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Prime Clean Expands in the West End

Over the past twelve months Prime Clean has expanded well within the West End, particularly around Mayfair.

This growth has been a result of both, meeting and exceeding, our clients demands. A key part of Prime Cleans promise is our hands on and visible Account Management and creation of bespoke schedules to fit the needs of our clients and their buildings.
Through this we can achieve the high standards that we set for ourselves. This is one of our clients views….

We are beyond thrilled with the service provided by Prime Clean and can honestly say we have never experienced customer service quite like it. The whole team go above and beyond to meet our needs and they have taken away the stress of having to manage cleaners as we have had to do so in the past as everything is taken care of.

If you are interested to hear more about our bespoke services please contact,
Tim Deeker-Harris, via:
tim.deekerharris@primeclean.com | 07525 837 514

Prime Clean at Interclean

Last week two of our team went over to the Interclean exhibition in Amsterdam for 2 days to check out the latest industry innovation.

Interclean

Interclean takes place every 2 years and is the largest cleaning exhibition in Europe. Over the 4 days there are more than 500,000 visitors! The exhibition covers 13 different halls and over 750,000 sq ft.

Prime Clean went in search of new and interesting innovations and certainly found a few which we will look to implement within our business.

Karcher Robot pic

Robotics was a hot topic amongst many of the big manufacturers, with numerous scrubber driers self navigating designated arenas. Crowds gathered around to see if the machine could avoid an embarrassing crash and we didn’t see any red faced manufacturers so all in all a good step forward for robotics. The problem we see is that these machines cost upwards of £25,000 and would really only be suitable for large retail/manufacturing areas rather than professional service environments such as offices. Not to say that you won’t see one of these innovative pieces if equipment self propelling around a large reception area. Yet we believe at the current price range it will be only a select few businesses who will wish to pay a cleaning company for one of these.

One of the most interesting pieces of technology that we witnessed during the show was the Orbital movement which can now be found on a number of mahcines from most of the major manufacturers. We will be creating a separate news story just on this later this week so please stay tuned.

Prime Clean Extends ISO and OHSAS

Prime Clean are proud to announce that we have been successful in our extension to all three management system that we currently hold.

All of the team at Prime are committed to delivering a sustain business model that has a positive impact on our; people, clients and the environment.

We continue to utilise electric powered vehicles for our London deliveries and have partnered with an innovative service providers who are at the forefront of their industries.

A great team effort by all to achieve our new certificates and we now move into our 5th year with ISO accreditation’s.

Please find the latest certificates below;

– ISO 9001
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ISO 14001
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OHSAS 18001

What are the Company Benefits of Being Living Wage Accredited?

Becoming a Real Living Wage Employer means a lot for a company and the employees that work there, and at Prime Clean, we’re no exception. We think a lot of our staff, and for that reason we’re keen to cover the real cost of living.

As well as being good for society, there are also significant business benefits to paying the Real Living Wage, that’s why there are over 4,700 Living Wage Employers, including more than 1/3 of the FTSE 100 and household names including Ikea, Aviva, Nationwide and Everton F.C. to name but a few.

What Does A Real Living Wage Employer Do?

The (Real) Living Wage is a rate that requires an employer to pay their staff a higher sum of money, which is 100% voluntary. They also require having a plan in place to extend this rate of pay to regular sub-contracted staff too.

In order to become an accredited Living Wage Employer, a business is also required to pay all directly employed staff a Living Wage. The current Living Wage rate is £9.00 per hour, and £10.55 in London.

It was implemented following the Living Wage campaign, where communities and activists across the country worked to campaign until the new rate was officially introduced in a bid to cover the real cost of living.

In fact, in April 2016, the government introduced a higher minimum wage rate for all staff over 25 years of age that was inspired by the Living Wage campaign – even calling it the ‘National Living Wage’. The difference being however that the government’s ‘National Living Wage’ is not calculated according to what employees and their families need to live.

Instead, it is based on a target to reach 60% of median earnings by 2020. Under current forecasts, this means a rise to less than £9 per hour by 2020.

