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Cleaning Industry Calls for UK Government Support Ahead of Seasonal Flu and Expected Covid-19 Resurgence

The British Cleaning Council (BCC) is warning continuing staff shortages in the cleaning, hygiene and waste sector will amplify the impact of a feared ‘twindemic’ combining winter flu and new immune evasive Sars-Cov-2 variants. The cleaning, hygiene and waste sector – which is one of the ten biggest industries in the UK – has played…

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BCC Hits Out at UK Opposition Parties

Angry and disappointed cleaning and hygiene industry leaders have hit out after opposition parties so far avoided meeting with them to discuss key and pressing sector issues. Leading Trade association, The British Cleaning Council (BCC) wrote t,o the Labour, Scottish Nationalist, Lib Dem and Green parties in August but none of them have so far…

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Postponement of APPG Inquiry into UK Cleaning and Hygiene Industry

The remaining two sessions of the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for the Cleaning and Hygiene Industry inquiry into the role of cleaning and hygiene during the Covid-19 pandemic have been postponed following the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. The APPG inquiry, which is entitled “Embedding Effective Hygiene for a Resilient UK“, held its…

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Biovate Hygienics Launches Catering Ranges with Bidfood

Next-gen biological and ecological cleaning products manufacturer Biovate Hygienics has launched new product ranges targeted at caterers with Bidfood, one of the UK’s largest foodservice wholesalers. Under the partnership, Bidfood will serve as the manufacturer’s national catering distribution partner. Two ranges are now available, with the first offers what the Biovate Hygienics describes as a…

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Diversey Presents Derrycourt with Special Sustainability Award

A special sustainability award presented to Derrycourt, one of Ireland’s leading contract cleaning and facilities management businesses, by Diversey recognises the contribution the company has made to promoting sustainable cleaning. Eugene Grogan, Sector Sales Lead for BSC at Diversey Ireland, made the presentation to Gerard McCarthy, Operations Manager at Derrycourt, at a recent event in…

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Pinnacle Group Regains Community Housing Contract

Solihull Community Housing (SCH) which operates housing services on behalf of Solihull Council in England’s West Midlands has selected Pinnacle Group as the cleaning contractor for a council-owned portfolio of over 600 homes and administrative facilities. Pinnacle previously held the £1 million contract between 2010 and 2015. As part of the latest agreement which came…

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Green Cleaning Products Manufacturer Appoints Alliance Scotland as Exclusive Country Distributor

GreenTeck Global have signed a five-year partnership with Alliance Scotland for distribution of its  innovative range of natural cleaning solutions throughout Scotland. As part of the relationship, Alliance Scotland will represent GreenTeck Global’s COSHH-free products across all sectors, from local authorities and public transport bodies to hospitality companies. The move will see more of Alliance’s…

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The Commonwealth Games: Saving Time and Labour with Targeted Hygiene Protocols

Dr Lisa Ackerley, CEnvH, FRSPH, Director of Medical and Scientific Engagement – Hygiene at Reckitt, explains how the development of targeted hygiene protocols is helping to create a more hygienic, time-saving and cost-saving Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games. With Dettol as the Official Hygiene Partner, Targeted Hygiene approach is being put into action at the Birmingham…

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Parr FM Secures Place on New £800m NHS Hard FM Framework Agreement

UK facility services provider Parr Facilities Management (Parr FM) which operates offices in Manchester, Glasgow and Belfast, has been named as a supplier on the NHS Shared Business Services (NHS SBS) second-generation Hard Facilities Management framework agreement. The Hard Facilities Management 2 (Hard FM) framework agreement offers a compliant route to market to all NHS…

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UK Government Snubs Cleaning Industry Request to Discuss Sue Gray Report Findings

Business leaders from the UK’s cleaning and hygiene sector have hit out over the government’s failure to engage properly with them following earlier request for a meeting to discuss the findings of the Sue Gray report into Partygate. The report’s findings included evidence of cleaners at No 10 Downing Street and other Whitehall departments being…

