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News Sponsored by Brent Council brings cleaning services


in-house Members of Brent Council’s Cabinet have voted in favour of council estate cleaning to be done directly by Brent Council.


This follows a report which recommended that a good quality cleaning service, more responsive to residents’ needs, could be delivered directly by Brent Council. This would mean that tenants and leaseholders would have more control over the services they pay for through consultation.


Wettons Cleaning Services Limited has cleaned the borough’s housing estates since 2013. However according


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company doubles in size Hampshire-based specialist cleaning company, Cleaning Operations UK Limited, has doubled in size since May 2018.


Cleaning Operations UK’s rapid expansion follows a raft of new contracts, including at the historic Netley Abbey, Marlborough College and the recently-opened Village Urban Hotel in Bristol. They have also worked on the new Aurora office building at the £245m Finzel’s Reach redevelopment in Bristol, and the Victoria’s Secrets store in Glasgow.


UK businesses at risk of winter illness


wipeout According to a new survey, office-based businesses are at risk of mass staff illness this winter, as a result of poor hygiene practices.


The results found by Office Depot show that 83% of full- time office staff continue to go into work despite knowingly having a cold, while 81% believe they have picked up an illness from a work colleague.


The results blame poor provision of effective cleaning and hygiene products, with 30% of businesses failing to supply anti-bacterial handwash or soap, while only 8% of UK office offer facial tissues.


High illness rates could be down to colleagues’ bad habits, with 45% of people knowing of a co-worker who fails to wash their hands after using the toilet. 79% of people work with staff who eat lunch at their desks, 58% see colleagues keeping dirty plates in their work area, while 36% of people put up with those who fail to clean up their own food or drink spillages.


George Hand, Head of Cleaning, Hygiene and Catering at Office Depot, said: “The results from our research show that not all UK businesses are equipped with the appropriate levels of cleaning and hygiene equipment. The knock-on effect of poor supplies could result in a number of employees catching illnesses, which can lead to staff


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to a service review the quality of service has been poor, leading to low resident satisfaction.


Councillor Eleanor Southwood, Cabinet Member for Housing and Welfare Reform, said: "With the cleaning service back in house, it will give tenants and leaseholders much greater control over the service they pay for as we are committed to developing a resident led system which works well for all of us."


Estate cleaning became a priority when Brent Housing Management services was brought in house in October 2016, and steps were already taken resulting in satisfaction rising from 58% to 68% in a year.


The company, headquartered in Fareham but operating nationally and internationally, now employs 85 people and works across sectors including retail, hotels, leisure centres, restaurants, offices, churches, hospitals, factories/ warehouses, listed buildings, the motor trade and museums.


Founder and Managing Director, Luzia Holloway, said: “We have had an exceptional year of growth in 2018 following some testing times and we are now stronger than ever. My colleagues have risen to the challenge and we look forward to 2019 with great enthusiasm and a desire to keep growing.”


www.cleaningoperationsuk.com shortages and low productivity levels.


“If more UK businesses had the right cleaning and hygiene products to hand, they could help the prevention of further illnesses being spread. Promoting a healthier office lifestyle, such as encouraging a tidy desk policy, can also help stall the growth of bacteria on work surfaces.”


One of the main reasons employees may continue to go into work despite being unwell could be because they fear there is inadequate support and work will not be completed in their absence. 88% of respondents said that they would have to pick up at least some of their work following an absence, with 38% believing they’d have to pick up all of their work upon their return.


www.whyofficedepot.co.uk/winterwipeout


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