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Further to last week’s leader, I’m delighted to report that Cinderella IS indeed going to be returning to the ball!
In case you missed last week’s issue, I wrote that a meeting was being held in London that day with the purpose of bringing back into proper existence the Cleaning & Support Services Association, which for a while last year, was merged with other associations to form the Building Futures Group. The CSSA withdrew partly because it was felt that the BFG’s cleaning side (cleaning being the ‘Cinderella’ of any business that isn’t directly about cleaning) was being neglected – a sentiment I echoed in my leader, as I expressed my dismay at how quiet things seemed to have gone, with no official body seemingly interested in fighting the industry’s corner when it was attacked in the mainstream press.
Ex-CSSA chairman Doug Cooke, CEO of Principle Cleaning Services, told me that around 40 people attended the meeting – a good turnout when one considers the inevitable diary clashes and how busy life gets in the lead-up to Christmas! He said that the presentation was very well received by the attendees – which included contractors large and small, as well as suppliers – and that the consensus was: “We cannot afford NOT to have a CSSA!”
Doug – who is once again taking on the Chair of the Association, said: “There’s a real gap in the market for contract cleaners at all levels to be represented, and I’m confident that firms will see the benefits of becoming members.
“The new CSSA will focus solely on the contract cleaning sector. Members will have unique opportunities to network, and be one step ahead when important innovations and developments come along.”
Doug also explained that membership costs have been restructured to make them more attractive and that there will more support for smaller businesses as well as more support for the contractors in general, than in the old days.
John Findlater – another ex-CSSA chairman who’s also been very much involved in resurrecting the CSSA, added: “Membership is the customer’s warranty that a contractor is ethical, professional and provides good value for money.”
I can understand John’s sentiment completely, for hiring a company that’s a member of a reputable association inspires confidence, doesn’t it?
The Association is launching on 1st January with the official launch on 1st February.
To find out more, contact John Findlater on: E: [email protected]
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3rd December 2015