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International News

IWFM ambassadors salute the profession in schools as Institute looks ahead to World FM Day

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One month from today, workplace and facilities managers of the world will unite in celebration and recognition of their profession to mark World FM Day.

Christeyns Food Hygiene introduces new take on e-learning

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Warrington based hygiene specialist, Christeyns Food Hygiene, has this week launched Moviemento, a fully adaptable Learning Management System and e-learning package designed to meet the stringent hygiene requirements of food and beverage production environments.

EFCI's 2019 Conference - Meet the speakers

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The European Cleaning & Facility Services Industry's 10th Conference, taking place on 28th June 2019, will open with the presentation of a trend report on the evolution of the industry for the past 30 years.

Registration now open for ISSA show Canada 2019

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The new ISSA Show Canada 2019 website is live and registration is now open for this trade show and conference, which takes place 11th -13th June, 2019, at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre in downtown Toronto, ON, Canada.

Industry leaders and researchers prepare for CIRI Science Conference

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The Cleaning Industry Research Institute has announced that the theme for the 2019 research symposium taking place 15th - 17th July at Miami University in Oxford, OH, US, is 'Connecting Research to Practice'. The conference is focused solely on sound science in the cleaning and remediation industries; all presentations are peer-reviewed for content and objectivity.

School children not toilet trained? Little Accident Box clean up kit helps teachers cope

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Health and wellbeing specialist Aroma Care Solutions has produced a Little Accident Box to help teachers deal with toilet accidents in the classroom. It comes as a councillor in the West Midlands revealed that a primary school has hired a nappy changer because some of its pupils are not toilet-trained.

Edinburgh-based Topolytics named a top five global circular economy solution

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Edinburgh waste analytics company, Topolytics, has been chosen by Google and SAP as one of the top five circular economy technologies globally. The Circular Economy 2030 Contest, organised by both tech giants, set out to find the best revenue-generating ideas that can unlock $4.5 trillion of new economic output.

ISSA develops new calculators to aid members

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ISSA 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.

Innovative Sustane polymer launched to save natural resources

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RPC 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.

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You know the message is getting through when an eight-year old boy spends his pocket money on a litter picker & gets his mother to take him out collecting what others have carelessly (and probably deliberately) discarded, don't you?

Little Leighton Ollerenshaw told the BBC he'd noticed lots of litter lying around and wondered how it would be if the next generation had to pay for the carelessness of the current one, being forced to live in a litter-damaged environment. He asked his mother if they could go litter-picking and responsibly, she agreed. It didn't stop there though; the word spread and soon Leighton's friends wanted to get involved too. Let's hope they keep it up!

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It occurred to me while watching the video about Leighton (www.bbc.co.uk) that he and his friends may, one day, be prime candidates for cleaning industry apprenticeships. I know how difficult it is to persuade young people that there's a good career to be had in cleaning & facilities management, but if we can harness this lot's enthusiasm in some way, we could be onto a winner.

Also onto a winner (or so I would have thought) are food businesses able to display a 5* food hygiene rating on their doors, but in figures released today, only 60% of British respondents to the latest Food Standards Agency survey, mentioned food hygiene as being important when choosing where to eat out. I really can't get my head around that one and am wondering, who exactly, was asked...

Good service was cited by 61%. It put me in mind of the Fawlty Towers episode involving the hygiene inspector. Perhaps the rat in the biscuit tin would perhaps be deemed OK by this survey's respondents because the inspector was served by three members of hotel staff, rather than just one.



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This Week's News

UK's oldest pub adopts newest food waste disposal technology

* UK-oldest-pub.jpgEstablished in the eighth century, Ye Olde Fighting Cocks Pub in the City of St Albans, Hertfordshire, was purchased in 2012 by Christo Tafelli. While committed to preserving the pub's history, Christo also endeavoured to create the greenest and most cost-efficient pub in all of England.

To accomplish these seemingly opposing goals, he oversaw a £1 million renovation that included the installation of a cardboard baler, a glass crusher, and an LFC-70 biodigester to lessen lorry collections, shrink landfill deposits, and reduce the pub's carbon footprint.

Kaivac names Marc Ferguson new vice president of global sales

* Marc-Ferguson.jpgCongratulations to Marc Ferguson, promoted to vice president of global sales, Kaivac. In this position, Marc will oversee ongoing global efforts for the company, known for its No-Touch Cleaning and OmniFlex Cleaning systems.

