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Progress Cleaning makes half century
Back in 1966 a new business, Progress Cleaning Services, was formed by Dave Robson. Later, his two sons, Kevin and Ian, joined what is today one of the UK's largest national window cleaning contractors.
Starting as a general cleaning business, Dave recognised the need to clean higher, more difficult buildings using new techniques, so he adopted the challenge. Today the company currently holds the Window Cleaning Company of the Year Award, has a large fleet of vans and workforce with bases across the UK; but Progress has not had an easy ride.
Key to the company's success was the early recognition that facilities management contractors hold access to many of the best contracts. "Whilst other companies were avoiding FMs, we were working closely with them and adopting new developments including pole window and gutter cleaning systems," reveals Kevin.
"We now have our own water purification plant which cleanses from parts per million to parts per billion and this has given us a huge cleaning advantage."
Keeping up to date with systems is only half the story; training and health and safety have been equally important. Progress Cleaning services has worked on cruise ships, banks, hotels, housing associations, universities, schools, The Royal Fleet, RAF bases, airports and retail. Customers range from a single shopfront to a site with a Progress team continually working around the building.
Some organisations are now celebrating 40 years as Progress customers. For further information on Progress:
Image: Ian and Kevin receive their Company of the Year Award from Scott Smith of the Federation of Window Cleaners
14th July 2016