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values about the future of the cleaning industry, sup- porting training, develop- ment, technology and sustainability. As a business owner in the

By Doug Cooke, chairman, British Cleaning Council.

With just weeks to go until our annual conference, it’s been a busymonth for the British Cleaning Council. We’re now ready to an- nounce that the event’s lead sponsor will be innovative in- dustry leader Nilfisk. Nilfisk will be joined by this fantas- tic trademagazine, C&M, as well as the well respected South Thames College. It’s a real pleasure to have spon- sors on board who share our

private sector, I’malways looking around for the next competitor. AndyMudd of APSE will be delivering what promises to be a fascinating lecture on whether the pub- lic sector can and will enter what has always been the privatemarket.Mudd ex- plains that recent legislation hasmade it possible for councils to take advantage of their situation as the ‘go to’ people for refuse collection, recycling andmany other types of cleaning and expand into other areas of building servicemaintenance to in- crease their budgets. In a time of shrinking public sec- tor funding, this will surely be seen as a lifeline formany

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public sector directors. Can Mudd convince us to look out for the local authorities? Alex Depledge, co-founder

of Teddle, a tech start-up business and newmarket entrant, will be discussing her plans to revolutionise the domestic cleaningmarket with technology. It’s always fascinating to watch innova- tive small companies rewrite the rules of business. Already attracting a lot of attention in the start-up world, including involvement fromthe founders of Hailo and Open Table, I’mconfident that Ted- dle will be one to watch. We love a good debate in

this industry, which is why I’mlooking forward to the conference ‘Question Time’ style Q&A. Industry figures such as BIFM’s Ismena Clout, Asset Skills CEO Sarah Bentley,MarkWood- head of Selden Research,

and RhysMoore of the Living Wage Foundation will be on the panel discussing hot sector topics such as the liv- ing wage,minimumwage, immigration, regulation, and the economy. A real highlight forme is that the debate will be chaired by Times leader writer Oliver Kamm. Oliver is known for his ability to over- see fast-paced and relevant debates, so I’msure he’ll de- liver a lot to talk about over drinks later on.

Profits fromThe Cleaning Show, co-owned by the BCC and Quartz BusinessMedia, are poured back into the grants programme - another reason to support the show and itsmove to London for 2015.

For further information on the British Cleaning Council and details of itsmembers contact: The General Secretary, BCC Ltd, 478-480 Salisbury House, LondonWall, London EC2M5QQ, UK T: 020 7920 9640 E: W:

In addition, there’s a choice

of workshops by Priscilla Morris, who will be deliver- ing a voice coaching work- shop titled ‘has your voice got the X Factor?’ andMark Jennings of ActionCoach, who will be taking our eco- nomic temperature with a ‘growth health check’ - there’s something for every business. There are tickets left but

they are selling fast. I strongly advise you to book now to avoid disappointment. All the details can be found on the British Cleaning Council’s website:

www.britishcleaningcouncil. org/cleaningconference.


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