It still feels strange saying it and I don’t think I have come down from the high Monday night gave me, when I won, yes actually won the north-east Service Industries Entrepreneur of the Year.
I think everyone goes with a glimmer of hope but I certainly had no expectation that I would leave the evening with, what to me, is a recognition of the hard work and dedication of the last few years.
I genuinely love what I do and my work creating and building APM Cleaning & Repair Ltd to a recognizable, notable and trusted company, working within social, health, construction, education and many other commercial sectors has been some of the most rewarding work I have done, ever.
Having some recognition of that during an evening where I was honoured to be in the … [Read more...] about Service Industries – Entrepreneur of the Year – Winner!
Durham County Council appointed APM in 2019 to clean six extra care sites distributed across County Durham. Each of these sites contains up to 35 flats, with a total of 210 to be cleaned on a weekly basis by APM’s clean teams.
With an existing ten staff who transferred from the outgoing provider, we supplemented the team with existing employees and assigned a team of two, including a supervisor to each of the Durham County Council contracted sites. Each of these staff have completed not only the council’s required training but APM’s in-house training, covering Safeguarding and Dementia Awareness, as well as our Code of Conduct which covers all work we undertake, involving vulnerable people.
During the mobilisation period, supervisors visited the sites to … [Read more...] about Case Study: Durham County Council
Since APM Cleaning & Repair Ltd started our Void Property cleans for Livv Housing Group in Liverpool, I have been gathering all the pennies found around each flat, collecting them in a jar.
Typically cleaning companies throw them out as "it's just a penny"
I am so happy to say that today, these loose pennies have been counted and we have collected almost £50 which we shall be donating to a local Liverpool charity: Alder Hey Children's Hospital
on this special Children In Need Day 2021.
So, I am calling out to other cleaning businesses and cleaners to do the same, wherever you are working; save the pennies and donate to local charities. #penniesplease
We can make a BIG difference from doing something small - please help and share your copper finds and … [Read more...] about CLEANERS: CHARITY CALL TO ARMS – COLLECT THOSE PENNIES!
As the world opens up post-pandemic, we find a lot of things have changed; some for the better, some not so much.
One of the more controversial topics, which currently seems to be dividing opinion, is the move to more home working (or not).
The two sides of the debate aren’t as clear cut as business owners and employees or even home working versus office working; but certainly prompts discussion and places businesses in a precarious situation when weighing up productivity versus new regulations and employment law.
Is there a tendency to assume working from home is an ‘easy option’, suited to those who choose to no longer travel to the office? Alternatively, has the seemingly idealistic scenario of home and work life merging, now lost its shine and are … [Read more...] about WFH is not the new normal: discuss.
No matter your thoughts on the process, recruitment is an ongoing and unavoidable challenge facing growing businesses today.
For some, an in-house HR team shall expertly navigate the workforce requirements of a larger business concern; for others, outsourcing is the answer and for the smaller companies facing what seems like a daunting process, well, they are thrown in at the deep end of the ever-changing recruitment pool.
Envious of the businesses who boast staff retention as one of their USPs, for some industries, this is really not an option, with a fluid workforce and staff using jobs as stopgaps en-route to their dream job.
Service industries, including the cleaning sector, do require skilled labour and at APM we are willing, ready and able to offer … [Read more...] about Recruitment!
One of the specialist areas of cleaning for our team; Construction Cleaning and Builders Cleans, have a unique set of requirements and APM Cleaning & Repair have the technical capabilities and experienced workforce to meet the needs of this sector.
Covering all areas of construction and refurbishment, our extensive portfolio ranges from school classrooms and laboratories to libraries, gyms and doctor’s surgeries, for which we carry all of the required qualifications and certifications required to carry out the necessary cleaning contracts.
Typically ranging from 1-5 times per annum, unique site cleans begin for us with an early morning induction on day 1 and carry on from 0800 – 1600 each day for the duration of the contract, when areas are appropriately … [Read more...] about Case Study: Construction Site Cleaning
Tenders are a minefield; everyone knows this.
With some help, I feel I have just about mastered the process (if not always the pricing!) and APM’s wins have been big; all very positive for myself and the business, where my efforts are focused- to reach the next level.
Sometimes the wins outshine the reality however, and I have found that it is just as important to recognise when a contract is just not right for your business and does not fit with the route you wish to walk.
Having recently won a large contract, following much research, team effort, time and submission of a completed bid, team APM celebrated as we always do and then set to work on mobilising the teams responsible.
Several weeks later, after closely monitoring the contract, I made a … [Read more...] about Navigating that 2-way street!
Working within a social care environment, APM Cleaning & Repair is keen to support the efforts of charities involved in raising funds to improve care and research within the sector.
We have previously hosted events such as ‘Denim for Dementia’, donating funds from our staff to contribute to work which helps those affected by these awful diseases.
This time, Team APM would like to ask for your help with another of our chosen charities, by Recycling for Alzheimer’s Society.
A great way to raise funds and it’s as easy as having a clear out of old jewellery, foreign coins, cameras and film, stamps, old technology devices and even cars! Everything is accepted; even odd earrings, broken cufflinks, obsolete currency and unwanted items and simple to donate … [Read more...] about Recycling for Alzheimer’s Society
APM Cleaning & Repair Ltd. is the ‘go-to’ cleaning company for North-East based End, having managed their cleaning requirements, including Covid-response, regular office cleaning, deep cleans to retail outlets and warehouse repairs and move-in/move-out cleaning requirements for the last two years.
As part of an emergency Covid-19 response, APM provide specialist infection control cleans to End, following incidents of positive staff Covid tests; responding within one hour to undertake deep cleans with special attention to areas of possible contamination.
Whilst End follow all Government guidelines in this respect, management were looking for additional reassurances to their staff and customers that our specialist Covid cleans offer; ensuring a tailored … [Read more...] about Case Study: End
APM Cleaning & Repair, along with hundreds of other healthcare supply chain businesses, are preparing to join the UK’s healthcare procurement community at P4H England in Birmingham next month.
APM provide safe, effective and efficient specialist cleaning services to the UK healthcare sector; offering a trusted service from our reliable and fully trained teams; cleaning to NHS standards for public spaces within healthcare, social care and community housing.
As a business, we’re known for our end-to-end project management skills, our robust systems, the high-quality of our work, our reliability, professionalism and our relentless drive for innovation and improvement. All with a foundation of clear and simple pricing.
Strengthening our offering, we ensure … [Read more...] about APM Cleaning & Repair at P4H England: Cleaning for the Healthcare Sector