• GOJO announces next step in leadership transition plan

    GOJO Industries continues its tradition of combining leaders from inside the Kanfer family and beyond with the announcement of Carey Jaros as the 73-year-old Family Enterprise’s new President and Chief Executive Officer; she will step into the role January 1, 2020, at which time Mark Lerner will become Senior Advisor and President Emeritus. GOJO Executive Chair Marcella Kanfer Rolnick announced Jaros’ and Lerner’s new roles to GOJO team members today.
    GOJO, inventor of PURELL
  • Bad air days

    Julie Godefroy, Technical Manager at CIBSE, advises on ways to improve indoor air quality in the absence of a definitive regulatory framework
    People spend up to 90 per cent of their time indoors. It will come as no surprise, therefore, that there are increasing concerns about the quality of air and the health impacts of air pollution inside offices, schools and other building types. Air pollution indoors, which is often down to a mixture of pollutants from both inside and outside the building,
  • Business growth at Axis sees sector director appointment

    Axis Cleaning and Support Services has appointed Gail Sinton as Sector Director Designate.
    Sinton, who has over 30 years’ experience within the cleaning industry, will support customers in the Midlands region and the business’ continued growth.
    Her appointment is part of a key strategy to further excellent customer experience by expanding the senior management team.
    Simon Giles, Chief Operating Officer, commented: “Her initial goals will be utilising her wealth of experien
  • Global WORKTECH conference series returns to London in just under two weeks’ time

    This year’s flagship WORKTECH London conference takes place on the 27th and 28th November at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre. The two-day conference and exhibition will focus on the future of work and the workplace from a holistic perspective, exploring real estate, technology, leadership, design and architecture. Local and international thought leaders join the speaker line up to discuss the latest trends and thinking in workplace innovation.
    Speakers include the former command
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  • Debbie White to step down as Interserve announces restructure

    Interserve Group Limited has today announced that Debbie White will step down from her role as Chief Executive Officer as of 31 December 2019, along with a new divisional operating structure for the Group and its three divisions.
    Having outlined her intention to leave the company in March 2019, White’s decision to step down followed the delivery of the company’s deleveraging programme, in which she led Interserve through one of the most challenging periods of corporate restructuring
  • IWFM launches “ground-breaking” degree-level Workplace qualification

    The Institute of Workplace and Facilities Management’s (IWFM) has launched its newly created Level 6 Diploma in Workplace.
    Calling it a “groundbreaking qualification” sixty learners have enrolled in the ‘Level 6 Diploma in Workplace Leadership, Insight and Change’, the degree-level qualification, which supports IWFM’s aspiration to become a chartered professional body.
    IWFM has created the qualification, which builds on a workplace leadership programme launche
  • Ecocleen acquires Regency Cleaning

    Ecocleen has completed the acquisition of Regency Cleaning Services, a family-owned cleaning business based in Henley-on-Thames, in a deal worth up to £2.5 million. The successful takeover will enable the company to increase its presence within key sectors - most notably education and motor retail - while expanding its nationwide franchise network.
    “Regency Cleaning Services is a like-minded and profitable business that will immediately strengthen a number of existing franchisees whi
  • Interserve awarded contract extension at 10SC

    Interserve Group Limited has been awarded a contract extension to provide total facilities management (TFM) services worth more than £4 million at 10 South Colonnade in London, a building used by eight Government departments.
    The 12-storey building – known as 10SC – is in Canary Wharf and is the Government’s first hub building, representing a new approach to its estates’ strategy by bringing multiple departments under the same roof and thereby creating efficiencies.
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  • Spectrum launches car seals

    Safety Solutions manufacturer and provider Spectrum Industrial have announced the launch of Car Seals to their safety products category.
    Car Seals are a simple solution used to lock a device in an open or closed position as required, preventing unauthorised operation and providing long-term isolation. Commonly used on valves, Car Seals provide additional security as the sealed apparatus can only be operated by cutting the galvanised steel cable of the Car Seal, which in turn also provides eviden
  • EFCI news - how have cleaning companies evolved over time?

