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International News

Taski Intellispray technology for business wins Innovation of the Year & Most Innovative Equipment awards at ISSA North America 2020

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IntelliSpray technology, developed by Taski, has beaten a field of highly innovative competition to win the ISSA Innovation of the Year and Most Innovative Equipment awards.

Electric hand dryer association concerns over EU EcoDesign Directive

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The electric hand dryer Association, the official body that represents the global hand dryer industry, has shared its concerns over the potential legislative measures resulting from the EcoDesign Directive, when it comes to energy efficiency and labelling.

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

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An 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.

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.

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Did you know that vehicles in for MOT (the annual test for roadworthiness, if you're not a 'local') can be turned away through lack of cleanliness? I didn't, until I received a Government press release yesterday, explaining that the pandemic has seen procedures put in place to protect those involved in vehicle testing. This includes a greater focus on making sure vehicles are clean. "We don't expect your vehicle or trailer to have a full valet before its test," it said, "but our staff do have to get into the cab as part of the inspection, so wiping down the interior beforehand is important. Our assessors need to be satisfied that the interior has recently been cleaned."

Drivers are being asked to wipe down areas that the VSA needs to touch (e.g. dashboard, doors, buttons/handles, vehicle controls), remove items such as food wrappers, bottles and tissues from areas that need to be accessed (e.g. seats and footwells), store essential items in their correct positions (e.g. fire extinguisher, hard hat) and tidy away other items that could get in the VSA's way.

I would have thought that this would be a common courtesy anyway - pandemic or not. Forcing others to touch your personal rubbish isn't the thing to do, is it? Clearly, some people don't see it that way though...

"There are a handful of occasions we refuse to test a vehicle because of issues with cleanliness," said the release. "If there's time, assessors will give the vehicle operator/presenter a chance to clean the cab before refusing to test. If the standards can't be met on the day, we'll issue an official refusal. Trying to find another appointment could cause delays in getting the vehicle back on the road."

It makes sense, doesn't it? There was a time when we'd chuckle at filthy trade vehicles but nowadays they're seen as a 'shop window', damaging the organisation's reputation (particularly if involved in cleaning!) if filthy, but portraying a good one if clean. This year, having a clean vehicle is more important than ever.

As it's Christmas, normally, I'd also be saying: "Have a good one". This year, I'll just hope we can all spend some time with those who are important to us. We'll be back on 7th January.



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This Week's News

Ineos Hygienics becomes official hand sanitiser supplier of Tottenham Hotspur

* Ineos-Hygienics-Tottenham-Hotspur.jpgIneos Hygienics has become the official hygiene supplier to Tottenham Hotspur Football Club and the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

The company is supplying the club and the stadium with state-of-the-art touchless sanitiser dispensers, delivering hospital grade sanitiser to Spurs' players, staff and fans, to maintain good hand hygiene and reduce the spread of viruses and bacteria.

Medirest’s Anna Hallas recognised in New Year's Honours List

* Medirest_Anna-Hallas.jpgMedirest's national domestic and infection control manager, Anna Hallas, has been named in the New Year's Honours, which recognises the achievements of a wide range of extraordinary people across the UK.

Wychavon District Council wins Loo of the Year Awards trophy

* Wychavon-DC-wins-LOTY.jpgWychavon District Council has been awarded the Overall Loo of the Year Awards Trophy in the 2020 Loo of the Year Awards.

New director, VP of business development for Kaivac

* VP-bus-dev-Kaivac.jpgKaivac has promoted Allen Randolph to vice president of business development, from his former role as director of key accounts.

No stranger to the professional cleaning industry that he has served over the past 30 years, Allen has worked for a division of Unilever, headed a manufacturing company making professional cleaning solutions and was the 2015 CONNEX (formerly PRISM) Association Service Award winner. Connex is a membership organisation made up of facilities managers and supplier professionals.

RAI Amsterdam launches new Interclean show for China in 2021

* Interclean-China-2021.jpgRAI Amsterdam has announced the unveiling of Interclean China 2021, a new show for the Chinese professional cleaning and hygiene industry. Set to take place from 19th - 21st April 2021, the first edition of Interclean China will open its doors at Beijing's China National Convention Centre.

Interclean China will mark the arrival of a prestigious international trade show in the region; a brand that will attract exhibitors from all over the world.

Devastating on dirt!

* TomCat-CZ.jpgTomcat's CRZ make short order of cleaning off ingrained dirt and residue. 250lbs of scrub pressure, superb drying performance and a little bit of cleaning know how get this floor back to a cleaner and safer standard.

The quest to be different in FM and cleaning management

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“There is no getting away from the fact that this year has been extremely challenging for the cleaning and FM industry.

