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In the hot seat: Craig McKay


Director, distribution, sales and professional marketing, Kärcher UK


An ‘outstanding’ reduction in emissions Peter Smith, managing di-


Since becoming a certified CarbonNeutral company at the start of 2011, Principle Cleaning Services has recorded a huge reduction in its emissions. The London-based sus-


tainable company has worked with The Carbon- Neutral Company, a provider of carbon reduction solu- tions, to set a target to re- duce its carbon footprint by 5% each year over a five year period. Staff have worked hard to achieve excellent re- sults in the first two years, recording a 26% decrease from year one to year two. Principle Cleaning Services


has reduced its greenhouse gas emissions in accordance


TC Facilities Management has acquired London-based security busi- ness, Equinox Security Man- agement Ltd, for an undisclosed consideration. The acquisition takes imme- diate effect but Equinox will continue to operate using the same name and manage- ment team, although under the TC Facilities Manage- ment umbrella. Paul Kennedy, CEO of TC


Facilities Management, said: “This is a truly significant move for us. We have bought a company with great talent, value adding sys- tems and a proven track record. It is privately owned with outstanding levels of customer service, significant skill base and a good client retention record, making it a


Health and safety training is an essential part of any cleaning or FM operation and Industrial Cleaning Equipment (ICE) is helping its clients improve the stan- dard of training they give their operatives. ICE is endorsing the serv-


ices of SOS (School of Safety) Training, and every floor cleaning machine that leaves its warehouses will now come with a triangular label,


with The CarbonNeutral Pro- tocol, the global standard for carbon neutral certification. The programme involves an independent assessment of the CO emissions produced from company operations followed by an offset-inclu- sive emissions reduction programme. These inspiring results


have come through a num- ber of initiatives, including a decrease in the use of com- pany transport and vehicles, urging staff to travel by pub- lic transport and the Boris Bike scheme in London, to- gether with raised aware- ness of utilities at the company premises including the monitoring of heating.


TCFM CEO Paul Kennedy (right) and Equinox MD, Steve Boyden, outside TCFM’s office in Surrey.


perfect fit with TC Facilities Management and our ser- vice ethos. The purchase is a key element of TC Facilities Management’s UK expansion programme and puts us on track to hit strategic FM serv- ice, growth and acquisition targets for 2013 and beyond. It is an exciting time for the business and we would not rule out additional acquisi- tions in the future.” Equinox managing direc-


reminding clients about the need for training and giving SOS’s contact details. SOS Training has been


formed to help the cleaning, FM and service industries with health and safety train- ing. The company offers a wide range of courses in- cluding NEBOSH and IOSH, as well as first aid, health and safety, manual handling and infection control. Darren Marston, chairman


6 l C&M l SEPTEMBER 2013 l www.cleaninghub.net


tor, Steve Boyden, said: “The acquisition by TC Facilities Management has been seamless and it is very much business as usual. The news has been well received by the company’s staff and cus- tomers. We have taken the time to fully explain the de- tails to them and they under- stand that there will be no front-line management changes.” www.tc-contractors.co.uk


ICE emphasises importance of health and safety training


of ICE, said: “Industrial Cleaning Equipment’s all-in- clusive service model in- cludes ongoing training for operatives in the most effec- tive and efficient ways to clean their sites, and a 24-7 help desk to call if there are any problems or queries, so we recognise the benefits that good training brings. We are committed to ensuring that our own staff receive ongoing training regarding


rector, Principle Cleaning Services, said: “I am de- lighted with these fantastic results so far, and going for- ward should be even more encouraging. Everyone in the company is behind our proj- ect and will continue to work on making the reductions even better over the next three years.” Already certified to envi-


ronmental standard ISO 14001, Principle Cleaning has previously taken signifi- cant steps in its sustainable commitment and introduced a number of innovative cleaning methods to its clients. www.principlecleaning.com


TC Facilities Management acquires Equinox Security


Who has had the greatest influence on your business life? Lee Norton - my previous sales director. He taught me the art of listening, which is still work in progress! What is your favourite book? Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck. What is your favourite film? The Color Purple. Who is your favourite singer/band? I like a wide range of music but I'd have to admit that Madonna is usually on my iPod. What football (or other sport) team do you support? The Saints - Northampton Rugby Club. What’s your favourite pastime? Firstly, my family but I also like raising money for charity. With the London Marathon and 3 Peaks challenge we have raised in excess of £20,000. Bitter, lager, spirit or wine? Wine, but the others are also ok. Pizza, Curry, Chinese, English, other? Indian for me. Who is the most important person alive today and why? My wife - without her I wouldn't have two wonderful children and wouldn't be where I am today. She's the calm in my storm. What are your hopes and dreams for the future? Probably like everyone, health and happiness for my family and friends...and to be the next James Bond or Bear Grylls.


the crucial aspects of deliv- ering cleaning and FM serv- ices to clients, and were impressed by SOS’s profes- sionalism and course con- tent. Their health and safety expertise is a valuable re- source for any company op- erating in the public or private sectors, and we are happy to recommend their services to our clients.” Lorraine Larman, SOS’s


principle consultant, said: “We are delighted to receive this endorsement from ICE.


Health and safety can be a costly minefield for cleaning and FM companies, but our programmes are designed to be affordable for all and group discounts are avail- able. SOS offers a complete end-to-end consultancy service to provide all health and safety needs including creating management sys- tems that satisfy HSG 65 and legal requirements.” www.ice-clean.com www. schoolofsafetytraining.co.uk


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