Members of the Cleaning and Support Services Association (CSSA) attended its AGM and annual lunch in London at the Savoy Hotel on 31 May 2012, formally electing Peter Goodliffe of OCS Group as chairman of the trade association. Bob Vincent of LCC Support Services Ltd was elected vice-chairman and Michael Rutherford of Victoria General Cleaning Services was elected honorary treasurer.
Addressing the AGM was Lord Razzall, Liberal Democrat spokesperson for Trade and Industry and Business in the Lords, and renowned broadcaster and political sketch-writer Simon Hoggart.
The 45th CSSA’s annual lunch followed the AGM, which was attended by over 250 of the CSSA’s members and supporters, as they returned to the Savoy after a successful event last year. The event was sponsored by Templa CMS and Darwin Clayton UK Ltd.
In a charity raffle, CSSA members also raised £2300 for Red Kite Learning. Red Kite will invest the funds to improve the employability of individuals who have experienced exclusion from the labour market through the provision of careers advice and guidance.
The event also saw the inaugural students of the CSSA’s Diploma in Cleaning Management gain their qualification. Lessons for the diploma, created in partnership with Cleanwise and Drury PSM, will recommence in the near future.
Peter Goodliffe said: “Gathering so many of the CSSA’s members and supporters together serves as a reminder of our association’s strength and diversity. The CSSA will continue to provide support and guidance to all its members as we navigate these difficult economic times.”
Guest speaker Lord Razzall said: “BIS is building on the work of Peter Mandelson to focus on the successful British business sectors - aerospace, computer games, pharmaceuticals, and increasingly car manufacturing. Vince Cable has experienced a change in perspective, from one of a firm belief in the free market which allows businesses to sink or swim without government intervention, to one that allows for judicious assistance for those industries that will bring great economic benefits from targeted government support. The results from this investment should be apparent in the near-term.”
Simon Hoggart of the Guardian newspaper gave a light-hearted address that touched upon the Eurozone crisis. “It strikes me as amazing that this week the media has been so preoccupied with pasty taxes, caravan taxes and the various government U-turns as a result of the budget, while all the while the Eurozone is slowly crumbling. We could have a 1000% rise in the price of pasties, and it would do nothing to affect the impending economic catastrophe that could be lying ahead of us.”
Photo shows: From left to right: Andrew Large, chief executive of the CSSA; Barry Dorn, toastmaster; and Peter Goodliffe, chairman of the CSSA.
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