Schindler UK cycle challenge raises £250,000

A team from Schindler UK, a leading provider of lifts and escalators, has completed a gruelling 140-mile coast-to-coast cycle challenge from Whitehaven in Cumbria to Tynemouth on the North East Coast, raising £25,000 for charity.

The organisations who benefited from this achievement were Crohn’s and Colitis UK – Schindler’s preferred charity for 2014, and Cancer Research UK.

This tough and exciting challenge saw the Schindler team cycling through some of the UK’s harshest terrain over two days. The route passed through the Lake District, the Pennines and up into Northumberland before touching the North Sea at Tynemouth. There were steep hill climbs and exhilarating descents, making it one of the UK’s most demanding, long distance cycle routes.

Commenting on the challenge, Richard Clarke, Sales and Marketing Director at Schindler UK, said, “We decided to plan a significant event to help increase awareness of these two serious conditions and to raise much needed funds for research, treatment and support.”

“Most of us in the team had not been on the saddle since we were kids – but it still seemed the perfect challenge to cycle coast-to-coast over some of England’s biggest hills! The fact that we were supporting such well deserving causes drove us on to complete it and we were absolutely thrilled to smash our target of raising £20,000.”

“We would sincerely like to thank the generosity of Schindler staff, our business partners and everyone who sponsored us.”

Sponsors of the challenge included Remdale, Orton Lifts and Escalators, Dornack International, Triple A, Elevator Equipment, Reeley, Lift & Escalator Jobs, UK Service Lifts, JH Elevators, Northern Escalator Installations, Wincrest LiftBits, Web Electrical, MKM Elevators, Thames Valley Controls and Southern Contract Services.

The riders were Paul Baker, Graham Barker, Paul Carrick, Richard Clarke, Neil Deighton, Tom Engel, Richard Fridd, Alan Johnson, Steve Johnson, Ian Rayner, Simon Rogers, Adrian Rowlands, John Van Rein, Simon Waldeck, Karl Walker and Eddie Watkins.

Founded in Switzerland in 1874, the Schindler Group is a leading global provider of lifts, escalators and related services. Schindler’s solutions move one billion people every day across the world.   Behind the company’s success are 50,000 employees in over 100 countries.

For further information about Schindler lifts and escalators in the UK or to get involved in any fundraising activities for Crohn’s and Colitis UK, call 01932 758100, email or visit


SpaceVac opens Scottish base

SpaceVac, the world’s leading manufacturer of vacuum powered, single operator, lightweight gutter and high level interior cleaning equipment, has expanded into Scotland to open its third UK base.

Operating from Aberdeenshire as Control Line Services the Scottish team will handle all SpaceVac sales and service needs and also offer a gutter cleaning service throughout the country.

Control Line Services will operate using the same formula as the successful English business by providing on-site demonstrations and free product training.

David Forbes, managing Director of Control Line Services said: “Last year I started using SpaceVac products for my Scottish gutter cleaning service.   Customers then wanted to buy their own kit because of its simplicity and low cost.   I now provide gutter cleaning to those wanting the job done and equipment to contractors and those wanting to do it themselves. We are now expanding rapidly into the High Level Interior Cleaning market. It is wonderful being in this product sector with no real competitors.”

Since opening for SpaceVac in Scotland Control Line Services has sold SpaceVac equipment to Drain Clearing and Window cleaning companies who want to expand their pole cleaning services and to cleaning and FM businesses wanting to add further services to their portfolios.

David and his team are currently demonstrating SpaceVac to Schools, Hotels, manufacturing businesses, industrial units, housing associations and government buildings.


Fernox to attend Ecobuild 2015


Fernox will once again be attending Ecobuild, the UK’s leading event for sustainable design, construction and energy. The exhibition will provide an ideal platform for the team to present its comprehensive range of chemical water treatments as well as introduce its ground–breaking, new commercial filter, the TF1 Delta Filter, which will be complemented by a new range of commercial chemicals that are coming soon in 2015.

Professional installers and social housing providers can visit Fernox at stand N6150, where the company will be showcasing its range of cleaning products such as the Fernox Cleaner F3 and Powerflushing Cleaner F5. The company’s ESTR approved inhibitor Fernox Protector F1 will also be displayed, which when used in combination with Cleaner F3, will not only effectively clean heavily sludged systems, but can achieve gas savings of up to 15%.

