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Amsterdam Innovation Award 2014 Announces Nominees

The jury of the 10th edition of the ISSA/INTERCLEAN Amsterdam Innovation Award has selected 10 nominees from a total of 66 entries. The overall winner, the category winners and visitors’ choice winner of this international prize for the best innovation in the professional cleaning industry, will be announced during the award ceremony on Tuesday 6th May in Amsterdam RAI.

The following 10 nominees are selected as top in their category:

Nominees in Category One: Machines, Accessories And Components - T17 Battery Powered Heavy-Duty Rider Scrubber, Tennant

- VISIOAIR, Teinnova - Wetrok Discomatic Mambo, Wetrok

Nominees in Category Two: Equipment/Tools For Cleaning, Care And Safety - B 60/10 C, Kärcher - Biotech, Sofi del - Orbio os3, Tennant

Nominees in Category Three: Management, Training Solutions And Related Products

- Alpheios ExpertAtHand, Alpheios - European Cleaning Machines Recycling, European Cleaning Machines Recycling

- Hako-Fleet-Management- Solutions, Hako

- Kärcher Fleet Services, Kärcher

Chair of the Amsterdam Innovation Award Jury, Michelle Marshall, said: “Once again the jury has been impressed with the high standard of entries for this year’s award, and the considerable work that has gone into preparing each entry. Across the various categories, we have seen a most interesting mix, a range of products that really demonstrate how much manufacturers are developing solutions that take into account the genuine day-to-day needs of their customers.

“As demonstrated in previous years, the sustainability trend is proving it is very much here to stay, and we continue to see new products that use less water, energy and chemicals. Not only that, they have also been manufactured using more environmentally conscious methods and with an eye on the total life

cycle impact. It is most encouraging to see the industry taking advantage of the latest web-based technology – with the introduction of some highly intelligent solutions that should genuinely assist cleaning operations to be more effi cient, productive and streamlined.”

The jury will jointly select the three category winners and one overall winner after a live presentation and demonstration of the 10 nominated products. The winners will be announced at the special award ceremony on Tuesday 6th May, the fi rst day of ISSA/INTERCLEAN Amsterdam. During this ceremony, keynote speaker Peter van Herrewegge of Prime Life, owner of 60 care homes in the UK and honoured with several innovation rewards, will elaborate on what innovation means for businesses and services in our industry.

For the second time, visitors can cast their vote for their favourite nomination too; the product or solution which receives the most votes will receive the Visitors’ Choice Award during the award ceremony.

Two Maids & A Mop Make Bold Move

Two Maids & A Mop have opened for franchise opportunities; potential franchisees will have full access to the brand’s business model and over ten years of experience in the cleaning industry. New franchise locations will join the network of thirteen existing locations in Alabama, Tennessee, North Carolina, Georgia and Florida.

The fi rst franchise for the brand has opened in Tampa, Florida, a joint venture with the co-founders of College Hunks Hauling Junk, a national franchise with over 45 locations nationwide. “We are thrilled to be working with College Hunks team,” said Ron Holt, Founder of Two Maids & A Mop. “Benefi ting from their vast knowledge of the franchising business will only help strengthen our own franchise model.


“Working with Ron and the Two Maids & A Mop team was a natural business decision for us,” commented Nick Friedman, President and Co-Founder of College Hunks Hauling Junk. “Their ‘Pay for Performance’ pay scale is a valuable business asset, and we’re thrilled to support them through the franchising process.”

Franchise locations of the Two Maids & A Mop brand will have full access to replicate the business model, including the ‘Pay for Performance’ compensation model. The proprietary formula, which determines employee wages based on customer feedback, is the only one of its kind in the cleaning industry.

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