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CleaningExpo Scotland -

3-4 September 2014 - SECC GLASGOW

The Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre (SECC), a world class exhibition centre in the heart of Scotland, is preparing to host the inaugural Cleaning Expo Scotland show on 3rd and 4th September 2014. Cleaning Expo Scotland brings together buyers and suppliers representing every part of the cleaning industry – all looking for innovative solutions to their cleaning and hygiene problems. All visitors can attend the show FREE of CHARGE.  Click Here to download your entry ticket

 

Cleaning Expo Scotland brings together buyers and suppliersrepresenting

every part of the cleaning industry - all looking for inavative solutions to their cleaning and hygiene problems.  With an audience like this, you can't  afford

not to be part of the UK's biggest event for the UK cleaning industry.

Who will visit

Cleaning Expt Scotland will benefit everyone from managers to board level

directors, including: Company managment; CEO's; Chairman; Oeners;

Consultants; Financial Controlers; Contract Cleaners; Carpet & Upholstery

cleaners; Cleaning & hygiene distributors; Education establishments; Facililty managers/dircctors; Hospital and health authorities; Industrial and manufacturing; Leisure facilities; Local & Central Government; Public Services

(Fire, ambulance, police and MOD); Residential homes and nursing homes;

Retail/shopping centres; Window Cleaners.  

Visit the Federation of Window Cleaners on stand H11 Click Here

 
 
  Facilities Management Show 2014 - March 2014

Following our first time exhibit at the NEC Facilities Management Show in Birmingham on 11th-13th March 2014; we are pleased to report this was
certainly a worthwhile event – in terms of liaising with significant visitors with a genuine interest in the ‘only’ industry specific Procurement Scheme.
This was a perfect opportunity for the FWC to raise the SAM scheme awareness and to encourage Facilities Managers to consider this training based
product in their Tender documents.

 

Pictured below is FWC Secretary Beryl Murray, Scott Smith FWC

Executive; left Tom Duggan of Woodward Group and faqr right David Varley,

Business Development Executive from IOSH; who both visited the FWC

exhibition stand to help promote the FWC Safety Accreditation Scheme SAM

and to publish editorial in the IOSH Safety magazin.  


Tom Duggan of Woodward Group has been delivering training for the past
22 years and has grown into one of the largestNEBOSH and IOSH centres in

the UK. Tom was also instrumental in the development of the FWC IOSH accredited training courses in conjunction with FWC's competently trained professional window cleaners – and of course IOSH.


For more information about SAM Safety Accredited Member Scheme see page 23 or go to:www.f-w-c.co.uk/Safety_Accredited_member.htm
or, you can contact head office on 0161 432 8754 to request an application/questionnaire form.

 

   
  Cleaning Show 2013 - The Best Show Yet!

A staggering 11,341 visitors attended this year’s Cleaning Show, making the 3 day event which closed its doors on Thursday, 21 March a great success for both visitors and exhibitors alike.

Martin Scott, Exhibition Sales Director, said: “The Cleaning Show 2013 exceeded all our expectations and was a clear demonstration that the UK cleaning industry continues to thrive despite tough economic times. In 2011, 7652 visitors attended the event so to find out that over 11,000 people attended the show this year is an incredible increase.

The FWC stand had a constant flow of visitors, we welcomed many existing and even some former members who came specifically to rejoin, a total of twelve new member companies were recruited during the three-day event.

Particularly successful were the hugely popular seminar programme, the daily window cleaning competition, the presentation of the window cleaner of the year award and the Innovation Awards, where all the finalists entrants were on show for the first time in the Innovation Zone area. The Cleaning Show is moving to the Excel building in London in 2015 and we look forward to seeing everyone there.

The Cleaning Show is organised every two years on behalf of the cleaning industry by BCCE Ltd, a company jointly owned by the British Cleaning Council and Quartz Business Media. Visit http://www.cleaningshow.co.uk/ for more information.

 

 

2013 Fastest Window Cleaning Competition Winners

  The fastest winners on each day of the Cleaning Show are pictured below with FWC Executive Scott Smith and Terry Burrows - from left to right is Glen Bailey - Stephen Fox - Dave Morris.

