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ISSA/Interclean Amsterdam 2014 draws the crowds

As ISSA/Interclean Amster- dam registered the largest gathering of cleaning pro- fessionals in the world to date, the exhibition gave a positive indication that the industry is recovering from the recession, a major en- couragement for the entire sector. “A rise in attendance of 5% compared to 2012 is very

good news for the global cleaning industry,” said manager of ISSA/Interclean, Rob den Hertog.“We also had more exhibitors than the last show. We enjoyed four buzzing days filled with posi- tive vibes and a genuine sense of good business was conducted. We are very proud on this 25th edition and are grateful to our ex-

hibitors and visitors for rein- forcing the position of ISSA/Interclean as an exhibi- tion not to be missed.” Attendance figures for the

event were 29,325 visitors (28,001 in 2012) and 696 ex- hibitors (669 in 2012). ISSA/Interclean Amster-

dam 2016 will be held from 10-13 May 2016.

Grundon acquires Arundelle

Grundon Waste Management Ltd has acquired Arundelle, a specialist industrial serv- ices and cleaning company for an undisclosed amount. The move, which took ef-

fect on 1 May, will enable the waste management solu- tions expert to expand its range of services into key areas such as confined spaces cleaning, decontami- nation, site decommission- ing, pollution control, scheduled inspection and maintenance, and a Haz- pack/Hazmat spill response service. Clayton Sullivan-Webb, managing director of Grun-

Grundon technical manager, Chris Edwards, (left) is pictured with Arundelle’s David Green at Grundon’s Ewelme Hazardous Waste Transfer Station.

don, said: “We’re delighted to welcome Arundelle into the Grundon family. This ac- quisition is the culmination of a long-standing relation- ship between our two com- panies and I believe it is the beginning of an exciting new growth period for our busi- ness. The expertise and strength of Arundelle’s spe- cialist teams will enable us to widen our offering across

HSS announces last year’s results

HSS Hire Group has an- nounced its full-year finan- cial results for the 52 weeks ending 28 December 2013. Financial highlights in-

clude: • 24% increase in revenue to £226 million (2012: £182 million). • 36% increase in EBITDA to £55 million (2012: £40 mil- lion). • 27% return on assets (2012: 20%). Alan Peterson, chairman

of HSS Hire Group, said: “2013 was a strong year for HSS. The team achieved strong organic growth across all our customer groups, product ranges, ge- ographies and services; this was complemented by our strategy to acquire promis- ing specialist businesses whilst also reinvesting in our future growth. We are confi- dent that we will continue to enhance value by achieving our target of occupying number one or two positions in our key markets. At the same time, we will continue to monitor opportunities to

add further growth and value through selective ac- quisitions.” Chris Davies, chief execu-

tive officer at HSS Hire Group, said: “I am pleased with the financial perform- ance during 2013. Over the last 12 months we have con- tinued to deliver on our tar- gets and produce industry-leading return on assets. This strong perform- ance is the result of our highly diversified customer base and focus on growth over the long-term - under- pinned by a consistent strat- egy of optimising the network, driving operational efficiency, investing in peo- ple and systems and deliver- ing added-value services.”

Business woman shows support for the EVAs

Sarah Southworth, managing director of Specialised Cleaning Services and previous Enterprise Vision Awards (EVAs) winner is showing her support for fellow business women by return- ing to the EVAs as 2014 sponsor of the Business Woman of Year award. Sarah Southworth scooped the award in 2012 after being

nominated by a friend and was highly commended in the In- spirational Woman of the Year category in 2013. She said: “Winning the awards boosted my confidence in such a huge way and really inspired me to push my business forward even harder.” Entries close on Monday 16 June 2014 and the winners will be announced at a ceremony on 26 September 2014.

the industrial cleaning arena and pursue new op- portunities in key sectors, such as hospitals, universi- ties, laboratories and facto- ries.” Arundelle’s managing di-

rector, David Green, who will join Grundon in a new role as industrial services manager, added: “We have been a long-time admirer of the Grundon operation and have regularly worked alongside their teams on a variety of decontamination and clean- ing projects. Joining the Grundon group enables us to take advantage of its exten- sive capabilities and impres- sive reputation within the industry. This move will en- sure our existing customers receive an even better serv-

ice and level of support and we look forward to forging new relationships as we move forward together under the Grundon name.” Also making the move

from Arundelle’s current base in Wallingford, Oxford- shire to the nearby Grundon operation at Ewelme, will be its core team of five employ- ees. Founded in 1970 and boasting an unbroken safety record, Arundelle’s fully qualified and compliant ex- pert teams also handle proj- ects such as tank and vessel cleaning and laboratory services, together with haz- ardous/toxic environment projects, legionella sterilisa- tion and water treatment services.

Diversey Care lends a hand to help hand hygiene

Sealed Air’s Diversey Care division has launched an art competition as part of the World Health Organization (WHO) ‘Save Lives: Clean Your Hands’ day. Save Lives: Clean Your Hands day is a global, annual WHO cam- paign designed to highlight the importance of hand hy- giene in combating anti-mi- crobial resistance (AMR) and took place on Monday 5 May. The contest includes two

categories. Participants will either create a piece of art out of a hand-shaped tem- plate that can be down- loaded from the Diversey Care website or submit a photo capturing hands. The art should convey the theme: ‘creating a better way for life

through hand hygiene’. The participants with the most creative submission in each category will receive an iPad. A team winner will also be awarded a lunch/dinner and educational materials regarding hand hygiene. “Our participation in the

‘Save Lives: Clean Your Hands’ day is another exam- ple of our ongoing collabora- tion with the WHO,” said Dr. Ilham Kadri, president of Di- versey Care. “We have worked together on many projects over the years with the goal of creating a better way of life for current and fu- ture generations. We are pleased to work with the WHO to promote the impor- tance of hand hygiene.”

Irvine-based company achieves accreditation first

Carolyn McCleary set up Mustdust Cleaning Services in July 2012, and her hard work paid off last month when - according to the company - Mustdust became the only cleaning company in Scotland to be accredited by both BICSc and CLENSA. McCleary reported that BICSc has only awarded such accreditation to two other well established companies in Ayrshire, while CLENSA has had no company to accredit, until now.

4 l C&M l JUNE 2014 l All of the art received from

entrants in each country, in- cluding the UK and Ireland, will be added to designs cre- ated by Diversey Care em- ployees, customers and business partners. These murals will be displayed in the reception areas of Di- versey Care’s offices in each country to demonstrate Di- versey Care’s commitment to hand hygiene and support of the WHO. Submissions will be accepted from 5 to 31 May. andhealthier/cleanyour hands/en

SAM accreditation for JA Lee

J A Lee Window and Gen- eral Cleaning Contractors Ltd received FWC Safety Accredited Member (SAM0 accreditation earlier this year. Established in 1980, JA Lee has been cleaning windows successfully for 34 years.

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