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International News

New team forms to support Italy's cleaning industry and public health & safety

Given the persistence of the pandemic, the Cleaning & Services Interassociative Team (TIPS) has been formed to bring together the main associations representing Italy's professional cleaning sector: those representing cleaning and those for the manufacturers and distributors of professional cleaning equipment.

Sodexo appoints Philip Leigh as UK & Ireland healthcare CEO

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Sodexo has announced the appointment of Philip Leigh as CEO healthcare for the UK and Ireland following the departure of Stuart Winters who has been appointed CEO for Sodexo's healthcare business in the US.

Microban International appoints new president and senior directors

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Microban International, a global leader in antimicrobial additives and odour control solutions, has appointed Michael Ruby as president of the corporation and Graham Harvey as senior director of business development for the Global Built-in business.

IICRC announces its 2022 board of directors and executive committee

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The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning & Restoration Certification recently elected its 2021-2024 IICRC board of directors and 2022 executive Committee. Carey Vermeulen, (pictured) is now chairman of the board.

Christie to mass produce CounterAct with Care222, a safer, filtered far-UVC disinfection technology for use around people

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As we prepare for a post-pandemic world where reducing pathogens and viral spread is essential, global visual technology company Christie has announced the mass production of its Christie CounterAct line of commercial UV disinfection products with patented Care222 far-UVC light technology.

Experienced and international sustainability profile to join ISS

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Tracy Nilsson will join ISS as Global Head of Sustainability on 1st January 2022.

With the hire of someone with an experienced international profile who has spent most of her career working with sustainability, ISS is substantially strengthening its contribution to both its clients and society in general.

Cintas offers five essential tips to help businesses protect floors during Winter

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Day-to-day foot traffic can wreak havoc on a facility’s floors, especially during periods of inclement weather when snow, ice, salt and sand can be tracked throughout the building. To help businesses protect floors during the harsh winter months, Cintas Corporation offers five essential tips…

RNG plant manufacturer announces Bristola as US service partner

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German biogas plant manufacturer Weltec Biopower has announced the agreement of a service partnership in the US, with Bristola, based centrally in Des Moines, Iowa, USA.

RAS awards six-star accreditation to first office washrooms

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The Maritime & Port Authority of Singapore (MPA)'s office washrooms on Levels 18, 19 and 21 at mTower are the first to be awarded the top six-star rating for adopting holistic DFEC - Detect, Feedback, Eliminate and Clean smart washroom solutions.

Christeyns launches sustainable water technology in partnership with Veride

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In a joint venure with Belgian engineering company Veride, hygiene chemical specialist Christeyns has launched HydRO, a new technology to help professional laundries reduce fresh water consumption.

EPA picks ACI as Safer Choice Partner of the Year

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The US Environmental Protection Agency has named the American Cleaning Institute, the trade association of the US cleaning product supply chain, as a Safer Choice Partner of the Year. ACI was recognised as an outstanding Safer Choice Supporter.

Vitesy is growing: Natede Smart is here

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After three successful crowdfunding campaigns and a consolidated reputation as a technology startup, Italian manufacturer Vitesy has taken a further step to affirm its sustainable identity in the indoor air purification and monitoring market.

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I was delighted to learn this week that our industry's finally been given the go-ahead to develop detailed proposals for a Government-backed, accredited, industry-wide training programme and apprenticeship. It's been a long time coming! As you're no doubt aware, I've never understood why people involved in this industry haven't been given greater credit for the work they do... that those at the sharp end haven't actually been revered for taking on the role of cleaning up after the rest of us. I hope this recognition by the Institute for Apprenticeships & Technical Education - that people in this industry need to be thoroughly trained and accredited - will help educate those amongst us who still believe that cleaning doesn't require any skills.

There's more about how this recognition has come about, further down the page, along with a warning by our industry's leaders of an acute shortage of cleaning staff which will negatively impact on our nation's health, wellbeing and safety - and that of our visitors, too. I'm hoping that when cleaning is finally given the same footing as other 'trades' such as plumbing, those wanting to do something other than a desk job will consider it as a well-paid option of which to be proud. After all, training and accreditation recognised nationally, rather than just by those involved in our industry, will certainly give accredited workers a passport to find employment wherever there might be a role they want and the ability to forge a worthwhile career in the business.

Of course, it's not just about the accreditation and the kudos it brings... money is crucially important too. If you missed the presentation this week at The Cleaning Show, which covered the 'Living Wage', you can learn more about it here

It beggars belief that a cleaning supervisor would need to work 11.5-hour days and still not be able to afford anything other than a house share, don't you think? We really do need to let those buying-in our services, know how important good cleaning is, and that good cleaning doesn't come cheap just because those who know very little about it think it's something anyone can do! We must all work together on this, if the headway we've made since the start of the pandemic, is to be sustained.



