• North West property developer sentenced after building collapse

    A Manchester-based property developer has today been sentenced after the roof and part of the rear wall collapsed at one of his properties during demolition works.
  • Norse passes the grade to win three new cleaning deals

    Norse has added a further £640,000 worth of business to its education sector cleaning portfolio following the award of three new contracts.
    The company has won the cleaning contracts for three education establishments in Cambridgeshire, Over Primary and two academies, Linton Village College and Meadowgate Academy in Wisbech.
    Services to be covered under the contract terms include the daily cleaning of classrooms, staff rooms, toilets and communal areas plus periodic deep cleans.
    Norse Oper
  • Terminal 3 added to @HeathrowAirport contract @issworld #cleaningnews #facilitiesmanagement #fmnews… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

    Terminal 3 added to @HeathrowAirport contract @issworld #cleaningnews #facilitiesmanagement #fmnews… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
  • BSI launches new document to help employers improve health and wellbeing for staff

    The British Standards Institute (BSI) has launched a new code of practice for organisations to help tackle a crisis in the mental health and wellbeing of Britain’s workforce.
    The code of practice, PAS 3002, provides recommendations to establish, promote, maintain and review the health and wellbeing of workers within an organisation. It considers how health and wellbeing should be incorporated into the working environment and how leadership can ensure health and wellbeing related services a
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  • Facing up to automation

    Rethinking work in the face of enlightened automation was the theme of the Quora Smartworking Summit held in June at ExCelThere was a change of venue for the latest Quora Smartworking Summit, when the event decamped to the Platinum Suite at the ExCeL centre in conjunction with the Facilities Show. The high calibre of the speakers who take part under Chatham House rules was as high as ever; and included a government expert on AI, CEOs and directors from leading tech, legal and communications com
  • Carlisle secures BFI deal

    Carlisle Support Services has won a three-year contract to provide security services for the British Film Institute (BFI).
    The contract will see Carlisle deliver integrated security services deployed across BFI’s various sites within and on the outskirts of London, including its main BFI Southbank site and the BFI IMAX cinema at Waterloo.
    Services to be provided include provide patrolling, CCTV surveillance, reception and visitor assistance and staff support.
    Carlisle will also partner wit
  • Challenge fund launched to help tackle disability employment gap

    A £4.2 million Challenge Fund to support people with mental health or musculoskeletal conditions to stay in work has been launched by the Minister for Disabled People, Health and Work, Sarah Newton, and the Minister for Mental Health and Inequalities, Jackie Doyle-Price.
    The fund is the latest in a range of Government measures that are part of a 10-year strategy which aims to see one million more disabled people in work by 2027.
    Run by Rocket Science on behalf of the Government, the C
  • TC Facilities Management (TCFM) contributing to the sterling customer service at Eden Walk, Kingston

    TC Facilities Management (TCFM) joined Centre Manager, Ailsa Fraser and other members of the Eden Walk team at an awards lunch to mark its’ achievement of attaining the British Land Customer Service Silver standard. The awards were held in London on 9th May where more than 300 people were in attendance.
    The British Land Customer Service awards were first introduced in 2016 after the national roll out of its Customer Service Standards across its complete retail, office and development portf
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  • Collaborative approach transforms patient experience at Salisbury breast unit

    The new dedicated Breast Unit at Salisbury District Hospital has patient experience at its very core. A truly collaborative approach saw designers, staff and suppliers work with patients and their loved ones to map every step of a process that is one of the most difficult anyone can face. The unit combines the latest ideas in biophilic design for wellbeing with the smartest products and solutions, delivered with impeccable attention to detail. It captures the needs of all stakeholders, and deliv
  • Ideal Response – appointment of new senior technical manager

    Ideal Response are pleased to welcome Gavin Smith as their new Senior Technical Manager, based at their headquarters in Kent.
    Bringing more than 20 years industry experience, including various roles at senior level, to the company, Gavin has taken on the task of overseeing and growing the operations department. The employment of new technicians, bolstering operational strategies, and securing further training for the current team are just a few of his plans to help drive the company forward in 2
  • The Tide Rises – event at Ashford International Hotel

