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competitors? Does your company and its cleaning staff receive recognition for a job well done?

Entering washrooms into the annual Loo of the Year Awards is a way of receiving an independent assessment and recognition of the standards achieved based on ‘the washroom standard’ for the UK.

Mike Bone, the Awards’ Managing Director, said: “Companies and institutions of all sizes and in all market sectors throughout the UK use their annual entries in the Loo of the Year Awards as a proven, cost effective and independent annual assessment of their standards. We provide the assessment, recognition, and promotion of their success in washroom provision, cleaning, and this vital element of facilities management.

“Leading cleaning and FM companies compete for a range of National Awards and UK/Ireland trophies. We Clean, a Birmingham-based cleaning company, and ABM UK – a multi-national company – have each been awarded overall Loo of the Year Awards Trophy in the past six years. Is your company an Overall UK award winner?”

Entries are now being received for the 2021 Loo of the Year Awards – the annual competition to find the best washrooms in the UK, Republic of Ireland, Channel Islands, and the Isle of Man.

The cleanliness, maintenance and management of washrooms has never been more important than now, during the COVID-19 pandemic. When customers and staff need to satisfy a basic human need – using the loo – they need to know the washrooms they use meet their needs, and importantly they shouldn’t use washroom facilities in premises that don’t.

How does your company assess how clean and well maintained the washrooms that you’re responsible for are? Do you have an independent assessment based on up to 101 criteria for those loos you are responsible for? How do you benchmark your achievements against your

The Washroom Cleaner of the Year Awards are a unique and integral part of Loo of the Year Awards but relate specifically to the cleaning staff that looks after facilities, rather than the washrooms themselves. All attendants and/or cleaning staff employed by the entrant and working at the entry location will automatically be entered for a Washroom Cleaner of the Year Award.

With 2021 entries now being received up until 30 June 2021, unannounced inspections will be completed during July, August and September, by which time it is hoped COVID-19 restrictions are hoped to be over.

There are a range of National and Overall awards and trophies for the very best entries, which will be presented at the prestigious Awards Presentation Event, set to be held on Friday 3 December 2021.

SafeGroup gets new Head of Sales

SafeGroup has appointed Mark McGowan as its new Head of Sales, as the business looks to build on rapid growth achieved in 2020.

Mark had previously been head of strategy and implementation at recycling and waste specialist Viridor, and has more than 15 years’ experience in sales in the waste and recycling industry. He has been given responsibility to develop and manage SafeGroup's sales team across all service streams – cleaning, waste and pest solutions – reporting to Managing Director Mike Drake.

Mike commented: “Mark brings proven experience in developing and implementing successful national sales

strategies and building sales teams that deliver them. We're delighted to welcome him to SafeGroup.”

Mark added: “SafeGroup is a remarkably agile and entrepreneurial business, with an impressive service portfolio, and exciting opportunities for growth, especially in the cleaning and waste sectors. It also has a strong reputation for delivery among key clients.

“My objective is to work with colleagues to scale up our sales and business development capability while developing further an already strong brand. This is a team effort, and there is talent and ambition throughout the business so I am looking forward to what 2021 and the years ahead will bring.”

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