Meet the 2020 Thumbs Up Award Winners

After it was unable to hold its annual awards dinner, BCC member the British Institute of Cleaning Science (BICSc) held the BICSc Thumbs Up Awards to recognise those at the heart of the cleaning industry.

It has recognised and rewarded five frontline cleaning and hygiene operatives, with a bespoke engraved Thumbs Up Trophy, a £250 gift voucher and a ticket to attend next year’s BICSc Annual Awards event.

The winners are shining examples of frontline industry excellence, who have each clearly demonstrated, throughout an exceptionally difficult time, their dedication, commitment and passion. 

The award winners include:

  • Rebecca Partridge – Aston University
  • Kylie Inman – Aston University
  • Steven Leeks – OCS
  • Leon Dole – ISS Facility Services
  • Norlida Stanton – Nuffield Health


“The commitment to the BICSc ethos and raising standards continues to overwhelm us. This year particularly has shown us how what we do as an industry is imperative. The qualities of the Thumbs Up award winners and the examples they set for others is nothing short of outstanding. Keep up the good work,” said Neil Spencer-Cook, Chief Operating Officer, BICSc.

“Since the outbreak of COVID-19, the cleaning industry has received a lot of attention. It has long been my assertion that we are the invisible workforce. The argument over key worker status continues, but there is no doubt that without the cleaning teams, the country would have ground to a halt. Our winners should be proud of their contribution to the greater good and I would like to take this opportunity to thank every one of them for a job well done,” said Stan Atkins, Chief Executive Officer, BICSc.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank cleaning operatives across the globe for doing their part to keep us safe and, once again, huge congratulations to our five winners.

Please visit for full details of the five winners.

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