    SoftWashing is the new buzzword for exterior building and surface cleaning in the UK. Purple Rhino’s SoftWash Systems Ltd is hosting an event on 25, 26 and 27 September at The Ashford International Hotel for anyone in the cleaning service industry who wants to learn more about SoftWashing.The Tide Rises is split into three separate events - Discover SoftWash is aimed at those who want to start in or add SoftWashing to their business. Each morning, classroom presentations will be hosted by
  • European Cleaning & Hygiene Awards - entry deadline extended to August 1

    The closing date for entries to the European Cleaning & Hygiene Awards 2018 has today been extended to Wednesday August 1.The professional cleaning sector employs millions of people across Europe and plays a vital role in health, wellbeing, image and perception. The European Cleaning & Hygiene Awards is the only pan-European programme that recognises and celebrates the high standards of excellence in all areas, and at all levels, in the professional cleaning sector.Open to manufacturers,
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  • Cleaners face increased risk of multiple sclerosis, says study

    Cleaners, beauticians, decorators and anyone coming into contact with potent solvents in paint thinners and cleaning chemicals are 50 per cent more likely more likely to develop multiple sclerosis (MS), a new study has found.The risk of developing the neurodegenerative disease is seven times higher in people who work with solvents and have a family history of it, according to research published in the journal Neurology. It is 30 times higher when smoking is added to the list of factors.This sugg
  • Remembering Chris Klopper

    Today saw many of us from the cleaning and FM sector join family, friends and colleagues for the funeral of Chris Klopper, CEO and founder of Mulberry Marketing Communications. Chris passed away on Sunday 17 June following a short illness. Today gave everyone the opportunity to share memories and stories of one of the industry’s great characters.Chris sold his house in 1995 to fund the opening of Mulberry and led the development of the organisation from a single office to a global marketin
  • .@SalisburyGroup selected for £12bn framework #fmnews #tomorrowscleaning - bit.ly/2uOszWq https://t.co/yhLzzrESOg

    .@SalisburyGroup selected for £12bn framework #fmnews #tomorrowscleaning - bit.ly/2uOszWq https://t.co/yhLzzrESOg
  • Journey’s end

    Cycling to work is growing in popularity, but as end-of-route specialist Justin Sires tells Sara Bean, too many are put off by the lack of good end-of-route facilities
    A major study published last year in the British Medical Journal found that cycling to work could halve the risk of cancer and heart disease. The five-year study of 250,000 UK commuters stated that “cycle commuting was associated with a lower risk of CVD, cancer, and ‘all cause’ mortality”. Those who
  • ISS Netherlands signs IFS deal with EY

    ISS Netherlands has secured a five-year contract to provide integrated facilities services to multinational professional services firm, EY.
    The new contract, which commenced on 1 July 2018,  covers 15 EY office locations in the Netherlands. Services include catering, property, security, reception and cleaning.
    Under the agreement, ISS will focus on innovations in workplace experience, in such areas as health & wellbeing and on-demand services via apps, helping EY achieve a &ld
  • Dawson lands new commercial director role at BSRIA

    BSRIA has appointed Krystyna Dawson to the newly created role of Commercial Director.
    To fulfil BSRIA’s vision of becoming strategic partner in delivering improvement and growth for the construction industry stakeholders, the position of Commercial Director has been fashioned to shape company’s communication and service development strategy.
    Dawson will take up the position on the 3 September 2018 and will be tasked with formulating and implementing commercial strategy at both c
  • Total Solutions gains Living Wage recognition

    Facilities services provider, Total Solutions Group, has been accredited with Recognised Service Provider status by the Living Wage Foundation.
    Total Solutions Group has made the commitment to always offer the real Living Wage in all proposals to clients and to paying the real Living Wage to all employees working for their core business.
    The real Living Wage is an hourly rate set independently and updated annually, based on the cost of living in the UK and London.
    Sharmin Akter, Managing Directo
  • West Midlands manufacturing company fined after worker crushed

    A manufacturing firm in Worcestershire has been fined after a worker suffered crush injuries when wooden panels fell onto him.
  • Zumtobel Group provides the light at Paradigm, Thorpe Park Leeds

