Welcome to the 

 British Cleaning Council 

 supporting the cleaning industry 

 for 40 years 

 The BCC co-produces The Cleaning Show... 

 held in London and Manchester 

Welcome to The British Cleaning Council

Established in 1982, the British Cleaning Council (BCC) is the authoritative voice of UK cleaning, hygiene and waste industry, a sector worth nearly £60bn a year to the country’s economy and one which employs 1.47 million people.

The council’s membership is made up of 21 trade and membership associations which are all linked to the cleaning and hygiene professions. 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 whole of the UK’s cleaning industry.

You can contact us by email at info@britishcleaningcouncil.org or alternatively select the appropriate member for your enquiry from this site and contact them directly. For all media enquires, please email media@britishcleaningcouncil.org


The Level 2 Cleaning Hygiene Operative Apprenticeship is now live.

The apprenticeship standard for the whole of the cleaning and hygiene sector will enable industry businesses to invest in their staff, providing employees an opportunity to access a recognised work-related cleaning qualification.

It will benefit businesses by:

• developing a workforce with skills specific to the business
• allowing existing employees to pass on their knowledge to the next generation of employees
• providing a motivated and fast-developing workforce.

The Cleaning Hygiene Operative Apprenticeship was launched on 1 January this year.

Find out more here.



The cleaning, hygiene and waste industry has come together to issue a call for sector staff to ‘speak up’ for their industry, help lobby MPs and sign a petition to make cleaning and hygiene a national priority.

The British Cleaning Council and 21 associations from across the industry are frustrated by the lack of interest from MPs (except for Chairman Nigel Mills MP) and political parties in the report by the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for the Cleaning and Hygiene Industry, entitled Embedding Effective Hygiene for a Resilient UK.

The report’s recommendations, if implemented, would put cleaning and hygiene at the heart of the national agenda, making the nation much more resilient to current common infections and also much better prepared for future public health emergencies, like the Covid-19 pandemic.

Members of the industry are being asked to please download and adapt a pre-written letter to email to their local MP, and also to sign a petition calling on the Government to implement the report recommendations in full.

Please do let us know via admin@britishcleaningcouncil.org if you are able to take part.

All the information needed to take part can be found on the BCC website here.

Thank you for your support.

We have a dedicated, free, public image library on this website which is open for you to use.

The photos have been carefully selected by the BCC to accurately reflect today's modern, professional cleaning and hygiene industry and all accord with established industry standards.

You can find our industry image library here image library

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