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International News

Zero products: A true force of nature for all your cleaning needs

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The development of high performing cleaning chemical formulae, while respecting both nature and people, has always been Sutter Professional’s mission. Designed to meet your cleaning needs without damaging the environment, the portfolio includes a comprehensive range of Zero products, which do not require CLP (or hazard) pictograms because they are safe to use and kind to the environment.

It's just sanitiser - isn't it? All sanitisers are not created equal – says Bunzl Canada

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Since the start of the pandemic, more companies than ever before have been producing and selling hand sanitisers. With so many new brands on the market, it is important to choose a product that kills germs effectively, and is both pleasant and safe to use.

New antimicrobial coating treatment kills & protects against coronaviruses and other harmful germs for up to a year.

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Biotech and microbial control company, Zonitise, has launched an antimicrobial surface treatment proven to kill harmful bacteria and viruses including TGEV coronavirus - the model virus for SARS COV 2, for up to 12 months after one application.

Cobotics, a real step change for the cleaning and hygiene industry

The cobot Leobot, a collaborative robot that works side-by-side with cleaning operatives, won the Amsterdam Innovation Award 2020. Out of a total of 86 submissions in four different categories, it was a cobot that took the prize home.

Egholm launches four winter upgrades to powerful utility machine

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In December last year, Danish-manufacturer Egholm introduced the new City Ranger 3070 to the market which is now followed up by four efficient ‘Winter’ attachments - a snow sweeper, snow plough, snow V-plough and salt and sand spreader.

Face mask laboratory tests show light-activated dye can destroy human coronaviruses

Using the natural forces of air and light, scientists have unveiled a potent and versatile new ‘weapon’ in the war against human coronaviruses.

CovGuard SHyCoCan: a breakthrough innovation against coronavirus in enclosed spaces

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Covguard Shycocan is a breakthrough innovation now available to defend against coronavirus within enclosed spaces. The device, launched by BV Consulting, is designed to disarm, disable and protect against Covid-19, providing real-time protection in buildings.

New data reveals consumer confidence in business cleanliness

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Findings from a recent US national survey has unveiled strong consumer confidence in business cleanliness, with two-thirds of Americans (65%) saying businesses are cleaning enough.

ISSA recognises 2020 Industry Achievement Award Winners

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ISSA has announced its 2020 Achievement Awards honorees, who have been recognised during the ISSA Show North America Virtual Experience, which is underway now.

A glance into the future - Interclean Amsterdam Online

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The first-ever Interclean Amsterdam Online, which took place from 3rd – 6th November 2020, marked the shift of rethinking our future. The pandemic is changing the world and the way to digitalisation is taking the lead and is moving us forward.

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.

Virtual ISSA Cleaning Industry Management Standard Course

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If 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.

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

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The 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

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The 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

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Bradley 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.

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The importance of following good cleaning and hygiene protocols is something we'll all, no doubt, carry with us for evermore. I'm not sure if I should say it, but if one good thing has come out of this 'year of Covid-19' it's that the cleaning industry has finally been recognised for the crucial role it plays in keeping us safe and healthy. Press releases about our industry's successes, be they contracts won, adapted ways of working or some breakthrough formulation or piece of equipment, have been unusually abundant and I have delighted in the knowledge that our industry really has been growing in so many ways.

With news this week that three of our major High Street stalwarts have gone into administration, along with the knowledge that many of us who didn't already, wish to continue to work from home - and our employers having seen that they no longer need to finance the upkeep of our workplaces, have made me wonder what our contractors are going to do, to plug the gap in their workloads. And although I write this from a wintry part of southern England, this is a global issue, isn't it?* LEADER-pic-3rd-Dec-2020.jpg

I've lauded those involved in cleaning for their adaptability; their knowledge that they need to work in different ways and offer new services that answer everyone's needs. But what's going to happen to these buildings that are empty - and which may be left empty, permanently? Will they be adapted to provide much-needed housing and will we eventually see some of our larger contractors offer domestic cleaning services too? And if this ends up being the case, how will this affect companies that manufacture large cleaning machines and other non-portable equipment?

