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Julius Rutherfoord & Co win eminent European award for focus on training

Julius Rutherfoord & Co win eminent European award for focus on training

London specialist in cleaning and soft FM services provision, Julius Rutherfoord & Co has won the ‘Commitment to and investment in training’ award at the European Cleaning & Hygiene Awards 2017. The awards, which recognise standards of excellence in the professional cleaning sector Europe-wide, took place at a gala dinner in Rome on 9 November.

The judging criteria looked for evidence of a commitment to training that goes beyond the basic skills to do the job. Entrants needed to provide examples of how their training programme encompasses elements that enable their employees to develop personally, expand their knowledge, progress within their environment and in turn enhance the service they are offering to their clients.

Marcus Heap, Sales and Marketing Director at Julius Rutherfoord & Co said: “Training is at the heart of everything we do to encourage staff success and ensure we provide exceptional client service. We are honoured therefore to be recognised for our continued commitment to training in these prestigious awards.”

All staff start Julius Rutherfoord & Co’s Career Path to Success programme within its British Institute of Cleaning Science (BICSc) Accredited Training Academy, at its home in Battersea. Employees continue to receive ‘on the job’ training that is tailored to meet the specific needs of its discerning clients.

Every training session is carried out, recorded, and reported on through Julius Rutherfoord & Co’s bespoke contract management app. This award-winning app enables trainers to carry out site-specific coaching, on a scheduled basis. For complete transparency a record of the training is instantly reported to the client, giving them peace of mind that their cleaning operatives are up-to-date on everything from the latest cleaning methodology, to health and safety law and best practice.

Julius Rutherfoord and Co was shortlisted in three other categories at the awards. These were ‘Excellence in Client and Contractor Partnerships’ (with client, the Design Museum); ‘Workforce – Excellence in Employee Relationships, Training, Diversity and Inclusion, Rewards Programmes’; and ‘Best Use of Technology by Contractors in their Cleaning Programme.’

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UK tech firm wins major innovation award from energy institute

UK tech firm wins major innovation award from energy institute

Energy technology company Extreme Low Energy (ELe) has won a major prize at this year’s Energy Institute Awards.

The firm, which recently moved to new headquarters in Lancashire, was presented with the 2017 Energy Institute Innovation Award by England Rugby Union World Cup winner Matt Dawson MBE at a ceremony in London.

Its project to install revolutionary low-energy PCs at two Merseyside schools was hailed by the Energy Institute’s judges as this year’s most innovative, beating competition from both UK and overseas companies.

Professor John Loughhead OBE, the Government’s Chief Scientific Adviser, led the judging panel, saying:

“The Innovation Award looks for new concepts, ideas and solutions that can show a proven practical application to an issue faced by the energy industry.”

Mark Buchanan, founder and owner of ELe, said:

“We’re delighted and proud to have received this significant award for innovation and recognition from the Energy Institute, having beaten strong competition from the UK, Canada and the Middle East.

“Our project related to reducing energy consumption for ICT in schools, delivering a simplified, more manageable, ICT suite and offering new learning and teaching opportunities alongside a richer digital experience.

“ICT infrastructures are already responsible for a significant proportion of electricity consumed, typically around 25% of an organisation’s energy usage, so we looked to develop a solution to help schools address these challenges whilst fulfilling the increasing technological demands of the curriculum.”

This latest recognition follows previous award wins for ELe in the GREAT Faces of British Business Competition, Merseyside Innovation Awards and Liverpool Echo Green Champions Awards.

The project saw ELe and its partner Hi-Impact work to install a DC infrastructure and overhaul the existing computer systems within two primary schools in Wirral on Merseyside significantly reducing their energy usage and carbon footprints.

In order to win, ELe had to present an innovation showing a major advance or development with strong, cost-effective or cost-saving prospects, plus a clear demonstration of its benefits over existing methods.

ELe’s DC micro-grid systems for schools typically run on 70% less energy than existing technologies and, when combined with the firm’s patented battery systems, the combined solution allows for the most efficient adoption of alternative energy solutions, eliminating the need for mains electricity and allowing customers to operate either partially or fully off-grid.

ARCUS extends facilities management delivery to the range

ARCUS extends facilities management delivery to the range

Leading facilities management company, Arcus, has extended its service delivery providing reactive maintenance services to home, garden and leisure retailer, The Range.

The contract, which went live in October to 18 stores and 4 offices in the South West of England has been extended to another 44 stores across a wider geography.  As part of the multi-phased approach, Arcus will be charged with the delivery of mechanical, electrical, plumbing, drainage, lighting and building fabric services, working alongside the retailer to achieve increased cost efficiencies.

Steve Willis, Chief Operating Officer at Arcus, commented: “Having established a close working relationship with The Range and given our experience of mobilising and delivering reactive maintenance services to their stores across the South West, we are ideally positioned to expand our geographical coverage to include the South East, Wales and the Midlands.

“We are looking forward to expanding our support of The Range and with our teams’ expert knowledge and experience within the retail sector, are committed to delivering an exceptional service across the UK as our partnership grows.”

The next phase of service delivery went live on 6 November 2017 and will see Arcus provide reactive maintenance services to approximately 30% of The Range’s UK branch network of 146 stores.

