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International News

Whizzing window washers' World Cup success

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Congratulations to American Jeremiah Hickey (centre), the first-ever Window Cleaning World Cup winner! With Jeremiah, who runs On the Spot Cleaning in California, are Swedish champion Jimmy Strom (right) who came second and Darren Ansbro of D A Components, Stockton on Tees, who came third.

Try as they might though, none of them was able to break Terry 'Turbo' Burrows' Guinness World Record, which Terry's held for 10 years.

Touching down: the Toucan Eco III

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Centrego launched the Toucan Eco III device in a user friendly 'plug and play' pack. This is the third generation of the original award-winning Toucan Eco device which produces a combined cleaning and disinfecting solution from tap water and table salt using electro chemical activation (ECA).

Producing the steam behind the drain cleaning 'brain'

OspreyDeepclean is producing the steam behind the cleverly-designed Puracator unit - an effective, innovative and simple solution to blocked drains. And while the strapline is: 'To the P-Trap and beyond!' the machine can also clean, clear and pasteurise the drains of sinks and multi-deck refrigerated display cabinets without the need for you to dismantle the pipework.

When the outlook is unclear - futureproof your cleaning

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For over 50 years, Unger has been committed to creating quality tools that make cleaning faster, safer and more effective. This has included the award-winning Unger Ergo! Clean flat mopping system, the HydroPower RO Pure Water System and the award-winning Stingray Indoor Cleaning System.

The erGO! Clean has been verified by Sitemark, which provides independent best practice benchmarks for cleaning.


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Leaks in public spaces can create numerous health & safety risks for both visitors and staff. These risks not only include slips, trips and falls for the public, but they also put organisations at risk of liability claims. SlipStop - a wide funnel leak collector - was created to manage risk within hazardous areas and it provides an innovative solution to an age-old problem.

Hospital cleaning trial cuts infections

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A major trial of a bundle of hospital cleaning practices in 11 Australian hospitals has made significant reductions in healthcare-associated infections and demonstrated cost-benefits.

The cleaning bundle costs approximately AUS$2,500 per 10,000 bed days to implement and is broadly applicable to cleaning in any hospital.

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I came across an interesting press release this week and have been wondering whether any organisations in this sector run schemes such as this or whether they're considering doing so...

Data from the One4all 'Workers on top of their game report' has found that 52% of UK trades and 50% of retail workers would be more productive if offered gamified rewards and bonuses, which are said to not only introduce an element of fun into the workplace, but which also increase employee performance.

The survey of 1,096 UK workers by the workplace incentives and rewards provider, encompassed employees from different age groups, genders and industries and revealed that 52% of UK workers in the trades industries and 50% in retail would feel more motivated to work hard and 20% would increase their performance if their employer introduced a points-based rewards and bonus system.

The technique works by setting small rewards for desired actions and then inviting workers to repeat that behaviour, which they do in anticipation of the same result, and 26% UK workers in the trades industries said they would work harder to unlock rewards and bonuses in this way. There are also clear softer benefits of gamified rewards systems, with the perception amongst workers that this would also increase their happiness at work and make them feel more engaged with their company, while making work more fun.

"In SMEs, finding the budget for a rewards scheme can be tough, but gamified rewards can be more flexible in some ways and they don't have to involve large budgets," says the company. "While some might think these kinds of rewards are more complex to implement, this isn't necessarily the case. As we can see from the survey data, and the sheer number of workers who said that the implementation of a gamified reward system would make them work harder, the cost of implementing this kind of rewards could soon be recouped by the increased productivity employers would benefit from."

I've always been someone who does my best at whatever I've set out to do - whether it be a personal task or work-related, but I can see that we're not all made the same. And with UK Plc's productivity levels being renowned for being low these days, I'm thinking that this type of scheme may well be worth investigating...




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This Week's News

ISSA develops new calculators to aid members

* ISSA-calculators.jpgISSA has taken another step down the path of advancing cleaning by developing two business resources: the Consumable Product Cost & Usage Calculator and the Workloading & Bidding Tool. Both are currently available online and are for the exclusive use of ISSA members.

"ISSA works to stay informed about what challenges members face in their businesses day-to-day," explains Rosie Rangel, ISSA vice president of membership, outreach, and business intelligence. "We use a portion of membership dues to develop tools and programs that aid the professional lives of our members. These latest innovations are geared toward distributor, facility manager, and business service contractor members."

Innovative Sustane polymer launched to save natural resources

* Innovative-Sustane.jpgRPC bpi recycled products, a leader in responsible sourcing and manufacturing of plastic materials, has launched another first in sustainability - a range of premium, sustainable polymers made from 100% recycled plastic called Sustane.

Sustane is an innovative, sustainable polymer that has the potential to replace virgin polymer. The recycled material is made from post-consumer packaging and promises the highest levels of technical performance, consistency with no compromise on quality. The driving force for Sustane, however, is not just the need for perfect performance, but the desire to lead on environmental stewardship.

Genesis Biosciences wins major cleaning innovation award

* Genesis-Biosciences-wins.jpgWelsh biosciences company Genesis Biosciences has won a major UK cleaning award for its innovative and eco-friendly range of cleaning products. Genesis won the 'Contract Innovation' category at the Cleaning & Support Services Association Awards 2019 for its groundbreaking 'Evogen Professional' range which uses beneficial bacteria and eco-benign chemistry instead of traditional harsh chemicals.

