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International News

Nilfisk’s Virtual Launch event will help you smarten up your business

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Nilfisk has not rested on its laurels over the past 100-plus years - whether it be over technical innovation or the marketing of its products – so it comes as no surprise that it is using the Internet for a ‘virtual launch’ event next month.

Screen protection kills Coronavirus and 99.99% of most common surface bacteria

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Screen protection specialist InvisibleShield’s 2020 glass screen protectors - treated with Kastus anti-microbial technology, have been confirmed by an independent global testing laboratory to be effective against human Coronavirus as well as 99.99% of the most common surface bacteria.

Service high footfalls easily with the Pedal Pro 7000 hand sanitising station

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Are you servicing high footfalls? Want to keep your venue as Covid safe throughout the day for staff, visitors, and pupils? Struggling to keep up with demand on your hand sanitiser station? Then the Pedal Pro 7000 is your solution!

Taski unveils IntelliSpray technology for businesses tackling post-pandemic health concerns

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IntelliSpray technology, newly developed by Taski, is a fully integrated solution that allows facilities to scrub floors and disinfect them in a single pass, achieving a new standard in hygiene - the ultimate cleaning machine, now with integrated disinfection.

Employees welcome ISS's new Group CEO

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ISS’s new Group CEO Jacob Aarup-Andersen, celebrated his first day at the office on 1st September, along with thousands of ISS employees around the world who watched him speak at an online live broadcast event at the company's headquarters in Copenhagen, Denmark.

MEWA, quality and innovation to support industry 4.0

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When the first Model T rolled off the assembly line at Ford in Detroit in 1908, Hermann Gebauer founded MEWA in Ostritz, Germany.

Factories were then on the threshold of Industry 2.0, producing products faster and cheaper, enabling more people to buy them.

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New statistics released to coincide with the 17th annual Recycle Week (which started on Monday) reveal that through lockdown the UK has become more environmentally aware with nearly nine in 10 households claiming to 'regularly' recycle, more of us are prepared to change our lifestyles to help the environment: 73%, up from 68% in 2019, while 93% agree that 'everyone has a responsibility to help towards cleaning up the environment'.

Yes, it is a responsibility we all share and I'm pleased that more of us are taking it seriously, although as I've said before, the real heroes are our recycling and waste workers who've been providing a great service under difficult circumstances. As WRAP UK's Peter Maddox says: "The recognition they received in the form of friendly waves, notes, cards and gifts left out for them is heart-warming proof of how the nation has pulled together." It's good that iconic landmarks across the country are lit up green or carrying the Recycle Now 'swoosh' this week and that councils, businesses and other organisations are joining in with activities to highlight the importance of recycling.

And while I'd happily sack everyone from Surrey County Council's Highways Department for the state of our roads - it's not just potholes but the badly repaired (many times over) uneven surfaces which cause my house to shake when large vehicles rumble over them - I have to commend Surrey Environment Partnership's communications & engagement team. Bringing together the Council and the county's 11 local councils to manage Surrey's waste, the team has joined our local social media groups and, through posting information and advice, has promoted discussion. Yes - the team has taken enormous stick from those of us (well who isn't?) concerned about the increase in fly-tipping since the hugely frustrating cuts in opening times and days we can access our recycling centres, but it's listened and engaged with us. It has answered our questions about what can be recycled and where and it's explained how the system works and why. Group members are even sharing tips on how they're making good use of things most of us would throw away (my tip for fixing Prosecco corks to the tops of vegetable plant support sticks to save facial/eye injury on the sharp sticks, went down very well and others' ideas have led to sharing/swapping of items that were about to be dumped). More of this type of initiative please - it works!



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This Week's News

CMS Berlin 2021 is gearing up to go

* CMS-Thomas-Dietrich.jpgThe Coronavirus pandemic has made it clear to the world how important cleaning and hygiene are. It has also placed the spotlight on the building cleaning trade, an industry that is vital to the economy.

Its innovative drive, technological advances and the quality of its cleaning services benefit all areas of society - and with up-to-the-minute topics on the cleaning industry's innovations and trends, in 2021 CMS Berlin will again be the leading platform for a cross-sectoral exchange of views.

It's a 'thumbs up' from Cleanzine for winners of this year's BICSc Awards!

* BICSc-winners.jpgNearly six months have passed and Covid-19 continues to dominate pretty much everything we do, and whilst the British Institute of Cleaning Science has had to cancel the Annual Awards Dinner, which would have taken place this week, the team wanted to mark the event by recognising just some of those who have played a part in what continues to be a heroic cleaning effort.

