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British Cleaning Council Awards Grant To British Toilet Association

The BCC has awarded a £10,000 grant to the British Toilet Association (BTA) to support the development of a UK Toilet Map app for iPhone and Android platforms. The BCC awards funding to projects undertaken by its members every year, which contributes towards the advancement of the cleaning industry.

The UK Toilet Map is a response to the constantly changing demographics of public toilet provision. Interactive and constantly updated, the app will allow users to identify all publicly accessible toilets across the country. Initially created in partnership with Mencap and the Changing Places Consortium, the app will also cater to those who require more than a standard accessible toilet – including facilities that cater to those with profound and multiple learning disabilities and their carers.

Raymond Martin, British Toilet Association Director, said: “There are

currently just under 600 specialised units around the country. The UK Toilet Map will not just identify the sites, but also hopefully identify where new facilities are needed.”

The UK Toilet Map will show the location and opening times of the toilet plus a profi le sheet which will highlight all the facilities contained within that unit. Additionally, individuals and organisations who need to plan their journeys will be able to use the inbuilt trip-planner to locate and store toilets on a selected route.

Raymond continued: “The British Toilet Association is absolutely delighted to have secured the funding for this important project. The end result will be a tool which gives disabled people and their carers a greater sense of freedom and dignity, enhancing their lives greatly. I am proud of the association and funders for putting British public toilet users fi rst.”

Douglas Cooke, British Cleaning Council Chairman, commented: “The British Cleaning Council are thrilled to have opportunity to contribute to The UK Toilet Map. This is exactly the type of project that the grants system was set up for – ventures that enhance the cleaning industry’s ability to positively affect people’s lives.”

Working closely with many other charities and organisations, as well as FM and cleaning companies, the British Toilet Association is hoping to maintain and potentially increase the levels and standards of overall provision of all away-from-home toilets, whilst giving us all a modern day solution to this age old problem of: “Where can I go, when I need to go?”

Julius Rutherfoord Named As One Of The Top 50 Fastest Growing UK Cleaning Companies

Two business benchmark reports reveal that specialist contract cleaner, Julius Rutherfoord, has boosted its sales growth, as it continues to deliver strong fi nancial performance and expands its offi ce space for cleaning operations in London.

Julius Rutherfoord has been ranked 18th in the top 50 fastest growing cleaning companies by sales growth, in Plimsoll’s ‘UK Cleaning Services - Individual Company Analysis Report 2013’, which provides a summary of the top 1,000 UK cleaning companies.

Julius Rutherfoord’s performance, as published in the Plimsoll Report, is as follows:

• Ranked 18th in the Top 50 16 | NEWSFLASH

‘Fastest Growing Companies’ by sales growth (following 21.8% growth in 2012)

• Ranked 21st in the Top 40 ‘best trading partners’

• Listed in the Top 50 companies by ‘market share’

• Listed in the Top 50 companies for ‘sales return on assets’

• Listed in the Top 50 companies for ‘adding value’

Julius Rutherfoord has also received an excellent credit rating of 2A 1 from Dun & Bradstreet in January 2014, an independent credit monitoring company which scores and rates businesses globally to assess their fi nancial stability.

Tyrone Winn, Financial Controller at Julius Rutherfoord, said: “We are delighted to have been independently rated for our strong fi nancial performance by two leading sources of business information. We have achieved a consistent, organic sales growth of 15.73% p/a since 2001, which is far above the industry norm of 4.1%.”

Julius Rutherfoord provides premium cleaning services for offi ces and the education and community sectors in London. Recent high profi le contract wins include The Supreme Court, Macmillan Publishing, Mind Candy and the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

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