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WHAT’S NEW? Nationwide Window

Cleaning on Acquisition Trail Nationwide Window Cleaning (NWC), the UK’s largest window, gutter and high level cleaning business is on the acquisition trail. The first significant purchase is a Midlands-based window cleaning business, Reflekt Cleaning Company Ltd.

Founded in 2005 Reflekt has experienced strong year-on-year growth. Clients include the BBC, RAF, Cadbury, Merck Sharpe & Dohme and Exxon Mobil.

Thornton Tasker, CEO said: “Reflekt is a perfect fit for us as it is a high quality, value-added, service- oriented business with blue chip clients. The Nuneaton base will be beneficial to our clients in the area. Integration into the NWC brand will not be rushed, so will be smooth and seamless. We are delighted to bring Reflekt’s team on board, with the first employee due to start the NWC Management Development

Pipe Cleaning Technology Support Road Resurfacing Standards

Programme, a bespoke training scheme for all our managers.”

June Reynolds, NWC’s Group Operations Director is overseeing the merger. NWC’s Kevin Dooley supported by former owner Helen Davies, will manage the Reflekt business.

In addition to offering a full range of window cleaning services, Reflekt provides high-level cleaning and dusting, duct cleaning, canopy and

remains clear to maintain high levels of flood resilience.

This process is supported by the Lanes Chester depot carrying out CCTV drainage surveys of highway drains both before and after resurfacing, if necessary.

Francisco Po, Contracting Project Co-ordinator at Tarmac, said: "Gully cleaning is a key element in our resurfacing programmes and an area where local authority clients are increasingly seeking improved assurance that activity is carried out to the highest standards.

Drain cleaning technology and expertise from Lanes Group is helping Tarmac deliver optimum highway maintenance services for local authorities.

The company's advanced jet vac tankers are being used to clear surplus aggregates from highway gullies and drainage channels.

Local authorities are increasingly keen to ensure highway drainage


"The increased volatility of weather in recent years has played a significant role in the need to build in additional flood resilience into our highway maintenance work and Lanes have the capabilities we need to ensure drain lines are clear after resurfacing works have been carried out."

Lanes Group has been increasingly successful at winning highway drainage contracts, both for preventative maintenance and road construction programmes.

roof cleans; cladding, fascia and gutter cleans in all workplaces including commercial buildings, colleges and factories.

The acquisition has been supported by further funding from equity investor BGF, which has supported the business since July 2014. The latest funding round brings the total BGF investment in NWC to £4.5m.

One reason is the company's investment in the UK's most powerful specialist drainage vehicles and equipment, said Sian Wyn-Jones, Area Development Manager for Lanes Chester.

She added: "Lanes has the UK's largest fleet of recycler jet vac tankers. These can filter and reuse their own water, so they can operate for longer in more remote areas, without having to tip waste or refill the water tank.

"Our recycler jet vac tankers 68% more productive than standard jet vac tankers. This is ideal for highway projects, where works must be completed during highly-constrained periods of traffic management.”

Lanes Chester is also the main drainage contractor for the Mersey Gateway, a new road bridge and associated approach road across the Mersey River between Runcorn and Widnes, in Cheshire, which is due to open in late 2017.

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