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International News

ISSA Awards 2019 Innovation of the Year

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As the ISSA Show North America 2019 came to a close in Las Vegas last Friday, attendees and exhibitors alike convened at the ISSA Innovation Showcase on the show floor to meet the winner of the 2019 ISSA Innovation of the Year award.

Interclean Amsterdam shares the top cleaning and hygiene trends for 2020

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In the run-up to the 2020 event, Interclean Amsterdam reveals the three trends set to shape the professional cleaning and hygiene industry in years to come...

Mirius concentrates on the environment with new Eco Select Cleaners

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Mirius, one of the UK's leading manufacturers of professional cleaning and hygiene products, has launched a new range of concentrated cleaning products - Eco Select.

Vaclensa introduces vacuum cleaner made from recycled plastics

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Vaclensa, one of the UK's leading suppliers of professional cleaning machines and now part of the global Tennant brand, has replaced it long standing C167PT Tub Vacuum Cleaner with a new version made from recycled plastic.

Factory Cat/ Tomcat parent announces tech-partnership with Brain Corp

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Brain Corp, a San Diego-based AI company, creating transformative core technology for the robotics industry, and RPS Corporation, manufacturer of global commercial cleaning equipment brands Factory Cat and Tomcat, have formed a technology partnership.

Firmenich proves malodour control is key to tackling today's sanitation crisis

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Marking World Toilet Day, Firmenich - founded in Geneva, Switzerland, in 1895 and now arguably the world's largest privately-owned perfume and taste company - released pioneering research demonstrating that malodour control is key to tackling today's sanitation crisis.

DEAL Program announces 2019 Award Winners at ISSA Show

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Each year, Sustainability Dashboard Tools presents the DEAL Program Awards to distributors throughout North America and Europe that have taken significant steps to reduce consumption and operate more sustainably and efficiently.

Global steam cleaner market expected to grow considerably over coming years

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The global steam cleaner market is expected to expand at a compound annual growth rate of approximately 6% during between 2018 and 2024, according to a new report that cites changes in our attitude towards 'green cleaning' as one of the reasons why.

Hygienalia+Pulire pulls in more visitors and exhibitors than ever before

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The 5th edition of Hygienalia+Pulire - the Spanish trade show for the professional cleaning and laundry sectors, attracted 6,264 visitors: almost 20% more than the previous edition.

Dust extraction specialist launches new range of industrial vacuum cleaners

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Dustcontrol UK has officially launched its new and upgraded range of powerful Tromb vacuum cleaners.

Global window vacuum cleaner market to reach revenues of over $1.4 billion by 2024

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According to Arizton's recent research report, 'Window Vacuum Cleaner Market - Global Outlook and Forecast 2019-2024', the market is expected to grow at a Compound Annual Growth Rate of more than 10% during the forecast period.

Cromwell Polythene launches scented, antimicrobial tiger sack for clinical waste

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romwell Polythene, an expert in sacks, bags and speciality products for the capture and containment of waste and recyclables is launching a scented and antimicrobial tiger stripe sack. The new product is part of its Sansafe and clinical waste management range.

Tork launches new cleaning management software for smarter cleaning routines

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Tork is entering the software industry by releasing what it believes to be some of the market's most advanced cleaning management software - Digital Cleaning Plans.

Air-Scent to acquire Sani-Air Associated Products

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Professional aircare specialist Air-Scent International, has acquired Sani-Air Associated Products to further its global position in the commercial air freshener market.

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Mention our National Health Service to anyone and there’s bound to be a heated discussion; either over its perceived demise, money being wasted on overpaid/incompetent executives, privatisation, unfathomable procurement decisions or its cleaning – with much of the public believing that we should go back to the practice of ‘Matron’ being in charge of cleaning, rather than the work being outsourced (my view on cleaning is that while Matron’s system worked perfectly well decades ago when hospitals were tiny in comparison, it would be a nightmare to manage now with the hospital facilities so large and their interiors so complex).

Last week’s Leader, which focused on NHS procurement and mentioned the old warm air hand dryer versus paper towels argument, drew – as I thought it might have done – a fair bit of comment, but one in particular astounded me as it flagged up something that had never occurred to me…

It came from our dear friend Alan Hardcastle who set up Inclean magazine in Australia and ran it so well for decades until his retirement a few years back. I had the pleasure of being one of his columnists for some years and he was a real professional as well as a font of information and great ideas.

