*Cleanzine-logo-10a.jpgCleanzine: your weekly cleaning and hygiene industry newsletter 12th November 2020 Issue no. 944

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International News

Leobot wins Amsterdam Innovation Award 2020

The third day of Interclean Amsterdam Online, the Show's first-ever 100% virtual event, started with the announcement of the winner of the Amsterdam Innovation Award.

European social dialogue: SSDC's plenary meeting devoted to Covid-19

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Late last month, EFCI (the voice of the European cleaning and facility services industry in Europe) and its members took part in the plenary meeting of the Industrial Cleaning Sectoral Social Dialogue Committee.

Forum Pulire 2020, a growing event

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The new digital version of this unique multidisciplinary congress attracted 45% more public than the 2018 edition, with 729 participants from 26 nations.

Spotta puts bed bugs to the test

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In its first year of operation, Spotta's Bed Pods have reduced the amount of bed bug incidents discovered by hotel guests from 50% to just 3.3% in its customers' properties.

Clean N Coat offers combined solution to 24/7 cleaning and sanitising

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Finnish manufacturer Affix Labs’ new ‘Clean N Coat’ surface cleaning product, is applied in the same way as other cleaning products but has the added benefit of leaving but an almost invisible, ultra-thin, anti-microbial coating that actively protects surfaces for up to seven days.

Meet Billy

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Billy is an electronically-controlled industrial compact steam cleaner, specifically designed to clean and sanitise food facilities such as restaurants, bakeries, pubs and lounges, grocery stores, butcher's shops and delicatessents, as well as hotels and transport systems, where it can sanitise up to 600sq.m/hr.

Procurement Excellence recognised with CIPS certification for Mitie

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Mitie has been awarded the Procurement Excellence Programme certification by the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS) at standard level, demonstrating its commitment to maintaining a responsible, sustainable and professionally-managed supply chain.

CIRI to host ‘Covid-19: the second wave’ webinar series

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In its ongoing effort to provide cleaners and disaster restoration professionals with the latest research related to Covid-19 and protection of the built environment, the Cleaning Industry Research Institute will host ‘Covid-19: the second wave’ a three-part webinar series beginning Thursday, 12th November.

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First, apologies for this being a slightly shorter issue than normal and also that its arrival in your inbox is a day later than expected. As it’s only the second time in 944 broadcasts that we’ve missed our deadline, I’m hoping we’re forgiven.

The first delay was caused by the aftermath of a hurricane which caused flooding at the premises of our old US-based server; this time it was because my elderly mother, for whom I care, had quite a serious dementia blip this week, which involved lengthy paramedics visits and conversations with numerous healthcare professionals. The emergency round-the-clock care from me just happened to overlap my father-in-law’s funeral, so as you might imagine, it’s been quite a week!

To say I’m tired is a massive understatement so I’ll have to keep this short. I’d promised to report back on my first ever scheduled visit to the civic amenity tip - brought in by my local council along with many others - to avoid hour-long queues. While walking the dog before the new booking system came in, we noticed that there weren’t any queues whatsoever at the tip (possibly because everyone else had, like us, booked visits rather than waste time queueing?) We cancelled our booked slot and emptied my overflowing car there and then, and were delighted that everything went smoothly. I have to commend Epsom & Ewell Council’s Suez Surrey for organising things so well and for being so on-the-ball and helpful (which we hadn’t expected because of Covid-related restrictions). Long may the calm continue!



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This Week's News

Diversey announces 3% to 4% price increase in Europe by January 1st 2021

Diversey has announced a 3% - 4% price increase across its Professional product ranges in Europe, effective January 1st 2021, due to continued cost movements and investment.

The company says that since the beginning of 2020, its business has been confronted with significant challenges to supply chains, exceptional demand increases and decreases across the different industries and sectors in which it operates and, most importantly, ensuring employees and customers stay safe.

Virtual ISSA Cleaning Industry Management Standard Course

* Fundamentals_lynn_webster.jpgIf you are managing a cleaning business and are wishing to bring your organisation to the next level, you should consider joining the international edition of the training course 'Fundamentals of Cleaning Industry Management Standard (CIMS)' and become a CIMS Certification Expert.

This course - delivered virtually by Lynn Webster, who has more than 30 years' industry experience and is ex-chair of the British Institute of Cleaning Science - introduces the knowledge and expertise required for a cleaning organisation to make measurable improvements in quality and operational efficiency.

Key industry appointments for hygiene experts

* Key-appointments-hygiene-experts.jpgChristeyns Food Hygiene, manufacturer of professional hygiene products, is celebrating the appointments of two of its senior staff members, as they take on key roles in renowned industry associations.

Following the Society of Food Hygiene & Technology's (SOFHT) Annual General Meeting and the end of the current Chair's term, Peter Littleton (pictured left), technical director at Christeyns Food Hygiene UK, has been appointed as the new Chair, a post he will hold for the next two years.

Bristling with determination!

* Movember_Doug-Cooke.jpgDoug Cooke, chair of the Cleaning & Support Services Association and executive chairman of Principle Cleaning Services, is once again taking part in Movember and growing his moustache to raise funds for, and raise awareness of, men’s healthcare needs - and he needs your donation.

Movember is the leading charity aimed at changing the face of men's health, focusing on mental health and suicide prevention as well as prostate and testicular cancers. Since its beginnings in 2003, it has funded more than 1,250 men’s health projects around the world, challenging the status quo, shaking up research and motivating men to take action for their health.

