BCC continues to be the voice of cleaning
ABCD marks special occasion
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In 1981 the then Master of the
Worshipful Company of Environmental
Cleaners, David Evans, addressed an
audience of cleaning professionals and
industry partners and said he felt all
sectors of the UK cleaning industry
should amalgamate to advance their
The aim of the new body would be to draw
together all the many strands that go to make
up the UK cleaning industry and be an
umbrella organisation under which all other
industry associations could convene.
The objectives were to improve health,
hygiene and general cleanliness, and to raise the
profile of the industry both at home and
Thus the British Cleaning Council (BCC)
was born, the founding members being the
Worshipful Company of Environmental
Cleaners (WCEC), the Industrial Machine
Manufacturers Association (ICMMA), the
Janitorial Supply Association (JANSA), the
British Association for Chemical Specialities
(BACS), the British Institute of Cleaning
Science (BICSc), the Federation of Window
Cleaners (FWC), and the National Carpet
Cleaners Association (NCA).
Fast forward to 2019 and the BCC now has
over 20 trade associations and membership
bodies represented on its Council.
From contract cleaning to waste management,
pest control to housekeeping, training providers
to machine manufacturers, chemical suppliers to
wheelie-bin washers – the BCC coordinates,
campaigns and supports the affairs of the UK’s
entire commercial cleaning ecosystem.
Key priorities for the BCC and its members
include raising professional standards, employee
health and wellbeing, career development and
training, improved quality control, and better
Since 1988 the BCC has also co-produced
The Cleaning Show, the UK’s leading expo and
conference dedicated to cleaning, FM, hygiene
and waste management.
Proceeds from the event - which now
alternates annually between London and
Manchester - are invested back into the
cleaning industry via a grant-giving programme
for BCC members, in-depth industry research,
events, sponsorship and campaigns to promote
the image of cleaning.
The BCC itself is run solely on revenues
generated from The Cleaning Show and its
members are not charged a joining fee or
annual subscription. Further, none of the
Council’s staff are paid a salary.
In summary, since its inception in 1982 the
BCC declared itself to be ‘The Voice Of
Cleaning’ - and it continues to enjoy that
authoritative role some 37 years on.
Tel:020 7920 9640
The Domestic Cleaning Alliance (DCA)
was set up in March 2014 by a small
group of likeminded cleaning business
owners to represent a large but
fragmented and unrecognised sector of
the UK cleaning industry.
Although demand for cleaning services is
outstripping supply, the sector is transient and
fraught with staffing issues. Having celebrated
its 5th Anniversary, the DCA now has over 200
paying members, all of whom are owners of
legal and insured cleaning companies, and it is
working hard to help its members to run their
businesses as effectively as possible.
This is done by establishing best-practises,
arranging discounts through suppliers of goods
& services, and offering 1-to-1 support.
The biggest achievement for the DCA came
in April 2015 when they were taken on as
members of the British Cleaning Council. The
Council recognised a need for the association
and a gap on their members board for domestic
cleaning to be represented, so it was a good fit.
The DCA is delighted to hold this position.
Moving forward, the DCA continues to offer
as much support as possible with staffing issues,
as this is the one factor affecting many aspects
of domestic cleaning, particularly the growth of
a cleaning business.
Tel: 0121 357 598
DCA turns five
This year marks the 30th anniversary of
The Association of Building Cleaning
Service Providers (ABCD).
omprised of building cleaning services
managers who are employed by Local
Authorities, the ABCD exists to add value to its
members by becoming the primary association
for building cleaning and associated services
within the public sector.
To mark its anniversary, the ABCD’s AGM
and Team of the Year Presentations were held in
the Houses of Parliament in Westminster,
London, in May and hosted by Jim Fitzpatrick -
MP for Poplar and Limehouse.
CHSA to expand its
The Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers’
Association (CHSA) represents the
majority of the UK’s major
manufacturers and distributors of
cleaning and hygiene products in the
‘away from home’ market.
The Association has a long-standing
commitment to standards, which began in
1997 with the launch of the Manufacturing
Standards Accreditation Scheme for Soft
Tissue. Today the Association operates the
highly respected Accreditation Schemes for
Distributors and Manufacturers of Plastic
Sacks, Industrial Cotton Mops and Soft Tissue.
Each is designed to make sure buyers of
cleaning and hygiene products can be certain
’what’s on the box is what’s in the box’.
To join members must pass a rigorous audit
of products and internal quality procedures,
conducted by the CHSA’s independent
inspector. Inspection results consistently show
high levels of compliance. Building on this
success, the CHSA is
expanding the Schemes.
From January 2020, every
distributor member of the
CHSA will be an Accredited