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A Closer Look Inside Jangro’s New Catalogue

A Closer Look Inside Jangro’s New Catalogue

The UK & Ireland’s largest network of independent janitorial and cleaning distributors introduces Cleaning & Hygiene Supplies 2019/20 catalogue
This summer sees the launch of Jangro's brand new Cleaning & Hygiene Supplies 2019/20 catalogue. Available both online and as a hard-copy, it is packed full with the latest innovative and sustainable products for washroom, housekeeping, kitchen hygiene, floor care, waste management, industrial cleaning and wiping, nursing and care, health and safety, PPE and workwear.
As part of Jangro’s ongoing commitment to ecological values, sustainability is high on the agenda. The latest catalogue offers a wide choice of products and supplies, which are designed to have a minimum impact on the environment, such as compostable waste sacks and Jangro's popular and expanding Enviro collection.
As well as innovative soluble sachets, the Enviro range now has options for buckets and eco-mops for mopping systems, as well as natural unbleached paper products. These hand towels, toilet tissue, centrefeed and hygiene rolls are all strong, 100% recycled, 100% bio-degradable, bleach and dye free, produced in recyclable packaging and are food safe. The new catalogue also offers new specialised paper product systems, including odour control toilet tissue.
Jangro is also proud to offer soap products from The Soap Co., an ethical luxury brand that creates sophisticated cruelty-free body care products to nurture and care for skin. All products are handcrafted in the UK by people who are blind or disabled or and packaged in locally sourced bottles with compostable soap wrappers. The catalogue sees new fragrances added to the range.
Other additions include new workwear, footwear and further floor machinery such as scrubber dryers, rotary machines, pressure washers and vacuums.
Joanne Gilliard, CEO at Jangro comments, "Our new Cleaning & Hygiene catalogue is the most comprehensive ever. It is brimming with high quality and effective products and supplies – many of which have been designed with the environment in mind, helping our customers to make more sustainable choices at consistent, competitive prices.
“What’s more Jangro offers national coverage combined with a local, fast and reliable delivery service, thanks to the strategic locations of Jangro independent members across the country."
For more information, or to order a free copy visit Jangro.net or call 01204 795 955.


 
Mitie Document Management capitalises on IBML ImageTrac scanner performance to expand services for facilities management customers

Mitie Document Management capitalises on IBML ImageTrac scanner performance to expand services for facilities management customers

1 million invoices worth £1 billion processed annually with the goal to double this in 12 months…
IBML announces today that Mitie Document Management,part of the UK’s leading facilities management group, is capitalising on the performance of its ImageTrac scanners to expand the services it offers. In addition to digital mailroom and traditional back scanning projects, it will focus on delivering a broader portfolio of solutions to include invoice processing and HR document digitisation.
Supplied by Spigraph,which also provides ongoing maintenance and support, Mitie Document Management uses two IBML ImageTrac scanners along with SoftTrac Capture Suite (SCS) software at its purpose built centre in Birmingham.
Invoice processing for both private and public sector clients has become a growth service area for the company and a future focus in terms of new business generation. In-house processes can be people intensive and costly, therefore, outsourcing to a specialist such as Mitie, which has invested in technology to automate this crucial back office function, makes real commercial sense for many businesses.
Mitie Document Management has an established track record in this area and currently processes around one million invoices a year for clients worth £1 billion in value. A class above normal desktop scanners, ImageTrac scanners are set to handle a shift average of 190 images per minute, delivering ultra-high volume combined with intelligent features to maximise image quality and minimise operator involvement.
Mitie uses ImageTrac machines due to their speed and efficiency which radically shortens the turnaround time from the point at which an invoice is received to the moment it’s paid. The invoice process is fully digitised, with the IBML scanners assigning each invoice a unique ID number for full audit trail purposes. Images are then imported into eFlow– a capture and workflow platform – which OCRs each document and extracts data such as supplier name, net and gross values and VAT amount. This information is then exported – using XML data – and integrated with individual ERP systems for payment.
In addition, Mitie Document Management will also offer HR related services where staff employment files are scanned, contents indexed, and information made available quickly and securely for review. This has also become a key area of work for companies to meet the requirements of GDPR.
The investment in IBML scanning technology enables Mite Document Management to offer fast and cost competitive services to all clients as well as provide headroom for growth. The company expects to double the number of invoices it processes this year – to total over two million – some received on paper which will be scanned, others coming in via email for direct integration into eFlow.
Ian Stevenson, head of offsite operations, Mitie Document Management commented, “All large organisations struggle with paper. Our model is to help customers by taking laborious back office processes off site. We use best in class scanning equipment to quickly digitise documents, automatically capture information and send this back to clients as useful actionable data which makes their lives easier.”
Ashley Keil, IBML’s sales director, Northern & Western Europe, Africa & India, said, “Broadly speaking, the market rate for document digitisation is pretty similar. Our ImageTrac scanners allows Mitie Document Management to process paperwork much faster and more accurately than competitors who use desktop devices creating a faster turnaround and improved accuracy of capture.”