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Bringing Flexibility to Hospital Infection Control

Diversey Holdings consider the wide range of solutions that can be deployed to prevent infection in healthcare facilities. Healthcare housekeeping and infection prevention teams have increased the frequency of hand hygiene and surface disinfection since the start of the pandemic. These are both key to breaking the chain of infection but, with cleaning done more…

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An Open Letter to Simon Case from Cleaning Industry Leaders in the United Kingdom

British Cleaning Council (BCC) chairman Jim Melvin has requested a meeting with UK Cabinet Secretary and Head of the Civil Service, Simon Case, to discuss the appalling ‘lack of respect and poor treatment of security and cleaning staff’ in Number 10 Downing Street identified by Sue Gray in her full report into lockdown-breaking parties in…

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Protecting Hotel Guests from Infection

Diversey’s new Degragerm 24 Shield helps hotels prevent the spread of Covid-19 and other infections by enabling on-going surface disinfection for up to 24 hours from application. The innovative, ready-to-use product meets numerous disinfection standards, including BSI PAS22424 and EPA RSS that specifically assure its ongoing performance properties. It is ideal for frequent touch surfaces…

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Sue Gray Report: Anger Over Finding Downing Street Cleaning Staff Treated with ‘Contempt’

Jim Melvin, Chairman of the British Cleaning Council (BCC), comments on the mistreatment of cleaning and security staff identified by senior civil servant Sue Gray in her full report into lockdown-breaking parties in Downing Street. Industry leaders are ‘appalled and upset’ after Sue Gray’s report said there were ‘multiple examples of a lack of respect  and…

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Lessons in Hygiene from COP26

Dr Lisa Ackerley, CEnvH, FRSPH, Director of Medical and Scientific Engagement and Hygiene at Reckitt, shares insights into what brands can learn from the hygiene protocols she helped develop for COP26. The first UK lockdown – announced on 23 March, 2020 in a televised press conference – may seem a distant memory, but its legacy…

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Incentive QAS Strengthens Business Development Team

Incentive QAS has appointed Bryan Haley as business development manager. Haley will manage all new bids and business opportunities in a role that will involve ownership of the company’s CRM system and Incentive QAS tender platforms. He joins Incentive QAS from GSF where he held a variety of roles over a 13-year period, most recently  heading up…

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Eurostar Multi-service Contract

Churchill Group is delivering train presentation, depot cleaning, office cleaning and visitor minibus services in London under a five-year £20 million contract with international high-speed rail service operator, Eurostar. Execution of the contract began in 2021, following a six-week technical implementation period under an interim transformation manager who was recruited to oversee key implementation milestones.…

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Touchscreen & Kiosk Hygiene & Disinfection

Donna Mitchell, Sector Marketing Manager for Hospitality at Diversey, UK & Ireland, comments on the need for vigilance in maintaining kiosk hygiene in the next normal. Self-service touchscreens and kiosks are increasingly popular in retail and hospitality. In these settings they are going to be touched by a lot of different people in quick succession…

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Why Gyms are Driving Demand for Cleaning Products

Sam Greaves, managing director of the Cleenol Group, considers the impact of demand for fitness facilities on the cleaning products market following the pandemic. In the early days of the Covid-19 pandemic we saw a rapid increase in the use of cleaning and disinfection products as individuals and organisations stepped up hygiene practices to prevent…

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Protecting a Shopping Mall from Covid-19 and Other Pathogens

Incentive FM have applied an innovative antimicrobial coating from Nordic Chem at out-of-town shopping and leisure centre, The Mall at Cribbs Causeway, near Bristol.     Independently certified to prevent the spread of harmful pathogens including the SARS-Cov-2 coronavirus for a period of up to 90 days with a single application, the coating supplements regular…

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BCC Joins Employers Initiative on Domestic Abuse

