more about the potential of the Indian market and establishing connections that will enhance manufacturing, marketing, distribution and sales.

Regina Henrich joins ISSA as European manager

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Joining ISSA as European Manager is Regina Henrich, whose most recent role as a strategic management consultant is just part of the extensive corporate and marketing experience she brings to her new position.

Lynx eyes national growth through Alex Reid Partnership

* Lynx-Alex-Reid.jpgEssex based dry cleaning and laundry supplies specialist, Lynx, has entered a partnership with Alex Reid to become what is believed to be the UK's leading provider of consumables and cleaning chemicals to laundry and dry cleaning customers nationwide.

Set up in 2005, Lynx Dry Cleaning Supplies offer a comprehensive range of dry cleaning and laundry items, from leading international brands such as DOW, Cole & Wilson, Avery Dennison and Dylon.

SmartTask celebrates record year with significant growth in cleaning sector

* SmartTask.jpgThe rapid adoption of employee scheduling and workforce management software SmartTask gathered pace last year with record levels of growth in the UK and internationally.

In particular, there was 81% increase in the number of field service businesses using the system, which now includes 40 cleaning service providers. It was launched in this sector during 2017.

Two cleaning contract wins for Enfield Norse

* Enfield-Norse-wins.jpgEnfield Norse is celebrating two new cleaning contract wins: a new £10 million, purpose-built school in Enfield and a 660-pupil primary school.

The first - the newly built Orchardside School (see graphic), will provide facilities for the Secondary Tuition Service which currently operates across other sites in the borough.

Qatari litterbugs look out!

* Qatari-litter.jpgThe Qatari government is cracking down on litterbugs in a new initiative starting today, in which municipal inspectors will start catching culprits, issuing warnings and meting out punishments - which can, in the most severe cases, include a jail term.

Confined space entry cleaning - it's routine for some!

* Confined-space-entry.jpgConfined entry cleaning wouldn't be everybody's 'cup of tea' but at Blackburn, Lancashire-based Symclean it's just another part of industrial & commercial cleaning work that its operatives are happy to undertake across the UK.

One of the challenges faced when assessing confined space cleaning is the frequent risk of the possible presence hazardous gases or chemicals, but the company's highly-experienced operatives are prepared at all times.

Ricky Smith takes on new role at ICE

* Ricky-Smith_ICE.jpgCongratulations to Ricky Smith who has started a new role as managing director corporate accounts at Southampton-based Industrial Cleaning Equipment. Ricky was previously strategic development director with the company - a position he held for almost five years.

Big Belly bins ravenous for Romford's rubbish

* Big-Belly-bin-Romford.jpgHavering Council has installed eight new hi-tech bins in a bid to reduce litter in Romford Town Centre.

The Big Belly bins are solar powered and have a special compacting mechanism which crushes litter. They hold up to eight times more rubbish than a normal bin.

Prochem Europe boosts cleaning technology offer for 2018

* Prochem-Europe-2018.jpgInnovatory cleaning technology and solutions in the latest product catalogue from Prochem Europe, include key new releases for 2018.

New to market in the portable machines section is the company's CR2 Multi-Surface, a versatile 'touch-free' restoration system that not only does away with the need for mops and brushes, but - with the addition of a carpet wand or upholstery tool - can also be used for carpet and upholstery cleaning.

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Recent UK News

New national drinking water scheme will cut plastic bottle use by millions

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People will be able to refill water bottles for free in tens of thousands of places in England in future following the announcement of a new national scheme by the water industry today.

It is estimated that the new scheme will cut plastic bottle use by tens of millions each year as well as substantially increasing the availability of high quality drinking water.

Millennials drive the rise of the domestic cleaner in London

Recent research has revealed that demand for professional cleaning services has gone up by a staggering 25% in the past five years in London. A whopping 50% of this increase has been driven by millennials with boroughs that have high populations of 18-35 year olds seeing some of the biggest jumps in demand.

To find out more about London's cleaning needs, Service Octopus decided to see which boroughs were leading the way in the demand for cleaning services. The resulting infographic gives a fascinating snapshot of the impact of millennials on London's cleaning landscape and offers a glimpse into how 18-35 year olds are harnessing technology and making the most of the on-demand economy.

TC Facilities Management unveils refreshed website

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TC Facilities Management is inviting visitors to explore its recently refreshed website. The refreshed look and feel has been designed to offer a more engaging experience with improved navigation and functionality.

All this to allow both existing and prospective customers to see the full range of solutions TC Facilities Management can offer.

Conference to explore how FM industry can adapt to unparalleled change and disruption

The Facilities Management industry's flagship conference from the British Institute of Facilities Management takes place on 1st May 2018. The theme, ‘Adapt or Disappear’, will explore the major disruptors in FM and how businesses and individuals can turn them to their advantage.

Building on last year's event 'FM in a Connected World', Think(beyond)FM 2018 once again promises expert insights and educational takeaways, with a programme of engaging speakers and actionable content as well as plenty of networking opportunities.

Second acquisition by Nationwide

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Following the recent announcement of the purchase of Reflekt, Nationwide Window Cleaning Group, the UK's largest window, gutter and high-level cleaning business with a £14m turnover, has bought Electromec - one of its key suppliers.

Electromec is a national provider of cradle and access testing services and employs 30 people. Its customers include Manchester Airport, Liverpool Airport, Knight Frank and the NHS. 

BIFM statement on Carillion

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Following the news that Carillion has gone into liquidation the British Institute of Facilities Management (BIFM) has issued the following statement:

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

A 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

The 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

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Experienced 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.

Celebrating 50 years of cleaning innovation with SCJS

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The 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.

Analysis of CHSA Accreditation Scheme Performance in 2017 shows great results

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Following 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.

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.

Events & Exhibitions

AHCP National Forum
7-9th September 2022

Cleaning Show
4-7th October 2022

Cleantex Africa
12-14th October 2022
Johannesburg, South Africa

CleanNZ Expo
25-26th October 2022

Interclean China 2022
23-25th November 2022

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