 
Community centre heralds a New Beginning, thanks to Armstrong Ceilings

Community centre heralds a New Beginning, thanks to Armstrong Ceilings

The Space Field Lane refurbishment includes a brand-new, ultra-green ceiling from Armstrong.
A year after it won Armstrong Ceiling Solutions’ competition for an admirable cause to win a new ceiling, a community centre in West Yorkshire is heralding a New Beginning for local residents.
The Space Field Lane is a £480,000 renovation project using Armstrong’s ultra-green Dune eVo ceiling tiles. The community centre had lain empty for almost seven years, on the Field Lane estate in Rastrick near Halifax.
Dune eVo is the next evolution in ceiling tiles. Fully recyclable, it provides class-leading aesthetics and improved acoustic performance through a new surface which is both brighter and smoother. It is also the first ceiling system in the industry to gain Cradle To Cradle accreditation.
The project was entered for Armstrong’s eVoNewBeginnings competition by the project’s coordinator Neil Hardaker of Pickles Architecture in Brighouse.
The competition for up to 250m2 of Dune eVo tiles and grid plus up to three days of free installation by a member of Armstrong’s national network of approved Omega installers was promoted through Armstrong’s social media sites (LinkedIn, Twitter and Pinterest).
Open to any non-commercial project in the UK and Ireland that serves a community, it was judged by two internal and one external judge, with the winner being the project they thought most deserved a charitable helping hand.
Neil said: “We heard about the eVoNewBeginnings competition through an email from Armstrong Ceilings and we passed it onto the client. We thought The Space would benefit from the help that Armstrong Ceilings and the competition offered. I think it’s given The Space the opportunity to save some capital costs and use that money for other areas which are more needed for the local community.”
He added: “We have worked for many years with the Armstrong name. We think they are a good brand and we do specify them on projects. I think the new Dune eVo tile has given The Space and the building a fantastic look and a very modern, sleek appearance which we all wanted to create. I think the end result is what we all wanted for the charity and we’re proud to have all been involved.”
Centre trustee Mary Green said: “It was a tremendous opportunity. We were very anxious we wouldn’t succeed because we had to value engineer our project so many times but here was an opportunity to add value to the project with such a super ceiling. The installation went really, really well and really quickly. All the Armstrong people we have been involved with have been super, very friendly very helpful and generally excellent to work with.
“This really is a new beginning for the community. Without Armstrong’s involvement we certainly wouldn’t have been able to have such a super new ceiling. We would have had to have had something much less specified and would have had to save money elsewhere in the building. The £16,000 value of this ceiling was really important to us. Using an ultra-green ceiling tile like Dune eVo was really important to us because we have tried, with everything we have done in the centre, to use materials which are environmentally friendly.”
In a letter to Armstrong, Mary added: “I wanted to write personally to thank you all so much for the New Beginning you gave to our building and our project and to our community. The contractors have now moved out and we have moved in and it is all so fabulous. To be quite honest I can’t quite believe that we, just a bunch of locals, have achieved all this and we wanted to stress the very significant contribution you have made to our project.
“I also wanted to thank you for your patience since our project took so much longer to reach ceiling installation stage than we could have imagined. A lot of that was due to our last-minute decision to add a Changing Places accessible toilet to the project – this is not just a ‘disabled loo’ but is one with an adult changing bed and hoist so that people with all levels of disability are not excluded from the building.”
Quality Ceilings of Elland, who are a member of Armstrong’s Omega network of approved installers, had two men on the project for a total of a working week. They installed a total of 350m2 of Dune eVo tiles in the main hall, offices, toilets and kitchen area.
Managing director Craig Sutcliffe said: “We were selected by Armstrong to carry out the installation because we were the most local Omega installer to the project which is just a mile down the road.
“We had not previously been aware of the campaign to renovate the community centre but were pleased to be asked to help. We work very closely with Armstrong. They give us a lot of support so we reckon it works both ways.
“It wasn’t a challenging project or anything like that as we have used the Dune eVo tiles for a couple of years now so the product is not new to us. We use Armstrong products on the vast majority of our contracts.”
The Space Field Lane was selected as the winner by judges Sara Rees, head of fundraising at the Rays of Sunshine Children’s Charity (Armstrong’s chosen charity for 2018), Armstrong sales director Graham Taylor and Armstrong HR director Sara Carter.