Kaivac now markets its products throughout North America, Europe, the Middle East and Africa. The company also has representatives in Central and South America and is in the process of expanding into Asia.

Reducing water usage through non-stop cleaning

* AquaSmart-non-stop-cleaning.jpgFinding ways in which we can reduce water consumption is of huge importance in the cleaning industry, especially given the vast amount of water used during even simple cleaning operations.

The amount of fresh water available in the world is decreasing due to human activities and is therefore a limited and vulnerable resource that we need to protect more than ever before.

Moses Mayer, the honours student dedicated to cleaning up Indonesia

* Moses-Mayer-app.jpgCurrently in the 12th Grade of the Jakarta Intercultural School (JIS), Moses Mayer has earned several international accolades and awards while representing his home country of Indonesia in global competitions. He has also developed a smartphone application called SampahLink (TrashLink) which connects households with rubbish collectors.

Green cleaning helps University of San Francisco achieve carbon neutrality ahead of goal

* Green-cleaning-SF-uni.jpgThe University of San Francisco has met its goal of zero net carbon emissions more than 30 years ahead of its 2050 target date set in 2014 with a series of large and small steps, including reducing campus water use by 30% and switching to green cleaning supplies, being strict with its recycling procedures and even installing micro turbines that produce heat and electricity right on campus and purchasing mission-driven carbon offsets.

Cleaner Havering campaign launched by Council

* cleaner-havering-campaign.jpgHavering Council has launched a new campaign aimed at making the borough cleaner and tidier, together with the help of residents. The Cleaner Havering campaign sees an extra £400,000 invested by the Council into street cleaning.

This extra money will see the frequency of cleaning in residential streets increased from once every three weeks to fortnightly. In addition to investing into more street cleaning the campaign will see the Council:

Kärcher launches new concept in professional cleaning

* Karcher-pro-window-vac.jpgKärcher's new WVP 10 Professional Window and Surface Cleaner - a multi-directional, cordless device that facilitates effortless cleaning of any flat surface without restriction - offers fast, efficient, multi-application cleaning and drying, eliminating the need for a bucket of water and cloth.

A lightweight and ergonomic hand-held cleaning device that can be used to clean any kind of horizontal, vertical, or even overhead flat surface, such as tiles, windows, tables, and mirrors, the WVP 10 features a large capacity dirty water collection tank, powerful suction and a removable battery for extended use. The advanced version comes with a second battery with quick charger for continuous cleaning time.

Volunteers needed to create new standard for remediation of drugs, cannabis and nicotine residue

* IICRC-Centre.jpgThe Institute of Inspection, Cleaning & Restoration Certification is seeking volunteers to serve on consensus bodies for the development of a new Standard, the BSR/IICRC S900 Standard for Professional Remediation of Illicit Drugs, Cannabis and Nicotine Residue.

"The cleanup and restoration of environments contaminated by the production and handling of illicit drugs is a highly specialised process that puts many at risk when it is not performed properly," says Brandon Burton, IICRC Standards Chairman.

FSA publishes 'Food and You' wave five survey report

* FSA-Food-and-you.jpgThe Food Standards Agency has published the findings for wave five of the 'Food and You' survey and the majority of respondents (87%) reported having seen the Food hygiene ratings for food businesses sticker.

There have been increasing levels of recognition of the scheme stickers since they were introduced in 2010, from 34% in 2012, to 68% in 2014, 83% in 2016 and 87% in 2018.

Diversey's New R&D investment reflects growing importance of Chinese market

Diversey is opening a new R&D centre in China today. The new centre represents a significant investment for Diversey in China, and is a key milestone in the execution of the company's Asia strategy.

The centre is set to open at a ceremony to coincide with the first day of the China Clean Expo, where the company is showcasing a range of its product innovations and services.

Deliveroo and Oxwash set to launch plastic container clean & recycle service

* Deliveroo-Oxwash.jpgDeliveroo, in partnership with innovative cleantech company Oxwash, will be launching a first-of-its-kind takeaway container cleaning service for customers and restaurants in Oxford and Cambridge this Summer.

The new service comes thanks to the partnership with Oxwash, who will be integrating its award-winning operation with Deliveroo's world-class technology and market leading food delivery network.

