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The BICSc Annual Awards Dinner & Golf Day

The British Institute of Cleaning Science (BICSc) has been recognised for leading cleaning industry standards for over 53 years. This year the BICSc Annual Awards Dinner and Golf day rolled out the red carpet for a Hollywood themed ‘sell out’ event to recognise and reward those that have excelled in maintaining high standards via training and assessment across the industry. 

The BICSc Annual Awards took place on the 18th of September 2014 at the Forest of Arden Hotel & Country Club, Birmingham. In the morning, BICSc hosted their Annual Golf Day on the Arden Championship Golf Course (Sponsored by BICSc Council Member Bob Vincent’s organisation, LCC Support Services).

The Awards celebrations started later in the day. Guests were greeted by Hollywood themed walk about characters at the drinks reception (Sponsored by AsepTech); characters included a human awards statue and an elegant Marilyn Monroe character handing refreshments to guests from her white feathery table dress. This year the cocktail sponsors Katrin also provided an interesting twist to the evening by offering guests the opportunity to sample their branded cocktails ‘The Katrin Martini’ and  ‘The Katrin Mock Mojito’.

The Annual Awards Ceremony followed shortly afterwards with inspired speeches from CEO of BICSc Stan Atkins and the Chairman of the Institute Bill McMillan. One of the key messages was furthering the dignity of the cleaning operative. ‘A cleaner is something that you clean a table with, the person participating in the act of cleaning, is known as a cleaning operative.’ Stan Atkins later stated that ‘Anybody can clean, but only people that have been trained correctly have the ability to clean properly’.

The evening then celebrated achievements of the award winners of 2014 by presenting various plaques and trophies. A banquet dinner followed shortly afterwards, along with the Chairman’s Charity raffle and entertainment from Lisa Martin and the Vegas Show girls.

The Chairman’s charity raffle and Rubbermaid auction

The Chairman’s Charity this year was St Margaret of Scotland Hospice, selected by the current Chairman Bill McMillan. For over 60 years this hospice has offered compassion, dedicated commitment and excellent care to patients with advanced life-limiting illnesses and also to the older person with complex medical and nursing needs. The raffle raised nearly £1000 on the night with winners selecting from a range of prizes donated by generous companies including; The Forest of Arden Hotel and Country Club, The Bees Nees Florist, Vileda Professional and Rubbermaid.

Alongside this, Stan Atkins (BICSc) and generous sponsor Paul Kelly (Rubbermaid Commercial Products) hosted a charity auction for a Rubbermaid ‘FM Bundle Pack’ containing a MegaBrute Waste Collector, Clean Water System, Starter pack, Safety Mobile Barrier, 2 Stream Starter Packs (Recycling), an AutoFoam Dispenser, and Soap refill (Washroom) and finally some Foodservice Premium scales.  The auction raised an additional £550 and was won by Doug Cooke, CEO of Principle Cleaning Services. In total a considerable sum of over £1500 was collected for the charity. Thank you to everyone that generously donated on the evening.

Leaders from the cleaning industry come together to celebrate cleaning standards

It is without a doubt that BICSc owe our sponsors a huge thank you as with out their support and funding the BICSc Annual Awards would not be possible. BICSc would like to thank each sponsor listed below for there involvement:

Bunzl (Our Headline Sponsor),  Darwin Clayton, Rubbermaid, ISS, PWC, Vileda, LCC, ISSA, Katrin, Metsa Tissue, BBS, Push, Lonsdale, Premiere Products and AsepTech.

If you would like to know more about becoming a sponsor for the BICSc Annual Awards 2015 then please contact


BICSc would like to thank all of the people that applied this year; the quality of applications was exceptionally high. We were also very pleased to see so many new organisations submitting applications this year. If you are interested in applying for the 2015 awards please contact for more information.BICSc are immensely proud to acknowledge the achievements of the companies and individuals that are named below. We are proud to say that all of the finalist and winners that were a part of the BICSc Annual Awards all help towards making the cleaning industry a better, safer and more professional place to work. 

BICSc Annual Awards 2015

The BICSc Annual Awards 2015 will be taking place at the Forest of Arden Hotel & Country Club on the 17th of September next year. If you would like to book or get information on tickets please contact, alternatively call +44 (0) 1604 678 713.

