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International News

IICRC acquires ICRA's Certification and Assessment Programs

The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning & Restoration Certification has announced that it has acquired the performance assessment and certification programs of the International Cleaning & Restoration Association as of August 31, 2018.

Idexx Pseudalert Test accepted as Global ISO Standard

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Idexx Laboratories, a global leader in rapid microbiological testing for water, has announced that the Idexx Pseudalert method has been published as the International Organisation for Standardisation worldwide standard 16266-2 for the 24-hour detection of Pseudomonas aeruginosa in water.

Drug resistant bacteria found in biofilm on 93% of critical care hospital surfaces can now be tackled

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Dry surface biofilm has been found to exist on 93% of all critical care area hospital surfaces and over 50% of these biofilms contain mutant germs which are resistant to antibiotics; resulting in healthcare acquired infections. The US Environmental Protection Agency has this week registered the first product to be effective against these biofilms.

Hooper Services launches TSM Italy into UK Market

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Portsmouth-based family run business, Hooper Services, has expanded its range by exclusively partnering with TSM Italy - another family-run business. Ian Hooper, who in 1990 founded the company that takes his name, says his main aim is to save customers money without compromising on service or quality - hence the partnership.

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It's long been recognised that an award (or few) under your belt is a great way of setting yourself apart from the competition and it's the same when it comes to cleaning - despite the role being awarded the title of 'Unsexiest Profession' in a recent survey (see more below)!

I'm delighted to see then that the Cleaning & Support Services Association has launched its CSSA Awards 2019 - which is now open for entries to anyone in the cleaning industry. You don't need to be a CSSA member to take part.

There's a choice of four categories (enter all four if you wish) and as these Awards are free to enter and there's a simple and quick entry process, it means that those without huge marketing budgets really do have as good a chance of winning in any category, as the 'big boys' have - as long as they're considered by the independent panel of judges, to be the best of course!

And as the Awards Ceremony is held at a presentation lunch - free to shortlisted candidates - on 20th March at the Cleaning Show 2019, in London's ExCel centre, there's no better way to show off to your peers and take advantage of the extra publicity that always surrounds this busy and vibrant show.

There are four categories: Contract Innovation, Training, Environmental & Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility - so if you think you're a cut above the rest, find out more now, since entries must be submitted by 21st December. Download an entry form at: www.cssa-uk.co.uk/awards/

I can't believe the Cleaning Show (www.cleaningshow.co.uk) has almost come around again! I know that compared to the likes of Interclean it's tiny, but it is growing fast and it's always incredibly busy. And being on home ground, it tends to attract a lot of the industry stalwarts who I don't get to see very often as well as those whose budgets don't stretch to an overseas show, so it's something of a social event too. And that's not forgetting our friends from overseas who always visit!

Who says cleaning is 'unsexy'? We in the industry certainly don't think so! We just need to get the general public on board & make them see that it's one of the most important professions there is - and one that boasts an incredible camaraderie, as far as I'm concerned.

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This Week's News

Cleaning as a profession? No thanks!

* Unsexiest.jpgCleaners have the 'unsexiest' job in Britain - with plumbers, accountants and taxi drivers close behind. The poll of UK professions, which quizzed 2,000 people, revealed that the cleaning profession was considered the most unsexy by nearly one in three Brits (28%). This is despite the industry contributing more than £24bn to the economy and employing more than 700,000 hardworking employees across the UK.

Stan Atkins, Chair of the British Cleaning Council, says of the findings: "The cleaning sector is incredibly important to the UK economy, and without it the country would grind to a halt. From tackling litter to keeping hospitals clean, the work our members do is vital to ensure we can all live in a hygienic, healthy and safe environment.

IEHA launches healthcare initiative at ISSA Show North America 2018

* IEHA-at-ISSA.jpgIEHA, the 1,300-plus professional member organisation for those employed in facility housekeeping at the management level, has announced a new program initiative geared specifically to cleaning and maintenance professionals in healthcare facilities.

Making its debut at IEHA's 52nd Annual Conference & Convention - part of ISSA Show North America 2018 - this highly specialised program enables healthcare professionals in facilities management to maximise the value they bring to the processes of patient care and recovery.