 
  The Cleaning Show 2013
 

The 2013 Cleaning Show will be taking place on the 19-21 March 2013 - Pre-register today and receive FREE parking

It is the UK’s only major event where companies can market, sell and promote their products and services to an international audience. The exhibition is organised every two years on behalf of the cleaning industry by BCCE Ltd, a company jointly owned by the British Cleaning Council and Quartz Publishing & Exhibitions.  Click on the logo below for more information.
                                                                    

   
  As well as promoting a show discount on membership recruitment ….The FWC will be endorsing its two training programmes in conjunction with a New - impending Window Cleaning Accreditation Scheme! Come and find out more on stand K4

The FWC Window Cleaner of the year 2013 awards originally organised for Windex last year, will be presented at the 2013 Cleaning show on Tuesday 19th March commencing at 4.00pm in the seminar area. The winners have been notified.

Fastest window cleaner on the planet - Terry Turbo Borrows will be presenting the Window Cleaning Competition as usual ... Terry can clean the three competition windows in 9.14 Seconds...although you don’t have to beat his time to win, you only need to be the fastest time on the day!

How fast can you squeegee three windows..? come along and have a go and you may just be lucky enough to win a cash prize. The contest is Free to enter and will be staged each day of the show.

We look forward to seeing you there
 
   
 

Carpex/Windex exhibitions.

   
  Designed specifically for everyone involved in the window cleaning industry and its subsidiary services, WINDEX 2012 offers companies the opportunity to demonstrate, and sell their products and services to a truly targeted global audience of buyers.

The last four WINDEX exhibitions have confirmed how extremely effective a well-targeted, industry-based and supported exhibition can be. Almost 2500 cleaning professionals visited WINDEX 2010.

 

    Click here for the Carpex & Windex website for more information
   

WINDOW CLEANER OF THE YEAR AWARD 2012
Organised by the FWC in conjunction with Quartz Business Media for Windex 2012.

This competition is open to all window cleaners who are registered members of the Federation of Window Cleaners; and all employees of registered members. Employees must have been nominated by their employer; and only one employee per company is eligible to participate. FWC Executive members and their employees are not eligible.

Short-listed finalists will be informed before the event and the winner announced at the innovation awards dinner on Thursday 4th October 2012 at the Ricoh Arena Coventry

Competition Prizes:

One-night complimentary dinner and hotel for two people
24 carat Gold plated Squeegee
Framed certificate
Years free membership or, equivalent value gift voucher.

Click Here to download your entry Form:

WINDOW CLEANER OF THE YEAR ENTRY FORM

CLOSING DATE FOR ENTRY FORMS - 31ST JANUARY 2012


 


 

 

   
 

The Cleaning Show 2011 - 'an outstanding event'

 

Anybody that had concerns that the current economic climate might damage the quality of attendees at The Cleaning Show 2011 needn't have worried - the event closed its doors on

Thursday 3rd March following three vibrant days which both exhibitors and visitors described

as 'outstanding'.

 

The official number of visitors attending this year's event is 7652, with the vast majority being in a

position to purchase or specify equipment and services. Martin Scott, exhibition sales director, said:

"The Cleaning Show 2011 exceeded all our expectations, and was a clear demonstration that the UK cleaning industry continues to thrive despite tough economic times. As organisers we were struck by the quality of the exhibits and the amount of genuine innovation on show.

 

From our exit survey, it appears that visitors were similarly impressed. We welcomed almost 90 new

exhibiting companies to this year's event - I look forward to seeing them all again in 2013."

Mark Woodhead, chairman of the British Cleaning Council, said: "The Cleaning Show was a huge success from the BCC's perspective. Throughout the course of the three days I was able to meet numerous decision-makers and influential people from a variety of industries and countries, as the show once again displayed that its appeal spans continents and industry sectors.

 

I particularly liked the new innovations for the show, particularly the Green Zone and the improved

Innovation Awards, which demonstrated our industry's appetite to engage with issues of sustainability and social responsibility, both of which will be explored again at our own Cleaning Conference in October.   I would like to pass on my congratulations to Quartz for another successful show from all of the BCC's members, and look forward to seeing everyone again in two years time."

Exhibitors, too, were full of praise for the event. Lyndsay Taylor from first-time exhibitor New Zealand

Pump Company, said: "It was the first time exhibiting for us at The Cleaning Show and the response that we had was phenomenal. It ranks among the top five shows that we have

exhibited at across the globe. We would also like to thank the event staff for making the booking

process easy and hassle-free.   Now the hard work begins with following up the leads."

