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Well here we are end of another London Cleaning Show week and I'd be being irresponsible if I didn't remind you that it's Friday. John and I have between us spent several long days at the Show and thought you'd prefer a bumper and lively issue rather than one produced 'on the hoof' when we're both tired, & I know how confusing these things can get!
Once again it was a great show and how wonderful that our window cleaning World Cup received global coverage! I don't think I'll ever look at Terry 'Turbo' Burrows again without recalling ITV's 'This Morning's' Holly Willoughby giggling at calling him 'Terry Bubbles' in error and realising it was quite appropriate in window cleaning terms!
As well as uncovering some real innovation, one of the most surprising things for me was being approached by somebody I'd never met, whom I'd inadvertently slated four years ago in my Leader for adding to the woes of my difficult journey across south London to ExCel. We had a laugh about it; I'm forgiven and I'm happy to say that my journey - as well as that of others - is much more streamlined in terms of direction as he who wishes to remain nameless instigated some changes following my comments. Getting from A to B in unfamiliar territory's still not all plain sailing though...
I had a lovely welcome from ExCel cleaner Vanessa Mansford who kindly opened the exit door from the ladies for me when I couldn't find my way out and had to ask. As I'd been through the entire area whilst looking, I could confidently tell her she was doing a great job and thank her for her efforts. I also had occasion to tour the gents a little 'after hours' and that was just as good (and as much of a warren!). Having to catch four trains and a bus I wanted to change into comfy travelling gear and as the ladies was shut I slipped into the empty gents next door. That too was sparklingly clean and much sweeter smelling than some I've previously had occasion to visit so we as an industry are clearly doing something right!
Congratulations to the ExCel cleaners then and also to the winners of the Cleaning & Support Services Association's Awards: Robertson FM, Renova, Genesis Biosciences, Principle Cleaning Services & Mirius. More on them next week as well as... 'the one that got away'!
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21st March 2019