with enough equipment and product for us to remain solvent.

“Therefore, after seeking legal advice, we have had no option but to cease trading despite having a full, and profitable order book.

Host von Schrader to cease trading

The Directors of Host UK Ltd, t/a Host von Schrader, have announced the closure of the business.

In a statement Host UK’s Managing Director, Mike Egerton, said: “Our USA parent company, Racine Industries, has over the past few months experienced severe trading difficulties and, as a consequence, has been unable to supply the UK market

“We are working hard with our American colleagues to resolve the situation, and in the interim, all enquiries should be directed towards parent company or the liquidators.

“All of us at Host von Schrader here in the UK are desperately sorry that we have had to take this action but, given the current circumstances in the USA market, we have been unable to legally take any other course of action.”

For any inquiries, please contact Margie Pias at Racine Industries Inc., or Chris Jones at liquidators Royce Peeling Green.

judges are from such a knowledgeable and exacting panel makes us really proud. As well as physically helping with equipment, this recognition will provide a massive morale boost for our teams of volunteers and is a much-needed reward, further validating the great work they put in to improving our local community.”

New community heroes revealed

Robert Scott has announced the winners of its second annual ‘Cleaning up your Community’ competition.

Clean & Green, based in North Solihull, was chosen as the overall winner as the judges felt it embodied more than just a community clean-up group. They are working to improve the lives of people in the area using cleaning as a means to create change in the community, bringing local residents together for the greater good.

They will receive £500 worth of cleaning equipment, along with a day’s cleaning support on behalf of Robert Scott. Four runners-up were also chosen by the judging panel which included Stan Atkins – chairman of the British Cleaning Council, Neil Nixon – editor of Cleaning & Maintenance magazine, Gill Ireson – head of sales at Robert Scott, and the company’s Sales Director, Alastair Scott.

Speaking on behalf of Clean & Green, Paul Sultana said: “We are absolutely delighted to have been chosen as winners, especially knowing that there are so many groups up and down the country doing some wonderful things. That the

Robert Scott’s distributors were asked to nominate a local charity or project that they felt

deserved some cleaning TLC for the competition, which was launched to mark the Great British Spring Clean. The competition received a wide range of national entries stretching the length and breadth of the country.

The runners-up were Turning Lives Around (Leeds), Lewes Litter Pickers, York Food Bank and Grange Community Centre – each will receive £250 worth of cleaning products from Robert Scott.

Judge Neil Nixon said: “It was excellent to see how many communities are using cleaning as a catalyst for positive change. Groups – small and large – are coming together to improve the areas in which they live and create a sense of pride and belonging amongst residents. This can be infectious, and often leads to wider community involvement.”

Stan Atkins, chairman of the British Cleaning Council, added: “The standard of entries was extremely high this year. Many worthy causes were represented and their initiatives around cleaning truly help those in the community. Congratulations to Clean & Green and all the runners-up.” WHAT’S NEW? | 7

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