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International News

ICE - Autonomous cleaning and sustainability solutions

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Our 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!

New strategic partnership will expand US distribution of odour control range

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Fragrance Delivery Technologies and Supply Source Enterprises have formed a new strategic partnership to expand the distribution of FDT products in the US.

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.

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WRAS, the Water Regulations Approval Scheme, is using World Toilet Day tomorrow, to call for manufacturers to reach some sort of consensus when it comes to the design of dual flush systems. Having seen the many options available, I've realised we're wasting huge volumes of water as a result of there not being a national standard (let alone a global one!). Unless we can all start truly working together, we don't stand a chance of realising our goal of tackling the global sanitation crisis and providing 'sanitation for all' by 2030. Water, in many parts of the world, is a scarce commodity and we must conserve as much of it as we can if we're to provide everyone with all that they need.

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Dual flush toilets were introduced to help us use only the flush water we need and while I've come across them in many countries, I've never thought deeply about the problems we're collectively causing by pressing the wrong button (or both, just to be safe!). Choosing the smaller flush saves around two litres of water. WRAS's new research featured images of 18 typical dual flush designs and the 2,000 people asked to identify the short flush buttons proved that as many as eight in 10 are inadvertently wasting water and money by pressing the wrong button. Over half incorrectly identified the short flush in five out of the 18 designs. In the worst example, 81% selected the wrong button. Even the best designs were not 100% perfect... Every single one of the designs confused at least some respondents. Scale that up to a global level and it becomes scary!

The research did highlight which types of designs were easier to understand: Clear, permanent markings, such as one droplet for the short flush and several for the long flush, are brilliant, and while most people naturally expect a smaller button to mean a smaller flush, the bigger button needs to be 1.5 times bigger than the smaller one to achieve around 80% recognition. I can't fathom the thinking behind the designs that use a larger button to produce a short flush and neither could the survey's respondents who found this the most confusing design.

If the cleaning industry can make enormous headway with colour coding systems for products and equipment, surely sanitaryware manufacturers can reach a consensus over dual flush designs - particularly when it's long been proven that symbols and pictures work far better for people of different tongues!



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This Week's News

Pioneering Far-UVC technology that kills 99.98% of pathogens including Covid, to be trialled in business park

* Pioneering-Far-UVC.jpgA forward-looking business that was launched in spring 2020 in response to the pandemic has been awarded a £271,000 grant by Innovate UK, the UK's innovation agency, to enable it to develop and manufacture products using pioneering FAR-UVC light technology.

SoftBank Robotics EMEA expands into Denmark

* SoftBank-Robotics-Denmark.jpgSoftBank Robotics EMEA has signed distributor agreements with both Abena DK (service provider and knowledge centre) and Virena ApS (cleaning service provider) for different verticals in Denmark.

Under the agreement, the companies will now offer Whiz, Europe's first industrial cobotic vacuum sweeper, to its facility management and cleaning contractor clients.

Campden BRI testing proves HyGenikx kills airborne Coronavirus

* Campden-BRI.jpgIndependent trials conducted by Campden BRI have confirmed that the HyGenikx air and surface sanitisation system, from UK manufacturer Mechline Developments, is effective at removing airborne Coronaviruses, including SARS-CoV-2 which causes Covid-19.

The results of the trials proved that HyGenikx removed up to 99.99% of an airborne Covid-19 surrogate in under three hours.*

New Hi-Genic mousepad features Polygiene ViralOff to provide hygienic protection

* HI-GENIC-mousepad.jpgSpeedlink, one of Europe's leading PC and video game console accessories brands, has launched a new mousepad featuring antimicrobial technology from Swedish firm Polygiene - and it could keep our working environments safer too by helping prevent the spread of germs, where a workstation might have multiple users.

Polygiene ViralOff is a textile treatment that reduces microorganisms by over 99% on the material*.

'Rapid Cycle' - Oxwash secures £500K in 15 hours

* RAPID-CYCLE.jpgPutting a sustainable spin on laundry, Oxwash, a UK-based startup backed by Twitter co-founder Biz Stone, has just raised a further £500,000 in equity investment through a public crowdfunder - and it took just 15 hours.

The company, founded in 2018 by ex-NASA scientist and Forbes Europe's 30 under 30 alumni, Dr Kyle Grant, and Oxford engineer Tom de Wilton, secured £250,000 from five angel investors including Magnus Rausing (Tetra Pak), Kal Patel (ex-CEO of Best Buy) and Vala Capital, in addition to a quarter of a million from 318 public Crowdcube investors.

RAS supports first preschool under the Happy Toilets at Preschools Projects Grant

* RAS-Singapore.jpgAs part of its project to show appreciation to cleaning support staff, pre-schoolers of PCF Sparkletots Preschool at Kampong Chai Chee Blk 135 performed simple cleaning of classrooms such as sweeping using small brooms and brushes after art lessons.

The pre-schoolers also created educational posters and decorated the toilets.

Acquisition of Pro Clean reinforces The Harvard Companies leadership in Florida

* Proclean.jpgThe Harvard Companies has acquired Central Florida-based Pro Clean, solidifying Harvard's position in Florida and strengthening the important Central Florida market.

Pro Clean is a commercial cleaning and facility services organisation founded in 1989 and will be rebranded as Pro Clean, a division of Harvard. Don Zerivitz, president of Pro Clean, will join the Harvard management team.

Bunzl completes two further acquisitions

* Bunzl-acquisition.jpgBunzl plc, the specialist international distribution and services Group, today announces that it has recently completed two further acquisitions.

Workwear Express (pictured), based in Durham, UK, is a leading business in personalised workwear and promotional clothing with a strong e-commerce focus. The business serves a broad range of customers and in the year to March 2021 generated £29 million of revenue. Bunzl completed the acquisition of Workwear Express towards the end of October.

The Cleaning Show celebrates work of cleaning & hygiene operatives with a triumphant return to London

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The UK's largest and most important event in the cleaning & hygiene sector, The Cleaning Show, welcomed more than 4,600 visitors through its doors when it made its triumphant return to London early this month. It marked the industry's first physical event since the UK's national lockdown was lifted, coming at a critical time as cleaning lands high on the agenda of businesses across the country.

Opening the event, Nigel Mills MP, chair of the Cleaning & Hygiene All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG), welcomed visitors and exhibitors, highlighting the important role the show plays in bringing the industry together to celebrate the sector and facilitate business. He paid tribute to the industry and the role cleaning & hygiene operatives have played over the past 18 months and highlighted how the APPG would help shine a light on an industry that was once overlooked.

Outstanding C & G course success wins Eric Hill Award for South Thames Colleges

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This year, it acknowledges South Thames Colleges Group for having the highest exam success rate for the City & Guilds ‘Practical Cleaning Skills’ course and has presented it with the Eric Hill Memorial Award.

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Recent UK News

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

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It 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.

Terry Burrows retains window cleaning crown

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The 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

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Delighted 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.

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

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The 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.

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

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One 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.

Guaranteeing health and hygiene for RSPCA

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In 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.

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

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Over 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.

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.

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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