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First European contractor to achieve CIMS accreditation

Published 22nd June, 2015 by Neil Nixon

First European contractor to achieve CIMS accreditation

Principle Cleaning has gained a coveted CIMS accreditation and, in doing so, has become Europe's very first cleaning contractor to achieve it. Launched by the ISSA, the Cleaning Industry Management Standard (CIMS) is the first consensus-based management standard that outlines the primary characteristics of a successful, quality cleaning organisation.

Geared towards validating and improving the professionalism of cleaning service providers, the standard lays out a framework based on management principles that are universally considered hallmarks of successful cleaning organisations.

To achieve certification, London based Principle Cleaning underwent a comprehensive assessment and satisfactorily demonstrated compliance with the required percentage of CIMS elements to become certified. All CIMS on-site assessments were performed by an ISSA-accredited third party assessor and audits took place over three days - one day at head office and two at various sites. During the inspection at head office, the auditor looked at company processes and procedures for tender and costings, benchmarking, contractual changes, purchasing, invoicing, quality control, training, HR procedures, and health and safety. These areas of expertise resulted in Principle Cleaning gaining a recommendation from the auditor for accreditation with honours.

Peter Smith, managing director at Principle Cleaning, said: “I am delighted that Principle Cleaning is once again leading the way in the UK and Europe. We believe in innovation and this proves our commitment to that, as well as continual improvement but all credit goes to our fantastic staff which made it possible.”

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