Eoin Foley to head up Phs group’s Irish operations
Washrooms 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.
Cleaning conference cements commitment to change the sector
At 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."
Campaign launched to protect EV drivers at the charging point
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.
CleanNZ Expo - postponed to March 2022
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.
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As you may be aware, I've been addressing global supply chain issues and the shortage of UK-based HGV drivers for some months, initially because of the damage Covid-19 was wreaking all over the world in terms of both illness and the need to isolate; then also because of the backlog of lorry drivers waiting to take tests in the UK... Surely if you're getting anywhere near a waiting list of 25,000, you should introduce measures to rectify the situation! I suppose it was only a matter of time before there was a run on fuel and embarrassing shenanigans from impatient/frustrated drivers fighting at the pumps.
There's been a lot of talk about the Government attempting to lure EU-based drivers to the UK to help keep things running, as well as the huge pay packets being offered by private companies to attract drivers. Much has been said about we British having brought this on ourselves with Brexit but I gather one of the main reasons overseas drivers don't like trucking over here is that it's not very pleasant. There's a dire lack of decent facilities for drivers and a lack of respect, in many cases, from the very companies they're working with - as well as from the general public, who don't consider them to be crucial workers and treat them with disdain. Gillian Kemp, of Truckers Toilets UK and the Association's members, have kept me updated on the dreadful conditions drivers in the UK face but the problems aren't new. Thanks to the steady decline in public toilets & roadside cafés, there have been fewer places for truckers to stop for 'comfort breaks'. Parking areas have been closed and limits set in some towns on how long a truck can stay. I've written in the past about drivers being refused use of the facilities to which they're making a delivery. It is, I'm led to believe by so many, so different on the continent. As ex-trucker, Jim Titherige, says:
"In France, I can park in nearly every town or village, in a marked truck parking bay. Nearby will be a small routier, where I can get a meal and a shower. The locals respect me and have no problems with me or my truck being there overnight. At motorway services, I can park for no cost, get a shower for a minimal cost, and have freshly cooked food. I even get to jump the queues, because others know my time is limited, and respect I'm there because it's my job. I even get a 20% discount off my purchases."
Like cleaners, truckers provide a crucial service. We need to recognise that and start treating them like human beings.
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This Week's News
Exclusive new launches and the latest innovations on show at The Cleaning Show 2021
After a year that has seen heightened awareness around cleanliness and sanitation, it is more important than ever for businesses across all industry sectors to embed effective and safe hygiene practices.
Helping businesses and cleaning professionals discover the next big product innovation to transform cleaning practices, The Cleaning Show 2021, which returns to ExCeL, London from 2nd - 4th November, will welcome some of the industry's leading suppliers as they showcase innovative cleaning products to over 7,000 attendees.
ISSA and IFMA expand relationship to support cleaning & FM sector
ISSA, the worldwide cleaning industry association; IFMA, the International Facility Management Association; and Informa Markets have announced a partnership to best serve the global cleaning and facilities management industries.
The partnership will provide increased value to each association's membership and encourage key connections through discounted rates to attend both Association's leading tradeshows: IFMA World Workplace and ISSA Show North America.
P-Wave launches powerful and scientifically-proven GermErase 24hr
P-Wave has launched GermErase 24hr, a powerful new, scientifically-proven disinfectant that destroys bacteria, viruses, and fungi, including the SARS-CoV-2 virus (which causes Covid-19) - killing it in under 30 seconds.
"For over a decade, P-Wave has built an enviable reputation as a respected innovator in the air freshening industry," says P-Wave sales & marketing manager Mark Wintle.
Seko Group acquires Dolphin Solutions' soap and paper towel dispensers’ business
Seko has announced that Dolphin Solutions has agreed to sell all of the assets and intellectual property relating to its Excel range of soap dispensers to Seko UK, effective 27th September 2021.
To ensure a smooth transition, Dolphin Solutions is continuing to support Seko UK in the transfer of all production activities and existing customers beyond the transfer date. Both companies have formulated a joint handover plan, with the priority to avoid any inconvenience for customers.
Cleanology charity fundraiser tops £14,000 for The Hygiene Bank
Over 100 of the best-known names in cleaning and facilities management came together this month to raise an impressive £7,000 in cash and a further £7,000 in product donations to support The Hygiene Bank charity in tackling hygiene poverty in the UK.
Organiser and host of the fundraiser, Dominic Ponniah, CEO of Cleanology (pictured left), describes the support as incredible: "The generosity we've seen has been overwhelming. "We had to upscale our plans several times to adapt to demand for tickets. It shows that people across industry are willing to collaborate to support action for hygiene poverty, which is a serious issue for many in the UK."
UK laundry trade sector suffers from staff shortages and service delays - but there is an answer
It was widely reported that the laundry trade across the UK is suffering from staff shortages and logistics nightmares, with supply chains and hotels struggling to keep up with demand for basic requirements of clean bed sheets & linen despite the Summer holiday season having ended. Some hotels have reported being forced to delay guest check-ins, while one manager confessed to having taken the laundry home to do.
ISS strengthens leadership position in the healthcare segment in Turkey
ISS A/S has acquired Rönesans Facility Management Company in Turkey from Rönesans Holding, a Turkish contracting company.
As a result, ISS will provide facilities management services, including cleaning, security, food, pest control, landscaping, reception, patient transport, laundry services and waste management, in a Public-Private-Partnership at four newly built hospitals (Adana, Elazı, Bursa and Yozgat) in Turkey until 2045.
EFCI's Online Week 2021: a meeting point to discuss our sector's role in post-covid Europe
The European Cleaning & Facility Services Industry's 11th Conference, taking place online 11th - 15th October 2021, will feature daily seminars between 11.00 and 12.30 CET.
Through an ambitious and interesting programme, the event wants to provide the sector with an overview of the main European policies and trends that will undoubtedly affect it, while presenting the best examples of how the sector creates meaningful jobs, integrates in the circular economy and integrates digitalisation in day-to-day business.
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Recent UK News
‘Matrix Top Distributor 2019 and 2020’: B & G Cleaning Systems
British 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.
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I 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
Officers 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.
Gary Fage officially installed as the new Master of the WCEC
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
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.
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.
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.
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