Other new initiatives that proved particularly successful were the Priority Pass Scheme, which enabled

visitors to prepare their badges in advance on-line, and the VIP Visitor Programme, sponsored by ICE.

Innovation Awards

 

The organisers of The Cleaning Show 2011 rewarded innovation with an expanded and enhanced awards programme at this year's event. Neil Nixon, chair of the judging panel and

editor of C&M, said: "Judging the expanded scheme was a tougher task than ever before, but extremely rewarding. I am very grateful to my fellow judges - Bob Vincent, Paul Thrupp, John Stinton, Maureen Marden and Michael Poulter - for  their diligent work, enabling us to physically judge almost 50 products during the first day of the show.  

 

Competition was fierce, and we had some excellent winners. Thanks to all

the exhibitors that took part, submitting 100 products and services for the consideration of the judges." Congratulations to this year's winners:

 

Carpet & upholstery cleaning products/services: Chemspec Europe - DFC 105.

Chemicals and dosing systems: GLORIA - Foam Master.

Eco/green products: Centrego - Toucan Eco.

Floor cleaning machines (indoors): ICE Cleanfix - Robo 40.

Floor cleaning machine (outdoors): Gumclear - CCR3000.

Food hygiene products/services: Bio-Based Europe - Hard Surface Sanitiser.

Healthcare products/services: Chemspec Europe - Infection Control Fogging

Solution.

Pressure washers/graffiti removal products/services;Bio-Based Europe  - Graffiti Remover.

Retail cleaning products/services: Prodifa - Aluminium Ashtray Bag.

Washroom products/services: Cannon Hygiene - Activap.

Software and management systems: OGL - ProfIT Plus Business Intelligence

Module.

 

Window cleaning products/services: Aqua-Dapter - Flow Controller.

OVERALL WINNER: Aqua-Dapter - Flow Controller.

 

The Window Cleaning Competition led by Terry Turbo Burrows proved as popular as ever; and Debbie Morris even shaved another 1.50 seconds off her original Guinness Record.

The competition winners are as follows:

Tuesday 1st march

Winner -        12.91 seconds -Glen Bailey  - Hazel Windows

Second -        14.45 seconds -Peter McNally- P. McNally Clng Svcs

Third    -        14.59 seconds -David Taner  - Alpha Gleam  

Wednesday 2nd march

Winner -        14.92 seconds -Trevor Perry - CCS limited

Second -        15.48 seconds -Stephen Fox - Window Cleaning Warehouse

Third    -         15.72 seconds -Robert Wagg - Aqua-dapter

Thursday 3rd march

Winner -        14.75 seconds- David Morris- David Morris Cleaning

Second -       15.61 seconds- Rob Wagg - Aqua-dapter

Third    -         15.80 seconds- Stephen Fox- Window Cleaning Warehouse

 

The Cleaning Show 2013 will be staged at the NEC, Birmingham from 19 to 21March 2013. The event

will co-locate with the highly successful IMHX exhibition, ensuring the crossover of visitors from the

materials handling and warehousing event.

 

The Cleaning Show is organised every two years on behalf of the cleaning

industry by BCCE Ltd, a company jointly owned by the British Cleaning Council and Quartz Publishing

& Exhibitions Ltd, publisher of C&M.

For further details on The Cleaning Show please contact Martin Scott on:

Tel: 01895 454438 Email: martinscott@quartzltd.com www.cleaningshow.co.uk

 Sponsors:

The Cleaning Show is sponsored by all member associations of the British Cleaning Council.

The Media Sponsor of the events is Cleaning & Maintenance magazine (C&M).

2011 Winners; Dave & Debbie Morris Left - Trevor Perry Centre & Glen Bailey Right

 

 

  WINDEX 2010 EXHIBITION REVIEW

The Federation of Window Cleaners had a continual flow of visitors to their stand at the Windex /Carpex exhibition staged at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry on the 18th & 19th March.  It was great to see so many existing members at Windex.... Plus there was a genuine interest in the association’s activities which resulted in ten new members being recruited at the show and a further 180 application packs taken over the two-day.  The seminar  programme proved informative for many visitors and extremely valuable for FWC in terms of recruitment.  The ever popular window cleaning competition created a stir when Debbie Morris - shaved 4.65 seconds off her current Guinness record time resulting in17.77 seconds. 

