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BCC’s latest research report is available free on request

Some interesting insights on the cleaning, hygiene and waste sector are revealed by the British Cleaning Council’s (BCC) 2022 research report, which was published on Wednesday, 6 April.

The number of sector businesses grew to 69,005 in 2021 and the number of employees working in the sector remained static at 1.47 million, according to the latest statistics available, it said.

Learn more on the BCC website or to directly receive a free digital copy of the research report, email

BCC Joins Employers Initiative on Domestic Abuse

The British Cleaning Council is now a member of the Employers Initiative on Domestic Abuse and is encouraging other cleaning and hygiene employers to sign up. Read our full coverage of the story ...

Cleaning and hygiene industry urged to have its say on proposals for a Cleaning Hygiene Operative apprenticeship

Cleaning and hygiene sector employers, training operatives, providers and assessment organisations are being urgently encouraged to have their say on proposals for an Apprenticeship Levy accredited industrywide training programme and apprenticeship.

Consultation on proposals for the Cleaning Hygiene Operative apprenticeship opened Wednesday 26 January, and runs to Friday 18 February.

Stakeholders should visit to read the proposal and use the download form to feedback on it, emailing replies to by 5pm on the last day, Friday 18 February.

Warning that the public’s health could potentially be put at risk by severe staff shortages in the cleaning and hygiene sector

Severe staff shortages affecting the cleaning and hygiene sector, combined with an increased threat from Coronavirus, could potentially put the health of members of the public at risk, the body representing the industry has warned.

The British Cleaning Council (BCC) fears that major recruitment problems could dramatically reduce the sector’s critical role in keeping public spaces free of the virus, at a crucial time in the nation’s fight against it, with infection rates relatively high, a new variant and with winter upon us.

The work of cleaning and hygiene staff is vital to protecting the health and wellbeing of the public, particularly during the current pandemic. Staff ensure workplaces and public buildings remain clean to help in ensuring they are germ-free and safe to use.
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BCC calls for industry APPG to urgently make progress on key issues

Crisis meeting called to discuss next steps

The British Cleaning Council (BCC) has urgently called on the All-Party Parliamentary Group for the Cleaning and Hygiene Industry to drive progress on key issues affecting the sector.

Senior figures at the BCC are concerned that there has been a lapse in actions to achieve several key aims, which have now become even more vital due to the serious challenges the sector is facing.

The BCC is to hold an urgent meeting with its members in December to discuss a way forward.   

The BCC wants the APPG to back and fully support its call for Government help in the face of the severe staff shortages which have hit the sector and threaten the nation’s recovery from Coronavirus. Read more ...

Healthcare sector said to be ‘heading for disaster’ amidst calls for Government to take urgent action

The cleaning and hygiene industry is suffering ‘severe’ staff shortages with the rate of vacancies having increased dramatically, according to a new survey of the industry.

The recruitment problems facing one of the UK’s biggest industries could hamper the nation’s recovery from Covid-19, said industry body the British Cleaning Council (BCC). 

There was also a warning that the healthcare sector was ‘heading for disaster’ and fears that transport, leisure and food hygiene, amongst many other sectors, could also be badly hit.

Some of the cleaning and hygiene industry’s biggest firms took part in the BCC survey. Between them, the 11 firms reported 1,917 vacancies in total, with one firm saying the number of vacancies had increased by 252 per cent in the last six months, and another by 267 per cent.

The majority of companies taking part reported staff leaving because they were foreign nationals going home or were employees moving to other jobs, such as truck driving or in hospitality.

Until now, the cleaning and hygiene industry has depended on employees of all nationalities and overseas workers are proving difficult to replace. 

The BCC is calling for the Government to take urgent action to help it recruit the staff it needs. Read more ...

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About The British Cleaning Council

Established in 1982, the British Cleaning Council (BCC) is the authoritative, collective voice of UK’s cleaning, hygiene and waste management industries.

The council’s membership is made up of 22 trade and membership associations which all represent different industry sub-sectors. From contract cleaning to waste management, pest control to housekeeping, training providers to machine manufacturers, chemical suppliers to wheelie-bin washers – the BCC coordinates, campaigns and supports the affairs of the UK’s entire commercial cleaning ecosystem.

Key priorities for the BCC and its membership include raising professional standards, employee health and wellbeing, career development and training, improved quality control and better procurement practices. It is also committed to promoting higher levels of cleaning and hygiene across all environments – commercial, domestic and public.

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ImageAPPG for the UK Cleaning and Hygiene Industry

The All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for the Cleaning and Hygiene Industry was inaugurated in February 2021, with the support of a sizeable number of MPs from all the major political parties and members of The House of Lords.

The group exists to promote the critical importance of the cleaning and hygiene industry to the people of the United Kingdom.

The APPG is operated by MPs and members of the House of Lords with the British Cleaning Council acting in the role of secretariat and organising a significant number of steering groups in seeking to carry out the industry’s clear, focused and much needed strategic aims.

For additional information, please email the APPG’s secretariat via Simon Hollingbery at

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BCC personnel


Jim Melvin

Chair at the BCC.

Group Chief Executive of The Exclusive Services Group.

CSSA Representative at the BCC.

Committee Member at the Celtic Trust.

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Delia Cannings

Deputy Chair at the BCC.

Director at Environmental Excellence Training & Development Ltd.

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Simon Hollinbery, a former BCC Chair, is the council’s Company Secretary.

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