Chicago success for ISSA/INTERCLEAN North America

6th of November 2012
Chicago success for ISSA/INTERCLEAN North America

This year's ISSA/INTERCLEAN North America exhibition took place in Chicago recently, attracting more than 9,000 visitors from 65 countries outside the USA.

Just over 620 manufacturers exhibited, 95 of them new to the show - and they came from 29 different countries.

Taking place alongside ISSA/INTERCLEAN was the usual comprehensive seminar

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Dogs and humans can give each other gum disease

5th of November 2012
Dogs and humans can give each other gum disease

Dog owners are in danger of exchanging harmful mouth bacteria with their pets, according to a new study.

And this could lead to gum disease and tooth decay - both for the dog and the owner.

Previous research has shown that people can transmit oral bacteria to their children via close daily contact. However, few studies have looked into the risks

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Peer-to-peer business lending - new ways of bridging the funding gap

2nd of November 2012
Peer-to-peer business lending - new ways of bridging the funding gap

The banks – who needs them? That’s a question some high-profile economists are seriously beginning to ask as alternative sources of finance come online to bridge the funding gap. Hartley Milner reports on one of these enterprising new kids on the block, the peer-to-peer business lender.

Frustratingly for us all, the bankers have drawn

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World Federation of Building Service Contractors vows to focus on key contractor issues

1st of November 2012
World Federation of Building Service Contractors vows to focus on key contractor issues

At its recent board meeting in Brazil the World Federation of Building Service Contractors (WFBSC) pledged to focus on the key issues affecting the international contract cleaning sector.

"Three key issues were discussed," explained executive vice-president Andrew Large. One was employment standards and relationships with the International Labour

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The future for water cleaning

31st of October 2012
The future for water cleaning

Many companies are coming up with cleaning systems that use water only, claiming these to be sustainable since they remove the need for chemicals. But as water supplies dwindle, are such claims justified? Ann Laffeaty looks at arguments for and against water-based and chemical-based cleaning systems.

Products and systems were once considered to

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App helps to find safe toilets for the transgender community

31st of October 2012
App helps to find safe toilets for the transgender community

A new app designed to help transgender and gender-variant people find washrooms when out and about is now available from Apple.

TranSquat uses the phone user's GPS location to search, add and share locations of safe washrooms. There are currently around 4,000 safe-to-use washrooms in 400 cities in the US, UK and Canada listed on the

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