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Julius Rutherfoord & Co win eminent European award for focus on training

London specialist in cleaning and soft FM services provision, Julius Rutherfoord & Co has won the ‘Commitment to and investment in training’ award at the European Cleaning & Hygiene Awards 2017. The awards, which recognise standards of excellence in the professional cleaning sector Europe-wide, took place at a gala dinner in Rome on 9 November.

The judging criteria looked for evidence of a commitment to training that goes beyond the basic skills to do the job. Entrants needed to provide examples of how their training programme encompasses elements that enable their employees to develop personally, expand their knowledge, progress within their environment and in turn enhance the service they are offering to their clients.

Marcus Heap, Sales and Marketing Director at Julius Rutherfoord & Co said: “Training is at the heart of everything we do to encourage staff success and ensure we provide exceptional client service. We are honoured therefore to be recognised for our continued commitment to training in these prestigious awards.”

All staff start Julius Rutherfoord & Co’s Career Path to Success programme within its British Institute of Cleaning Science (BICSc) Accredited Training Academy, at its home in Battersea. Employees continue to receive ‘on the job’ training that is tailored to meet the specific needs of its discerning clients.

Every training session is carried out, recorded, and reported on through Julius Rutherfoord & Co’s bespoke contract management app. This award-winning app enables trainers to carry out site-specific coaching, on a scheduled basis. For complete transparency a record of the training is instantly reported to the client, giving them peace of mind that their cleaning operatives are up-to-date on everything from the latest cleaning methodology, to health and safety law and best practice.

Julius Rutherfoord and Co was shortlisted in three other categories at the awards. These were ‘Excellence in Client and Contractor Partnerships’ (with client, the Design Museum); ‘Workforce – Excellence in Employee Relationships, Training, Diversity and Inclusion, Rewards Programmes’; and ‘Best Use of Technology by Contractors in their Cleaning Programme.’

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UK tech firm wins major innovation award from energy institute

Energy technology company Extreme Low Energy (ELe) has won a major prize at this year’s Energy Institute Awards.

The firm, which recently moved to new headquarters in Lancashire, was presented with the 2017 Energy Institute Innovation Award by England Rugby Union World Cup winner Matt Dawson MBE at a ceremony in London.

Its project to install revolutionary low-energy PCs at two Merseyside schools was hailed by the Energy Institute’s judges as this year’s most innovative, beating competition from both UK and overseas companies.

Professor John Loughhead OBE, the Government’s Chief Scientific Adviser, led the judging panel, saying:

“The Innovation Award looks for new concepts, ideas and solutions that can show a proven practical application to an issue faced by the energy industry.”

Mark Buchanan, founder and owner of ELe, said:

“We’re delighted and proud to have received this significant award for innovation and recognition from the Energy Institute, having beaten strong competition from the UK, Canada and the Middle East.

“Our project related to reducing energy consumption for ICT in schools, delivering a simplified, more manageable, ICT suite and offering new learning and teaching opportunities alongside a richer digital experience.

“ICT infrastructures are already responsible for a significant proportion of electricity consumed, typically around 25% of an organisation’s energy usage, so we looked to develop a solution to help schools address these challenges whilst fulfilling the increasing technological demands of the curriculum.”

This latest recognition follows previous award wins for ELe in the GREAT Faces of British Business Competition, Merseyside Innovation Awards and Liverpool Echo Green Champions Awards.

The project saw ELe and its partner Hi-Impact work to install a DC infrastructure and overhaul the existing computer systems within two primary schools in Wirral on Merseyside significantly reducing their energy usage and carbon footprints.

In order to win, ELe had to present an innovation showing a major advance or development with strong, cost-effective or cost-saving prospects, plus a clear demonstration of its benefits over existing methods.

ELe’s DC micro-grid systems for schools typically run on 70% less energy than existing technologies and, when combined with the firm’s patented battery systems, the combined solution allows for the most efficient adoption of alternative energy solutions, eliminating the need for mains electricity and allowing customers to operate either partially or fully off-grid.


ARCUS extends facilities management delivery to the range

Leading facilities management company, Arcus, has extended its service delivery providing reactive maintenance services to home, garden and leisure retailer, The Range.

The contract, which went live in October to 18 stores and 4 offices in the South West of England has been extended to another 44 stores across a wider geography.  As part of the multi-phased approach, Arcus will be charged with the delivery of mechanical, electrical, plumbing, drainage, lighting and building fabric services, working alongside the retailer to achieve increased cost efficiencies.

Steve Willis, Chief Operating Officer at Arcus, commented: “Having established a close working relationship with The Range and given our experience of mobilising and delivering reactive maintenance services to their stores across the South West, we are ideally positioned to expand our geographical coverage to include the South East, Wales and the Midlands.

“We are looking forward to expanding our support of The Range and with our teams’ expert knowledge and experience within the retail sector, are committed to delivering an exceptional service across the UK as our partnership grows.”

The next phase of service delivery went live on 6 November 2017 and will see Arcus provide reactive maintenance services to approximately 30% of The Range’s UK branch network of 146 stores.

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