The only official magazine of The Cleaning Show

BICSc launches Education Conference

Published 19th April, 2011 by Neil Nixon

BICSc launches Education Conference

The British Institute of Cleaning Science is launching an inaugural education conference for the cleaning industry, designed to raise standards of education and to build awareness of the industry through professional standards and accredited training.

The conference is entitled ‘Green and keen cleaning workforces - setting new environmental and training standards in the cleaning industry’ and key event themes are sustainable workforces, training and the environment.

Where and when?

The event will take place at Manchester United’s football stadium conference centre, in Salford Suite 1 in the north stand, level 4 on 23 June from 9.15am-4pm.

Keynote speakers at the event will include:

• Stephen Ashkin, president of The Ashkin Group, an internationally recognised expert on green cleaning.
• Laurence Harvey, chief executive of Actuate, a leading UK training specialist in conflict management and equality and diversity.
• Lance Harris, prison industries employment engagement manager.
• Mark Roberts of Action for Employment (A4E).

The event is aimed at individuals and companies working within the cleaning industry and those providing support services to the industry. Conference tickets are £99 inclusive of VAT for members and £124 inclusive of VAT for non-members.

To find out more about the conference, please call Ceris Burns International on 01825 714329 or email

Stan Atkins, group chief executive officer of BICSc, said: “Raising standards of education and building awareness of the cleaning industry through professional standards and accredited training is the focus of the British Institute of Cleaning Science. Our conference gives attendees the opportunity to discuss a wide range of issues which impact the cleaning industry and to share positive initiatives which can help the industry grow in a professional manner.”

Aims and objectives

The aim of the conference is to explore key issues affecting the cleaning industry, focusing particularly on training and motivating workforces, green practices and sustainable working practices; share industry best practice in the areas outlined above; and demonstrate the impact training can have for cleaning operatives within the industry.

Conference timetable

09.15 - 10.00: Event registration and refreshments on arrival 10.00 - 10.10: Opening welcome - Laurence Harvey, chief executive of Actuate.
10:10 - 10:15: Patricia O’Mara, head of operations, BICSc – future proofing education in the cleaning industry.
10.15 - 10.40: Lance Harris, Prison Industries employer engagement manager.
10.40 - 11.00: Refreshment break.
11.00 - 11.10: Welcome back.
11.10 - 11.25: Mark Robert, A4E Employment Project.
11.25 - 11.30: Introduction of key note speaker, Stephen Ashkin, president of The Ashkin Group.
11.30 - 13.00: Keynote address - Stephen Ashkin, president of The Ashkin Group.
13.00 - 14.00: Buffet lunch.
14.00 - 14.05: Welcome back.
14.05 - 15.30: Interactive motivational workshop - ‘Equalities and diversity’ - facilitated by Laurence Harvey, chief executive of Actuate.
15:30 - 15:50: Closing speech.
15:50 - 16:00: Refreshments and event close.


• Rail: The nearest mainline station is Piccadilly station in Manchester city centre which is approximately 2 miles from Old Trafford. Either take a taxi to the stadium which will cost approximately £8.00, or alternatively catch a metro link to Old Trafford or Exchange Quay and then the stadium is a 5 minute walk from either metro link station and costs approximately £3 for a return ticket.
• Car: The M60 is the nearest motorway to Old Trafford and you can use a number of junctions starting from J9, J8 and J7. Complimentary car parking is available in car parks N1 and N2.

For more detailed directions please see

Hotel accommodation

The conference centre has a list of discounted hotels for users of the conference facilities.

Article links