THE VOICE Spring 2016
A Newsletter from the British Cleaning Council (BCC)
STUNNING IMAGES SHOW IMPACT OF LITTER ON WILDLIFE TV presenter Chris Packham has teamed up with Keep Britain Tidy and Lidl to help inspire young people to take better care of the environment.
Geographical Society in London, in front of a specially invited audience. Speaking at the event he said: "People who litter are unwittingly helping to kill and injure the wildlife we all love. Not only is it unsightly but it seriously affects wild animals both on land and in our oceans.”
The broadcaster was commissioned to produce a number of wildlife shots that cleverly combine the beauty of the natural world with the ugliness of everyday litter.
On being commissioned to take the photographs he said: "I was delighted to be asked to explore this issue through the camera lens, juxtaposing the inherent beauty of our natural world with the ugliness of the litter and rubbish left carelessly discarded each and every day.”
Chris Packham, who came to prominence presenting the children’s TV nature program, The Really Wild Show, and now hosts the BBC nature series, Springwatch, unveiled the photographs at The Royal
BCC member, Keep Britain Tidy, hope the photographs will encourage young people to go out and capture
Chris Packham with Keep Britain Tidy’s CEO Allison Ogden-Newton their own images of how litter impacts the world around them, and a nationwide photography competition will be launched later this year.
BCC GEARS UP FOR THE MANCHESTER CLEANING SHOW New regional cleaning and hygiene event set to showcase the very best of the UK cleaning industry. Organisers Quartz, and the BCC, wanted an industry event for the regions that could fill the fallow year between the main London show. BCC Chairman, Simon Hollingbery said: “The cleaning industry in the North and Scotland is very buoyant, and events like this offer great marketing and networking opportunities. But in addition to that, they also allow companies unique access to buyers, so
real business can be done right from the stands. We’ve also arranged some really interesting free seminars, so there’s plenty to keep everyone interested and I’m sure it will be a really memorable event.” The show kicks off on the 6th April, and one of the highlights of the first day will be the presentation of the ‘Cleaning Operative of the Year Award,’ run by ABCD and Denis Rawlins Ltd. The show runs: 6-7 April, 2016, at Event City, and further info can be found on the website: www.cleaningshow.co.uk/manchester
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IN BRIEF BCC MEMBERS MEET IN WEST MIDLANDS The offices of Environmental Excellence Training and Development, in Oldbury, was the venue for the BCC’s first meeting of 2016. Members discussed a number of important issues including; the forthcoming Manchester Cleaning Show, the demise of former member, The Building Futures Group, a new grant application, and the business plan for the next 3 years. The BCC was also able to welcome its first new member of the year. The Domestic Cleaning Alliance, was granted associate membership in 2015, as the Council wanted to encourage smaller trade associations to become members. The DCA has now satisfied the joining criteria and the Council voted unanimously for the DCA to become full members. The second half of the meeting was taken up discussing the Stephen Munton, with BCC Chairman Council’s business plan and Simon Hollingbery and Pat Wherton objectives for the next 3 years. Business consultant, Pascoe Sawyers, gave a presentation to members about the process of changing and improving strategy and objectives.
CSSA OFFICIALLY RELAUNCHES AT LONDON EVENT The Cleaning and Support Services Association is back in action after a well-attended relaunch event in London.
New CSSA Board, February 2016
Members news CHIEF EXECUTIVE OF CIWM STEVE LEE TO STEP DOWN AT THE END OF YEAR The Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM) has announced that its Chief Executive, Steve Lee, will be stepping down from the post at the end of 2016. Steve Lee said: “CIWM represents professionals working in one of the most dynamic and fast-changing sectors, and is committed to a forward looking agenda. Over the past 18 months, we have invested heavily in a new Customer Relationship Management system and online presence to improve CIWM’s offering to its members and the wider sector. We have also deployed significant resources to ensure that our skills and training support matches the industry’s changing needs and, most recently, cofunded the second phase of the Environment Agency’s major national Duty of Care awareness campaign. I look forward to seeing these projects through over the coming months and I am confident that my successor will build on this legacy.”
Over 60 specially invited guests, and members of the cleaning trade press, gathered at a central London hotel for the official relaunch, of what is one of the cleaning industry’s oldest trade organisations.
