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Event fuses team cleaning & lean process development

19 August 2013

Cleaning Matters is the media partner for industry event Team & LEAN, which takes place on Thursday, 17th October from 09:00 to 15:30 in Northampton. Here, the organisers explain what delegates can expect from the day.

The concept behind 'Team & LEAN' has been created for UK facilities management and cleaning professionals as a fusion of team cleaning and LEAN process development, in conjunction with the launch of the National Institute of Cleaning Education.

It will focus on networking online and face-to-face for both of the aforementioned industries, and at the same time bring an industry first rating system for products, services, businesses and adult education.

Team cleaning has been widely utilised by service providers in America for several years. It helps companies achieve increased operational efficiency and productivity, create and maintain healthy environments, reduce training time, and most importantly improve employee morale.

The most skilled of employees fail in a confused, disorderly organisation relying on individual performance. Yet, even the mediocre employees can excel in an orderly, focused, systematised culture.

LEAN is an emerging trend in facilities management; the core idea is to maximise customer value while minimising waste. Simply, LEAN means creating more value for customers with fewer resources.

Eliminating waste along entire value streams, instead of at isolated points, creates processes that need less human effort, less space, less capital, and less time to make products and services at far less costs and with much fewer defects, compared with traditional business systems. Companies are able to respond to changing customer desires with high variety, high quality, low cost, and with very fast throughput times. Also, information management becomes much simpler and more accurate.

A popular misconception is that LEAN is suited only for manufacturing. Not true. LEAN applies in every business and every process. It is not a tactic or a cost reduction programme, but a way of thinking and acting for an entire organisation.

Team & LEAN is bringing innovation and education for facilities management and cleaning professionals, presenting the very latest ideas, products, software and services for business owners or individuals at senior management level.

Keynote speakers include people with experience working at management levels, delivering LEAN principles and processes both upwards and downwards at major blue chip FM companies such as OCS, MITIE and Rentokil Initial – with a free rein to discuss this positive way forward, which most major companies are already taking an active interest in or making serious plans to implement.

Bookings for the event are made exclusively through Eventbrite, please visit www.eventbrite.co.uk and search for Team & LEAN. Places are strictly limited on a first come, first served basis.

There will also be several other specialists presenting or participating at the event, including:

HTC – Diamond floor pads

Central Technology Systems – Sidewinder tools

Pro-Team – Back pack vacuums

i-clean – Award-winning management systems

Soluclean – Pre-dosed concentrated surface cleaning products

SpaceVac – Remote cleaning and inspection systems

The Cleaning System – Visual planning and scheduling software

We look forward to seeing you all there!