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Property Care Association Announces Senior Appointment

The Property Care Association (PCA) has appointed Sarah Garry as its new Chief Executive Officer. Garry moves to the PCA with a remit to build on the trade body’s solid foundations, created by departing CEO, Steve Hodgson. Currently Executive Officer at the British Society of Soil Science, she will take up the PCA’s leadership role in November.…


Lifting Apprenticeship Now Available Via Open Delivery

The Level 3 Lifting Equipment Technician Apprenticeship is now available in England as an Open Programme which delivers teaching via online classrooms without any minimum cohort requirements. From August, one cohort will run every 3-months, with mock exams conducted at the Lifting Equipment Engineers Association (LEEA) in Huntingdon and End Point Assessment delivered on-site.  This…


Celebrating Excellence in Painting and Decorating

The UK’s best decorating talent has been recognised at The Painting and Decorating Association (PDA) annual awards. Winners across seven categories of the Premier Trophy Awards were announced at Plaisterers’ Hall, London, after months of site visits and assessment by a panel of independent judges. National painting and decorating contractor, Alfred Bagnall & Sons Ltd…


BCC Chair Calls for Further Government and Industry Support to Prioritise Cleaning and Hygiene

The British Cleaning Council (BCC) has expressed gratitude to over 450 industry members who have endorsed its campaign to make cleaning and hygiene a national priority as it releases an assessment of the likelihood of future pandemics. Published recently, the National Risk Register suggests there is a 25 per cent chance of a future ‘catastrophic’…


Promoting Better Safety, Health and Wellbeing in the UK

Nine prominent Safety & Health organisations in the United Kingdom have formed the Occupational Safety and Health Stakeholder Alliance (OSH Stakeholder Alliance) to provide a ‘360-degree’ perspective on critical safety and health issues for employers and building operators. The British Occupational Hygiene Society (BOHS), British Safety Council, British Safety Industry Federation (BSIF), Chartered Institute of Environmental…


Prioritising Cleaning and Hygiene: The Campaign for a Resilient UK

Business leaders are rallying support for the lobbying campaign led by the British Cleaning Council (BCC) to prioritise cleaning and hygiene as a national concern. Individuals from the cleaning and hygiene sector, including Dave Wheadon from the National Carpet Cleaners Association (NCCA), Billy Russell from Billy Russell Cleaning, and Angela Gill from Bio-Productions, are urging…

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Letters: Why Is the Home Secretary Ignoring One of the UK’s Biggest Industries?

British Cleaning Council (BCC) Chairman, Jim Melvin, lambasts Home Secretary Suella Braverman for ignoring challenges facing the cleaning and hygiene sector in a speech on Monday. The cleaning, hygiene and waste industry, which employs 1.47m people and is worth £59bn, has been struggling with severe staff shortages since 2020, when a tightening of immigration rules…


Redefining Best Workplace Interiors Practices

The Finishes and Interiors Sector (FIS) has updated its Client Guide to Office Fit-Out and Refurbishment to reflect best workplace practices post-pandemic, the most recent advances in sustainability, and changes to UK law introduce by the Building Safety Act 2022 for landlords of higher-risk buildings. First published in 2017, the updated guide is aimed at…


LEEA Launches 2003 Webinar Series

A fresh programme of sector-specific webinars hosted by the Lifting Equipment Engineers Association (LEEA) will raise global awareness of the challenges involved in working within the lifting industry. The schedule of free-to-view webinars is as follows: Military: 26 April 2023 Nuclear: 13 July 2023 Utilities: 27 September 2023 Construction: 25 October 2023 Each webinar will be geared towards…

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