Tennant to improve coverage in China with acquisition of Gaomei Cleaning Equipment

* Tennant-range.jpgTennant Company announced this week that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Gaomei Cleaning Equipment Company, a privately held designer and manufacturer of commercial cleaning solutions based in China.

Gaomei, a family-run business, offers a range of cleaning machines and equipment, including single disc scrubbing machines, vacuum cleaners, carpet extractors, blowers, high-pressure washers, sweepers, and floor scrubbers.

Goodway's new industrial descaling system boasts large capacity for high performance

* Goodway.jpgThe GDS-100, is a portable, clean-in-place pump system ideal for descaling cleanings, used to remove limescale, calcium and mineral deposits, rust and other contaminants from HVAC and process manufacturing equipment.

The presence of scale and deposits can act as an insulation barrier on heat transfer surfaces which impact the actual loss of heat transfer and operational efficiencies.

Bullen announces new Spray N Roll and Spray N Go products

* Bullen-SprayNRoll.jpgBullen Companies has announced the release of its new Airx Spray N Go and Spray N Roll pathogen control system. The new system includes a new Airx Spray N Go disinfectant cleaner and a new Spray N Roll II dual tip spray system.

The Spray N Roll II dual tip spray system will make cleaning and disinfecting your facility quick and easy. It is perfect for applying the Airx Spray N Go disinfectant to grocery trollies, bathroom fixtures, gym equipment, cabinets, chairs, and much more. There are no batteries, limited use or charge time to worry about.

Tissue industry professionals from 93 countries flock to Istanbul show

* Tissue-Istanbul.jpgAn impressive 66 exhibiting companies and a total of 1,767 participants from 93 countries attended the second Tissue World Istanbul exhibition and conference.

Held in Istanbul earlier this month at the Istanbul Congress Center, the show featured exhibitors from 14 countries, representing tissue mills and a range of suppliers including manufacturers of chemicals, wrapping/packaging equipment, converting machinery, packaging equipment and non-woven machinery.

Putting some Wow into WCP

* Wow-into-WCP.jpgProchem Europe wowed professionals from both vertical and horizontal cleaning sectors at the annual Window Cleaning Page (WCP) Cleaning Show this year.

The company exhibited as part of the National Carpet Cleaners Association membership following the phenomenal success of the 2017 event, making this joint venture a must for everyone working in carpet and window cleaning, and related enterprises.

Veltia 'My Brand' offers multitude of options for a big impact in the washroom

* Veltia-My-Brand.jpgVeltia 'My Brand' is a process that allows Veltia at the manufacturing stage, to permanently impregnate an image into the hand dryer. This image can be a logo, corporate message, advertising or pretty much anything and in any colour. The process provides the client with a bespoke hand dryer, one of a kind and a way of advertising the client's business.

The process takes three weeks to complete and is, surprisingly, available on any number of hand dryers - from two to 2,000.

International FM company chooses Louisiana for US HQ

* pressure-washing-BW.jpgUniversal Facility Services, an internationally-backed specialist in the provision of safe, eco-friendly professional cleaning, beautification and external facility improvement, has launched in Southeast Louisiana.

Newly headquartered in New Orleans, the company is a division of the Canada-based Universal Group and boasts such services as parking equipment maintenance, graffiti removal, minor paving and pothole repair, power sweeping and scrubbing, pressure washing, striping, janitorial (scoop and broom) and other related services for external facilities and public spaces.

Interesting pre-conference site visit announced!

* Suez-Recycling.jpgA few lucky visitors to the upcoming 4th annual European Food & Beverage Plastic Packaging Summit will have the chance to attend the Suez Recycling & Recovery Netherlands sorting facility & floating Recycled Park in Rotterdam, The Netherlands.

There is no extra charge for the site visits, but spaces are strictly limited and allocated to conference delegates on a first-come, first-served basis, so do book your place early to avoid disappointment.

Comparison beach litter research to mark Recycle Week indicates a reduction in littering

* Beach-litter.jpgResults from a comparison beach cleaning and litter surveying programme by Cromwell Polythene as part of its 35th anniversary activity and to mark Recycle Week (24 September - 30 September) indicate levels of seaside rubbish have decreased.