So, What’s the London Living Wage?

The London Living Wage, as mentioned previously, is the Living Wage within London, and currently stands at a rate of £10.55 per hour. Like the Living Wage, it’s a voluntary sum that exceeds the National Living Wage, but to help meet the higher living costs of workers across London, including all boroughs of Greater London, its higher than the Living Wage of £9.00 per hour.

What Are the Business Benefits of Paying the Real Living Wage?

There are lots of ways that Living Wage businesses can benefit from becoming Living Wage accredited… How?

Well, not only can being accredited work to improve the reputation of a business, doing so can also increase motivation and retention rates for employees. Additionally, being accredited can help to differentiate a business from others within the same industry, and for the Prime Clean team, we’ve found becoming accredited has allowed us to achieve all three.

We see it as a long-term investment in our people based on our values and our belief that a team with good compensation and working conditions is in a stronger position to provide a great experience to our customers.

Prime Clean Pay the London Living Wage

At Prime Clean, we are recognised service providers proudly working together with the Living Wage foundation. This means we provide our personnel with the London Living Wage; the only UK rate based on living costs and what people need to live because we believe they are worth the extra £££’s.

If you are interested in partnering with us or would like to find out more about Prime Clean, our services and how we can help your company, then please contact us to find out more.

Power Washing Karcher Professional

Dirty pavement slabs can often look pretty unappealing outside of a building and as winter fast approaches the pavements will start to get wetter and possibly greener!

KarcherFor a number of years we have used the Professionals Karcher range for power washing. At one site we use the HD 5/11 C which is cold water power washer and has been a reliable machine that performs to a high standard. The machine requires little maintenance and as long as it is looked after a PAT tested, there is no reason why it will last more than 3 years of commercial use.

Prior to using this machine we had tested a number of other power washers from different manufacturers but these would often not perform as well compared to the Karcher range.

Some of the key features of the product and what makes it so verstaille are;

  • 490Ltr/hr flow rate
  • Quiet operation
  • Chemical metering valve
  • Pressure: 160 bar
  • Weight 20.5kg
  • Accessories: Easy-press trigger gun, 10m high pressure hose, 480mm spray lance and triple nozzle

The water flow rate plus the pressure allows for the user to cover larger areas within the same time compared to some of the other pressure washers on the market. The cleaning industry is based on a charge per man hour so if we can increase productivity we can then look to deliver cost savings to our client.

We believe strongly in the Karcher Professional range and would highly recommend this piece of equipment to anyone looking invest in a reliable pressure washer.

Saving More Than Just a Drop

Water usage is becoming a growing issue within our country. The more worrying concern is that most major retailers and commercial businesses have little in place to save on their water usage. We have recently met with the owner of an innovative water energy based company, Everything Water.

We looked at a number of plug and play water saving devices that Everything Water are volumisercurrently offering. The product that stood out the most, partly because of its ease of installation and effectiveness was the Volumiser (pictured left). This simple device fits the majority of sinks and reduces the water flow to 1.5 – 1.7 LPM (litres per minute) compared to the average of 6-10 LPM.

A small turbine is located within the device which reduces the water flow whilst still allowing plenty of water to wash your hands. This fantastic product could save large retailers potentially tens if not hundreds of thousands per year (based on the number of washroom sinks they have across their stores) whilst also providing large savings for commercial businesses who have relatively large premises.

Case studies have shown that tap water usage has been reduced by over 70% using these Volumisers which have resulted in reduced water bills and the meeting volumiser 2sustainability targets.

We are already exploring a number of sites in London

where we wish to discuss the introduction of the Volumiser with our clients. We hope to be able to bring cost savings whilst also promoting water sustainability within the workplace.

There seems to be no current reason why this product would not be a perfect fit for large sites that have no current water saving device fitted to the taps.

Orbiting to the future

Following on from Interclean we wanted to trial one of the new “Orbital” floor machines. It was a hot topic amongst the major equipment manufacturers, for more information on the IMG_2414system itself please click here to see our previous news article.

