On the 1st September 1998 we’d sold our house, I’d quit my well-paid job and had a hire car delivered so I could at least get about.
Since we went in to business in 1998 and subsequently re-named to Edwards Commercial Cleaning Services Ltd in 2003, we’ve worked from an office in our home.
Back in the day when I was employed, I used to be entitled to 20 days holiday a year. Like most companies, we had a “Use them or lose them” policy but when it came to asking for holiday, it was always a problem.
Hazel and I were lucky enough to be able to attend the Interclean Show in Amsterdam last week. It’s probably the biggest cleaning show in Europe and was absolutely massive with literally thousands of exhibitors crammed into 12 huge halls.
Hearing some of the many stories about the awful conditions thrown at us from the ‘Beast from the East’ over the last seven days or so have been absolutely inspirational.
Business can be a funny old thing. When you start up your new company, it’s all about revenue and making money any way you can, so you’ll pretty much take anything that happens to come your way.
It has been a year of ups and downs. January and February started really well for the business and we had some substantial contract gains which, following on from a strong end to 2016, put us in an excellent position for the rest of 2017.
You may well have heard the term and watched news reports of instances of Modern Slavery right across the UK and the rest of the World but what does it mean for us and what can we all do to ensure it doesn’t go on in our business or our supply chain.
We are surrounded by germs especially in confined areas where people are working or interacting in close proximity with one another like the office or school or hospitals and medical centre’s they are at particular high risk of the spread of germs.
The reason I got in to cleaning was because I strongly believed that the industry was, in the main, amateurish and behind the times. Stereotypical ‘Mrs Mop’ types of people was how people imagined the average cleaner to be, a woman, over 60 years old in slippers, curlers and a cigarette drooping out of her mouth as she mopped a floor with an old wooden handled mop and some kind of string mop that just moved the muck about.