    In June 2019 the EFCI published its Trend Report, The European Cleaning Industry 1995-2016. This statistical work presents a great deal of information about the cleaning companies in Europe and their evolution throughout the past 20 years. The report builds on the past editions of the EFCI survey published regularly since 1987 and on Eurostat’s most recent data. By using and sharing this report, the EFCI intends to promote the industry and enhance the sector’s competitiveness and ima
  • Down the drain

    Mark Taylor, Advanced Services Operations Manager at Water Plus outlines how FMs can save money and cut their water usage
    Hidden leaks and burst water pipes can be significantly costly if left unchecked. A leaking pipe alone can cost businesses more than one cubic metre of water – the equivalent of 1,000 litres – an hour. Put in financial terms, this means over £26,000 worth of water being – quite literally – washed down the drain every year. But minimising the wat
  • New white paper reveals impact of washroom design on wellbeing

    A new study into the impact commercial washroom design can have on user experience, commissioned by manufacturer Armitage Shanks and led by chartered architect and academic at the Belfast School of Architecture, Dr Saul Golden, has revealed that wellbeing is the number one social factor that designers think will impact washroom design over the next five years.
    The report, ‘Creating better washrooms’, found that nine in 10 office washroom designers believe this space can have an impac
  • Construction body launches work at height guide

    Construction industry body CONIAC (the Construction Industry Advisory Council) has produced a guide entitled ‘Safety Steps’, designed to help anyone looking to ensure safe work at height.
    ‘Safety Steps’ is aimed primarily at five key work at height audiences: designers, clients, managers (those who manage work at height), supervisors and operatives.
    The document has been produced by the ‘Managing Risk Well’ Group, a leading safety group within CONIAC. Safety S
  • New commercial director at Interserve Construction

    Interserve Group has appointed Ben Edwards as Commercial Director of the company’s UK construction business.
    Edwards, who has worked in the construction sector for more than 20 years, joins the company from Sobha in Dubai where he was Group Commercial Director of its Middle East construction business. He has previously held senior leadership roles at Lang O’Rourke and Kier.
    Speaking about the appointment, Paul Gandy, Managing Director of Interserve Construction, said: “Ben brin
  • Lancer Scott maintains Co-op deal

    Lancer Scott has won a five -year maintenance and repair services deal with the Co-op.
    The contract will see the employment of over 100 dedicated locally-based, managers, helpdesk staff, engineers and apprentices whom will deliver maintenance & repair services to over 1,300 food stores and funeralcare homes across the South of the UK.
    Building on an already successful three-year partnership between the two organisations, the Lancer Scott team will deliver all maintenance and repair works cov
  • AWM signs major waste deal with Core Facility Services

    Two Yorkshire firms have joined forces in a major deal designed to protect the region’s businesses from the impact of rising costs in the waste industry.
    Leeds integrated waste management and energy producer, AWM, has agreed a significant partnership with Huddersfield facilities management firm, Core Facility Services, in a move that will deliver greater budget and service certainty for Core’s clients.
    The deal will also deliver greater sustainability, supporting AWM’s commitme
  • Comfort and safety for wearers, great value for employers

    Part of the Hultafors Group UK’s portfolio of premium-branded Workwear, Tools, Protective Wear and Safety Footwear, the Toe Guard range of shoes and boots delivers great value safety footwear for all kinds of working environments and weather conditions.
    With a RRP that starts at only £31.45 plus VAT a pair, this footwear is one of the fastest growing brands in Scandinavia where demands for safety, quality and value keep their shoes and boots one step ahead of the competition.
    With a
  • Gerflor have ‘Eureka’ moment!

    A recent refurbishment by Eureka! The National Children’s Museum in Halifax, West Yorkshire was instigated to redevelop their retail visitor area to expand its offer for visitors. It was an expansion plan that would require 400m2 of high-quality flooring from international flooring specialist Gerflor.
    The finished project produced an environment truly fit for purpose and would see 300m² of Gerflor’s Taralay Impression Control vinyl safety flooring installed in the café an
  • Fragrance Forum looks at AI

    London was the venue for the recent Fragrance Forum hosted by the International Fragrance Association UK (IFRA-UK).This year, the programme explored how new artificial intelligence (AI) technologies and machine learning are changing the face of the fragrance industry, with some of the biggest names in the fragrance, computing and biotechnology industries and academia presenting the latest research and developments that fragrance and AI has on their sectors.Lisa Hipgrave, director of IFRA-UK, com
  • Next generation talent recognised at BCO Awards

    The UK’s rising stars in the commercial property sector have been named at the British Council for Offices’ (BCO) fourth annual NextGen Awards ceremony.
    The Awards are part of the BCO’s NextGen programme, which sets out to mentor and encourage the next generation of professionals to become future leaders in the industry, whilst providing a platform for new talent to share ideas.
    The ceremony, which took place at The Porter Tun, London, was attended by the country’s top de
  • OCS launches hidden disabilities initiative for shoppers in Milton Keynes

