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International News

America's Best Restroom 2018 contest finalists announced

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The 2018 America's Best Restroom contest finalists have been announced and if you're interested in helping find the winner, you have until 18th September to cast your vote.

The lucky loo will take home the grand prize of $2,500 in Cintas products and services for cleaning or facilities management and a lifetime of bathroom bragging rights.

Bio-Productions: planting trees to support the environment

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Bio-Productions has received word from the Green Earth Appeal team, which recently returned from overseeing the cleaning products manufacturer's joint campaign with The Green Organisation in Tanzania, that the important reforestation project there is now well underway.

Canadian cleaning machine manufacturer to benefit from Government investment

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Exprolink, which manufactures and markets a full range of motorised outdoor sweepers and vacuum equipment, is one of five companies benefiting from at total $3.2 million investment by the Canadian government as part of its economic development plan for the Quebec regions.

Budapest could become a regional hub of cleaning technology

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The Hungarian Cleaning Technology Association (MATISZ) is organising its second trade show in Budapest.

The event, which will be held on 5th and 6th October 2018, is attracting international attention, which indicates that Hungary's capital could become the Central and Eastern European hub of the cleaning technologies profession in the near future.

Impact Products names Sylvia Lam strategic account manager, Western Region

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Cleaning supplies and accessories manufacturer, Impact Products, has announced the addition of Sylvia Lam as strategic account manager, Western Region.

Xeros makes major shipment of near-waterless washing machines to South Africa's drought-ridden Cape Province

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eros Technology Group, the UK-headquartered technology business and innovator of a near-waterless laundry system, and Fanute, a solution provider to the hospitality industry, have announced the shipment of 16 near-waterless washing machines to the drought-inflicted Cape Province region of South Africa.

Bio-P pulls flush on odorous washroom smells

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Bio-Productions is pulling the flush on bad odours in public washrooms thanks to its pioneering Bio-P technology. The Sussex manufacturer has waged war on smelly bathrooms with its flagship devices, which effectively destroy odours, clean pipes and conserve water at the same time.

ACI names toxicologist James Kim as associate vice president, science & regulatory affairs

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James Kim, Ph.D., DABT, M.H.S., a toxicologist with extensive scientific and research experience in the public, private and academic sectors, has joined the American Cleaning Institute as Associate Vice President, Science & Regulatory Affairs.

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The Summer holidays are once again upon us and I'm relieved to say that this will be the last issue of Cleanzine until we return on 6th September. Not that I don't love producing Cleanzine and its sister publication KBzine of course; it's just that with two issues to broadcast every week from early January, I become a little worn out by August!

I never stray far from my roots though and am naturally always on the lookout for a good story. Last weekend at a festival I attended an enthralling presentation by the explorer Mark Wood - amongst many incredible achievements, the only man to have completed back-to-back solo treks to the South Geographic Pole and a 200-mile crossing of the Arctic ocean to the Geographic North Pole. And when I say solo that means no dogs and no back-up whatsoever (https://vimeo.com/46217790). He also supported the BBC Top Gear team to the Magnetic North Pole. I won't tell you what his response was when asked which was worse... trekking in 'solitary confinement' or trekking with the likes of Jeremy Clarkson. Nor will 

I share his answer to the question of how he goes to toilet in such extreme conditions... And judging by the numbers of public toilets closing down around Britain, it probably won't be too long before we're as far away from a public toilet as Mark is most of the time. See this week's news for more on that story.

At the end of Mark's talk, I got into an interesting conversation with someone involved in procurement for the NHS, and when I asked what can be done to even out the spending differences for essential items, whereby one Trust is paying double per toilet roll or similar quality (and sometimes identical) black bin bag as another will pay, my new-found friend quipped that either way, they'd pay less if they went to the local supermarket.

Bearing in mind that the Trusts are buying in bulk, these differences really add up and I can understand why the NHS is short of money. I'm pleased to say that the disparity is being investigated and I'm looking forward to sharing the findings with you at some time in the future.

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This Week's News

Facilicom UK appoints new director of operations

* FacilicomUK_DoO.jpgDedicated soft services and contract cleaning specialist, Facilicom UK, has announced the appointment of Peter Buff as its new director of operations.

He assumed responsibilities on 23rd July, succeeding Giles Wheeler, who will retire at the end of 2018, allowing the pair to have a six-month handover period.

IICRC announces agenda for 2018 Technical Conference

The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning & Restoration Certification (IICRC) has this week announced the agenda for its 2018 Technical Conference, taking place 27th - 28th September at the Golden Nugget Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. Now in its third year, the Technical Conference will offer attendees an inside look at what it takes to work in the niche field of trauma and crime scene cleanup. Attendees can earn up to 10 CEC credits (up to three on Thursday and up to seven on Friday).

The 2018 conference agenda is as follows:

Thursday, 27th September:

British Toilet Association's Ray Martin asks Guardian readers to support loo campaign

* BTA_Ray-Martin.jpgRay Martin, who represents the British Toilet Association on the British Cleaning Council, was featured in one of Britain's most popular newspapers last week. Interviewed by The Guardian, he highlighted the plight of our nation's washrooms and urged UK firms to open toilets to non-customers as part of the 'Use Our Loos' campaign.

The number of public toilets in the UK has dropped by more than a third (39%) in the past two decades, laments Ray, who says that the average council in England now runs only 15 facilities.

Cromwell Polythene to speak about resource-efficiency of plastic at RWM 2018

* Cromwell-Polythene-resource.jpgCromwell Polythene is expecting a busy RWM - the UK's largest recycling & waste management expo, which is taking place this coming 12th and 13th September.

