The British Cleaning Council is proud to be a member of the European Federation of Cleaning Industries (EFCI) acting as the UK’s representative for the cleaning industry.

Established in 1988, the EFCI unifies the representative national professional organisations of the cleaning industry across Europe. In addition to 15 national organisations which make up the Federation, the EFCI has established a second tier of partners and supporters called the Circle which is open to cleaning contractors and to other organisations active in the industry.

Based in Brussels, and recognised as by the European Commission as the voice of the cleaning sector in Europe, the EFCI represents cleaning employers’ interests within the Social Affairs Committee through its trade union partner, UNI-Europa.

The EFCI is also committed to the monitoring of European Institutions, taking into account cleaning contractors’ interests with regards to policies, directives, regulations and legislation. It also promotes professional development, higher standards and a positive image of the cleaning sector, and works to ensure more public recognition of cleaning as a profession.

The BCC funds its membership of EFCI on behalf of the UK’s cleaning industry, covers all costs associated with participation, and plays an active role in many EFCI initiatives and campaigns.

This includes contributing to Europe wide research and analysis, industry positioning papers and supporting the EFCI with regards to major issues such as TUPE, wages and employee wellbeing.

The BCC was also recently asked to contribute to a major piece of work, the Selecting Best Value Guide, which lays out recommended approaches to assist procurement teams when reviewing tenders to choose the best suppliers based on the overall quality of product, service and delivery, rather than simply focusing in on price.

The BCC looks forward to working with EFCI on future projects which can benefit the whole of the cleaning sector in the UK, in Europe and beyond.

For more details on the EFCI, its members, its work, its publications and ‘the Circle’ visit