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Cleaning Show Records Record Number Of Visitors With 26% Increase In Footfall

Show heralded as ‘truly global’ by British Cleaning Council with delegates from 45 countries represented
The Cleaning Show has reported that attendee numbers for the 2019 exhibition at Excel in London exceed 7,000, with a 26% increase in visitors when compared to the 2017 show hosted at the same venue.
Organisers have also reported that the number of foreign visitors increase yet again, and that representatives from 45 different countries attended the three day expo.
Stan Atkins, Chair of the British Cleaning Council (BCC) which co-produces The Cleaning Show, said:
“To experience growth in visitor numbers by over 25% is a remarkable achievement, especially in these economically challenging and politically uncertain times for our industry.
“The increased number of both international delegates and international exhibitors was also very encouraging, and the show is clearly now a truly global trade event attracting a high-quality audience from every corner of the world.”
The BCC believes that show’s international appeal was significantly boosted by the announcement of the first ever Window Cleaning World Cup – a competition which enjoyed extensive pre-show media coverage in cleaning trade magazines in Australia and New Zealand, the Middle East, Africa, Russia, the Far East, Scandinavia and across Central and Eastern Europe. The inaugural contest, which was sponsored by Unger, was won by Jeremiah Hickey, already the fastest window cleaner in the US. At Excel he officially became the world champion with a time of 17.02 seconds and scooped a £1,000 cash prize plus a gleaming trophy.
The show was further used by many major international brands to launch new products and services onto the global market while the keynote speaker from the USA, Steve Ashkin, also drew visitors in from outside of the UK.
Other new features this year, which boosted attendance included The Carpet Cleaning Village, The Resource Management Zone and The Green Zone.
Another success that helped to create a buzz around the show was the biennial Innovation Awards which saw over sixty products and services entered across eight different categories*.
The BCC also recently revealed that re-locating the show from Birmingham to London in 2015 had at the time been a very difficult decision due to the potential commercial risk involved, but that the subsequent success of the Excel event vindicated the Council’s decision.
Paul Thrupp, the BCC’s Deputy Chair, said: “I remember when the then Council Chair, Doug Cooke, talked about how the change of venue was designed to boost visitor and exhibitor numbers, with a particular emphasis on attracting more global brands and international delegates. Fast-forward to 2019 and Excel now seems like The Cleaning Show’s natural home. It is also now firmly established as one of the industry’s most important events anywhere in the world. If we’d stayed put in Birmingham, I don’t think that would have been the case.”
The show’s increased success is also impressive as it now alternates with the Manchester Cleaning Show, a regional edition of The Cleaning Show which is itself is growing bigger every year.


Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust invests c. £32million on Fabric and Energy Projects

Breathe, as part of the Mayor of London’s RE:FIT programme, are working in partnership with Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust on a programme of retrofitting works that will significantly reduce energy costs and CO2 emissions. Following a very successful fabric improvement programme which completed in February this year, Breathe are also delivering critical infrastructure upgrade schemes at both Epsom and St Helier Hospitals. The majority of this project is to be financed from the London Energy Efficiency Fund (“LEEF”) and the recently launched Mayor of London’s Energy Efficiency fund (“MEEF”), both of which are managed by Amber Infrastructure.
The fabric improvements at St Helier have included structural repairs, updating external wall insulation and window replacements of the St Helier Hospital B and C blocks. The investment made by the Trust in this project will ensure an extension to the life of the hospital’s façade for many years to come and the fast track delivery of the backlog maintenance will deliver huge savings.
Breathe was appointed to examine ways to reduce energy costs and improve energy infrastructure at these sites under the Mayor of London’s RE:FIT programme. As part of the project scope developed by Breathe, on the St Helier site, the steam central boiler plant will be replaced by new energy efficient boilers and a low NOx Combined Heat and Power Plant will reduce ongoing operating costs. Steam systems throughout the hospital will also be replaced by easier to maintain low temperature hot water piping. Lighting, control systems and heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems will also be replaced or upgraded, creating a safer, well equipped environment which promotes the wellbeing of staff and patients.
On the Epsom site, the Hospital is undergoing a significant transformation with the relocation of core energy services to accommodate a land sale. The project will see a new high efficiency central boiler plant, a new combined heat and power plant plus a new standby generator installed in a novel design intended to minimise spatial requirements for this new equipment and maximise the space available across the site. The lighting systems throughout the hospital will also be upgraded, providing a higher quality environment for patients and staff.
As part of the RE:FIT programme Breathe will provide a long term performance guarantee to ensure the investment made by the Trust is underpinned by energy savings.
Trevor Fitzgerald, Director of Estates, Facilities and Capital Projects at Epsom & St Helier University NHS Trust says: “We are excited to be the first energy savings project funded by the Mayor’s MEEF fund and look forward to working with Breathe, LEEF, MEEF and RE:FIT to deliver this critical project for the Trust. The programme of works will bring significant energy saving investments to the Trust’s estate allowing it to greatly reduce its CO2 emissions and energy consumption.”
Shirley Rodrigues, Deputy Mayor for Environment and Energy, said: “St Helier University Hospital is leading by example in retrofitting its buildings through the Mayor’s RE:FIT and MEEF programmes in order to save energy, reduce bills and provide a more comfortable experience for staff and patients.
“This is expected to save £1m a year from energy bills and reduce carbon emissions by 27 per cent. The Mayor and I want to see other NHS Trusts in the capital take advantage of RE:FIT and MEEF and help London on the path to becoming a zero carbon city by 2050.”
Gary Parke, Managing Director of Breathe says: “This is an excellent opportunity for Breathe, to continue to work with the Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust on this extensive programme to upgrade and improve both the fabric and energy infrastructure of these two sites and deliver significant savings whilst increasing efficiency.”


Westgrove’s Mental Health First-Aider Wins Award

Paul Ogden, The Westgrove Group’s site based Mental Health First-Aider, has won a prestigious industry award.
Paul, who is a mental health champion at Market Place Shopping Centre in Bolton, has won a Revo ACE Award.
The awards programme showcases people and places that achieve excellence customer service.
Paul was presented with his award at an event at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole.
Also shortlisted for an award was Handforth Dean Retail Park and St Johns Shopping Centre in Liverpool, both of which Westgrove provides services for.
Facilities management company The Westgrove Group has been working with one of its key partners, Market Place, to champion awareness of mental health.
As part of the service to shoppers the centre was keen to ensure that they identified a mental health first aider, something which is being called for by many companies in the UK to be mandatory as part of the ‘Time to Change’ campaign
Following a very successful mental health awareness week in 2018, Changing Minds, the centre and Westgrove worked together to train over 80 staff in mental health awareness.
Following the training, Paul Ogden, one of the centre’s Guest Service Ambassadors, took on the role as mental health champion.
Paul is now available to offer support and advice to vulnerable customers visiting the centre as well as to the centre’s tenants.
As part of his training, Paul completed a mental health first aid course through St John Ambulance, the nation’s leading first aid charity, and a NCFE CACHE Level 2 certificate qualification in Mental Health Awareness.
Claire McKinley Smith, Managing Director of The Westgrove Group, said: “As a company, we take mental health extremely seriously so we are delighted that Paul has been recognised for all of his hard work to champion mental health in the workplace. We are so proud of him.
“He is equipped with all the skills required to help someone, be it a colleague or a member of the public suffering mental distress, which is all too common an occurrence today”
“Since starting in the new role, Paul has rolled out his training to the Westgrove team onsite and to the tenants within the centre.
“He has already identified a number of vulnerable customers and offered them advice and support. We will be looking to appoint mental health first aiders at many more centres across our UK portfolio during 2019.”

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