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They say that spring is the perfect time for a little cleaning, which seems to be where I come in! My name is Emily, I am a twenty-year-old Business and Mandarin student at Newcastle University and now the latest recruit of the family business. Setting out to re-vamp Spectrum’s social media, I am keen to get stuck in with the rest of the clan!

Things have come a long way since my Grandpa, Mum and Dad established Spectrum in 1998 and I have always admired their continual embrace of change and innovation, allowing Spectrum to be at the top of its game. I hope to continue this legacy of creativity through the online world, impart helpful and expert advice, and share Spectrum’s world with you!

Can’t wait to connect with you, so please follow us on:

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Here at Spectrum, our team are proud ambassadors for the UK’s leading Ovarian Cancer charity, Target Ovarian Cancer. An inspirational organisation working to improve early diagnosis, fund life-saving research and provide vital support to affected women, we feel extremely passionate about supporting this tremendously worthy cause.

Whether this means shedding sweat, blood and tears when climbing the Three Peaks, boogying on down at girls’ party nights or donating 50p for every feminine hygiene bin Spectrum sites, we are willing to go that extra mile to support the incredible work of Target Ovarian Cancer.

And throughout the whole of March you can pledge your support too! March is a four-week long shouting, jumping, singing, dancing (or whatever you need to do!) awareness campaign for Ovarian Cancer and we would love it if you would join us in spreading the word!

Together, we can become agents of change, fighting to reduce the figure of 7,000 women who are diagnosed with Ovarian Cancer every year. With only 3% of women believing that they are ‘very confident’ in spotting the symptoms and a total absence of screening programmes or national awareness campaigns, March is a vital opportunity to raise as much awareness as possible! Together, we believe we can help to do this!

So we ask you, our loyal customer, to support us in raising awareness throughout the month of March as we work together to upkeep the inspirational efforts of all those involved in and affected by Ovarian Cancer.

See below to see how you can get involved!

Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month 2016: At Spectrum

Thursday 3rd March: Glam for OCAM!

Kicking the month off to a fabulous start, Spectrum is going Glam for OCAM! This is all about dressing to impress and pulling out our most fancy outfits and accessories all in the name of glamour! We are getting involved by hosting a clothes swap, with all proceeds going to Target Ovarian Cancer!

Why don’t your team donate some glam items of clothing? Simply pop them in a bag ready for our delivery team to collect on their next visit!

Friday 11th March: Dress LOUDER!

We will be donning our loudest, brightest, most colourful outfits to celebrate all the enlightening work done by Ovarian Cancer charities. Why don’t you join us and brighten your day too? Send us photos of your loudest, craziest outfits and be entered into our prize draw!

Monday 14th March – Friday 18th March: Quiz Whiz!

Who is the Quizee Rascal amongst us? The whizzest at quizzes? The conqueror of Mount Cleverest? All week, our delivery team will be busy handing out short quizzes, so why not donate a £1, test your general knowledge, and be in with the chance of winning a luxury-cleaning hamper!

Wednesday 30th March: TAG!

The Spectrum team are getting active! Splitting into three teams, we are dedicating our afternoon to a tag race covering Peasholm, North Bay, South Bay and the town centre. All in the name of raising awareness, we will be spreading the word through leaflets and informal chats whilst aiming to fill our collection buckets to their brim!

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As restaurants, bars and hotels fill on St. Valentine’s Day and the Scarborough seafront bursts with happy skippers on Shrove Tuesday, it looks as though February will be a busy month for us all and Spectrums preparations are well underway.

Not only does this month see us celebrate those we love and provide the excuse to munch on a pancake or two, there are an array of more obscure festivities you may wish to take part in such as ‘Kite Flying Day’ or ‘Do a Grouch a Favour Day’ however at Spectrum, we have to say our favourite is ‘No Vacuum Day!’ Originating from the desire of a housewife to lead a simpler life, she wanted to create a day without a vacuum of housekeeping and chores (we like the pun) to enjoy the simple life of leisure. We at Spectrum wholeheartedly support this philosophy, wishing to help you as our customer enjoy more leisure time by taking away the strain of all your cleaning and hygiene needs.

Free Support Services which improve efficiency and standards!

Our Hygiene Management Support Services is just one of the ways we hope to do this, by continually providing added value for our customers. One of our nursing homes has recently introduced Spectrum’s stock and budget management systems along with cleaning schedules to help embed good and consistent cleaning practices throughout the group.  The owners of the business said “Spectrums work has clearly highlighted good and bad practices that will be addressed and shared to improve efficiency and standards for all” Find out more by clicking here.

How Compliant Are You?