The CSSA Awards, which celebrate excellence across the UK contract cleaning industry, took place during the Cleaning Show 2019; the UK's largest trade event focused on cleaning and hygiene. The contract innovation award was one of only four categories presented on the day alongside training, environmental and sustainability and corporate social responsibility.

2 in 1 Fog Cannon + HP Washer to debut

* Fog-Cannon.jpgIdrobase Group tells us it is launching its new Elefantino Lavaggio Fog Maker at the Pulire and Autopromotec 2019 Trade Fairs in May.

Designed for the prevention of dust pollution (PMI 10) and the washing of polluted surfaces, the new Elefantino Lavaggio Fog Maker is a 2-in-1 cannon with nebuliser and pressure washer function.

Pulire is taking place in Verona, from 21st - 2rd May and Autopromotec is being held in Bologna, from 22nd - 26th May. Idrobase Group will be exhibiting in Pav. 02 - Stand E4/3 and Pav. 25 - Stand C83 respectively.


Facilities Show 2019's new Smart Buildings Expo will help sector work smart and well

* Facilities-Show-2019.jpgThe Smart Buildings Expo is a new area set to inspire over 12,000 global cleaning and facilities management professionals attending Facilities Show 2019.

Held in association with the Institute of Workplace & Facilities Management, the world's largest dedicated facilities management and workplace wellbeing and smart buildings event will take place at ExCel, London from 18th - 20th June.

National Minimum Wage and Living Wage rates rise but still lag behind 'real' requirements

* National-Minimum-Wage.jpgNational Minimum Wage and National Living Wage rates increased on 1st April, as they do each year, but according to the Living Wage Foundation they are still not adequate to meet minimum 'living' requirements.

The Government-set hourly rate for the minimum wage depends on age and whether the employee is a fully-fledged worker or an apprentice. Employees must be at least school leaving age to receive the National Minimum Wage and aged 25 or over to receive the National Living Wage.

2019 Canadian Sustainability Conference: 'Beyond Clean: Creating a Greater Vision'

* 2019-Canadian-Sustainability.jpgThe Canadian Sustainability Conference has announced details regarding the upcoming event taking place 14th - 15th May 2019, at the Toronto Congress Centre.

More than 1,000 attendees and 100 exhibitors representing businesses and organisations from across North America are expected to attend this year's conference, which is presented by MCL Green Cleaning and its strategic partner, The Infection Prevention Strategy (TIPS).

Resource & Waste Strategy - an opportunity for discussion

* Resource-Waste-Strategy.jpgWRAP and DeFRA are hosting informal panels and discussions on the Resource & Waste Strategy and its implication for local authorities. There will be four all-day sessions, with a focus on the Consistency Consultation, at the following locations:

Tuesday 16th April - Darlington
Thursday 18th April - Stafford
Tuesday 23rd April - Southampton
Friday 26th April - Swindon

Kaivac makes it 'sticky': manufacturer embarks on decision to simplify program

* Kaivac-Tom.jpgToday's jansan consumers are web-savvy, mobile-enabled, and overwhelmed. To address this 'new' environment and improve the marketing potential of its websites, one jansan organisation is now working to make their site 'sticky'.

This means finding ways to get web visitors to hang around the site for a while with the goal of helping them make a purchasing decision...

Star Platforms delivery and service fleet ready for Ultra Low Emission Zone introduction

* Star-Platforms-delivery-fleet.jpgThe Ultra Low Emission Zone comes into effect on 8th April 2019 and will require all vehicles to meet the new ULEZ Standards or pay a daily charge to drive within the designated Central London area if they don't. Star Platforms' fleet of 10 vans and 15 trucks are fully compliant to drive under the new standards.

Fast-growing property services business invests £600,000 in new Wakefield headquarters

* Fast-growing.jpgHaving doubled revenue year on year for the past three years, expanding facilities management firm B38 Group is celebrating another key milestone in its development with a move to a large new headquarters in the centre of Wakefield as part of its plans to recruit another 30 head office staff.

DfT Urban Strategy: 2.5m tonnes of goods a day don't appear by magic, says FTA

* DfT-Urban-Strategy.jpgThe primary role of the lorry in urban freight has been ignored once again in a major policy publication, says the Freight Transport Association, the organisation which speaks for the logistics sector, following publication of the Department for Transport's 'Future of mobility: urban strategy' paper. According to Christopher Snelling, FTA's head of UK Policy, the document fails to make a single substantive mention of HGVs, despite the fact that they are, and will remain, the major method of urban delivery:

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Recent UK News

The perfectly organised cleaning cupboard?

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If you're unsure how best to organise your cleaning cupboard, the British Institute of Cleaning Science gave the perfect demonstration at the recent Cleaning Show in London.

Kimberly-Clark Professional Golden Service Awards 2020 launched: new sponsors announced

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The Kimberly-Clark Professional Golden Services Awards 2020 has been launched, with new headline sponsor the Cleaning & Hygiene Supplier's Association announced.

These are the premier awards recognising excellence in the facilities management and contract cleaning sectors and will take place on 4th March 2020 at the Hilton on Park Lane, London.

When doing less is better for business

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For cleaning professional and National Carpet Cleaners Association member, Marcus Davis, the secret to a successful contracting business in a very challenging and competitive market, is to focus on what the customer wants and craft a solution that looks the part and does the job.

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