BICSc is asking us to take a moment to recognise and celebrate five special people, who hold a BICSc Licence to Practice and went the extra mile during the peak of the pandemic.

New alcohol-free hand sanitiser protects without drying out the skin

* Bio-P_hand-sanitiser.jpgBio-Productions has launched an Alcohol-Free Hand-Sanitising Gel just in time for Winter, with the power to keep hands safe and soft while killing 99.99% of germs.

The advanced air-drying formulation quickly cleans and sanitises hands without any nasty sticky residue. Free from alcohol & added fragrance, it's the perfect product to combat the dry and chapped skin that usually comes from multiple applications of hand sanitiser. For those with sensitive skin, this would be the sanitiser to choose.

Innovise and Templa join forces to strengthen offerings to UK and Australian cleaning markets

* Innovise-merger.jpgTempla, the software company behind TemplaCMS and a leading financial contract management system for cleaning contractors in the UK and Australia, has been acquired by Innovise, the UK subsidiary of TEAM Software. TEAM is a global technology leader specialising in software for security guarding, cleaning and facilities management businesses.

Jangro sanitiser's new and improved formula kills Coronavirus

* Jangro-sanitiser.jpgJangro, the UK and Ireland's largest network of independent janitorial suppliers, has recently enhanced its Enviro H6 General All Purpose Sanitiser with a new and improved formula.

It has been tested and passed standards EN1276 and EN16615 (adapted for commercial kitchens), which confirm its anti-bacterial action, whilst EN14476 proves it is effective at killing enveloped viruses, including Coronavirus.

Carnegie Robotics’ new Thoro.ai aims to commercialise technology for autonomous cleaning & disinfection

* Carnegie_Robotics.jpgPittsburgh-based robotics technology firm Carnegie Robotics has launched Thoro (thoro.ai), a spin-off focusing on the commercialisation of its proven Autonomous Mobile Robotics (AMR) technology for the cleaning and disinfection equipment industry.

Thoro is the result of extensive development by Carnegie of state-of-the-art perception and intelligent navigation technology that safely navigates machines around people in public spaces to perform useful work.

New sustainable cheeky range at Phs Direct saves trees

* cheeky-panda.jpgWorkplace consumables provider Phs Direct has launched a new partnership with industry distributor Cheeky Panda to offer an extensive new range of environmentally-conscious toilet rolls, tissues and wipes.

Instead of being produced from paper, the entire Cheeky Panda range is created from bamboo - the fastest growing plant in the world - helping to save trees and create a more environmentally-sustainable supply chain.

Cleantec Innovation develops new alcohol-free hand sanitiser certified to kill enveloped viruses

* Cleantec-Hand-Sanitisers.jpgA newly developed alcohol-free foaming hand sanitiser which is certified to be effective against harmful bacteria and viruses with a 99.99% kill rate has been launched by Cleantec Innovation.

ViroGuard Alcohol-Free Anti-Bacterial Foaming Hand Sanitiser passes the requirements of BS EN 1276 and BS EN 13727 for bactericidal activity, BS EN 14476 for viricidal activity, BS EN 1500 for hygienic handrub and BS EN 13624 for yeasticidal activity offering vital protection to the public.

Realco extends the expiration date of food products

* Realco.jpgThe so-called use-by date (UBD) has far-reaching implications if we consider that, in Europe, some 88 million tons of food end up in the bin each year at a cost of 143 billion euro.

From an ethical, environmental and socio-economic point of view, this phenomenon is nothing short of alarming because it has a direct impact on producers, processors, distributors, shops - and, of course, on consumers. But here's the good news: henceforth it will be possible to extend this UBD by up to 100%!

At the cutting edge: Wessel-Werk launches innovative battery concept

* Wessel-Werk-concept.jpgReduced, compact and with a selected audience of trade visitors and international media representatives; this year's IFA Special Edition presented itself in a special guise this month in Berlin in the wake of the Corona pandemic.

The German manufacturer of vacuum cleaner nozzles and accessories, Wessel-Werk, successfully used this extraordinary platform to present its revolutionary battery concept. The innovative solution consisting of an electric brush and a battery-operated vacuum cleaner pipe was convincing across the board.

New appointments strengthen CSSA

* BCC-new.jpgThe Cleaning & Support Services Association has made significant appointments within its team. Daniel Cross, UK marketing manager for Tennant and its subsidiary Vaclensa, has taken on the role of chair of the marketing executive, while Paul Ashton, CEO of Birkin Cleaning, has been appointed deputy chair.

