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BICSc rolls out red carpet for Annual Awards 2014!
The British Institute of Cleaning Science has been recognised for promoting cleaning industry standards for over 53 years. This year the Annual Awards Dinner and Golf day rolled out the red carpet for a Hollywood themed 'sell out' event to recognise and reward those that have excelled in maintaining high standards via training and assessment across the industry.
The Awards took place at the Forest of Arden Hotel & Country Club, Birmingham. In the morning, BICSc hosted its Annual Golf Day on the Arden Championship Golf Course (Sponsored by BICSc Council Member Bob Vincent's organisation, LCC Support Services).
The Awards celebrations started later in the day. Guests were greeted by Hollywood-themed walkabout characters at the drinks reception (Sponsored by AsepTech); characters included a human awards statue and an elegant Marilyn Monroe character handing refreshments to guests from her white feathery table dress. This year the cocktail sponsor Katrin also provided an interesting twist to the evening by offering guests the opportunity to sample its branded cocktails 'The Katrin Martini' and 'The Katrin Mock Mojito.'
The Annual Awards Ceremony followed shortly afterwards with inspired speeches from CEO of BICSc Stan Atkins and the Chairman of the Institute Bill McMillan. One of the key messages was furthering the dignity of the cleaning operative... 'A cleaner is something that you clean a table with, the person participating in the act of cleaning, is known as a cleaning operative'. Stan Atkins later stated that "Anybody can clean, but only people that have been trained correctly have the ability to clean properly."
The evening then celebrated achievements of the award winners of 2014 as various plaques and trophies were presented. A banquet dinner followed shortly afterwards, along with the Chairman's Charity raffle and entertainment from Lisa Martin and the Vegas Show girls.
The Chairman's Charity this year was St Margaret of Scotland Hospice, selected by the current Chairman Bill McMillan. For over 60 years this hospice has offered compassion, dedicated commitment and excellent care to patients with advanced life-limiting illnesses and also to the older person with complex medical and nursing needs. The raffle raised nearly £1000 on the night with winners selecting from a range of prizes donated by generous companies including; The Forest of Arden Hotel and Country Club, The Bees Nees Florist, Vileda Professional and Rubbermaid.
Alongside this, Stan Atkins (BICSc) and generous sponsor Paul Kelly (Rubbermaid Commercial Products) hosted a charity auction for a Rubbermaid 'FM Bundle Pack' of equipment and products. The auction raised an additional £550 and was won by Doug Cooke, CEO of Principle Cleaning Services. In total a considerable sum of over £1500 was collected for the charity.
The event was sponsored by Bunzl, Darwin Clayton, Rubbermaid, ISS, PWC, Vileda, LCC, ISSA, Katrin, Metsa Tissue, BBS, Push, Lonsdale, Premiere Products and AsepTech.
The winners and finalists:
The BICSc Award for Excellence in Training and Assessment within an Accredited Training Establishment (HMPS)... 'The Institute works with the prison industry to deliver BICSc assessment schemes and training delivery in that sector. The award is for Excellence in training and Assessment'.
Winner - HMP Cardiff
Finalists - HMP Low Moss & HMP Wakefield
Sponsored by BBS (BICS Business Services)
The BICSc Award for Excellence in Training and Assessment within an Accredited Training Organisation (in-house)...
'This award is for training and developments within an accredited training organisation, which is approved to deliver BICSc assessment schemes and training courses'
Winner - Aramark
Finalists - The University Hospital of Morecombe Bay, Clean Event Group & Sandwell MBC
Sponsored by Darwin Clayton
The BICSc Outstanding Student of the Year Award... '
The Outstanding Student of the Year Award reflects the achievement of an individual and their award of BICSc qualification. Students are nominated by an employer, training provider or fellow student, with the main focus being on how the student has been able to achieve an award against adversity or has gone the extra mile to complete and receive the qualification within the workplace'
Winner - Mark Pike- Sandwell MBC
Finalists - Karami Naniwono & Sirfaze Ahmed
Sponsored by Rubbermaid
The BICSc Award for the Assessor of the year...
'We acknowledge the success of an Individual Assessor that will have demonstrated an outstanding level of passion, professionalism and commitment to the striving of excellence for their students and themselves Assessors are nominated by an employer, training provider or student, with the main focus being on how the Assessor has demonstrated their ability to achieve excellence'
Winner - Jackie Moreland - The University Hospital of Morecombe Bay
Finalists - Wendy Hargreaves & Denise Baldwin
Sponsored by Premiere Products
The BICSc Award for Client Commitment to Training... 'This award is presented to BICSc clients that exhibit high levels of support for their contractors, therefore, helping them achieve excellence in training'
Winner - The Welsh Assembly Supported by Vinci Facilities
Finalist - The London School of Economics
Sponsored by PWC / ISS
The BICSc International Award for Outstanding Performance in Promotion of the Institute... 'The award is presented to the individual or organisation that has promoted BICSc training and standards outside the United Kingdom and achieved recognition of this within the cleaning industry on the international stage'
Winner - Tanzifco, Dubai
Finalists - Emrill -& Amwaj
The CIMS Award For Commitment To Excellence... 'This is a new award rewarding the dedication of individuals for their commitment to excellence and the CIMS (Cleaning industry management standard) programme'
Winner - Mike Fletcher
Sponsored by ISSA / BBS (BICS Business Services)
The Doreen Heyes Award for Accredited Training Provision within the NHS Trust... 'This award is based upon the provision of accredited BICSc Training for those working in healthcare, such as hospitals, clinics and surgeries to provide an industry standard qualification. Doreen Heyes was past President and Chairman of BICSc during 1973/74'
Winner - Belfast Health & Social Care Trust
Sponsored by Vileda
The Ayres Regional Award... 'This award is presented to the BICSc region that has promoted the Institute the most over the year. The British Institute of Cleaning Science consist of nine regions - London and Home Counties, North East, North west, Midlands, Wales, Scotland, South and south west, East Anglia and Northern Ireland'
Winner - BICSc Northern Ireland Region
The Sholom Gordon Award... 'This is the institute's premier award, which is presented to an individual who has demonstrated outstanding service to the institute and the cleaning industry. The award was first presented in 1972 by Sidney Gordon and is a solid silver replica of the Columbus Dixon D1 floor machine'
Winner - John Garfinkel
The Eric Hill Medal... 'Eric Hill was the founder of BICSc. This medal is awarded to an individual for past service to the Institute and is primarily for someone who has made a great contribution to training and education. Winners of the Eric Hill Medal are nominated by the BICSc Council and receive a unique engraved silver medal'
Winner - Thomas Taylor
Sponsored by Bunzl Cleaning & Hygiene Supplies
The BICSc Golf Day Winners
Best Team - LCC
Best Individual - Andy Hudson
Longest Drive - Des Lane
Nearest the Pin - Les Hornby
The Hot Potato - Cameo Cleaning Services
(Sponsored by LCC)
Photographs are available at:
The BICSc Annual Awards 2015 will be taking place at the Forest of Arden Hotel & Country Club on 17th September. For bookings and information:
T: +44 (0) 1604 678 713
E: [email protected]
2nd October 2014