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This Week's News

WCEC launches Chartered Practitioners' Register to entire cleaning industry at Cleaning Show 2021

* WCEC-launches-Chartered-Practitioners-Register.jpgIt has been a long wait, but finally UK cleaning and Facilities Management professionals have been able to convene in person at one of the major calendar events of the UK’s environmental cleaning industry - the Cleaning Show.

It is here that the Worshipful Company of Environmental Cleaners took the opportunity to launch the new Chartered Practitioner's Register to the entire cleaning industry.

ICE - Autonomous cleaning and sustainability solutions

* SPF_4305.jpgOur market leading product range and offer is constantly evolving to stay ahead of the game and meet customer needs, and this year our innovations are bigger than ever. At the Cleaning Show 2021 we will be presenting a whole host of innovative and sustainable solutions!

Terry Burrows retains window cleaning crown

* Terry-Burrows-retains-window-cleaning-crown.jpgThe Window Cleaning 'World Cup', held at The Cleaning Show in London's ExCel centre this week, saw Britain's Terry 'Turbo' Burrows crowned the Winner. He's pictured here with (on left, in second place) Darren Ansbro of DA Components, Cleveland, and, (right, in third place) Ashley Mackintosh of Northampton-based Mackintosh Clean. Our congratulations to all three & well done, everyone who took part.

Industry leaders delighted as apprenticeships bid clears first hurdle

* industry-apprenticeships.jpgDelighted cleaning & hygiene industry leaders have welcomed a decision to give the green light to develop detailed proposals for an accredited industry-wide training programme and apprenticeship for the sector.

Earlier this year, the British Cleaning Council sponsored a Trailblazer group, comprising major companies from the sector along with supporting stakeholders, to spearhead the development of the Professional Cleaning & Hygiene Operative Apprenticeship.

'Severe' cleaning & hygiene staff shortages could hit Covid-19 recovery, warns industry body

* BCC-Staffing-shortages.jpgThe UK's cleaning & hygiene industry is suffering 'severe' staff shortages with the rate of vacancies having increased dramatically, according to a new survey of the industry by the British Cleaning Council, which warns that the recruitment problems could hamper the nation's recovery from Covid-19.

There is also a warning that the healthcare sector is 'heading for disaster' and fears that transport, leisure and food hygiene, amongst many other sectors, could also be badly hit.

EvaClean unveils PurExcellence for true infection prevention partnerships

* EvaClean-PurExcellence.jpgEvaClean’s new PurExcellence infection prevention program has been developed specifically for healthcare and higher education institutions to prioritise safety and sustainability and to provide customised solutions, standardised processes and perennial training, with a view to delivering cost savings of around 30%.

The first step in the quest for PurExcellence entails a complete site assessment of current protocols, chemistries and applications based on a number of factors specific to each facility.

IICRC announces Honorary Board Member

* IICRC-Honorary-Board-Member.jpgThe Institute of Inspection, Cleaning & Restoration Certification (IICRC) Board of Directors recently elected William (Bill) Luallen as an Honorary Board Member.

Bill is the technical director for XL North, a division of Textile Rubber & Chemical Company. He is currently IICRC Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) chair of the Commercial Carpet Maintenance Technician (CCMT) Committee and former vice chair of the Resilient Floor Maintenance Technician (RFMT) Committee. He also contributes to the Carpet and Rug Institute (CRI) 204/205 Carpet Maintenance and Cleaning Standards.

New strategic partnership will expand US distribution of odour control range

* new-Strategic-Partnership.jpgFragrance Delivery Technologies and Supply Source Enterprises have formed a new strategic partnership to expand the distribution of FDT products in the US.

The exclusive agreement is effective 18th November, 2021 and expands SSE's existing odour control offering by introducing FDT's Dubai-manufactured innovativeOxy-Gen Powered air care technologies - including the Oxygen-Pro system - which deliver reliable and continuous odour elimination for the away-from-home markets.

Global escalator cleaning machine market report 2021-2026 now available

* Global-Machine-Market-Report-2021.jpgThe ‘Escalator Cleaning Machine Market - Global Outlook & Forecast 2021-2026’ report, added this week to ResearchAndMarkets.com's offering, predicts that the market will expand at a Compound Annual Growth Rate of 11.36% during the forecast period, to reach 
USD 1335.00 million by 2026.

