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Gumwand Supports Revive & Thrive

Gumwand is supplying an innovative, fast and economic gum-removal solution to the winning town or city of the Revive & Thrive Challenge. They are joined by a host of other companies sponsoring the initiative, proving that private investment can deliver instant, sustainable, and positive change for town and city centres and their wider communities.

The Revive & Thrive Challenge got off to a flying start, with almost 100 towns and cities already registered for the chance of winning £150,000 of revival services, to reconnect communities with their high streets. Unsightly discarded gum is a problem in public places throughout the world, and until now, widespread effective removal has been expensive, time-consuming and disruptive. Gumwand removes flattened gum from pavements in less than six seconds per piece, using a combination of steam and ‘green’ detergents. The machine is a simple handheld device that doesn’t require noisy generators or trailing cables, and ensures minimal

disruption to the public.

The Revive & Thrive Challenge winners’ £150,000 haul will include digital screen window remote media and shop window dressing, alongside the gum-removal machine from Gumwand. To date there have been nearly 100 expressions of intent for the prize, with more towns and cities across the UK expected to enter before the closing date on 31st January 2014.

Councils across the country are already engaging with residents to enter the challenge and revive their high streets. Michelle Clare, Regeneration Project Manager at Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council, said: “It’s been exciting and rewarding to carry out the research we needed to pull our Challenge entry together. We found it motivating to realise the amount of support for us and for how the community would like to be involved in the long run. The Challenge has given us a great opportunity to move our projects forward.”

The Revive & Thrive Challenge aims

to complement the existing work being carried out nationwide by offering expertise, training and other goods and services that will create an instant impact locally. The challenge demonstrates that private businesses are motivated to help communities become more connected and overcome many of the barriers to change, and enables communities to equip themselves and support development into the future.

Emma Easterbrook, Communication Director of Challenge partner, Retail Business Technology Expo, and Editorial Director of Essential Retail, summed up the success so far. She said: “The response that the Revive and Thrive challenge has generated demonstrates the needs for high streets and town centres to get connected and provide a great customer experience. There are some amazing solutions available to help achieve this, and we’re really looking forward to hearing how communities feel these can be deployed in an innovative way to boost the high street.”

Unger: Celebrating 50 Years Of Excellence

Half a century of dedication, innovation and understanding the needs of the professional cleaning sector will be marked this year, as Unger celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2014.

When Henry Unger seized the opportunity to improve the working lives of German window cleaners back in 1964, by introducing them to the latest innovative products from the US, he could not have guessed that he had started a European cleaning revolution.

From humble beginnings – he launched the business from his grandmother’s attic in Hamburg – the company now spans the globe. The family values that inspired his vision remain strong today, and continue through his three sons, who


still guide Unger and reaffirm their father’s core values of quality, trust and customer service.

Unger’s 50 years so far have been filled with major milestones. The S Squeegee was the company’s first breakthrough in 1966 – made from stainless steel, not bronze, and featuring a quick release mechanism to make changing the rubber strips easy, speeding up the cleaning process. Fast forward to the Ergotec® Ninja (a quantum leap in squeegee design, form and usability), followed by the development of the HiFloTM PureWater cleaning system for windows and façades, and it’s plain to see that Unger has never stood still in its quest to make window cleaning safer, swifter and even more successful in terms of results and profitability.

Plans for the half centenary celebrations include:

• Special limited edition products made available to valued customers to help them commemorate this milestone with Unger.

• Celebratory events across the world, where customers and distributors will join with Unger to mark the occasion.

• Product promotions to thank and reward Unger’s customers for their continued loyalty.

• And much more – watch this space!

This year will not just be a time of celebration for Unger, it will also mark the start of another 50 years, and more, of innovation to come.

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