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International News

New director, VP of business development for Kaivac

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Kaivac has promoted Allen Randolph to vice president of business development, from his former role as director of key accounts.

RAI Amsterdam launches new Interclean show for China in 2021

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RAI 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.

The quest to be different in FM and cleaning management

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By Nils J.van der Zijl, VP sales & marketing, Softbank Robotics EMEA

“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

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Vectair 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.

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

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Available 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.

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.

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Although I've never been one to make New Year's resolutions, I tend to come out of the holidays feeling pretty positive about life. It will probably come as no surprise when I say I'd expected this year to be different, but I had little idea before the holidays, how bad things would get, so quickly. I'd read months ago that we'd likely be in lockdown in England until June but I'd (naively perhaps) expected that the extent of our confinement would be drip-fed to make it easier for us to bear. The announcement this week that we'd immediately be confined to our homes again until the end of March has come as something of a blow to many who are wondering when - and even if - it's all going to end.

Mind you, having spent much of last year not knowing anyone who'd even been hospitalised with Covid-19, to losing two family members in different parts of the country to it over the space of two months - and having a third hospitalised (again, from a household unrelated to the others), has brought home to me how real this thing is. Worryingly, through talking to people in support and social media groups, I've learned that many of those who've caught it can't fathom out how they managed to catch it and from whom or what, as they've had little or no contact with anyone for several months!

With the need to provide hospital beds for the sudden surge of admissions which generally come at this time of year anyway, the protocol seems to once again be to move the elderly who aren't in need of critical care, (but who may be carrying Coronavirus without anyone's knowledge) into nursing homes that are already full of vulnerable people. Once Covid-19 infiltrates a hospital non-Covid ward or a care facility, it can be extremely difficult to eradicate but is easy to spread outside, since the workforce goes home at the end of the shift - and unless everyone's adhering to the same high standards of personal hygiene and top-notch cleaning, any weak link is likely to prove catastrophic. I'm hoping that all those cleaners who are no longer required to maintain our now empty offices and non-essential shops, can be trained to work in our health and social care facilities instead, as without extra help, expertise and commitment, we're never going to shut this thing down, are we? F

inally, if you're planning to vote for the Federation of Window Cleaners in the National Association Awards, today's the last day you can do so: https://nationalassociationawards.co.uk/public-vote/



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This Week's News

Using chemicals and indiscriminate biocides for cleaning? Are we on the right track?

* Joe.jpgIn this article, Joe Flanagan, LCIBSE, director of Essex-based Ingenious Probiotics, explains how probiotic cleaning works, and why, we as an industry, should consider its potential impact on the health and wellbeing of cleaning operatives as well as that of the occupants of the buildings we clean…

ONS data shows detrimental effect Covid-19 has had on contract cleaning

* ONS-data-Covid.jpgThe impacts of Covid-19 have been felt in businesses across the UK and, despite an obvious need for increased cleaning practices, cleaning companies are no exception with only 75% of UK businesses in the sector currently trading, according to ONS data. Perfect Clean, a Scottish cleaning company, has analysed the latest ONS data to understand how the pandemic has impacted the UK's cleaning industry.

The administrative and support service industry, which accounts for cleaning, has been one of the worst affected industries, second only to accommodation and food services.

Good practice for Covid-secure organisations in 2021

* Good-practice-Covid.jpgAs businesses and other organisations emerge from the pandemic, there will be a renewed focus on the health & safety of workplaces. Risk assessments will need to be updated to ensure that staff, customers and other visitors are not exposed to harmful microorganisms.

However, Adrian Gee-Turner from the manufacturer of Nemesis eH2O, says: "In addition to protecting people from enveloped viruses such as SARS-CoV-2 and its variants, it will also be necessary to protect people from other viruses, bacteria, fungi and some of the more harmful microbes.

Germinator adds Dr Jay Noller to Scientific Advisory Board

* Germinator_Jay-Noller.jpgGerminator Mobile Sanitizing & Disinfecting, has added Dr Jay Noller to its Scientific Advisory Board. A pioneer in the agricultural field, providing 21 years of leadership at Oregon State University, Dr Noller's will assist with the design and execution of proposed studies to explore the remediation of surface and food acquisition of Covid-19 through grants from the US Department of Agriculture and other entities.

Jeff Gill, founder and CEO of Germinator, says of the appointment: "We're elated to welcome Dr Noller to our distinguished team of public health experts, especially as we address the current misunderstanding and disregard for the genuine risk of fomite and food contamination regarding Covid-19. Dr Noller's extensive career in the field of agricultural research will be a treme

BCC urges public to respect Government guidelines

* BCC-urges-public.jpgThe British Cleaning Council has urged the public to follow the rules as most of the UK finds itself in another Covid-19 lockdown.