Vectair Systems welcomes US investment

* Vectair-US-investment.jpgVectair Systems, a leading innovator, manufacturer and supplier of aircare and hygiene products, is pleased to welcome a consortium of US investors to add to its existing shareholders, after the exit of Mobeus, a UK-based investment firm.

Since 2007 Vectair Systems has rapidly grown its Memphis-based US business and its percentage of the market share. With Vectair's flair for quality and innovation in the hygiene sector, the potential for further growth in Northern America has attracted US-based investment.

pH7Q Dual now has EPA-approved SARS-CoV-2 kill claim

* pH7Q-Dual.jpgAvailable now, pH7Q Dual concentrated neutral disinfectant cleaner officially kills the virus that causes Covid-19. This claim is US Environmental Protection Agency-approved and is backed by rigorous testing.

“This is our third disinfectant - after Fight Bac RTU and Triforce - to receive this distinction (nearly all others on List N only have efficacy against a harder-to-kill or similar virus),” says Betco, adding that the broad spectrum disinfectant also kills staphylococcus aureus, pseudomona, salmonella, VRE and MRSA.

Xenex introduces the next generation of coronavirus-killing robots

* Xenex-Next-Gen.jpgTo provide quick, effective disinfection against SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus that causes Covid-19, healthcare disinfection specialist Xenex Disinfection Services, has announced the availability of LightStrike6, the highly-anticipated new version of its patented germ-zapping robots.

Consumers call on organisations to do more to help reduce the risk of Covid

* PHS-Index-Report.jpgOrganisations are being called upon to do more to make their premises Covid -safe as facilities services provider phs Group addresses the airborne risk of the coronavirus.

The new phs Index report reveals as many as 14% of UK premises closed their doors in November under the latest wave of restrictions. The most impacted sectors are the arts, entertainment and recreation and food services and accommodation with more than half of premises shutting down at the peak of restrictions (54% and 51% respectively).

ServiceMaster claims major accolade at Franchising Awards

* ServiceMaster_Siva.jpgService Master, an office cleaning and janitorial specialist, has won the Franchisee Transformation award at the 2020 British Franchising Association's HSBC Franchise Awards, held virtually on 30th November.

Siva Kugathas, franchisee of ServiceMaster Guildford, is a veteran in the franchising industry. He took over ServiceMaster Guildford, Surrey in 2017, having already had a career in franchising for over 20 years with both KFC and Pizza Hut previously.

Tidy Green Clean Specialist Services has outstanding first quarter despite challenges of Covid-19

* Tidy-Green-Clean.jpgJake Robertson, who joined Tidy Green Clean as its first regional director (Specialist Services) is reporting an outstanding first quarter.

The business is thriving, despite the challenges of Covid-19 with expansion on every front. Tidy Green Clean is headquartered in Aberdeen, Scotland, and continues to grow its reach, with seven regional director franchisee operations across the North East of Scotland, the Forth Valley and Newcastle upon Tyne to date.

Bunzl reveals good results for 2020 and further acquisition in Canada

* Bunzl-Snelling.jpgBunzl tells us it has performed well this year, with continued growth in Covid-19-related orders during the fourth quarter of the year against the background of increased pandemic-driven restrictions in some markets, as well as a further acquisition in Canada.

Cleanology's Christmas Appeal collects a tonne of donations for The Hygiene Bank!

* Cleanology-charity.jpgStaff, customers and suppliers at commercial cleaning and FM company, Cleanology, have bagged up a whopping tonne of hygiene products to go to families around the UK this Christmas. And there is more to come!

The donations campaign aims to make the Christmas period less stressful for people struggling with poverty across the UK. The products collected have been distributed by Cleanology to The Hygiene Bank's local community projects.

Durkin Group teams up with Afflink

* Durkin_Afflink2.jpgAfflink, the US sales & marketing organisation and provider of janitorial, sanitation, packaging, safety, industrial, office supply and food service solutions, has announced that Massachusetts-based Durkin Company has become an Afflink member.

Connecting more than 200 manufacturers of facilities maintenance, packaging, safety, office and industrial supply solutions with over 350 independent distribution experts, Afflink is, just as its name suggests - that critical link offering clients innovative products, market expertise and improved profitability, all of which is fuelled by Afflink’s leading-edge information technology.

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Recent UK News

APPG will give cleaning & hygiene industry a voice in Parliament

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The British Cleaning Council is sponsoring the creation of an All-Party Parliamentary Group to represent the cleaning & hygiene sector in the Houses of Parliament. The aim is to give the industry a voice in Parliament, allow it to influence discussions, debate and pose questions and to influence ministers and the Government.

Interserve colleagues and customers welcomed to Mitie

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This is a landmark month for the facilities management industry as Mitie and Interserve Facilities Management combine forces.

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

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When 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

In 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.

Key workers at North London care home strike

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Cleaners 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.

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.

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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