    Facilities management service provider, OCS, is launching a new hidden disabilities initiative at centre:mk in Milton Keynes.
    It is thought 18 per cent of the population has a hidden disability, so with this in mind, OCS says the initiative will be rolled out to make the centre as “inclusive as possible”.
    Paul Thrupp, Director of Retail Destinations at OCS commented: “We work closely with our retail clients to understand the needs their customers have and how we can support the
  • ENGIE unveiled as best sustainable FM company in the UK  

    Energy and support services specialist, ENGIE UK & Ireland, has come out on top in the Sustainable Facilities Management Index (SFMI) Awards for a second successive year, achieving a platinum grade and the top SFMI score overall for 2019.
    Mitie, which acquired a silver grade, has received the Rising Star Award in recognition of its growing commitment to sustainable FM practice. Other platinum-scoring FM service providers include Skanska Facilities and VINCI Facilities, while Bouygues En
  • Transforming business…with help from SmartTask

    CSM has improved visibility and control over its cleaning operation with the adoption of employee scheduling and workforce management software SmartTask. Following a period of rapid expansion, the company needed to replace existing paper-based systems so that it could better monitor and coordinate a team of 150 cleaning operatives that work across Scotland. This has enabled CSM to improve service delivery, enhance duty of care and support business development while reducing its administrative bu
  • Zumtobel provides sophisticated lighting upgrade for Grade II* listed Bracken House

    Zumtobel Lighting has successfully adhered to a complicated brief to supply luminaires in keeping with the interior of Grade II* listed Bracken House in the City of London EC4. John Robertson Architects (JRA) worked with Zumtobel to improve the office lighting in the refurbishment of the building. The selection of SLOTLIGHT Infinity, CAELA and PANOS Infinity luminaires were important in meeting the design criteria for the renovation of this Grade II* listed building and contributing to the build
  • Mitie awarded gold for CO2 reduction

    Facilities services group Mitie has been recognised for its success in reducing the carbon emissions of its fleet, by being awarded Gold Certification by Masternaut. Across its whole fleet in the UK it cut CO2 by 770 tonnes - the equivalent to planting almost 800 trees.Among the initiatives it has introduced is the Driver Risk Management Framework, to improve driver behaviour and offer training to encourage the most fuel-efficient driving, as well as the installation of speed limiters across its
  • Stand and deliver

    Are stand-up desks a fad, or a progressive move towards a healthier workplace? We need to take our cue from Scandinavia, says Sarah Booth of Kinnarps DesignYou can be pretty sure there’s something to be said for a ‘healthier’ workplace practice when the Scandinavians are taking it seriously. In Sweden sit-stand desks are commonplace (at Kinnarps’ Stockholm head office everyone has one), and Denmark has recently made it mandatory for all employers to offer their staff the
  • Tivoli lands grounds maintenance deal with The Guinness Partnership

    Landscaping specialist, Tivoli, has won a five-year deal as the new grounds maintenance service provider for The Guinness Partnership, covering the South West region.
    The contract estimated at £1 million started on 1 November and now sees Tivoli completing gardening and maintenance of green areas, litter removal, weed and plant removal, tree maintenance and bulk waste collection and disposal across approximately 87 sites, covering Bristol, Wiltshire, Bath and North Somerset, South Gloucest
  • Sustainability expert Alison Davies joins NHS Property Services

    Alison Davies has been appointed to the the role of Head of Corporate Responsibility at NHS Property Services (NHSPS).
    Davies, who was previously Head of Corporate Responsibility at international built environment consultancy Turner & Townsend, is now responsible for the development and lead delivery of the NHSPS’ responsibility strategy. This will include establishing a programme that creates more spaces to support social prescribing, whereby people can benefit from non-clinical, loca
  • Flexible approach

    Agile workplaces promote movement and variety – but to be effective, office furnishings need to be truly flexible, says Sukhneet Assee, Associate Ergonomist UK & Ireland at HumanscaleThe dominance of technology in our daily lives requires office employees to spend much of their time answering emails, writing reports, and participating in web conferences – all of which require prolonged periods of computer use. For the average worker, this has led to an increase in musculoskeleta
  • ISS secures its position at Brisbane Airport