Interesting times for our industry then - and, I must admit, a little scary...

And while I'm not suggesting that refuse collectors are likely to need to embark upon a change of career, I couldn't help smiling at these three dancing around their bins to the delight of the residents they are serving. I understand they're aiming for a Christmas No. 1 with their charity single. Good luck to them!




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This Week's News

Challenge: Build Covid-19 Mass Test Centre. Deadline: 11 days. Achieved: 10 days

* CKG-Goldsmiths.jpgWhen University of London, Goldsmiths College, famed for its creative departments (former graduates include Britain's richest living artist Damien Hirst, and film director Sir Steven McQueen), needed to erect a Covid-19 Mass Test Centre quickly in time for students return, it naturally turned to its FM company CK Facilities Management for help and advice.

2020 Loo of the year Awards

LOTY-2020_142.jpgIn September, Loo of the Year Awards advised that as a direct result of Covid-19 restrictions on the numbers of attendees at events, the 2020 Loo of the Awards event, due to take place tomorrow, had been cancelled.

And while things will not be the same without all the razzamattaz, the Awards have not lost any of their importance, so do check out the winners on the Awards’ website from 09.00 tomorrow.

British-made residue-free aerosol effective against Covid-19

* British-Genesis-Sanitiser-Aerosol.jpgAn anti-viral and anti-bacterial aerosol spray developed in South Wales has been proven to kill the Novel Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 - which causes Covid-19 - and it can disinfect areas up to 100cu.m.

The Biosan Total-Release Sanitiser was created by Genesis Biosciences in its Cardiff laboratories and follows in the footsteps of the company's general purpose sanitiser which has been sold across the entirety of Europe since March.

Rentokil Initial launches Viruskiller air purifier that kills Coronavirus in the air

* Rentokil-Viruskiller.jpgRentokil Initial has this week announced an agreement to distribute Viruskiller air purification technology which is proven to kill 99.9999% of viruses with a single air pass, including Coronavirus. It comes as the World Health Organisation recently updated information on its website that recognises Coronavirus can be transmitted from person to person via aerosols in the air.

The Viruskiller technology will hopefully play an important role in the nation's Coronavirus recovery, helping businesses and public facilities minimise the risk of airborne transmission when they are allowed to resume normal operations.

MicroCare launches Stereze workspace cleaners and hand sanitising solutions

* MicroCare-Stereze.jpgCritical cleaning expert, MicroCare, has announced the launch of a new product line Stereze workspace cleaners and hand sanitisers to support the fight against Coronavirus.

Leveraging existing MicroCare product development and manufacturing capabilities, the new range delivers cleaning solutions designed to assist workplaces in keeping people and spaces as safe as can be.

The Keuco sanitiser dispenser: a stylish way for everyone to sanitise their hands

* Kueco.jpgWhere the design of functional accessories is concerned, Keuco has set a new standard with its sanitiser dispensers. The company has a number of new models; each one is suitable for different areas and locations depending on the environment and form of application required.

All of the new dispensers combine design with functionality to meet hygiene requirements, whilst incorporating Keuco's own sense of style; creating a distinguished design with state-of-the-art hygiene properties.

Key workers at North London care home strike

* Care-home-strike.jpgCleaners and care workers at Sage nursing home in North London, who for some months have been calling for better wages, as well as parity with NHS sick pay and annual leave, may be about to down tools.

The workers had previously returned a 100% 'yes' vote in favour of strike action but had suspended their strike plans in the hope that ACAS-mediated negotiations, due to begin on 4th December, could resolve the situation.

InnuScience's biotech cleaning products strike the right chord at V-Festival

* innuscience-VFestTXCard.jpgEnvironmentally-friendly products made by global biotech cleaning solutions provider, InnuScience, were chosen to maintain the highest standards of hygiene at the major live music event, V Festival, held this year as a one-off digital event in August and livestreamed as a three-part television special from the original festival site at Hylands Park in Chelmsford, Essex.

