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Professionals attended the show, making it the biggest Manchester Cleaning Show yet.

The women’s window cleaning world record was beaten by just 0.15 seconds.

Over 40 speakers shared their expert insights into key trends and challenges for 2024.

Manchester Cleaning Show celebrated its biggest and best-attended event last week, with a record-breaking 85 exhibitors and 2,558 attendees participating in the two-day event.
Attendees descended upon Manchester Central from all over the world, including North America, South Africa, China, UAE and Australia.

Over 40 expert speakers including the British Cleaning Council, shared their insights in a range of talks across the two days, with ESG, sustainability, and technology being the hot-button topics of the event.
A wide range of new product innovations were on display as well as cleaning at height demonstrations.


aliscia burrows womens window cleaning world record holder

 The window cleaning competition was also a key highlight of the show, with Aliscia Burrows posting a time of 16.13 seconds, beating the previous record by just 0.15 seconds, to be crowned as the new women’s window cleaning world record holder.

 Aliscia and her father Terry are now the first father-daughter record holders for men’s and women’s window cleaning, with Terry looking ahead to beat his time at the Cleaning Show in London in 2025.

Delia Cannings, Chair of the British Cleaning Council (BCC), which co-produces the show, welcomed attendees with the opening keynote and presented a critical industry update on the eagerly anticipated 2024 BCC research report, as well as a talk on the Level 2 Cleaning Hygiene Operative Apprenticeship.

She said: “This year’s Manchester Cleaning Show was a huge success and a fantastic experience. In my experience, the best to date.

"It was noticeable just how busy the show was. The buzz was electric, the vibe was so positive.  It is wonderful to see the show return to full strength following the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic and I want to thank everyone involved.”

Networking and sourcing new suppliers were also key components of the show, with visitors at the show revealing that they spend on average £406,000 per year on cleaning equipment, services and solutions.

Registrations will be open later this year for the next Cleaning Show at ExCel in London, 18th – 20th March 2025.

Event director for the show, Paul Sweeney, hopes the next event will be as successful as this year’s Manchester show: “We are thrilled with the attendance at this year’s Manchester Cleaning Show and the positive feedback we have received from exhibitors and attendees alike.

“We are now looking forward to the next Cleaning Show in London and hope to welcome both new and familiar faces to learn about the industry innovations and insights for 2025.”

The BCC is the voice of the cleaning, hygiene and waste industry. It is a trade association with 21 member organisations from across the sector. The BCC’s 2024 research shows that the sector is a UK top ten industry, employing 1.47 million and worth £60bn. For more information about the BCC, visit


The daughter of the world’s fastest window cleaner followed in her father’s footsteps at the Manchester Cleaning Show by becoming the world’s fastest in the female category. Aliscia Burrows cleaned the 3 Guinness Record standard glass panes in just 16.13 seconds - just beating the previous best record by 0.15 seconds.

The Guinness World Record attempt was professionally adjudicated by the Federation of Window Cleaners Chairman, Andrew Lee together with two timekeepers, Vice-Chairman Steve Kennedy and past committee member Bryan Dolby. 

Elated father, Terry Burrows said it’s almost like watching himself.  He first broke the Guinness World Record in 1995 when he appeared on BBC’s Record Breakers, and he went on to beat his own record a further nine times which currently stands at 9.14 seconds.

Proving to be a family affair Aliscia, who has grown up watching her father take on the challenge seems to have naturally taken on his technique and this could be why she is that little bit quicker than others. 

The Guinness Record took place at The Manchester Cleaning Show on Wednesday 13th March 2024.

The next Guinness World Record attempt is to be held at the Cleaning Show 2025 when it returns to London on 18-20 March - at the Excel.

competition winner day one billy large

COMPETITION WINNER - day one: Billy Large -Incredible Window Cleaning with an overall time of 19.52 seconds winning £300 prize money.

competition winner day two aliscia burrows

COMPETITION WINNER Day two -Aliscia Burrows - daughter of Terry with an overall time of 18.97 seconds winning £300 prize.

competition second place day two wayne smith

COMPETITION DAY TWO -SECOND PLACE: Wayne Smith—NJC with an overall time  of 22.88 winning £100 prize.

competition third place day two naveed khan new

COMPETITION DAY TWO - THIRD PLACE:  Naveed Khan - LSI FM with an overall time of 26.29 seconds wining £100 prize.

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