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I'm not the only one who takes pictures of places and things that have been inadequately cleaned as Lynn Webster's (Lynn Webster Consultants, www.lwc-ltd.co.uk ) Facebook post revealed yesterday... She was "feeling disgusted" and her comment that: "Yes Leeds Bradford Airport is still filthy & I've not even dared visit the toilets!" probably prompted a similar thought from all who read it: "Avoid them if you can!"
Rather than just posting on Facebook, Lynn does the right thing by complaining to the powers that be and confesses to having written several letters outlining her concerns, to no avail. Perhaps if more of us complain about poor standards, those responsible for the facility will take notice. The consensus amongst those who've seen the Facebook post is that the poor cleaning in this case is down to lack of budget, with several saying: "you get what you pay for."
As one wrote: "We all want cheaper airfares, and the airport is a commercial enterprise that needs to make a profit, so what gets cut to achieve those cheaper fares? Non-essential repairs and essential daily maintenance services! I bet the few cleaners they've got are stretched to the max!"
Lynn rightly points out that as the airport is an entry point into our 'Northern Powerhouse', it's not creating the best first impression - and of course that's the thing about cleaning. If a place is dirty, it's very off-putting and you're likely to avoid it in future if you can. Unlike an airport though, many places don't get a second chance, so you need to get it right all the time.
Historically, contract cleaners have tended to play their cards close to their chests. When I've questioned some about why they don't want to share news of their successes they've said it's because the competition will know when the contract's up for renewal and alert them to the opportunity to bid for it. My response has always been that if you do a great job, the client's not likely to go elsewhere - but then if someone else is prepared to offer the same standards for a smaller budget, you may just lose the work.
I wonder how many contractors out there see a dirty facility as a sales lead, and use the bad experience to create what could potentially be a new contract for their company? As sales leads go, obvious poor cleaning is quite an opener, isn't it?
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Mitie has announced a new sponsorship deal with the Army Rugby Union (ARU) elite teams, for two years with the option to extend to three. Kicking-off from the beginning of the 2019/20 season in September, the sponsorship covers the Union's four Elite Teams: the Senior Men's XV, Senior Women's XV, Academy (under 23s) XV and Masters (over 35s) Teams.
A recent prosecution at Carlisle Magistrates' Court has again highlighted the importance of ensuring that work at height is properly planned and managed - and more specifically, that equipment provided for work at height is fit for use.
The Court heard that an employee suffered a serious elbow injury after falling two metres from a ladder when it failed while he was inspecting a steam leak at height at the chemical company's Workington site.
The industrial cleaning market worldwide is projected to grow by US$15.9 Billion, driven by a compounded growth of 4.1%, according to a new report. Chelating agents, one of the segments analysed and sized in this study, displays the potential to grow at over 4.4%.
The shifting dynamics supporting this growth makes it critical for businesses in this sector to keep abreast of the changing pulse of the market. Poised to reach over US$13.8 billion by the year 2025, chelating agents will bring in healthy gains adding significant momentum to global growth.
CMS Berlin 2019 - Cleaning.Management.Services., ended on a bright note. The organisers and supporting associations of the International Cleaning Trade Fair were thoroughly positive in their assessment of this event.
Some 25,000 industry representatives from 80 countries, who included around 21,000 trade visitors from every branch of the cleaning industry, attended between 24th and 27th September in search of information about the current range of products and services for commercial cleaning. This represented an increase of more than 10% compared with CMS 2017.
According to Matthias Steckmann, director of Mobility & Services at Messe Berlin, the aim of this exclusive networking event was to discuss the synergies that existed between the two industries in order, amongst other things, to ensure that travel passengers enjoyed clean and pleasant trips. He emphasised that this year's event was placing an even greater focus on practical solutions.
The Showcase & Exhibition commenced in the morning with a lighter and brighter approach, which included a series of insightful Keynotes and members of 'Team BICSc' delivering 'Great at 58', a look back through the decades of the Institute.
The leaflet, entitled 'Window cleaning poles: how to do it and look after your body', is the result of a research initiative and could greatly improve the safety and wellbeing of workers who use water-fed poles when cleaning high windows.
Nordic facilities management services provider Coor, has signed an agreement relating to the acquisition of award-winning Swedish cleaning company Norrlands Miljövård, which has annual sales of some SEK 250 M and 500 employees. The acquisition increases Coor's geographical spread in Sweden and contributes to Coor's cleaning competences.
Chem-Dry, the world's largest carpet and floor cleaning franchise, has signed a Master Franchise agreement for Lebanon with Beirut-based entrepreneurs Maha Hijazi and Camille El Zeinaty.
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Suntec Singapore Convention & Exhibition Centre contacted RAS to express its interest in participating in the HTP in mid-June.
Integrated facilities management and foodservice operations provider Sodexo, has renewed its €1.3 billion revolving credit facility (RCF) which now incorporates a pricing adjustment based on Sodexo's performance towards its goal of preventing 50% of the food waste and food losses from its operations by 2025.
This new light-based technology, developed by PurpleSun, has been rolled out at two Northwell hospitals - Northern Westchester Hospital in Mount Kisco and Staten Island University Hospital's (SIUH) north campus - to enhance disinfection in operating rooms and the equipment within them.
Work freely, swiftly and for longer with the new MC 250 sweeper from Kärcher. Combining speed with ultimate operator comfort and outstanding sweeping performance, Kärcher's latest addition to the municipal range is perfectly designed for the cityscape.
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