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.
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If you met John Austen or spoke with him over the 'phone during the early days of Cleanzine some 20 years ago, you may recall his analogy of the salesperson dressed in a sharp suit and blessed with a powerful company car who never makes any sales visits. He'd use this in response to people saying that because they had a website, they didn't need to engage with potential customers through marketing - be it via editorials or advertisements. John's very valid argument was that clever marketing drives potential customers to your website; and without it, the very people you're hoping to attract, are unlikely to know that your products or services are just what they've been looking for - or even that your company exists.
Same goes for posting your company's news, pictures and videos on LinkedIn, Facebook etc. You're generally only sharing your successes with established contacts, rather than new ones - i.e. preaching to the converted. And that, of course, is only if your contacts happen to be looking at your chosen 'news' outlet - out of the many available - at roughly the time you post, rather than when your efforts have been buried! I'll occasionally post news on Cleanzine's Facebook page but I always include it in the upcoming issue too, to ensure it's seen by our 100,000-plus readers around the globe.
And that's something worth remembering. If you've gone to the trouble of taking a 'before & after' video & posting it on social media with a brief explanation, or making a company announcement, email it to me too. I could use it 'as is' or I may choose to find out more first. Either way, you'll get far more out of your efforts than a few 'likes' and possibly the odd comment from someone in your network, and may instead win new business that could change your company's fortunes. I can't promise to always use what you send, but if I don't get to see it, that's a missed opportunity for both of us.
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This Week's News
Ecoserv Group creates dedicated sustainability team
Ecoserv Group, the multi-discipline facilities management company, has created a dedicated sustainability team to drive its environmental, social and community goals.
The company is already committed to achieving a net zero impact on climate and is currently working on an ambitious sustainability strategy, which will be launched in the coming months.
Metsä Tissue is planning a significant investment in a tissue mill in the UK
Finnish paper giant Metsä Tissue is planning a significant investment in a tissue mill in the UK, involving 240,000 tons of tissue paper production capacity, built in several phases during the upcoming decade.
The production would be based on using sustainable fresh fibre pulp, and the first phase of the investment would be ready during 2025 to serve the professional and consumer tissue markets in the UK and Ireland.
Covid-19: Driving toilet hygiene adoption in India
The Covid-19 outbreak has not only highlighted the chinks in the Indian healthcare ecosystem, but also the importance that often-ignored aspects of life such as toilet hygiene, writes Vikas Bagaria, founder, Pee Safe, in Times of India.
A number of studies on various coronavirus-based diseases such as the severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), and the Middle-East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) have proved that faecal-oral transmission is a key driver for them.
Survey: Covid-era office workers prefer touchless washroom fixtures
When it comes to washroom breaks, office workers in the US say that touchless washroom fixtures are the number one feature that would make them feel safer when using their workplace washroom - and we daresay that this follows in offices throughout the world.
According to the Healthy Handwashing Survey by washroom equipment manufacturer Bradley Corp., touch-free washroom fixtures received the highest safety ranking, followed by access to well-stocked supplies such as soap and paper towels; a clean, disinfectant smell; sufficient space for social distancing; and posted signage with the washroom's cleaning schedule.
SOAPBOX: Benefits not visas will tackle staff shortages
In the wake of the Government's announcement that it won't set-up temporary visas for other sectors as it has for HGV drivers and poultry workers, new advice from employee benefits business HIVE360 says businesses can quickly, easily and cheaply offer more to workers to tackle staff shortages, says David McCormack, CEO of HIVE360, a GLAA (Gangmasters & Labour Abuse Authority) license holder...
"The way to tackle the skills shortage is to make some simple changes to how they approach what they offer workers and how, which won't impact costs or operational resources.
IICRC announces winners of 2021 Annual Instructors Awards
Global standards developing organisation and certification body the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning & Restoration Certification, announced the winners of the 2021 Annual Instructors Awards recently, at a Gatsby-themed Awards Dinner at the Golden Nugget Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The winners were:
CWS International acquires Irish company Service Matters
CWS International GmbH has announced the acquisition of Service Matters Ltd (SML), an Irish company that specialises in providing products and services to the hygiene, workwear, cleanroom and the facilities management soft services sector.
This further expands the international portfolio of CWS in Ireland and contributes to the company's sustainable growth strategy. As part of the transaction CWS will also acquire the Service Matters business in Northern Ireland.
BICSc Northern Ireland celebrates best cleaners
The BICSc Northern Ireland Cleaning Operative of the Year Awards took place in Belfast City Hall recently - the first event held in the City Hall's Great Hall since Covid-19 locked it down.
"It was an extremely successful event with all of the attendees socially distanced and seated," explains the Institute's NI nation chairman, Colm McGrath.
Food Waste Reduction Roadmap marks year of business achievement
WRAP (Waste Resources & Action Programme) and IGD (Institute for Grocery Distribution) have this week published the Annual Progress Report for the UK's Food Waste Reduction Roadmap.
A world-first initiative launched in September 2018, the Roadmap outlines the route the UK food industry should follow to achieve UN Sustainable Development Goal 12.3 and halve food loss and waste by 2030.
Hospital-grade microfibre said to eliminate risk of recontamination
UMF Corporation says its Micrillon microfibre is setting a new standard as the first hospital-grade microfibre that can be converted into a wide range of long-lasting, reusable products, including towels; cubicle curtains; socks; gloves; walk-off mats; reusable N95 rated face masks, and colour-coded microfibre cleaning products.
Leading manufacturers are using these high-performance microfibre yarns to develop a new standard for materials targeting infection prevention in hospitals, hotels, cruise lines, long term care, and many other industries.
MCS Cleaning wins major cleaning contract with The Curve Theatre in Leicester
MCS Cleaning has this week announced that it has been successful in its bid to provide commercial cleaning services to the unusually-designed, 902-seater Curve Theatre in the heart of Leicester's vibrant Cultural Quarter, helping this popular arts venue to safely welcome visitors back for theatrical and musical events and workshops.
Unlike any other theatre in the UK, The Curve has no traditional backstage area; audiences can enjoy the full theatre-making process, peek behind the scenes and maybe even spot an actor or two dashing from the stage to their dressing room!
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Recent UK News
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.
‘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.
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