New year’s revelations

BCC Chairman, Paul Thrupp, reflects on 2019 and looks forward to the new year and the decade ahead.

Happy New Year!

It’s at this time of year that I take time out of a pretty hectic period to reflect on what’s happened over the past 12

months, and look forward to what’s coming

up in the year ahead, hoping that it will be even greater and more exciting.

In the main, 2019 was fantastic for the British Cleaning Council (BCC), our members and the cleaning industry, with many memorable moments and some incredible highlights.

As a starter, last year’s Cleaning Show (which is co- produced by the BCC) turned out to be the best yet, with attendances increasing and topping 7000 visitors for the first time, 26% up from the previous show in 2017.

The show, at the ExCeL London in March, was seen by many major international brands as an opportunity to launch new products and services onto the global market, and they didn’t disappoint. There was an abundance of new and innovative machinery, equipment, products and processes which will positively impact our industry in the years to come.

The show also hosted the first-ever Window Cleaning World Cup, and what a great event this proved to be. It attracted a huge amount of attention from across the world, the local media and even the mighty BBC.

Last year was also a year of campaigns. In May, BCC member the British Institute of Cleaning Science (BICSc) invited members to share their experiences of what it meant to #BeBICSc, whilst in autumn, the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health highlighted the importance of their members’ work with the ‘What Is Environmental Health?’ campaign.

The BCC, along with the Cleaning and Support Services Association (CSSA), supported ‘Thank Your Cleaner Day’ on October 16, a great campaign highlighting the great service cleaners provide. In the run up to December’s General Election, Keep Britain Tidy launched its manifesto for a cleaner and greener country, an interesting and thought- provoking document sent to every MP in the country.

In 2019 we also celebrated a couple of big birthdays amongst our members, with The Association of Building Cleaning Direct Service Providers (ABCD) marking its 30th anniversary at the Houses of Parliament, whilst The Domestic Cleaning Alliance (DCA) celebrated its fifth anniversary, which is a great achievement and testament to

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Something else that I must highlight was the advice issued in October to window cleaners and other users of telescopic and water-fed pole equipment about how to reduce the risk of injury. It’s important that anyone using a water-fed pole is aware of it.

To round off the year on a high note, the BCC welcomed a new member in November, the trade body representing the UK’s resource and waste management industry, the Environmental Services Association (ESA). We look forward to them adding ‘a bit more’ to an already effective council.

So, looking ahead, what do I think the BCC and the cleaning sector can expect in 2020? There are a couple of highlights which should already be pencilled into your calendar.

I am particularly looking forward to the Manchester Cleaning Show, which takes place at EventCity on 25-26 March 2020. This show is the region’s largest cleaning and hygiene event and will offer an invaluable opportunity to meet with suppliers, make new connections and gain knowledge about the key challenges affecting the industry. Do think about registering, if you haven’t already.

Also taking place in March is the CSSA’s 2020 Innovation Showcase, which is also backed by the Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association (CHSA). I’m already looking forward to seeing what products the ‘Dragon’s Den’ panel of industry experts back.

In the meantime, may I wish you all a very healthy and safe 2020, and please do let me know if there is anything I can help with in connection with our wonderful cleaning industry.

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