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This week I received news I'd been expecting for some time: our regional cleaning & hygiene exhibition & conference, originally due to be held in Manchester this week but already postponed until next month, is to be replaced with a virtual event with the main show rescheduled for 2021. A good call by the organisers!
If you've been following my Leaders over the years (this is the 936th I've written in Cleanzine!) you probably know how much I enjoy these shows and how sad I feel on the drive/flight home that they're over. Our industry's known for being a bit like the Eagles' Hotel California... "You can check out any time you like, but you can never leave" and much of this is down to the people, many of whom we don't see from one event to the next. Friendships are formed and cemented over the years and our industry colleagues can sometimes feel like part of our extended family. And with us all getting older and the pandemic far from over, there's always the feeling that our paths may never cross again.
Over the many hours I've spent chatting to people on their exhibition stands I've learnt that these shows can be a drag, in as much as there are so many staged all over the world. Whereas I may be heading home for a rest, company staff will often have to break everything down, pack it onto trucks and accompany it to a different part of the world before setting it up at - and working - another show. Some have revealed they haven't seen their families for months, so while I'm mourning the damage the pandemic's done to our gatherings, I can see that others will be grateful to not be on the road for a change. I can imagine though that those whose job it is to stage huge international events must be feeling almost bereaved when these are cancelled at the last minute. It must be soul destroying!
Some of us are still having to travel though, so it was with interest I learned this week that Rome's Fiumicino Airport's is the first in the world to receive the Covid-19 5-Star rating from international rating agency Skytrax, who recorded very high standards of cleanliness, a visible presence of cleaning staff in customer-facing areas and the testing of several UV sanitisation methods which further enhance hygiene levels at high-contact points. ATP testing of frequently touched surfaces indicated that exceptional disinfection and hygiene measures were in place. Well done to all involved in achieving such high standards!
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Kärcher Professional UK has strengthened its team with the appointment of James Gordon as marketing director UK & Ireland.
The move will help the leading global cleaning brand to drive the Professional arm of the business across the UK territory to generate growth and awareness.
A virtual exhibition & conference will replace next month's event, on 14th and 15th October.
Speaking about the postponement of October's Manchester Cleaning Show and its replacement with a virtual event to be held on 14th - 15th October, Lorcan Mekitarian, chairman of the Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association, said:
"We are sorry there will not be an opportunity for the sector to come together in one place this year, but completely understand the British Cleaning Council's decision."
Colds, flu, stomach upsets and the like can rapidly circulate and infect one person after another - and with the battle against Covid-19 currently raging, never has it been as important to reduce the likelihood of the spread of infection than it is now.
Door handles are the perfect example...
Now, renowned researchers at the University of Arizona have concluded that there is "no data to support any human health claims relative to hand dryers versus paper towel use”.
A North Wales business has secured over £1million in sales orders within weeks of launching, winning orders for its range of sanitising dispensers from across the UK as well as from countries including the US, Canada, Qatar and Sweden.
Llandudno-based Sanitise Now was set up by managing director Tracy Williams, (pictured); finance director Barry Roberts and sales & marketing director Jordan Hurley in April this year to meet the huge demands from businesses facing up to the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The Competition & Markets Authority has opened an investigation into the anticipated acquisition by Mitie Group of Interserve FM (Holdings), which was announced in June of this year and was expected to complete by the year end.
A new automatic blocking tool has been launched to enable property owners to allow additional time to clean guest rooms between stays if needed, to help ensure guest safety and offer reassurance to them when booking.
Launched by Eviivo, the online booking specialist for the independent accommodation sector, the automatic cleaning buffer incorporates functionality which allows hosts to block rooms to allow them to be cleaned on either side of a guest's stay.
The Healthcare Cleaning Forum is back and will host two sessions with Prof. Didier Pittet, Prof. Pierre Parneix and Alexandra Peters. These sessions will address topics such as Covid-19 and fake news.
Cintas Corporation's Chicago, US-based direct sale and rental distribution centres (DCs) have been awarded Gold level under the TRUE (Total Resource Use & Efficiency) certification system for zero waste.
Eco Logic, a company that maintains textiles and flooring for commercial clients using environmentally-friendly solutions, has been hired by Fitchburg State University, a public university located in Massachusetts, US, to sanitise and disinfect 460,000sq.ft across multiple buildings on campus, including dormitories, to assist in the response to the pandemic.
While the facilities were not at that stage available, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts requested that they be readied in case of future need.
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It goes without saying that the last few months have been challenging and, with no vaccine available and queries over the value of antibodies against Covid 19, we still face an uncertain time ahead. The profile of cleaning has never been so high and, as businesses start to reopen, hygiene is top of everyone's agenda.