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Leading ventilation hygiene and system surveying company, Ventilation Surveys & Services Ltd (VSS), has relocated to Liverpool from Hertford and is using regional business funding to drive growth and expansion.

VSS has spent the past four months fitting out its brand new 6,000 sq ft premises, which will not only house its head office, but will feature an industry training centre with world- leading facilities.

The firm’s services include ductwork cleaning and remediation, hygiene surveys, inspection and testing of local exhaust ventilation systems (LEV) and air conditioning energy assessments (EPBD).


ESTABLISHMENTS Poor toilets have a negative impact on pupils and students who may avoid using the toilets because they are dirty, smelly, lack basic provisions, are not private enough, or because they are not allowed to go to the toilet when they need to.

There are medical conditions that can be caused or exacerbated by the avoidance of, or limited access to, school toilets.

The provision of access to high- quality toilet facilities is a key factor in education. It can have a positive influence on pupils’ willingness and ability to learn, their behaviour, morale and attendance levels.

Loo of the Year Awards were established in 1987 and for the past 28 years have been the standard for all types of ‘away from home’ toilets throughout the UK and will be extended to the Republic of Ireland in 2015. Education sector entries are invited from all areas.

In 2007 Loo of the Year Awards introduced the Changing Places Toilet Award to encourage toilet providers, including educational establishments, to provide special toilets to be used by people with profound and multiple learning disabilities. This includes other serious impairments such as spinal injuries, muscular dystrophy, multiple sclerosis or an acquired brain injury, these pupils often need extra facilities to allow them to use the toilets comfortably.

In 2010 Loo of the Year Awards introduced the Toilets in Education Awards to provide an independent assessment of the toilets used by pupils and students from early years

to primary schools and play centres to secondary schools, higher and adult education and special schools and recognise the very best entries in the Education sector. The 2014 Toilets in Education Overall Trophy Winner was Selly Oak Trust School entered by We Clean.

New in 2015 is a new Hygiene Room Award which has been introduced to assess the standard of Hygiene Rooms in schools and academies. The best entries from England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland will be recognised with National Awards and there will also be an Overall Award. TOMORROW’S FM | 11

Chief executive officer of VSS, George Friend, says he is delighted that the company has become a part of the Liverpool business community.

“This move was vital for the growth of our company and formed an integral part of our expansion plan,” he said.

“We have ambitious growth targets

The new premises will be home to teams who will oversee VSS’s operations throughout the UK and Ireland, with the firm hoping to employ up to 140 staff by 2017. Already, VSS has taken on an additional 10 employees from Merseyside, bringing its team to 51.

Its Liverpool base officially opened on Friday 29th May and was made possible with the help of The North West Fund for Loans Plus, managed by FW Capital, and Liverpool’s Mayoral Investment Fund, using Regional Growth Fund money.

and our new headquarters will form the ideal base to train staff and further develop our services and customer offering.”

VSS works with a wide range of clients, including hospital trusts, schools, hotels and restaurants, from single-outlet businesses to blue chip companies.

VSS’s training centre is due to open later in 2015. It will primarily be used to deliver apprenticeships for internal staff development, but will also be open to external companies.

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