WINDEX COMPETITION WINNERS AND TIMES

 

   

          Terry Turbo Burrows pictured above             -         Deborah Morris - Guinness Record Holder

                                       

Steffan Tinkler above(R)        Trevor Perry (centre)             Dave Morris (L) Andrew Wharton (R) 

Day one:

Ö 1st - Steffan Tinkler - All Clear Peterborough - raw time 9.82 plus 4 penalties =  13.82. Seconds

Ö 2nd -Trevor Perry - CCS Ltd Preston - raw time 13.02 plus 4 penalties = total time of:17.02 seconds. 

Day two:

Ö 1st - Andrew Wharton M & S Window Clng - Rugeley - Raw time: 11.37 plus 6 penalties = 17.37 seconds. 

Ö 2nd - David Morris -David Morris Window Clng - Cornwall: Raw time: 13.70 plus 5 penalties = 18.70 seconds.

 

See below - For overall times of other contestants:

¨ John McClean - BCS - Essex - 18.40 seconds

¨ Matthew Poole - Astound Cleaning Ltd - Sussex - 18.95 seconds

¨ Lucian Ivan - Supreme - London - 19.18

¨ Adam Brookes - Clear Sight - Plymouth - 19.50 seconds

¨ Allan Cummings - Cummings WC. - Coventry - 19.90 seconds

¨ Dean Corrigan - Taylor-Made-Cleaning -Hertfordshire - 20.40 seconds

¨ Darren Whelen - Taylor-Made-Cleaning - Weymoth - 20.90 seconds

¨ Andrew Jones - Cyrystal Cleaning - Newport - 21.00 seconds

¨ Rob Winstanley - Pure Window Cleaning - Southampton - 20.73

¨ Peter Rootham - All Clear - Peterborough - 21.70 seconds

¨ Nicolae Rusu - Pro Window Cleaning Ltd - London - 22.75 seconds

¨ Charlie Price - J.V. Price - Hertfordshire - 23.36

¨ Micah Alford - Heritage Cleaning - Hartlepool 24.50 seconds

¨ Superman - Newlife - Stockport - 24.70 seconds

¨ Mark Henderson - Window Cleaning Resources - 26.72 seconds

¨ Dan Potter - Shine on - Southampton - 26.84 seconds

¨ Judith Dyson - Glass Revival Ltd - Edinburgh - 28.16 seconds

¨ Stephen Hendry - SCS Group - Glasgow - 28.80 seconds

¨ Craig Duncan - Glass Revival Ltd - Edinburgh - 31.92 seconds 

¨ Matthew Buchan - MB Window Cleaning - Essex - 32.10 seconds

¨ Dave Jones - M & S Window Cleaning - Cannock - 35.70 seconds

¨ Steven - Ladders Warehouse - Wales - 37.24 seconds

¨ Kieren Andrews - Shine on Window Cleaning - Scotland - 44.31 seconds

 


The WINDEX Exhibition for everyone involved in the WINDOW CLEANING INDUSTRY and its subsidiary services. Click on the Windex logo for BOOKING information and more about this unmissable event - see below for more Windex 2010

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Innovation Award Programme

 
The organisers of Carpex & Windex 2010, being staged at the Ricoh Arena, Coventry on 18 and 19 March 2010, have announced that they will be running an Innovation Awards scheme to find the best new carpet cleaning and window cleaning product

 

Carpex/Windex 2010 - 18th & 19th March –

An important date for your diary

 

Companies can enter their product via the exhibition websites, and short-listed finalists will be judged by an expert panel at the show. The only conditions of entry are that the product must be ‘new’, and can’t have been exhibited at any previous show in the UK.

 

Calling all Window and Carpet Cleaners, Facility Managers, Education Establishments, Hospital/Health Authorities, Hoteliers, Buyers and Specifiers….. Make 18th and 19th March 2010 a date for your diary!

Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning and Window Cleaning; unless you’re directly involved in these two specialised areas you might just brush them off or not even give them a second thought.  The truth is that they not only provide a valuable source of employment, (the UK window cleaning industry alone employs approximately 56,000 people), but both play crucial roles in making a lasting positive impression across all industries.

The CARPEX /WINDEX AWARDS DINNER -18th March 2010.