 New for this year is the Fernox TF1 Delta Filter. Designed specifically for commercial applications, it is suitable for large volume, low temperature heating and cooling systems. It is specifically designed to protect vital components from magnetic and non-magnetic debris as well as removing any trapped air in the system. The filter works by utilising hydrocyclonic action to deliver contaminants to the unit’s specially designed magnet assembly, successfully removing and containing them from the circulating system water.

“With over 44,000 attendees last year, Ecobuild is an important event for us as it provides an ideal opportunity for Fernox to promote the importance of chemical water treatment and best installation methods to trade professionals from a multitude of sectors,” said Francine Wickham, Global Marketing Director at Fernox. “We are also delighted to launch our new product the TF1 Delta Filter at this year’s event. This extension to our filter range ensures that all types of systems and customers can benefit from the unrivalled protection a TF1 filter and chemical water treatment combined can provide.”

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Lanes Rail gutter lining saves London Underground maintenance costs

Lanes Rail is extending the life of drainage systems on London Underground buildings by introducing a gutter lining system that prevents leaks and avoids the need for roof assets to be replaced.

In 18 months, more than 2,000 metres of guttering at train maintenance depots across London have been lined in a programme of work that London Underground (LU) says has been a significant success.

It is the first time gutter lining, which supports sustainability by extending the life of roof assets, has been used on LU buildings.

Lanes Rail, part of Lanes Group, the national drainage solutions provider, is responsible for maintenance and repair of a wide variety of roofs and roof spaces across LU.

Lanes Rail Planned Maintenance Manager Mark O’Leary said: “We are always seeking innovative ways to solve maintenance problems efficiently and cost-effectively.

“The gutters were installed in the 1930s and 40s and are at, or beyond, their life expectancy. By lining them, we give them at least another 25 years of life, making this a very cost-effective repair solution.”

Lanes Rail is using the UK-made Plygene Gutterline lining system. A pliable membrane is made-to-measure in the factory, so is joint-free. It does not use adhesives, or need structural work during its installation.

The liner can be fitted inside any shape of guttering. Downpipe connections are made waterproof by being sealed with a heat gun.

The gutter reline technique has been used, so far, on five London Underground depots – Acton, Ruislip, Upminster, Tufnell Park, and Hainault.

Mark O’Leary said: “We now have a full-time team working on gutter lining for London Underground. Maintaining roof drainage systems is a top maintenance priority, to protect buildings and maintain asset values.

“Rainwater getting into maintenance depots is a significant health and safety risk, and is detrimental to the welfare of maintenance staff. It has the potential to disrupt maintenance work, adding to LU costs and putting at risk the efficiency and quality of passenger rail services.”


Who assesses how effective you are?

 Many businesses pride themselves on the standard of cleaning and maintenance of the building they occupy or that they are responsible for cleaning. The most frequent place visited by most users of the building is the washrooms. First impressions count and high standard must be achieved consistently if the provider’s reputation is to be maintained.

As a service provider how do you know how you compare with your competitors and how do you gain recognition?

Entry into the annual Loo of the Year Awards will provide an independent assessment of ‘away from home’ toilet provision and recognition of the standards achieved based on ‘the toilet standard’ for the UK.

Mike Bone, the Awards Managing Director, said “Leading retailers, restaurant and pub chains, visitor attractions, holiday parks, shopping centres, local authorities, and importantly the cleaning and FM sector generally recognise the annual Loo of the Year Awards as a proven, cost effective and independent annual assessment of the standard of their toilet provision management and receive proper recognition through our annual grading scheme”.

Nominations and entries are now being received for the 2015 Loo of the Year Awards – the annual competition to find the best places ‘to go’ in the UK including The Channel Islands, the Isle of Man and new for 2015 – the Republic of Ireland.

There are thousands of toilets entered annually from all market sectors (there are 60 entry categories). Entries are invited from all categories and every entry receives an unannounced, dedicated, inspection visit. Entries gaining a bronze, silver, gold or platinum award are presented with a certificate – to help them promote their Award winning facilities to their customers and staff.

