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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

 

 

 

 

 

Hi there!

Where is this year going!  I cannot believe it is 1st May today and on the run up to the Tour De Yorkshire, taking place on 1/2/3 May, we have been making preparations to house more stock to support our customers who will benefit from the extra trade the Tour will generate.

The debut Tour de Yorkshire cycle race could bring up to £40m into the county’s economy according to organiser’s and we wish all the teams lots of luck.  We look forward to enjoying the buzz this will create in and around the county and watching it ourselves from the end of our road, near  Spectrum’s Scarborough Distribution Centre.

This month has been exceptionally busy for us.  Easter was a firm success for most of our tourism customers and we sold in excess of 60,000 meters of centre feed rolls and 20,000 litres of washing up liquid, amongst other things of course!  The green shoots of recovery are finally starting to grow bigger for most of us, good news!!

Taking the decision to change suppliers is never easy, however, we have engaged with a new provider, HPC Healthline, who will now supply our gloves and aprons amongst some other products.  Trading since 1968, they manufacture to the highest European standards, namely the Medical Devices Directive, PPE Directive and the Food Contact Regulation and they supply one of the most extensive ranges.  Our prices are extremely competitive and the feedback we have received from customers has been very encouraging – a good decision to change!            For further details of our gloves click here.

This month saw us deliver one of our free tool box talks at St Gemma’s Hospice, Leeds.  10 housekeeper’s attended the COSHH and Cleaning and Hygiene Science module, available through our Hygiene Management Scheme and I am pleased to say they all passed with flying colours!!

Finally, 01st June 2015, sees changes to all COSHH Symbols, which will keep us all on our toes. We are currently training all our current customers on the new symbols and what they mean.   Click here -The CLP Regulation for more information. CLP stands for classification, labelling and packaging of substances and mixtures.  

The CLP Regulation adopts the United Nations’ Globally Harmonised System on the classification and labelling of chemicals (GHS) across all European Union countries, including the UK.

As GHS is a voluntary agreement rather than a law, it has to be adopted through a suitable national or regional legal mechanism to ensure it becomes legally binding. That’s what the CLP Regulation does. Ask your current supplier for more information if you are unsure or give us a call for some free advice.

 

 

 

Wednesday saw some of our team attending Welcome to Yorkshire’s annual conference, a really fantastic event showcasing what an exciting time it is to be living and trading in our beautiful region.

We, along with other exhibitors such as Yorkshire Coast Radio and one of our customers Julyan Bakers and Wold Top Brewery, welcomed over a thousand guests at The Scarborough Spa, providing a great opportunity to meet and chat to those involved with the tourism industry in Yorkshire. The place really was alive with a buzz of excitement thanks to all the exiting things ahead for ‘God’s own county!’

What really came across was how Yorkshire is being firmly put on the map as not only a national, but also an international, tourist destination. It is undeniably in part due to last year’s Tour de France, which whizzed through many a Yorkshire town, and village, allowing the world to see what a beautiful part of the country we live in. With overnight holiday visits increasing by 26% and a tourism industry now worth £7 billion pounds annually, the statistics speak for themselves – Yorkshire is on the rise!

Set to bolster these statistics even more is the Tour de Yorkshire (1st-3rd May 2015), promising to be a huge event attracting visitors from both around the country and around the world! With Gary Verity confirming the participation of Team Sky, Team Wiggins and Dame Sarah Storey in the women’s race, it is clear the event will hold some real kudos. Former England cricketer Matt Prior, also speaking at the event, confirmed his very own cycle team ‘One Pro Cycling’ will be taking part. Expect big things!

This year will also see Leeds become a host city for the Rugby World Cup, attracting visitors far and wide to one of our favourite Yorkshire cities. And don’t worry; all the excitement won’t die down after this year! With Hull being named the City of Culture 2017, we can look forward to a whopping 365 days of cultural activities running throughout the city!

Not only are we truly thankful to Welcome to Yorkshire for creating such a fantastic event that we feel hugely proud to have been a part of but for instigating some of these exciting events which will boost tourism, the associated businesses and as a result the economy.  It was thoroughly exciting to see all that is planned for our great region, instilling in us a sense of enthusiasm to serve this special county as best we can – bring it on, we say!

 

 

 You know that everything you touch could be a source of bacteria and germs. Starting with a desk at work to taps in bathrooms to mobile phones, germs have a lot of hiding spaces.  While there are some common places most of us consider germ hot spots (toilets for example), there are some unforeseen germ spots some of us tend to forget.

Fuel Pumps

Next time you fill up your car, make sure to use hand sanitiser before you drive away from the fuel station. Researchers have found that about 71% of fuel pump handles carried germs that could make you sick.

Buttons

Elevator buttons, microwave buttons, coffee machine buttons and ATM buttons are all germ hot spots and many of these buttons do not get cleaned and sanitized regularly.

Menus and condiment bottles

While many restaurant employees are great at cleaning and sanitising tables, countertops and other surfaces, menus and condiment bottles can sometimes get overlooked. After you order, make sure to wash your hands before the food arrives.

Your car

Be honest, when is the last time you cleaned and sanitized the inside of your car? You likely drive it several times a day and touch the steering wheel, gear stick, dashboard and radio/CD/MP3 Player buttons. Make sure to dust, vacuum and wipe with sanitizer wipes often to get rid of germs and bacteria.

Your purse or wallet

Purses, handbags and wallets can be hotbeds for germs. Many of us (me included) put our bags on the floor, then move them to a surface like a counter or table, which can spread germs. Purses also tend to be dark and warm on the inside – two of the things bacteria love most. To reduce germs, keep your bag open to avoid moisture buildup, empty it out often and clean the contents and dump out any crumbs living inside.