Virtual Manchester Cleaning Show set to be unmissable, say organisers

Organisers have unveiled details of the virtual version of the Manchester Cleaning Show and promised it will be ‘unmissable’ for anyone connected to the cleaning and hygiene sector.

The virtual show, which takes place on 14 – 15 October and is free to register, will allow attendees to enjoy an experience as close to attending the physical event as possible while using a computer, tablet or mobile device.

It includes a chance to visit national and international exhibitors in their virtual booths, the opportunity to listen to relevant and exciting pre-recorded presentations and a way of interacting virtually with other attendees.

It replaces the physical Manchester Cleaning Show, which will now take place in September 2021. The event is the premier trade show in the North of England for the cleaning and hygiene sector, attracting 2,000 visitors, and is also free to attend.

The virtual Manchester Cleaning Show will showcase the vital role the cleaning and hygiene sector has played in tackling Coronavirus and highlight how the industry can continue to support the economy to reopen safely.

Some of the world’s most well-known and innovative companies are exhibiting, and visitors can view their profiles, see information and company videos, send messages and join live meeting rooms, all within an exhibitor’s own video booth.

As part of the pre-recorded conference programme, expert industry figures and high-profile business leaders will offer insights into a range of topics of interest to anyone with a connection to the cleaning and hygiene sector.

Just a few examples include:

  • entrepreneur and media commentator, Dominic Ponniah, of Cleanology, will discuss how technology will enhance cleaning post Covid-19;
  • Lorcan Mekitarian, of Berry bpi and the Cleaning and Hygiene Suppliers Association (CHSA), will discuss single use plastics after Covid-19;
  • Dr Eileen Buttimer, of Oakland Innovation, will give her thoughts on how science and technology will drive cleaning forward in the future;
  • Nik Wyers, joint MD, The Floorbrite Group, will focus on adapting a business to thrive during the pandemic; and
  • Paul Ashton, CEO of Birkin Cleaning Services, will chat about his experiences during the pandemic and his thoughts on the future of commercial cleaning.


The innovative software being used to host the event allows attendees to view video sessions at the allotted time in the virtual auditorium, join live chats and ask speakers questions.

Attendees will also be able to exchange business cards, send messages and request meetings with other attendees.

The show is co-produced by the sector’s industry body the British Cleaning Council (BCC) and Quartz Business Media.

Chairman of the BCC, Paul Thrupp, said: “There is so much to discuss right now. So many exhibitors have products that can help the UK get back to business and so many individuals need the support and the contacts that an event brings.

“The virtual Manchester Cleaning show provides the industry with this opportunity to come together and will be a fantastic event.

“We were sad to postpone the physical Manchester Cleaning Show, but it was the best course of action. It is one to look forward to next year.”

Neil Nixon, Conference Director, said: “The opportunities that this virtual event offers – particularly as it is being hosted on a really innovative platform – will make it unmissable for cleaning industry professionals.

“There are no apps to download, you can view everything on a device of your choice, and it will deliver exciting content and business solutions for visitors and a vital commercial opportunity for exhibitors.”

For more information about registering or exhibiting at the virtual Manchester Cleaning Show 2020, visit

The full conference programme for the virtual Manchester Cleaning Show is as follows:

Wednesday 14 October 2020

11.15am: Welcome to the Manchester Cleaning Show. By Paul Thrupp, chairman of the British Cleaning Council.

11.30am: The use of technology to enhance cleaning and hygiene in a post-COVID-19 world. By Dominic Ponniah, co-founder, Cleanology.

12.15pm: Single use plastics post-COVID-19 – what it means to the cleaning industry. By Lorcan Mekitarian, general manager, Berry bpi recycled products, and chairman of the CHSA.

1pm: Adapting a business to thrive during the pandemic. By Nik Wyers, joint managing director, The Floorbrite Group.

2pm: Innovation for a new era of cleaning: how science and technology is underpinning changing consumer demands and expectations and how we meet them. By Dr Eileen Buttimer, managing partner – consumer advisory, Oakland Innovation.

2.25pm: Revolutionising the way we clean and disinfect with hypochlorous acid. By Steve Courtney, business development manager, Toucan Eco.

3.3pm: Fireside Chat. Neil Nixon speaks with Paul Ashton, CEO, Birkin Cleaning Services, about his experiences during the pandemic and his thoughts on the future of commercial cleaning post-COVID-19.

4pm: A global perspective: what lessons can we learn from cleaning contractors around the world in tackling the COVID-19 pandemic? Hosted by Neil Nixon, this panel comprises: Dianna Steinbach, Vice President of International Services, ISSA, Germany; Jonathan King, CEO, Samsic; Shawn McIntosh, COO, Atalian Servest, USA; and Paul Fereday , Head of Operations, UK Cleaning Excellence, ISS.

Thursday 15 October 2020

10.45am: Fireside Chat. Neil Nixon speaks with Paul Thrupp, Chairman of the British Cleaning Council, about the cleaning sector’s role during the pandemic and his aspirations for the future of commercial cleaning post-COVID-19.

11.30am: A change in philosophy – the benefits of hiring your industrial cleaning equipment. By Martin Doran, general manager at Astley Hire Ltd.

12.15pm: How a good marketing strategy can help grow your business. By Suzanne Howe, managing director, SHC, and Neil Nixon, conference director, Manchester Cleaning Show.

1pm: The importance of training and assessment. By Stan Atkins, CEO, British Institute of Cleaning Science (BICSc).

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