Let them eat cake! (whilst helping a great cause!)

Macmillan Coffee Morning

Here at Jangro last month, we continued our effort to raise £100,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support by taking part in the annual ‘Macmillan’s World’s Biggest Coffee Morning’. It was a great event, with a number of staff baking up delicious treats that would rival those of the Great British Bake Off! We are proud to announce that we raised a total of £350 at the coffee morning.

A big thank you to all Jangro members, staff and our group suppliers for their fantastic efforts, not only at the coffee morning, but for helping, sponsoring and encouraging us in our other recent charitable endeavours which have included sponsored walks, triathlons, marathons, race nights, raffles and auctions.

Over the summer, we also hosted a ‘Supplier Round Robin and Gala Evening’ event which proved to be another ideal time to hold a raffle and fundraise for Macmillan Cancer Support, as well as offering our suppliers an excellent opportunity to meet the whole Jangro membership in one room. Getting all 44 independent companies in one room was hugely beneficial for our suppliers, saving them a lot of travelling, and offering them the chance to learn about new products, promotions and initiatives available in our network. Thanks to the generosity of the suppliers, fundraising at this event brought in over £2,600 – a fantastic amount!!

Here at Jangro, we are extremely proud to be working in partnership with Macmillan Cancer Support and helping a charity that does so much great work. Macmillan’s ambition is to reach and improve the lives of everyone living with cancer and to inspire millions of others to do the same. From the moment of diagnosis, through treatment and beyond, Macmillan is a constant source of support to people affected by cancer, including victims themselves, as well as carers, family members, volunteers and community members.

Taking the sum raised at our Macmillan World’s Biggest Coffee Morning and ‘Supplier Round Robin and Gala Evening’ into account, we have now raised a grand total of more than £55,000 so far! Over the next three years we will be continuing to work hard to reach our fundraising goal of £100,000 to support this most worthy charity.

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If you would like to help us to reach our target and wish to donate, visit our Just Giving Page here: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/jangro

Washing our hands for a better future

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It’s Global Handwashing Day on Sunday 15th October, a global advocacy day dedicated to increasing awareness and understanding about the importance of handwashing. This year’s theme is ‘Our Hands, Our Future’, reminding us that handwashing not only protects our own health, but also allows us to build our own futures, as well as those of our communities, and the world.

Handwashing is an easy, affordable and effective way to achieve continued health, wellbeing and productivity for ourselves, our families and communities. This simple act can reduce the number of lost sick days at work and school, prevent contamination in catering workplaces, protect visitors and patients from infection at healthcare facilities, and even help fight the spread of antibiotic resistance. Here are some interesting facts courtesy of globalhandwashing.org.

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At Jangro, we take hand hygiene seriously and have given careful thought to the products we offer through our network. We know that the efficacy of hand hygiene products in tackling infections is a crucial factor in tackling the spread of infections so all hand hygiene products we offer conform to key standards including EN 1499, EN1276 and EN13727. Our Cleaning & Hygiene Supplies Catalogue gives further details of our latest washroom range, including perfumed and unperfumed liquid soaps, foams, sanitising gels and wipes. You will also find a range of wall charts and posters, including a guide to hand washing, which can be downloaded for free and used in facilities as part of a hand hygiene campaign.

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We also know that having a range of options available can increase the likelihood that a person will wash or sanitise their hands more regularly, and more effectively. That’s why we offer dispenser options to suit all preferences, including a specially-developed range of hand hygiene products for children called Jangronauts.

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The Jangronauts range helps children learn about the importance of hand hygiene in a fun, interactive and educational way. The range of hand washing dispensers (with a selection of soap options), toilet tissue dispensers and hand drying units for washrooms all feature the fun ‘Jangronaut’ characters; whilst a wide range of free support materials is also available to help teachers and parents engage with children and deliver the hand washing message in a fun and interactive way. For more information go to www.jangronauts.co.uk

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This October 15th, whether you are celebrating at school, in a health or catering facility, or at home with your community, let’s wash our hands and invest in a better future!

Concentrating on environmental impacts

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Many of you may be aware of our popular Enviro Concentrates range of cleaning concentrates, developed with reducing waste at the heart of the concept. The easy and safe dose caps and trigger spray bottles provided with Enviro Concentrates products, together with Jangro’s comprehensive dosing guidelines, make sure exactly the right amount is used each time – no more and no less.