The Carpex and Windex Innovation Awards dinner will take place on Thursday 18th March 2010 at the Ricoh Arena. It will follow on from a successful day at the show and will provide you with the opportunity to network and socialise with colleagues and friends, and congratulate this years Innovation Awards WINNERS.

Floor Plan - Click Here  Exhibitor List Click Here  FREE Seminars Click Here 

 
 
  Federation of Window Cleaners - Trade Show 9th October 2009
   
  An estimated 300 people attended The Federation of Window Cleaners annual trade show at the De Vere Hotel in Blackpool on the 9th of October.  They managed to attract four new members to their Federation and sold numerous DVD’s of their new window cleaning safety production over the course of the day.

The days activities also raised money for charities, which included water for Africa and Cerebral Palsy.

 

 

TERRY TURBO BREAKS HIS OWN WORLD RECORDMartial Arts specialist, Terry Turbo Burrows left all three Competition windows gleaming in just 9.14 seconds at the 2009 FWC Window Cleaning Competition held at the De Vere Hotel in Blackpool.  He left only two water smears that resulted in a one second penalty point being added to his original time of 8.14 seconds, to make 9.14 seconds which is an excellent achievement; plus a New Guinness World Record.  Click Here  for more on BBC News.  

                    

               

Open Speed - Winner Matthew Poole of Astound Cleaning - far right took first prize of £150.00. His original time of 13.01 + 2.50 penalty point = a total time of 15.51.   Matt very kindly donated his prize money to Water for Africa.    

Another fantastic achievement from Debbie Morris of Hayle in Cornwall pictured below - left who also achieved a New Ladies World Record - with an original time of 16.92 plus 5.50 penalty points for smears = overall time of 22.42 seconds.     Pictured below - right - John McClean from Essex who came second in the Open Speed with a total time of 19.31.  John Beresford came third with a total time of 21.26

                

 

 

Federation of Window Cleaners - Trade Show

9th October 2009

De Vere Herons' Reach Hotel - Blackpool

 

 

 

 

Window Cleaners from all over the UK will converge in Blackpool on Friday (9th October 2009) as the town welcomes everyone in the Window & General Cleaning Industry to the Federation of Window Cleaners Trade  Exhibition and Window Cleaning Competition. The event, is primarily focused on the window cleaning industry whilst incorporating its associated trades and services.   A full day of events with specialist suppliers exhibiting their latest equipment, see live demonstrations outside plus an opportunity to try out the latest products.  There will also be a chance to Win Two-Nights DB&B at any of the De Vere hotels by collecting one  voucher from each exhibitor you visit on the day...so be sure to visit as many exhibits as possible!  

Seminars

industry experts will be presenting Free Seminars during the day.  So be sure to book a seat to avoid disappointment. 

¨ "Why Train"  - Andrew Willis - Impact Group Training

¨ "Ladder Safety"  - Andrew Lee - FWC Safety Officer

¨ "What to look for in buying a waterfed Pole system" - Bryan Dolby - FWC Chairman

 

The exhibition and window cleaning competition is FREE to enter for everyone in the window cleaning trade.  Especially welcome, are those who are thinking of setting up a window cleaning business and simply want to learn more about the trade....Plus a chance of saving £10 on the annual joining fee.  

Click Here for a booking form to apply for your FREE entry badge, or just email info@f-w-c.co.uk

 

Window Cleaning Competition's - Presented by Fastest window cleaner on the planet...Terry Turbo Borrows!! How fast can you squeegee three windows..?  come along and have a go at this Guinness Record window cleaning competition...you may just be lucky.  It is Free to enter for all professional window cleaners over the age of 16 years.  Britain's fastest Window Cleaner Terry Turbo Burrows can clean the three window in 9.24 Seconds...although you do not have to beat this on the day to win the Open Speed....But you do have to be the fastest time on the day!!  Britain's fastest Lady window cleaner is Janine Guiseley  was the first lady to be entered in the Guinness Book of Records with 23.38 Seconds in 2005....again you do not have to beat this title to win a prize...Just have fun on the day.

