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Ace chalks up 40 years

Published 9th November, 2011 by Neil Nixon

Ace chalks up 40 years

Ace Janitorial of Sheffield, one of Jangro’s founding organisations in 1980, is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. Ace has traded through several recessions and remains as successful today as it ever has been with a £2 million turnover.

Attercliffe based Ace was formed by Alf Cullumbine who built his business on supplying local steel making and engineering companies with goods from a van at the factory gates. He built the business on listening to customer needs, sourcing the best products and delivering them on time with a fast personal service. In 1980, when Jangro was setting up with identical business ethics, Cullumbine immediately joined and Ace remains a key player in today’s 40-strong Jangro membership.

Ace remains a family affair, today operated by Cullumbine’s sons Phil, Paul and Mark. It now sells very little to what remains of Sheffield’s steel industry because the business has evolved to meet the demands of a variety of growing service sectors, but the personal family service remains.

Phil Cullumbine said: “Our business profile has changed greatly. We are now supplying contract cleaners and FM companies as well as many direct accounts in hospitals, care homes, schools and businesses in leisure and tourism. The belief that ‘customer is king’ was passed down from dad and that will keep us on the right track.”