There are a range of National and Overall awards and trophies for the very best entries which will be presented at the Awards Presentation Event to be held on Friday 4th December at the elegant four star St Johns Hotel in Solihull.

The Attendant of the Year Awards form part of Loo of the Year Awards but relate specifically to the cleaning staff that look after facilities, rather than the loos themselves. All attendants and/or cleaning staff will automatically be entered for an Attendant of the Year Award.

Anyone can enter online via the Awards website: or by contacting for an entry form. The closing date for entries is 30th June.


Acquisitions and expansion for Adler and Allan

Leading environmental services provider, Adler and Allan, is delighted to announce the acquisition of MTB Environmental Limited at Hamble-le-Rice, Southampton.

This is an excellent opportunity for both parties as the Adler and Allan Group strengthens its regional presence on the south coast whilst allowing MTB (now Adler and Allan Hamble) to offer the full range of the Group’s services to their customer base.

MTB has built an excellent reputation with their customers for tank cleaning, tankering and industrial services which complements that of Adler and Allan.

In addition to this acquisition, Adler and Allan’s Glasgow department has moved to a new, larger facility in Uddington. The sites location provides better access to local highways, helping Adler and Allan reduce its response time to incidents throughout the region.


Portable Sanitation Expo 2015 will host “Ask the Experts Zone” and live demonstration area

The 2015 Portable Sanitation Expo will be taking place on 25 and 26 February at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry. It is the only event 100% dedicated to the ever-expanding portable sanitation sector. The event will showcase the latest technologies in the industry and will be an excellent forum for professionals to share their knowledge in terms of new products, waste management and disposal, the transportation of effluents and all related legislation. Visitors will be able to attend a variety of seminars and live demonstrations free of charge.

There will be a designated “Ask the Experts Zone” where visitors can receive one-to-one support during a 15-minute-session with an industry expert. Participants will be invited to discuss their portable sanitation requirements, and ideas or concerns in relation to the sector. The “PSE Live” demonstration area will give people the chance to view and explore the latest welfare and portable sanitation facilities. This will be a unique opportunity for those involved in buying and hiring units to meet some of the industry’s top suppliers, build relationships, and assess the latest technologies on the market according to their needs.

Martin Murdoch, General Secretary of Portable Sanitation Europe Ltd said: “We’re very excited about the event; there will be different zones, live demos and seminars showcasing “future” technologies that are currently being developed. Visitors will be given an exclusive insight into these upcoming-technologies – think eco-friendliness, ergonomic improvements and efficiency! We’re working in a growing and innovative industry, and the developments are exciting for businesses and consumers”.

Seminar topics will include:

  • Legionella – This will be an opportunity to get practical advice on controlling the risks posed by Legionella in water systems.
  • Toilets of the future – This will be an opportunity to learn about innovations in the industry and how new toilet designs could benefit end-users.
  • Tachograph requirements and licensing – This will be an opportunity to learn about the regulations and legal requirements concerning the transportation of effluents and sanitation solutions.
  • Risk assessment and insurance – Visitors can find out how they can help keep their staff and other end-users safe by delivering best practice in terms of site assessment, logistics, delivery, and waste disposal.
  • Introduction to the accreditation – are your staff qualified? – Visitors will learn about how the National Sanitation qualification can help employees work safely and efficiently. The qualification has been designed by experts covering topics such as the servicing of portable sanitation units, personal protective equipment, safety and back care, and loading and unloading of units.
  • Welfare cabins on construction sites – Attendees will learn about the new obligations in terms of the provision of welfare units on construction sites.


Exhibitors will range from experts in the manufacture and supply of welfare units, pump systems, portable toilets, trailers and modular buildings, plus cleaning and insurance professionals, and other ancillary services. Major brands exhibiting include GigLoo, SafeChem, Plastic Solutions, Satellite Industries, G K & N, Securi Cabin UK Ltd, Genquip Groundhog Ltd, Rom Koks Group, Ditchburn Truck Services, Shorelink International, Boss Cabins, Manor Coatings, Biomarsh, Water Direct, Vectair Systems Ltd, Jobec UK Ltd, Traakit, Avant Techno UK Ltd, Portable Sanitation Europe Ltd, Human Focus, Modular Portable Buildings Association, Atlas, Custodia Systems, AJC Trailers and Reactive Hire Limited.
The Modular Portable Buildings Association (MPBA) – the UK’s only not for profit trade association for the modular and portable building industry – will be supporting the expo, which is predominately aimed at the hire rental market including large festival and event organisers, the construction industry, landowners, military and government organisations and other end-users.

