About Us

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.

Our latest research report cemented the sector’s position as one of the UK’s top ten industries.

Revised figures show that the cleaning, hygiene and waste industry contributed £55.5 billion to the UK economy in 2018 – a slight rise on previous figures - with turnover soaring in a sector with tens of thousands of businesses.

The latest employment data available, from 2020, shows that there are 1.47 million workers in the sector, approximately five per centre of the UK workforce and firmly in the top ten UK industries for employment.

Other more recent figures show the varying effect the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic and lockdowns have had on some parts of the industry, with demand soaring in some areas while others saw demand shrink.

The report also testifies to the change in public attitudes which has put cleaning and hygiene at the top of the agenda and brought widespread recognition for the vital work of the sector’s previously invisible workforce.

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


Our Chairman

Paul Thrupp is the British Cleaning Council’s Chairman, having previously been its Deputy Chairman for two years.

Paul first joined the cleaning industry in 1977, working as a window cleaning administrator for the facilities management services company the OCS Group. He is now Director of Retail Destinations within the Destinations and Venues Division of the OCS Group.

During his time in the industry, Paul has earned a reputation as a professional who has consistently delivered cleaning excellence throughout his career. He became an Executive Council Member for the Federation of Window Cleaners (FWC) in 2001 and continues to represent the FWC at the British Cleaning Council (BCC).

Paul succeeded Stan Atkins as BCC Chairman. Stan remains a member of the BCC in his role as Council member for BICSc.

The BCC’s Deputy Chair, Jim Melvin, is Group Chief Executive of Exclusive Services Group and has represented the CSSA on the British Cleaning Council since November 2017.

Simon Hollinbery, a former BCC Chair, is the Council’s Company Secretary.

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