The resurgence of Covid-19 has again emphasised the important role of the cleaning & hygiene industry in ensuring the UK recovers from Coronavirus, says BCC Chairman Paul Thrupp.

Search for UK's top window-cleaning company and employee has begun

* UK-top-window-cleaner.jpgThe Federation of Window Cleaners is welcoming entries into its biennial industry competitions Window Cleaning Company of the Year and Window Cleaner Employee of the Year, 2021. 

The competition is open to all window cleaners who are registered members of the FWC, and to all employees of registered members.

Mitie appointed to Government's Building Cleaning Services agreement

* Mitie-appointed.jpgMitie has been named as a supplier on the Crown Commercial Service agreement for Building Cleaning Services.

The agreement allows public sector organisations to easily access suppliers providing cleaning services for sites, including schools, universities and GP surgeries. With the agreement designed to facilitate procurement processes, it also allows public sector organisations to work with cleaning experts to review the performance of current suppliers and make recommendations for improvements.

SaneChem delivers key regional acquisition as Diversey continues expansion in global food and beverage industry

* SaneChem.jpgDiversey has announced the acquisition of SaneChem, a Polish-based supplier of specialist hygiene solutions for the Food and Beverage industry. The deal is a significant step in Diversey's global growth plans.

SaneChem, a leading Polish manufacturer with over 30 years of experience in the market, is a trusted supplier of professional hygiene solutions. The acquisition will cement Diversey's market-leading position in the domestic market, while reinforcing the company's growth plans for Eastern Europe in its core F&B sectors of: Brewing, Beverage, Processed Food, Dairy, Agriculture and Pharmaceuticals.

Aphex BioCleanse Systems signs European supply & private label agreement for DermAphex and SanAphex

* Aphex.jpgAphex BioCleanse Systems, a sanitisation solutions company focused on the development and distribution of non-toxic and water-based sanitisation and disinfection products trademarked as Hy-IQ Water, has signed a supply and private label agreement with Qurexx BV in Almere, The Netherlands.

As part of the agreement, and following required European registration processes, Qurexx holds the authority to purchase, market and sell Aphex's DermAphex hand sanitiser and SanAphex hard surface sanitiser throughout the EU, the UK, Switzerland and Eastern Europe.

Kristy Kenney wins Vectair Systems Tom Valentino Special Achievement Award

* Kristy-Kenney_Vectair.jpgVectair Systems has announced Kristy Kenney winner of the Tom Valentino Special Achievement Award 2020. As executive administrative assistant for Vectair Systems, Kristy has been recognised for her truly outstanding dedication to the company.

In honour of Tom Valentino, Vectair's VP of sales & marketing, the award celebrates exceptional effort throughout a particular year. Tom Valentino very sadly died of lung cancer in 2014 after very bravely fighting the disease for two years. During his treatment, he continued to work with the utmost integrity and continued to work building the Vectair business.

Principle awarded IRATA International accreditation

* Principle-IRATA.jpgPrinciple Window and High-Level Cleaning (PWHLC) has been awarded full accreditation by IRATA International (Industrial Rope Access Trade Association), the world's leading authority in rope access.

The accreditation is a major milestone for PWHLC, which has grown significantly since its inception in 2013 and whose 90 plus-strong team includes eight full-time abseilers, a manager devoted to rope access activities and a technical lead, along with full safety backup.

Yuasa battery testing lab becomes first to achieve UKAS accreditation

* Yuasa-batteries.jpgGS Yuasa, producer of Yuasa batteries, has become the first battery manufacturer to achieve IS17025 UKAS accreditation.

The honour, gained by the testing facility at the GS Yuasa Battery Manufacturing UK factory in Ebbw Vale, Wales, will enable industrial VRLA batteries to be tested to the highest standard available.

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Recent UK News

Ineos Hygienics becomes official hand sanitiser supplier of Tottenham Hotspur

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Ineos 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

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Medirest'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

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Wychavon District Council has been awarded the Overall Loo of the Year Awards Trophy in the 2020 Loo of the Year Awards.

Devastating on dirt!

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Tomcat'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.

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

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Organisations 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.

ServiceMaster claims major accolade at Franchising Awards

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Service 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.

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.

Events & Exhibitions

The Cleaning Show
13-14th March 2024

Cleaning Products Europe
9-10th April 2024
Czech Republic


Care Show London
24-25th April 2024


Interclean Amsterdam
14-17th May 2024

Cleantex Africa
16-18th October 2024
South Africa


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


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