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European Cleaning - the Awards and Rewards

29 September 2017 | Updated 01 January 1970

The shortlist of finalists in the European Cleaning & Hygiene Awards 2017 has been announced - the winners will be presented at a gala dinner at the Parco dei Principi Grand Hotel in Rome on November 9.

From over 100 entries submitted by service providers, manufacturers and distributors the judges have now selected those that will go forward as finalists in the 10 categories.

Lucart is the event silver sponsor. Diversey Care is the event partner and Best use of technology by contractors in their cleaning programmes sponsor.



Bouygues Energies & Services use of SmartView Technology to manage the efficiency of cleaning contracts

How the Xenon Xenex germ-zapping robots disinfection system), is used to improve cleaning services.

Julius Rutherfoord & Co - University of Wolverhampton and SmartTask


Commitment to and investment in training. Sponsored by Greenspeed

Birkin Services

Cleaning Dry System

Julius Rutherfoord & Co

Markas Academy Project


Excellence in client/contractor partnerships

Birkin Services

FBD and Derrycourt Cleaning Specialists

Julius Rutherfoord & Co

Youngflex: co creation by Albeda College and Gom Schoonhouden


Distributors - excellence in added value initiatives. Sponsored by Lucart

Eko Iniciativa by Valtex

ICE Smartcall


WE Italia SRL


Sustainability - best practice in implementing principles throughout the business. Sponsored by Werner & Mertz

City of Ghent: Sustainable cleaning from A to Z

Going full circle - Greenspeed's circular cleaning approach

Markas best practice for sustainability: the Montichiari Hospital project

Ökologische Gebäudereinigung, Piepenbrock


Workforce - excellence in employee relationships, diversity & inclusion, rewards programmes, etc

Cleanology puts health, safety and wellbeing for its workforce at the top of its agenda

Julius Rutherfoord & Co

Markas Academy Project

Maximum Impact, Breedweer Facilitaire Diensten


Best initiative raising the profile and perception of the professional cleaning sector - locally or on a wider level

Partnership and Social Awareness, Tenterden Twilight Commercial Cleaning

Awareness raising project: the hygiene hands game for children, the infection prevention starts from the beginning!

LIFE (Labour Intensive Facility Event) - ANIP Road Show

How BESA promotes the importance of the professional cleaning sector through its ventilation hygiene training and industry standard TR19


Groundbreaking technological innovation of the year. Sponsored by ISSA/INTERCLEAN

BeSense, CSU


Malish Sonic Scrub

Tork PeakServe Continuous Hand Towel Dispensing System, SCA


Inspirational leader of the year. Sponsored by Truvox International

Avril McCarthy, Derrycourt Cleaning Specialists

Jan-Hein Hemke, Facilicom UK

Lorenzo Mattioli, ANIP

Paul Ashton, Birkin Services


Greatest individual contribution to driving up standards of excellence within a cleaning operation

SOO Bartholomew, Birkin Services

Avril McCarthy, Derrycourt Cleaning Specialists

Anna Sangaletti, Markas


Lifetime achievement

There will also be a lifetime achievement award - to be selected by the judging panel. Other sponsors include Afidamp, Brightwell Dispensers, Nilfisk and Magris.

For further information contact


How Much Do Cleaners Get Paid In The EU?

Cleaners are a huge part of the service industry here in the UK and are a massive part of our economy. Interestingly, cleaners apparently earn more in 10 other European countries than they do in the United Kingdom, according to the latest research. A study from London Cleaning System showed that the average wage of a cleaner is £7.27 an hour, significantly less than the top players across the continent – and even the rest of the world.

With a large proportion of the workers in the British cleaning industry being from an EU country, it begs an interesting question as to why pick the UK with lucrative offers elsewhere like in Luxembourg and Belgium? Moreover, with Brexit looming, the disparity in pay in the UK with some European countries as well as political uncertainty makes it an even more interesting question.

Our infographic not only looks into the averages of the cleaners but also national minimum wages as well as the unemployment rates of EU countries.

See for yourself below: 

Article written by Cathryn Ellis | Published 29 September 2017


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