    Brisbane Airport Corporation (BAC) has extended ISS Australia’s security contract for a further three years.
    The extension builds on a 20-year partnership which sees ISS responsible for security screening at BAC’s domestic and international terminals, mobile patrols and active surveillance services.
    A key focus for ISS at Brisbane Airport over the duration of the new contract is to invest in world-class technology platforms to lead the next evolution of aviation security, including a
  • Sustainable cleaning is only a spray away

    Robert Scott has launched its latest product innovation - a sustainable alternative to its classic spray bottle, made from 100% post-consumer recycled (PCR) plastic resin sourced from used milk bottles.
    The recycled spray bottles offer an eco-friendly and reusable way to dispense cleaning fluids without the waste and environmental impact of single-use plastic bottles, which are often made from virgin plastic. Made from 100% recycled and 100% recyclable high-density polyethene (r-HDPE), the spray
  • Mekitarian sets out his agenda as chairman of the CHSA

    Setting out his agenda for his tenure as chairman of the Cleaning and Hygiene Suppliers Association, Lorcan Mekitarian, sales director at Bpi Recycled Products, focused on the CHSA’s respected Accreditation Schemes and the need to address the big issues facing members.
    “The CHSA Accreditation Schemes guarantee standards in the cleaning and hygiene sector,” said Mekitarian. “We are proud of their impact and I will lead the council in continuing to support and expand them,
  • Blue Apple strengthens London team with senior appointment

    Independent contract caterer, Blue Apple catering, has appointed David Francis as Regional Operations Manager for London.
    Francis joins the company from Lexington where he worked for close to 10 years, managing numerous prestigious London contracts. Prior to that he worked with the Director’s Table division of Sodexo and before that in the retail sector for John Lewis.
    The appointment further strengthens Blue Apple’s London team and part of Francis’s remit is to work with the s
  • Crown Trade launches new Fastflow Quick Dry Eggshell

    Leading paint brand Crown Trade has extended its popular water-based Fastflow Quick Dry range of trim products to offer even greater design flexibility and provide specifiers with a classic low-sheen eggshell finish.
    As the latest addition to Crown Trade’s popular Fastflow range, the new Fastflow Quick Dry Eggshell paint is suitable for both interior and exterior wood and metalwork, and is the ideal companion to heritage style design schemes in both new build and restoration projects.
    Bene
  • Workwear Express launches first Retail Showroom and Outlet, on the back of record growth

    Following a record year, Workwear Express has officially opened the doors to a new, fully fitted customer showroom and outlet at its County Durham headquarters.
    The leading supplier of personalised workwear, uniform and promotional clothing will display its best-selling items, from a range of 10,000+ products, to customers visiting the site at Belmont Industrial Estate.
    The opening of Workwear Express’ first showroom and outlet comes as the company is celebrating its highest turnover to da
  • CSSA seeks most innovative products

    The Cleaning Support Services Association's (CSSA) in the UK has launched its Innovation Showcase for 2020, which seeks to celebrate the cleaning industry's most innovative products, services and initiatives.Businesses and organisations operating throughout the cleaning industry are now invited to enter their products, services and initiatives. A ‘Dragon's Den' panel of industry experts and representatives will review and interview the entrants and select those to be exhibited at the Innov
  • Well-deserved recognition for Oxford street cleaners. Great to see cleaners getting the credit for their hard work https://www.itv.com/news/meridian/2019-11-08/the-invisible-cleaners-who-make-our-streets-spick-and-span/ … @OxfordCity @OxfordD

    Well-deserved recognition for Oxford street cleaners. Great to see cleaners getting the credit for their hard workhttps://www.itv.com/news/meridian/2019-11-08/the-invisible-cleaners-who-make-our-streets-spick-and-span/ … @OxfordCity @OxfordDS
  • Wates FM gains Living Wage Service Provider status

    The Wates Group’s facilities management division, Wates FM, has achieved Recognised Service Provider status with the Living Wage Foundation and will be working with them to promote the Living Wage in the sector.
    As a Recognised Service Provider, Wates FM will now work with its supply chain and clients to promote the Living Wage employer standards. This includes a commitment to offer a Living Wage bid alongside every market rate for all prospective and current clients, giving clients the ch
  • Toxic mix of cleaning chemicals leaves one dead #cleaning #tomorrowscleaning #cleaningchemicals - http://bit.ly/33LZviZ pic.twitter.com/0TAUgl0Bt4

    Toxic mix of cleaning chemicals leaves one dead #cleaning #tomorrowscleaning #cleaningchemicals - http://bit.ly/33LZviZ pic.twitter.com/0TAUgl0Bt4
  • Wellingborough Norse retains education deal