Nielsen puts shine on new International Training Centre with £100K investment

* Nielsen-Investment.jpgOne of the UK's leading manufacturers of specialist cleaning products for the automotive sector has completed a £100,000 redevelopment of its International Training Centre in Derbyshire.

Nielsen, which provides more than 100 products to car dealerships, professional valeters and commercial vehicle cleaning markets, has installed new non-slip floors, lighting and equipment, including pressure washers, foaming equipment, wet and dry vacuums and dual action polishers.

Guaranteeing health and hygiene for RSPCA

* health-hygiene-veta-Multiwash.jpgIn February 2020, before the first Coronavirus lockdown was announced, Vincent Sherard-Bornshin, chief executive officer of RSPCA Bury, Oldham & District, realised that hygiene was suddenly going to become paramount for his organisation's premises.

Having had previous experience of similar machines, he approached Truvox International to see if he could obtain a Multiwash II. The company immediately arranged for a machine to be delivered - as a donation - by a local distributor.

Keep Britain Tidy's Ocean Recovery Project collects a record 1,000+ broken bodyboards

* Keep-Britain-Tidy-Ocean-Recovery-Project.jpgOver the 2021 Summer holiday season, 1,082 snapped plastic bodyboards were recovered from south-west beaches by environmental charity and British Cleaning Council member's Keep Britain Tidy's Ocean Recovery Project. The boards, collected from Croyde Bay, Fistral beach and Bude, are just a small percentage of the boards that go to waste each year.

Working with community groups and beach owners, the coordinated collection has filled an entire shipping container with broken boards. Shockingly, this only scratched the surface of the problem across the region.

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Representative / Partner opportunity /
possible Joint Venture

Bristol and surrounding areas

Selco Hygiene Supplies - over 30 years experience in the industry.

We are suppliers of hygiene supplies, paper products, cleaning detergents, disinfectants, cleaning chemicals, first aid, and catering/take away packaging products to all end-users including schools, nursing homes, hotels, bars, clubs, restaurants, takeaways, shops, large retail outlets.

We are looking to further expand, and for this we would like to take someone on board who has experience in the industry, perhaps with an existing or recent customer base. Ideally, we would like someone who wants to become a part of / have a share of this expansion.

We would also consider a Joint Venture with someone looking for a strategic partner (buy in or buy out) if the right proposal was proffered.

Interested parties should email: [email protected]


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Recent UK News

Deadline extended for entries into top awards

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The deadline for entries for the 2022 Kimberly-Clark Professional Golden Service Awards has been extended - you now have until 12th November to showcase your company's ability to go the extra mile in unprecedented times and support the continual raising of standards across the cleaning and facility management sectors.

CSSA hosts first ever live Clean Start Event to attract young talent to the industry

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Members of the Cleaning & Support Services Association attended a live Employers Engagement Day in October to promote the Clean Start initiative for the first time at a live event.

10 tips for successfully scaling your cleaning business

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By Chris Wootton, managing director of Poppies, the domestic cleaning business that is a member of the British Cleaning Council’s Domestic Cleaning Alliance

Principle wins Crick Award for supporting 'World Class Science'

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Principle Cleaning Services has won an award for its outstanding work at the Francis Crick Institute (the Crick), the biomedical research centre in London which is a partnership between Cancer Research UK, Imperial College London, King's College London, the Medical Research Council, University College London and the Wellcome Trust.

Meeting in the GreenZone!

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The latest contractor to take up the offer of bespoke training from Prochem, London-based GreenZone Cleaning & Support Services specialises in commercial and tenancy cleaning, specialist and window cleaning, as well as waste management.

Loo of the Year Awards 2021: New date and venue

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"Unforseen circumstances" mean that the St John's Hotel, Solihull - the regular home of the annual Loo of the Year Awards for many years now, is no longer able to accommodate the Awards this coming December.

Jangro welcomes Wessex Cleaning to its network

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Jangro, the largest network of independent janitorial and cleaning distributors in the UK and Ireland, has confirmed a new addition to its membership. Wessex Cleaning Equipment & Janitorial Supplies joins Jangro as the 47th member in its network, which has distributors strategically located all across the country.

Kärcher UK to demonstrate future of cleaning at The Cleaning Show 2021

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Cleaning and maintenance equipment specialist, Kärcher UK, is set to excite The Cleaning Show attendees with its latest range of high-performance professional cleaning machines.

Soapbox: How businesses can fill the gap left by underfunded public toilet facilities

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Matt Anderson, director of Velair, writes...

The British Toilet Association (BTA), a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to the promotion of toilet hygiene, has recently reacted critically to news that Westminster is urging councils to reopen public toilets - but failing to provide the necessary funding.

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