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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.

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Last week, when writing about the industry's need to adapt to new cleaning challenges because lockdown has forced the closure of many of the facilities that had previously required regular cleaning, I didn’t envisage the type of work I saw advertised later that day… The advertisement, placed by a housing co-operative, was for ‘companies to quote/tender for servicing/cleaning three housing estates in the Brentford area’. What made it stand out, was that as well as the work one would expect to be required in such locations, the need to ‘clear up after the local refuse collection service’ was a stipulation!

If you’re one of our UK-based readers you’ll probably be aware of the furore caused by the shamefully inadequate food parcels being supplied on behalf of Government, to children from poor families being home-schooled during lockdown, who are normally entitled to free school meals. If you’re not, our picture shows how the media was alerted to the problem by one disappointed mother. 

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Parcels subsequently displayed on social media varied enormously but none were what sensible people would describe as value-for-money or substantial. One even included five plastic bottles of water! Each parcel was supposed to provide five healthy meals and was charged out to the taxpayer at £30. That these parcels were the work of a major contractor, has served to inflame the public’s ire towards the practice of contracting out. The pitch I was given by contractors upon joining this industry almost 30 years ago, was that putting services such as cleaning and catering into the hands of specialists, would result in better standards and free up a company to concentrate on its core business – potentially improving the ‘bottom line’.

Although as far as I’m aware we’re not related, I was brought up to follow the mantra penned by Philip Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield, to his son in 1746: ‘If you’re going to do a job, do it well’, and I'd add here: 'be it collecting refuse or supplying food parcels to hungry children – or anything else!' This is something our industry, which is already under public scrutiny, would do well to remember, since what’s to prevent clients from taking the work back in-house? And that includes contracted-out refuse collections. I have to ask though, are we clearing up after our refuse collectors because they’re haphazard, or because they’re overstretched?



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This Week's News

EU model overestimates environmental exposure of key surfactant, claims study

* EU-Model-Overestimates.jpgA European Union model used to predict the environmental exposure of a major detergent ingredient is overly conservative and "significantly overestimates" effluent concentrations, new research shows.

A study co-authored by the American Cleaning Institute (ACI), ‘Comparing the European Union System for the Evaluation of Substances (EUSES) environmental exposure calculations with monitoring data for alkyl sulphate surfactants’, is now available in the journal Environmental Sciences Europe.

BICSc to launch NHS compliant cleaning skills

* BICSc-NHS-compliant.jpgThe British Institute of Cleaning Science has announced the imminent launch of a selection of NHS compliant cleaning skills, which have been adapted from the Institute's long-established Cleaning Professional's Skills Suite.

Purify-One’s UV Disinfecting Wand receives clinical validation for Covid-19 eradication

* Purify.jpgPurify-One, manufacturer of ultraviolet disinfecting devices, is in receipt of final audited test results from Microbac Laboratories, (a US-based CDC certified lab) confirming the Purify-One UV Disinfecting Wand is highly effective in destroying SARS-CoV-2, known as Coronavirus, which causes Covid-19.

Solution offers long-term surface protection against harmful bacteria and enveloped virus

* Solution-long-term-surface-protection.jpgBioarmor tells us that in addition to its UK laboratory certification of 99.9% efficacy against Escherichia coli, Staphylococcus aureus and MRSA - Bioarmor-nano has now been independently laboratory tested to be effective (on non-porous substrates) against phi6 - an enveloped virus with a similar structure to Coronavirus* and Influenza A viruses.

The testing was carried out to a modified version of ISO 21702.

More facilities secure GBAC Star accreditation for high cleanliness standards

* Hyatt-Hyderabad.jpgIn the week leading up to Christmas, 126 additional facilities spread over several continents, achieved GBAC Star Facility Accreditation from the Global Biorisk Advisory Council - a Division of ISSA - demonstrating their commitment to cleanliness, healthand safety.

These include American Airlines Arena in Miami, home to the NBA's Miami Heat; Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT) in Charlotte, N.C.; the Oregon Convention Center in Portland, Ore.; Hyatt hotel properties; and more (see the full list, below).

TNT Unlimited wins Vectair's 2020 Rep Group of the Year award

* TNT-Unlimited-Vectair-award.jpgTNT Unlimited, an independent sales agency based in Barrington, Illinois, has won Vectair's 2020 Rep Group of the Year Award. TNT Unlimited is no stranger to success, having previously won the award in 2012.

The winners of the Vectair Rep Group of the Year were announced at the first ever Vectair virtual awards announcements. Normally these awards are held annually at the ISSA show. However, this year, they were held virtually due to the pandemic.

A new era of washroom solutions: introducing Satino by WEPA

* Satino_WEPA.jpgWEPA Professional, provider of sustainable, environmentally-friendly paper and washroom solutions in Europe, is introducing Satino by WEPA; a new brand of cleaning and hygiene products for the UK market.

Available now, the extensive range offers everything from paper towels to washroom accessories and provides a variety of functional options to meet the needs of customers and washroom users alike. Highlights include touch-free soap and paper towel dispensers, toilet roll dispensers, and waste bins.

Protect classrooms and communities with antimicrobials in schools

* Protect-Classrooms-illustration.jpgFollowing the decision by Government to close all schools, now is the time to introduce long-term protection against all viruses including Covid-19.

Bromoco International, makers of Touch Antimicrobial coating, is appealing to local councils and the Government to implement a long term, sustainable plan to protect classrooms and learning environments with antimicrobial coatings.

Is UVC the answer to UK infection control against Covid-19?

* UVC-Purelight-Flow.jpgWith the UK entering its third lockdown this week, the question many of the population are asking is 'what more can we do?' With the one year lockdown anniversary fast approaching, are we really at a loss how to slow the spread?

Facilicom secures eighth year with University Of Brighton

* Facilicom-University-Brighton.jpgCleaning and soft services provider, Facilicom UK & Ireland, has secured a contract extension with long-standing client, the University of Brighton. The relationship, which began in September 2013, has seen the hygiene specialist deliver daily janitorial and cleaning services to the University's halls of residence.

The contract extension will see Facilicom's team of highly-skilled cleaning operatives continue to deliver these vital services into 2021.

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Recent UK News

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

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The 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.

BCC urges public to respect Government guidelines

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

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

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The 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. 

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.

Events & Exhibitions

Interclean China 2023
18-20th October 2023
2nd edition


7-9th November 2023
Madrid, Spain

Clean Eurasia Expo 2023
8-10th November 2023


ISSA Show North America
13-16th November 2023
Las Vegas


The Cleaning Show
13-14th March 2024

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