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MITIE lands contract at Edinburgh Castle


MITIE, the strategic outsourcing & energy services company, is delighted to announce that it has added Edinburgh Castle to their portfolio of iconic buildings it services in Scotland.


The FTSE 250 outsourcer is delivering a range of facilities management services at the historic castle, which draws more than one million visitors each year. The new three year contract, worth £250,000 per annum, will include cleaning, providing consumables


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MITIE also has several other prestigious contracts connected with the Scottish establishment, including the Scottish Parliament, which it has cleaned continuously since its opening in 2004. MITIE will also be providing cleaning services to one of Scotland’s largest castles, Stirling Castle, from next month.


The contracts for both castles were won through the Cleaning and Associated Services Framework agreement for the Scottish Government, which MITIE was awarded in 2009.


www.mitie.com


Fire at Georgia Pacific


The Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service have begun its investigation into a large fire that broke out at a warehouse in Greater Manchester last month.


50 fire-fighters were called out to tackle the blaze at Georgia Pacific, off Lockett Road in Ashton-in-Makerfield, Wigan.


Smoke from the fire, which broke out at about 3:20am, could reportedly be seen up to 10 miles away. A spokesman for the fire service said there was no danger to the public and no other buildings were at risk.


HMRC targets VAT cheats


HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) have announced an initiative to crack down on VAT rule breakers.


The new campaign will focus on individuals and businesses who are trading above the VAT threshold but who have not yet registered for VAT. It is currently being discussed between HMRC and interested parties to ensure there is as much information as possible before


the campaign starts later in the summer. Each HMRC campaign is aimed at reducing


the tax gap by focusing on areas where a significant underpayment has been identified. The department provides simple, straightforward opportunities for customers to put their records in order on the best possible terms, followed immediately by activity focused on the non-compliant who choose not to take up the opportunity. HMRC has raised over £500,000,000 from voluntary disclosures and a further £100,000,000 from follow-up activity.


www.hmrc.gov.uk


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Health and Safety – North introduces Cleaning & Hygiene


Zone. Good cleaning and hygiene practices contribute significantly to the health and safety of the working environment and the two disciplines go hand-in-hand. That’s why for the first time, Health and Safety ’11 – North, held at the Reebok Stadium, Bolton on 5th-6th October 2011, will host the new ‘Cleaning & Hygiene’ Zone.


Sponsored by the Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association (CHSA), Cleaning & Hygiene Zone aims to provide the latest information for health and safety professionals, who are also responsible for specifying and purchasing cleaning products and services.


www.healthandsafetyevents.co.uk


Kärcher departure prompts make-over of sales and service


teams The restructure follows the departure of former Sales, Marketing & Service Director Lee Norton.


Neil Parton joins Kärcher from Hako as Director of Services and Direct Sales. Neil brings 14 years experience of sales and service in the cleaning industry, and was previously Sales Director at Hako.


As well as these changes, Craig McKay, Professional Marketing Manager, has been promoted to Head of Distribution Sales & Professional Marketing, to manage and develop sales in Kärcher's extensive dealer network. Craig has worked for Kärcher for five years and has a wealth of sales and marketing experience.


www.karcher.co.uk


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