British Institute of Cleaning Science People ‘Not a lot of people
know that’ Stan Atkins, group chief executive officer of BICSc, reports.
Thismonth the column is something of a quiz designed to help bring ourminds back into focus after the festivities. I will pose a series of questions on cleaning related topics. I will give the best researched answer I have found! There- fore, I invite you to try to answer asmany as you can. Don’t tax yourself - it is not a test but rather a series of explana- tions that youmay find interesting and, who knows, itmay even be of some use to you in the year ahead.
Question:Who invented toilet paper? Answer: The concept is credited to the Chinese emperors of the Song Dynasty who ordered sheets of 2 foot x 3 foot paper for the purpose in the late 14th century.
Question: So what did people use before the introduction of modern toilet paper? Answer: In short, whatever surplus item was available. The wealthy would often use wool or (after the invention of the printing press) pages. In the United States, corn cobs were used as well as old mail order catalogues. In much of the near-east, the left hand was used, leading to its continued association with uncleanliness in that part of the world. The only uniformsystemadopted before toilet paper was
the use of a sponge on a stick by ancient Romans. These in- struments were sold in Roman public lavatories, some of which had capacity to accommodate up to 80 occupants si- multaneously!
Question:When wasmodern toilet paper invented? Answer: Between 1877 and 1890.Mo
st believe it was first produced by the Scott Paper Company, due to Scott’s mar- keting of the product. However, as early manufactures pre- ferred to remain unknown due to the sensitive nature of the product it impossible to uncover who first produced toilet paper as we understand it today.
Question: Use some elbow grease? Answer: The perspiration caused by hard manual labour was known, in the seventeenth century, in a derisory way as ‘elbow grease’. Over time the termwas applied to the en- ergy needed to undertake such a task as might generate the sweat in the first place. This change echoed the thinking of the early Greeks, who considered sweat to be the essence of strength and vigour. The reasoning was that if a warrior ex- erted himself to the extent that he sweated, they were sapped of energy and drained. Therefore, the fluid itself must be an essential element of physical power.
Question: As clean as a whistle? Answer: This is known tomean bright, shiny and spotless. There are several suggestions to the origin. One is the bright shiny brass whistle on a steam locomotive.
Question:Why are dusters yellow? Answer: The consensus is that the use of bees wax for pol- ishing frequently turned the original brown dusters a yellow colour, prompting the manufactures to simply produce dusters that were already the colour of the wax (this may have been the first use of colour coding by default!). Another view is that the decision wasmade by a marketing executive to capitalise on yellow’s association with spring time and spring cleaning. A happy and healthy New Year to you all.
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The British Institute of Facili- ties Management has con- firmed that Julie Kortens, head of corporate services at Channel 4, will be the 12th chairman of the institute, starting a two-year tenure in July 2014.
I have seen the direction of BIFM changing for the better. Our new mission, vision and values have set out who we are and where we want to be. I knowmy term will be one of further progress for the institute. These are exciting times for our sector, and I am proud to be an ambassa- dor for FM.” The chair and deputy chair
are voluntary roles. Any BIFM members who are in- terested in volunteering for the institute, potentially with the aim of representing members on members’ council or the BIFM board, should contact the BIFM membership teamin the first instance at member- firstname.lastname@example.org
Julie Kortens. Kortens, who was elected
chairman by the BIFMboard, said: “I am delighted to have been voted as chair-elect. I am passionate about my role as an FM, and I am so pleased that as chairman I will be an ambassador rep- resenting BIFM and promot- ing the interests of all my FM colleagues. I am relishing the opportunity. During the two years I have served on the board, I’ve been witness to great progress in the insti- tute - and the wider profes- sion. I very much look forward to taking the helm and building on these strong foundations during my term. BIFM recently announced its new strategy so we have a clear direction and are united in where we wish the FM profession to be. I think my two year tenure will see many exciting developments. Thank you to everyone who has supported me during my time volunteering for BIFM- being chairman is the pinna- cle for me.” Current BIFM chairman,
Ismena Clout, said: “Julie has very dynamic, versatile and strong skills, which will lend themselves very well to this position, making her the ideal new chairman. When my term ends in July the in- stitute will be in safe hands. Until that date, Julie and I will work very closely to- gether to ensure a smooth transition.” BIFM has also announced
that Ian Townsend, business director at Norland, is to be the new deputy chair. His two year tenure will commence in July 2014, replacing cur- rent deputy chair, Liz Ken- tish, who would have served two years in the role. Townsend said: “Since I joined the board in July 2012
Disposables UK has bol- stered its team with the ap- pointment of a new European business manager to help develop its presence in the European market. Glen Staddon joined the team in November. With more than 36 years in
the industry, Staddon will work alongside Paul Halli- well, director of sales at Dis- posables UK, to support the company’s European export plans. He will be responsible for broadening the Bay West brand in untapped European markets, as well as extend- ing business into existing areas where the company al- ready has a presence. Stad- don will also play a crucial role in the company’s five year growth plans, which will see the company almost double its current £16 mil- lion turnover to £30 million by 2018. Disposables UK has recently moved into new state-of-the-art premises and made a £1.7 million in- vestment in new machinery as part of its ambitious ex- pansion plans.
ways admired the company for constantly striving to drive the business forward through investment and in- novation. I’mreally looking forward to getting stuck into my role and playing a part in the ambitious growth plans.” Paul Halliwell, director of
sales, said: “We are thrilled to welcome Glen to our team. He is extremely well respected in the industry and his knowledge of our sector will be invaluable as we em- bark on our expansion plans in Europe.”
Xeros, the company formed to commercialise polymer bead technology developed at the University of Leeds, has appointed Jocelyn Stu- art-Grumbar as international development director and Andy Hewitt as commercial director. Stuart-Grumbar was most
recently international cus- tomer director with Dyson, based in Malmesbury, Wilt- shire, while Hewitt was group sales and marketing director with cycling and out- door goods distributor Zyro.
Andy Hewitt (left) and Jocelyn Stuart-Grumbar.
Stuart-Grumbar said: “I
love the fact that this is a small business, with a great idea and intelligent, highly- motivated people. Our tech- nology is already launched in the UK and US, and my excit- ing remit is to try to identify which of themany potential additional markets would be best-suited to the Xeros sys- tem and ensure we get our message out there. There’s huge interest already from laundry companies yearning for the holy grail of great cleaning and fabric care, with better cost control and less waste and environmen- tal impact.” Hewitt said: “This is such
Glen Staddon. Prior to his appointment,
Staddon was national ac- counts controller at Georgia- Pacific and he brings a wealth of knowledge of Eu- ropean distribution across Western and Eastern Eu- rope. He said: “I am de- lighted to be joining the team at Disposables UK at such an exciting time. I have known the team here for many years and I have al-
an exciting technology, that had years of development before being launched in the UK and US markets. The challenge of establishing a genuinely revolutionary new system is one many people desire but few experience and that, coupled with pace, have made joining Xeros an easy decision. The opportu- nities ahead are vast andmy current focus is the UK com- mercial laundry market, be- fore we look to expand globally.”
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