Chairman, Doug Cooke, said: ”We are not going to do all the things we used to do, but rather take the best of what we did and add new ideas, new initiatives, with a new approach to our management to ensure that our cleaning industry association is here in another 50 years.” There will be an Annual General Meeting on Friday 22nd April, and Doug has asked any firms who are thinking of joining the CSSA to get involved before that date so they can play an important role in the constitution of the board.
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THE CLEANING INDUSTRY SHOCKED AFTER SUDDEN DEMISE OF BFG
THE CHSA BEGINS ITS SEARCH FOR THE UNDERGRADUATE SCHOLAR FOR 2016
The Building Futures Group ceased trading suddenly in January leaving people in the industry mystified, as the organisation had given no indication it was in trouble.
The Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association (CHSA) has launched its Undergraduate Scholarship Scheme for 2016 and is now on the hunt for the winning Scholar.
BFG made the announcement with a brief statement on its website, saying it was closing after ‘two successful years’, but offered no explanation as to why the end had come now.
The Scholarship is open to the sons and daughters of CHSA members who on 1 September 2016 will be 18 years or over and commencing their higher education studies this year. The successful applicant will receive £4,500, spread over their three-year degree.
Stan Atkins, CEO of BICSc and Deputy Chairman of the BCC said: “The demise of BFG leaves a number of unanswered questions. It re-enforces the view that public money used by the Government has to be allocated by the agency with a knowledge of the industry involved. We need to understand what lessons can be learned from this.”
David Garcia, Treasurer of the CHSA and Chairman of Polaris Plastics said: “The employees of CHSA members work hard and this Scheme provides us with an opportunity to say thank you. Access to higher education is incredibly expensive and whilst this Scholarship obviously does not cover the whole cost, it lifts the pressure a little.”
BICSc AWARDS 2016
Applicants need to submit their completed form, which can be obtained from Linda Belcher the Secretary of the CHSA (email@example.com), by 30 June 2016.
BICSc has announced that its Annual Awards Dinner will take place on 15th September 2016 at the Marriott Forest of Arden Hotel and Country Club. The BICSc Awards evening is one of the few ‘mustattend’ events in the cleaning and FM’s industry’s business calendar, and attracts people from all sectors of the industry. Last year over 200 guests attended the event which celebrates some of the hardest working individuals in the cleaning industry. BICSc is offering a number of sponsorship packages, and interested parties should get in touch through the Institute’s website: http://awards.bics.org.uk/home/sponsors-lounge/
BICSc CEO, Stan Atkins, speaking at 2015 Awards Dinner
WORSHIPFUL COMPANY OF ENVIRONMENTAL CLEANERS TO CELEBRATE 30TH BIRTHDAY The Worshipful Company of Environmental Cleaners (WCEC) will this year celebrate the 30th anniversary of being granted full livery status by the City of London’s Court of Aldermen. Mr Timothy Doyle, Master of the Worshipful Company of Environmental Cleaners, said: “I am very proud to be Master of this Company as it approaches its 30th anniversary. Our traditions are rooted in the past, but our role is to work in the industry of the here and now, and to ensure future generations can enjoy our legacy for years to come. The Company offers the opportunity to work with those who have reached the top of the industry and also to help develop those people on their way up.”
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MANCHESTER WELCOMES THE CLEANING SHOW 2016 Visitors and delegates gearing up for the North’s first ever Cleaning Show The term ‘Northern Powerhouse’ seems to have entered the contemporary political lexicon, but it could equally have been used 200 years ago to describe Manchester at the height of the industrial revolution. The city grew at an astonishing rate due to the boom in textile manufacturing, and it earned the nickname of ‘Cottonopolis’ because of the large number of cotton mills that were springing up. Today Manchester is more famous for its two Premier League football clubs; City and United, as well as being home to the world’s longest running soap, Coronation Street. Recently, it has also become one of the most important media hubs in the UK, with the development of Media City in Salford, now home to much of the BBC’s TV and radio output.