This follow up to similar research conducted by Cromwell Polythene during last year's Recycle Week shows reduced levels of waste across most material streams. The only increases compared to last year's results were for paper/cardboard, and metal which both multiplied significantly, and medical waste.

Woolsafe Conference

* Woolsafe-conference.jpgThe 8th WoolSafe Education Conference is taking place Thursday 4th and Friday 5th October. This fantastic learning and networking opportunity for WoolSafe Approved Service Providers, Licensees and Associate Members, is held almost annually either in the UK, Australia or in the US. This year's event is taking place in Bradford, UK - a city that hit the headlines this week for having the lowest house prices in England!

A morning of seminars and an afternoon of specialist workshops await exhibitors and attendees on day one of the Conference, which is sponsored by WoolSafe chemical licensees: Legend Brands Europe, Prochem Europe, Sebo and Fibre ProTector.

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Recent UK News

Exclusive Matrix Cleaning Systems distributor deal for Carey Cleaning Machines in Ireland

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Matrix Cleaning Systems has announced that Carey Cleaning Machines has become its exclusive distributor for the Matrix Industrial and Commercial range of steam machines for Northern Ireland. The agreement also includes exclusivity for Southern Ireland for industrial machines.

Veltia's latest recruit is no stranger to the company

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Veltia has welcomed a new business development manager to the fold, in a relationship that almost comes 'tried and tested'. For Miles Davies is no stranger to Veltia, having worked in partnership with the hand dryer supplier for the past two years whilst with his previous employer Rentokil-Initial.

Jeff Bell steps down from CHSA Council after many years of service

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After many years of service, former Chairman of the Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association and recently retired managing director of Deb, Jeff Bell is stepping down from the CHSA's governing Council.

ICMMA appoints new Secretariat

ISSA has announced additional support for the UK Industrial Cleaning Machine Manufacturers Association.

Rob Shaw and Rachel Eastop of Rob Shaw Associates will provide secretarial support from now on, taking over from Hazel Langley. Rob has more than 14 years' experience providing scientific expertise on falls prevention to the UK regulator, the Health & Safety Executive, as well as commercial consultancy and training in the UK and overseas. Rachel has a strong professional background and proven track record of excelling in marketing and project management positions.

Winners of the CHSA's 2018 Undergraduate Bursary announced

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Two talented and hard-working young people - Krupa Solanki and Ellie Walker - have been named as the recipients of the CHSA's 2018 Undergraduate Bursaries, following the CHSA Council's decision earlier in the year to award up to two bursaries every year for the next five years.

Spectrum Hygiene moves after giving its customers a good roasting!

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Norwich-based Spectrum Hygiene has moved into a new 10,000 sq ft warehouse, moving from its previous 7,000 sq ft facility. With a current annual turnover of £4M for the company and its subsidiaries, the new warehouse is a pivotal factor in Spectrum's ambitious plans to increase sales by as much as 50% in the next two years.

So why give customers a roasting?

John Cornish joins Dolphin Solutions

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After 35 years in the field of dispensers and international sales, John Cornish, a familiar figure in the industry worldwide, has now moved to Dolphin Solutions in Bodiam, East Sussex.

Boels extends its presence in Great Britain

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European rental company, Boels Rental, forges on with its UK expansion. The latest acquisitions of Artisan Hire Centre and sister company SAS (Survey & Safety Equipment Hire & Sales), form a further step in its overall UK growth strategy to become a national hire company.

Solved365 enters franchise market

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Solved365 is a new franchise specialising in commercial cleaning. The franchise has spun out of Total Solutions Group; a multi-million-pound, independently-owned company which was launched by Sharmin Akter in 2014.

Veltia UK up 60% year on year so far

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Sales have increased year on year for the national hand dryer supplier, Veltia UK. The company now supports more than 50 reseller partners, and continues its goal to not only supply quality hand dryers, but to train salespeople in these organisations to increase company revenues.

Events & Exhibitions

The Cleaning Show
13-14th March 2024

Cleaning Products Europe
9-10th April 2024
Czech Republic


Care Show London
24-25th April 2024


Interclean Amsterdam
14-17th May 2024

Cleantex Africa
16-18th October 2024
South Africa


ISSA Pulire 2025
27-29th May 2025
Rho Fiera Milano


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