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Leading industry awards return with renewed focus on raising standards

* GSA-renewed.jpgThe Kimberly-Clark Professional Golden Service Awards 2018 will launch its entry process on Thursday 1st June. The awards have evolved to further drive innovation and the continuous improvement of standards in the cleaning industry that deliver optimal results.

Founded in 1991, the biennial awards hosted by Kimberly-Clark Professional have become one of the industry's most esteemed events, providing the opportunity for contract cleaners and in-house cleaning teams to showcase excellence and set new high benchmarking standards in the cleaning industry.

The company is launching a new-look Golden Service Awards for 2018. "After 25 years hosting the Golden Service Awards, the event has evolved to play a pivotal role in the industry," says Peter Oliver, the company's general manager UK, Ireland and France. "To ensure that the Awards continue to meet customer and business needs of tomorrow and drive innovation, we have re-focused the event on core industry areas.

The event will take place on 8 March 2018 at The London Hilton Park Lane, and will be attended by hundreds of senior director and management level representatives from the contract cleaning and facilities management industries. Awards in 14 categories will be presented recognising excellence across healthcare, office, education, retail, manufacturing, hospitality, environmental and training sectors. The Golden Service Award's Cleaning Operative and Supervisor of the Year awards will conclude the proceedings.

Diversey Care is to return as gold sponsor with RPC bpi refuse confirmed as an ambassador sponsor. The British Institute of Cleaning Science will independently oversee the judging process which will begin in September with the paper judging stage. Site visits will take place in October and November, again managed by BICSc to ensure uniformity and fairness.

Stan Atkins, chief executive officer, BICSc, says: "To stand out this year, you have to demonstrate quality across all areas but most importantly staff training and development alongside a dedication to the consistent quality and continual raising of standards.

"As judges, we will be looking for clear achievement of excellence and not just if entry specifications are met. The size of the business is not part of the criteria, but a high quality of standards and service is."

Previous winners have included Mitie, Derrycourt, ISS, Principle Cleaning, Enhance, LCC, Specialised Cleaning Services, Julius Rutherfoord, Vinci Facilities, Enhance, ABM Group UK and Turner Facilities.

To enter the Awards and see how you measure up against a prestigious list of winners and earn the opportunity to promote your achievements as a new industry benchmark - simply download the online form from the website. This form is available from 1st June and must be completed and submitted with all contact information and confirmation of certificates, membership of trade associations, training programmes, Investors in People plus health * safety procedures.

To help entrants get the best possible chance of winning, there is a 'How to enter' guide that can be downloaded from the website which includes important criteria information, useful hints and tips, FAQs and details about the judging process.

"The 2018 Awards are designed to have a stronger focus on raising standards in the industry though innovation, development and investment," adds Peter Oliver. "We look forward to receiving the entries and wish all entrants best of luck."

Sponsorship opportunities remain available. For more information about how to be part of one of the industry's most prestigious events and help raise standards, please contact Suzanne Howe:

Image: One of the winners of the Golden Service Awards 2015: The Mount Charles Group for Titanic Belfast

W: www.goldenserviceawards.co.uk

24th May 2017

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