New head office and growth for Ecocleen

Ecocleen has strengthened

its nationwide infrastructure with the opening of a new headquarters and the expansion of its franchise network.

The commercial contract cleaning provider has relocated to Howbery Park in Wallingford, Oxfordshire, while four Regional Directors have joined the business to boost the company’s presence in Essex and the south east of England.

Jean-Henri Beukes, Managing Director of Ecocleen, explained: “As one of the fastest-growing franchised cleaning companies in the UK, we are targeting robust expansion by further enhancing our service capability and geographic reach. These latest developments are part of

Accredited distributors achieve over 97% compliance

The 2018 audits of the Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association’s (CHSA) Accreditation Scheme for Distributors has shown a high level of compliance.

An average of 97.5% of relevant products across all Accredited Distributors are from CHSA Accredited Manufacturers.

The audits, conducted by the CHSA’s Independent Inspector, indicate an average of 98.6% of all soft tissue at Accredited Distributors’ warehouses is from members of the Accreditation Scheme for Manufacturers of Soft Tissue.

For plastic sacks, 92% of all relevant products are from members of the Accredited Manufacturers of Plastic Refuse Sacks, while for mops it is an almost perfect 99.9%.

Yvonne Taylor appointed to BICSc Council

OCS UK has announced that Yvonne Taylor, Head of Cleaning for the OCS Group UK, Ireland and Middle East, has been appointed to the Council of the British Institute of Cleaning Science (BICSc).

Yvonne will take a seat as a corporate member, joining 11 other volunteers on the Council.

BICSc operates to raise standards of education and build awareness of the cleaning industry through professional standards and accredited training. Through the promotion of best practice, BICSc works to protect cleaning operatives, promote sustainability and provide clean and safe environments.

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our ongoing business strategy that has already helped us achieve average growth of 24% per annum over the past three years.”

The four new Regional Directors will operate two southern franchises, bringing the total number within the nationwide network to fifteen. Murray and Julia Jennings will now be responsible for a newly-created area that runs from Twickenham in South-West London to Brighton and Eastbourne, while Jason Miles and Chris Johns will take over an existing franchise covering the county of Essex.

Beukes continued: “As a national service provider with regional ownership, we operate a unique model that takes advantage of specialist cleaning expertise and true local account management. We are committed to growing our network of Regional Directors by attracting experienced entrepreneurs from across the UK and internationally who become personally and financially invested in the ongoing success of the business.”

Mike Stubbs, Chairman of the CHSA’s Accreditation Schemes, said: “We’re delighted with the extraordinarily high levels of conformance amongst Accredited Distributors. Buyers of cleaning and hygiene products from our Accredited Distributors are guaranteed they get what they pay for. There is no similar guarantee for people buying from non-Accredited distributors.

“The positive approach of our Accredited Distributors has driven up membership of our Manufacturing Standards Accreditation Schemes. As they demand suppliers match their high standards, an increasing number of manufacturers not already Accredited are applying for membership.”

Every Scheme member is audited by the CHSA’s Independent Inspector, who visits Accredited Distributors’ warehouses and selects products at random, to ensure that customers are guaranteed ‘what’s on the box is what’s in the box’.

Having started her career as a cleaning operative/pot washer, over 23 years Yvonne has worked across the facilities management industry in a range of environments, from healthcare and education to nuclear power stations and food manufacturing facilities. She has a deep understanding of the cleaning industry and is a passionate advocate of industry best practice ensuring consistency of the profession.

Yvonne added: “I am proud to be joining the BICSc Council to help promote best practice across the industry. I firmly believe in the profession and all it has to offer as a long-term career choice.”

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