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International News

Celebrating global achievements and elevating attention for innovation

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The Amsterdam Innovation Award returns once again, with the 13th edition of the prestigious event set to take place at Interclean Amsterdam 2020.

New product offers clean bill of health for gyms

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Environmentally-friendly manufacturer Bio-Productions has announced the launch of its new Ultimate Gym Cleaner, which represents a fresh era for keeping all surfaces in the gym spick and span and squeaky clean.

Procter & Gamble's Robert Bartolo receives 2020 ACI Distinguished Service Award

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Dr Robert Bartolo, director - Global Product Stewardship at Procter & Gamble, is the 2020 recipient of the American Cleaning Institute Elva Walker Spillane Distinguished Service Award. Dr Bartolo is being recognised for his exceptional contributions to the cleaning products industry and to ACI and the honour was presented at the 2020 ACI Annual Meeting & Industry Convention.

Collaboration will deliver complete smart waste solution

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Smart waste management through the installation of smart waste bins is expected to improve the efficiency of waste collection, transportation and recycling of waste. As sensor-enabled bins communicate the level of waste in them, they can reduce the number of trips haulers need to make, lowering costs and greenhouse gas emissions.

Forum Pulire 2020: dates and new location confirmed for fifth edition;

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Following the conclusion of the latest successful Pulire trade show, ISSA Pulire Network Srl has announced the dates for the forthcoming fifth edition of Forum Pulire, an international congress dedicated to the theme of cleaning and integrated services.

Team Software acquires UK-based Innovise

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Team Software, which provides technology solutions for contractors in the North American cleaning and security markets, has acquired Innovise, the UK-based technology innovator specialising in software for security guarding, cleaning and facilities management businesses.

Mini wet wipe dispensers offer added protection

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Wet wipes from Addgards' new mini wipe dispenser will not only clean your hands, surfaces, desks and equipment, they'll also disinfect - killing 99.9% of germs and bacteria.

Packaging: Becoming greener through innovation

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by James Woollard, managing director at Polythene UK

Wherever you look in the news, environmentalism is present. Flicking through the pages of a print newspaper or scanning online news outlets reveals daily stories looking at the environmental crisis and the ongoing changes to the planet.

For instance, as an indicator of the growing emphasis on climate change, Time person of the year for 2019 was 16-year-old Greta Thunberg; the youthful face of the campaign to combat the 'climate emergency' - a state of affairs that's been highlighted by such luminaries as Sir David Attenborough.

Prochem training recognised for NCCA membership level upgrade

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Associate Members of the National Carpet Cleaners Association can now elevate themselves to Member level upon completion of Prochem's Stain Removal training course.

Advancing through the NCCA's four membership levels is dependent upon members attending a recognised qualification in professional carpet and upholstery cleaning at base level and then progressing over time with additional training and industry experience.

RAS unveils plans for higher Happy Toilet standards

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At the 11th LOO (Let's Observe Ourselves) Awards ceremony held to commemorate World Toilet Day, the Restroom Association of Singapore supported Singapore's bid to become a smart nation by adopting holistic Detect, Feedback, Eliminate & Clean (DFEC) smart solutions for its Happy Toilet Programme.

Mitie takes first IFM step in pharmaceuticals with GlaxoSmithKline

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Mitie has been awarded a five-year contract with GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) Manufacturing Supply Chains, the science-led global healthcare company, following a competitive tender.

The contract is worth around £150 million over five years, with an option to extend the contract for up to two years.

Heavy-duty foaming hand cleanser has true grit

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SC Johnson Professional's Solopol GFX is thought to be the world's only heavy-duty foaming hand cleanser with grit.

Consistently called the best hand cleaner for grease removal by those who use it, Solopol GFX transforms heavy-duty hand cleaning liquid into a rich, cream foam that washes away quickly and completely.

Cintas Signature Series now offered in 11 colours

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The Cintas Signature Series line of designer washroom accessories offers businesses a stylish alternative to the industrial look of standard commercial washrooms.

Originally available in nine vibrant colour choices, the Signature Series is now available in 11 colours, with the new addition of True Blue and RealTree Edge Camo.

New Battery Industrialisation Centre powers up with additional cash boost

Coventry is set to receive millions of pounds in extra funding to make sure the new UK Battery Industrialisation Centre is a world leader for years to come.

Currently under construction, the Centre will be a cutting-edge research facility that will facilitate the scale up and manufacture of the batteries that power the electric, hybrid, plug-in hybrid and autonomous vehicles of the future.

