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International News

New ride-on Scrubmaster B400 R series cleans extra-large areas with ease

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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

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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.

One year later: Lessons learned from Covid

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We are now one year into the pandemic, making this an excellent time to reflect on an exceedingly-difficult 12 months. What can be learned from this experience?

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Over the past year I've not been out much and when I have - like the rest of the population, I've been forced to 'stay local', so it was something of an eye opener for me to travel the 70 miles from home to Andover three weeks ago. I couldn't help but notice a thick layer of rubbish lining the verges and caught in the bushes; enough of it to show that it will have been accumulating for some time. Where the heck has it all come from and why isn't it being cleared? And why didn't I take pictures so you can see just how bad it is?

I know most of the civic amenity tips were shut during the first lockdown a year ago (if you're not in the UK, we're on number three now) but the booking system that was brought in when things first opened up again has, for many of us who aren't having to go into our workplaces five days a week, made it easier to get rid of things we no longer want, as we no longer face long queues. Surely councils have had sufficient time to clear the rubbish that came as a result of people fly-tipping between the first lockdown and the subsequent opening up of the tips in Summer.


I shook my head in despair upon learning about the chap being forced by Wealden District Council to remove all the 'recyclable materials' from his garden - items he uses to build bird and bug houses and wooden wildlife arches - along with his aquatic nursery. Peter Birchall, or, 'Pete the pond' as he's been dubbed, has been advised that removing everything and restoring his garden as requested, would cost £10,000. The irony that it would cost far less if he was fined for fly-tipping everything instead, has probably not escaped his supporters who have organised several petitions in an attempt to overturn the Council's decision. That Pete's aquatic nursery contains 180 native and rare plant species which he uses to educate locals in environmental responsibility and donates to wildlife projects, is surely something to be lauded rather than condemned. If you'd like to sign the petition, give me a shout and I'll send you the link.




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This Week's News

It's time to make a change - Introducing ICE AquaSmart (powered by Sanzonate)

* ICE-AquaSmart.jpgRight now, as the world is dealing with the huge effects and consequences of the Coronavirus, another global crisis continues to worsen every day...

Liz Benison appointed as new country manager for ISS UK and Ireland

* Liz-Benison_ISS.jpgLiz Benison will join as new country manager for ISS UK and Ireland on 1st May 2021. She will also become member of the executive group management and report directly to Group CEO, Jacob Aarup-Andersen.

Liz joins from a position as managing director, Mainland Europe and member of the management board at Arriva. During her career, she has led the transformation of companies in several fields, including engineering, manufacturing and financial services.

Pre-registration for Shanghai’s CCE2021, starting 30th March, now open

* CCE2021.jpgMore than 35,000 industry leaders and 600-plus companies from around the globe are expected to convene at the China Clean Expo from 30th March - 2nd April, 2021 for a four-day event being held at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre in Shanghai, China.

If you are planning to be amongst them, you can pre-register now.

Here, there and everywhere, the microplastics in tap water threatening health and wellbeing

* microplastics-in-tap-water.jpgA new study published by researchers at the Penn Environment Research & Policy Center found microplastics in 100% of samples taken from 50 iconic rivers, lakes and streams in Pennsylvania.

The researchers described their finding as troubling and said: "It's clear that the scope of plastic pollution in Pennsylvania extends far beyond what was previously thought".

Probiotic surface cleansers could significantly reduce hospital acquired infections

* Probiotic-Cleansers-HAI.jpgA study into a major cause of hospital acquired infections has begun. The work is exploring how contagion bacteria survive even deep cleans with chemical products and is evaluating a novel approach to reduce HAI through the use of probiotic hard surface cleaners.

"Vacuuming is a waste of skilled time," says CEO of Vacuum Manufacturer

* Vacuuming-robots.jpgIn a recent poll of cleaning professionals, only 2% ranked vacuuming as 'important', yet vacuuming takes about 25% of a cleaner's time. Automated vacuuming costs less, can clean better, saves energy and frees up skilled cleaning teams to concentrate on the important tasks.

