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Stop The Presses!


Tomorrow’s Cleaning spoke with Sarah Bentley, CEO of Asset Skills, about the latest big news of the cleaning world: the merger between CSSA, FMA and Asset Skills. What exciting developments do they have in store for the marketplace? Find out here!


After it was formally announced in May that there would be a merger between three of the biggest bodies in the UK cleaning industry, the decision was met with a lot of intrigue. How did such an idea emerge?


Well, according to Sarah Bentley of Asset Skills, it was the Chief Executive of OCS Group UK, Chris Cracknell, who wrote to several FM companies regarding the notion of collective representation, all asking them the same thing: ‘would you benefit from unification?’


Fast-forward a year and all three organisations have approved the merger. The first meeting of the new board is in mid-January, where they will sign off the business plan, budgets, dot the I’s and cross the T’s.


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Existing members will automatically transfer over to the new association, with a universal fee coming into place in April of this year. Describing the whole ethos behind the merger, Sarah said: “Our priority sits with the employer, and their needs to create a prosperous business.”


One key function of the merger, Sarah noted, is the development of skills and delivering training to employees within the industry. Asset Skills have been the creator of many apprenticeships and Level One/ Level Two Qualifications around cleaning, so this was already an area they knew inside-out. They also recognised the variation in quality and standards relating to cleaning.


“There isn't that consistency of quality, or universally agreed


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