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If you’re a regular reader of my leaders you’ll be well aware that one of my bugbears is the lack of consistency in our various local authorities’ recycling regulations: my argument is that by confusing people, or trying to get them to commit too much time and effort to the cause, you’ll lose them along the way and they’ll end up either contaminating the recycling they contribute, or sending perfectly recyclable products to landfill simply because they can’t be bothered to sort it properly.

It’s with quite some interest then that I look forward to taking part in the upcoming webinar: ‘Consistency in collections: key findings from WRAP’s recent one-to-one local authority support’, which takes place on 11th February.

Over the last four years, WRAP has worked with over 120 local authorities across England, helping them to assess their future options for the development of their waste collection and recycling services. With the principle of 'consistency in household recycling' underpinning many of the proposals in the Government's Resources & Waste Strategy, this webinar will share some of the key findings from WRAP's 'consistency' support, highlighting how different collection scenarios performed in the studies.

The webinar is aimed at heads of service, service development managers and other officers involved in designing local authority household waste collection services. And me of course… You can register at: https://wrap.org.uk/

It's always sad to read about heroes having to sell their medals & especially so when it's someone we know... Ex-contract cleaning boss Ronnie Russell was driving home from work in the '70s when he chanced upon an attempted armed kidnap on Anne, the Princess Royal. Several people had been shot but this didn't deter ex-boxer Ronnie who decked the culprit with a couple of punches!

I interviewed him 20 years later whilst editing another industry publication & he struck me as being a lovely man with a great sense of humour. He told me he didn't think twice about his own safety, but did what he had to do. Now struggling with ill health, he plans to sell the medal he was awarded for bravery, to provide for his future. You can read more about Ronnie and join John Austen's fundraiser to help 'one of our own' keep his medal, via: https://www.gofundme.com




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This Week's News

British company delivers 9.5 tonnes of infection control products to Chinese hospitals

* British-medical-shipment.jpgUK infection control company GV Health has delivered 9.5 tonnes of infection control equipment and healthcare disinfectants for use by medical staff in Chinese hospitals.

Exciting new conference programme announced for Manchester Cleaning Show

* BICSc-new-conference-Neil-Spencer-Cook.jpgOrganisers at the Manchester Cleaning Show 2020 have unveiled an exciting conference programme for this year's event, as numbers registering to attend continue to exceed expectations.

The free conference programme is one of the main attractions at the show, which takes place 25th & 26th March at Event City, Greater Manchester, and is the biggest cleaning and hygiene event in the North of England.

New survey of house cleaners reveals cleanest and most respectful nations

* survey-house-cleaners.jpgA new survey of over 3,000 London-based independent cleaners reveals attitudes towards home cleaning and cultural differences. Cleaners were asked to vote on the most respectful, least respectful and cleanest nations as well answer questions on the cleaning habits of customers.

ACI to 'stand and deliver' on four strategic pillars

* ACI-Hockstad.jpgA new strategic plan approved by the American Cleaning Institute Board of Directors will allow the association to be more agile, more forward-thinking, and better position ACI for the long term, said Melissa Hockstad, ACI President & CEO..

Airdri launches Air Purifier to flush away washroom bacteria

* Airdri-Air-Purifier.jpgAirdri has added a new air purifier unit to its portfolio, to tackle washroom bacteria and eliminate odours.

Complementing its range of hand drying solutions, the Airdri Air Purifier uses custom thermal convection technology to kill airborne and surface bacteria and viruses, as well as eliminating bad odours caused by bacteria, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.


* ICCA-Logo.jpgEFCI, The European Cleaning & Facility Services Industry, has welcomed the Irish Contract Cleaning Association as a member. Established in 2000, the ICCA is the representative body for the professional commercial contract cleaning industry in Ireland.

Cintas shows appreciation of school custodians in nationwide contest

* Cintas-Custodian-2019.jpgCintas Corporation is now accepting nominations for its seventh-annual Custodian of the Year contest, which honours the best-of-the-best amongst school caretakers. Nominations are being accepted at www.custodianoftheyear.com until 2nd March, 2020.

Audit results show exceptional conformance to CHSA Accreditation Schemes in 2019

* CHSA-Accreditation-Schemes.jpgMembers of the Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association's Manufacturing and Distributor Accreditation Schemes achieved high levels of conformance to the demanding standards of the Schemes, according to the analysis of the 2019 audit results.

The Schemes' Independent Inspector conducted more than 140 audits, inspecting well over 2,000 individual products in the process. Conformance across all four Schemes - Manufacturing Standards Accreditation Schemes for Soft Tissue, Plastic Refuse Sacks and the Accreditation Scheme for Distributors - was near perfect.

