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NEWS SpaceVac Opens Scottish Base

SpaceVac, the manufacturer of vacuum powered, single operator, lightweight gutter and high level interior cleaning equipment, has expanded into Scotland to open its third UK base.

Operating from Aberdeenshire as Control Line Services, the Scottish team will handle all SpaceVac sales and service needs and also offer a gutter cleaning service throughout the country. Control Line Services will operate using the same formula as the successful English business by providing on-site demonstrations and free product training.

David Forbes, Managing Director of Control Line Services, said: “Last year I started using SpaceVac products for my Scottish gutter cleaning service. Customers then wanted to buy their own kit because of its simplicity and low cost. I now provide gutter cleaning to those wanting the job done and equipment to contractors and those wanting to do it themselves. We are

Servest Group Launches Future Leader Programme

Facilities management provider Servest Group has launched a development programme to progress their high-performing team members and attract the brightest graduates into the organisation.

Under the scheme, which begins in March next year, four graduates and four existing employees will embark on a two-year programme which includes time in each of Servest’s main divisions: building maintenance, catering, security, cleaning and central services such as HR, finance and sales and marketing. In addition to learning practical skills in these areas, the participants will study management skills, backed up by the ILM qualification in leadership, which will be run internally. The starting salary is £20,000 with increments each year.


At the end of the programme, participants will join the most relevant division in a management role, or look to study further qualifications if they want to join functions such as finance.

“The scheme demonstrates our commitment both to attracting the best people into FM and also developing our own talented team members to ensure a leadership pipeline,” said Rob Legge, Group CEO UK and Europe at Servest. “Both qualifications and experience are important in FM and by bringing both existing team members and new graduates into the scheme, we are reflecting that need.”

The Future Leader Programme will be marketed internally, on national job boards, through social media and at universities near to Servest’s

main office locations in Bury St Edmunds, Birmingham, Leeds, Hertfordshire and London.

Candidates need to demonstrate leadership potential, have top-notch communication skills and be a good fit for the fast-paced, entrepreneurial culture of Servest. Graduates must have at least a 2:1, but the degree does not have to be in a relevant discipline. The recruitment process will involve an initial application, telephone interview and profiling with a selected few being invited to an assessment centre. The process is designed to get to know them well as some who aren’t suited for the Future Leader programme may be a great fit for other roles in the company.

now expanding rapidly into the High Level Interior Cleaning market. It is wonderful being in this product sector with no real competitors.”

Since opening for SpaceVac in Scotland, Control Line Services has sold SpaceVac equipment to drain clearing and window cleaning companies who want to expand their

pole cleaning services, and to cleaning and FM businesses wanting to add further services to their portfolios.

David and his team are currently demonstrating SpaceVac to schools, hotels, manufacturing businesses, industrial units, housing associations and government buildings.

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