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TOMORROW’S CLEANING AUGUST 09
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CSSA to manage BCC & ICMMA
It was the need to establish a lead organisation for the British cleaning allow the CSSA to take over as the industry’s lead organisation,
industry that the British Cleaning Council was formed, soon after a receiving bi-annual £000’s funds that BCC receive from BCC
speech in the Mansion House in 1981 by the then Master of the (Exhibitions) Ltd. No doubt this decision will be spun as an effective
Worshipful Company of Environmental Cleaners (WCEC) David Evans. cost saving exercise creating closer co-operation, rather than admit they
David Watt (WCEC) Robert Burtinshaw (CHSA) and myself (ICCMA) took are incapable of retaining the independence and character of BCC and
up the challenge forming BCC Ltd and BCCE Ltd. Since then, with the ICMMA by sourcing new General Secretaries.
support of Quartz Publishing and Exhibitions Ltd, many hundreds of
The Court of The Worshipful Company of Environmental Cleaners voted
thousands of pounds have been received by the British cleaning industry.
unanimously against this decision, but it would appear from his press
This decision by the BCC and ICCMA to relinquish control and allow comments their representative and Chairman of BCC clearly did not
the Director General of the CSSA to manage their affairs is the most agree with the Courts decision. Therefore, to my mind he should step
retrograde step I could ever imagine. When would a lead organisation, down as BCC representative for the WCEC and Chairman of BCC.
(BCC) for any market sector, agree to be taken over by a subordinate? Possibly officers for ICCMA should consider this too.
One beggars belief.
Sincerely,
It is clear that the present officers of BCC and ICCMA have lost the
vision and direction of the three founding Chairmen (BCC) to build on
Terry D King
and drive their organisations further. This is the easy option: to sit back Past Chairman ICMMA, Past Chairman BCC
and allow both organisations to eventually become subordinate and
Past Chairman BCCE Ltd, Past Master Emeritus WCEC
Tomorrow’s Cleaning asked Andrew Large,
Chief Executive of CSSA for his response…
I am disappointed that Mr King holds the views that he does.I have no together, BCC, ICMMA and the CSSA will be able to campaign
wish to get into an argument about what might or might not have effectively for the professional cleaning sector that we all support.
occurred in the past, but his letter contains factual inaccuracies that Recently, representatives of BCC, ICMMA and the CSSA met the
must be corrected. industry Minister, Ian Lucas MP. He was impressed by the way that the
Both BCC and ICMMA are democratic organisations. Their
whole supply chain was working together. We all work in a vital industry
memberships voted overwhelmingly to contract with the CSSA to
to the UK, and by collaborating we will get that message across.
provide their secretariat services. The BCC Council and ICMMA General
Andrew Large
Committee remain sovereign within their respective organisations and
Chief Executive
have full decision making powers. The CSSA is under contract to them
CSSA
to implement what they decide.
The cleaning industry employs in excess of 1 million people in the UK
and contributes more than £10 billion to GDP. By working more closely
What do you think?
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