White Light Installs Pharos System at Churchill War Rooms

White Light Installs Pharos System at Churchill War Rooms

At Churchill War Rooms, visitors can walk in the footsteps of Winston Churchill and glimpse into what life would have been like during the tense days and nights of the Second World War. Situated within the Churchill War Rooms is the award-winning interactive Churchill Museum which tells the story of Winston Churchill’s remarkable 90-year life, from his childhood, to his military career, two periods as Prime Minister and beyond. Last month, IWM added a new display to the Churchill Museum exploring Winston Churchill’s relationship with the Middle East.  With the new display relying heavily on technical equipment,  IWM approached White Light to install a brand new technical system in Churchill and the Middle East, which was driven by a Pharos Controller.  

The recent upgrade to the technical equipment was overseen by WL’s Technical Solutions Engineer Rob Stallard and was programmed by WL’s Systems Design Engineer Ian Davies. Rob explains: “In the Churchill and the Middle East display, there are two shows: the main show and another which is slightly shorter. These are on a continuous loop for those in attendance. The technical equipment consists of three projectors, four bright sign players, ETC Source Four Minis and an LSC Dimmer. Our brief was to provide a control system with the ability to programme all of this and allow the different technical elements to work holistically with one another”.

The WL team met with Lighting Designer Andrew Grant who also supplied several specified dimmers and fixtures. The team then made several site visits to become familiar with the space. Ian comments: “Knowing we had to provide a reliable control system for lighting and AV within the Museum, it soon became clear that the Pharos LPC1 Controller would be the perfect solution”.

The Pharos LPC is an award-winning, all-in-one control solution for themed entertainment and LED lighting installations. It features individually controllable and independently running timelines and scenes, allowing users to build dynamic, precise, fully customisable programmes. It is also designed for 24/7 output, which is ideal for the display in the Churchill Museum.

Rob comments: “We’ve used Pharos before on other projects so are fully aware of its capabilities. My personal experience has been it is reliable, flexible and compact; which is ideal for a space as intimate as Churchill War Rooms. For this project, it was vital that we had some equipment that could integrate different disciplines which included lighting, audio and projection”.

WL programmed the entire system at their London base before visiting Churchill War Rooms where they installed the equipment. Ian explains: “We used the Pharos Designer software which allowed us to create logic and programming. For the lighting, we created three key switch positions (on/off/auto). These three modes were engraved into the programming meaning the Rooms were able to run whatever is most suitable for that particular day”.

The programming also allowed complete control over the bright sign projectors which feed the audio and video content. Ian adds: “With a set up like this, it’s about one element being triggered and ensuring that the others are synced accordingly; something we were able to achieve with the Pharos LPC”.

WL have also recently drawn on Pharos software for Dinosaurs in the Wild; a separate touring exhibition which is currently at EventCity, Manchester. Paul McLean, WL’s Project Manager, comments: “Dinosaurs in the Wild is a unique and exhilarating blend of live-action theatre and theme park fun which allows visitors to encounter living dinosaurs like never before. The entire lighting setup was controlled via a Pharos LPC40 as the 4D experience was entirely dependent on repeatability and integration; something this model offers in abundance”.

Tim Edwards, UK Sales Manager for Pharos, comments: “It’s fantastic to see WL drawing on our products for some extremely exciting projects. Whether it’s the iconic Churchill War Rooms or the ground-breaking Dinosaurs in the Wild exhibition, the adaptability and reliability of our equipment means more end users than ever before are able to benefit from this”.

ICS Cool Energy unveils guide to demystify upcoming changes to 2018 chiller

ICS Cool Energy unveils guide to demystify upcoming changes to 2018 chiller legislation for industrial users

With a number of significant changes to the way industrial cooling systems are specified set to come into effect from the 1st January 2018, temperature control specialist ICS Cool Energy has launched a new guide aimed at demystifying the changes in full for UK manufacturers.

The guide, which is free to access, covers a number of key areas relating to the latest phase of amendments to the European Commission’s EcoDesign Directive. These include a breakdown of the new Minimum Energy Performance Standards (MEPS) for both process and comfort chillers, as well as potential Brexit impact, ‘repair’ vs ‘replace’ arguments, and SME financing options for new equipment.

Manufacturers who fail to adhere to the legislative changes when investing in new cooling equipment risk being fined, and having to replace non-compliant equipment installed after 1st January 2018 at their own expense; which is likely to be significant. With the MEPS set to become even stricter in January 2021, fully understanding the implications as early as possible is critical.

However, the changes also present a valuable opportunity for manufacturers to reap the benefits of integrating high-efficiency temperature control equipment into their manufacturing operations, such as lower running costs and reduced CO2 emissions.

Richard Metcalfe, Sales Director at ICS Cool Energy, commented: “There is no escaping the fact that manufacturing is an energy-intensive process. While energy consumption may be seen as a necessary evil by some, the fact of the matter is that unless it is controlled, it will have a serious long-term environmental impact.

“Process cooling equipment can account for up to 60 per cent of a plant’s total life cycle cost, and this has not gone unnoticed by lawmakers. As such, from 1st Jan 2018 as part of the latest phase of amendments to the European Commission’s EcoDesign Directive, industrial cooling and refrigeration equipment will be required to meet new, stringent minimum levels of energy-efficiency.

“Our new guide aims to demystify the changes in full for UK manufacturers, covering the most important questions, and providing key action points for ease of compliance and minimum disruption to business. With the legislative spotlight well and truly on industrial cooling equipment, now is the time for manufacturers to get to grips with the facts and start planning ahead.”

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