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International News

Listeria completely eliminated in groundbreaking RTE food production pilot

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All traces of listeria spp in a highly sensitive food production environment have been successfully eliminated in a breakthrough new pilot, undertaken by Bio-Fence.

Campaign launched to protect EV drivers at the charging point

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GripHero, which claims to be the maker of the world's only single-item release static-safe hand-protection dispenser, is drawing attention to the importance of protecting the health and wellbeing of Electric Vehicle customers who are prone to picking up contaminants and illness from recharging point handles.

Office germ hotspots revealed - with kettle, kitchen cupboard and hand sanitiser bottle all dirtier than a toilet seat

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New research by leading international brand of professional cleaning materials, Chicopee, has revealed the germ hotspots in Britain's offices (Ed: and we’re assuming that other countries follow suit...).

Nominations sought for 2021 Cintas SHINE Award honouring professional housekeepers

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Housekeeping professionals are the key to guest satisfaction in hotels and other hospitality properties.

ISSA Pulire 2021 in Verona showcases innovation and research in cleaning sector

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The 25th edition of ISSA Pulire, the international trade show dedicated to cleaning, sanitisation and integrated services, has managed to buck the Covid trend by actually taking place, with representatives of ISSA and Afidamp hosting almost 300 exhibitors at Veronafiere.

Feature-packed City Ranger 3070 is a real winner

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Egholm is a specialist at producing high quality, multi-functional utility vehicles incorporating green maintenance, winter maintenance and street cleansing. True four-in-one/365-day machines...

CleanNZ Expo - postponed to March 2022

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CleanNZ Expo is coming back to Auckland.

Originally planned for this September, with current lockdowns, the organisers have taken the decision to reschedule the event to Tuesday 1st and Wednesday 2nd March 2022, at Ellerslie Racecourse, Auckland.

LightStrike UV robots eliminated superbug contamination in Japanese hospital reports new peer-reviewed study

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Researchers from Hiroshima University Hospital in Hiroshima, Japan, recently published a study confirming the efficacy of LightStrike pulsed xenon ultraviolet (UV) light disinfection technology on surfaces contaminated with the superbug vancomycin-resistant Enterococci (VRE).

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It only takes one idiot to damage the high regard built up over the past 20 months for the cleaning industry, and this street cleaner here, filmed on 20th September in Camden, North London, has my vote as being that idiot. 

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Commenters on Twitter say they're seeing "an ever-growing vicious hostile environment for those experiencing homelessness", which I find incredibly disturbing. Having to sleep on the streets must be among some of the worst experiences a human being can go through. For someone to take advantage of a helpless and vulnerable person in this way is despicable. I hope his employer - I gather it's a private contractor - has already sacked him. He doesn't deserve to be able to call himself a cleaner.

In complete contrast, you'll see several news pieces this week regarding a professional UK body that does only good: The Worshipful Company of Environmental Cleaners. Looking at all the pictures of the events covered, I felt very proud of an industry that's able to embrace its heritage in this way. I reflected for a moment on what it must be like to be responsible for running the contracts or to physically clean some of the historic buildings pictured, along with their contents (swords, shields, armour... all hundreds of years old) - and also some of the newer ones that inspire awe when we look at them. Do the cleaners, when walking past with family or friends, or seeing it on TV, point to the building and proudly say: "I clean that"? I would! All this made me wonder whether there are equivalents to the WCEC in other parts of the world. If there are, and you're involved, I'd love to learn more about what you do - and also if you're involved in cleaning a building of importance or historic significance.



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This Week's News

Eoin Foley to head up Phs group’s Irish operations

* phs_Eoin-Foley.jpgWashrooms and hygiene specialist Phs has appointed Eoin Foley as managing director to head up its Irish operations. The company has a local presence in every county in the Republic of Ireland and business is growing fast.

Eoin, from Patrickswell in County Limerick, joins from a vacant property, security and management company, where he was managing director for four years and was responsible for leading the Irish team and exceeded the group's growth plans during each year of his leadership. He also made operational improvements to increase the efficiency of the business and developed new customer service strategies that led to business growth; while honing managerial skills developed over 16 years in senior positions.

Vapourtec's easy-HC10 delivers significant cost savings

* Vapourtec-in-use.jpgA cleverly-designed handheld sprayer has been launched, which turns mildly salty tap water into a powerful disinfectant that kills 99.9% of germs, bacteria and viruses, including Covid-19.

Cleaning conference cements commitment to change the sector

* Global-cleaning-conference.jpgAt its recent Cleanliness Sector Progress Conference, FEP, (the Federation of Companies for Cleanliness, Hygiene and Associated Services) which represents cleaning companies, social partners and representatives of public and private customers, signed a major commitment to "change a sector that is too often invisible but essential to all." 

The commitment is to alert the state, communities and buyers to the conditions under which cleaning and associated trades are exercised, and call for change.

Thousands sign up for new BICSc industry-leading online offering

* BICSc-online-training.jpgAn innovative virtual training initiative, offering online courses for the professional cleaning sector, has been inundated by thousands of candidates worldwide signing up for the pioneering e-learning sessions.

‘Matrix Top Distributor 2019 and 2020’: B & G Cleaning Systems

* MATRIX-BandG.jpgBritish steam cleaning machine manufacturer Matrix took the opportunity to present awards to its top distributor, in recognition of sales achieved. Ian Hodgkinson, Martin Reece and Kerrie Leigh of B & G Cleaning Systems are pictured receiving their trophies from sales director Mike Osiadacz.

