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Industry experts and senior stakeholders meet to discuss taking APPG report forward

Key representatives from across the cleaning and hygiene and public health sectors came together for a high-level meeting to discuss the recent report from the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for the Cleaning and Hygiene Industry.

Twenty industry experts joined the roundtable meeting in London to discuss the findings of the inquiry, entitled Embedding Effective Hygiene for a Resilient UK, and how to respond to, and take forward, the recommendations. Learn more ...

BCC pays tribute to one of its original founders

The British Cleaning Council has paid tribute to one of its co-founders who died earlier this year, aged 82.

Terence King and two industry colleagues set up the British Cleaning Council (BCC) in 1982 after hearing the Master of the Worshipful Company of Environmental Cleaners (WCEC) tell an audience during a speech that he felt all sectors of the UK cleaning industry should amalgamate to advance their common interests. Learn more ...

New report recommends wide-ranging measures to make sure the nation is ready for any future public health emergency

A new report by MPs into the role of cleaning and hygiene during the Covid-19 pandemic has called for the introduction of minimum standards for hand and other hygiene infrastructure and cleaning of venues to help make sure the nation is better prepared for any future public health emergency.
The All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for the Cleaning and Hygiene Industry published the highly significant report with 11 recommendations for Government, regulators and the industry itself, following a wide-ranging and detailed inquiry entitled ‘Embedding Effective Hygiene for a Resilient UK’. Learn more ...

BCC calls for cleaning sector organisations and companies to consider paying a real Living Wage

To mark Living Wage Week, the British Cleaning Council (BCC) has renewed its call for cleaning and hygiene sector businesses and organisations to consider also becoming real Living Wage Employers.
Supporting the real Living Wage means committing to paying employees a wage which is independently calculated to meet everyday needs - like the weekly shop, or a surprise trip to the dentist.
Living Wage Week runs from Monday, 14 November, to 18 November, and features a series of daily events organised by the Living Wage Foundation and Living Wage employers. Learn more ...

Remarks about migrant workers and unskilled labour are ‘divorced from reality’, says leading industry body

Leaders of one of the UK’s biggest industries have branded the Home Secretary Suella Braverman’s comments about reducing migrant workers entering the country as ‘ridiculous’, ‘completely out of touch’ and ‘divorced from reality’. Learn more ...

BCC launches ‘We Clean, We Care’ at the Manchester Cleaning Show

ImageAttendees at this year’s Cleaning Show in Manchester were strongly encouraged to claim and wear a free badge celebrating the work of cleaning and hygiene staff.

The British Cleaning Council (BCC) launched a new stage in its campaign for wider recognition for the vital work that cleaning and hygiene staff do at the Manchester Cleaning Show, which takes place over 6 – 7 April, by launching the ‘We Clean, We Care’ slogan and badge at the show.

The slogan has been chosen to show the pride and professionalism that the sector’s highly-trained, skilled personnel have in their crucial, frontline role keeping key workers and the public healthy, safe and well. Learn more ...

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 ...

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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 21 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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