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International News

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

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Right now, as the world is dealing with the huge effects and consequences of the Coronavirus, another global crisis continues to worsen every day...

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

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More 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.

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

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A 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.

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

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In 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.

Vectair Systems launches an 'Ice Cool' fragrance

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

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.

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I’ve always reckoned that cleaning’s a thankless task, which is one of the reasons that I not only acknowledge any cleaners I encounter as they go about their work, but chat to them if I can and thank them for the great job they’re doing. My children – now grown – do the same, since this is how they’ve been raised, and I hope that this simple act of goodwill has spread to their friends as well as my own. Of course, I’m not claiming ownership of this particular encounter, but yesterday’s visit from Anne, the Princess Royal, must certainly have made something of a special day for those on duty at the Greater Cambridge Shared Waste Service Centre. Visiting the Centre along with the Lord-Lieutenant of Cambridgeshire, Julie Spence, the Princess spoke to refuse loaders and bin lorry drivers who have continued to ensure that waste and recycling has been collected despite pressures from the pandemic, which has created excessive amounts of recycling and waste, thanks to people spending more time at home.

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The Princess was shown the new electric bin lorry, the Dennis Eagle 'eCollect', the first electric bin lorry to be operating in Cambridgeshire and one that marks the start of a gradual drive to replace all the collection lorries with electric or hydrogen versions.

The Cambridge Independent's report on the visit said that the Princess was interested in how the team recycle at home, and whether their work has influenced them to recycle more than they used to. Importantly, Cambridge mayor Cllr Russ McPherson, thanked the residents for being incredibly supportive during the past 12 months. "It has been fantastic to see the thank you notes and pictures sent in to our waste crews," he said. "With each loader walking the equivalent of a half-marathon every single day, they do a tough job in normal times. The past year has shown just how much we rely on them."

I sincerely hope that once this pandemic has truly lost its impetus, we, the general public, don't lose the urge to thank the frontline workers for looking after us so well. (Picture: davidjohnsonphotographic.co.uk)




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This Week's News

Vectair Systems appoints Nate Hjelseth as chief financial officer

* Vectair_Nate-Hjelseth.jpgVectair Systems, a leading innovator, manufacturer and supplier of aircare and hygiene products, is pleased to welcome Nate Hjelseth to its leadership team, as chief financial officer.

Since its inception more than 30 years ago, Vectair Systems has been going from strength to strength. With US and UK headquarters and manufacturing facilities around the world, Vectair Systems supplies over 100 countries, and counts several blue-chip facilities management and hygiene companies amongst its clients. With further growth on the horizon, the company has created the role of chief financial officer to support its ever-expanding team.
Nate has a wealth of experience as a finance leader in the manufacturing and hospitality industries. He will be based in Minneapolis, USA and his responsibilities will b

CCS Facility Services first contractor in world to achieve GBAC Star Service Accreditation

* CCS-Facility-Services.jpgThe Global Biorisk Advisory Council (GBAC), a Division of ISSA, has announced that CCS Facility Services is the first business in the world to achieve GBAC Star Service accreditation.

The program is designed for building service contractors and other outsourced cleaning service providers seeking third-party validation for their cleaning, disinfection and infection prevention programs.

The National Carpet Cleaners Association achieves CPD status for carpet and upholstery training course

* NCCA-CPD.jpgThe National Carpet Cleaners Association (NCCA) takes a step further in raising the standard of professional recognition and development for its members training in the care of soft flooring and upholstery.

The NCCA is pleased to announce a new milestone in its aims to promote excellence in the cleaning sector as it achieves CPD (continuous professional development) status, from the CPD Certification Service.

Jangro introduces new deep cleaning resources

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Jangro, the UK & Ireland's largest network of independent janitorial and cleaning distributors, has launched a 'Deep Clean Product Guide for Education' and extended its range of training Task Cards, to include one exclusively focused on 'Deep Cleaning'.

Samsic's 13 million steps for children's charity

* SAMSIC-13-MILLION-STEPS.jpgA team of 40 working for Samsic UK and subsidiary JPC Cleaning has raised over £5000 for children's charity Rainbow Trust by walking over 13 million steps in a month.

Employees including Anderson Ferreira, assistant cleaning manager and Messalina Manita, cleaning operative from JPC by Samsic's Here East team, stepped up to the plate at the start of February and went on to smash it, beating the target of 10m steps by 3.5million.

Supporting a healthy indoor environment is a trend that should stick around…

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“The importance of proper cleaning and disinfection has undoubtedly been vital for nearly every company, facility, and organisation this past year.

Why we must regularly clean around urinals

* urinal-clean.jpgA study published in Emerging Infectious Diseases reports that traces of the pathogens which cause Coronavirus can be found in an infected person's urine.

Further, another study, published by scientists from China's Yangzhou University, finds that when urinals are used by people infected with the virus, traces of Coronavirus can become airborne when the urinal is flushed.

Strong role models are key to the advancement of women

* Strong-role-models.jpgEarlier this month on International Women's Day, women in the cleaning industry were advocating the benefits of strong role models and sharing of experience. But at the end of the day, they say, success comes from hard work and excellence at work.

While women are increasingly visible at the helm of some of our largest organisations, they are still under-represented in skilled trade and professional occupations; in fact, in every area other than elementary occupations and administrative roles.

Textile Services Association is warmly welcomed to BCC membership

* TSA-BCC.jpgThe Textile Services Association has joined the British Cleaning Council as an associate member, becoming the 22nd member of the BCC, in a move which benefits and strengthens both organisations.

The trade association for the textile care services industry, the TVA contributes over £1.3 billion in GVA (Gross Value Added) and supports some 28,000 jobs in the UK economy.

Bothongo Hygiene Solutions UK launches new post-Covid Zuppclean range

* Bothongo.jpgBothongo Hygiene Solutions UK - formerly Healthguard Hygiene UK - has launched an extensive new range of cleaning products formulated for the post-Covid era, under its new Zuppclean and Zuppclean Eco brands.

Bothongo Hygiene Solutions was launched last year at the beginning of the pandemic to focus on the protection of human health as a progeny of InnuScience Group, a leading manufacturer of biotechnology cleaning products. Based in the Northamptonshire countryside near Towcester, the group operates in Europe, Africa and North America.

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Recent UK News

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

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Liz 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.

Probiotic surface cleansers could significantly reduce hospital acquired infections

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A 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.

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

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Fresh 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.

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.

Events & Exhibitions

CMS Berlin
19-22nd September 2023
Messe Berlin

National Floor Safety Institute
25-26th September 2023
International Symposium on Slip, Trip and Fall Prevention

Hurst Convention Center, Texas


Interclean China 2023
18-20th October 2023
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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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