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THE FLOORBRITE GROUP HITS £20M GROWTH


TARGET EARLY Manchester-based cleaning and facilities service provider The Floorbrite Group has achieved its target of £20m turnover one year early after securing several significant new contracts.


Founded in Sale, Cheshire, in 1972, The Floorbrite Group is today headed up by second generation Wyers, Managing Directors Nik and Alex. The company has diversified over the years from cleaning into a full suite of facilities management provisions, including waste management, security and pest control amongst many others, with more than 1,500 staff across the UK.


Turnover has increased by 30% in the past two years, and the firm forecasts further growth of just under 20% for the next 12 months.


Its new contracts include Drax, the largest power station in the UK, the


SMART SOLAR WINDOWS CAN POWER


BUILDING SYSTEMS A Swedish startup out of Uppsala University is launching a transparent solar cell developed for smart building systems. This new technology can be a power solution both for dynamic windows and for self-powered sensors and other devices in energy efficient building systems.


Peafowl Solar Power, the company behind the innovation, was awarded regional SKAPA prize in memory of Alfred Nobel by the Swedish agency Almi on September 5th, for development of “a patented power source for low-power applications, a sustainable and designable photovoltaic cell” that can be, “installed without cabling into smart transparent window glass for applications in the sustainable buildings of the future”.


Jacinto Sá, Co-founder and CEO, said: It is important for us that our technology should enable retrofitting. There is a lot of new


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most prestigious window cleaning contract in the North West, Media City, plus TalkTalk and CBRE - together valued at more than £1m - along with Adidas’ London headquarters.


Testament to its high-level of service and commitment to client care, the business has also seen consistent growth in its existing contracts, expanding the services it provides for the likes of Boohoo, and JD Sports.


Nik Wyers, said: “We’ve seen an exceptional period of growth during the last twelve months, despite the challenging environment and continued uncertainty. Whilst it’s a huge team effort, the sales team


is the cornerstone of our success - we pride ourselves on supporting each other, and benefit from a high retention rate as a result.”


“We also continue to diversify, which has proven a successful growth strategy. New areas of focus include enhanced environmental initiatives and CSR, and we look forward to developing those new services further in the coming months.”


This latest news follows the firm’s rebrand earlier this year, which future-proofed the business and facilitated further diversification, building on its success to date.


www.Floorbrite.co.uk


technology like dynamic windows and IoT systems to make buildings more efficient, but a lot of it is only suitable for new construction. We need to develop solutions that also work for the buildings that are already in place,


The Peafowl Solar Cell is the first direct plasmonic solar cell. A direct plasmonic solar cell converts light into electricity using plasmonic nanoparticles as the active,


photovoltaic material. Plasmonic nanoparticles can absorb up to ten times as much light as other known materials. Because the Peafowl Solar Cell is so efficient at converting the light it intercepts into electricity, it can produce electricity even when very little light is intercepted. This is the key to the ultra-high transparency of the cell.


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