 
City Relay announce appointment of Simon Kingsnorth as Chief Marketing Officer

City Relay announce appointment of Simon Kingsnorth as Chief Marketing Officer

City Relay, one of London’s leading short let property management services companies, has today announced the appointment of Simon Kingsnorth as their Chief Marketing Officer.
The appointment of the highly experienced global marketing leader and author reflects the strength of City Relay’s offering as the company continues to enhance its status as a key player in the London short-term lettings market.
Simon Kingsnorth is a highly successful Senior Marketer, with a strong track record of designing and implementing a number of award winning marketing strategies. Prior to joining City Relay, Simon was Global Head of Digital Marketing at Citi Private Bank where he built a transformational digital strategy delivering significant growth. He has also held senior positions at other global businesses such as Fidelity, Vodafone and Admiral Group as well as working with many start-ups and small businesses.
Simon is also the author of the international best-selling book Digital Marketing Strategy. This title, in its second edition, is available around the world in multiple languages and is used in curriculums at universities and institutes across the globe, including The Chartered Institute of Marketing.
This announcement comes shortly after the company received substantial investment funding which will drive its expansion and presence across London. City Relay will open a number of Reception Spaces across the capital, a first in the short-term letting sector, allowing the City Relay team to provide a local, personal and fully-managed service. Their new Shepherd’s Bush Reception Space will open its doors in early July this year and a new Reception Space in Victoria is also in the pipeline. There is already one Reception Space located in Earls Court and the company’s long-term ambition is to open a further 25 Reception Spaces across the capital by 2026.
The company has also just announced the acquisition of industry leading yield management software OutSwitch. Built with professional property managers in mind, OutSwitch provide users with the ease of having both revenue and operations management systems simplified into one platform, enabling a more streamline and simplified approach. The platform allows City Relay to hone in on both yield and operations management, aspects often overlooked in traditional management services companies.
City Relay is a market leader in operational efficiency, offering property management services that include housekeeping, fresh pressed linen, the provision of luxury amenities, property maintenance and check-ins – a reliable and convenient way to ensure every guest has a hotel-like experience.
Commenting on his new role, Simon Kingsnorth, City Relay’s new Chief Marketing Officer said: “I am delighted to join City Relay as Chief Marketing Officer and am looking forward to driving the expansion of the company throughout London. City Relay is unique in its approach to the short term letting industry, and I look forward to working with the talented team to bring this fantastic offering to more people across our vibrant city.”
Maxime Leufroy-Murat, Founder and Chief Executive of City Relay, added: “The appointment of Simon Kingsnorth is further evidence of City Relay’s growing ambitions for further expansion within the short lettings industry. I am confident in his ability to drive us forward as Chief Marketing Officer and his boundless experience will be greatly beneficial to the company. He has proven his ability to drive growth, reach and deliver milestones and we are very happy to have him join our growing team.”