We have just added to this range with the introduction of a new high concentrate, low dosage air freshener and fabric deodoriser. Combining high performance with cost efficiency and environmental sensitivity, the new A7 Air Freshener and Fabric Deodoriser freshen the atmosphere and upholstery with an elegant fragrance of jasmine, rose and lime. Perfect for counteracting malodours, A7 is ideal for freshening up fabrics which cannot be cleaned in a washing machine, such as curtains, soft furnishings and carpets.

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Because the range is highly concentrated, very low dosages are required, which can be accurately measured and used with Jangro’s trigger bottles and trigger spray heads. Each one-litre bottle of A7 provides up to 50 trigger spray bottles of air freshener and fabric deodoriser.

Reduced lifecycle impact

Using high concentration, low dosage cleaning products and highly accurate dosing methods means less packaging is required overall, and much less water is used during production. This also saves on C02 thanks to the products weighing less during transport, being packaged in smaller bottles and requiring far fewer deliveries. The overall result is reduced waste and minimal impact on the environment. And all of this comes with no impact on the quality and performance of the range!

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The Enviro Concentrates range is a diverse selection of cleaning chemicals – together with the new additions, these include a Washroom Cleaner, Kitchen Sanitiser, Floor Cleaner, plus many more versatile chemicals. Each bottle provides up to 100 trigger spray bottles or 50 x 5 litre buckets of cleaning solution.

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The cleaning supply chain needs to continue to work hard to reduce chemical wastage, and even eliminate it altogether if possible. Using dosing caps to measure out concentrates is the most economical, entry-level way of moving away from ready-to-use sprays which can promote overuse of cleaning products. By moving into concentrates, cleaning contractors can also cut down on packaging, emissions, energy and disposal costs, while still delivering or exceeding the desired cleaning performance.

 

Bite-sized learning

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Part of our mission here at Jangro is to make high quality training as accessible as possible for our customers. Many of you will have heard of our online training platform, the Learning Management Solution – we spent over six years developing this free, fully interactive e-learning platform, and are constantly refining and updating it.

In fact, our hard-working team has recently made the LMS even more versatile and accessible through the introduction of cleaning guide shorts in the form of our new Task Cards. View a taster of one of our Task Cards below:

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As well as offering animated video shorts to help operatives train to perform a range of specific cleaning jobs, the task cards themselves are brief, highly visual documents containing step-by-step instructions for product usage and safety information.

Here are the first three task cards:

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We understand that it can be a challenge for busy operatives, particularly those working in smaller companies, to find the time and resources to attend training courses.

Courses often take place during working hours, and the cleaner must also sometimes travel to another town or city to take part – which becomes more of a challenge and causes greater disruption with ongoing training programmes requiring multiple sessions.

There are also higher costs to a business associated with sending operatives on training courses, including travel and the cost of the courses themselves, not to mention the cost of lost work if courses take place during working hours.

The benefit of the LMS is that course lengths vary, with users able to train remotely at times that suit them. This allows cleaning operatives to dip in and out of short sessions or longer sessions, making learning highly flexible and accessible. The new Task Cards make bite-sized training even more user-friendly and versatile.

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We hope you find them useful!

Visit Jangro Learning Management Solution (LMS) to sign up today!

What exactly are the benefits of buying from a world-class network?

The Jangro Network is one of the UK and Ireland’s largest independent group of cleaning product suppliers; but what exactly are the benefits to customers of buying from us? After all, we’re just moving cleaning products around, right?

Wrong! Here are the top 5 benefits of buying from the expanding Jangro network, which currently consists of 44 independent members:

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Our increased buying power means we can offer high quality products at consistent, competitive prices;

 

 

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Free, fully-integrated training for cleaning operatives: the Jangro Learning Management Solution is free to all customers, offering versatile and flexible training, certification and reporting (which can be used to help when bidding for contracts);

 

 

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Comprehensive technical and health & safety support, including safety data sheets, COSHH risk assessments, product usage guides and much more;

 

 

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Sustainable cleaning products: everything we offer has been comprehensively assessed with a low overall environmental impact in mind, from the raw materials used, to logistics, packaging and recycling.