As a gesture of the industry’s commitment to improving the welfare of society (namely through its work to drive up the standards of portable sanitation facilities and the way in which the sector is managed), the Portable Sanitation Expo team has pledged to give £1 to Beating Bowel Cancer for every industry visitor attending the event. Beating Bowel Cancer is a UK charity that supports and campaigns for everyone affected by bowel cancer.

If you are interested in visiting and/or exhibiting at the Portable Sanitation Expo 2015, please call Denise on 01293 854402. Register your place at All pre-registered industry professionals who attend the event will be entered into a prize draw to win an iPad.

For regular updates in the run up to the event follow PSE Ltd on Twitter @PSE_Europe

Networking Party and Buffet – 25 February 

There will be a networking party at the expo on Wednesday evening (25 February). Bar 87 at the Ricoh Arena has been booked for the event, where an ‘all you can eat’ buffet and complimentary drink will be on offer for visitors.  Members of Portable Sanitation Europe Ltd, plus exhibitors and visitors to the expo are welcome to come and catch up with old friends, meet new people in the industry, and enjoy some delicious food and drink. The party starts at 5.30pm. Please email for tickets. Tickets are £30 + VAT. For those who fancy a little flutter afterwards, the Casino will be open nearby.


Nominate and Win with Avery Rewards 2015

 Avery Rewards is back for 2015 and better than ever! Avery Rewards is the in-pack promotion that rewards you for choosing Avery products and to celebrate its 2015 launch, Avery is looking to thank some of the unsung heroes in UK offices.

The Avery Rewards team have created seven awards to recognise superheroes in the office. You can nominate a colleague, friend or even yourself for the chance to win £100 in vouchers to spend on the Avery Reward brands which include M&S, New Look, Boots, B&Q and Debenhams.


The Avery Office Hero: This person doesn’t often shout about what they do but without them the office would descend into chaos! Does this sound like you or someone you know?

Most Creative Colleague: All offices need some creativity. Who is the person regularly coming up with new ideas and suggestions in your office?

The Laughter Award: Who keeps everyone smiling your office? In times of stress it’s important to have a team member who can lighten the mood in an instant. Why not nominate your funniest colleague now?

Office Geek of the Year: For someone who’s a stickler for a neat and tidy desk and helps keep the office perfectly organised. Does this sound like someone in your office?

Best Use of Avery products: It’s great seeing the different ways UK offices use Avery products, whether it’s beautifully branded business cards or a stylish shipping label. Send a photo of your Avery creations for a chance to win.

Boss of the Year: Having a great boss makes coming to work much easier doesn’t it? If that sounds like your boss – nominate them now!

CSR Award: For someone who raises money for charity, champions the environment or gives back to the community. If there’s someone like this in your office why not nominate them today?

So what are you waiting for? Nominate now for a chance to win with Avery Rewards. Send your entry by email to before 22nd January 2015 with a short description of why the person is so deserving. The winners will receive £100 in vouchers for any of the Avery Rewards brands as well as a virtual Avery Rewards Medal to display on Facebook and Twitter.

If you can’t wait for a little reward in the office, why not take part in the Avery Rewards promotion this year and see what you could win? Simply purchase Avery promotional products in the usual way and check inside for your unique code. Register online at or Play the Lucky Labels Game and win up to £10,000 in cash, or other great prizes. Plus reward yourself by collecting 10 codes to redeem £10 in vouchers to spend with any of the Avery Reward brands or donate them to charity.

For full details and entry guidelines on the awards visit the Avery website.


LCC Support Services backs Living Wage

LCC Support Services Ltd., the national independent cleaning and support services business, is backing the Living Wage Foundation and its hourly rates on all 2015 tenders.

The Company is providing every new tender with the requested competitive quote and a second tender based on the Living Wage programme. This allows clients to make their own decisions on hourly rates based on their individual beliefs and corporate consciences.