The winners & finalists of the evening:

The BICSc Award for Excellence in Training and Assessment within an Accredited Training Establishment (HMPS)

The Institute works with the prison industry to deliver BICSc assessment schemes and training delivery in that sector. The award is for Excellence in training andAssessment.

Winner – HMP Cardiff

Finalists – HMP Low Moss & HMP Wakefield

Sponsored by BBS (BICS Business Services)
The BICSc Award for Excellence in Training and Assessment within an Accredited Training Organisation (in-house)

This award is for training and developments within an accredited training organisation, which is approved to deliver BICSc assessment schemes and training courses

Winner – Aramark 

Finalists – The University Hospital of Morecombe Bay, Clean Event Group & Sandwell MBC

Sponsored by Darwin Clayton
The BICSc Outstanding Student of the Year Award

The Outstanding Student of the Year Award reflects the achievement of an individual and their award of BICSc qualification. Students are nominated by an employer, training provider or fellow student, with the main focus being on how the student has been able to achieve an award against adversity or has gone the extra mile to complete and receive the qualification within the workplace

Winner – Mark Pike– Sandwell MBC

Finalists – Karami Naniwono &  Sirfaze Ahmed 

Sponsored by Rubbermaid
The BICSc Award for the Assessor of the year

We acknowledge the success of an Individual Assessor that will have demonstrated an outstanding level of passion, professionalism and commitment to the striving of excellence for their students and themselves Assessors are nominated by an employer, training provider or student, with the main focus being on how the Assessor has demonstrated their ability to achieve excellence.

Winner – Jackie Moreland – The University Hospital of Morecombe Bay

Finalists – Wendy Hargreaves & Denise Baldwin

Sponsored by Premiere Products
The BICSc Award for Client Commitment to Training

This award is presented to BICSc clients that exhibit high levels of support for their contractors, therefore, helping them achieve excellence in training.

Winner – The Welsh Assembly Supported by Vinci Facilities

Finalist – The London School of Economics 

Sponsored by PWC / ISS
BICSc International Award for Outstanding Performance in Promotion of the Institute

The award is presented to the individual or organisation that has promoted BICSc training and standards outside the United Kingdom and achieved recognition of this within the cleaning industry on the international stage

Winner – Tanzifco, Dubai 

Finalists – Emrill –& Amwaj

The CIMS Award For Commitment To Excellence

This is a new award rewarding the dedication of individuals for their commitment to excellence and the CIMS (Cleaning industry management standard) programme.

Winner – Mike Fletcher 

Sponsored by ISSA / BBS (BICS Business Services)
The Doreen Heyes Award for Accredited Training Provision within the NHS Trust

This award is based upon the provision of accredited BICSc Training for those working in healthcare, such as hospitals, clinics and surgeries to provide an industry standard qualification. Doreen Heyes was past President and Chairman of BICSc during 1973/74.

Winner – Belfast Health & Social Care Trust 

Sponsored by Vileda
The Ayres Regional Award

This award is presented to the BICSc region that has promoted the Institute the most over the year. The British Institute of Cleaning Science consist of nine regions – London and Home Counties, North East, North west, Midlands, Wales, Scotland, South and south west, East Anglia and Northern Ireland.

Winner – BICSc Northern Ireland Region 
The Sholom Gordon Award

This is the institute’s premier award, which is presented to an individual who has demonstrated outstanding service to the institute and the cleaning industry. The award was first presented in 1972 by Sidney Gordon and is a solid silver replica of the Columbus Dixon D1 floor machine.

Winner – John Garfinkel
The Eric Hill Medal

Eric Hill was the founder of BICSc. This medal is awarded to an individual for past service to the Institute and is primarily for someone who has made a great contribution to training and education. Winners of the Eric Hill Medal are nominated by the BICSc Council and receive a unique engraved silver medal.

Winner – Thomas Taylor

Sponsored by Bunzl Cleaning & Hygiene Supplies
The BICSc Golf Day Winners

Best Team – LCC

Best Individual – Andy Hudson

Longest Drive – Des Lane

Nearest the Pin – Les Hornby

The Hot Potato – Cameo Cleaning Services

Sponsored by LCC


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