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celebrations British Cleaning Council (BCC) member the Association of Building Cleaning DSPs (ABCD) recently celebrated its 30th anniversary with a special celebratory event at the Houses of Parliament in Westminster, London.

The event was also used by the ABCD to announce the 2019 winners of its Cleaning Teams of the Year awards, and to hold its 2019 Annual General Meeting.

Jim Fitzpatrick – MP for Poplar and Limehouse – was the ABCD’s host for the day and led an entertaining, insightful tour of the House of Commons before joining ABCD members, award finalists, judges and sponsors for lunch.

Mr Fitzpatrick also took the opportunity to speak about the value of public cleaning and the important role which the ABCD plays, before helping to present the two ABCD annual awards.

First was the ‘ABCD 30th Anniversary Award for Innovations to deal with Austerity in Local Authorities’, sponsored by the BCC, which went to Telford and Wrekin Council. Rotherham and Shropshire Councils were highly commended.

The second award was for the ‘ABCD Cleaning Team of the Year’, sponsored by Denis Rawlins Ltd. This was won by Nottinghamshire County Council’s mobile cleaning unit, with Shropshire County Council and St Helen’s Council both highly commended.

ABCD’s Kim Phillips said: “The standard of entries this year were once again of the highest quality and demonstrate

Sponsorship opportunities available

for Loo of the Year 2019 The Loo of the Year Awards (LOYA) has made available a number of sponsorship opportunities for the 2019 Awards.

The awards provide promotional opportunities for leading UK and international companies with differing needs. There are a range of sponsorship packages available and bespoke packages developed and executed to meet the sponsors needs and budget.

Each sponsor’s requirements can be included in a package which will include exposure of the company’s/organisation’s brand, particular products/services, new launches, or washroom-related market research. Sponsorship can be used as a marketing/selling opportunity, or to promote another aspect the sponsor would like promoted e.g. health or green issues.

Previous sponsors have supported their launch of a new washroom product or service, while others have promoted an emerging brand. The provision of facilities for those needing special washroom facilities and support for charities has also been supported through involvement with the Awards.

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LOYA Managing Director, Mike Bone, said: “The next prestigious and unique annual daytime Loo of the Year Awards Event will be on Friday 6 December at the elegant voco St Johns Hotel in Solihull. In addition to presentation of National and UK/ Ireland awards there is a sponsors and supporters product/ service exhibition in the same suite the pre-lunch sparkling wine reception is held. This provides unique opportunities for promotion of sponsors' brands and their products or services to a captive audience of up to 400 guests, all associated with washroom provision. After lunch entertainment is provided by a well-known comedian.

“Many leading cleaning and FM companies use their attendance at the Event to provide hospitality to past, present and prospective clients whilst enjoying the satisfaction of receiving a valuable award.”

Sponsors are also able to make an on-stage address/ presentation to the Event guests between awards presentations which can include video or slideshows to promote their brand, products, or an issue relevant to washroom provision related to their customers or prospects. Sponsor brands are promoted by LOYA throughout the event and beyond, e.g. at the 2020 Interclean Amsterdam.

how the public sector teams often go the extra mile when it comes to cleaning our shared spaces and our public realm. All the winners and highly commended entrants should feel very proud.

“I would also like to thank our judges and sponsors for their time and support, and Jim Fitzpatrick for being a wonderful host for the day and for being a true champion for what we stand for as an organisation.”

The BCC’s Simon Hollingbery added: “The BCC was very happy to sponsor the ABCD’s Innovation Award as it is new ideas and fresh approaches to tackling the challenges of modern public sector cleaning, competitive procurement frameworks and deepening council cuts which drive improvements and raise standards.

“It’s also fantastic to have Jim Fitzpatrick so closely involved with the commercial cleaning industry. He is a passionate supporter of the sector and has regularly spoken out on key topics such as litter and waste, the Living Wage and the importance of training and skills, which are all vitally important to the BCC and its members.”

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