B&G has been consistent with its sales year on year - a great distributor to have focusing on the industrial sector and offering solutions to many problems. "No problem is too big for the team at B&G… always willing to go the extra mile," said Mike Osiadacz, as he presented the Award.

We have Mail

* Barrie-Torbett.jpgI read with interest Dominic Ponniah's piece on the race to the bottom (www.thecleanzine.com).

Whilst his comments are all very valid those of us that have been around as long as I have know it to be a well-worn path. It is up to our industry to drive change, but we have to be more aggressive and creative in delivering change.

Worshipful Company recognises first Chartered Practitioners

* WCEC-Chartered-Practitioners.jpgOfficers of The Worshipful Company of Environmental Cleaners have led by example, as the first to receive the Award of Chartered Practitioner in Environmental Cleaning. They are the pathfinders making way for others in the UK cleaning industry, who will be able to apply to the Chartered Practitioner's Register after its official launch at the Cleaning Show in November 2021.

The first Awards were presented to:

High-tech toilet launches funding-round to save planet, save money and boost hygiene - one flush at a time

* Propelair-Latch.jpgThe UK designer, manufacturer and patent holder ofPropelair, said to be the world's lowest-water-flush toilet, is launching a funding round on the investment platform Seedrs.

Phoenix Product Development, which trades as Propelair, is targeting £850,000 in a convertible campaign ahead of an expected larger equity fundraising - to fulfil resurgent demand from UK and international customers and to advance the company's technology.

Betco Corporation sets sights on expansion via acquisition

* Betco-Corporation.jpgFamily-owned, Ohio, US-based speciality chemical and equipment manufacturer Betco Corporation has announced that it is actively seeking opportunities to diversify and acquire culturally aligned businesses.

As a part of its growth strategy, this core objective will help it expand its existing product portfolio and capabilities, as well as integrate best practices from all companies to support continuous process improvement.

ICE Cleaning delivers specialist decontamination for the London Exam Centre

* ICE-Cleaning-decontamination.jpgThe London Exam Centre has partnered with ICE Cleaning, to ensure the safety and wellbeing of its staff and students by successfully eliminating the spread of viruses and bacteria.

Forming part of Wimbledon School of English, The London Exam Centre offers a wide range of examination options, including authorised Cambridge assessments, with both computer-based and paper-based testing available to students throughout the year.

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Recent UK News

Gary Fage officially installed as the new Master of the WCEC

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The Worshipful Company of Environmental Cleaners welcomes Gary Fage as its new Master after his installation ceremony on 17th September 2021.

Gary has been a WCEC member for 20 years, and closely involved with most WCEC committees for the past three years. He was appointed the Master Elect by the Court of the Company last February.

Ladies day at the races for CSSA Women's Group

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Members of the Cleaning & Support Services Association’s Women's Group and their guests enjoyed a day at Pontefract Raceourse Ladies Day last month as part of the Association’s networking activities.

Imperial startup developing hygiene-verification technology raises £625,000

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FreshCheck, a startup developing colour-change tools for hygiene verification, has raised £625,000 seed investment from investors including the Imperial College Innovation Fund, reports Gavin Reed.

Soapbox: Halting the race to the bottom

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It's time for cleaning to stand firm. CEO of Cleanology, Dominic Ponniah, argues that we need to value ourselves and shout about our achievements.

Build bespoke smart charts in seconds with Jangro

Jangro, the UK & Ireland's largest network of independent janitorial and cleaning distributors, has enhanced its award-winning digital wall chart tool with a multi-room function. Users of Jangro's innovative digital wall chart creator can now create bespoke plans for whole buildings, thanks to an exciting new update to the online tool.

Shoppers concerned about Covid safety as they return to the high street, new research finds

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While restrictions have now lifted, almost three quarters (73%) of Brits are still worried about visiting shops and cafés where there are no Covid-19 measures in place, new research from Mitie has revealed.

More than half (53%) went as far as to say they will only go into shops which have visible anti Covid measures.

Tennant UK to host North West open day

Following a number of popular open days at its Northampton facility pre-lockdown, Tennant UK will soon host its next open day event at its North West facility - on Wednesday 6th October, 09:00 – 15:00.

UK Cleaning Show shaping up nicely

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The UK Cleaning Show, initially postponed because of Covid, is starting to shape up nicely with lots planned for the event, which is now scheduled to take place at London's ExCel centre from 2nd - 4th November this year.

Eureka moment

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Meanwhile in London, some are still using brooms for sweeping. It was great to showcase the alternative, and productivity gains the Xtrema sweeper can provide; the labour-saving over the course of the contract can be quite substantial!

Increased demand for ozone cleaning and new working methods enable manufacturer to ‘Help a Hero – Make a Visor’

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Ozone Clean has had a very interesting past 18 months with the pandemic and subsequent lockdown. “Due to the anti-viral properties of ozone, demand increased dramatically,” says the company’s Mark Powell.

Events & Exhibitions

ISSA Cleaning & Hygiene Expo
11-12th September 2024


Cleantex Africa
16-18th October 2024
South Africa


ISSA Show North America
18-21st November 2024
Las Vegas


Interclean China 2024
11-13th December 2024

ISSA Pulire 2025
27-29th May 2025
Rho Fiera Milano


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