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Cleaning Show 2019 Conference To Address Major Challenges Facing The Cleaning, Waste Management And FM Sectors

21 February 2019

The Cleaning Show (Excel, London 19-21 March 2019), one of Europe’s biggest trade events dedicated to commercial cleaning and FM, has again a packed conference programme featuring a wide range of industry experts.

Leading names drawn from across the cleaning, waste management and FM sectors include Dominic Ponniah from Cleanology.

His session is will look at attitudes towards pay structures and will explore the appetite for committing to the Real Living Wage.

He said: “Wages have come into sharp focus in recent years, but cleaning firms are all too aware that clients have the final say on whether to offer cleaning staff the Living Wage or the Real Living Wage.

"But what do their employees say? Would they prefer to work for a company that remunerates all its staff fairly? And does higher pay translate into a higher standard of work?”

Another panel, The bigger picture of cleaning and waste management, will be hosted by PFM editor Dennis Flower. 

This will see Matt Coulson and Sandrino Vieira from Chiswick Park Enjoy-Work debating with Mark Loubser from Intu Retail Services and Michael Foreman from Don’t Waste UK. 

Matt Coulson said: “Waste management is an integral part of the way in which we operate our buildings and our Campus. I look forward to sharing best practices on the subject with a panel of professionals at the Cleaning Show.” 

In contrast Dean Pearce from SWRNewstar will be focussed on the issue of food waste in the hospitality sector.

He said: “If we are to meet the future food demands of a growing global population, we must tackle food waste. My presentation will lift the lid on the true cost of food waste providing both the economic and environmental case for reduction.”

Brexit is also on the agenda, and Keith Baker from recruitment and training agency CERATA will be talking about the post-Brexit recruitment landscape.

He said of his session: “Finding the right people, then putting them in the right seats, has always been a challenge. Will it be more so post-Brexit? See you at The Cleaning Show to discuss.”

Other speakers will be addressing key issues linked to sustainability, skills and employment, pay and conditions and the changing workplace. Additional topics set to be covered include food hygiene, cleaning and waste within healthcare environments, and tackling surface contamination.

She said: “There has never been a more exciting time for modern workforces and at the same time never a more challenging time for employers to meet modern workforce demands.

"I am excited to join The Cleaning Show this year to evolve the discussion on innovation through people."

There are also a number of special industry panels planned for 2019. One of these is entitled How can recycling in the cleaning sector aid the circular economy? and will feature contributions from Lorcan Mekitarian from RPC bpi recycled products, Asa Degerman from Essity, Owen George from Grundon and John Brill from Nilfisk.

Stan Atkins, Chair of The British Cleaning Council which co-produces The Cleaning Show, said: “The theme of sustainability will be highlighted by a number of other speakers this year which reflects what a crucial issue it has become.

"We also have presenters who will talk about other major topics which affect every part of the sector. This includes employment, the Living Wage, technology, Brexit, workforce development and the provision of skills and training.

“Other presentations are set to look at more niche topics such as healthcare while the discussion panels will stimulate lively debate between leading figures drawn from right across the waste, FM and hygiene industries.

“It’s one of the strongest and most diverse line-ups we’ve ever pulled together and reflects how The Cleaning Show continues to attract the industry’s biggest names, either as sponsors, exhibitors or speakers.

“This is in turn ensures the event is attended by senior professionals who want to gain insights into what is happening in their sector, experience all the latest products and innovations, meet both new and existing industry contacts while also enjoying three days of high calibre networking.”

Further details of The Cleaning Show, including the full seminar programme and how to register for a free three-day pass, can be found at

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