Daniel, who is also the co-founder of the FM North Networking Group, says: "I'm excited and thrilled to be taking on this role and becoming more involved in promoting the great work and actions of the CSSA, as well as communicate the many benefits of membership to the professionals working within our industry.

Disinfection Connection invests in Clorox Total 360 disinfection system

* disinfecting-company.jpgElectrostatic cleaning company Disinfection Connection, which launched in July 2020, has invested in Clorox Total 360 cleaning and disinfection technology to provide customers with peace of mind.

Company CEO Steve Rosenzweig, who has 28 years’ experience in professional cleaning industry and is dedicated to providing customers with the most effective cleaning, says he wants to offer an extra layer of protection for complete confidence in his cleaning and disinfection protocols to help combat the spread of illness-causing germs including SARS-CoV-2, which causes Covid-19.

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Recent UK News

Kärcher Professional strengthens UK team with marketing director appointment

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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.

Manchester Cleaning Show moves to Sept 2021: virtual exhibition & conference will replace next month's event...

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The Manchester Cleaning Show – due to take place next month – has been postponed until September 2021 because of the Coronavirus pandemic.

A virtual exhibition & conference will replace next month's event, on 14th and 15th October.

CHSA reacts to Manchester Cleaning Show postponement

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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."

Mitie / Interserve merger investigation launched by CMA

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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.

CHSA launches accreditation scheme for chemicals manufacturers

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The Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association is launching an Accreditation Scheme for the Manufacturers of Cleaning Chemicals.

This move means the CHSA has achieved its strategic ambition of accrediting all members. The combination of the Association's rigorous Code of Practice and its Accreditation Schemes guarantees its members trade ethically and work hard to maintain standards in the industry.

Principle raises £25K for Richard House, London's first children's hospice

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Principle Cleaning Services, the London-based cleaning specialist, has raised £25,000 for Richard House Children's Hospice in East London.

£15 billion sales boost for FM Market

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A new report on the UK facilities management market from MTW Research concludes that outsourcing is set to outperform the UK economy in 2020, with 85% of FM contractors having healthy finances despite the pandemic.

Based on data from 80% of the FM market, the report forecasts a return to pre Covid-19 sales faster than initially expected, with revenue exceeding 2019 levels by H2 2022 with a 10% sales boost.

Phs Compliance supports businesses back to work after lockdown

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Property and facilities management services firm Phs Compliance has launched a new coronavirus surface swab test as part of a range of measures to support businesses reopen safely as lockdown measures ease.

Jangronauts to the rescue!

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Jangro, the largest network of independent janitorial and cleaning distributors in the UK and Ireland, is urging all educational establishments to review their handwashing facilities.

With Covid-19 still in general circulation, an enhanced focus on hand hygiene is required to prevent the spread of infection.

GreenZone scoops two bronze awards at the International Global Good Awards.

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GreenZone Cleaning and Support Services, an already award-winning commercial cleaning company with sustainability and social impact at its core, has just scooped bronze at the international Global Good Awards for both 'Company of the Year' and 'Employee Engagement and Wellbeing' categories:

No mean feat considering the prestigious, corporate company it found itself in.

Medtech firm launches to help companies create safer working environments

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A new engineer-led work safety business, headquartered in Yorkshire, that uses the latest technologies and applications to combat pathogens, has launched to help organisations create safer, cleaner working environments post-Covid.

Greyland continues expansion with new additions to sales force

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Greyland has been joined by two highly respected sales people with a huge amount of industry experience between them.

A multi-channel sales strategy is key for competitive industries to stay ahead

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writes Nick Davies, head of software development, OGL Computer

“Many cleaning and janitorial product suppliers will have seen a surge in online orders during the pandemic as demand rose, especially from new customers.

During the pandemic, selling cleaning and janitorial products via more than one sales channel became key to continuing operations in this competitive industry.

Why Cleaning now must be everyone's responsibility

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Kimberly-Clark Professional partners with the British Institute of Cleaning Science to bring expert practical advice on how to operate successfully in the post-pandemic era of the cleaning industry.

Ecolab to deliver five million litres of hand sanitiser to the NHS

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Ecolab is to supply NHS Supply Chain with five million litres of hand sanitiser, Skinman Soft Protect FF, by the end of the year.

SOAPBOX: Repositioning cleaning in the new normal

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by Dominic Ponniah, CEO at Cleanology

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.

Events & Exhibitions

ISSA Cleaning & Hygiene Expo
11-12th September 2024


Cleantex Africa
16-18th October 2024
South Africa


ISSA Show North America
18-21st November 2024
Las Vegas


Interclean China 2024
11-13th December 2024

London Cleaning Show
18-20th March 2025
ExCel London

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


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