 
Morris & Spottiswood delivers multimillion pound Britvic transformation

Morris & Spottiswood delivers multimillion pound Britvic transformation

Morris & Spottiswood has completed the latest phase of a major multimillion pound transformation at Britvic’s Rugby manufacturing site.
The construction company has now delivered seven separate projects at the Rugby-based facility in a cluster contract lasting more than two years.
Morris & Spottiswood Director Spencer Lee said since securing the position of Britvic’s preferred construction services supplier the firm kick-started a major overhaul to maximise output capacity and increase production lines.
Work involved complex service installations and major civil engineering projects with a full range of M&E and refurbishment services. Design and build projects were delivered across the plant, including drink production lines, office areas and warehouses.
“Key elements of the latest £2.4million construction project involved the complete fit-out of a new portal frame warehouse,” said Mr Lee. “This included a roof-mounted plant deck, a cantilever canopy over a goods yard and a new toilet block. It also saw an M&E HVAC installation to enable a new production line.
“A broader £1.4million project saw a full range of mechanical and electrical services for the refurbishment of the Automated Goods Vehicle (AGV) area. This required design, installation, testing and commissioning works, including upgrades to electrical sub mains and distribution boards, lighting, small power installations, fire alarms and sprinkler systems. The project also included demolition works and an extension to the loading bay area.”
Morris & Spottiswood further worked alongside Britvic’s appointed designer delivering a full refurbishment to office space on site. The £300,000 project was undertaken in a live environment requiring careful scheduling and health and safety planning.
“Our in-house management teams and key account managers have been fully embedded with Britvic’s project teams throughout each project,” said Mr Lee. “This close communication enabled us to master each brief and ensure management decisions could be made quickly and efficiently. All work was programmed on a flexible basis to ensure minimal disruption. We continue to collaborate with Britvic’s project team, in line with our Key Account Management (KAM) strategy, to achieve their vision for the site and UK portfolio, delivering state of the art facilities.”
Morris & Spottiswood CEO Jon Dunwell said the two-year masterplan amounts to one of the biggest and most ambitious construction transformations within the UK food and drinks industry.
“We have now successfully delivered a large number of critical milestones for Britvic across multiple complex and high value projects, all of which have been completed to a high quality, safely, to budget and on time,” he said.
The wide-ranging work has ultimately enhanced Britvic’s capability and flexibility, driving further innovations across its product range. It further serves as a model case study demonstrating Morris & Spottiswood’ ability to deliver at the highest level.
“A close working partnership with the supply chain has ensured that our programme incorporated their requirements at all times. We have been able to deliver demonstrable cost savings throughout. These have been achieved through efficient working practices and subcontractors’ partnerships to ensure we deliver best value. Further savings have been delivered through early engagement, innovation and the use of in-house design and M&E expertise.”
Britvic Project Engineering Manager Adam Hartley said: “Morris & Spottiswood played a major part in helping us deliver one of the most transformational projects ever undertaken within Britvic. The final result at Rugby will be a fantastic showcase for M&S to demonstrate to future partners and represents the excellent business relationship we have had.”
Britvic Senior Category Manager Robert Wolfe said: “M&S have done a great job working in partnership with the Britvic project team to ensure the best proposal, plan, delivery and completion is achieved on time and on budget to the required quality and health & safety standards. Reporting of progress is robust with clear roles and responsibilities.”
Morris & Spottiswood is a family-owned business founded in Glasgow in 1925. The early Morris & Spottiswood workshop serviced Glasgow’s strong industrial base. When the second generation of the Morris family were leading the business in the 1960s, the shop-fitting and construction divisions were built up. The business is now being led by the third generation of the Morris family and has a UK-wide reputation in fitout, M&E, housing and facilities management, a turnover of circa £100million and employees in offices in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Perth, Warrington and Leeds. The culture of the company has always remained strongly people-centred.


 
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