Bob Vincent, Executive Chairman of LCC said: “Since joining the Living Wage programme we have had little client objection to paying a Living Wage rate which we believe is the right of all hard working staff.

There are two reasons why we have for many years supported the concept of ‘a fair wage for a fair day’s work’. Everyone should live above the breadline and it is good business sense for service providers. Happy employees work better than the unhappy. Being fair starts with the employer and the employee usually responds.

We benefit by retaining staff longer so we reduce training and recruitment costs and clients receive continuity of quality service and staff going the extra mile.”

According to KMPG the number of UK employees paid less than the Living Wage in 2014 is now running at 22%, up 1% on the 2013.   The cleaning industry is one of the most ‘fair wage’ conscious business sectors with over 25 cleaning contractors joining the programme. Minimum wage rates are £7.85 nationally and £9.15 for London.

Bob said: “Cleaning and hygiene standards required today the highest ever and to maintain them cleaning should be regarded as important as any other profession. I urge all cleaning and FM contractors to join this excellent programme.”

For further information on LCC Support Services please contact: LCC on 01277 268899., or


Limescale Solution that’s Fit for a Gym

A popular leisure and fitness club in London has finally overcome its battle with limescale deposits and lime bloom in its changing and showering facilities thanks to the installation of KalGUARD, a scientifically-proven electrolytic device from Sentinel Commercial. Showerheads, cubicle walls and tiled flooring have all benefitted enormously from the eradication of limescale accumulation, ensuring that the facility maintains its well-earned, prestigious reputation – an important factor in such a highly competitive market.

Like 65% of the population in England, the gym is supplied with hard mains water (defined as water of more than 200ppm total hardness). Historically the site had no limescale prevention measures in place, so limescale deposition was rife and relentless. Worst affected was the gym’s changing room facilities, where limescale accumulated on showerheads, taps and shower panels, and lime bloom (also known as efflorescence) regularly appeared on cubicle wall and floor areas. The effect was proving not only unsightly for the large membership of this prestigious leisure club, but was increasing the time – and therefore costs – required for effective cleaning and maintenance.

To minimise the costs associated with limescale and improve the appearance of the gym’s facilities, the club’s site management consulted with Sentinel Commercial, the UK’s leading water treatment specialist in the commercial and industrial sectors. As a result, a 54mm KalGUARD limescale prevention system, comprising a zinc anode unit, water meter, filter and controller, was selected to deal with the problem.

KalGUARD permanently ‘conditions’ water in both new and existing systems by dosing it with a very low level of stable zinc via an electrolytic process that uses a zinc anode and a copper cathode. This forces naturally-occurring calcium carbonate crystals to form as soft non-deposit-forming aragonite rather than into hard, deposit-forming calcite (limescale).

This technology is not only recommended by the Compliance Guide to Part L of the UK Building Regulations for the control of limescale, it is also validated by independent tests carried out by Cranfield University. Furthermore, KalGUARD is installed successfully in thousands of commercial facilities across the UK – including those belonging to major hotel chains, international fast food outlets, leading supermarkets, restaurants, universities and offices, to list but a few – which gave the club’s management team every confidence in the product.

In 2012 the KalGUARD system was installed on the site’s rising main, before the water storage tanks and booster sets, allowing limescale control to be delivered to all hot and cold water outlets. The installation process took just one day, with minimal disruption to the business.

After just 60 days of operation, a significant reduction in limescale deposits and lime discolouration was clearly evident on all bathroom fittings and sanitaryware in the gym. The appearance of the cubicle walls and floor tiles also improved markedly, with lime bloom eliminated from the shower panels. Six months on and the showerheads were visibly clean apart from some very minor external streaking, while there was little or no deposition visible on the nozzles.

Routine showerhead cleaning has since become an extremely simple and quick task at the gym. KalGUARD has even made a positive difference to the floor tiles, which proved a real challenge due to the previous use of acid-based cleaners which had compromised the surfaces and led to permanent discolouration. Even so, far less limescale deposits are in evidence.

KalGUARD’s performance has been monitored regularly since its installation two years ago, and the results have been consistently impressive – demonstrating that this limescale solution really is fit for a gym.

For more information on KalGUARD, please contact Sentinel Commercial on 01928 588330 or visit