We have been working with several clients recently, helping them with their hygiene and related health and safety compliance.  Breaching the Health and Safety at Work Act 1992/99, can be a costly process and one that can be avoided.  One customer recently approached us for help after hearing that a business in close proximity had been challenged by the HSE about work related dermatitis issues which ended up costing them £100K in costs. We stepped in and guided them with risk assessments, helped them by controlling their employees exposure to the chemicals they were using and recommended other more user-friendly products which represented less of a risk for their staff. They have said “we feel happier that Spectrum are now working with us and we can relax knowing everything is compliant and as it should be”

As always we hope to hear about all your news too!  Why not connect with us on Twitter, LinkedIn or Facebook to receive useful updates and tips!

Until next time!

Jo Thompson

Managing Director

October 2015 – Autumn

With the turn of the weather, we have been busy preparing for the cold and flu season which affects businesses with a cost to the British economy of £1.35b and a loss of 7.6m working days every year*   Our Distribution Centre is now full of sanitisers for cleaning key boards, telephones and door handles, tissues and hand sanitisers that kill germs instantly.  Are you doing your best to proactively reduce the number of employee sick days in your business?

 

With only 65 shopping days until the fat man visits, Christmas 2015 continues to keep us on our toes as we help our hospitality customers choose their ranges of party coordinates including crackers, serviettes, table covers, party hats, balloons and party boxes.  Stocks are now running low as manufacturers only make a certain amount and once it is gone it is gone so if you still need to sort, give us a call and we will do our best to help!

 

We recently advised a team of contract cleaners who needed to deep clean a block of flats that had housed a large numbers of pets.  The main issues were excrement and urine deposits.  After our assessment we recommended a range of cleaning products and PPE to help them undertake the task successfully and in a safe way.   The main  troubleshooting product was Microclean, a liquid cleaner containing billions of specially selected bacteria, which digest these sort of soiling problems.  The outcome was excellent, Microclean had  contact with the soiling, digested it and removed it permanently!  It was like magic, our customer said. 

 

Finally and with excitement I can report that the last few months have seen major innovations with regards to how our support services, namely our Hygiene Management Scheme, will be offered to our customers in the future.  COSHH, Risk Assessments and Method Statements (CRAMS) will all be offered as an online resource and any training needs identified can be undertaken through our online E learning facility. The system will have the intelligence to understand the chemicals you are using for your associated cleaning tasks, identify training needs and then populate some of the assessments and method statements ultimately saving you valuable time and money.  CRAMS will help keep your business compliant and less exposed to risk.  Keep checking our website for progress on this exciting development.

                       

                        

Catch up – July 2015

Hi there

Summer is here and things are brightening up. I hope things are going well for you too. Our customer’s challenges have kept us very busy lately.

Many news reports in recent years have focused on the discovery of bedbugs in even upscale hotels and searching on travel-review websites just recently revealed information and even photos confirming the presence of bedbugs in numerous hotels.  These little creatures can have massive negative implications on Trip Advisor scores and reviews and reacting quickly to destroy these little pests is imperative.

Since bedbugs can arrive on the clothing or in the suitcases of guests from infested homes or other hotels harboring the pests, hotels are an easy target for bedbug infestations.

Click here Insecticide - 2 x 5 Litres - Spectrum Cleaning Solutions Ltd | Commercial Cleaning Products & Cleaning Services to find out more about the product or ring us for further details and advice.

Poor wash results and static issues have been the cause for concern for one of our customers, who runs a busy laundry department. 

After forming a new allegiance with a chemical manufacturing company, we have been able to offer professional products and advice to many of our existing customers and new prospects.

The new products were placed on trial with our customers and the results have been astounding seeing us win a three year laundry supplies contract at Ampleforth College.  The detergents, conditioners, softeners, detainers and emulsifiers that were trialled by the college over a period of three months have much improved wash results and there is no longer an issue with static.  In addition the digital dosing units have supplied management with vital statistics that help manage budgets and control wash results. Click here Laundry - Spectrum Cleaning Solutions Ltd | Commercial Cleaning Products & Cleaning Services  to view our range.

Finally, our troubleshooting team assisted a prestigious hotel that we supply this week, to remove lime scale from around the poolside and body fats from the scum line.  Support from our free Hygiene Management Scheme services were used along with specially formulated and fit for purpose chemicals which, combined, made the job less arduous and the results rather pleasing for all concerned. 

 To find out more about the pool cleaning, limescale remover and body fat eradicator, FS Plus and FWH Deepclean click here. Leisure - Spectrum Cleaning Solutions Ltd | Commercial Cleaning Products & Cleaning Services

We always want to hear the latest happenings in your business so please get in touch and keep us up to date. We'd love to hear from you. You can follow us via our Facebook page, on Twitter or LinkedIn.

Until next time.

Kind Regards

Jo