I love this time of year. As well as the festivities, and the lifted spirits of friends, family and colleagues, it also gives me the opportunity to pause and reflect on the happenings of the previous twelve months.
It always surprises me at how quickly December comes around, but when I stop and look back, I realise just how much was packed into that short year! So, as the year draws to a close, I’d like to take a moment to reflect on the key events of 2018.
2018 has been a special year for me. One of my personal highlights has to be from March, when I was appointed as Jangro’s new CEO. I am both honoured and delighted to hold this role, and still feel very lucky to work in an industry that I am passionate about, and for a Group that I truly believe in.
In April, the Jangro bus went back on tour, with its first destination the Manchester Cleaning Show! We were thrilled to welcome visitors to our stand, and network over a coffee or sweet treat, thanks to the barista service that was on board the bus, and the ice-creams that were offered in our ‘country-style garden’. Thanks to the kind donations received in return for these refreshments, money was raised for the ‘We Love Manchester Emergency Fund’, which was set up to help those affected by the attack at Manchester Arena last year.
Over the summer, we made some improvements to our award-winning online training programme, the Learning Management Solution (LMS). Operatives may now sign in with their social media log-ins, making it quicker and easier for them to access best practice and advice. In addition, we added to our ever increasing range of client resources & here’s just an example with some of our most recently added Task Cards:
- NEW Guide to Cleaning Wash Basins & Taps
- NEW Guide to cleaning stainless steel
- NEW Guide to cleaning glass and mirrors
During the autumn our website got a makeover! We optimised it so it is now mobile friendly – essential these days when both operatives and managers rely on their smart phones or tablets for advice, training and indeed placing orders. As a CHSA accredited distributor, we were also proud to support the organisation’s expansion of its ‘what’s in the box’ campaign for plastic sacks. This now guarantees that any bin liners that are stamped with the Accreditation Scheme mark are fit for purpose and the dimensions and count are as indicated on the label. Purchasing from an accredited member, like Jangro, guarantees transparency, and the assurance that ‘what’s on the box is what’s in the box.’
In September, we once again took part in MacMillan Cancer Support’s ‘World’s Biggest Coffee Morning’. We raised £500.00 meaning the grand total raised so far stands at £65,199.07! A big thank you to everybody that has supported us in all of our charitable endeavours over the year. Should you wish to donate, please visit our Just Giving page.
We were excited to launch our new Catering Catalogue recently. Not only is it packed with everything a catering business needs, it also offers many products designed with the environment in mind, such as a brand new sustainable food packaging range. Perfect for takeaway foods, these containers are made from recycled board and are recyclable, compostable and fully bio-degradable. The catalogue features all the essentials required for catering, leisure and hospitality businesses – including kitchen hygiene, utensils and equipment, cleaning chemicals, tableware and glassware, washroom supplies, work wear, janitorial and waste management.
We have also been very busy behind the scenes, and have some exciting news to announce early next year – watch this space! In the meantime, on behalf of the whole team at Jangro, I’d like to wish everyone in the Jangro network and supply chain, a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.