IMPROVED CLEANING STANDARDS AT PRIESTLANDS SCHOOL

Priestlands School in Lymington has reported seeing a marked improvement in cleaning standards since appointing Two Counties Cleaning as its new contractor last month. The academy, which has over 1200 students and is rated ‘Good’ by OFSTED, appointed us to take over responsibility for all aspects of cleaning across the campus, and we now have a team of fifteen cleaners on site working mornings and evenings between 6am and 5.30pm.

Mr Duncan Welsh, Site Manager at Priestlands School commented, “Cleanliness and hygiene is really important for our school community. We are only into our second month with Two Counties Cleaning, but there is already a noticeable difference in standards. We need a cleaning team we can rely on, and we feel confident that we have this in the new team.”

Mathew Turl, Business Development Director at Two Counties Cleaning added, “We are approved contractors for schools and local authorities right across Hampshire and Dorset, but in the case of Priestlands School, even though they are the school nearest to our head office, we have only recently started working with them.  This adds to our long-standing contract with Arnewood School, plus another new contract with Highcliffe School, as well as all the infant and primary schools we look after across the region. We employ local people, and are proud to work within our local communities. When totalled up we are cleaning premises on behalf of thousands of pupils from infant to sixth form.”

From left to right in picture, Matthew Turl, Carole Gibbs (Business Manager) and Duncan Welsh (Site Manager)

SOS AS WINTER VOMITING BUG HITS PRIMARY SCHOOL

Two Counties Cleaning was called in last week by Hampshire County Council to conduct an emergency deep clean at Hythe Primary School.

The school, which is not one of our contracted schools, had been struck by the bug which had affected a large number of people. With around 300 pupils aged between four and 11, the highly infectious bug was spreading quickly with many reporting suffering sickness and diarrhea for a 24 – 48-hour period.

Trevor Jackson, MD at Two Counties Cleaning said, “We received a call asking if we could send our specialist team in for infection control, and within 6 hours we had an emergency crew working two evening shifts to help rectify the problem. Our knowledge and expertise of cleaning for the education sector as well as the medical sector means that we apply stringent protocols in our cleaning standards which can help prevent and control any such outbreaks. It is still important to instill good hygiene practice in schools such as regular hand washing and use of sanitizing gels when infection breaks out.”

Two Counties Cleaning Services Ltd is contracted to many schools within the Hampshire and Dorset area, but Hythe Primary School is not one of them.

NEW CLEANING CONTRACT HELPS HIGHCLIFFE SCHOOL SPARKLE

Back to school for pupils at Highcliffe School has been a return to sparkling school premises with the appointment of a new contract cleaning company.

Two Counties Cleaning Services took over the contract at the end of August giving our team the opportunity to access the school premises for thorough deep cleaning over the holiday period prior to pupils and staff returning for a new term.

Simon Fuller, Director of Business and Finance at Highcliffe School was responsible for securing the new contract and is already delighted with the impact, commenting; “As the new academic year begins we have seen a noticeable difference in the cleanliness standards, with staff making comment to that effect. Hygiene and cleanliness in school is of course of paramount importance, but we must also balance that with competitive costs, and Two Counties Cleaning has already met both.”

One of the county’s largest secondary schools, Highcliffe School has around 1400 pupils aged 11 – 18 including a thriving sixth form based on its campus in Highcliffe. Two Counties Cleaning has taken over responsibility for cleaning all classroom and municipal areas.

Matthew Turl, Business Development Director at Two Counties Cleaning Services added, “As a new contract we are really pleased with the feedback received straight away. We had our teams operational over the summer holiday so that everything was ship shape for the new term. The success of our business is that we apply stringent cleaning protocols into schools, equal to those applicable with our medical cleaning. This not only improves general cleanliness, but has a positive impact on infection control.”

As part of the contract, Two Counties Cleaning took over twelve existing cleaning staff under the TUPE process and re-trained them to their rigorous cleaning systems. Matthew went on to say, “Across Hampshire and Dorset we have cleaning contracts in over 100 schools, varying in size from small rural primary schools to large co-ed secondary schools, plus private schools and specialist schools catering for pupils with physical or learning disabilities. We totally understand the need to offer a reliable, flexible service within constrained school budgets, and do our very best to help our education clients maintain or improve cleaning standards.”

Highcliffe School has an Open Evening on Thursday 5 October (5.30- 8pm) for learners entering Year 7 in 2018.

