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Driving Change: The Cleaning Show 2023 to stage the latest trends in sustainability, technology and sanitation practices
The importance of cleaning and sanitation made a pivotal turn during the pandemic when the cleaning industry was suddenly thrown into the spotlight. This placed higher expectations on cleaning and hygiene operatives to provide cleaner, safer and more hygienic public spaces.
Helping the industry navigate the emerging challenges and opportunities in the months ahead, Europe’s cleaning and hygiene professionals will come together this March at the UK’s leading event for the cleaning and hygiene industry, The Cleaning Show 2023, which returns to the ExCeL, London from 14-16 March 2023.
Organised by the British Cleaning Council and Quartz Business Media, the show is set to exceed previous expectations, with more than 100 of the most influential cleaning suppliers and manufacturers confirmed to exhibit. This includes Jangro, Numatic, Makita UK, Karcher UK, Kimberly-Clark Professional, Nilfisk and SC Johnson Professional. Also in attendance, 7,000 senior cleaning professionals from across the contract cleaning, facilities management (FM), healthcare, hospitality, retail and public services sectors will search for the latest solutions at the UK’s largest and longest running exhibition solely dedicated to cleaning, hygiene and facilities management (FM).
The Cleaning Show Conference will also return, with this year’s theme focusing on ‘The Cleaning Sector in 2023 – Driving Change’. A packed line-up of the industry’s leading experts will be welcomed onto the stage to tackle the issues and opportunities facing the modern cleaning and hygiene sector, buoyed by the greater public and political recognition earned during the COVID crisis.
Greener cleaning on display
With sustainable cleaning solutions dominating the sector, attendees at The Cleaning Show will be filled with confidence after walking the show floor, embarking upon an array of exhibitors who will demonstrate how they are putting environmental concerns at the fore.
Representing the importance of sustainability and the environment within cleaning products, WEPA Professional (E23) will be bringing its team of Satino hygiene experts to the show for its second year. It will equip visitors with all there is to know about its sustainable eco products, comprehensive hygiene solutions, and why it’s vital to implement them into cleaning environments.
Pioneering the migration to sustainable cleaning products for the past decade, Biovate Hygienics (D18) will demonstrate how it is working towards completely carbon neutral productsusing the latest biological actives, surfactants, fragrances, and packaging. In addition, Visitors to stand E10 will learn about the latest green cleaning innovations, including 2Pure Products’ new closed loop recycling scheme, LoopBox™, and its market-leading multi-purpose odour and cleaning product, OdorBac Tec4. The new OdorBac Tec4 rhubarb scent will also be launched at the event.
Elsewhere, Eco Removal Systems (E13) will showcase its Eco-Friendly Solution to Chewing Gum Removal with its safe, ultra-portable and easy to use chewing gum removers. Finally, Soap2o (D13) will bring its latest, most innovative product range of dispensers, Eco Hand Soaps, and biodegradable soap sachets, which reduce waste and embrace sustainability, all without increasing costs.
Revolutionising cleaning technology
Whilst sustainability is a clear priority for business owners across the industry, developments in cleaning equipment technology are helping to bolster the work done by hygiene professionals in a timely manner, driving efficiency in larger scale operations such as hospitals and football stadiums.
Paving the way forward with its range of advanced robotics, returning exhibitor Killis (F20 and F16) will be hosting live, interactive product demonstrations in the product theatre with its latest new cobot, The Leobot. Visitors will also be able to interact with its R3 Scrub Battery Robotic Scrubber Dryer and see the latest Robot Vacuum’s in action.
Fellow exhibitor Makita (G26) will invite attendees to discover its latest range of new tools and vacuuming solutions, including the 40Vmax Brushless Backpack Vacuum Cleaner XGT which is lightweight and compact for a quiet operation. It has a 4-mode suction power selection with mode memory function, as well as an extensive run time. Attendees will be able to test Makita’s latest range of reliable commercial carpet and hard-floor vacuuming solutions at the show.
Meanwhile, returning exhibitor Jangro (B25) will give visitors a preview of its new, sustainable, brown cardboard boxes, which mark a change for Jangro branded outer cartons, as well as unveiling its new Cleaning & Hygiene Supplies Catalogue 2023/24. Also confirmed to exhibit, Northwood Hygiene Products Ltd (F5) is set to draw visitors to the stand with its comprehensive Raphael collection – including two toilet tissue and four hand towel dispensers, plus a soap dispenser – which can comfortably cater for the most demanding washrooms, whilst also saving money and reducing waste.
The Cleaning Sector in 2023 – Driving Change
Whilst the list continues to grow of Europe’s leading cleaning suppliers who will showcase their latest technologies and innovations on the show floor, The Cleaning Show Conference will leave attendees feeling inspired with the industry’s commitment to drive for change and advance alongside new trends, be it sustainable approaches to products, technological developments, cleaning and hygiene regulations, issues facing recruitment or developments to the Living Wage and rising costs.
