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A record-breaking Cleaning Show

On the 19-21 March, the 2019 Cleaning Show in London, ExCel opened its doors, welcoming more than 7,000 visitors over three days, including 347 international guests from 45 countries.

Alongside an exhibition showcasing the latest innovations in the cleaning sector, the show featured a conference programme as well as the ‘Innovation Awards’ recognising exhibitors in eight different categories of innovation. The profile of the event was raised further with national press and TV coverage on ‘This Morning’ of the first ever ‘Window Cleaning World Cup’, which was won by US window cleaner, Jeremiah Hickey.

If you dropped in on the conference programme over the three days, you may have seen one of our specialists speaking about different topics affecting the future of the cleaning sector.

On day one, Dr Sally Messenger, our Head of Education shared her expertise on the future of skills for businesses, while James Marston, our Learning & Development Manager spoke about training, including a look at apprenticeships and proposed a progression route for a career in cleaning. On the last day of the show, Pete Gowers, our Head of International Business talked about the impact of food poisoning, and how we can reduce incidences with proper cleaning practices.

Throughout the three days, the BICSc team were on hand offering help and advice on our largest exhibition space to date. The stand had a brand-new design and featured a mock-up of an industry standard cleaning cupboard showcasing some of the essential skills that are learned on our popular ‘Licence to Practice’ course.

One visitor commented, “As a qualified cleaning operative to basic level it would never have occurred to me to organise my cupboard in this way. I’d have put ‘like with like’; i.e. cloths on one shelf, mop heads on another, wiping rolls on their own shelf, gloves on another and chemicals all together at the bottom (as they’re heavier). It makes sense to adhere to the colour coding system not only in use but also in storage. This is a lesson I won’t forget.”

Michelle Iland, our Marketing and Events Executive said, “We were so excited to unveil our brand-new stand graphics embracing the message ‘Creating a Career in Cleaning’. The message has clearly made a strong impact amongst the wider cleaning industry as we received a record number of stand visitors enquiring about professional membership and accredited training, which is increasingly being seen as a necessity rather than a ‘nice to have’. Thank you to everyone who came to see us on our stand or at one of our conference sessions, we hope to see you at one of our other events later in the year.”