*Cleanzine_logo_3a.jpgCleanzine: your weekly cleaning and hygiene industry newsletter 16th March 2023 Issue no. 1056

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The Summer holidays are once again upon us and I'm relieved to say that this will be the last issue of Cleanzine until we return on 6th September. Not that I don't love producing Cleanzine and its sister publication KBzine of course; it's just that with two issues to broadcast every week from early January, I become a little worn out by August!

I never stray far from my roots though and am naturally always on the lookout for a good story. Last weekend at a festival I attended an enthralling presentation by the explorer Mark Wood - amongst many incredible achievements, the only man to have completed back-to-back solo treks to the South Geographic Pole and a 200-mile crossing of the Arctic ocean to the Geographic North Pole. And when I say solo that means no dogs and no back-up whatsoever (https://vimeo.com/46217790). He also supported the BBC Top Gear team to the Magnetic North Pole. I won't tell you what his response was when asked which was worse... trekking in 'solitary confinement' or trekking with the likes of Jeremy Clarkson. Nor will 

I share his answer to the question of how he goes to toilet in such extreme conditions... And judging by the numbers of public toilets closing down around Britain, it probably won't be too long before we're as far away from a public toilet as Mark is most of the time. See this week's news for more on that story.

At the end of Mark's talk, I got into an interesting conversation with someone involved in procurement for the NHS, and when I asked what can be done to even out the spending differences for essential items, whereby one Trust is paying double per toilet roll or similar quality (and sometimes identical) black bin bag as another will pay, my new-found friend quipped that either way, they'd pay less if they went to the local supermarket.

Bearing in mind that the Trusts are buying in bulk, these differences really add up and I can understand why the NHS is short of money. I'm pleased to say that the disparity is being investigated and I'm looking forward to sharing the findings with you at some time in the future.

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Jan Hobbs

16th August 2018

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