Tidy Green Clean shows outstanding potential for serious growth in 2020

* Tidy-Green-Clean.jpgTidy Green Clean, the environmentally-friendly cleaning business that operates on a franchise model, has started 2020 in an outstanding position for serious growth.

The company has appointed two more regional directors to develop business in Aberdeen North and Falkirk and the Forth Valley, pushing the TGC story further afield with its combination of ISO-standard cleaning systems and environmental credentials, exemplary customer service, and high employee retention.

New Visusafe range improves workplace safety and protection

* New-Visusafe-Collage.jpgImproved levels of workplace safety and protection are provided by the new Visusafe range of barriers, column protectors, flexi delineators and speed reduction bumps from industrial visual communication solutions specialist, Beaverswood.

The range combines impact resistant and eye-catching features with the latest in high performance materials, low maintenance features and durable design, to provide cost-effective safety solutions for distribution centres, warehouses, manufacturing and production facilities, retail properties and other applications.

Spirit of community - Brayborne's campus cleaning for Central Beds College

* Spirit-of-community.jpgManaging the cleaning of schools and colleges demands the regular balancing budget against outcome - and then determining the most effective solutions for an educational environment. In most cases, this is an ongoing process that consumes too much time.

Outsourcing to a specialist brings a number of time- and cost-saving benefits plus the reassurance that the teams working on a site are appropriately skilled for the tasks they are undertaking.

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Recent UK News

Facilicom UK appoints new director of sales and marketing

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Contract cleaning and services provider, Facilicom UK, has appointed Lucy Lott as its new director of sales and marketing. Lucy joined the team in January, bringing with her over 20 years in the cleaning and FM industry, having previously held roles with ISS, Carlisle and Carillion.

BICSc & BBS launch conference to inspire industry professionals

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On 23rd April, The British Institute of Cleaning Science and BICS Business Services will host Clean2020 - a one-day conference aimed at inspiring cleaning industry professionals.

Biffa opens £27.5m County Durham plastics recycling plant and announces new £7m facility

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Biffa has opened its new £27.5m state of the art PET plastic bottle recycling facility in Seaham, County Durham. Investment in the new facility, which is amongst the most modern and technically advanced of its kind in the world.

Cromwell Polythene expands recycling expertise

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Recycling specialist, Cromwell Polythene, is expanding its operations following the purchase of Moorgreen Flexible Packaging from Duo Plastics.

Christeyns proud to continue partnership with state-of-the-art laundry business

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Laundry chemicals manufacturer Christeyns says it is proud to have contributed in the creation of the new Swiss Laundry purpose-built facility in Papworth, Cambridge.

BCC works to reduce injuries in the cleaning sector

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The British Cleaning Council is calling for its members to share information on musculoskeletal disorders and injuries suffered by cleaning sector colleagues in the workplace.

Prochem - revived 45!

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Forty-five years since it started supplying carpet and upholstery cleaning solutions and equipment, Prochem Europe stands as one of the UK market's principal innovators…2019 saw that ethos take material form in the company's new research and development laboratory facilities at Chessington along with recent investment in new labeling and filling technology. Alan Tilley managing director says:

Infection control program reduces bacteria by 95% in athletic training rooms

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University Hospitals Sports Medicine researchers, in partnership with Gojo, found that an Infection Risk Reduction Program implemented in participating athletic training rooms reduced the overall amount of bacteria present by 95%, including completely eliminating the presence of influenza and multidrug-resistant organisms, such as MRSA.

Nearly a third of domestic cleaners have thrown in the towel with their own client

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New research from Direct Line for Business reveals that one in three domestic cleaners - approximately 279,000 individuals - have had to sack at least one of their clients during their cleaning career.

Think you know everything about slips and trips and falls prevention?

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Slips, trips and falls are the leading cause of major injuries in the workplace. These injuries can be devastating for the individual involved and they generate a huge financial burden on industry. Almost all slips and trips can be prevented, often with simple inexpensive interventions.

Mitie accelerates electric vehicle rollout with 250th vehicle delivered to Heathrow Airport

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Mitie has reached another landmark in its electric vehicle rollout, having taken delivery of its 250th EV. The Nissan e-NV200 van will be based at Heathrow Airport and joins the 200 electric cars and 49 electric vans already in Mitie's fleet.

Salisbury Group takes flight with Civil Aviation Authority

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The Civil Aviation Authority has awarded a total facilities management contract to Salisbury Group. The deal is for a minimum of five years and is worth over £8 million.

Ladder Association responds to recent HSE prosecution

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A recent prosecution has again highlighted the importance of ensuring work at height is properly planned, supervised and carried out by a competent person.

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