 

And these are just the top five benefits, there is so much more besides – not least dedicated customer account management, consolidated invoicing and tailored reporting from a centralised point of contact, and our snazzy and modern e-commerce website. We could go so far as to say it’s the most comprehensive package in our industry!

It all adds up to the fact that our network offers our customers quality, choice, training and technical support. And we are constantly striving to improve quality and standards across our industry as well as developing and expanding our range of professional products – so it’s about much, much more than just moving products about!

We have the added benefit of a wealth of expert knowledge at our fingertips thanks to our members. Many of them are well-established independent companies that have been in the business for generations. We work hard to raise the bar for best practice in cleaning, so you can be sure that the products you buy from us are the safest and most innovative currently on the market.

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Democratising training for cleaning operatives

Training should not be vexing – it’s that simple. It should not be a burden that sees cleaning operatives struggle to find the time and money to undertake training courses. While many cleaning operatives still think the traditional training model of days in a training centre physically learning from an instructor is the only way to gain knowledge about the latest practices and products in the cleaning industry, there is another way.

The digital revolution is democratising training for the cleaning industry – e-learning modules can be a highly effective way of providing high-quality training to a large audience, and are often highly cost-effective or even free. That this type of training does not take time out of a working day, and the best courses allow operatives to dip in and out of sessions, providing very high flexibility. The best distance learning platforms can be accessed on smart phones and on desktop computers, so the majority of cleaning operatives already have the hardware they need.

But how do you know if you are looking at a quality e-training course, and what are the key points to watch out for? Here are our top five tips:

  • Quality: The best e-learning training platforms for cleaning operatives will generally be offered by existing, well-known brands in the cleaning industry, and developed in association with independent, reputable industry experts.
  • Range: Quality e-learning courses will cover a wide range of topics, from health and safety basics to specialist activities such as floor care, carpet care, and kitchen and washroom hygiene.
  • Adaptability: Ideally, course lengths would vary, with users able to train remotely at times that suit them. This allows cleaning operatives to dip in and out of short sessions or longer sessions, making learning highly flexible and accessible.
  • Reporting: The best e-learning courses will allow cleaning supervisors to remotely monitor the progress of students and generate reports based on the training they’ve received and their success. This documentation can help with bidding.
  • Supporting information: As well as certification of courses undertaken, ideally, e-learning providers would also supply a range of free supporting health and safety information, as well as technical data sheets, and product usage guides; if the training is offered in connection with the use of specific products.

E-learning should not replace the hands-on training approach, but rather offer an extra form of highly flexible and accessible training, with the aim of raising standards of health and safety in the industry.

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Our industry is not behind the times when it comes to innovation. Many professional cleaning operatives are alert to the benefits of new technology, and to how distance learning can directly benefit them. E-learning allows high-quality training to reach a large audience that may not otherwise have undertaken such a programme – and this can only be a good thing for raising health and safety standards in our industry.

Here at Jangro, we passionately believe that training should be high quality, easily accessible and cost-effective. In fact, we have just made our e-learning platform, the Jangro Learning Management Solution, even more versatile and accessible through the introduction of animated cleaning guide shorts in the form of Task Cards.

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Find out more about the Learning Management Solution here: jangrolms.net

Soap for social good

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Here at Jangro we are proud to offer hand crafted soaps from The Soap Co, through Clarity Enterprises. We love the luxurious look and feel, and also thoroughly support the social good that The Soap Co and Clarity Enterprises champion through their innovative business models.

The Soap Co is a social enterprise that creates soap products with wonderful fragrances, minimalist design and a strong social and environmental ethos.

All disabled people should have an opportunity for employment, independence and skills development. The Soap Co and Clarity Enterprises bring life to this vision with a workforce that is predominately blind or otherwise disabled or disadvantaged.

As well as providing a stable, friendly and supportive work place, The Soap Co also strives to reduce its impact on the environment by developing eco-friendly products based on natural ingredients. Its profits are reinvested into the organisation to allow further opportunities to be developed for its workforce.

Proudly British, the Soap Co currently employs over 105 people across the country, 80% of whom are blind or otherwise disabled. The company aims to generate over 60 new job opportunities every year.

We couldn’t agree more with The Soap Co when it states that there is no trade-off between luxury products, beautiful design and social impact. Every time you use a product from The Soap Co, you are creating opportunities for people who are blind or otherwise disabled or disadvantaged.