The event, which in its heyday attracted crowds of 170,000 across two sites in Essex and Staffordshire, featured headliners Olly Murs, Dizzee Rascal and Anne-Marie.

FWC nominated for prestigious national award: supporters urged to give their backing in public vote ending soon

* Andrew-Lee_FWC.jpgBritish Cleaning Council member, the Federation of Window Cleaners, has been nominated by one of its members for a prestigious national award. The FWC is in the running to win Best Membership Association in the National Association Awards, a category which is decided by public vote.

Members of the cleaning and hygiene industry are being encouraged to vote for the association before the 17th December deadline.

Winners announced for sector's Technology & Marketing Awards

* Winners-tech-mktg-Awards.jpgThe winners have been announced for the very first Technology & Marketing Awards, specifically for the cleaning, hygiene and facilities management sectors.

Organised by LaCerta, the awards were free to enter and were a chance for marketing & PR professionals, leaders, CEO's or anyone working on exciting campaigns to showcase and share their success. A long line-up of high-profile judges from top companies, including Universal Pictures, Samsung, England Rugby and Nespresso helped select the winners after considering factors like overall strategy, communication and creativity.

NIC recognised for second consecutive year in the 1000 Companies to Inspire Britain

* NIC-Services.jpgNIC Services Group has been recognised in the London Stock Exchange Group's top 1000 companies to inspire Britain for the second consecutive year. The report is an annual celebration of the UK's fastest-growing and most dynamic businesses.

NIC is a leading facilities management company providing clients across the UK and Ireland with innovative cost-effective solutions to their business needs.

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Recent UK News

Firms advised to combine compliance inspections to avoid Coronavirus delays

As the pandemic continues to disrupt business operations worldwide, Bureau Veritas is advising businesses to combine compliance inspections where possible, so that one assessor can inspect multiple-sites in accordance with Covid-secure guidelines.

Lockdown boosts rat population to 150 million

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The population of rats in the UK has increased by 30 million in a year to 150 million - boosted by quiet urban areas and plentiful waste food. There are now thought to be 2.2 rats for every person.

GP surgery calls in design experts to help keep staff and patients safe

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A Yorkshire Dales doctor's surgery has updated its waiting room to help keep its staff and patients safe. Reeth Medical Centre, near Richmond, has had its seating reupholstered with an easy-to-clean, antimicrobial surface to help prevent the spread of the Coronavirus.

Training is key to keeping a Covid-free Space

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Commercial cleaning specialist Incentive QAS has urged the sector to prioritise training amidst the pandemic. Last month saw Channel 4 send a team of scientists around the UK to test more than 170 surfaces throughout six towns and cities as part of ‘Dispatches: How Safe Is It Going Out?'

A ‘Hard Day's’ work for Vaxinol: Fab Four get Prochem Microsan treatment

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Liverpool's most famous sons got special attention when the city authorities upped their contingency for halting Covid-19's spread.

Jangro offers tailored solutions to support catering businesses

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The catering industry has been fundamentally threatened by the Covid-19 pandemic, with tighter restrictions set to stay in place for the foreseeable future.

99Point9 Hygiene appoints industry expert to its board

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99point9 Hygiene, the technology company producing the automated door handle disinfecting system approved by the US Environmental Protection Agency, has announced the appointment of Keith Baker to the company's board with immediate effect.

53 million disposable face masks sent to landfill every single day

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The UK is binning an incredible 53,000,000 disposable face masks every single day, with reports that many face masks are ending up being carelessly discarded in the street ending up in streams and rivers.

"If you walk around any street now you will see disposable face masks being blown around with leaves in the gutter - they are the new cigarette butt - people are simply chucking them after use,” remarks Charlotte Green from waste company TradeWaste.co.uk

Key industry appointments for hygiene experts

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Christeyns 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.

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

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Since 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.

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