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Sustainable and award winning contract cleaner, Principle Cleaning Services Ltd is steaming ahead in its training activities and has launched a new BICSc certified and registered training centre at its head office in London.


Named the Principle Academy, the new facilities will enable the company to assess and train its staff in a range of tasks and skills that form the Cleaning Operators Proficiency Certificate (COPC).


This is probably the question the team at Clean Sweep UK hear the most.


Jeyes has recently announced that it will move approximately 80 staff to a new international head office near Cambridge in March 2011.


However, the company will continue to manufacture in Thetford, where it has been one of the town's main employers for the past 40 years.


Workers at the Norfolk factory are said to increase from 250 to 300.


The firm is also in the process of closing some of its operations at sites in Preston, Lancashire, and Mold, North Wales with some workers choosing to relocate to Thetford.


Human resources director, Anne Bettridge, told the BBC: "After proper consultations with our head office staff in Thetford, we very much hope that around 80 people, the majority of the employees concerned, will operate from the new facilities near Cambridge.


"Our remaining 40 head office staff will continue to be based in Norfolk."


www.jeyes.com


Hiring a cleaning machine is often an emergency purchase, customers need to clean and they need to do it immediately.


This is why Clean Sweep UK made the decision to fit all of their delivery vehicles with a GPS tracking device. At the touch of a button they can tell you not only where the delivery vehicle is but its expected time of arrival.


The Road Angel GPS vehicle tracking system allows Clean Sweep 'real time' tracking with updates delivered every 60 seconds.


Clean Sweep operates a fleet of new Mercedes Benz Sprinter Vans chosen for their quality, reliability and ability to cope with high mileage. Driver comfort was also an important factor.


Additionally a number of Indespension trailers were manufactured to their bespoke specification allowing for maximum flexibility when delivering equipment nationwide.


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It currently has four trained assessors, who are all able to train students to BICSc stages one and two.


Principle Cleaning Services is fully committed to training under the BICSc banner whose mission is to raise the status and standards of the cleaning industry through education. The company has also been awarded with a hub license allowing it to become roaming assessors and therefore authorised to carry out assessment on the sites of its contracts or alternative suitable venues.


www.principlecleaning.com


The most recent forecast from the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) predicts the UK economy will grow by less than expected in 2011, but more than previously predicted in 2012.


It downgraded its forecast for UK GDP growth in 2011 from the 2.2% it predicted in September to 1.9%, citing the Eurozone debt crisis, austerity cuts, weak housing


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market and VAT rise from 17.5% to 20% all as contributing factors.


The Office for Budget Responsibility has also recently downgraded its 2011 growth forecast from 2.3% to 2.1% although the BCC was more pessimistic predicting year-on-year growth will slow from 3% in Q4 of 2010 to 1.4% in the second half of 2011.


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