THE FACILITIES SHOW Specialist mat company Kleen-Tex is exhibiting at the Facilities Show for the first time, and expects lots of interest from visitors who want to learn more about its 1-2-3 mat concept.

Lee Fox, Sales and Marketing Director, said: “Our stand is en-route to the organisers office, so we’re hoping to attract lots of attention from people passing by, in addition to planned visits from facilities managers wanting to maximise the potential of their floors and help reduce cleaning costs.”

Kleen-Tex’s three-step system for entrance matting, which aims to dramatically reduce cleaning costs and help ‘Make more of your floor’, features a first mat placed externally to capture excess grit and moisture from footwear, a second mat just inside the building to deal with the remaining grit and moisture, and a


ACCESS MERGE Nationwide Window Cleaning and High Access Maintenance have joined forces in the first merger of two businesses backed by investor BGF.

The merger creates a large independent facilities management service company, with combined revenue of £30m, and is further supported by a capital investment of £5.5m. The new group, which retains both the Nationwide Window Cleaning and High Access brands, will become NSS Group.

High Access’ Niel Bethell takes the role of Group CEO, while NWC’s Thornton Tasker becomes Executive Chairman.

Thornton commented: “Both Niel and I have individually worked to create businesses of scale, by investing in our employees and providing the highest quality service to customers.

“Without doubt this merger couldn’t have happened without the backing, support and investment from BGF who have consistently worked with

us to unlock growth opportunities, and make them happen.”

Niel Bethell added: “Our job now is to cement our position in the market, and make sure staff and customers benefit from our expanded presence, service offering and fleet. We have a clear direction for future growth which will create new career opportunities for our teams over the next couple of years. With the continued support and partnership of BGF, we’re looking forward to this next exciting chapter.”

BGF remains a minority partner in the combined group, having provided total investment of close to £16.5m to NWC and High Access over six rounds of funding.

third next to it to catch what’s left and ensure footwear is clean before making contact with the floor.

Lee continued: “We like to think of this as our intelligent mat concept. Our quality mats deliver superior effectiveness and longevity and also offer a great marketing opportunity, as we can personalise the mats with logos or advertising messages. It is said that a floor is one of the greatest untapped marketing opportunities and a high-quality mat is an excellent vehicle for getting a message across. We’re looking forward to discussing our 1-2-3 concept with a wide range of facilities managers and other visitors to the Facilities Show, which also provides us with a great opportunity to catch up with a large number of UK clients as well as any visitors from overseas.”

Kleen-Tex will also have samples of many other items from its product range, including health and safety, anti- fatigue, anti-bacterial and rubber mats.



AWARD One of the world’s largest international pre-college science competitions, the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, has crowned a window cleaning drone as its 2018 winner.

19 year-old Oliver Nicholls from Sydney, Australia, triumphed over almost 1800 participants from 420 affiliated fairs in 81 countries, regions and territories, who were all vying for a chink of the $5m awards and scholarships prize pot.

Nicholls won the $75,000 Gordon E Moore Award, named in honour of Intel’s co-founder, but it isn’t the first prize the autonomous bot has won. He also placed first in the Engineering category at the BHP Billiton Foundation Science and Engineering Awards in Melbourne back in February.

The prototype is a flying bot that can be tethered to the roof of a building and lowered down to a dirty window. The rotors move the drone away from the glass before the spray nozzle hoses down the window, and rotating pads wipe away the suds. The prototype cost €2,300 but can operate in 28mph winds, and was inspired when an employee at Nicholls’ school fell and broke his leg. WHAT’S NEW? | 17

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