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Progress Cleaning makes a half century

Published 1st September, 2016 by Neil Nixon

Progress Cleaning makes a half century

Back in 1966 a new business, Progress Cleaning Services, was formed by Dave Robson. Later his two sons, Kevin and Ian, joined what is today a large, national window cleaning contractor.

Starting as a general cleaning business, Dave Robson recognised the need to clean higher, more difficult buildings using new techniques, so he rose to the challenge.

Today the company has a large fleet of vans and a large workforce with bases across the UK. Key to its success was the early recognition that FM contractors hold access to many of the best contracts. Kevin Robson said: “Whilst other companies were avoiding FMs, we were working closely with them and adopting new developments including pole window and gutter cleaning systems. We now have our own water purification plant which cleanses from parts per million to parts per billion and this has given us a huge cleaning advantage.”

Keeping up to date with systems is only half the story - training and health and safety have been equally important.

Progress Cleaning Services has worked on cruise ships, in banks, hotels, housing associations, universities, schools, The Royal Fleet, RAF bases, airports, and retail. Customers range from a single shopfront to a site with a Progress team continually working around the building. Some organisations are now celebrating 40 years as Progress customers.

Photo shows: Ian and Kevin Robson receive their Window Cleaning Company of the Year Award from Scott Smith of the Federation of Window Cleaners.

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