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Adding extra to The Cleaning Show


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Paul Thrupp reveals some of the exciting new things happening at next year’s industry expo and conference.


As you can imagine with just four months to go until the 2019 Cleaning Show the British Cleaning Council (BCC), which co-produces the event, is very busy with things like finalising keynote speakers and trying to accommodate the different needs of our exhibitors, sponsors and industry partners.


Now firmly established as one of the world’s biggest trade events dedicated to commercial cleaning, the three-day expo and conference being held at London’s Excel next March is set to be bigger and better than ever.


It will of course once again feature suppliers, manufacturers, training and trade organisations who are all involved in the cleaning, facilities management and waste management sectors – and many of these will be familiar names and faces to you from recent shows in London and Manchester.


But it’s also been great to see the return of some old friends who’ve been absent for a while, and further welcome a raft of big industry names who are new to the event.


Among these are Diversey, the international cleaning and hygiene technology business who are returning to The Cleaning Show after a 10- year absence and are sponsoring the show’s VIP lounge. In recent comments which appeared in the cleaning trade press, Diversey stated that some of the key reasons for


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supporting the show again after a decade away include the switch from Birmingham to London, and the fact we have been generating higher visitor figures than ever before.


They also pointed out that it wasn’t just about the higher volume, it was also about the higher quality of attendees from a business to business perspective – all of which is great to hear from a high calibre global giant like Diversey.


The growing reputation of the show has also started to attract new exhibitors from overseas. These include Italian storage and trolley retailer TTS, Chinese road and floor sweeper brush manufacturer Anhui Humanmei, Swedish flooring specialists Bona, and Dutch sustainable cleaning equipment supplier Greenspeed.


This increasing ‘internationalisation’ of the show is even set to be reflected by some changes to the annual Window Cleaning Challenge which I have personally helped to adjudicate (on behalf of the Federation of Window Cleaners who I represent on the British Cleaning Council) for many years.


One development is the introduction of a ‘World Cup for Window Cleaners’. This will be in addition to the existing cash prizes for the fastest window cleaner of the day, and the Guinness World Record Attempt, and we will be encouraging international window cleaners to officially represent their


respective countries across all three competitions.


Also focused on window cleaning, and another first for 2019, will be the Window Cleaning Village. This will be a special hub aimed specifically at the window cleaning sector, and will include a dedicated workshop area offering free training together with expert speakers sharing their advice on health and safety, working at height, new technology and ways to grow a window cleaning business.


There will also be the new Resource Management zone adjacent to the main cleaning show exhibition, and potentially some other new industry- specific areas.


So, as you can see the 2019 edition of The Cleaning Show is already shaping up to be as lively, relevant and entertaining as ever, and at the time of writing the seminar and speaker schedule is also starting to look fantastic.


You can keep up to date with all that’s happening via Twitter (@BritishCleaning and @TheCleaningShow) and you can find out more, or register for a free ticket.


[twitter.com/britishcleaning


And if any of you are lucky enough to get a new 2019 calendar or desk diary off Santa this Christmas can I suggest one of the very first things you do is block-out 19-21 March – as I know that’s what I’ll be doing.


[www.cleaningshow.co.uk] [twitter.com/thecleaningshow]


www.britishcleaningcouncil.org twitter.com/TomoCleaning


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