For as well as the company's extensive portfolio of sacks, bags and speciality products for the storage and collection of waste and recyclables being showcased on stand 5P32, managing director, James Lee will also speak at the show, on 12th September, emphasising, that it's 'Time to Stop Bashing the Plastics.'

Kennedy expands Satin Ellipse range with two new feminine hygiene products

* Intima-Satin.jpgKennedy Hygiene Products, manufacturer of the Ellipse range of dispensers, launched the new premium product line - Satin Ellipse - in March.

The company has now expanded the feminine hygiene range by adding the Satin Intima Pedal with a capacity of 23 litres, in addition to the Intima Mini Satin with a 15-litre capacity. The Satin Intima bins come with a black protective lid insert.

Great news for the ABCD 30th Anniversary

* HoC.jpgNext year is the Association of Building Cleaning Direct Service Providers' 30th anniversary, and to mark the occasion the Association's AGM and Team of the Year Presentations will be held in the Houses of Parliament, London.

The art of keeping your audience captivated...

* Sawchuck.jpgMike Sawchuk, president of Sawchuk Consulting, works with business professionals helping them refine their presentation skills. He says that one of the biggest problems is that many presenters use words like "Ah", "Um" and "You know" in their talks. "These are filler words," he argues.

"We typically say about one a minute, but before an audience, we may use five every minute, that's about 12 per second". Here he gives some tips on how to keep your audience captivated, when making a presentation...

Britannia Hotel Group flies the Nilfisk flag

* Britannia-Hotels.jpgFounded in 1976, the Britannia Hotel Group now incorporates 53 hotels and provides over 10,000 bedrooms across the UK. Renowned in the sector for providing best value, quality accommodation, the Britannia hotel chain is perfect for both leisure and business.

Acquisitions and business development has seen the group invest significantly in hotel restaurants, bars, nightclubs and health facilities. This includes six sites previously operated by Pontins.

ProTech XV high volume employee hygiene systems help keep the workforce clean

* ProTech-XV-high-vol-hygiene.jpgMeritech's newest fully automated hand and footwear sanitising system, the ProTech XV, is a bi-directional walk-through system that can handle large numbers of employees entering and exiting production areas in large groups.

Developed to accommodate 15 employees per minute, it will sanitise hands or gloved hands with an E-3 'no-rinse' hand sanitising solution and will simultaneously sanitise footwear with a high concentration sanitising chemical as employees walk through.

Cintas Canada dishes out foodservice uniform program tips in free white paper

* Cintas-Canada.jpgCintas Canada has this week published its latest white paper, 'Food for thought: Should I rent or purchase foodservice uniforms?' The white paper highlights features to look for in foodservice garments, the benefits of renting versus purchasing uniforms and factors affecting the total cost of ownership (TCO).

It can help those operating restaurants and foodservice programs run out of schools, hotels and government buildings and is available for free download.

New e-guide explains how to select chemical protective gloves in six steps

* New-e-guide.jpgHoneywell has published the first in a two-part series of e-guides to help workers and health & safety professionals choose the right chemical protective gloves.

'A guide to selecting chemical protective gloves - part 1' offers a simple six-step method for glove selection that can be used to ensure a worker's hands are fully protected in a range of applications involving chemicals.

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Recent UK News

Motorway services user survey - most stop to visit washrooms, but are they clean?

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Transport Focus has just released its 2018 report into the best and worst of England's 111 motorway services, following its survey of 9,600 motorists on their experiences. One purpose of the survey was to identify which aspects of the visitor experience most influence overall satisfaction and of course washroom facilities and their cleanliness have had a big impact, bearing in mind that most respondents - by a long way - cited the need to visit the toilet as the main reason for driving into motorway services in the first place.

Two new videos highlight security challenges in cleaning

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Two new videos highlighting the security challenges facing businesses, and the importance of systems and procedures to protect facilities being cleaned, have been launched by secure commercial cleaning expert, Julius Rutherfoord & Co.

China Crisis: mixed recyclables ban will force businesses to rethink waste management and focus on value

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Stephen Cameron, business development director at SWRnewstar, explores the implications that China's ban on the importation of mixed recyclables will have on the UK. In the wake of news that broke following the National Audit Office (NAO) report, the China ban places even more pressure on businesses.

BCC announces details of Resource Management Show to run parallel to Cleaning Show

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The British Cleaning Council, which represents over 20 national trade and membership associations linked to the UK's cleaning, hygiene and waste management sectors, has announced details of a new trade show which will run alongside The Cleaning Show at London's Excel next year (19th - 21st March).

DCA to boost professional standards with development grant from British Cleaning Council

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The Domestic Cleaning Alliance, the only UK trade association working exclusively on behalf of the domestic cleaning industry, has been awarded an £1,700 grant by the British Cleaning Council to kick-start two new professional development initiatives specifically for the domestic cleaning sector.

The two Sussex companies keeping Brighton's i360 sparkling

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The British Airways i360 has been sparkling in the sky this Summer thanks to a pair of Sussex-based cleaning companies.

Awards win for Greyland

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Leading commercial and industrial cleaning chemicals manufacturer Greyland has won the 2018 Caterbar Supplier Awards.

Promote your business at CHSA's Charity Pro-Am Golf Day

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The Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association's annual Pro-Am Charity Golf Tournament, taking place on Thursday, 13th September, is the perfect opportunity to promote your business to manufacturers and distributors of cleaning and hygiene products.

Mitie celebrates 70th anniversary of the NHS

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Mitie's 435 NHS based employees recently celebrated their combined 6,650 years of service for the UK's biggest employer, to mark the National Health Service's 70th birthday.

HSE publishes white paper on workplace strees

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'Managing work related stress as part of a prevention culture' is a new white paper published as part of the Health & Safety Executive's HSL Health & Safety Updates program.

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