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ServiceMaster Business Owner Runner-Up In National Award

The owner and operator of a contract cleaning franchise in South West Wales has been recognised as the runner- up in the B2B category of the 25th British Franchise Association (BFA) Franchisee of the Year Awards 2014. The nationally recognised industry awards were presented at a ceremony held at Birmingham’s Town Hall, hosted by BBC Breakfast’s Steph McGovern.

Jayne Gethin, Managing Director of ServiceMaster Clean Contract Services South West Wales and Swansea, was one of 19 finalists across six categories and was recognised for her commitment to growing the business from a standing start nine years ago. Jayne began trading after leaving a role in the NHS in 2004 and has built a business which employs more than 100 staff at its base in Llandarcy, near Neath.

Jayne said: “I am so pleased to be recognised alongside some of the biggest names in business. This is testament to the hard work the team has put in to get us to where we are now and I know this will serve as a real boost to all the staff and help us to grow and develop our business further.”

Alan Lewin, Managing Director of ServiceMaster Limited added: “Jayne epitomises what a ServiceMaster Clean Contract Services business owner should look like. Her commitment to developing the business, her staff and providing the best service to all customers is what ServiceMaster Clean is all about and we couldn’t be more proud of her.”

Commenting on the awards, Brian Smart, Director General of the BFA, said: “We’ve now been recognising

the country’s most exceptional franchisees for a quarter of a century, and each year the bar is raised higher and higher. It’s fitting that the 25th anniversary of these awards gave us a cross-section of finalists that showcase the inclusivity of the sector for anyone, anywhere aspiring to self-employment, with these 19 outstanding business owners demonstrating the achievements that are possible.” Julius Rutherfoord Shortlisted For Living Wage Awards

Julius Rutherfoord has been shortlisted by the Living Wage Foundation for the Living Wage Champion Awards 2014. The awards recognise Living Wage employers that have made great contributions to communities and industries by implementing and celebrating the Living Wage. The Living Wage Foundation offers a recognition mark for employers that commit to paying the Living Wage, and there are now over 900 accredited employers.

The Living Wage is an hourly rate set independently and updated annually, and is calculated according to the basic cost of living using the ‘Minimum Income Standard’ for the UK. Decisions about what to include in this standard are set by the public; it is a social consensus about what people need to make ends meet.

Andrew Marshall, Managing Director of Julius Rutherfoord, said: “We


value our staff by investing in training and rewarding hard work. Our direct employees are paid the London Living Wage rate and we actively encourage all clients to adopt this rate for the cleaners on their contracts. This shows our ongoing commitment to both our staff and the local community, whilst demonstrating that we are an ethical employer.”

Living Wage Foundation Director, Rhys Moore, added: “I would like to send huge congratulations to Julius Rutherfoord on being shortlisted for the Living Wage Champion Awards. The commitment of Living Wage Employers to responsible pay makes a real difference to families and communities across the country. We look forward to celebrating this even further when announcing the winners of the Awards during Living Wage Week.”

The awards are judged by an independent panel of community leaders from the Citizens UK Living Wage campaign, and all winners will be announced during Living Wage Week 2014, with one winner for each region of the UK.

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