Touch points, toilets and kitchens accounted for the other 98% of votes, which makes perfect sense as these are the high-risk areas when it comes to infection control. Creating any time- or cost-saving in these areas is almost impossible, but vacuuming, which is easy to automate, could provide a lot more time for the 98% of important tasks.

When less really is more…

* SOAPBOX-Less-is-More.jpg‘Why 70% isopropyl alcohol is a better disinfectant than 99% isopropyl alcohol when it comes to Covid-19’, by Rick VanderKoy, CEO and founder of Secure Clean BSI

“We can learn a lot from a study released last year about the use of isopropyl alcohol (IPA) for cleaning and disinfecting.

Vectair Systems launches an 'Ice Cool' fragrance

* Vectair-Ice-Cool.jpgVectair Systems has introduced a new fragrance, Ice Cool, to its innovative Professional Passive Programme.

Light & fresh, the crisp scent of Ice Cool is a delicate balance of musk & floral, creating a truly universal fragrance. The new scent provides an uplifting, upscale and unique scent to a variety of locations.

Fresh air has benefited many of us in lockdown - but will we miss it when we head back to our offices?

* Fresh-air-machine.jpgFresh air and exercise have been two of the benefits for many during the last 12 months of on-off lockdowns. And as the latest lockdown starts to ease in the UK with schools returning and plans being made for businesses to reopen, many of us will be thinking of ways to keep up a healthier lifestyle and not slip back into old habits.

But when it comes to the air that we breathe, how many of us know what the air quality is like in our workplaces and other shared indoor spaces?

Hong Kong university develops autonomous UV-C disinfection robot for large indoor establishments

* University-robot.jpgCleaning and disinfecting public spaces have become increasingly important during the pandemic.

Mitie cleaning team star on ITV's Heathrow: Britain's Busiest Airport

* Mitie-ITV.jpgColleagues from Mitie's cleaning team based at Heathrow's Terminal 5 featured in an episode of the ITV documentary series, Heathrow: Britain's Busiest Airport. 

The episode followed Svetoslav 'Stan' Nikolov, a Mitie cleaning manager based at Terminal 5, as he operated ultraviolet robot 'Victoria' during the team's night shift.

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Recent UK News

NIC repeats last years listing in 'Top 1,000 Europe's Fastest Growing Companies'

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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.

First ever national poetry competition celebrates key workers

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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.

Not just health workers and cleaners but all those who support their work, need key/essential worker status, says BCC

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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.

More than half of Britons say UK businesses could do more to keep them safe from Covid-19, survey reveals

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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.

Lockdown toilet tissue venture cleans up with £1 million sales forecast

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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.

New dates for this year's Cleaning Show announced

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This year's Cleaning Show has been moved to 2nd, 3rd and 4th November following the Prime Minister recently setting out the 'road map' for the UK Coronavirus lockdown easing.

Apprenticeship schemes flourish at phs

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More than 150 people have signed up to boost their skills as part of the apprenticeship programmes offered by facilities services provider phs Group.

New waste management system aids safety and recycling at international packaging company

A new racksack system from Beaverswood is improving the collection and segregation of waste at the UK and Ireland's largest independent suppliers of industrial packaging and food service products.

UK hand sanitiser market has become a 'Wild West', risking fatalities among young and vulnerable, says NHS supplier

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The safety of children and vulnerable adults is under threat from a wave of unsafe, mis-sold and under-regulated alcohol-based hand sanitisers, without any Government acknowledgment of the alternatives, according to a leading UK manufacturer.

Braehead Shopping Centre chooses Pebble Plug & Play hand dryers to solve washroom challenges in 2021

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Braehead Shopping Centre is one of Scotland's leading shopping and entertainment destinations. The centre also prides itself on its accessibility, with plenty of disabled washroom facilities, sensory aids, changing rooms, 650 designated parking spaces and a dedicated Shopmobility service.

Latest testing success for Greyland against SARS-CoV-2

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Leading independent cleaning chemical manufacturer Greyland has announced that Spray & Wipe Ultra, its multipurpose antiviral surface cleaner launched last year, has now been tested against the SARS-CoV-2 virus using the NEN 14675 Standard Method.

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