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International News

IICRC opens nominations for Hall of Fame Awards

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The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning & Restoration Certification is now accepting nominations for the 2021 Hall of Fame Awards. The deadline for nominations is 30th June.

Sebastian Volders joins ISS as Global Head of Growth in the Life Sciences and Manufacturing Segment

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ISS A/S has appointed Sebastian Volders as Global Head of Growth in its Life Sciences & Manufacturing segment.

Partnership enables facilities to safely reopen with help of innovative air testing technology

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Specialitiy US building maintenance and restoration company Corporate Care, has partnered with Inspirotec to introduce AirAnswers, an innovative air sampling device that monitors commercial indoor air quality and verifies airborne health & safety protocols.

Post Covid-19 crisis can lead to a new period of rapid growth and prosperity

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Simon Sear, CEO and founder of Studio 44, the consultancy that helps senior business leaders create step-out growth, disrupt markets and transform their culture and ways of working, writes…

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Something I try to get across to companies that don't feel the need to include a graphic with their press releases, or on their websites, is that the phrase first coined 100 years ago: 'a picture paints 1,000 words', still holds true. A graphic of some sort also draws the eye to the story or page, so is definitely always worth incorporating.

This is partly why I feel that the one image we'll all recall from this year's G7 Summit - currently being hosted by the UK in the lovely seaside town of St Ives - is this one, which has been beamed around the world. The Mount Rushmore-style sculpture of the G7 leaders (British PM Boris Johnson, US president Joe Biden, Japanese PM Yoshihide Suga, French president Emmanuel Macron, Italian PM Mario Draghi, Canadian PM Justin Trudeau and German chancellor Angela Merkel) on the beach opposite the leaders' hotel, is made entirely from discarded keyboards, computer monitors, circuit boards and other electronic waste. And if it doesn't draw attention to the issues created by discarded e-waste, then I don't know what will.

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Around 53 million tonnes of e-waste was generated globally in 2019 - over nine million tonnes more than five years earlier, and is set to more than double by 2050, according to the UN. Landfilled e-waste can leak harmful chemicals into soil and water; if incinerated it releases damaging, chemical-laden fumes into the air. Further, e-products rely heavily on mined, rare materials, to operate.

To highlight the issue, Steve Oliver, CEO of musicMagpie, commissioned artist Joe Rush to create the sculpture. Says Steve: "Hopefully we're going to make them realise they're all together in this waste business. The key message is 'let's sort this mess out'," while Joe adds: "It needs to be repairable or made to last longer." I couldn't agree more and am delighted that the EU's 'right to repair' legislation, which covers electrical goods such as fridges and TVs, has finally been introduced. This type of legislation now needs to be expanded globally and the brainwashing (via advertising) that we 'need' the latest style, (when what we already have is perfectly adequate) needs to stop.



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This Week's News

First Immune - resilient office building in the world unveiled

* IMMUNE.jpgBuilding H3 in the West Gate Business District, fully occupied by Ericsson, earned the Immune - Resilient label, becoming the world's first building to achieve the highest certification level of the Immune Building Standard.

The Immune Building Standard, through the Healthy by Design Building Institute (HDBI) in Brussels, is an evidence based, third-party certified rating for the built environment, focusing on providing building operators with the tools and strategy to monitor, communicate and adjust the health of the indoor physical space, with an efficient response protocol in case of viral, bacteriological, or toxicological events.

Partnership cleans and disinfects Diamond Princess cruise ship following severe Covid-19 outbreak in 2020

* Diamond-Princess-clean.jpgDuPont Personal Protection, RecoveryPro and Belfor Group teamed up to conduct a deep cleaning aboard the Diamond Princess cruise ship following an outbreak of Covid-19 among its passengers and crew in February 2020.

The collaboration among the companies, along with protocol guidance established by global health & safety organisations, resulted in an effective clean and disinfect solution enabling the ship to be deemed safe to sail.

NextFMRobotics signs strategic partnership with SoftBank Robotics EMEA

* NextFMRobotics-SoftBank-Robotics.jpgSoftBank Robotics EMEA has signed a strategic partnership with NextFMRobotics, a sister company of Kenter gmbh, the renowned provider of cleaning solutions, equipment and products in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

Under the agreement, Kenter will now offer the Whiz industrial cobotic vacuum sweeper through its new NextFMRobotics brand, to its facility management and cleaning contractor clients.

Cintas Canada unveils five finalists in 2021 ‘Canada's Best Restroom’ contest

* Cintas-restrooms.jpgCintas Canada is inviting the public to vote for the five finalists in the 2021 Canada's Best Restroom contest.