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Picture caption: Gold star for school cleaning. Simon Fuller, Director of Business and Finance at Highcliffe School with Matthew Turl, Business Development Director at Two Counties Cleaning Services.

TWO COUNTIES CLEANING SPONSORS SCHOOL AWARDS

At Two Counties Cleaning Services Limited we are proud to be co-sponsor for the 2017 Daily Echo School Awards with SBS (School Business Services).

We look forward to meeting teams from schools across the region and will enjoy sharing and celebrating educational success at the awards ceremony being held on Friday 17th March at Talbot Heath School.

Good luck to all the finalists and we look forward to hearing about all the fantastic work you do for our young people in education.

EMERGENCY CALL OUT FOR THE CLEAN TEAM

Did you know that at Two Counties Cleaning Services Limited we work EVERY day of the year, and not only that, but we are able to handle emergency call outs from our clients?

Only recently we received a distress call from one of our medical centres, to assist with cleaning a large amount of blood following an incident at the surgery, and we were able to have a rapid response cleaning team on site within hours to ensure the surgery was deep cleaned, sanitised and ready for use as soon as possible.

To discuss medical cleaning contracts call Two Counties Cleaning Services Limited head office on 01425 613860.

NO HALF TERM BREAK FOR THE CLEAN TEAM

School holidays present the perfect time for the Two Counties Clean Team to spring into action having access to our school premises for all those deep cleaning jobs and tricky cleaning tasks that are much easier when the pupils are away.

On a day to day basis we ensure that the school environment is clean, fresh and hygienic, but during the holidays we have the opportunity to do a more thorough deep clean on areas such as lavatories and kitchens. It also gives us the opportunity to tackle other cleaning projects such as any specialist floor cleaning, gutter clearing, washing solar panels and other cleaning not undertaken on a daily basis.

We are also able to address grounds maintenance such as jet washing playground areas, wooden decking areas and areas where waste bins are kept. In the case of graffiti – our graffiti removal team can also have access to remove any unsightly paint markings.

For details on school cleaning and grounds maintenance contracts call Two Counties Cleaning Services Limited head office on 01425 613860

VOMITING BUG SHIGELLOSIS

Public Health England has confirmed they are in the process of working with schools across the country to limit the spread of the vomiting bug shigellosis.

The illness is most commonly seen in child-care settings and schools with a number of outbreaks reported UK wide, particularly in the Midlands.

Shigella flexneri is highly-infectious and causes vomiting and diarrhea and is easily spread in communities such as schools.

At Two Counties Cleaning Services Limited we urge our education clients to report to us as early as possible when any outbreak of infection occurs, allowing us to step up to enhanced cleaning methods especially in potential transmission sites such as toilets,  bathrooms, taps, door handles etc.

We also advise schools to introduce supervised hand washing with younger children and to instruct older students to ensure that hand washing is increased with hot water, anti-bacterial soaps and paper hand towels.

Due to our application of medical standard cleaning in schools, we are pleased to report that the schools we work with have reported a significant improvement in general cleanliness, hygiene and infection control. We also build in a regular deep cleaning regime into our school cleaning contracts.

To discuss an outbreak of infection or how to work with us to make an impact on infection control call 01425 613860.

HOSPICE DONATION FROM TWO COUNTIES CLEANING

A local cleaning contractor has selected Oakhaven Hospice as its nominated charity of the year and has kick started off its charitable donations by presenting a cheque to the charity for £500.

Two Counties Cleaning Services Limited was established in the area over 30 years ago in New Milton and has recently moved to new headquarters just outside Lymington, with the hospice being located just a few miles away.

Trevor Jackson, Managing Director at Two Counties Cleaning Services Limited said, “In 2015 I lost my father who founded the company, and my family and I were immensely grateful for the palliative care he received at Oakhaven Hospice and for the love and compassion they showed to us. The work that all hospices do is outstanding, and it is with great pleasure that we will be supporting Oakhaven as our company nominated charity this year.”

It costs in the region of £4million to run the hospice each year, with the lion’s share of this funding raised through charitable donations. Trevor added, “Many of our key staff knew my father Robin Jackson very well, and they helped raise this money at one of our Christmas parties which was a very touching tribute in his memory. We know that any amount, big or small will contribute towards the Oakhaven team continuing to provide such a wonderful community service.”

 

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Two Counties Cleaning Services Limited
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Efford Park
Milford Road
Lymington
Hampshire SO41 0JD

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