The British Cleaning Council has joined the Employers Initiative on Domestic Abuse (EIDA) which helps businesses identify and support victims of domestic violence and psychological abuse, and is calling on companies in the cleaning sector to support the initiative. Figures show one-in-four women, and one-in-six men in the United Kingdom, will experience domestic abuse in…

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Aldermary House Cleaning Contract

Incentive QAS has been awarded a three-year cleaning contract at Aldermary House, the City of London headquarters of one of the UK’s leading independent property management agencies following a competitive tender. The contract, which has been added to the property agent’s main framework agreement, will see the facility services provider deliver morning cleaning and a…

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European Cleaning & Hygiene Awards 2022

Incentive FM has been shortlisted for the European Cleaning & Hygiene Awards 2022, which will take place at the Hotel Le Plaza in Brussels on 28th April. The prestigious awards have recognised Incentive FM in the Excellence in Client Contractor Relationships category, for its work with British Land at Beaumont Leys Shopping Centre in Leicester.   Glenn…

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Sustainable Cleaning and the Covid-19 Pandemic

Global hygiene products manufacturer Diversey Holdings considers some of the lessons learnt by businesses during the Covid-19 pandemic. Businesses large and small rushed to introduce additional and stricter cleaning and hygiene processes during the Covid-19 pandemic. The overriding requirement has been to protect customers and staff while also providing additional reassurance by cleaning more frequently…

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Why Real-time Data is Essential for Efficient Cleaning

Dan Teare, sector director for the mpro5 field service management platform from Crimson Tide, explains how data can unlock value during cleaning operations. The pandemic has been an eye-opening experience, with millions of us now questioning just how clean our everyday environment is. In a time when personal health should be a number one priority,…

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British Cleaning Council Consultation on Sector-wide Apprenticeship Levy Scheme

The British Cleaning Council (BCC) is urging employers, training operatives and providers and assessment organisations operating in the cleaning and hygiene sector to have their say on proposals for an Apprenticeship Levy accredited industry-wide training programme and apprenticeship. Consultation on proposals for the Cleaning Hygiene Operative apprenticeship opens today, Wednesday 26 January, and runs to…

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Hewlett Packard Enterprise Extends Global ISS Partnership

Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) has extended its contract with ISS for the provision of integrated facilities management services to August 2027.Initially awarded in 2008, the contract provides for technical maintenance, facilities maintenance and repair, catering and hospitality, landscaping, cleaning, helpdesk and shuttle services at over 170 HPI offices and production sites in 51 countries. Troels…

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ESS, DIO Scoop Collaborative Working Award

Compass Group business ESS Defence and the UK’s Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) have won the Institute for Collaborative Working Service Sector Award. The award recognises teams that excel in improving service delivery through a collaborative approach. It marks the successful relationship between ESS and DIO in the delivery of three large Defence Soft FM contracts…

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Golden Service Awards Finalists

The British Institute of Cleaning Science (BICSc) has announced the finalists for the Kimberly-Clark Professional™ Golden Service Awards 2022. Dubbed the ‘Oscars’ of the cleaning industry by their organisers, the awards recognise “excellence, performance and commitment” within cleaning and facilities management. An independent panel of judges from BICSc has shortlisted 59 finalists from 24 companies,…

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ABM Receives UK Aviation Accreditation

12.11.2021, 15:52 ABM Receives UK Aviation Accreditation ABM has been awarded in-flight supplier accreditation by the United Kingdom’s Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) as it strengthens its aviation offering following the opening a new, 2,000 SF international distribution centre (IDC) at Manchester Airport.   The IDC is the second of its kind for ABM, following the…

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Cleaning Fitness Facilities in the New Normal

25.10.2021, 14:47 Cleaning Fitness Facilities in the New Normal As users of gyms and fitness centres adjust to the requirements of the post-Covid-19 environment, adopting a systematic and standards-based approach to hygiene can yield safety dividends for facility owners and operators. Establish a cleaning schedule Implementing a cleaning schedule is essential for ensuring your fitness facility remains…

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