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this has added another layer of excitement for us at the BCC and also at Quartz BusinessMedia which runs the event with us. Being a truly international

city, London has a credibility and prestige that doesn’t need explaining, and that partly explains why visitor numbers are up, and why we’ve had to open up extra space for exhibitors. The show has become a

By Doug Cooke, chairman, British Cleaning Council.

The Cleaning Show is now less than sixmonths away and excitement is already building as visitor registra- tion numbers are the highest they’ve ever been at this stage before a show.Most people will be aware by now that next year’s show is being held at London’s Excel Arena for the first time, and

real highlight of the interna- tional cleaning industry cal- endar, and we believe that themove to London will prove attractive to European visitors and open up the con- tinentalmarket for the in- dustry. Visitors to the show have big budgets, and those exhibiting can expect to make a good profit selling products and services, and making useful contacts that will serve themwell for years ahead. But the show is especially

important for the BCC, as we plough any profits back into

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the UK cleaning industry in the formof grants, to help new initiatives or business ideas that will be beneficial to the cleaning industry as a whole. The entire annual budget

for these grants is £40,000 and we can offer individual grants of up to £10,000. The grants programme is avail- able to allmember associa- tions and in the past couple of years we’ve been able offer awards for a number of worthwhile ventures. Last year we were happy to

approve a grant to the Feder- ation ofWindow Cleaners, which submitted an applica- tion to create a health and safety standard specific to window cleaners, aftermak- ing the case that window cleaning often struggles to fit into other health and safety standard criteria. Since being awarded the grant, the FWC has successfully intro- duced a new H&S certificate. The SAM(Safety Accredita- tion Scheme) is now gaining

credence and is being used more andmore to prove to local authorities and other organisations that the serv- ice provider has undergone extra training and has suc- cessfully completed the safety course. Another grant award we

were delighted tomake was to the British Toilet Associa- tion to develop a UK Toilet Map app for the iPhone and Androidmobile phone plat- forms. This particular inno- vation will show the location and opening times of all UK toilets, with a profile page highlighting all the facilities contained within that unit. The final stages of its devel- opment are taking place right now and the BTA is hoping it will be available next year.When it does come online it will help a whole host of people who need to know the exact location of toilets when they’re travel- ing. It’s exactly the type of inno- vation the grants were con-

ceived for, as it’s a ground breaking idea that will posi- tively affectmany people’s lives.We still have some grant funding available for innovative ideas like these, so if you want to be consid- ered for funding please do get in touch. It’s very satisfy- ing to help BCCmember or- ganisations bring their ideas to life, and demonstrates just how important it is to have a successful Cleaning Show.

reason to support the showas itmoves to London in 2015.

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Show, co-owned by the BCC and Quartz BusinessMedia, are poured back into the

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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:

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