He wrote this week: 'Jan - I always read your editorials! The latest has prompted me to write... hand driers, those that blow air on your hands, are fitted with filters (often HEPA?) that are meant to be changed. When editor of Inclean I never tackled the issue of how often contract cleaners change these filters. I suspect never. All the best to you and John, Alan.'

Well that’s two of us then!

It’s been a long time since I did my training as a cleaner and while the washroom cleaning module included instruction on such things as the safe way to search for hypodermic syringes, it didn’t include the changing of filters in either ordinary fans or in hand dryers. Is it on your cleaning schedule I wonder? If it is, how often do you or your team change/clean the filters? Alan Hardcastle and I would love to know…



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This Week's News

Loo of the Year / Washroom Cleaner of the Year Awards: still some tickets for tomorrow’s event!

* LoTY-lunch.jpgThe annual Loo of the Year Awards Event, sponsored by Bathroom Wipe-Out 365, Innovative Hygiene Supplies and P-Wave, takes place tomorrow and there may still be a few tickets available - if you're quick! If you’d like to join representatives from leading cleaning and facilities management companies and entrants from throughout the UK at this this prestigious daytime event at the Voco St Johns Hotel Solihull, do contact the organiser right away.

Pipe-dream solution for Tata becomes reality

* pipe-dream.jpgA pioneering Cardiff-based biosciences research company has developed an eco-benign solution that will prevent blockages in the Tata steelworks' pipe system saving the Port Talbot company time and money.

Genesis Biosciences created a unique anti-biofilm formula which, when used in Tata's dust suppression system, prevents the build-up of multispecies biofilm.

Redesigned dry steam machines are a breeze to service

* ODC-iS-Machine.jpgIntroducing the new look industrial iS mobile dry steam units from OspreyDeepclean... Ideally suited for heavy duty cleaning and sanitising; the units have been redesigned for ease of use by the operator and for easy access for maintenance and servicing.

Manufactured with what is believed to be the most powerful heating coil technology in the market, the continuous heating coil is controlled via a sophisticated Siemens system. This technology is more energy efficient than standard boiler technology and facilitates a shorter heating up time as well as a higher steam output.

BCC welcomes ESA to the fold

* BCC-ESA.jpgThe British Cleaning Council has grown even bigger... with the trade body representing the UK's resource & waste management industry the latest to join. The Environmental Services Association has around 100 members, two-thirds of whom deliver recycling and waste services, and is working with members to make the circular economy - where all waste is eliminated and resources are reused - a reality.

The industry is set to invest £10 billion in new facilities with the right Government policy platform.

Hako offers dimensions in professional cleaning technology

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This high-performance machine ensures long operating times in large areas - for example in shopping centres, warehouses or industrial facilities. Modular extension options ensure high levels of flexibility. And clever details provide more comfort and efficiency.

Refresh Foam Soaps: choose your fragrance or go fragrance-free

* Refresh.jpgSC Johnson Professional's Refresh Foam Soap line contains formulations designed to elevate the handwashing experience. Available in a range of new signature fragrances and fragrance-free options, just one pump removes over 99% of dirt and germs when used properly.

Principle opens Window Cleaning Centre of Excellence

* Principle-Window-Cleaning-Centre-of-Excellence.jpgPrinciple Cleaning Services, the London-based cleaning specialist that provides its services to some of the most iconic and famous landmark buildings in the Capital, has opened a Centre of Excellence for its window cleaning division.

Spinning Gate Shopping Centre wins national award

* Spinning-Gate-Green-Apple.jpgSpinning Gate Shopping Centre has been given a National Award for its waste management achievements. The facility, which hosts 35 stores in 110,000sq.ft of retail space in Leigh Town Centre is now the proud owner of a National Green Apple Bronze Award for Environmental Best Practise for its achievements in 2018.

The Centre was presented with the national award at a ceremony at the Houses of Parliament, London.

The cleaner management software for all cleaning businesses

* Roma.jpgRoma Systems provides an affordable software solution that is viable and scalable for businesses of all sizes. The intuitive, browser-based solution offers:

- Automated smart scheduling - allocating staff by distance and compatibility
- Time & attendance - an intuitive app or landline solution for your field staff to log times

Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust extends partnership with ISS

* lewisham-and-greenwich-nhs.jpgLewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust has awarded ISS Facility Services Healthcare the contract to deliver non-clinical soft FM services across the Trust.

This was after an extensive tender process that has included significant consultation with service users and the Trust's stakeholders. The seven-year contract will deliver services to Queen Elizabeth Hospital, University Hospital Lewisham and the associated community sites.