Prize Money

¨ Open Speed       - 1st Prize - £150.00 ¨ 2nd Prize - £100.00 ¨ 3rd Prize £75.00   

¨ Women's Speed - 1st Prize - £ 75.00  ¨ 2nd Prize - £  50.00  ¨ 3rd Prize £20.00

¨ Children's Event - 1st Prize - £ 15.00  ¨ 2nd Prize - £  10.00  ¨ 3rd Prize £  5.00

 

 Exhibitor List

Allied Insurance Services

AquaTec -wfp systems

 bayersan - janitorial supply

british window cleaning academy

Brodex Machine Services

Cleaning & maintenance Magazine

clear cleaning - roof safety

Cleaning Spot - one stop window cleaning shop

Contico Manufacturing - traditional window cleaning tools

CTE UK Limited - demonstrating the ZED21j access equipment

ETTORE WINDOW CLEANING TOOLS

EURO TRAIL UK LIMITED - ACCESS EQUIPMENT

FACELIFT SYSTEMS

FEDERATION OF WINDOW CLEANERS

health & Safety executive - PREVENTING INJURIES AND FATAL ACCIDENTS

iNTERNATIONAL POWERED ACCESS FEDERATION                                                         

ionic systems - rEACH & wASH

impact group43 - RUNNING COURSES FOR WINDOW CLEANERS

PURE FREEDOM - MANUFACTURE & ASSEMBLE ALL THEIR SYSTEMS IN HOUSE

SCOT YOUNG RESEARCH- TRADITIONAL WINDOW CLEANING TOOLS

UNGER UK LTD- WFP & TRADITIONAL

WINDOW CLEANER PROFESSIONAL - BESPOKE SOFTWARE

WINDOW CLEANING WAREHOUSE - A ONE STOP SHOP

YELLOW PAGES - CORPORATE ADVERTISING

 HOTEL RESERVATIONS - All Rates at the De-vere hotel are inclusive of bed, breakfast and evening meal /dinner dance Should you wish to stay over and join us at the dinner/dance on Friday evening.   Please place your reservation with the Federation on 0161 432 8754 at your earliest opportunity to avoid disappointment. Click Here for more details and the booking form

For most people a trip to Blackpool might involve a visit to the Pleasure Beach or a stroll along the resort’s famous Golden Mile.  For the Exhibitors it will be a chance to gain an insight into the world of window cleaning at the Federation for Window Cleaners bi-annual trade exhibition


The CLEANING SHOW 2009 - 10-12 March NEC BIRMINGHAM

 

In spite of the current economic climate an impressive 8,000 visitors graced the halls of the 2009 Cleaning Show on10 -12 March.  The Federation of Window Cleaners stand had a constant flow of visitors from the minute the doors opened each day.   As well as welcoming existing members for a chat, there was a genuine interest in the association’s activities which was obviously demonstrated by the number of membership applications completed then and there!....Not to mention the huge number of application packs taken over the three days.

 

Several awards and competitions brought further enjoyment to the three-day show with North Norfolk District Council scooping the UK winner’s trophy at the Clean Britain Awards which recognise the efforts of authorities, organisations and voluntary bodies to maintain high standards of public space cleanliness throughout the UK. Over 230 guests attended the awards ceremony representing participants, sponsors, media and BCC representatives. Meanwhile, the third BCCE Innovation Awards designed to honour the latest advances in the business took place on the afternoon of day one of the show. Over 60 entries were received across 5 award categories which ranged from Best Chemical Innovation to Hand Tools Award.

The 17th edition of the Fastest Window Cleaner competition presented by Terry Turbo Burrows took place on each day of the show.  The three winners who competed against a record number of 27 contestants scooping first prize were; Glen Bailey with a top time of 14.53 seconds.  Stefan Tinkler 15.40 seconds, Steve Fox of Window Cleaning Warehouse with15.00 seconds.

 

Finally, a new competition, the ‘Ride on Charity Challenge’ brought heaps of fun and laughter to the show! Teams had to manoeuver a ride-on scrubber drier through a prepared obstacle course – easier said than done! The heats were done against the clock with time added for hitting cones or taking the wrong course. Despite several professional cleaning teams taking part, amateur team ‘‘Judith’s Double D’s’ took the title in a best time of 4 minutes 47 seconds with no faults! The competition earned £625 which will go to the winning team’s chosen charity Macmillan Nurses.

 

With another highly successful show under their belt the organisers are already looking to the next edition in 2011. Paul Michael, Managing Director of BCCE Limited & Quartz Publishing & Exhibitions said: “The Cleaning Show has exceeded even our high hopes. From the comments of exhibitors and visitors alike you would not think there is a recession. The Cleaning Show had a happy and industrious buzz about it and has set the scene for the industry going forward, so much so that we have already taken many bookings for the next show, which will be at the NEC from 1st – 3rd March 2011.”

