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Celebrating the industry's stars

10 October 2014

This year, The British Institute of Cleaning Science (BICSc) Annual Awards rolled out the red carpet for a Hollywood themed event to recognise and reward those that have excelled in maintaining high standards via training and assessment across the industry.

The BICSc Annual Awards Dinner took place on 18th September 2014 at the Forest of Arden Hotel & Country Club in Birmingham. Guests were greeted by a Hollywood themed walk at the drinks reception including an elegant Marilyn Monroe character handing refreshments to guests from her white feathery table dress. 

The Annual Awards Ceremony followed shortly afterwards with inspired speeches from CEO of BICSc Stan Atkins and the Chairman of the Institute Bill McMillan. One of the key messages was furthering the dignity of the cleaning operative. The evening celebrated the achievements of the award winners by presenting prestigious plaques and trophies. A banquet dinner followed shortly afterwards, along with the Chairman’s Charity raffle and entertainment from Lisa Martin and the Vegas Show girls. 

The award categories, finalists and winners are as follows:

The BICSc Award for Excellence in Training and Assessment within an Accredited Training Establishment (HMPS)

The Institute works with the prison industry to deliver BICSc assessment schemes and training delivery in that sector. The award is for Excellence in training and Assessment.

Winner – HMP Cardiff 

The BICSc Award for Excellence in Training and Assessment within an Accredited Training Organisation (in-house)

This award is for training and developments within an accredited training organisation, which is approved to deliver BICSc assessment schemes and training courses.

Winner – Aramark 

The BICSc Outstanding Student of the Year Award

The Outstanding Student of the Year Award reflects the achievement of an individual and their award of BICSc qualification. Students are nominated by an employer, training provider or fellow student, with the main focus being on how the student has been able to achieve an award against adversity or has gone the extra mile to complete and receive the qualification within the workplace.

Winner – Mark Pike– Sandwell MBC

Finalists – Karami Naniwono &  Sirfaze Ahmed


The BICSc Award for the Assessor of the year

We acknowledge the success of an Individual Assessor who will have demonstrated an outstanding level of passion, professionalism and commitment to the striving of excellence for their students and themselves Assessors are nominated by an employer, training provider or student, with the main focus being on how the Assessor has demonstrated their ability to achieve excellence.

Winner – Jackie Moreland – The University Hospital of Morecombe Bay

Finalists – Wendy Hargreaves & Denise Baldwin


The BICSc Award for Client Commitment to Training

This award is presented to BICSc clients that exhibit high levels of support for their contractors, therefore, helping them achieve excellence in training.

Winner – The Welsh Assembly Supported by Vinci Facilities

Finalist – The London School of Economics 


BICSc International Award for Outstanding Performance in Promotion of the Institute

The award is presented to the individual or organisation that has promoted BICSc training and standards outside the United Kingdom and achieved recognition of this within the cleaning industry on the international stage

Winner – Tanzifco, Dubai 

Finalists – Emrill –& Amwaj

The CIMS Award For Commitment To Excellence

This is a new award rewarding the dedication of individuals for their commitment to excellence and the CIMS (Cleaning industry management standard) programme.

Winner – Mike Fletcher 

The Doreen Heyes Award for Accredited Training Provision within the NHS Trust

This award is based upon the provision of accredited BICSc Training for those working in healthcare, such as hospitals, clinics and surgeries to provide an industry standard qualification. Doreen Heyes was past President and Chairman of BICSc during 1973/74.

Winner – Belfast Health & Social Care Trust 

The Ayres Regional Award

This award is presented to the BICSc region that has promoted the Institute the most over the year. The British Institute of Cleaning Science consist of nine regions – London and Home Counties, North East, North west, Midlands, Wales, Scotland, South and south west, East Anglia and Northern Ireland.

Winner – BICSc Northern Ireland Region 

The Sholom Gordon Award

This is the institute’s premier award, which is presented to an individual who has demonstrated outstanding service to the institute and the cleaning industry. The award was first presented in 1972 by Sidney Gordon and is a solid silver replica of the Columbus Dixon D1 floor machine.

Winner – John Garfinkel

The Eric Hill Medal

Eric Hill was the founder of BICSc. This medal is awarded to an individual for past service to the Institute and is primarily for someone who has made a great contribution to training and education. Winners of the Eric Hill Medal are nominated by the BICSc Council and receive a unique engraved silver medal.

Winner – Thomas Taylor

The BICSc Annual Awards 2015 will be taking place at the Forest of Arden Hotel & Country Club on 17th September next year. If you would like to book or get information on tickets please contact awards@bics.org.uk.