Nick takes off with Prochem

* Nick_prochem.jpgBusiness is literally taking off for Nick Woods at Herts & Essex Carpet Cleaning. If he's not on site at Stansted Airport or the US military airbase at Mildenhall, he's up in the clouds over London on the 46th floor of the city's iconic Leadenhall 'Cheesegrater' building.

All this buzzing about necessitated upgrading vans and Nick's just taken delivery of a new Ford Transit.

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Recent UK News

Great Britain second highest rated in the world for water and sewerage services

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A major new international survey has revealed that the satisfaction rating for Great Britain's water and sewerage services is the second highest in the world. GB comes second only to Germany across 28 countries surveyed, with results 18 points higher than the global average.

NIC promotes Gary Haman

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Congratulations to Gary Haman on his promotion to the position of regional director at NIC Services Group, where he has already been instrumental in the delivery of exceptional service, according to the company's national operations director, Ken Atherton.

Saniflo supports charity that makes obsolete trucks into homes for up to 12 people

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Annual World Toilet Day may spawn many jokes and can be a haven of comedy for all of us that take sanitation for granted. But behind the hilarity is a serious initiative that we all should all aspire to support.

Celebrated on 19th November every year, World Toilet Day is about inspiring action to tackle the global sanitation crisis and help achieve Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6, which promises sanitation for all by 2030.

The facts are stark:

Registration now open for Midlands/North's largest cleaning & hygiene event

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Registration is now open for the Manchester Cleaning Show, taking place at EventCity on 25th and 26th March 2020.

Now firmly established, the Show is the region's largest cleaning & hygiene event offering an invaluable opportunity to meet with suppliers, make new connections and gain knowledge about the key challenges affecting the industry.

Bio-Productions helping to raise funds from rubbish for Air Ambulance

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Ever the eco-warrior, green cleaning chemicals manufacturer Bio-Productions is encouraging everyone in the company to collect their empty crisp packets to be recycled on behalf of the Air Ambulance Kent, Surrey and Sussex (AAKSS).

Dairy farm fined after employee permanently blinded by disinfectant chemicals

Beechdean Farm, of North Dean, Buckinghamshire, has been fined following an incident in which an employee was permanently blinded by corrosive chemicals used in cleaning.

Fighting back against fly-tippers: one council's 'joined up approach' a huge success

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One Friday last month, Thanet District Council enforcement officers teamed up with Kent Police's Rural Task Force for a day of action, targeting suspected fly-tippers.

Mitie boosts new Fife College contract with sustainability credentials

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Mitie has secured a five-year contract with Fife College, with the option to extend for a further two years. The contract includes the provision of cleaning and waste management services.

Jangro's E-learning platform awarded CPD status

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Jangro, the UK & Ireland's largest network of independent janitorial and cleaning distributors, has announced that its innovative training system, The Learning Management Solution has been accredited by the CPD Certification Service.

11 key modules have gained Continuous Professional Development certification. These are Carpet Care; COSHH Awareness; Colour Coding & Infection Control; Floor Care; Health & Safety; Housekeeping; Kitchen Hygiene; Manual Handling; Sharps Handling; Washroom Hygiene; and an Introduction to Cleaning.

CSSA's 2020 Innovation Showcase now open for applications

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The Cleaning & Support Services Association is now inviting applications for its 'Innovation Showcase', whereby businesses and organisations operating within the cleaning industry can put forward their innovative products or services to a 'Dragon's Den' panel of judges.

All entrants will be invited to present to the Dragons Den teams on 22nd or 23rd January 2020.

Social enterprise, Clarity & Co. reinvents itself on its 165th anniversary

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2019 marks social enterprise Clarity & Co.'s 165th anniversary. Having been founded in 1854 as Clarity Employment for Blind People, this year has seen the organisation adopt a new name and undertake a major organisational rebranding with the launch of a revised logo, updated manifesto and accompanying video featuring many of Clarity & Co.'s employees (www.youtube.com).

IWFM to help profession 'navigate turbulent times' at 2020 Conference

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The Institute of Workplace & Facilities Management has launched its 2020 national conference, announcing the theme of 'navigating turbulent times', which will see expert speakers tackle four of the sector's - and the world's - greatest challenges.

Eco-friendly InnuScience sponsors Awards

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Fast-growing InnuScience, an established global leader in commercial cleaning systems based on biotechnology, tells us it was delighted to be the sponsor of the 'Chef of the Year' award at the recent Food Made Good Awards held in London.

Events & Exhibitions

The Cleaning Show
13-14th March 2024

Interclean Amsterdam
14-17th May 2024

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


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