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I write this from my hotel in Glasgow, where I’m visiting the Cleaning Expo Scotland at the SECC. It finishes later today and if you’re local and haven’t yet visited, do try and make a point of coming along as there are a lot of ‘big names’ exhibiting as well as a large number of smaller companies, several of which I hadn’t previously known much about. These may be new to you too, so making contact could well be good for your business.
One visitor – a manufacturer that hadn’t budgeted to exhibit at this particular show – told me that in encouraging his local distributors to visit the event, one, who is based just a couple of miles out of town, had declined, saying there would be nothing new to see and thus no point in going. Despite always discovering lots of new products at these events, what I get most out of, is the networking. I wonder whether this particular distributor has his warehouse so full of products and is making so much money that he has no room on his shelves for anything else and more money than he knows what to do with? I thought not…
One of the highlights for me so far is an interactive seminar staged by PHS, in which we as individuals voted on which was more important: introducing new technology or driving behavioural change, before dividing into discussion groups and later presenting our findings to the rest of the delegates. There was a big shift in people’s thoughts and I’ll be revealing more of what turned out to be an interesting debate, in a future issue of Cleanzine
Finally, I have received further opinions on the Equality & Human Rights Commission’s reports on the cleaning industry that featured in last week’s issue. The writer – consultant Mary de Cobos from FutureClean Assured Systems, really does make some pertinent points that haven’t been covered previously, so do make sure you read her ‘soapbox’ and let me – and Mary – know what you think.
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4th September 2014