 

  

   
 

A record breaking 2200 visitors at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry

When asked about their attendance at the shows, the serious motives of visitors were quite apparent.  Exhibitions might be a bit of a jolly for some or just a chance to meet up with old friends but for the guys at Carpex Windex it was definitely all about return on investment.  Jon Ottway, a window cleaner said:  “I’ve come here to source new systems and to find the latest gadgets to make my job easier and more profitable.”

Visitors were not the only ones to take a professional approach.  Exhibitors were praised for an all time high in the presentation of their stands.  Andrew Lee, safety officer with Windex sponsor Federation of Window Cleaners said:  “Exhibitors have shown a new level of professionalism at Windex this year.  The stands look fantastic and I’ve noticed a real passion for our industry across the board.”  Awards for ‘Best stand’ Windex/Carpex were presented to Aquafactors Direct and Vax Commercial respectively.  Stands looked impressive and many companies had clearly come well prepared to use the shows as a launch platform. Amongst new products were the Aridex low moisture upholstery cleaning system from Host Von Schrader and Dry Fusion’s Bactoshield OV, MRSA/anti-bacterial protection for carpets.  Meanwhile, Facelift Cleaning Systems took pre-orders for its new F1 high modular carbon waterfed pole range to be available in May.  Exhibitors reaped the rewards of their efforts as many took orders and made sales during the show.  “We’ve got a large pile of forward orders and have been offered cash and cheques galore!” said Jackie Bromley, commercial national account manager at Vax Commercial.  Alan Matthews of Aquafactors Direct was equally thrilled:  “We had an amazing response to the kitted out Ford Ranger which was ‘something different’. Again interest was amazing and we believe we have sold four at £33,000 each!” 

 Another key factor which contributed to the professionalism of the show was the outstanding new venue.  The venue which is part of Coventry City’s football ground which includes a hotel, restaurants and function rooms proved infinitely popular for its facilities and location.  In previous years the majority of visitors came from the south east, this year however, the Midlands venue welcomed 80% of its visitors from other U.K regions with just 20% coming from the South East. Shaun Bradbury, managing director of Dry Fusion UK had noted the new visitor demographic: “We’ve had fantastic sales with people coming from locations as diverse as Inverness, Dublin and Southampton.  I think the new Coventry location has had a lot to do with this.”  The excellent venue facilities made the event a much more enjoyable experience for everyone.  John Sobucinski, general manager, Unger UK agreed:  “During my 25 years in the cleaning industry I’ve never been to a better venue! The Ricoh Arena is a great improvement on both Excel and the NEC.” 

 Buyers came from both industry sectors with the co-location of the two shows being a draw for some.  Martin Stainsy of Wipe Clean said:  “As someone interested in both window and carpet cleaning this is perfect.  It was nice and easy to get here and I prefer the layout this year too.  A good show.”  Specialist areas within each industry were well represented by exhibitors and visitors.  While at Windex both traditional window cleaners and waterfed pole users were present, Carpex saw parties interested in low moisture cleaners, traditional hot water extraction and truck mounts.  In addition, considerable interest was shown in hard floor cleaning which could indeed pinpoint a future trend for the industry.

 Further to the exhibitions, both industries enjoyed free seminar programmes organised by show sponsors the Federation of Window Cleaners and the National Carpet Cleaners Association.  The seminars proved extremely popular and covered hot topics which led to passionate debate amongst delegates.  Andrew lee, safety officer for the Federation of Window Cleaners said:  “The seminar programme has been very well attended.  The seminar regarding ladder use and work at height regulations was particularly popular.  With lots of questions and passionate comments it was quite clear that a genuine passion exists within certain areas of the trade to continue to use traditional window cleaning methods.  There is also a notable concern within the industry to access the latest training and technology.  The fact that our new waterfed pole and ladders training course is almost fully booked evidences this.”  Brian Dolby, chairman of the Federation of Window Cleaners continued: “As far as the Federation of Window Cleaners is concerned our main focus for Windex was the seminar programme and this was a big success.  In recent times we have tackled health & safety issues and our next challenge is to develop a training course for window cleaners.”   Fun was also an important component of the two days.  The 16th edition of the Fastest Window Cleaner competition coupled smiles with an air of intense concentration.  Terry ‘Turbo’ Burrows – the world’s fastest window cleaner tried to beat his own world record and staged two competitions, one for professionals and one for amateurs.  Commenting on the competitions Terry Burrows said:  “The standard just gets better and better.  The new competition for exhibitors was great fun!”  