So when the British Cleaning Council and Quartz Business Media were looking for somewhere to host the new regional cleaning show, Manchester seemed an obvious choice. The Cleaning Show is undergoing something of a renaissance at the moment, due to the decision by organisers to move it from its former home in Birmingham, to the Excel Arena in London’s Dockland’s last year. The London show exceeded all expectations, with many exhibitors booking stand space straight away for the next Excel show in 2017. The success of the 2015 show in London proved to the organisers that there was still genuine desire for a high quality, professional industry event, and that is why they
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felt a smaller regional exhibition in the year between the main London show would work. And so the Manchester Cleaning Show was born, and if it all goes as well as everybody hopes it will, the show at Event City could become a regular fixture in the cleaning industry calendar for many years to come. It’s a chance for the BCC to once again make a positive case for the cleaning industry, and highlight the level of professionalism that now exists within the sector.
It’s a chance for the BCC to once again make a positive case for the cleaning industry, and highlight the level of professionalism that now exists within the sector.
Getting respect and recognition for the work the industry does is important to everyone at the BCC. The huge progress that has taken place in areas like; education and training, technology and more sustainable working practices, are advancements the Council wants people to know about.
The Manchester Cleaning show will showcase the very best of the UK cleaning industry, and let others know what a buoyant sector it is. It looks set to be a memorable event, and the BCC hopes everybody attending will have a great time.
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CHAIRMAN’S VIEW Spring is finally coming into view and everyone at the BCC is really looking forward to the Manchester Cleaning Show. The event in Manchester hasn’t been organised to compete with the London Excel Cleaning Show. It’s purposely smaller in scale, and has been arranged as a regional event for the years when the London show isn’t taking place. But saying that, we are still talking about a huge catchment area. Visitors will be coming from the North, the Midlands, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, so it will be one of the most important events in this year’s cleaning industry calendar. Taking place on the first day of the show is the announcement of the ‘Cleaning Operative of the Year Award,’ run by my own organisation; ABCD and Denis Rawlins Ltd. It’s an award that celebrates the achievements of those that go out on the front line day after day, and it is a competition that always attracts many high quality entries. The BCC had a very productive meeting in the West Midlands recently, where we were able to welcome our first new member of the year; The Domestic Cleaning Alliance. We also had a chance to discuss our business plan for the next three years, and will be having an on-going debate with members through the course of the year. It’s worth making the point again that the BCC has been the voice of the cleaning industry since 1982, and throughout that time has always strived to change and Simon Hollingbery, improve the cleaning industry. We now feel the time is right to discuss with members Chairman, BCC how they see the organisation developing in the future. We had a really lively discussion at our council meeting and I’m sure when we submit the final plan later in the year, it will contain some good, progressive ideas. I hope everyone who makes the trip to Manchester for the Cleaning Show has a really memorable time, and I look forward to meeting many of you there.
FOCUS ON: THE BRITISH PEST CONTROL ASSOCIATION The British Pest Control Association (BPCA) joined the BCC in the summer of 2015. The Association has over 600 members and is the professional body responsible for public health pest control in the UK. It covers the whole supply chain from manufacturers and distributors of products through to the servicing companies and local authorities that use them. BPCA servicing companies must meet strict criteria on joining, and are independently audited by Bureau Veritas on an 18-month basis against the new European Standard for Professional Pest Management, EN16636. This standard was developed by the European pest management industry to create a benchmark of quality, and allow clients some peace of mind when selecting a pest control company. Chief Executive, Simon Forrester, said: “BPCA joined the British Cleaning Council as we could see the clear benefits to being part of the confederation for the sector. Cleaning, like pest control, is another industry which is undervalued by clients, and the effect of regulation hits hard. That’s why it is important to work with our sister federations from right across the cleaning sector.” He added: “Pest Management is impossible without the active involvement of the personnel on site, whether FMs, maintenance or cleaning staff. The latter groups are probably most important, because through good hygiene practice and proofing to exclude pests, most infestations can be eliminated and, more importantly, prevented.” Simon will be explaining more about this at the Manchester Cleaning Show, where he has a seminar slot at 11.30am on 6th April. www.bpca.org.uk