Commencing day one of the show, Jim Melvin, Chairman of the British Cleaning Council (BCC), will review the BCC’s stated aims in his session ‘The Cleaning Sector Post-Pandemic - Progress, Obstacles and the Future’ (14 March, 11:00), considering progressions completed during the past 12 months whilst looking at what has not been progressed, and what the next steps are going forward.
Emphasising the soaring demand for cleaning and hygiene products since the pandemic, chair of the Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association (CHSA) Lorcan Mekitarian will address how unscrupulous actors are making the most out of spiralling price inflation and the rising cost of production. His session on ‘Buyer beware: if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is’ (14 March, 14:30) will use examples of unscrupulous behaviour to help buyers understand the challenges and learn the questions they need to ask to make sure they get products that are fit for purpose.
Exploring the latest developments in technology on day two, Paul Ashton, chairman of the CSSA along with representatives from Birkin, Bunzl and OCS will delve into ‘The future of cleaning - How technology is creating career opportunities’ during a CSSA panel discussion (15 March, 12:00). Here, attendees at the conference theatre will be exposed to the experts themselves, answering questions such as, why did they choose to work in the industry? How do they see the industry changing because of technology? What technology do the panellists feel will have the biggest impact? and more.
Meanwhile, Nina Wyers, marketing and brand director, The Floorbrite Group will address the issue of climate change and the role of the cleaning sector in reducing its impact during her session ‘Cleaning for climate change’ (15 March, 10:30).
New for this year, a panel discussion honouring ‘Hygiene innovation for the future’ (15 March, 14:00) will be moderated by Louisa Moore, communications and sustainability leader, Kimberly-Clark Professional EMEA. The session will debate the trends - good and bad - that have emerged, along with the biggest challenges and major shifts now faced by the industry.
Elsewhere, Fiona Bowman, Managing Director for Dysart 57 Ltd. will return to the stage on day three following her hard-hitting 2022 session ‘Hidden in plain sight’ (16 March, 11:00). She will offer hints and tips on how businesses can better support staff experiencing domestic abuse.
The final CSSA panel session on ‘The future of cleaning – The CSSA in 2023 and beyond’ will see the Treasurer and HR chair of the CSSA, Michael Rutherford delve into the vision of the CSSA as it evolves in line with the natural progression of the cleaning industry. In his session, he will discuss the association’s membership drive, including why and how the CSSA will help businesses grow and succeed as well as promoting the many career opportunities available within the cleaning sector.
Putting practice to the test
Along with first-class networking, educational and sourcing opportunities, visitors are invited to enter the popular Window Cleaning World Cup, which makes its second London debut in March. The competition will be professionally judged by Guinness World Record qualified adjudicators, with a £1,000 cash prize awarded to the winner. Visitors can enter the competition for their chance to win by filling in this form.
Also returning after a successful debut in 2021, the Cleaning & Support Services Association will once again host the CSSA Innovation Showcase. The dedicated pavilion is designed to highlight and celebrate the industry’s most innovative cleaning products, services, and initiatives. Among the big trends anticipated to take the spotlight, the theme of sustainability will return to help operators minimise their impact on the planet. Cobotics and the evolution of robotic technology to support the cleaning process and tackle the ongoing resources challenge will also play a key role alongside healthy buildings, where the Internet of Things (IoT) enabled dynamic resource applications will transform operations.
Speaking about The Cleaning Show 2023 event, Jim Melvin, Chairman of the British Cleaning Council, said: “The industry has experienced immense change since the last London event in 2021, and The Cleaning Show is the perfect place to discover the latest trends and developments that will affect the ways which businesses operate moving forward.
“With an even bigger focus on innovation, the sector continues to move at an unprecedented pace. We’re looking forward to being back at the ExCeL for three, exciting days of collaboration and education, ensuring that the industry is prepped for what the future of cleaning holds.”
Paul Sweeney, Event Director, The Cleaning Show, added: “We’re anticipating The Cleaning Show 2023 to be our biggest event yet, where visitors can reunite to discover the latest products and solutions that are revolutionising the ways we clean. We’re confident that attendees will leave the Conference Theatre feeling positive that the industry has the knowledge and tools to maintain cleaning and hygiene standards, using the latest, sustainable products and equipment that are not just better for the planet, but also enhancing the jobs performed by our cleaning professionals. We’re excited to see people reconnect, network with new and existing customers and make the most out of the amazing opportunities The Cleaning Show 2023 has to offer.”
Registration for The Cleaning Show 2023 is now open. To register for your free pass to attend and to find out more about this year’s event, visit https://cleaningshow.co.uk/london/
9th March 2023