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CONTRACT CLEANING


Brave New World


When it comes to equipment, few contract cleaners would think to enter the hire market, opting to buy instead. But Paul Lewis, Managing Director at Reintec explains to us the benefits that come from entering the brave new world of outsourcing.


As a new working year begins, up and down the country, the critiquing of the past year begins in earnest. How did we do? What can we learn? How do we improve to make 2015 our strongest year yet? However fun and fanciful our personal resolutions might be, commercial performance is something against which all our working lives are measured so its no wonder that the old hackneyed phrase ‘work more efficiently’ crops up time and time again each January.


Of course, for each of us, this will mean something slightly different – whether your office decrees it’s about keeping internal meetings to a maximum of ten minutes or identifies new and innovative ways of us all multitasking more, there’s no shortage of suggestions to make time and cost efficiencies. Perhaps a solution that isn’t as readily considered – but that can make a real and tangible difference in both of these areas without running you and your team ragged – is outsourcing your cleaning equipment requirements to a company like Reintec.


It may come as a surprise to some to learn that the equipment outsource market in Europe is growing exponentially. In their annual


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Statistics Report, the European Rental Association (ERA) valued the European equipment rental market in 2013 at €22.63 billion – indicating that for many across Europe, outsourcing equipment is now one of the smartest solutions to drive efficiencies for the long-term.


So, how exactly can outsourcing help your business be more efficient this new year?


Better Use Of Time One of the key and most immediately noticeable benefits of outsourcing equipment is the sheer time that it saves. Outsourcing provides you with access to a wide range of professional, robust and ready-to- use cleaning equipment so there’s no more wasting time over the management of it all – it’s just taken care of, by professionals.


Financial Benefits It’s a given that owning and managing equipment in-house is very costly, and often leaves companies having to find lump sums to fund their investments. Not to mention that by investing in, and managing their own equipment, companies will need to continue to up-skill to maintain productivity and compliance. This can prove hugely expensive and inefficient


– especially when it comes to specialist types of equipment that may only be used once in a blue moon.


Outsourcing equipment requirements to a company like Reintec provides a competitive advantage by reducing operational costs and freeing-up resources for other purposes. By outsourcing equipment needs, companies have the ability to reserve investment for other areas of the business. Balance sheet registers can be reduced and the need to write end-of-life assets off as they become out-dated can be eliminated altogether. In addition, daily overheads such as transport and logistics, health and safety maintenance and inspection and inventory control costs can all be reduced, as these become the responsibility of the outsourced partner.


A familiar and key challenge for cleaning professionals is keeping costs to a minimum while maintaining service. As demand increases during busy periods, cleaning contractors can often find their resources stretched, which makes maintaining this level of service all the more challenging. This is why it’s important to look for ways to become more agile and efficient to meet changing client expectations. The outsourced partner


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