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 Industry News £3 million investment in Nationwide Window Cleaning

BGF, the independent com- pany established to help Britain's growing busi- nesses, has announced a £3 million growth capital invest- ment in Nationwide Window Cleaning (NWC), a provider of window cleaning and as- sociated services. NWC directly employs and

centrally manages 200 staff from around the UK, provid- ing complex and simple cleaning services to universi- ties, hospitals, large retail- ers, and other commercial businesses. Set up in 2009 by managing director Thornton Tasker, the company has an annual turnover approaching £10 million and manages several major window clean- ing contracts including with Royal Bank of Scotland, Asda, and the British Mu- seum. NWC is headquartered in Harrogate, Yorkshire.

The £3 million investment

will allow the company to ex- pand its fleet and equipment, and hire new staff within its abseiling and specialist cleaning divisions where the company continues to expe- rience growing demand. It plans to use part of the capi- tal investment to increase its workforce in these business areas, with the aim of achieving a fivefold growth in

revenue over the next seven years. Stuart Lees, managing di-

rector at Altium Capital and former chief executive of Latium Group, a manufac- turer and retailer of windows, has been appointed non-ex- ecutive chairman at NWC. Neil Inskip, senior invest- ment manager at BGF, joins the board of the company. Thornton Tasker, manag-

ing director, NWC, said: “The NWC approach is to recruit skilled and committed em- ployees, who we can offer ongoing training and devel- opment with excellent poten- tial for career progression, actively promoting from within. We have committed to the government appren- tice scheme nurturing new talent who can support the business going forward, re- sulting in higher productivity, quality of work, staff reten- tion, and employee satisfac- tion. NWC is a truly national service provider offering a managed quality service with high visibility through leading edge IT. This is the right time to expand. Demand for our range of national specialist services continues to gain momentum and we are in a strong position to grow this part of the business. We are

delighted to be partnering with BGF. In addition to the investment, we value the in- sight and experience of its investment team as well as our newly appointed chair- man, Stuart Lees.” Neil Inskip, senior invest-

ment manager, BGF, said: “We’ve tracked NWC over the past two years and are im- pressed by its progress and development under the lead- ership of Thornton Tasker. There is an extremely strong management team in place, with a clear business strat- egy and sound operating model. In a relatively short amount of time, NWC has become an industry leader in a market with significant op- portunities, making the busi- ness well placed to build on the number of existing con- tracts it manages.”

TCFM acquires CMS Group Jangro member celebrates 125 years

TC facilities management (TCFM) has announced the acquisi- tion of the trade and assets of the CMS group, a national FM company based in Yorkshire. The CMS Group has been trading for 10 years, offering specialist window cleaning and contract cleaning services within various industry sectors at a national level. This purchase will see TC facilities management welcome

Peter Moss, CMS managing director and owner, along with its 400 employees into the TC family. The deal will also see a transfer of the company’s assets to enable TC facilities man- agement to extend its capability to deliver specialist services across the country. The CMS brand will remain and CMS customers will con-

tinue to receive the same levels of service delivery they have come to expect and enjoy. The business will continue to oper- ate out of offices in Wakefield, Yorkshire. Richard Chappell, chief executive of TC facilities manage-

ment, said: “I would like to welcome CMS, Peter Moss and all the staff and customers to the TCFM family. I am excited about the opportunities that this deal brings, as I believe it not only provides an opportunity to invest in people and a business with a proven track record in this field but one that will extend the depth and breadth of our services we are able to offer.” Peter Moss, CMS managing director, added,: “This is good

news for employees and customers of the CMS Group. Em- ployees will benefit from being able to look forward to future investment to facilitate growth, and customers will continue to receive the excellent levels of service delivery they have come to value and expect.”

A member of independent janitorial supply network Jangro is celebrating its 125th anniversary this year, following more than 12 decades of growth and suc- cess. Pattersons, which started life as an ironmon- gery shop on Redcliffe Hill in Bristol by Robert Patterson, provides cleaning materials and catering equipment to customers across the south west and beyond. Chairman Chris Patterson,

who is the great grandson of the founder, said: “The family

Pattersons, which started life as an ironmongery shop on Redcliffe Hill in Bristol, celebrates its 125th anniversary this year.

ethos has always been im- portant to us and I consider our staff as an extension of our wider family. Six of our team have been with us for more than 25 years and my father Bryan, who is in his mid-80s, still attends our monthly board meetings. In addition, we have over 25 em- ployees that have been with us for over a decade, includ- ing my cousin James and nephew Alisdair. Without the dedication and hard work of each and every one of them we would simply not be in a

position to offer our cus- tomers the level of service we believe is important to them. We have always partnered with the janitorial brand lead- ers, but since joining the Jan- gro network 10 years ago, we have been able to offer the absolute best choice of qual- ity products to complete every cleaning task at the right price, so everyone benefits.” Joanne Gilliard, operations

director at Jangro, said: “It is wonderful to see one of our members reach this ex- tremely impressive business milestone and we congratu- late them on their success. The solid foundations that have been laid down and built upon by generations of Pat- tersons stands the business in very good stead for future prosperity and I look forward to congratulating them on their 150th anniversary in 25 years time!”

Chemex donates vital supplies to counter Ebola outbreak

Vital supplies are being air- lifted to help curb the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone by hygiene specialists Chemex. Chemex has do- nated several tons of high level hypochlorite disinfec- tants and hand soaps to help improve infection con- trol. The supplies are being distributed via the Glasgow- based Scotia Aid charity. Sean Derrig, scientific di-

rector for Chemex, said: "The real tragedy about the

outbreak in Sierra Leone is that preventable deaths are occurring, and not just from Ebola itself. Because health- care workers are at such risk clinics are closed so people can’t get access to treatment for illnesses that are not normally fatal - such as children with malarial seizures. It is extremely sad that the virus is spreading because the country lacks the necessary resources and we hope that providing infec-

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tion control solutions will help protect health workers and encourage others to come to the country's aid. Hopefully, the decision by President Obama to send in 3000 military personnel to provide a major healthcare training and hygiene pro- gramme will help fill this gap."

Right, Sean Derrig, scientific director at Chemex.

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