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 Industry News HSS Hire strengthens industry position


HSS Hire Services Group, the UK’s leading national supplier of tools, equipment and related services, has acquired Premiere FCM Limited (TecServ), the spe- cialist provider of mainte- nance services for cleaning machines, from Premiere Products Group. The acquisition will accel-


erate HSS’ growth in the cleaning sector - adding a national fleet of engineers famous for their ‘first fix’ record and bringing a new dimension to Reintec, HSS’ own cleaning equipment service known for its range of green machines and service proposition. TecServ’s capabilities will


complement and broaden the footprint of Reintec, HSS’ fully outsourced clean- ing equipment service which launched in 2011 and has grown rapidly by delivering on its promise to save facil- ity managers time and money in equipment man-


agement - going straight to the heart of FM’s everyday problems. TecServ has a successful


track record in expert main- tenance services in contract cleaning for local authori- ties, PFI sites and specialist food facilities throughout the UK as well as to major contract cleaning contrac- tors. They will continue to maintain a substantial range of cleaning machines for national customers as well as supporting growing numbers of those who choose Reintec. Chris Davies, chief execu-


tive officer at HSS Hire, said: “The addition of TecServ to the HSS Group is a strong step for the growth of our company in the cleaning sector. TecServ fits well within our existing equip- ment portfolio and will fur- ther enhance our position as a trusted partner and service leader in the tools and equipment rental, out-


sourcing and services sec- tor. It is an exciting time for our business as we embark upon the next stage of growth and development - increasing our presence in existing markets and ex- panding in new ones throughout the UK and Ire- land.” Paul Lewis, managing di-


rector at Reintec, said: “Reintec remains a unique model in themarket that re- ally is helping our cus- tomers to save time, save money and guarantee their equipment compliance. However, we know that one size does not fit all and there is still a significant amount of owned cleaning equipment in use today which needs to be managed andmaintained effectively. I am extremely pleased that with the addition of TecServ we will now be able to offer an even more complete cleaning equipment service to our customers - whether


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therefore vital for funding programmes that further professionalise and en- hance our industry.” The Cleaning Show 2015


will remain the leading event for companies to demonstrate products and services, network with key purchasers, and develop existing business relations. In 2015, there will be more to experience than ever be- fore. In addition to the in- ternationally recognised


Doug Cooke, chairman of the British Cleaning Council, said: “I cannot over emphasise the importance of The Cleaning Show to this industry – it provides the vast majority of all income generated by the British Cleaning Council, and it is therefore vital for funding programmes that further professionalise and enhance our industry.”


Innovation Awards, the Cleaning Show will feature some exciting new content, including: • River Boat Networking Cruise (every exhibitor will receive a free ticket) • New Seminar Platform • Training Academy • VIP Lounge


Focus on the future


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Human Rights Commission, gave a very timely presenta- tion on equality and human rights in the cleaning sector, and the EHRC’s project to in- vestigate conditions. The BCC will be working with the EHRC to assist in evidence collection throughout 2014 and encourage businesses to come forward with success stories. Steve Harrington of lead


sponsor Nilfisk UK then turned to a key issue for fu- ture business decisions in a presentation titled ‘Green meets clean’. Harrington took the audience through a fascinating look at Nilfisk’s


commitment to using less energy, water and detergent and the success it has had worldwide commercially and environmentally. Delegates were then in-


vited to join one of the work- shops. Priscilla Morris of Loud and Clear vocal coach- ing offered skills develop- ment in attaining the ‘X-factor’ of influence and persuasion. Mark Jennings of ActionCoach provided a ‘growth health check’ for businesses. Both workshops achieved excellent feedback and provided delegates with something new to take back to their businesses. Sponsor NSL Validation Services presented on an


4 l C&M l JANUARY 2014 l www.cleaninghub.net


• Ecolabel Green Zone • And much more The marketing pro-


gramme kicks off in Janu- ary. To book a stand contact VanessaMartinet, sales manager, on 01737 855041 or email: vanessamartinet@ quartzltd.com.


important topic for the cleaning industry, given the media profile and high fines for breaching protocol, pre- venting illegal migrant work- ing. Whilst ensuring that staff have the proper paper- work is vital to the sector, the process can be time consuming, expensive and complex. Kenneth Hanslip discussed the increasing need for validation technol- ogy, and presented the Keesing ID smartscan. The next sponsor presen-


tation of the day was deliv- ered by Catharine Hinton of Asset Skills who focussed on the hot topic of staff re- tention, the importance of quality staff development and training, and the impact that 'getting it right' will have on the future of the in- dustry. Paul Lewis of Reintec dis- cussed the impact of clean-


they use Reintec equipment or their own - designed around their needs and backed by innovative tech- nology.” Graham Stevens, com-


mercial director at TecServ UK, said: “We believe there is enormous potential to grow TecServ with the back- ing of HSS - significantly in-


creasing our combined market share, skilled capa- bilities and overall customer offering at a dynamic time in cleaning services industry.” HSS and TecServ will con-


tinue to partner with Pre- miere Products Group to provide complete cleaning solutions for all customers. www.hssgroup.co.uk


County Durham contractor welcomes overseas delegation


Tan Ying Shi (left) and OwSeng Fong from Singapore’s Ministry of Manpower, withMartin Ferguson,MD ofMJF.


MJF Cleaning Services has been sharing its experiences with a high profile delegation from Singapore. Tan Ying Shi and Ow Seng Fong, from Singapore’s Ministry


of Manpower, spent a day at MJF to learnmore about how they implement HR initiatives such as appraisals, staff newsletters, options to study for industry qualifications, and the ‘employee appreciation award scheme’ to reward staff through incentives. MD of MJF, Martin Ferguson, said: “The call fromthe Sin-


gaporean Government came out of the blue and it was a real honour to host the two representatives. We discussed com- mon workplace issues and exchanged a number of ideas - it was amazing to meet people from a very different country but with such similar SME issues. It was a great opportunity to share knowledge and both parties learnt a lot fromthe ex- perience. No matter where you are in the world, SMEs all share similar challenges and it was so useful to look at new ways of addressing them.” www.mjfcleaningservices.co.uk


ing equipment hire. He em- phasised the need to leave behind the traditional own- ership model and realise the back office and manage- ment savings. After a day of presenta-


tions and workshops, not to mention great food and net- working, it was time to sit down to watch industry lead- ers and public figures battle it out over a Question Time- style debate chaired by Oliver Kamm. The panel fea- tured Doug Cooke, BCC chairman, Chris Cracknell, CEO of OCS, Sarah Bentley, CEO of Asset Skills, and Rhys Moore, director of The Living Wage Foundation. The debate was lively, including audience questions and those submitted via Twitter and LinkedIn on topics rang- ing from immigration, man- agement skills and working conditions. A fitting end to a


day packed full of ideas for the future. Doug Cooke, BCC chair-


man, said: “I am delighted that another British Cleaning Council conference has been so successful. We focused on a very commercial feel to this year’s programme to match the mood of the in- dustry, and judging by the engaged audience and busy Twitter feed, we put on a great event. I urge sponsors and potential speakers to contact us early for the next conference.”


The BCC is currently look- ing at running its next con- ference alongside the Cleaning Show 2015 at London’s Excel - further developing the concept of ‘One Event’ for the entire cleaning and support serv- ices sector. More details to follow.


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