Centre Status As A BICSc Accredited Training Organisation

Chequers Training Centre 2013We are delighted that after much hard work that our partner Chequers Contract Services has achieved Centre Status as a BICSc Accredited Training Organisation.

The opening of its onsite Training Academy sees the realisation of the dream of the Chequers board of directors, who passionately believe that to provide the best service, they should provide the best people and the best training. “We place high importance in developing our staff.  Six months ago, we had a dusty old warehouse, now we have a new future to offer our staff and better standards to our customers.” said Kate Ward, Sales Director.


Award winning, Chequers Contract Services is now some 26 years along the road of providing an exceptional cleaning experience. It prides itself on being a family run business and believe these family values and its people are at the heart of their success.

Delivering fully trained, hardworking, reliable cleaning professionals, the Training Academy was officially opened by Justin Calver MBICSc, of BICSc. The Academy is equipped with all manner of cleaning challenges for operatives to overcome, under the close guidance of qualified BICSc assessors.

All staff will be trained in the Mandatory Units to become Licensed BICSc Practitioners and will receive a bespoke selection of training from over 85 specialist modules all which will add up to a nationally recognised qualification.

Congratulations to all the team at Chequers from us all at Futures Supplies for making it happen!

The Cream Of The Crop In Facilities Management – The BIFM Awards 2013

BIFM Amy 141013Since 2001, the BIFM Awards have recognised the very best individuals, teams and projects across Facilities Management. The Awards present a fantastic opportunity for winners to be recognised for everything they bring to the FM profession.

Futures Supplies has long supported excellence and innovation in facilities management and Mandie and Amy were delighted to attend, along with 1,300 guests at The Grosvenor House Hotel in Mayfair last night to see the winners crowned!

Dedicated to recognising and celebrating excellence in facilities management, this year saw the BIFM bestow 12 awards, with categories ranging from impact on organisation and workplace to excellence in product development.

This year’s awards with headline sponsor Mace were hosted by Gyles Brandreth, former MP and government Whip.

All the team at Futures Supplies would like to extend their congratulations to all the winners:-

BIFM Awards LOGO 2013

Excellence in Customer Service
> Chiswick Park, Enjoy Work

Excellence in Product Development
> GSH Group’s Energy Monitoring Application (EMAP)
> Highly Commended: Excel, DeskQUERY™

FM Excellence in a Major Project
> COMET Advisory, Tri – Borough Transforming TFM
> Highly Commended: BAE Systems, The Bowland Centre

FM Service Provider of the Year
> Highly Commended: Palmaris Services, i Data – Integrated Business Solutions

Facilities Manager of the Year
> Deborah Rowland, Cabinet Office
> Highly Commended: David Scott, Sodexo

Impact on Organisation & Workplace
> Britvic Soft Drinks Ltd, Britvic at Breakspear Park
> Highly Commended: Google Ireland, Google EMEA HQ Dublin

In-House Team of the Year
> Edge Hill University, Facilities Management 

Innovation in the Use of Technolology and Systems
> iSite, The HUB
> Highly Commended: Middlesex University, New Ways of Working – a Digital Journey

Learning & Career Development
> MITIE Client Services 
> Highly Commended: Initial Facilities, Nurturing Talent – The Initial Way

Profound Impact on the Industry Over the Last Five Years 
> Anne Lennox-Martin

Sustainability & Environmental Impact
> Cofely & Peel Media Group, MediaCityUK
> Highly Commended: Edinburgh Napier University, Environmental Management System Implementation

Judges Special Recognition Award
> Kajima Community

Lifetime Achievement
> Frank Duffy

Wash Your Hands, Its Global Handwashing Day!!

Established in 2001, Global Handwashing Day was originally created for children and schools. Each year on October 15th over 200 million people are involved in celebrations in over 100 countries around the world.

GHDResearch shows that children living in households exposed to hand washing promotion and soap had half the diarrhoea rates of children living in control neighbourhoods. Because hand washing can prevent the transmission of a variety of pathogens, it may be more effective than any single vaccine. Promoted on a wide enough scale, hand washing with soap can be thought of as a “do-it-yourself” vaccine.

Ingraining the habit of hand washing could save more lives than any single vaccine or medical intervention. Hand washing with soap is the most effective & inexpensive way to prevent diarrhoea & acute respiratory infections, which take the lives of millions of children in developing countries. Together, they are responsible for the majority of all child deaths.

Join us in supporting Global Handwashing Day today.