The polls are open now through July 9th and the facility that receives the most votes will win $2,500 in facility services from Cintas to help maintain their award-winning washrooms.

Cleaning without compromise: Bio-D launches new range of scents for Summer

* Bio-D-scents.jpgGreen cleaning company Bio-D is continuing its growth within the ethical cleaning market by adding new scents to its sanitising hand wash range.

Both the new plum & mulberry scented hand wash and the geranium & grapefruit hand wash have been created following feedback from Bio-D's market research that showed customers wanted to see more zesty and fruity fragrances. The full range, including the lime and aloe vera and the fragrance-free versions, have also benefitted from a reformulation.

Delta-Q Technologies launches first three-in-one charging solution with the XV3300 battery charging system

* Delta-Q-battery-charging-system.jpgVancouver, Canada-based Delta-Q Technologies has introduced a new line of battery charging solutions with the launch of the XV3300. Its design combines a high-performance 3.3KW charger, a 500W DC-DC converter, and an EV charging station interface in a highly compact package.

"The launch represents a significant product development milestone for Delta-Q," notes Steve Blaine, Co-CEO and executive VP of engineering & quality with Delta-Q.

Cleanology's fair pay campaign pays off

* Cleanology-NLW-winner.jpgCleanology's long-term commitment to fair pay in the cleaning industry has resulted in a win at the Living Wage Champion Awards.

CEO Dominic Ponniah celebrated the win with staff, saying: "Of all the awards Cleanology has won in recent years, this has the most significance. It means so much to our team, which campaigns tirelessly to make Cleanology a Living Wage company. In an industry known for low pay and fast turnover of staff, we are committed to changing the landscape, and we are unbelievably proud to receive recognition for our work."

Business cleans up with major growth in sweet 16th year

* North-Wales-16th.jpgA prominent North Wales business has broken the mould with a refreshing approach to the cleaning industry.

Face-to-face training is returning to Prochem Europe's Training Academy

* Stain-removal-Prochem.jpgProchem Europe is to reinstate its face-to-face training sessions at its Chessington, Surrey, Training Academy.

New 'super' tax relief being missed by many warns phs Wastekit

* phs-Wastekit.jpgBusinesses in are being urged not to miss out on a new temporary tax relief initiative by the UK Government, which allows them to claim back 130% of the cost of waste equipment such as balers and compactors.

The new capital allowance for new plant equipment and machinery runs from 1st April 2021 to 31st March 2023 offering the 'super deduction', compared to the usual 18%, to businesses paying corporation tax. The initiative aims to encourage UK businesses to invest in equipment that improves production and waste management, as well as reducing costs and their impact on the environment.

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Recent UK News

Kent school adds Prochem misting system to anti-Covid cleaning programme

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A leading Kent special educational needs school is keeping Covid-free with regular treatments of Prochem antimicrobial solutions using the company's new M500 Micro-Mist surface disinfecting system.

Bothongo Hygiene Solutions £5 million in sales in first year

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A fast-growing hygiene company has celebrated its first year in business by smashing the £5 million sales barrier and launching more than 100 new products.

Mitie welcomes new director of cleaning services

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Mitie has appointed Lorraine Davis as director of cleaning services. With the pandemic demonstrating the importance of cleaning in keeping the nation running safely, Lorraine will be responsible for leading the direction of Mitie's cleaning business.

New BCC report gives fascinating insights into one of the country's biggest industries

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New research released by the British Cleaning Council today has cemented the cleaning, hygiene and waste sector's position as one of the UK's top 10 industries.

The BCC's research report for 2021 gives a highly-detailed picture of the sector. The latest, revised figures show that the industry contributed £55.5 billion to the UK economy in 2018 - a slight rise on previous figures - with turnover soaring in a sector with tens of thousands of businesses.

Prochem training stays on-screen

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The UK's largest commercial provider of training for professional cleaners, Prochem Europe, is to continue providing an online alternative to its classroom-based One-day Carpet and One-day Upholstery training courses when lockdown comes to an end.

Principle appoints sustainability manager

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Principle Cleaning Services has appointed a sustainability manager. Arthur Toso joins the company after working as environment and sustainability advisor for a facilities management firm, responsible for environmental and waste management and sustainability performance tracking.

London calling!

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London beckoned once again with the opportunity to demonstrate the effectiveness of oscillation. With variable scrubbing pressure and oscillation speed TomCat's Sport can be set up to clean efficiently using only water.

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