The main competition for professionals was won by Glyn Baily of Hazel Window Cleaners with an impressive time of 13.09 seconds, meanwhile the new exhibitors competition went to Steve Fox of Window Cleaning Warehouse who completed in 16.56 seconds.   

The laughter continued well into the evening with a Gala dinner held onsite.  The new lady president of the National Carpet Cleaners Association June Frankum particularly enjoyed herself.  Commenting on the evening June Frankum said:  “The gala dinner went down a real treat. The meal was splendid and the entertainment had us all in stitches”.  On a more serious note the evening saw £700 being donated by exhibitors for charities NSPCC and MedEquip4Kids.  So, with another highly successful show under their belt do organizers Quartz Publishing & Exhibitions have ideas to build on this success in 2010?  It would appear so.  Comments Martin Scott, the show director:  “We have already confirmed that the 2010 event will return to Coventry’s Ricoh Arena, a decision that has proved extremely popular with all our current exhibitors. We will be adding a hard floor cleaning area to the next event, which has also been well received by the exhibitors and visitors we have surveyed this year. Quartz is now very focused on ensuring the event in 2010 takes another step forward to reflect the specific demands of the carpet, window and hard floor cleaning sectors.”  Pawlo Woloszyn, chief executive officer of the National Carpet Cleaners Association feels this could be just what is needed.  Commenting on the next edition of the shows Pawlo Woloszyn said:  “Bookings for 2010 have already started and the new addition of a floor cleaning area at the next show will make this a totally unmissable event!   Date: 4th April 2008 /From: Quartz Publishing & Exhibitions Ltd  News Release

Dates for 2010 have not yet been announced but will be available in the near future at www.carpex.co.uk and www.windex.co.uk    Pictured below is Bryan Dolby & Beryl Murray at the opening of the Show

 

  Carpex/Windex 2008 – Professionalism with a capital ‘P ‘Highly professional’ was the term used by exhibitors, visitors and sponsors alike to describe this year’s largest specialist exhibitions for the UK’s carpet and window cleaning trades.   Carpex Windex took place this year on 27-28th March at a new venue, the Ricoh Arena in Coventry.  Attracting more visitors than ever before and hosting the best stands and highest profile seminar programme within their six year history, the shows raised the bar with a passion.  A record breaking 2200 visitors graced the halls however it wasn’t just the quantity but the quality of visitors that made the shows extra special.  David Wick, sales director of Contico Manufacturing commented:  “Numbers are definitely up from 2006.  I’ve noted a higher number of interested buyers and we’ve received excellent feedback on products.”  John Sobucinski, general manager of Unger UK echoed his comments:  “The quality of visitors at Windex is probably the best ever.  They are real professionals, highly focused and clearly not just out for the day.  The amount of interest shown in our products at this show has far outweighed that in previous years.”  Show statistics confirm that 81% of visitors had purchasing responsibility and a combined annual spending power of £304 million.

FWC Trade Exhibition - Blackpool - 2007

 Just a quick note to say a ‘BIG THANK YOU’ from me, Vernon and all at Contico for organising yet another excellent show.  The Federation of Window Cleaners Trade Show Weekend was truly a roaring Success…….the Blackpool venue is always popular, but this time round it was extraordinarily busy.  From the 10.00 a.m. start to just after 3.00 p.m. in the afternoon we didn’t stop?...And the DeVere hotel food and facilities were exceptional. 

 2007- WINDOW CLEANING COMPETITION WINNERS

Below right:  Open Speed - Damien Holmes - Sureshine Window Cleaning Ltd Wales

Time - 20.34 seconds  

Below left: Ladies Speed Winner -

Debbie Morris -Cornwall  Time - 28.27 seconds

    

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Above Left - Terry Burrows Guinness Record holder - 9.24 seconds

CHILDREN'S EVENT WINNERS

1st      -  Ellis Dowdall    -  30.86 seconds

2nd   -  Jack Mottley      -  45.00 Seconds                                      

3rd    -  Sam Mottley      -  48.00  Seconds

       


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