Following a turbulent 12 months in the FM sector which saw the merger of the CSSA with the Building Futures Group (formerly Asset Skills), the secretariat agreement between the BCC and BFG has been severed by mutual consent.
The agreement was originally set up by Andrew Large when he was CEO of the CSSA and it was felt, at the time, that the BCC had found a perfect partner within the cleaning industry to take on the important role of managing its affairs.
After the merger in November 2013 it was agreed that the newly formed company (BFG) would take on the running of the secretariat, but it became evident that the arrangement wouldn't work in the long term and so they separated on 30 November 2014.
Pat Wherton, general secretary of the ABCD, has stepped in to run the BCC's secretariat services until Spring this year, and PR and communications manager Lee Baker will continue in his post for the BCC.
BCC chairman, Doug Cooke, said: “In business if something isn't working then it's best to put that right quickly, and that's what we've done here. The BCC is in an excellent position at the moment - we've just had our best conference ever, we now have a very experienced administrator in charge in Pat, and I'm delighted that Lee is continuing in his role. With the Cleaning Show now just a couple of months away we're in an even better position to face the future.”