Clean for Good is a business with a social purpose. We are a Living Wage Employer, delivering ethical cleaning for London.
You can read more about our work and progress in our regular Blog.
Clean for Good is a professional cleaning company for all work spaces. Our first aim is to give you a great experience with your cleaning service. We get it right first time because we prepare our free quotes by visiting and listening to your needs and designing a personalised cleaning schedule to suit.We pride ourselves on our attention to detail. We find those neglected nooks, dust hard to reach spots and scrub those stubborn marks that ‘have just always been there’. Our account manager will work directly with you and visit regularly to ensure your standards and ours are being met.
Clean for Good is your go-to for all cleaning needs. We do:
Contract cleaning We’ll come regularly, same cleaner, same time, same high quality service. We clean offices, shops, community centres, churches - any workspace.
Pre/post event cleaning We will get your space looking its absolute best for your special guests and visitors.
Deep Cleaning This is the most thorough cleaning service we offer. Great for a first-time customer or after a decluttering spree.
End of Tenancy cleaning Leave it cleaner than before- like you were never there.
If you need something doing, just ask us. We are here to support the good work or your business by making the space your work in clean, hygienic and pleasing.
All of our cleaners are trained, uniformed, insured, friendly and most of all treated well! As a fully accredited Living Wage Employer, all of our cleaners are paid the London Living Wage and have great working conditions. We ensure our supply-chain is as ethical as possible. By working with us, you are changing cleaners lives and changing the cleaning sector – for good.
The cleaning sector is renowned for low wages and poor working conditions. Clean for Good is a response to this - we are a business with a social purpose.
The company was founded in the Parish of St Andrew-by-the-Wardrobe, in the City of London. When the church looked into the cleaning happening in their parish, they found a surprising number of low-paid cleaners, working in less-than fair circumstances.
Every day the City of London relies upon a small army of low-income workers to keep the City ticking over – cleaners, security guards, couriers and bar workers to name a few. Working anti-social hours, thousands are coming to work as the day-time City workers leave their desks. Some are treated well, but some less so – with low wages, poor working conditions and little scope for advancement. They have been described as the City’s ‘hidden workers’. The treatment of local cleaners stands out.
We continue to find this to be true. A recent employee was working for a cleaning agency that promised £8.50 an hour but actually only paid £7.50 with no apologies or explanation for the discrepancy. They also could not provide enough hours for her to make a living. These low-wage jobs demand more than just time, they take-over entire lives.
St Andrew’s decided to do something practical. Why not set up a cleaning company to provide work for cleaners with decent working conditions and paying the London Living Wage?
So that is what we do. Clean for Good enables cleaners to thrive, not just survive. Every cleaner is viewed and treated as a person with skills and potential. We want to restore the idea that cleaning is a respected and dignified career. We care about our employees and want to enable them with the skills and confidence to progress not only within our company, but in their life.
At Clean for Good we aim to provide hope for those who are tired, overworked, and underpaid. We want cleaners to have a life as well as a livelihood.
That is why we:
are a fully accredited Living Wage Employer
directly employ our cleaners
invest in training, management and development
don't do zero-hours contracts
The real Living Wage is currently £10.55 per hour in London and is updated each autumn. It is a voluntary rate which employers can choose to pay. It gives workers a fair and decent rate of pay. Paying it shows the core values of the business.
The Living Wage is overseen by the Living Wage Foundation (www.livingwage.org.uk) and is backed by the Mayor of London, Citizens UK and over 1000 employers in London who have chosen to become ‘Living Wage Employers’, including KPMG, Nationwide and Burberry. Employers are joining up every month.
The Living Wage is significantly higher than the Government’s statutory Minimum Wage, which was rebadged as the ‘national living wage’ in April 2016. The Government’s current statutory minimum is £7.83 per hour for those who are 25 or over.
There is growing evidence from a number of independent studies that employers who pay the extra cost of a Living Wage also see a range of business benefits – including:
Paying the Living Wage says something about a business’s core values and how it regards its employees, but it also has practical benefits too.
A recent report by the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) highlighted the benefits of the Living Wage to Facilities Management companies, including cleaning services.
Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has also fully endorsed the Living Wage:
“Paying the London Living Wage is not just the right and moral thing to do, it makes good business sense too. As many employers already accredited know, the benefits are clear - including increased productivity and reduced staff turnover. The London Living Wage is a fantastic campaign and I will be working to encourage more businesses across our great city to get involved." (2016)
Clean for Good’s story began in the Parish of St Andrew-by-the-Wardrobe – a Church in the City of London in 2014. Wanting to understand more about who worked in their parish, they asked the Centre for Theology & Community to undertake some grassroots research. They found a surprising number of low-paid workers, often working in poor conditions.
Every day the City of London relies upon a small army of low-income workers to keep the City ticking over – cleaners, security guards, couriers and bar workers to name a few. Working anti-social hours, thousands are coming to work as the day-time City workers leave their desks. Some are treated well, but some less so – with low wages, poor working conditions and little scope for advancement. They have been described as the City’s ‘hidden workers’. The treatment of local cleaners stood out.
St Andrew’s decided to do something practical. Why not set up a cleaning company to provide work for cleaners – paying the London Living Wage and providing decent working conditions?
The new business would benefit low-income residents of the City and its surrounding communities
Why should cleaning be a sector where workers just survive? Why not a cleaning business whose workers thrive?
The parish’s Social Responsibility Liaison Miriam Goodacre led the project, secured a grant from the Corporation of London for a feasibility study and in 2014 won a Dragon’s Den competition, organised by the Church Mission Society (CMS). This gave her access to training and support in developing the business idea. In fact, CMS were so interested in the idea they became a founder investor. And Miriam has been recognised for her work (read more here).
Early in 2015, the Parish asked the Centre for Theology & Community to work as a partner in developing the business plan and launching the business. In 2016 the Centre took on full project management of developing and launching the business. The Centre is a founder investor.
Clean for Good launched in early 2017.
The company has been established by a small group of investors, led by local churches and Christian charities. Our social purpose is ‘locked in’ because these charitable investors have control of the company, and always will. Any profits will be reinvested in the business or will be distributed back to our shareholders, who are mainly charities.
The Parish of St Andrew by the Wardrobe, City of London
Centre for Theology & Community
Church Mission Society (CMS)
We have benefited from the advice and support of numerous organisations and individuals as well as development grants from the Corporation of London and the Parish of St Sepulchres, City of London.
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