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CSSA launches recruitment drive with 'Founding Member' offer
The CSSA is starting 2016 with a recruitment drive to attract new members, and is offering 'Founding Member' status for those who join before the official launch on 1st February.
CSSA Director John Findlater (pictured), said of the move: " Becoming a relaunched CSSA 'Founding Member' will resonate in the industry sector and let everyone know; suppliers and clients, that we're back as an independent, industry-specific organisation."
The CSSA - the UK's oldest trade association for the contract cleaning & support services sector - is being relaunched after a two year hiatus during which time it was part of the Building Futures Group... an arrangement that many thought was not working. Former members and directors met in London just before Christmas and decided to make the CSSA fully operational again, saying that the contract cleaning sector needed specialised representation.
There are plans for big member benefits, together with a code of practice, as well as plans to lobby Government on industry-specific issues like the In/Out European Referendum and the Apprenticeship Levy. Organisers say there will be a real culture change in the running of the organisation, and are encouraging SME's and start-ups to get involved in the new structure right from the start.
Both the CSSA and the Building Futures Group are members of the British Cleaning Council and being aware of calls from various observers and industry members over the years for the BCC to reduce the number of associations under its umbrella by encouraging them to amalgamate, Cleanzine asked the BCC what it thought of this split. The BCC's Lee Baker told us:
"The BCC is delighted that the CSSA will be fully functional again. There was a growing feeling in the industry over the last two years that contract cleaning, being very specialised, wasn't being represented... so we welcome them back! And I know Doug Cooke (ex-chair of the BCC as well as the CSSA) and John Findlater want to play a big part in the Council.
"The new CSSA wants to reach out to smaller companies, and the organisers stress that the Association will be run differently from before, i.e. they want it to be very inclusive, run by the membership for the members' specific needs... no branching out from contract cleaning & support services.
"The plan is to build it up from base and we expect that it will probably take 12 - 18 months to get it back to being fully functional."
The CSSA is officially launching on 1st February 2016 and any cleaning contractor interested in joining can contact John Findlater via:
7th January 2016