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CSSA to manage BCC and ICMMA

Published 24th June, 2009 by Neil Nixon

CSSA to manage BCC and ICMMA

From 1 July 2009, the Cleaning and Support Services Association will be managing the secretariats of both the British Cleaning Council and the Industrial Cleaning Machine Manufacturers Association. This move follows the retirement of John Stinton from the BCC and Graham Jones from ICMMA.

The three organisations will remain independent, but their secretariat activities will be combined into a single office, based in the CSSA’s premises in the City of London. Andrew Large will become the secretary general of the BCC and secretary of ICMMA, as well as retaining his position as chief executive of the CSSA.

Andrew Large says that combining secretariats in this way is a timely and logical step for these representative bodies of the cleaning sector: “This is a tremendous opportunity for the cleaning industry to reinforce its presence in the wider world. For too long, cleaning has been a Cinderella sector. The industry knows that cleaning employs over 1 million people in the UK, and is a key provider of hygienic environments. Working together from a single secretariat will enable us to communicate that message more effectively outside our own sector. It is important that the separate identities and issues of BCC, CSSA and ICMMA remain clear, but as an industry we have so much in common that combining our activities can only benefit all parties.”

Steve Wright, chairman of BCC, added his support to the change: “John Stinton has been a tremendous asset to the cleaning industry and will be a tough act to follow. However, combining secretariats in this way will enable BCC members to receive a full time service and expand the range of activities that the BCC can undertake on behalf of the cleaning sector. I am looking forward to working closely with Andrew to promote the cleaning industry across the UK.”

Kevin Day, ICMMA past chairman, said: “The new combined secretariat arrangement demonstrates a dynamic and exciting new direction which will not only optimise costs but more importantly deliver communication efficiency and greater policy awareness.”

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