Find out more about The Soap Co range on offer in our new Cleaning & Hygiene Supplies Catalogue: Soap Co range.

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Hygiene best practice – five things you may not know

Getting a facility spick and span plays an important role in infection prevention and control. But what do we mean when we talk about hygiene best practice in cleaning, and how can you ensure that you and your cleaning teams are getting the job done to the highest possible standards?

Here are five things you and your cleaning team may not know about hygiene best practice:

Do you know what should be cleaned and when in the washroom?

Washrooms require specific hand with glove showing thumb up sign against clean toiletdaily, weekly and monthly cleaning regimes to maintain the highest standards of hygiene to reduce the risk of infection and prevent the spread of harmful bacteria. For instance, did you know that germicidal or bactericidal cleaners will kill 99.99% of all bacteria found on a surface, and they don’t need to be used every day?

 

Do you know the difference between disinfectors and sanitisers?

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Catering businesses are vulnerable to food contamination due to poor hygiene practices by food handlers or unhygienic working conditions. To meet the required hygiene standards of a commercial kitchen environment, cleaners must differentiate between disinfectors and sanitisers in order to understand how to properly clean professional kitchens.

 

Do you know how to limit the environmental impacts of cleaning?            

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Do your cleaning staff know how to protect themselves from hazards while cleaning? LMS-topicsMany chemical products used during cleaning are dangerous and can cause fires, damage your health or the environment. Find out more in our Control of Substances Hazardous to Health awareness training module, together with our manual handling, and health & safety courses and much more via our free e-learning platform, the Jangro Learning Management Solution.

How can you encourage children to use a washroom safely and hygienically?

18891822_1162380993866532_7915381736197359265_oDid you know Jangro worked with educational experts to carefully develop a co-ordinated hand hygiene campaign for children, combining vibrant and fun learning resources with the physical hand washing appliances in their setting? This way, there is a clear link between classroom learning and practical application. The Jangronauts are four hand-washing hero characters who teach children about the vital importance of hand hygiene in a fun, interactive and educational way. The colourful characters feature on a range of free-on-loan washroom dispenser units, and are also the stars of a variety of education resources.

While some view a cleaner’s work as something anyone could do, successful cleaning companies recognise the need for well-trained professionals. Here at Jangro, we champion the vital work that cleaners undertake day in and day out, often in the background and out-of-hours. We are proud to be raising the bar for standards in the cleaning industry, and would like to help our customers reach their full potential and produce quality cleaning results in an environmentally sensitive and cost-effective way.

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Jangro aces distribution test

We are delighted to have passed the auditing process and become one of the first distributors accredited by the Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association (CHSA) new Accredited Distributors Scheme!

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Gaining accreditation is no mean feat, and we are really proud to come on board. The independent auditing process is rigorous, and conducted by the CHSA’s Independent Inspector. Assessments don’t stop when you’ve gained accreditation – regular audits will continue, offering buyers certainty and confidence that high standards are maintained.

The CHSA is committed to driving up standards in the cleaning industry, and so is the dedicated team here at Jangro. The accreditation scheme is a great way for our customers to be confident that the cleaning and hygiene products we offer can be relied upon to meet the high standards of the scheme and all aspects of the CHSA code of practice.

 

A single source of supply

Here at Jangro we are proud to be the leading independent supply network for the professional cleaning industry. We now boast a total of 44 distributors across the UK, Ireland and Isle of Man! You can use our online search tool to find your local distributor.

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Being part of such an expansive and growing network gives us buying power and efficiency savings, which we pass on to our customers, while also providing us with a deep pool of knowledge and experience.

We have carefully tailored our offering to make selecting, using and planning for cleaning activities with Jangro products as streamlined as possible for our customers. Our product catalogues are available online and in print, including our newly launched Cleaning & Hygiene Supplies Catalogue 2017/18. Our website has been designed to make finding the product you need to get the job done as simple as possible – you can search by product category, business sector, or by cleaning task.

 

Proud to be independent

There’s plenty more besides! The headline is that we are proud to be the UK’s largest independent distribution network of products for the professional cleaning industry. We’re passionate about going above and beyond to help our customers grow their businesses.

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