industry

Cleaning

All-Party Parliamentary Group Calls for New Cleaning Standards Following Pandemic

A new report by MPs in the United Kingdom into the role of cleaning and hygiene during the Covid-19 pandemic has recommeended the introduction of minimum standards for hand and other hygiene infrastructure and cleaning of venues to prepare the country for future public health emergencies. The All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for the Cleaning and…

FM

Appointment Enhances Atalian Servest Digital Capabilities

Atalian Servest has appointed Andy Porter as digital solutions manager with the remit of extending its technology offering across its FM services portfolio. Porter, who brings over a decade of experience in project management, data analytics, logistics, innovation and process development to the role, will implement new solutions focused on elevating efficiencies and services to…

Blog

Why Washroom Users Deserve Better Hand Drying Solutions

Dr Salomé Giao, Lead Scientist at Dyson for Business, says many existing hand drying solutions are ineffective despite there never having been greater need for good hygiene practices. Every year, Global Handwashing Day champions and campaigns for the critical importance of regular hand washing with soap. The message is a simple one: hand washing can…

Cleaning

ABM Secures LondonEnergy Cleaning and Security Brief

ABM has been awarded a multi-year contract to provide cleaning and security services at six sites operated by waste and resource management services provider LondonEnergy following a competitive pitch process. A team led by divisional director, Lee Fitzgerald, will deliver integrated cleaning and security services across several sites within the LondonEnergy estate. ABM will enhance the…

India

PPDS at InfoComm Southeast Asia 2022

PPDS will demonstrate a new ‘stretched’ 32:9 Philips digital signage solution at InfoComm Southeast Asia 2022 in Bangkok from 2nd to 4th November as part of its wider exhibition of professional AV solutions. The exclusive global supplier of Philips-branded professional display solutions has announced strategic growth ambitions in Asia, with key target countries including  India,…

EMEA

Kimberly-Clark Claims Global First for Recyclable Hand Towel Core Plug

Kimberly-Clark Professional™ has added 100 per cent bio-based and recyclable core plugs in its Scott® and Kleenex® hand towel ranges in the EMEA region in what the company’s describing as an industry first. The plastic-free core plugs are made primarily from starch and fibre, replacing plastic core plugs currently in use. It is estimated to…

industry

Russelectric Appoints Washington Metropolitan Area Representative

Siemens power control systems business Russelectric have appointed Robert W. Chapman & Co (Chapman & Company) as official manufacturer representatives for the District of Columbia, Maryland and Northern Virginia. Chapman & Company was founded in 1959 on the principle that quality salespeople attract quality manufacturers, a philosophy that has made the power specialist one of…

Automation & AI

Improving the Airport Experience with AI

Soul Machines is making significant progress in implementing and integrating its AI-powered Digital Iris “Digital Person” solution with IBM Watson Assistant at Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW). Digital Iris is the newest member of the DFW team and the world’s first example of the “Digital Person” product for assisting airport visitors at information kiosks. Inspired…

industry

EFI at Printing United Expo 2022 (19-21 October, Las Vegas Convention Center)

Digital print technology provider Electronics For Imaging, Inc., is showcasing its expansive portfolio of innovative display graphics solutions this week at PRINTING United Expo 2022 in the Las Vegas Convention Center. The range of EFI™ production LED inkjet, dye-sublimation inkjet, and Fiery® digital front end (DFE) and workflow offerings at the show highlights advanced, unique,…

industry

Cash-back App Partners with Nielsen to Disrupt European Retail Data Market

Cash-back app Shopmium has announced a strategic partnership with global audience measurement leader Nielsen in a bid to improve data-driven marketing within the FMCG sector – post-cookies. Shopmium’s data combined with the Nielsen Marketing Cloud’s comprehensive consumer data willenable brands to gain an omnichannel view of consumers across different buying signals and retailers.Shopmium is the…

industry

GMB Union Calls on ASDA to Address Poor Supermarket Pay

ASDA is once again the worst-paying of the UK’s ‘Big Four’ supermarkets after Tesco, Sainsbury’s and Aldi increased wages to help workers cope with the cost of living crisis says the GMB Union as it calls on bosses to ‘wake up’. According to the union, basic pay for Asda retail workers remains at £10.10 per…

industry

New Partnership Extends Online Hospitality Training to MEA Region

United Kingdom-based online hospitality training provider The National Hospitality Academy will offer courses internationally after joining forces with UAE-based training provider Save Fast which operates across the MEA region. The National Hospitality Academy will provide Save Fast with 70 e-learning courses covering everything from food hygiene to GDPR, and from cellar training to customer service.…

Cleaning

Cleaning Industry Calls for UK Government Support Ahead of Winter Flu and 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…

Construction

Refurb and Reuse vs Demolition and Rebuild

Stuart Byles and Lee Stuart, technical directors at UK contractor Pexhurst Services, discuss key take-homes on BREEAM standards from a recent Refurb and Reuse vs Demolition and Rebuild roundtable with FM Magazine. Refurbishment has been relatively late to BREEAM standards in comparison to new builds, and still seems to be in the early stages with…

Appointments

Cloudfm Makes Senior ESG Appointment

Cloudfm has appointed Katrina Christopoulos as head of ESG.Christopoulos will drive environmental and social policies within the company, working with customers and suppliers to accelerate change. Her previous roles include leading sustainability at Bloomberg in their London Headquarters, dubbed one of the most sustainable offices in the world, and having global responsibility as ISS’s head…

