Category Archives : Janitorial Hygiene & Catering


What you need to know about PaaS

Most businesses are familiar with cloud computing and its ability to deliver agility, scalability, convenience of anywhere access and drive down costs. However, there is a compelling case for organisations to venture further, utilising “Platform as a Service” (PaaS) to further accelerate innovation.

PaaS accelerates the development and deployment of a variety of applications, whether web-based or mobile, B2B or B2C.

What exactly is PaaS?

PaaS is a cloud-computing platform that is provided online by a cloud services vendor. The platform allows organisations to deploy and run business-critical software in the cloud, without ever having to worry about purchasing, installing or maintaining a sophisticated IT infrastructure: you just get to focus on your business, everything else is done for you, as an on-demand pay-per-use service.

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UK manufacturing ‘strongest growth for three years’

The UK’s manufacturing sector picked up further in November to its strongest level for almost three years, according to a closely watched survey.

The Markit/CIPS Manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) also showed employment in the sector grew.

The news adds to other recent data showing that the UK economy is putting the economic crisis years behind it.

The PMI stood at 58.4 in November, its highest since February 2011. A reading over 50 indicates growth.

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Merlin’s user of the Month: Peter Hogarth & Sons

Peter Hogarth & Sons - Merlin's user of the month for October 2013At Merlin Business Software, we recognise changing any process within a business can be an arduous and sometimes unforgiving task, especially when it comes to something as integral and company-wide as business software.

That’s why this month we’re recognising one of our customers, in particular for all their hard work during their implementation process, resulting in an extremely smooth go-live in May earlier this year.

Nominated by Louise Hopkinson, Project Manager at Merlin Business Software, Louise said “Fiona Hunter, Director at Peter Hogarth & Sons, worked tirelessly with her team to ‘dot every i and cross every t’ during the implementation process.”

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BIFM withdraws from industry merger talks

The British Institute of Facilities Management (BIFM) has announced that it has decided to withdraw with immediate effect from the merger discussions it had entered into with Asset Skills, CSSA and FMA.

This decision was taken at a recent BIFM Board meeting at which the potential merger was thoroughly reviewed. After careful consideration the board took the decision to withdraw from the merger discussions as it was felt that the current merger plans were not in the best interest of BIFM and its members at this time.

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Local authorities demand suppliers meet CHSA specifications

The number of local authorities specifying the Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers’ Association (CHSA) Manufacturing Standards Accreditation Scheme for plastic refuse sacks has risen significantly during 2013.

“The escalation in the number of those specifying that their suppliers meet the criteria of the scheme has risen because of the rigour of the scheme and the increase in awareness of it,” said David Garcia, chairman of Polaris Plastics and member of the CHSA council. “Earlier this year we increased the rigour of the scheme and it has paid dividends for both members and buyers of plastic refuse sacks.”

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