2020 Kimberly-Clark Professional Golden Service Awards soon opens for entries

* GSA-KIMBERLY-C.jpgOnce again celebrating the very best the industry has to offer, Kimberly-Clark Professional is proud to open entries for the 2020 Golden Service Awards on 20th May. Cleaning and facilities businesses are invited to submit entries that demonstrate exceptional standards of cleaning excellence.

A new Diversity category, bringing the total number of awards up to 17 to be presented in a prestigious ceremony on 4th March 2020, at the Park Lane Hilton, London.

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Recent UK News

PHE's latest report on norovirus outbreaks in hospitals shows outbreaks reduce services

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Public Health England's latest report on suspected and laboratory-confirmed reported norovirus outbreaks in hospitals (England) and norovirus laboratory reports (England and Wales), covering weeks nine - 13, 2019, shows that services are still having to be reduced in an attempt to curb the spread of the virus.

Cleaning Show achieves record visitor numbers: 26% increase in footfall; delegates from 45 countries...

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The Cleaning Show has reported that attendee numbers for the 2019 exhibition at Excel in London exceeded 7,000, with a 26% increase in visitors when compared to the 2017 show hosted at the same venue. Organisers have also reported that the number of foreign visitors increased yet again, and that representatives from 45 different countries attended the three-day expo.

Efficient new bin lorries take to the roads

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Scotland's North Lanarkshire Council has invested in 24 new bin lorries, which meet the latest European standards for emissions and have a number of safety features, including an automatic emergency braking system and a four-way camera system to give the driver full visibility.

£1,500 fine highlights concerted effort to tackle fly-tipping culprits

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Coventry Magistrates have fined a Coventry resident £1,437.35 after mattresses, paint tubs and several bags of household waste were found on Hollyfast Lane, Coventry. Among the dumped materials were a number of letters which linked the items to a Scott Miles.

Students help to tackle textile waste with new video

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Some 100kgs of textiles is thrown away into the general rubbish bin in West Sussex every five minutes, costing over £1 million pounds a year in disposal costs. To help reduce both the waste and the costs of its disposal - whilst education young people, the local authority went back to school... the Chichester Free School - and got its students involved in a new film aimed at getting more people in the county 'Tackling Textiles'.

BICSc Annual Awards 2019 applications deadline looming

There are less than four weeks left to enter the 2019 British Institute of Cleaning Science Annual Awards, with the ceremony taking place on Thursday 26th September at Whittlebury Hall Hotel & Spa in Northamptonshire.

The winners are determined by a judging panel made up of industry experts, and provide a great opportunity to showcase an individual's, or organisation's, achievements to the wider cleaning industry, as well as BICSc community of over 30,000 members. Last year's winner of the 'Client Commitment to Training' award, Rosaleen Liard, chief executive officer of Chequers Contract Services says of her company's win:

TC Facilities Management achieves £3M in new sales

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TC Facilities Management has secured multiple new customers for the delivery of cleaning & window cleaning services in the wholesale, high street & commercial office sectors across the UK.

The contracts, worth £3 million per annum, will see over 300 colleagues join TCFM up and down the country since the contracts started going live from 1st March, 2019.

Cleanology research reveals real attitudes to rates of pay

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Almost two-thirds of employees are concerned that cleaners should be paid fairly. According to research commissioned by London-based contract cleaning firm Cleanology, 63% of staff care greatly about the rate of pay for cleaning operatives. However, only 39% have an accurate idea of the real figures on cleaning pay.

CSSA Awards - event pictures available

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Although we briefly covered the Cleaning & Support Services Association Awards in the week that they took place, the arrival of a link to some fabulous pictures of the event, including the presentations themselves and the many happy attendees, has prompted a revisit which should be of interest to those who may have missed our write-up because the London Cleaning Show was still in full swing...

Genesis Biosciences wins major cleaning innovation award

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Welsh 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.

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

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The 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

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National 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.

Resource & Waste Strategy - an opportunity for discussion

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WRAP 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

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

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The 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

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Having 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.

Events & Exhibitions

CMS Berlin
19-22nd September 2023
Messe Berlin

National Floor Safety Institute
25-26th September 2023
International Symposium on Slip, Trip and Fall Prevention

Hurst Convention Center, Texas


Interclean China 2023
18-20th October 2023
2nd edition


7-9th November 2023
Madrid, Spain

Clean Eurasia Expo 2023
8-10th November 2023


ISSA Show North America
13-16th November 2023
Las Vegas


The Cleaning Show
13-14th March 2024

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