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BCC welcomes City of ondon Corporation1 support for iving Wage


The British Cleaning Council reports that it is delighted that The City of ondon Cor- poration and providers MITIE, Sodexo and ISS have announced a living wage agreement ahead of contract renewal due in 2014. The providers and the local government of the City of ondon have worked to- gether to agree an increased rate, valuing the benefits that it brings. Payment of the living wage on these ex- isting contracts will come into force immediately. The ondon iving Wage is

set at £.30 an hour, £2.22 more than the national min- imum wage. The City of ondon Corporation negoti-

ates payment on a case by case basis rather than de- mand it be paid for all con- tracts. The British Cleaning

Disposables ( K has reported strong sales of its non- woven wipe range, Optimum ProWipers, which was re- branded almost a year ago. The Optimum ProWipers range, which includes seven different types of wipes, gen- erated a 65% increase in sales of non-woven products in the period from December

Council has vocally sup- ported the living wage cam- paign since its inception, and encourages more em- ployers to pay the rate in order to see increased staff retention, better quality of service, and, most impor- tantly, better living condi- tions for staff. BCC chairman, Douglas

Cooke, said: “The British Cleaning Council is very pleased to see such a prominent ondon employer continue to put its support for the living wage into practice. The living wage is a policy that benefits both employer and employee and we hope to see many more businesses commit to rais- ing standards in the clean- ing and facilities management sector.” www britishcleaningcouncilorg

WAMITAB welcomes government

funding for utility skills training WAMITAB - the awarding organisation for qualifications in the waste and resource management industry - has welcomed the announcement that government funding has been secured to tackle a growing skills gap in the gas, water, renewables, waste management and power industries. The Energy and Efficiency Industrial Partnership (EEIP) -

whose principal delivery partners are Energy and ( tility Skills (E( Skills), Capita Talent Partnerships, the National Skills Academy for Power (NSAP) and Asset Skills - will receive funding as part of the government’s Employer Ownership of Skills (EOS) pilot. The partnership is also being supported by a host of industry bodies including the Carbon Management As- sociation, the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM), the Renewable Energy Association, and the Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP). EEIP is expected to deliver around 70,000 learning opportu-

nities, including apprenticeships and traineeships, while col- laborating with employers to influence the make-up and content of training, to ensure it will deliver the calibre of work- ers required for future success and growth. Chris James, CEO of WAMITAB, said: “This announcement is

a welcome boost for the energy and utility industries, acknowl- edging the crucial role that training plays in creating the cor- rectly skilled workers that are so urgently needed. Facing up to the problem of a rapidly aging workforce by developing rele- vant and rewarding programmes that fulfil the needs of em- ployers will also help to address youth unemployment, so this announcement looks set to provide a huge number of benefits for the ( K economy as a whole.” wwwwamitaborgu

Strong sales performance at Disposables ( K

2012 to July 2013. The news follows Disposables ( K’s re- cent move to new state-of-

the-art premises, as part of the company’s five year growth plan to almost double its current £16 million turnover to £30 million by 201. Disposables ( K has also recently invested £1.7 million in new machinery. Paul Halliwell, director of

sales at Disposables ( K Group, said: “When launch-

SiteOrbis under new ownership

) acant property and cleaning specialists SitexOrbis is under new ownership. After almost two years of uncer- tainty during a Competition Commission process, Sitex- Orbis has emerged with a stable and certain future. The new owners are a consor- tium of experienced, patient and well-funded private indi- viduals who recognise the importance of the company’s

history, and will ensure a pe- riod of stability and growth into the next 10 years. SitexOrbis is the original

vacant property security spe- cialist and the only business with 30 years’ experience in the market. This new owner- ship will provide the stability to continue that history. By providing a future free from any changes in ownership, SitexOrbis will be perfectly

placed to invest both time and capital in long-term re- lationships, contracts and partnerships essential if customers are to cope dur- ing the upcoming period of continued austerity. Since the acquisition was

completed, the new board, led by chairman Sir Robin Miller, has restructured the organisation. Senior direc- tors and management have

Jangro member helps care programme Continued fromPage 3.

Cutler Cleaning Supplies, Jangro’s Macclesfield member, has a long established relationship with Blythswood Care, a Christian organisation providing practical help for the needy in the ( K and abroad. Cutlers regularly donates Jangro products to assist Blythswood’s aid programmes and has

recently sent three pallets of Jangro cleaning and hygiene products to Romania. Blythswood is working with ICry in the Dark’, a Christian charity operating two projects in Romania. Casa umina is a residential care home for 22 young people with special needs, advocacy,

care education, stimulation and holistic support. Hospice Casa Albert is a centre of excellence for palliative care services to over 0 children and young adults. Another 50 patients who cur- rently require occasional intervention are also registered. Casa Albert supports families in- cluding children, parents and grandparents by providing social carers for both practical and emotional issues. wwwblythswoodorg

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ing the Optimum ProWipers range our aim was to take a stronger share of the dry non-woven market and the strong sales clearly show that we are meeting market demand. We know that our customers working in indus- trial sectors need wipers that are hygienic, versatile and, above all, effective. This is why we created a versatile range of seven wipers to en-

left the business and the new owners are taking an active role in running the company and setting the strategy. SitexOrbis has al- ways been, and will continue to be, a regional business with close local relationships to customers, and as part of this restructure the regional directors have been given greater responsibility and re- port directly into the board. One of the new owners, ay- ton Tamberlin, is acting as managing director, and Richard Sanders is develop- ment director, demonstrat- ing the importance of the business to the new owners. “We see an enormous po-

tential in SitexOrbis which has been constrained over


We received the following letter in relation to an arti- cle carried in the November issue of CM. We apologise for any inconvenience caused by the error con- tained within the article:

Dear Sir, We have noted an error in the article by Bob ) incent carried in the November edition of C M. He referred to “Jessops, Woolworths, Dixons or some of the other large failed retail stores...”. We would like remind you

that though our competitor Comet did become insol- vent last year, Dixons does continue to trade success- fully online and across the ( K and Republic of Ireland through our PC World and Currys stores - in addition to our international opera- tions. Neil Wallis Head of Commercial and IP F egal DSG Retail imited

sure that our customers get the right product, in the right place, for the right task. Our goal now is to take 5% mar- ket share and we’re already seeing customers increasing their contracts with us, in- cluding a major food pro- cessing outfit which has just extended its contract with us until the end of 2014.” www optimumprowiperscou

many years by corporate un- certainty,” explained Tam- berlin. “We hope to unlock that potential by bringing stability and clarity to the business. SitexOrbis has a very strong local and re- gional network with relation- ships and quality of service unparalleled in the industry. By building on these strengths and ensuring the whole business is aligned and structured for growth, we will reinforce SitexOrbis’s position as the leading player in vacant property services, delivering on its promises through its 30 years’ experi- ence, and a significant force in security and facilities management overall.” wwwsiteorbiscom

BFA award success for Caremark’s Anderson

Janis Anderson of Caremark, a domiciliary care provider, was recently crowned winner of the British Franchise Asso- ciation HSBC Franchisee of the Year Awards 2013 - sup- ported by Express Newspapers - as well as winning Female Franchisee of the Year. Anderson impressed the judges for delivering a high qual-

ity service for customers while propelling her business for- ward. She said: “It’s brilliant to be recognised for all the hard work which contributes towards Caremark’s success.”

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