    In providing the lighting for Paradigm, the new ‘headquarters’ office building at Thorpe Park Leeds, Zumtobel Group was able to deliver a high quality efficient lighting solution with controls for the 31,650 sq. ft. office space, a dynamic RGB façade lit effect and an efficient, low maintenance car park solution via its Zumtobel, Thorn and acdc brands.
    Thorpe Park Leeds, a major retail, leisure and business development developed by Scarborough International Properties (SIPL) i
  • Lord Willie Haughey announced as Entrepreneur of the Year

    Lord Willie Haughey, Executive Chairman of City has been announced as Ernst and Young’s (EY) Entrepreneur of the Year 2018 for his overall contribution to Scotland.
    Lord Haughey was recognised as one of Scotland’s most successful businessmen and beat stiff competition from 20 other Scottish companies to scoop the coveted award.
    With a turnover of over £800m and over 12,000 colleagues across five continents, City’s rapid growth and unique partnership model was also recogni
  • Loo of the Year Awards judging underway

    The Loo of the Year Awards inspection team is now completing the inspection of thousands of 2018 Loo of the Year Awards entrant washrooms throughout the UK, including many new entrants. The team is travelling thousands of miles by road, boat and aircraft and will have visited hundreds of towns and cities while inspecting every category of ‘away from home washrooms’.The inspection criteria is based on fitness for purpose from the user’s perspective. Are the washrooms clean? Do t
  • Leading the way with recycled polymer packaging

    Greyland Chemicals has introduced sustainable bottle packaging in what it believes to be a UK industry ‘first.’ Not available from other UK cleaning chemical manufacturers, both trigger spray bottles and jerry cans used by Greyland Chemicals are now produced using recycled material.
    Working with its bottle supply partner Alpla UK to develop and implement recycled polymer packaging to the industrial chemicals cleaning sector, the two companies established a process to use post-consume
  • 'Sanitary bins in public toilets should be higher priority'

    Sanitary bins in in public toilets should be a higher priority for councils, according to a charity in Northern Ireland which provides hygiene products for homeless women.The plea from Homeless Period Belfast came after it was revealed that one council has not installed sanitary bins in any of its 31 public toilets - saying there is "no statutory obligation" for it to do so.Katrina McDonnell from the charity said the lack of facilities suggested there needed to be more discussion about the issue
  • .@NJCDNA appointed for @MetrusProperty cleaning deal #cleaningnews #tomorrowscleaning - bit.ly/2zPCfpE https://t.co/CYANSADdFG

    .@NJCDNA appointed for @MetrusProperty cleaning deal #cleaningnews #tomorrowscleaning - bit.ly/2zPCfpE https://t.co/CYANSADdFG
  • Maxim FM’s acquisition trail sees turnover pass £10m mark

    Maxim Facilities Management has seen its turnover pass the £10 million mark after completing two acquisitions within a month.
    The Sunderland-headquartered business provides commercial contract cleaning and facilities management services to public and private sector clients, and works with a number of well-known firms and organisations including Hitachi, Pendragon plc, Quorn, Paragon Group, Gentoo and the Scottish Prison Service.
    After buying up a local rival based on Tyneside in June,
  • Culinary chief joins NEC’s catering division

    Event and venue caterer, Amadeus, has appointed Kane Bridgman as the new catering General Manager for the National Exhibition Centre (NEC).
    Bridgman brings with him over 40 years’ experience within the foodservice industry, having previously worked in the contract catering, corporate hospitality and education catering sectors among others. A specialist in retail catering, he has acted as a catering consultant to a wide range of household brands including Merlin Entertainments, Premier Leag
  • Norse grows its school portfolio in Medway

    Norse Commercial Services has won a two-year cleaning contract, worth £270,000, at Walderslade Girls’ School in Chatham, Kent.
    Commencing 1 August 2018, the contract will be operated out of the company’s locally -based subsidiary Medway Norse. Services include the daily and periodic deep-cleans of the school’s classrooms, staff rooms, communal areas, sports hall and toilets and wash facilities.
    The contract is the 20th Medway school to be added to the group’s c
  • Majority of councils are breaching rules on payment

