The winners of the prestigious European Cleaning & Hygiene Awards 2017 were announced at a gala dinner at the Parco dei Principi Grand Hotel in Rome on 9 November.
The awards recognise standards of excellence in the professional cleaning sector Europe-wide. The winners were:
University of Wolverhampton and SmartTask: Best use of technology by contractors in their cleaning programmes, sponsored by Diversey Care.
Julius Rutherfoord & Co: Commitment to and investment in training, sponsored by Greenspeed.
FBD and Derrycourt Cleaning Specialists: Excellence in client/contractor partnerships.
WE Italia SRL: Distributors – excellence in added value initiatives, sponsored by Lucart.
Markas best practice for sustainability: the Montichiari Hospital project: Sustainability – best practice in implementing principles throughout the business, sponsored by Werner & Mertz.
Maximum Impact, Breedweer Facilitaire Diensten: Workforce – excellence in employee relationships, diversity & inclusion, rewards programmes, etc.
LIFE (Labour Intensive Facility Event) – ANIP Road Show: Best initiative raising the profile and perception of the professional cleaning sector – locally or on a wider level.
BeSense, CSU: Groundbreaking technological innovation of the year, sponsored by ISSA/INTERCLEAN.
Jan-Hein Hemke, Facilicom UK: Inspirational leader of the year, sponsored by Truvox International.
Avril McCarthy, Derrycourt Cleaning Specialists: Greatest individual contribution to driving up standards of excellence within a cleaning operation.
Adolf Kruse, the Lifetime achievement award, sponsored by Ceris Burns International.
Compère for the evening, and member of the judging panel, Michelle Marshall, Editor of the European Cleaning Journal, said: “The European Cleaning and Hygiene Awards are a unique opportunity to highlight and celebrate the tremendous work being carried out by service providers, manufacturers and distributors across Europe. We’re very proud to be involved in these awards which show that the industry is about so much more than ‘just cleaning’. The talent and dedication on show across the wide-ranging categories is testament to that.”
Joining Michelle on the judging panel were: Johannes Bungart, Director, BIV; Juan Diez de los Rioz de San Juan, President, ASPEL; and Lynn Webster, Director, Lynn Webster Consultants.
The venue for the 2018 European Cleaning and Hygiene Awards was also announced at the dinner. Next year’s event will take place in Berlin.
Along with the opportunity to network with the best in the European Cleaning and Hygiene sector, attendees were entertained by a motivational speech from Adrian Webster, author of Polar Bear Pirates – A Grown Up's Book for Kids at Work.
The awards, now in their second year, were launched by the European Cleaning Journal and are organised by EMG. Diversey Care is the event partner and Lucart is the silver sponsor for the 2017 awards. Other sponsors include Afidamp, Brightwell Dispensers, Nilfisk and Magris.
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