The Voice of Cleaning

Established in 1982, the British Cleaning Council (BCC) is the authoritative, collective voice of UK’s cleaning, hygiene and waste management industries.

The Council’s membership is made up of over 20 trade and membership associations which all represent different industry sub-sectors. From contract cleaning to waste management, pest control to housekeeping, training providers to machine manufacturers, chemical suppliers to wheelie-bin washers – the BCC coordinates, campaigns and supports the affairs of the UK’s entire commercial cleaning ecosystem.

Key priorities for the BCC and its membership include raising professional standards, employee health and wellbeing, career development and training, improved quality control and better procurement practices. They are also committed to promoting higher levels of cleaning and hygiene across all environments – commercial, domestic and public.

Co-Producer of The Cleaning Show

Along with Quartz Business Media, the British Cleaning Council also manage the world-renowned Cleaning Show. This flagship industry expo, which alternates annually between the ExCel Centre in London and Event City in Manchester, is a showcase for the latest developments and innovations in UK cleaning as well as providing a forum to discuss and debate major issues which impact on the whole sector.

Proceeds from The Cleaning Show are reinvested by the BCC back into the cleaning industry in the form of research, grants, consultation services, campaigns and generating positive publicity for the sector. More information on The Cleaning Show can be found here.

 

Industry Research

The BCC also conducts research into the cleaning, waste management, landscaping and FM sectors.

Combined the BCC has calculated that these industries contributed £49.9bn to the economy in 2016, while the number of employees totalled 914,000.

Other key metrics linked to the cleaning, waste management, landscaping and FM sectors revealed in our most recent sixty-page document include:

  • Between 2010 and 2018, the combined turnover within the four sectors rose by 34% – over twice as much as the UK average
  • Within the four sectors, 88% of businesses employ less than 10 people
  • 29% of all vacancies within the four sectors were described as ‘hard to fill’
  • With a predicted growth rate of 9% over the next five years the four sectors are set to generate 93,000 jobs by 2024
  • With older people leaving the industry, a further 436,000 vacancies are set to be created through ‘replacement demand’

 

For a free copy of our report email info@britishcleaningcouncil.org

Our Chairman

The British Cleaning Council’s Chairman Stan Atkins has over 45 years’ experience in the Cleaning industry across a wide range of roles and sectors.

For the last ten years Stan has been Group Chief Executive Officer for The British Institute of Cleaning Science (BICSc). BICSc delivers practical, hands-on training courses, technical support and professional membership for the cleaning industry worldwide with a network which includes more than 15,000 Individual and Corporate members.

BICSc’s mission is to raise the status and standards of the cleaning industry through education and accredited training thereby; protecting the operative, providing a clean and safe environment, preserving assets, promoting sustainability and producing best practice.

Prior to joining BICSc, Stan was a senior consultant for MBG UK Limited for six years, and has also worked for Aramark, Excellence Ltd and Eurotunnel PLC.

Stan is passionate about constantly improving levels of professionalism within the cleaning sector through training and professional development, and is committed to raising standards across every aspect of the industry. This includes employee wellbeing, health and safety, improved quality control, standardisation and better procurement practices.

Before being elected as the BCC’s Chair in 2017, Stan was a member of the BCC Council on behalf of BISCs. He also sat on the BCC’s Finance & Policy committee.

 

 

Helping To Get The Voice Of Cleaning Heard

The BCC would like to thank Jim Fitzpatrick, MP for Poplar and Limehouse, for his continued, unpaid support for the Council, its members and the wider UK cleaning sector.

Jim has regularly spoken out on behalf of the industry on key topics such as litter and waste, the Living Wage and the importance of training and skills, including asking questions in the House of Commons.

In addition, Jim is Chair of the Tidy Britain All Party Parliamentary Group.

The 20-strong APPG, whose secretariat is provided by BCC member Keep Britain Tidy, exists to discuss issues related to local environmental quality, to raise these issues on the parliamentary agenda, and to provide a forum for an exchange of views between parliamentarians and those with local environmental quality issues.

Outside of the House, Jim gives the BCC informal support and counsel and he officially opened the BCC’s Cleaning Show expo at London’s Excel in 2017.

For more information on Jim visit www.jimfitzpatrickmp.org