    Six months on from the collapse of Carillion, new data obtained by the Electrical Contractors’ Association (ECA) and the Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) has revealed that almost nine in 10 (89 per cent) local authorities are not monitoring if their supply chain is getting paid within 30 days for construction work.
    The freedom of information request also revealed almost half (49 per cent) of local authorities do not have, or don’t know whether they have, a b
  • Protecting the partition

    Julian Sargent, Managing Director of partitioning experts Style, looks at the benefits of regularly maintaining and servicing your operable wall system and the relevant health & safety legislation
    Today’s moveable partitioning walls come in all shapes and sizes, some towering high to divide an enormous sports hall, others twisting and turning around bends and curves, or even descending from a cavity in the ceiling at the press of a button. Whether you have a manual sliding moveable pa
  • The importance of aligning teams, culture and expectations in the face of change 

    Blog from C-J Green, CEO – UK and Ireland at Atalian Servest 
    We’re in an era of flexible business that requires us, as service providers, to evolve if we’re going satisfy our client needs. With the typical lifespan of FM contracts ranging just three years and a number of mergers and acquisitions in progress at any given time, the FM industry is, by nature, in a perpetual state of change and renewal. Regardless of whether a merger or acquisition or TUPE situation has taken
  • Proactive against standstill Weber Tec trains DB-technicians in Berlin

    Standstill is regression – this is the motto of Weber Tec.
    The company based in Hamburg, Germany, specialises in the repair of escalator steps. It not only offers a reliable repair service, but also develops and manufactures functional products and solutions for remedial maintenance of escalator steps on the German and international market. To ensure that the local staff is also well-prepared for the failure of escalators, Weber Tec’s Mike and Wolfgang Weber trained four technicians
  • Plan for change: the message from the CHSA’s House of Commons event

    ‘Plan for change’ was the message from Jon Purdy, EMEA director of customer experience at Kimberly-Clark, and Lord Jon Mendelsohn, formerly Labour’s business and international trade spokesperson in the House of Lords, at the Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association’s (CHSA) recent House of Commons event.
    Stephen Kerr MP, who prior to entering Parliament in 2017 was EMEA sales operations leader at Kimberly-Clark, is the CHSA’s unpaid parliamentary adviser. He hos
  • Charity initiative to ‘twin’ toilets

    Axis Cleaning and Support Services has ‘twinned’ toilets in three UK shopping centres with schools in Uganda, as part of a campaign to help provide water and sanitation overseas. For each toilet in the UK ‘twinned’ through the Toilet Twinning initiative, a new toilet is built in an impoverished community. Axis Cleaning has committed to twin toilets in each venue where it wins new contracts this year - and has also twinned toilets in venues where it has worked for some tim
  • Students raise £1,500 to send cleaner on Jamaica trip

    A university cleaner in the UK is heading to Jamaica on a trip of a lifetime - funded by donations from the facility's students.A group of Bristol University students set up an anonymous fundraising webpage and together stumped up €1800 to pay for Herman Gordon's trip. The cleaner has worked at the educational facility for 12 years.Gordon came to the UK from Jamaica in 1967 with his nine siblings and will travel to Jamaica with his wife, Denise, to visit family. He broke down in tears when
  • A more modern approach for cleaning suppliers

    A new report focusing on the concerns, preferences, hopes and ambitions of supply chain companies across multiple industries - including cleaning - has thrown up some interesting findings. Paul Black, ceo of sales-i, reports for ECJ.The cleaning supplies industry is among the world’s most important markets. Many other sectors depend on it, it contributes a great deal to global economies, and it has demonstrated an unusual degree of resilience in situations where other industries have been
  • Contractor, client and director convicted after dangerous building site conditions

    A contractor, client and director have been convicted after conditions at a building site were found to be dangerous.
  • HSE to prosecute Celsa Manufacturing (UK) Ltd

    The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has informed Celsa Manufacturing (UK) Ltd that it will be prosecuted following the explosion at Celsa steelworks, Splott, Cardiff on 18 November 2015.
  • OCS stays on at Alder Hey

    OCS has extended its contract to deliver manned guarding and emergency helipad response services at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool.
    OCS has held the contract since 2011. The new agreement, which commenced on 1 March 2018 will see OCS stay on site for an additional three years.
    Petra Moss, Managing Director for OCS Healthcare and Education at OCS, commented: “It’s fantastic that we have been able to extend our agreement with Alder Hey Children’s Hospital.
  • .@ChsaCleaning council elects new representatives #cleaningnews #tomorrowscleaning #chsacouncil -… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