    Norse subsidiary, Wellingborough Norse, has extended a major educational sector cleaning contract.
    St Thomas of Canterbury Catholic Academies Trust comprises four schools; St Thomas Becket, St Gregory’s, St Mary’s and The Good Shepherd primary school, Wellingborough Norse has been the incumbent cleaning contractor at the first three sites for the last three years and the Trust recently signed an additional two-year extension. At the same time the Trust also added the Good Shephe
  • Where Disney meets CRE

    The CoreNet Global Summit in Orange County, California, USA, questioned the role of corporate real estate in leading, creating and fostering experiences that enable business success. Jo Sutherland Magenta Associates MD and IFMA UK chapter Board Director reports
    “We’ll keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we’re curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.” Walt Disney.Touching down in Orange County, California – the home of
  • Elis launches new washroom service

    Elis, which supplies and launders workwear, linen and mats for businesses of all sizes throughout the UK, has launched a new washroom service, supplying a range of products including hand cleansing, hand drying, air freshening and feminine hygiene solutions.
    The new washroom products, like all Elis services, are provided on a cost effective rental basis, with items serviced and delivered to an agreed time and location to suit customers. The washroom solution, along with Elis’ mats service,
  • Minimising cleaning and maintenance costs with entrance flooring systems

    As we know, facilities management is key to maintaining a clean, safe and healthy building for end users to work, play, learn and live in. However, with budgets becoming tighter year-on-year, cleaning and maintenance regimes are often one of the first services to be heavily effected, despite the enormous amount of dirt and moisture being walked into a building from the soles of shoes and treads of wheels.
    And if dirt and moisture is tracked into a building, it can have a detrimental effect on th
  • Nano-Care offers Liquid Guard antimicrobial

    Nano-Care Deutschland has developed a new technology in the field of antimicrobial coatings to prevent life-threatening infections caused by microorganisms such as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus. Liquid Guard is claimed to protect surfaces from microbial growth 24 hours a day against microorganisms including Staphylococci.Microbial growth starts immediately after application of many antimicrobial sprays, as their durability against odour-causing bacteria and mould growth are limited
  • Ecocleen buys Regency Cleaning Services

    Services provider Ecocleen in the UK has completed the acquisition of Regency Cleaning Services in a deal worth up to €2.9 million.The successful takeover will enable the company to increase its presence within key sectors such as education and motor retail, while expanding its nationwide franchise network."Regency Cleaning Services is a likeminded and profitable business that will immediately strengthen a number of existing franchisees while helping us create new franchise areas," explains
  • Our research shows that the cleaning, waste management, landscaping and FM sectors combined will create 93,000 jobs by 2024. For more, visit http://britishcleaningcouncil.org/about-us/ 

    Our research shows that the cleaning, waste management, landscaping and FM sectors combined will create 93,000 jobs by 2024. For more, visit http://britishcleaningcouncil.org/about-us/ 
  • Sasse cleans up for Royal Berkshire Fire Authority

    Facilities specialist, Sasse Group, has been awarded a three-year deal with the Royal Berkshire Fire Authority to provide cleaning and support services to its 21 sites across the South East of England.
    Under the contract terms Sasse will provide a range of cleaning services at all of the authorities sites across Berkshire. This includes office and station cleaning, carpet cleaning, window cleaning, specialist kitchen cleans, and appliance bay floor cleaning.
    Tim Colenutt, Head of Business D
  • Sustainable laundry practices to help reduce your carbon footprint

    According to the Carbon Trust, the UK industrial laundries sector is responsible for 25% of the UK’s total CO2 emissions, processing approximately 743,651 tonnes of laundry each year.
    To help achieve the government’s target for net zero emissions by 2050, we need to re-evaluate laundry processes to reduce our carbon footprint. Taking measures to reduce energy and water usage alone aren’t enough; we need to be taking a holistic approach to truly address the issue and make better
  • If you are a pest control professional, @The_CIEH Pest Control Conference: Safeguarding Public Health, on 4 December, will be of interest. Early bird tickets are available. It is being organised in partnership with @britpestcontrol http://britishcleaning

    If you are a pest control professional, @The_CIEH Pest Control Conference: Safeguarding Public Health, on 4 December, will be of interest. Early bird tickets are available. It is being organised in partnership with @britpestcontrolhttp://britishcleaningcouncil.org/2019/11/07/cieh-pest-control-conference-safeguarding-public-health/ …

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