Cleaning & Maintenance - August 2019

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Saying hello then waving goodbye Paul Thrupp, the new chair of the British Cleaning Council, reports. IF any of you read Stan Atkins piece on this

facing the cleaning industry which I intend to

page in the previous edition of Cleaning &

pursue in my chairman’s role. This doesn’t

more innovative projects can now be supported without the need for match-funding.

Maintenance, you will know that it

just include important issues like skills

talked about his time as BCC chair

and training, improving working

itself, in both London and Manchester, is another

conditions, promoting the

target, again building on the fantastic job the BCC

drawing to a close. He also

Boosting the reputation of The Cleaning Show

said that the practise of this

Living Wage, better operative

has done over recent years (alongside Quartz who

page being given over to BCC

health and wellbeing, fairer

publish this magazine) to boost footfall and grow

members - and occasionally our

procurement, raising standards

the exhibitor base.

industry partners - to talk about

- it also includes things like how

their work or specific initiatives

do we innovate more, maximise

would not be down to him, but

new technologies, address our

down to the new chair. I am pleased

environmental impact, and present a

But of course, any BCC chair, no matter how ambitious or driven, can’t do all of this on their own, and I am looking forward to working closely with the newly elected BCC deputy

to say that this column will again very shortly

more positive image of the commercial cleaning

chair, Jim Melvin from the CSSA, as well as the

revert to being authored by others from within the

sector to the outside world.

whole of the council membership, to take the

council’s membership, but I did want to use it to

To help do that I want to work closely with

this month to outline some of my thoughts as the

the existing BCC membership - which has now

newly elected chair.

grown to over 20 organisations - and other

future Cleaning & Maintenance columns so you

industry partners, influencers and policy

can get a sense of what’s important to him and

work as BCC chair over the last two years and it

makers. That could see the BCC reaching out

what his perspective is on key BCC matters. But to

has been a pleasure to be his deputy during that

to other trade associations where we have

reiterate what I said at the beginning of this piece,

time. His vast industry experience - combined

similar goals, and engaging more directly with

the plan is for this space to be given over to the BCC

with a pragmatic approach and a disarming sense

government on specific issues which have a

membership each month to talk in more detail about

of humour - helped the council to overcome a

significant impact on cleaning.

their specific sector and what matters to them.

First off, I would like to thank Stan for all of his

number of challenges with a minimum of drama,

organisation forward. You’ll hopefully also be hearing from Jim in

I also want to see how the money we make from

Finally, as someone who has worked in the

which is just the kind of quality you look for in a

The Cleaning Show, which is the BCC’s sole source

sector for over 40 years, I am proud to be the new

chair of an organisation as complex as the BCC.

of revenue, can be made to work even harder to

chair of the BCC and I look forward to working

support the efforts of the council. This will look to

with BCC members and our partners to make the

effective way is yet to be seen, but both myself

build on Stan’s work to help streamline the BCC’s

industry better for everyone.

and Stan did agree on a number of priorities

grant giving programme meaning that smaller and


Whether I can fill such large shoes in such an

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