Automation & AI

The Future of Warehouse Automation

Nick Hughes, sales manager at UK intralogistics provider Invar Group, considers the key influences and technologies that are shaping fulfilment operations in warehousing. Today, customer service levels are the ultimate driver of warehousing strategies as a result of ever-increasing expectations that are driving change. Along with the rapid growth of ecommerce, there is a strong…

Appointments

F3GROUP Announces New CEO

UK real estate developer F3GROUP has appointed Jon Dixon as its new CEO, with current CEO Gavin Gleave taking up a new role within the company as Executive Chairman. A qualified chartered surveyor, Dixon brings with him a wealth of experience in the real estate investment and development industry across Europe and the Middle East.…

Appointments

Evolution Director Elevated to Fellowship of The Security Institute

Brendan McGarrity, Director of Evolution Risk & Design, has been elevated as a Fellow of The Security Institute (FSyl), the UK’s largest membership organisation for security professionals. His appointment, confirmed by industry peers on the Security Institute Validation Board, reflects the importance that Evolution places on continuous professional development at all levels of its business,…

fire safety

BSA at CABE 2022

The Business Sprinkler Alliance (BSA) will be at the Chartered Association of Building Engineers (CABE) Annual Conference and Exhibition from 13-14th October at the Celtic Manor Resort in Newport, Wales. Attracting expert panels interacting with a wide range of construction professionals, this year’s event will focus on the theme of Embedding Sustainability and how building…

Cleaning

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…

Cleaning

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…

Australia

Celebrating 50 years of World-leading Climate Control Solutions

Seeley International, Australia’s largest air conditioning and heating manufacturer, is celebrat ing its golden jubilee in 2022. The Seeley family business has grown from humble beginnings into a global leader in the HVAC manufacturing industry that is renowned fore its innovative evaporative cooling systems . In more recent times, the company has delivered large-scale HVAC…

Appointments

Bidvest Noonan Appoints UK CEO

Bidvest Noonan has named Jeff Flanagan as Chief Executive Officer of its business in the United Kingdom. Flanagan brings over 25 years of senior executive experience in the facilities services industry to the role. Flanagan succeeds Charlotte Marshall, who has decided to step down as CEO to pursue other interests. During her time at Bidvest…

Case Studies

Case Study: Securing University Research Facilities

ASSA ABLOY’s ARX access control solution is helping secure new SafePod research facilities in universities across the United Kingdom. The SafePod Network is a world first service to provide standardised safe settings across the UK for data that requires secure access for research. The network was launched in September 2021. SafePods include the ARX access…

design

Veolia and Miracle-Gro Launch Recycling Scheme for Plastic Compost Bags

A new UK recycling operation involving Veolia, garden product brand Miracle-Gro, and Dobbies Garden Centres is set to address the environmental impact of caused by around 100 million bags that are used for compost, soil and chipped bark each year. Developed from successful trials, the process will be the first time these low-density polyethylene (LDPE)…

Construction

UK Defence Infrastructure Organisation Launches Asset Information Management Common Data Environment

The United Kingdom Defence Infrastructure Organisation has launched the next phase of its Asset Information Management Common Data Environment (AIM CDE), using the intelligent data management platform, gliderbim®. The Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) has successfully led a phased deployment of a new AIM CDE, using the gliderbim platform and with the support of Glider’s information…

design

Launch of First Ever CIBSE-accredited On-demand Lighting CPDs

Lighting brand Signify has launched the first on-demand continuing professional development courses to be accredited by the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers for specifiers, lighting designers, facilities managers and installers who need to respond to challenges created by sustainability and SARS-Cov-2. The courses are an addition to over 700 already being offered by the…

industry

Supporting Sustainable Storage and Handling

For many years, German storage bin manufacturer BITO-Lagertechnik has been puting sustainability into practice, supported by innovative technologies and state-of-the art machinery. In 2021 the company was verified as ‘climate-neutral’ by TÜV Rheinland Group Carbon Services. Sustainable development requires a new mindset that affects the entire supply chain. It requires a new approach when selecting…

FM

Robertson Facilities Management Secures Place on New CCS FM Procurement Framework

Robertson Facilities Management has been awarded a place on the new Crown Commercial Services, Facilities Management and Workplace Services Framework – RM6232 after applying successfully for two lots.  Robertson FM has over twenty years of experience in the industry and acceptance on the framework, which will be in place for the next four years, will…

Education

First-of-its-Kind Heat Maintenance Technician Apprenticeship

Pinnacle Group subsidiary Pinnacle Power is claiming a UK first following the development of a new Heat Maintenance Technician Apprenticeship programme. The new 36-month apprenticeship aims to support the UK’s journey to net zero, building on the sustainable energy expertise that Pinnacle provides its private and public sector commercial and residential property clients. Initial approval…

design

Young Entrepreneur Launches New Engineering Academy

Clyne Albertelli, 25, who founded start-up Co-Lab Engineering in June, has launched an Engineering Academy to encourage collaboration between industry and SMEs in developing solutions to real-life challenges using rapid approaches to problem solving he learnt in the nuclear sector. The Academy’s first six-week ‘sprint’ project is scheduled for October, with the programme focusing on…

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