Long-awaited publication ‘BICSc Standards & Best Practice’ released

* BICSc.jpgSince 1961, The British Institute of Cleaning Science has been an industry leader in education, standards and best practice. At a time when cleaning and hygiene remains a top agenda item, the Institute has released a brand-new publication aptly named 'Standards & Best Practice'. 

With contributions from highly regarded industry experts, the publication combines intelligence, experience and knowledge which, when followed, will become an integral part of your organisation's overall performance.

Germinator mobile sanitising & disinfecting adds ATP monitoring to its service offerings

* Germinator.jpgThe Germinator mobile sanitising & disinfecting system now comes with the option of adenosine triphosphate monitoring as part of a now patent-pending methodology.

Leading the way in infection control: A Covid-19 fighting solution

* Leading.jpgThe Covid-19 pandemic has wrought chaos, as health officials and organisations scramble to find preventative measures for the spreading of the virus until a vaccine is discovered to bring transmission under control.

New array of finishes expands design flexibility with Bradley's Touchless Washbar

* Bradley-basins.jpgBradley Corp. has added five new beautiful finishes to its popular WashBar series to complement every designer's vision for washroom design.

These durable and environmentally-friendly finishes further enhance Bradley's growing line of WashBar models.

Rochdale Council wins national competition for local authority cleaning services

* Rochdale-Redwood-Graduates.jpgRochdale Borough Council has won a national competition organised by the Association of Building Cleaning Direct Service Providers to promote good practice in local authority cleaning services.

Nottinghamshire County Council came second in the ABCD's Initiatives Competition 2020, which was supported by the British Cleaning Council.

Aberdeen's Tidy Green Clean team acquires Bin-Cleaned to Change the Face of Waste

* Aberdeen.jpgTidy Green Clean, the well-known, environmentally-friendly commercial cleaning business that operates on a franchise model, has acquired Aberdeen-based Bin-Cleaned, a residential wheelie bin and commercial bin cleaning service, with plans to take business national.

Andrew Alleway and David Moncur, owners of Tidy Green Clean, and one of their regional directors, Jake Robertson, have teamed up to purchase Bin-Cleaned from owner Mike McNee, who started the business over five years ago.

Goodfellow gives back to industrial sector as 'thank you' for Covid co-operation

* GOODFELLOW.jpgAfter months of the science and industrial community uniting to support the Coronavirus response, research materials supplier Goodfellow is showing its gratitude.

In recognition of companies producing personal protective equipment for frontline workers throughout the pandemic - including Royal Mint and Brammer - and the mutual support shown within the industry, Goodfellow is cutting its materials prices* by 20% for the annual Black Friday sale in November.

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Recent UK News

Cleaning and FM industries pay tribute to Patrick Jongbloet

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Members of the cleaning, hygiene and facilities management sectors have been paying tribute after popular colleague, Patrick Jongbloet, passed away.

Hunt for CSSA's 2021 Innovation Showcase award winners is now on

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The Cleaning & Support Services Association's 2021 Innovation Showcase, which celebrates the cleaning industry's most innovative products, services and initiatives, has been launched with the help of sponsor the Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association.

The deadline for entries is 31st December 2020.

UK prepares for giant lockdown fatbergs

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With our nation starting yet another lockdown today, BusinessWaste.co.uk is urging closing businesses not to throw oil and grease down the drain and for households to think about what they flush down the toilet.

New act at Andrew Lloyd Webber's theatre group receives rave reviews

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Andrew Lloyd Webber's theatre group has announced a range of hygiene measures across theatres, to make the West End more Covid-secure and help protect staff and visitors in preparation for when the West End eventually reopens again.

£400 penalty for Rowlands Castle fly-tip

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An investigation into a fly-tip in Rowlands Castle has led to a £400 penalty charge being paid. The tip containing garden waste and household rubbish was found on an unlit rural road last month.

Significant win for Incentive QAS

Incentive QAS, the cleaning arm of the Incentive FM Group, has secured a significant contract amidst unprecedented pressures within the sector.

Greyland’s Richard Dyson elected to CHSA Council

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Greyland CEO, Richard Dyson, has been duly elected by its members to the Council of the CHSA at its Annual General Meeting held in October.

IWSA members 'doing their bit'

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The Independent Washroom Services Association was founded on the principles of collaboration and support and that is being demonstrated strongly this year.

Jangro LMS offers safe training solution amidst pandemic

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Infection control measures have forced the cancellation of many events this year ,however, even with Coronavirus prevention protocols that are currently in place, cleaning industry staff can still learn and develop their skills, thanks to the Jangro Learning Management Solution (LMS).

New swab testing service launched as Covid-19 is found to survive 28 days on surfaces

Responding to the latest research showing that Covid-19 can remain infectious on surfaces for up to 28 days, health & safety authority Bureau Veritas has developed a new swab sampling service.

New I-minute anti-coronavirus spray heading for £1 million in sales

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Continuous investment in production equipment, together with forward planning, innovation and efficiencies, plus rapid reaction to customer demand, have staved off the worst of the effects of the current virus-induced Lockdown and subsequent downturn.

David Johnston MP enjoys quick lesson on escalator & travelator cleaning

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David Johnston, Member of Parliament for Wantage, visited Rosemor International in Wallingford, Oxfordshire, last month, where he was treated to a demonstration of Rosemor's range of escalator and travelator cleaners, by Rosemor's managing director Efi Rosen.

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