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KEEP BRITAIN TIDY, LIDL AND CHRIS PACKHAM TEAM UP TO TACKLE LITTER TV presenter Chris Packham has told the BCC that he is delighted to be part of Keep Britain Tidyâ€™s latest initiative to combat litter. He also praised the supermarket chain Lidl for their generous support of ÂŁ500,000 to help fund the campaign, and said he welcomed corporate social responsibility like this. He said the idea behind the 10 photographs was to show how everyday litter can ruin the beauty of the natural world. He hoped his work would act as an inspiration to millions of children, across the UK, who are being asked to take their own photographs as part of the on-going Eco-Schools programme. Keep Britain Tidy, Chief Executive, Allison Ogden-Newton said: "We know that the majority of children and young people do care about their environment and don't drop litter. The support of Lidl, through the donation of proceeds from the single-use bag charge, will help us engage with those young people and create a generation of youngsters who not only care about their environment, but are also equipped to do something to help." The original A1 framed prints of the 10 photographs are being auctioned on the Keep Britain Tidy E-Bay site, with proceeds going to the campaign. There are four images from the collection below. The full gallery can be seen here: http://britishcleaningcouncil.org/chris-packham-keep-britain-tidy-photo-gallery
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LOO OF THE YEAR AWARDS LAUNCHED FOR 2016
LIST OF BCC MEMBERS ASSOCIATION OF BUILDING CLEANING DSPS www.abcdsp.org.uk ASSOCIATION OF BUILDING CLEANING PROFESSIONALS www.ahcp.org.uk BRITISH ASSOCIATION FOR CHEMICAL SPECIALITIES www.bacsnet.org BRITISH ASSOCIATION FOR CLEANING IN HIGHER EDUCATION (BACHE) www.bache.org.uk BRITISH INSTITUTE OF CLEANING SCIENCE www.bics.org.uk
Applications are being invited for the 2016 Loo of the Year Awards, which will take place on Friday 2nd December at the elegant four star St Johns Hotel in Solihull.
BRITISH PEST CONTROL ASSOCIATION www.bcpa.org.uk BRITISH TOILET ASSOCIATION www.britloos.org.uk
The Awards are owned and run independently, and since their introduction in 1987, have helped focus the spotlight on ‘away from home’ toilet provision.
CHARTERED INSTITUTE OF ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH www.abcdsp.org.uk
Mike Bone, the Awards Managing Director, said “Leading retailers, cafes, coffee shops, restaurant and pub chains, visitor attractions, holiday parks, shopping centres, local authorities, and importantly the cleaning and FM sector generally, recognise the annual Loo of the Year Awards as a proven, cost effective and independent annual assessment of the standard of their toilet provision management and receive proper recognition through our annual grading scheme.”
CHARTERED INSTITUTION OF WASTES MANAGEMENT www.abcdsp.org.uk CLEANING & HYGIENE SUPPLIERS’ ASSOCIATION www.chsa.co.uk CLEANING AND SUPPORT SERVICES ASSOCIATION www.chsa.co.uk
Entries are invited from across the UK, the Republic of Ireland, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man. More information and details on how to enter can be accessed via the Awards website: www.loo.co.uk or by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org.
DOMESTIC CLEANING ALLIANCE www.domesticcleaningalliance.co.uk FEDERATION OF WINDOW CLEANERS www.f-w-c.co.uk INDUSTRIAL CLEANING MACHINE MANUFACTURERS` ASSOCIATION www.cleaningmachines.org KEEP BRITAIN TIDY www.keepbritaintidy.org
2015 Winners, We Clean
NATIONAL CARPET CLEANERS ASSOCIATION www.ncca.co.uk THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF WHEELED BIN WASHERS www.nawbw.co.uk THE UK CLEANING PRODUCTS INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION www.ukcpi.org
You can contact the British Cleaning Council at: PO Box10362, Syston, Leicestershire LE7 2WJ Secretariat: Pat Wherton, email@example.com Media, Lee Baker, firstname.lastname@example.org www.britishcleaningcouncil.org
UK HOUSEKEEPERS ASSOCIATION www.ukha.co.uk WAMITAB www.wamitab.org.uk WORSHIPFUL COMPANY OF ENVIRONMENTAL CLEANERS www.environmental-cleaners.com
The VOICE is the newsletter from the British Cleaning Council Edited by Lee Baker. Published by A&R Print Solutions: www.aandrprint.co.uk
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bcc newsletter spring 2016