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International News

SoftBank Robotics EMEA expands into Denmark

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SoftBank 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.

Campden BRI testing proves HyGenikx kills airborne Coronavirus

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Independent 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.

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

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Speedlink, 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.

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

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As 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.

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.

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Cleaners – quite rightly - have come in for some much-deserved praise over the past couple of years, but recent stories have shown that it will never always be plain sailing in our industry…

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It’s not the first time that this kind of thing has happened, but the latest bout of, perhaps, over-zealous cleaning, came courtesy of a team in Cardiff, Wales, who mistakenly removed popular street art that had been commissioned to celebrate diversity. Painted by three female artists - including Turner Prize nominee Beth Blandford - it had beautifully covered 11 concrete pillars in the city centre and had taken inspiration from feminism, black women, afro hair and the Bajan community. In a statement to www.walesonline.co.uk, project organiser PWSH said everyone was "absolutely devastated" that the artworks had been removed, before alluding to “some sort of city centre cleansing team miscommunication”. Commissioner ‘FOR Cardiff’ apologised and said: "We were made aware that due to a devastating error involving our cleansing contractor, the beautiful artworks on the pillars in the area have been removed. We offer our sincere and heartfelt apology to the talented artists who took the opportunity to brighten up Cardiff and contribute to its vibrant and exciting culture through their artworks and we're simply gutted for them. It was an honest mistake but unfortunately not one that can be rectified…”

The week before last, cleaning crews caused a major power outage which disrupted operations at Raleigh-Durham International Airport in the USA, causing long delays and cancellations involving more than 100 flights. Airport officials said the outage was caused by water damage which also took out the international airport's backup generator.

While I’m not party to why these accidents happened, I wonder whether the Cardiff cleaning crew thought to ask about the artwork before starting to remove it? Perhaps they did, but were unable to contact someone in authority and took the decision upon themselves? With regard to the water damage at the airport, I’m unfortunately well aware of how much damage can be done by someone being careless, distracted or insufficiently trained for the task in hand – or perhaps someone who’s simply feeling unwell – since my daughter Melissa cleaned her washing machine filter last evening and neglected to fit it back in securely before attempting to do her washing. She wasn’t around to see the water flowing out and the machine just kept on filling… Oh, the mess!



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This Week's News

Taking a proactive approach to virus sanitisation this festive season

* ICE-Cleaning-Hospitality.jpgAs the busy festive season fast approaches, and with cases of Covid-19 continuing to spread across the UK, it is more important than ever for those in the hospitality industry to ensure their premises adequately mitigate the spread of viruses and bacteria.

Here, Zac Hemming, managing director of ICE Cleaning, explores how businesses can successfully accommodate the influx in customers, whilst keeping them and their employees safe through the implementation of dedicated sanitisation programmes that provide the highest standards of protection, with minimum disruption…

ISSA Show North America celebrates Innovation Awards winners

* ISSA-North-America-Innovation-Awards.jpgInforma Markets' ISSA Show North America today announced the recipients of the 2021 ISSA Show Innovation Awards at the Las Vegas Convention Centre in Las Vegas. The Innovation Awards program recognises the latest advancements for the commercial, institutional and residential cleaning industry.

"While this past year has been an especially challenging one for the cleaning industry, it has also presented opportunities to innovate and overcome obstacles," says ISSA Board President Steve Lewis.

Embracing the Future - Interclean Amsterdam

* Future-Interclean-Amsterdam.jpgInterclean returns 10th to 13th May 2022 full of innovations at a face-to-face event that will shape the professional cleaning and hygiene industry for years to come. Following its remarkable success in 2018, Interclean Amsterdam finally returns to the Dutch capital in 2022 for another edition of the world's most advanced cleaning & hygiene show.

Attracting more than 35,000 professionals from across 143 countries, the 2018 event was a truly international affair. The 2022 show will be no different, bringing the industry together to celebrate the best of cleaning innovation.

The smart cleaning tools every kitchen needs

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Kitchen utensils and surfaces are exposed to microorganisms from many sources, including raw meat, contaminated packaging and unwashed hands.

It's therefore common sense to maintain regular and thorough cleaning practices in and around the kitchen environment. But what if cleaning tools themselves are acting as vectors of contamination?

Robert Scott launches new Ecofibre range

* Robert-Scott-Ecofibre.jpgRobert Scott has expanded its sustainable cleaning range with the launch of Ecofibre - a new range of products made from recycled materials.

The Ecofibre cloth offers the cleaning power of traditional microfibre, with the added environmental benefit of using recycled plastic bottles in its production. Each cloth is made from 55% recycled plastic, with two recycled bottles in each Ecofibre cloth.

BSCAI announces 2021 Clean Award recipients

* BSCAI-2021-CLEAN-Award.jpgBuilding Service Contractors Association International has announced the recipients of the 2021 BSCAI Clean Awards, which demonstrate the best in excellence among building service contractors and categories and recognises their contributions to the BSCAI and the industry as a whole.

Recipients - ranging from new members to business leadership - were recognised at the BSCAI 2021 Contacting Success Conference held last week in Las Vegas. The winners were chosen by the BSCAI Awards Committee made up of 11 individuals from member companies.

New partnership to develop waste plastic recycling and circular-fuel production facilities

* waste-plastic-recycling-and-circular.jpgFortress Transportation and Infrastructure Investors and UK green-tech company, Clean Planet Energy, have announced the formation of a joint venture partnership to develop Clean Planet Energy USA ecoPlants in key North American markets.

The first Clean Planet USA ecoPlant is under development at FTAI's Repauno Port & Rail Terminal in Gibbstown, New Jersey.

Christeyns Food Hygiene wins Company of the Year Award at the SOFHT Awards 2021

* Sofht-award.jpgHygiene specialist Christeyns Food Hygiene has won the Company of the Year Award at the Society of Food & Hygiene Technology (SOFHT) Awards held last week in London.

SOFHT is an independent consortium of food industry specialists set up to keep members advised of the current hygiene and technology issues through the provision of technical support, training and topical information as well as a vital forum for networking and sharing best practice across the entire food chain.

Ladder Association embarks on Ladder Surveillance Survey to root out dangerous ladders

* Ladder-Association-Survey.jpgThe Ladder Association, in partnership with Trading Standards departments across the East of England, is getting ready to undertake a significant Ladder Surveillance Survey.

This is to investigate the conformity of ladders with product standard EN 131 in the supply chain and address ongoing concerns with the availability and use of substandard and potentially dangerous ladders on the market.

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Recent UK News

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

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A 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.

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.

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.

Events & Exhibitions

The Cleaning Show
13-14th March 2024

Interclean Amsterdam
14-17th May 2024

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


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