NEW Job Vacancy: We are recruiting for an Assistant Manager; would suit a Cleaning Supervisor looking for a new challenge. Full details below (scroll down!)
Our investors today cleared us for Launch! We will be recruiting soon, watch this space!
We provide high quality cleaning services for commercial premises in London – whether you are an office, shop, restaurant, pub, church or factory – please get in touch and see how we can help you.
We will be happy to meet your specific requirements. You will have an appointed Account Manager who will take responsibility for the cleaning work, and will make regular site visits in order to review the quality of work and ensure your full satisfaction with our services.
Clean for Good is a different kind of cleaning company. We will provide you with an excellent cleaning service. But we also aim to provide our cleaners with a fair deal too. By working with us, you are changing their lives and changing the cleaning sector – for good.
Our first aim is to provide you with a great cleaning service. We want to get it right first time and give you a good customer experience.
All of our cleaners will be fully trained to a certificated standard recognised by the British Institute of Cleaning Science (BICS).
We will operate a formal Quality Assurance process on all of our contracts to ensure a great service and full customer satisfaction.
We will also be applying to become a Living Wage Employer, to confirm our commitment to fair pay. You
can read more about what makes us different below
We are also fully committed to using cleaning products which are eco-friendly and, wherever possible, Fairtrade. We want to ensure that our own supply-chain is as ethical as we can make it
Clean for Good is a different kind of cleaning company. We are a business with a social purpose.
Clean for Good provides high quality commercial cleaning services for companies, offices and charities in central London. Every service is tailored to our clients’ needs.
But we do more.
We believe that you are more likely to get an excellent cleaning service from a happy, well trained, well managed and fairly paid cleaner. It’s good for you and good for them.
The cleaning sector is renowned for low wages and poor working conditions. We want to change how cleaning is done in London.
Cleaning is an essential service, an expression of care; cleaners are an essential part of every workplace. So we will pay them fairly and treat them with respect, and believe that there are clear business benefits from doing this. We reject a business model which exploits low paid workers to make profits; it doesn’t have to be that way.
But it’s really all down to you. We are looking for customers who are willing to commission and pay for a more ethical cleaning service. It costs more because we pay more and provide better working conditions, but it’s the true and fair price of cleaning.
Join us as partners in changing the way that cleaning is done in London.
It is currently £9.75 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, the London Citizens’ alliance and more than 600 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 is being rebadged as the ‘national living wage’ in April 2016. The Government’s new statutory minimum will be £7.20 per hour from April for those who are 25 or over. This is welcome news to many on low pay but it only goes part of the way to solving the problem of low pay – workers in London need a real Living Wage.
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 Boris Johnson has also fully endorsed the Living Wage:
“Paying the London Living Wage is not only morally right, but makes good business sense too. What may appear to be an unaffordable cost in a highly competitive market should more often be viewed as a sound investment decision. I believe that paying decent wages reduces staff turnover and produces a more motivated and productive workforce.” LWF Report, 2009
Clean for Good’s story began in the Parish of St Andrew-by-the-Wardrobe – a Church of England parish 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. Many work anti-social hours, with thousands coming to work as the day-time City workers leave their desks. Some of them 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 experience of local cleaners stood out.
So 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? In the City of London, taking a business approach seemed appropriate.
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 took on the project, secured a grant from the Corporation of London for a feasibility study and won a Dragon’s Den competition organised by the Church Mission Society (CMS) which gave her access to training and support in developing the business idea. In fact, CMS were so interested in the idea they are now an investor.
The Parish commissioned the Centre for Theology & Community to work as a partner in developing the business plan. Both organisations have been working hard since to develop the business, secure backing and get it launched. We are delighted that our team of backers is growing. We look forward to launching!
Clean for Good is a normal limited company. What makes us different is that we are a business with a social purpose. The company has been established by a small group of investors including local churches and Christian charities. Our social purpose is ‘locked in’ because these charitable investors have majority 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 company is currently being developed and set up by a group of investors, project managed by the Centre for Theology & Community
The Parish of St Andrew by the Wardrobe, City of London
The Parish of St Sepulchres, City of London
Church Mission Society (CMS)
Centre for Theology & Community
We have also benefited from the advice and support of numerous organisations and individuals
Clean for Good is due to launch in September 2016. If you would like to discuss
how we might be able to help you please get in touch
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