Technology and Sustainability top the agenda as the Manchester Cleaning Show returns this April


Following its triumphant return to London in 2021, The Cleaning Show is gearing up to return to Manchester for its first face-to-face event in the city for more than three years. Moving to an all-new venue, the event will see cleaning professionals descend on the Manchester Central Convention Complex from 6-7 April 2022 for two days of invaluable networking, a chance to learn from industry leaders and test the latest product innovations in person.

Organised by the British Cleaning Council and Quartz Business Media, the event, which runs in Manchester every other year alternating with ExCeL, London, is set to welcome more than 3,000 cleaning professionals – spanning the contract cleaning, facilities management (FM), healthcare, hospitality, retail, and public services sectors. With a chance to celebrate the industry’s biggest achievements, the event will also provide an invaluable platform to discover the next big trend and source the latest products and solutions from exhibitors including Prochem, Greyland Limited, Innovise, Victor Floorcare, Rotowash, Toucan Eco and Gojo.

A platform for industry firsts

Highlighting the event’s important position as a platform for new product launches, Motorscrubber has confirmed attendees at this year’s event will be the first in Europe to see the exclusive unveiling of its latest innovation – SHOCK. This all-new, patent-pending machine uses powerful, targeted, shock-wave cleaning, with an ultra-low-profile head for scrubbing hard to reach areas. Optimised for precious corner cleaning, it is designed to complement the company’s renowned DMT System.

And, in an exciting new development for this year’s event, Reckitt’s Dettol Pro Solutions – Dettol’s business-to-business offering – will act as the official hygiene partner for The Manchester Cleaning Show 2022. Dettol’s protocols and trusted products will help to protect delegates at the two-day event, helping to reduce the spread of bacteria and viruses across key hotspots.

The convergence of people and technology

Among the trends set to be discussed at the event will be the role of technology and what the future of cobot and human interaction will look like. Technology has made significant strides over the last half a century, with artificial intelligence playing a critical role. Described as the ‘next cleaning revolution’, cobots – which are designed to work alongside human employees – have quickly risen in popularity, thanks to their ability to enhance repetitive cleaning procedures and free up valuable time, allowing operatives to focus on other important tasks, such as touchpoint or deep cleaning.

At the Manchester Cleaning Show 2022, Killis will return to highlight how embracing such technology can hugely benefit cleaning professionals around the world. Speaking about the company’s return to the Manchester Cleaning Show, Holly Greenhalgh, Marketing & Communications Manager, said: “Every day Killis inspire people to make cleaner, healthier spaces—through forward-thinking products, our ideas and our team. Working in partnership with The Manchester Cleaning Show, we’re delighted to be showcasing our advanced robotics, the latest in scrubber dryer tech and our growing sustainability range.”

Fellow exhibitor, i-team will also be on hand to discuss how the use of cobots can help businesses maintain a high standard of cleaning with ultimate efficiency and less strain on operatives. Its Co-botic™ 65 is designed to automatically navigate complex, real-world environments, adapting its path to any obstacles that it encounters and safely responding to encounters with people or animals. While it’s Co-botic™ 1700 can be programmed to vacuum spaces using the i-team professional app or be left to program itself to perform the most efficient cleaning job.

The topic of robots and cobots in the cleaning industry will return among this year’s topics during the event’s popular conference programme as Killis open the second day with a session on robots and cobots and how they can enhance current cleaning practices. A further session will see Dominic Ponniah, CEO and Co-Founder, Cleanology and Cleanology Sales Director, Stephen Lynch explore how robotics and smart sensor technology can help facilities professionals manage workplaces in a new post-COVID era.

Making cleaning more sustainable

With a growing pressure to use fewer resources and minimise emissions and waste, sustainability is another hot topic set to be explored at the show. Dominating the agenda at this year’s conference programme, a series of speakers will offer their views on how to make the cleaning industry more sustainable. Among the speakers confirmed, Nina Wyers, Marketing and Brand Director, The Floorbrite Group will discuss what companies can do to support the global commitment to reduce C02 emissions and other greenhouse gases.

Elsewhere, James Lee, Council Member, Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association will outline a roadmap towards sustainability and delve into the CHA’s five key pillars helping businesses embrace environmental sustainability including product, packaging, transportation, social value, and ethical and corporate environmental impact. While Steve Courtney, Product Specialist, Robert Scott will discuss the latest in sustainable product development and chemical-free cleaning systems that are reducing costs and single-use plastic waste as well as cutting carbon emissions.

Jim Melvin, Chairman, British Cleaning Council, said: “With 1.47 million workers in the cleaning and hygiene sector which is approximately five per cent of the UK workforce, we sit firmly in the top ten UK industries for employment. The tragic Coronavirus pandemic saw the industry gain recognition for the importance of our work and the skill and hard work of our personnel in keeping people and places safe and healthy.

“Over the past two years, cleaning professionals from across the sector have demonstrated great bravery, determination, and skill. Let’s be very clear, this was achieved whilst working on the frontline in the fight against the pandemic. With this growing and much deserved recognition, we’re excited to return to Manchester for The Cleaning Show 2022 to discuss the critical role of the cleaning and hygiene sector post-pandemic, what the next chapter holds for the industry and to celebrate our superb cleaning teams.”

Stuart Dacre, Event Director, The Cleaning Show, added: “After three years of no Manchester event, we’re excited to return and reconnect with the industry at an all-new venue as we move to the Manchester Central Convention Complex. Last year’s event at the ExCeL, London, provided us with a clear message: there is an overwhelming appetite for in-person networking and collaboration among industry professionals. We are counting down the days, looking forward to a triumphant return to the Capital of the North and excited to welcome the industry as they join us.”