The annual European Cleaning and Hygiene Awards took place recently at the Church House in London. Following a record year for entries, the judges considered over 130 nominations, announcing 23 finalists across nine categories back in August. The winners were:
· Best use of smart solutions by service provider: Swiss Post Real Estate Management and Services.
· Investment in training: Derrycourt.
· Excellence in client/contractor partnerships: Principle Cleaning Services for 30 St Mary Axe.
· Sustainability – best practice: Incentive QAS.
· Commitment to diversity: Facilicom/Buitengewoon.
· Best initiative raising the profile of the cleaning sector: Lucart.
· Technological innovation of the year: Adlatus/Killis.
· Leader of the year: Gerlinde Troestl, Markas.
· Rising star: Sol Amorim, Principle.
Chief judge, Michelle Marshall, said: “The European Cleaning and Hygiene Awards are all about shining the spotlight on the outstanding work going on in our industry so it was fantastic to see so many entries flood in this year. There was some seriously strong competition but we really felt that our nine winners had gone above and beyond to champion our industry. They are some of the most innovative, proactive leaders in the sector and it was brilliant to be able to honour them in London.”
Joining Michelle Marshall on the judging panel were Lynn Webster, director of Lynn Webster Consultants (UK), Juan Diez de los Rios de San Juan, president of the European Cleaning & Facility Services Industry (EFCI), and Frank Veneman, director of the Association for Cleaning Research (VSR) (Netherlands).