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An exciting addition to this year's edition of the region's leading professional cleaning and hygiene event, the forum will bring together top experts and professionals from the healthcare sector to explore the key challenges facing healthcare cleaning.
All this could soon be about to change...
Christeyns Food Hygiene, a specialist in food and beverage hygiene, has recently entered a sole distribution partnership for a brand new and unique hygiene verification tool - FreshCheck.
The big rendezvous for the cleaning, professional hygiene and laundry sector of the Iberian Peninsula, Hygienalia+Pulire is expanding this year with an increased covered exhibition area and more exhibitors than ever.
The manufacturer has confirmed successful results from deployment of its patented non-thermal plasma technology in two live hospital environments.
Here, John Brill, sales director for Nilfisk, tells us how he sees the TrackClean fleet management system working in practice...
"Oven-cleaning might not be the most glamorous job but it is one of the most crucial," says managing director, Angela Gill. "It is especially important to get it right when it comes to cleaning with chemicals in food preparation areas, and we're confident that our Neutral Oven Cleaner is up to the challenge."
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If you read my leaders regularly you're probably aware that I'm a bit of a hippie at heart and that one of my passions is Planet Earth and our need to look after our environment. Nature is all about balance though and sometimes I wonder at the decisions made by those in power, which leave me confused at the thinking behind them. Take clean air zones... yes, they're a great idea but if in establishing them you're preventing people from working or you're adding to pollution by preventing them from getting from A to B by the shortest route, then you could end up doing more damage than good. Just where do you draw the line?
While I hate traffic pollution, I was pleased to learn last Friday that the Taxpayers Alliance has won its campaign in Southampton, to prevent commercial vehicles from being charged £100 a day for the privilege of driving through the city. The TPA argued that in reality, it was just another unjustified attack on businesses and taxpayers. I have to agree. Just look at our industry... people travelling to and from their place of work in their vans, window cleaners, cleaning team leaders collecting colleagues on the way to work, those servicing equipment, onsite trainers, distributors and manufacturers making large deliveries etc. Just think of the impact!
Do those in charge ever think things through properly and look at the real consequences of their decisions?
And with several councils now considering introducing Workplace Parking Levies once more (a tax on businesses that have the temerity to offer parking places for their staff!) and public transport in such a mess, I sometimes wonder whether someone, somewhere, wants us all to down tools...
Finally, while I try to stay away from politics when writing, I felt swayed to congratulate Leeds-based Pland Stainless, which manufactures a lot of the products you'll find in commercial kitchens, local authority washrooms and cleaning cupboards. Why? Well with all the negative press Great Britain's been receiving as a result of the Brexit battle, which has led many of us to question whether we're capable of getting anything right, seeing a British manufacturer celebrating its Centenary has warmed the cockles of my heart. The celebrations included a tour by the Lord Mayor of Leeds and presentation of long service awards during a special luncheon, with a home-baked (but very professional) celebratory cake taking centre stage on the dining table.
British manufacture and tradition at its best then!
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This Week's News
The Cleaning & Support Services Association has revealed the finalists in its second UK Contract Cleaning Awards program. The winners will be announced on 20th March during an Awards Ceremony sponsored by ICE - the UK's largest independent provider of cleaning machines - at ExCel London, during The Cleaning Show. Those on the shortlist are as follows:
The Corporate Social Responsbility Award (being championed and judged by The British Cleaning Council) will be awarded to the company, team or individual that has done the most to further CSR within the UK cleaning sector within the last year:
Born in the very last years of the 20th Century and now thriving in the 21st Century, leading cleaning chemicals manufacturer Greyland is one of those literal 'rags to riches' success stories that warms the heart:
Messe Berlin has announced an exclusive networking event for senior executives at the international cleaning trade fair CMS Berlin 2019 (24th - 27 September). On 25th September, following the outstanding success of the first event in 2017, the Mobility Cleaning Circle will again take place.
Messe Berlin will make use of its industry expertise as the organiser of the international trade fairs InnoTrans and CMS Berlin to bring together national and international decision-makers for discussions on 'Cleaning in the Mobility Sector', with invitations extended to international transport companies and their buyers.
Hyge is revolutionising personal hygiene with its biodegradable wet wipe on a roll. With a modern design that fits seamlessly on existing toilet paper holders, Hyge says the product delivers a superior clean to its inferior toilet paper counterpart and is better for the environment.
The Michigan-based startup has launched a Kickstarter pre-order campaign running through 7th February, 2019, to bring Hyge to the consumer market later this year.
Entries have opened for the 2019 IWFM Awards, the workplace and facilities management profession's most prestigious event and the first since the launch of the Institute of Workplace and Facilities Management last November.
The Awards were first established in 2001. Now in their 18th consecutive year they are expected to continue to attract outstanding entries which demonstrate the difference this industry makes to business, the economy and society in the themes of People, Innovation and Impact.
A two-part entry level training course that has been awarded five stars and rated as "excellent" by 100% of reviewers, it is ideal for both newcomers to the cleaning industry and experienced professionals. Attendees will learn from impartial training on a wide spectrum of carpet and soft furnishing cleaning equipment and techniques.
The Right Worshipful the Lord Mayor of Leeds, Councillor Graham Latty, visited Pland Stainless in Leeds this month to mark the start of the manufacturer's Centenary celebrations and present some long service awards.
Pland products are largely designed for the washroom, healthcare, sanitaryware, laboratory, education, catering, janitorial and secure accommodation marketplaces, although a growing proportion of the business involves bespoke products to both commercial and retail markets.
After an extended period of competitive dialogue with a number of potential partners, Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust has awarded ISS Facility Services, Healthcare, a five-year contract, with an overall worth of approximately £40m, to provide a wide range of soft services, including cleaning, catering, housekeeping, security and associated services.
This is the first time that the Kent-based Trust has been able to take the opportunity of testing the services across its whole estate. ISS will be welcoming more than 250 new staff members into its Healthcare team.
Principle Cleaning Services, the London-based cleaning specialist, which provides its services to some of the most famous landmark buildings in the Capital, has been awarded a three-year contract with BNP Paribas Real Estate.
Principle will provide cleaning, window cleaning, pest control, waste management and washroom services to The Crown Estate St James's Portfolio, which comprises 34 buildings of office, retail and restaurant space.
"First-to-market innovations that not only help maximise operational efficiencies but truly improve and enhance customer experience are a strategic imperative for forward-thinking grocery and other retail businesses," said John Howlett, president, Bunzl Canada.
Mitie has expanded its relationship with London Gatwick by winning a five-year extension to its contract worth £17m, which includes a new agreement to maintain electrical services. The facilities management and professional services company has been working with Gatwick for the last seven years and will now maintain the relationship until at least late 2023.
Gatwick, which is the UK's second largest airport, will benefit from Mitie's expertise in large-scale FM services including building and plumbing services, cleaning and looking after flooring, fire doors and drainage.
Airstream, maker of the iconic Silver Bullet travel trailer, has announced that public campsites across the US will be tended to after the partial Government shutdown thanks to the Campsite Cleanup Campaign, a partnership between Airstream and the National Forest Foundation (NFF).
The NFF is the nonprofit partner of the US Forest Service, supporting 193 million acres of National Forest and Grasslands across the country. During the partial shutdown, the US Forest Service was unable to maintain the 193-million-acre National Forest System that contains 5,100 campsites, hundreds of campground washrooms, and thousands of miles of scenic byways and trails.
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