One night later earlier this week we tested out a FiMap within a contract which had a number of floors in need of some attention. First impressions of the machine were very positive and the results it produced were even more impressive. The ease in use of the machine was noticeable compared to traditional scrubbing machines. There was not lurky jolt as the machine turned on and it was far easier to manoeuvre whilst on the move! Furthermore, you could feel the quality of the machine and the parts used in it through the weight of the rotary head. This extra down force helped greatly in agitating the dirt and thus allowed the floors to be cleanedIMG_2426 in less time than usual.

We tested it across a range of floor types including;

  • safety floors
  • tiled floors
  • marble floor

The results were equally impressive across each floor type. Overall we the machine performed well and was far easier to use the a standard single rotary machine. We are now in the process of buying the machine and will be using it across a number of floor types to further test its suitability.

A Growing Family Business

Prime Clean have now operated within London for just over 5 years and within this time the business has fortunately grown from strength to strength. The average annual turnover growth over these past 5 years has been 31% which is well above the industry norm.

We now look after a number of major insurance companies and investment CWbanks as well as a growing portfolio of facilities management companies. The business growth up to now has been based on a commitment and dedication to deliver a premium service. As a management team we try to lead by example and have always adopted a very visible approach with both our clients and our cleaners.

As a family business we strive to deliver on our promises and are very proud of what has been achieved up to now. However, we are not stopping here! We believe that our service offering is perfectly suited to the professional services sector in London and our ethos will continue to be at the heart of our business.

Prime Clean offer a full range of both daily and specialist cleaning services. Please let us know if you are interested in finding out anything more about our business and we would be delighted to come in and meet with you.

Healthy Happy Hands

Office sickness….in 2016 a survey estimated around 137.3 million days were lost in the UK alone in one year. This is an average of 4.3 days per employee and in companies with over 500 employees the rate increases!

Harmful bacteria within an office is a major reason behind why so many days are lost each year to sickness. A structured cleaning programme can go along way in reducing the levels in harmful bacteria but new market innovations can help reduce such bacteria levels even further.

One of the key “touch points” around an office are door handles or push plates as these receive constant hand contact. Washroom doors are of particular focus for harbouring bacteria and some people will often try and avoid touching such handles if they can. This lingering bacteria can lead to the dreaded vomiting bug which is easily transferred from person to person.

A tried and tested solution that we support are “hygienic handles” developed by Purehold. This innovative company have developed a range of handles and push plates that use silver ion technology to eliminate 99.9% of bacteria. These handles are providing a real barrier to harmful bacteria in entering the office and can help to significantly reduce the amount of sickness days lost in a year.

This has been a revelation in the healthcare market and Prime Clean are looking to introduce it in a number of central London buildings.

In order for this product to succeed there will need to be a reduction in the number of sickness days within an office over a given period of time. Prime Clean will be working closely with our clients to measure key data in order to prove this products success. We believe in this innovative product and know it has a place within the professional services market in London.

Prime Clean Moves to London and Wins Contract

London, UK, 4th June 2015: Prime Clean, the cleaning and support services company, has announced it has relocated to Canary Wharf, London.

Prime Clean is a traditional family business, focused on providing the best customer experience, through cost effective solutions tailored to individual needs. The relocation is reflective of the growth of the business, particularly in the London area.

Prime Clean has been awarded a 3 year contract by Skyline Business Village in the heart of Canary Wharf. The contract, which includes cleaning, window cleaning, waste management, pest control and landscaping, was won as the result of a competitive tender.

Sara Ramiah, Manager of Skyline Business Village commented: “We are delighted to have appointed Prime Clean as our Facilities Services provider and are impressed by the quality services and cost savings that they are providing us with.”

Richard Lancaster, Managing Director of Prime Clean commented: “We are excited by our move to Canary Wharf and thrilled that we have been appointed to provide Facilities Services to Skyline Business Village. Sara and her team have been very supportive during our relocation and we look forward to working closely with them in the future.”