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NEWS LCC Support Services Backs Living Wage


LCC Support Services Ltd, the national independent cleaning and support services business, is backing the Living Wage Foundation and its hourly rates on all 2015 tenders.


The Company is providing every new tender with the requested competitive quote and a second tender based on the Living Wage programme. This allows clients to make their own decisions on hourly rates based on their individual beliefs and corporate consciences.


Bob Vincent, Executive Chairman of LCC said: “Since joining the Living Wage programme we have had little client objection to paying a Living Wage rate which we believe is the right of all hard working staff.


“There are two reasons why we have for many years supported the concept of ‘a fair wage for a fair day’s work’. Everyone should live above the breadline and it is good business sense for service providers. Happy employees


work better than the unhappy. Being fair starts with the employer and the employee usually responds.


“We benefit by retaining staff longer so we reduce training and recruitment costs and clients receive continuity of quality service and staff going the extra mile.”


According to KMPG the number of UK employees paid less than the Living Wage in 2014 is now running at 22%, up 1% on 2013. The cleaning industry is one of the most ‘fair wage’ conscious business sectors with over 25 cleaning contractors joining the programme.


Bob added: “Cleaning and hygiene standards required today are the highest ever and to maintain them cleaning should be regarded as important as any other profession. I urge all cleaning and FM contractors to join this excellent programme.”


www.lccss.co.uk Jigsaw Sweeps In With Cleaning Award


A specialist FM training provider has been praised for helping to raise professional standards in the cleaning industry.


Jigsaw Training scooped The Worshipful Company of Environmental Cleaners’ Eric Hill Memorial Award for producing the greatest number of successful candidates in a cleaning- related qualification each year.


Presented each year in collaboration with the City and Guilds Institute, Issa Tahhan, Master of the Worshipful Company of Environmental Cleaners, presented the award at the livery company’s court luncheon in Armourers’ Hall in London.


He said: “Promoting the advancement of education and training within the cleaning industry is at the heart of our company’s


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Royal Charter. Trainees and apprentices awarded certificates on achieving National Vocational Qualifications have a crucial role to play in raising professional standards in the cleaning industry. It is a great pleasure to present the Eric Hill Memorial Award to a training provider


who is making such a significant contribution to that cause.”


Jigsaw Training, based in Preston, Lancashire, and founded by James and Sue Blackhurst in 1997, has grown to become one of the few national training providers of apprenticeships and related qualifications in the UK facilities management industry.


The company is the training partner of Mitie, which employs more than 1,500 apprentices in FM, security, catering and hospitality, as well as cleaning.


Mark Forster-Hamill, training operations director of Jigsaw Training, accepted the award on behalf of the company. He said: “We’re proud to win this award, not only because of its prestige nature, but because this recognises the commitment to raising standards in the industry.”


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