    .@ChsaCleaning council elects new representatives #cleaningnews #tomorrowscleaning #chsacouncil -… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
  • Salisbury chosen for £12bn FM framework

    Salisbury Group has been appointed to the UK government’s new RM3830 Facilities Management (FM) Marketplace Framework Contract, following a competitive tender led by the Crown Commercial Service.
    Salisbury Workplace Services – part of the wider Salisbury Group – has been awarded a place on both lots 1b and 1c, enabling the company to tender for the largest national FM contracts with total values of at least £7 million.
    With over five years of direct service delivery
  • Sodexo signs up for university catering and hospitality deal

    Sodexo has secured a 10-year deal, worth £6 million per annum, with Coventry University to supply catering and hospitality services.
    From September, Sodexo will take over all the catering, food retail and hospitality services on the university’s campuses in Coventry, London and Scarborough, delivering services to almost 30,000 students and 5,000 university employees.
    Sodexo will invest in new facilities and digital services at the university’s 17 catering outlets. New food offe
  • Research reveals ‘the disgusting truth’

    With nearly 95% of adults not washing long enough to thoroughly clean the bacteria and viruses from their hands, Kimberly-Clark Professional invites you to discover what it calls ‘The Disgusting Truth’ about jet air dryers.According to K-C P’s research, jet air dryers have been found to increase the numbers of bacteria on hands, compared to hands dried with paper towels. Additionally, jet air dryers can blow water droplets that can contain bacteria and viruses into the surround
  • BCC welcomes the BSA as new council member

    The British Cleaning Council, which represents over 20 national trade and membership associations linked to the UK’s cleaning, hygiene and waste management sectors, has welcomed the Business Services Association (BSA) as a new council member.
    The BSA is the industry body for the UK’s business services sector, supporting enterprise across both the private and public sectors. With extensive experience in ICT and digital services, business process outsourcing, facilities management, con
  • Learning could be a lifesaver

    GEZE UK has revised a piece of lifesaving learning – its popular RIBA-approved CPD on specifying, installing and maintaining ironmongery for fire doors.
    The 40-minute seminar explains what fire doors are, identifies their various components, how they work, the standards and regulations which surround them and why smoke is so dangerous.
    It is intended for Chartered members of RIBA but is also suitable for facilities managers, property managers and architectural ironmongers and completely up
  • ErP; Are you ready for the next milestone?

    The September deadline for the ErP Directive for Warm Air Heaters 2018 (Lot 21), is fast approaching. New legislation has changed the way that the seasonal efficiency of heating equipment is calculated. Danny Packham, European Product Manager – Warm Air and radiant, from Nortek Global HVAC, outlines the key points.
    Gas fired warm air & radiant heating systems are long-standing technologies associated with effectively heating large open (industrial or commercial) spaces. By burning the
  • Woman dies after cleaning her kitchen with ammonia products

    A 30-year-old Spanish woman has died of apparent intoxication after cleaning her kitchen for two hours using a product containing ammonia.The woman, who lived in Madrid, called the emergency services complaining of feeling faint. But when they arrived she was found on the floor of her kitchen suffering from cardiac arrest. Paramedics tried CPR for 30 minutes before declaring the woman dead."'Everything points to intoxication from inhaling ammonia," said a spokesman for the Agency of Security and
  • Wipes - staying ahead of the rag trade

    Rags are the go-to wiping solution in industry for tasks such as wiping greasy hands, cleaning dirty components and mopping up spills from the floor. So how do wipes and cloths manufacturers persuade industrial customers to ditch their rags in favour of their own products?The traditional ragbag filled with mixed old clothing is still a common sight in industrial environments. Textile rags have long been the first port of call when an operative wants to clean components, hands or surfaces or mop
  • Yorkshire company fined after worker sustains chemical burns

    A rubber inflatable boat manufacturing and repair company has today been sentenced after an employee sustained chemical burns while cleaning down a boat using solvents at its factory in Hull.

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