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British Cleaning Council's 5th annual conference hailed a great success
Cleaning industry professionals from across the UK gathered in London last Thursday for the British Cleaning Council's 5th annual conference.
The one day event was sold out well in advance and delegates were treated to superb array of keynote speeches written around the theme of the day 'changing perceptions.'
One of the most thought-provoking deliveries came from Chief Executive of MITIE, Ruby McGregor-Smith, who held the audience with a passionate presentation about her rise to the top of one of the UK's biggest firms.
Another spell binding performance came from Tony Anderson who was marketing guru for maverick airline boss Stelios Haji-Ioannou. Tony shared a number of amusing anecdotes from the early days of EasyJet, and revealed some of the marketing master strokes that helped the airline get off the ground.
A key moment in proceedings came when BCC Chairman Doug Cooke announced that the Council was to become a member of the Living Wage Foundation; signing the licence document on stage with Living Wage programme manager Caroline Reilly present.
Doug said: "It's long been our intention to join the Living Wage Foundation and it's fabulous that we can do it at our conference and in the middle of Living Wage Week."
The day's other speakers were; Stephen Kerr, from headline sponsor, Kimberly-Clark Professional, Ken Hanslip, from NSL, Paul Lewis, Managing Director at Reintec, Alice Teague, Head of Policy at the Equality & Human Rights Commission, and Sandy Aird from Enhance Cleaning.
Proceedings were brought to an end with a lively Q&A discussion featuring Doug Cooke, Alice Teague, Chris Cracknell (Chief Executive of OCS Group), Stephen Kerr and Caroline Reilly. They faced questions on a range of subjects from the audience, as well as from twitter.
The organisers would like to give a special thank you to Marc Crank, from the London Centre for Children with Cerebral Palsy, the conference's charity this year. The charity was presented with a cheque for £700 by BCC Chairman Doug Cooke, which came from part of the ticket sales for this year's event.
13th November 2014