Making cleaning a profession to be proud of

Maureen Marden, Master of the Worshipful Company of Environmental Cleaners, on the importance that cleaning plays in our lives.

Imagine a world with no cleaners. Not a pleasant thought is it? Ensuring a clean and hygienic environment, at home, at work, or at school, both indoors and outdoors, is essential to us all in a number of ways. Cleaning keeps us healthy, by banishing bacteria and dust, and also contributes to our wider well-being. Workers will be more productive, students will have better learning outcomes, and members of the public will feel safer and happier if their surroundings are clean and well-maintained.Continue reading

Lighting the way with technology breakthrough

commercial-cleaners-swanseaBusy Cleaning, the Swansea-based commercial cleaning company has become the first in Wales to adopt UV light technology. Busy Cleaning has reinforced its position as industry leader by combining 30 years of experience with the introduction of innovative products from Klenitise Ltd, including the Revealite UV torch.

The Revealite torch has been designed for the real time detection of hazardous surface residues that would be otherwise invisible to the human eye. Surface residues produce fluorescence under the torch’s UV light so that improper cleaning is highlighted. The torch will also be used in conjunction with Klenitise’s Audit Marker, which is used to evaluate the thoroughness of cleaning. The Revealite and Audit products will form a vital part of Busy Cleaning’s staff assessment and training programme and will drive continuous improvement in cleaning performance.Continue reading

Honorary Assistant to The Worshipful Company of Environmental Cleaners

wcec-logoAt a City of London Court meeting in May 2014, the Master, Wardens and Court of Assistants unanimously elected Chris Luxton, proprietor of Busy Cleaning, an Honorary Assistant of the The Worshipful Company of Environmental Cleaners.

This is the highest honour that can be bestowed upon a member of the Company by the Company, second only to being elected Master. This honour was in recognition of the selfless dedication and commitment given over many years to the Company, in particular in searching, proposing and mentoring members of the company, all carried out with great humility and the full respect of the Court.Continue reading

Cleaning Expo to Launch at NEC

cexpo15The NEC will host the UK’s largest cleaning event, Cleaning Expo, on a biennial basis from 2015. The event, where key decision makers from across the industry will meet, buy and network, will take place from 24 – 26 March 2015.

Highlighting its position as the venue to launch, events that start out at the NEC have an average growth of 31% in their second year. In addition, as the venue of choice due to its unrivalled accessibility for visitors and exhibitors, the NEC is perfectly located within around three hours drive time of almost 90% of exhibitors to previous cleaning events in Birmingham.Continue reading

Cleaning Expo Scotland 2014

The biggest cleaning event in Scotland

expo-scotlandThe countdown is on to the opening of Scotland’s leading showcase for all products and services used in the cleaning and support services industry. Cleaning Expo Scotland 2014 is already set to be a must-attend event with over 1500 pre-registered visitors already and a significant number of high profile companies exhibiting, including: Nilfisk-Advance, Tennant UK Cleaning Solutions, Host von Schrader, Vileda Professional, Disposables UK Group, OGL Computer, PTS Clean, Sebo (UK), Merlin Business Software and the Federation of Window Cleaners, to mention but a few.Continue reading

Making cleaning a profession to be proud of

Maureen Marden, Master of the Worshipful Company of Environmental Cleaners, on the importance that cleaning plays in our lives.

Imagine a world with no cleaners. Not a pleasant thought is it? Ensuring a clean and hygienic environment, at home, at work, or at school, both indoors and outdoors, is essential to us all in a number of ways. Cleaning keeps us healthy, by banishing bacteria and dust, and also contributes to our wider well-being. Workers will be more productive, students will have better learning outcomes, and members of the public will feel safer and happier if their surroundings are clean and well-maintained.

There’s no denying that cleaning is a vital service, contributing much to society and the facilities management sector – so why do some people still not take it seriously? I welcome recent news about further support for the London Living Wage, and a call from the Association of Healthcare Cleaning Professionals for cleaners in their sector to undertake relevant qualifications. This can only help to raise the profile of the cleaning industry, and emphasise its importance to the UK economy.

It echoes the Worshipful Company of Environmental Cleaners’ aims to encourage and maintain high standards of practice and integrity, while promoting and supporting education, training and research projects within our sector. Cleaning is a profession to be proud of, and one that offers lots of opportunities. It can be a flexible option for students, parents or carers, who need to fit work in around other commitments; it offers much in terms of job satisfaction – how many other professions allow you to see the result of your efforts so clearly; and it can also be the first step on a career that could lead to jobs in infection control, facilities management, health and safety, and more.

The Worshipful Company of Environmental Cleaners will continue to work with its partners to promote the cleaning cause and I’m looking forward to seeing what developments – in terms of training and technology – will emerge during 2014 to further enhance this sector. Our message is clear – stand up and be proud to be a cleaner!

If you would like to find out more about the Worshipful Company of Environmental Cleaners, or any of our initiatives or events, please email clerk@wc-ec.com or telephone 020 7704 1515.

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