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Dry cleaner
back in black
Johnson Service Group, which has more than
UK independents unite
500 outlets, posted pre-tax profits of £5.4
million in the six months to June 30, against
Bob Vincent, Executive Chairman of the successful national
losses of £7.5 million a year ago.
independent LCC Support Services organisation, has offered
management support to smaller UK independent cleaning
Cheshire-headquartered Johnson also offered
contractors during the current recession.
some good news for investors as it announced a
dividend payout - its first since a final dividend
The offer includes a package of all non-cleaning activities such
in 2006.
as BICSc and IOSH training, health and safety courses, site risk
assessment, payroll and invoice management, access to
equipment and a full management and HR back up service.
When making the offer Bob Vincent said: “I started from being cleaning man with van and vacuum and now
have a business employing 2,000 staff. I have experienced the barrage of new rules and red tape aimed at
the cleaning profession and small businesses; and now have a wealth of experience and specialist training in
house. We can advise on Financial Accounting, Human Resources etc using our own staff who are familiar
with the problems relevant to the industry and could save smaller operators a lot of time, worry and money.”
He added: “When the going gets tough, the contractor must keep his eye on the job at all times as he could
easily become distracted with those essential, but time absorbing management activities and regulations
that someone else can do for him. LCC has the full capability and sense of community responsibility to
provide that service to smaller companies in our industry, enabling them to grow their businesses.”
In the past two years of recession, LCC has expanded its operations into the North of England and is looking
A reduction in costs is thought to be the main
for small and medium sized contractors to work with on some of its national contracts. It is also considering
influence in the bounce back from the red, with
acquisitions following its recent purchase of Quadra in Blackpool.
Johnson having taken overall costs from £2.3
For further information please contact: Bob Vincent on 01277 268899
million in 2008 to £1.6 million this year.
The firm said its main high street cleaning
chain, Johnsons, had performed ahead of its
expectations in the first half of the year, while its
Stalbridge Linen Services arm aimed at the
catering and hospitality sector also saw its best
Merck appoints Regent
first-half performance in three years.
International specialist chemicals company Merck has
appointed Regent Cleaning to provide cleaning services to its
FWC Training
research and development (R&D) building near Southampton.
The German-based manufacturer of liquid crystal and organic
The FWC is an Employers Trade Association
electronics materials set up an R&D facility on the University
established in 1947 to conduct a wide range of
of Southampton Science Park at Chilworth in 2000.
activities in support of its members.
Cleaning to the premises is provided by a team of two
With its regular participation as members of the
cleaning operatives and one working supervisor managed by
HSE Cleaning Industry Liaison Forum which is
Coventry-based Regent’s regional office in Godalming.
co-ordinated by the Health & Safety Executive,
working alongside the British Cleaning Council
Day-to-day, the team cleans offices, circulation areas, toilets
and the CSSA.
and laboratories. Periodic cleans are provided to exterior
cladding and windows and the entire building is subjected to a
The FWC provides training in the form of IOSH
full annual clean. Regent also provides Merck with feminine
accredited courses ‘Cleaning
and toilet hygiene and pest control services.
Windows Safely’ covering the safe use of
Chilworth’s facilities manager Nick Clear places a high value in Regent’s operational skills.
Waterfed Poles and Portable Ladders.
“Regent understands our high level service expectations which have been clearly identified in our contract.
This is a course written by window cleaners for
We monitor performance regularly against a set of defined KPI’s. Regent has maintained a good consistent
window cleaners and compliments its existing
level of service, tempered against a market competitive price.
IOSH ‘Safety Awareness syllabus.’
Regent in my opinion is a good service partner.”
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