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Distributor of the Year award winner

Pictured here receiving his trophy from Derek Wick of Contico Manufacturing is Jeremy Thorn, owner of Avica U.K.Ltd., a Jangro member, based in Watford, whose company has just been presented with the Distributor of the Year award for 2010.

This prestigious award is contested annually, and is keenly fought for amongst the membership, and is presented to the group member who delivers the highest sterling year on year growth.

In making the presentation, Derek not only congratulated Jeremy and his excellent team on his company’s outstanding performance, but thanked him for his highly valued contribution during yet another difficult trading year.

Derek also wished Avica every success in defending the trophy during 2011.

The Jangro organisation comprises a national network of independent distributors and suppliers of cleaning and hygiene products.

Perception is not reality

contractors sold on low cost - that means fewer staff, rock bottom pay rates and lower standards. We chose Enhance Office Cleaning who focused on personal service and deliverables. Enhance advised us that to provide the best results we would have to pay the London Living Wage, to which we agreed. You get what you pay for and Enhance has delivered its promises 100%.”

The perception of cleaning a new building is that it is easy, but in reality this is quite the opposite.

SCOR the French re-insurance group was the first tenant in five floors of new Lime Street offices in the City of London. Keeping the premises in pristine condition for 130 staff is not easy, because every little mark or spill shows much more than in older buildings.

SCOR approached six specialist office cleaning contractors. Karen Bradburn, who is responsible for the building’s FM said: “Three

SCOR’s offices are an early morning clean with Jana, a full time Enhance housekeeper on site during working hours to maintain the kitchen areas and coffee machines, washing up, set up meeting rooms, distribution of post and handling urgent cleaning tasks.

Karen said: “We have a very ‘hands off’ approach to cleaning. Enhance provides the expertise, Sandy has extensive experience - he keeps a beady eye on quality control. We have a small, high quality specialist office cleaning team which is just what we wanted and we are delighted.”

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The self service laundry facilities are located in the cadet accommodation blocks and are for personal laundry requirements. The upgrade involved the installation of 308 ELS machines, split between W455 5.5kg washers and matching T4130 dryers, a specification which was militarily planned by ELS with the company visiting the site and providing detailed layout and 3D drawings to ensure that the machines were placed correctly. In terms of space saving, a huge advantage was that the ELS machines can be stacked, minimising the area they take up.

The discipline demanded by the Sandhurst Academy extends to all aspects of life on the campus, and keeping clothes clean is now easier for every cadet, with all machines equipped with compass control for ease of use and the flexibility of different programmes to suit all needs.

Sandhurst cuts costs with Electrolux

The Royal Military Academy Sandhurst (RMAS) is world famous as the British Army Officer training centre. The tough regime endured by the cadets takes its toll on clothing and equipment, and to ensure that everything is kept pristine – and to cut running costs - the Academy has upgraded its laundry facilities using equipment from Electrolux Laundry Systems. The project was undertaken in partnership with ESS Defence, part of the Compass Group.

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