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New year, new opportunities to have your say

03 January 2018

2018 is set to be an exciting year for Cleaning Matters (CM) as we launch new projects designed to provide even more insight into industry issues as part of our campaign to inform, educate and advise cleaning professionals.

CM will still give you updates on the latest news, features and products but we will be adding to our range of unique special reports, based around a survey of our readership and covering all aspects of professional cleaning and hygiene. 

The first will focus on what the future holds for the cleaning industry. At the end of 2017 we asked you, our readers, to share your thoughts and opinions on this topic in an online survey. 

And who better to predict where the cleaning industry will go next in terms of new technologies, new ways of working and best practice than those at the forefront of cleaning and hygiene provision day-in and day-out across the country and across all sectors? 

Your input is invaluable and we are delighted to say that the response to the survey has been phenomenal. A big thank you to everyone who took part. 

The results of the survey, along with analysis from thought leaders and key associations, will be published in a special report 'The Future of Cleaning' in March which can be viewed at www.cleaning-matters.com

Following on from its debut last year, a new edition of the 'Hospital & Healthcare Hygiene Special Report' will then come out in July. This time, however, we will also be inviting leading infection prevention and control experts to have their say on the biggest challenges in this field including antimicrobial resistance, NHS budget pressures and the potential impact of Brexit on staffing levels. 

In our final Special Report of 2018, we will explore the biggest cleaning and hygiene issues facing the food industry. Every day, food is served on premises across a vast range of different environments, and every year foodborne illnesses affect up to 5.5 million people in the UK, according to figures from the Food Standards Agency (FSA). In a culture where customer reviews on social media have the power to make or break a business, those responsible for food safety and hygiene can’t afford to get it wrong.

Available in November, the report will look at best practices and new technologies related to all aspects of food storage, preparation, service and disposal, as well as the cleaning and maintenance of facilities.

We hope you enjoy reading the new reports and find them useful. As always we welcome your thoughts and feedback. Please email me at CHackett@western-bp.co.uk if you'd like to get in touch.