Cleanzine: your weekly cleaning and hygiene industry newsletter 11th March 2021 Issue no. 959
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One year later: Lessons learned from Covid
New fellowship program answers crucial need for hygiene science focus and rigour
Minimising risk of Legionella should remain a top priority for facilities managers
New handheld electrostatic device helps professional cleaners fight Covid-19
Bradley Corp. finds handwashing diligence on the decline amidst pandemic
Ensuring hygiene worker safety through certified PPE
British breakthrough GermErase kills SARS-Cov-2 in 30 secs; provides protection for a month
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NIC repeats last years listing in 'Top 1,000 Europe's Fastest Growing Companies'
NIC Services Group, which provides facilities management services across the UK and Ireland, has been listed in the Financial Times top 1000 Europe's Fastest Growing Companies for the second consecutive year. This list identifies Europe's fastest growing companies with the strongest revenue growth.
"To be included for the second consecutive year is a fantastic achievement for NIC and all our dedicated team," says John Spencer, NIC Group chairman. "This recognition is a significant accolade for the business in what has been an incredibly challenging year and reflects the substantial growth the business has seen over recent years.
First ever national poetry competition celebrates key workers
Clean for Good, an award-winning, ethically conscious cleaning business, has launched Poetry for Good, the first ever nationwide poetry competition calling for entries that celebrate the vital role of the UK's key workers.
From teachers to delivery drivers, and from office cleaners to nurses, the UK's millions of key workers have been keeping our nation safe, well and on the move over the past year. But key workers serve our nation like this every year, often on a low pay and rarely being offered the recognition they deserve. Poetry for Good aims at making a contribution to raising the profile of their work and recognising their value.
New ride-on Scrubmaster B400 R series cleans extra-large areas with ease
Production facilities, logistics halls and warehouses are constantly increasing in size, bringing new application requirements with them.
The demands on professional indoor cleaning in terms of area coverage and performance are growing with every additional square metre.
Innovations in antimicrobials: IDTechEx report highlights start-ups developing new methods to eliminate microbes
Antimicrobial technologies are used around the world in response to the pandemic, since surfaces and products protected by antimicrobial technology can continuously inactivate and kill harmful microorganisms such as the SARS-CoV-2 virus.
IDTechEx has recently published a research report covering the antimicrobial market, examining the technologies, innovations, and opportunities.
Not just health workers and cleaners but all those who support their work, need key/essential worker status, says BCC
The British Cleaning Council has expanded on its major initiative to achieve 'key and essential worker' status for employees in the cleaning and hygiene sector.
"As everyone is now aware, the BCC has been very keen to get Government recognition of the significant contribution that the cleaning & hygiene sector makes to the current fight against Covid-19 and for cleaning operatives to be recognised as key and essential workers,” says BCC chairman Paul Thrupp.
More than half of Britons say UK businesses could do more to keep them safe from Covid-19, survey reveals
More than half (53%) of Britons believe UK businesses could be doing more to improve the hygiene of their premises and keep people safe from Covid-19, according to a new survey.
Commissioned by hygiene and pest control technology company Pelsis Group , the survey of 2,007 people across the UK is believed to be the first to quantify how the pandemic has shifted the nation's attitude towards hygiene.
Scholarships empower small and women-owned businesses in the fight against Covid-19
As the world faces ongoing pandemic-related uncertainty, Kimberly-Clark Professional continues to empower essential heroes working behind the scenes in the cleaning industry to help keep people and businesses as safe as possible.
Last year, in collaboration with ISSA and the Global Biorisk Advisory Council, (a Division of ISSA) Kimberly-Clark Professional donated $500,000 to fund specialised scholarships for the GBAC ‘Fundamentals Online Course: Cleaning & Disinfection Principles’, to provide critical training to small and women-owned businesses around the world. This expansive effort has now touched six continents and hundreds of cities, from New York to New Delhi.
Lockdown toilet tissue venture cleans up with £1 million sales forecast
An environmentally friendly toilet tissue business rolled out since lockdown hit is set for £1 million of sales in its first year.
Award-winning Tanki, of Shrewsbury, Shropshire, is both glue- and plastic-free and as well as for household use, is also aimed at the maritime and leisure market.
Mitie helps businesses breathe easy with new UV air disinfection service
Mitie has launched a new air disinfection service, in partnership with Luxibel, using ultraviolet light to help eradicate bacteria, viruses, funghi and mould from indoor air.
Study shows 60% of North Americans would take pay cut to have better workplace air quality and hygiene
A new survey of US and Canadian workers revealed they would take a lower-paying job if it ensured good air quality, greater hygiene and health-conscious colleagues.
The survey, commissioned by Ambius, which helps creating smarter, healthier spaces globally through hygiene, plants and scenting services, found that 60% of workers would take a lower paid job if it had a healthier working environment than their current job, with 35% of those saying they already had found a new job with better hygiene practices.
Anabas announces change in ownership
Mark Cooper, founder and chairman of Anabas, has sold the business to Armonia, a French facilities management provider. Anabas, which was set up by Mark in 2004, delivers a range of facilities management services to high quality corporate office spaces.
The deal will allow Anabas to grow and be even more successful. It provides increased financial strength while Anabas colleagues will benefit from increased opportunities for training, career development and promotion. The move also provides EMEA service delivery for Anabas's customers that require it and delivers increased service specialisms in areas where Anabas doesn't currently have an offering.
Bunzl makes further acquisitions in UK, Netherlands and Canada
Bunzl, the specialist international distribution and services group, has completed three further acquisitions in the UK, the Netherlands and Canada.
In January, the company acquired Deliver Net, a healthcare distributor to care home groups in the UK, with 2020 revenue of £20 million. Deliver Net is closely aligned with Bunzl's existing care home business in the UK which is expected to support Deliver Net's expansion into additional product offerings such as care home equipment.
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