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Award-winning facilities management business recognised for pandemic response, continues to fight future disease

Award-winning facilities management business recognised for pandemic response, continues to fight future disease

A North-East based facilities management specialist which recently won a major national award for being the Best Business at the England’s Business Awards, has said the fight against infections and disease isn’t over.

UK Commercial Group pledges to continue to deliver decontamination and infection control services for the businesses it supports across the country, after being recognised for its efforts in the prestigious award. Initially UK Commercial Group won Best Newcastle Business’ at the English Business Awards, after being nominated by customers. The regional win meant it moved to the national awards where it went on to scoop the major prize. The competition is not just voted for by a judging panel, but by customers and the public. There was a voting stage, a secret shopping stage and finally, several surprise visits.

UK Commercial Group, with its head office based in the Team Valley, Gateshead, worked throughout the Covid pandemic providing vital cleaning services for the healthcare sector.

The national facilities management company provided PPE survival packages and created decontamination teams to combat Covid-19 in care homes and donated free hand gel to NHS staff.

Among the numerous reasons the UK Commercial Group was recognised were:

Offering support to the care industry throughout the lockdowns
Being involved in setting up Nightingale hospitals throughout the UK
Delivering training to cleaning companies on Covid-19 decontamination
Although fears of the pandemic have subsequently abated, the team at UK Commercial Group see a continued threat of diseases on the most vulnerable and the need to provide extensive cleaning services to prevent further dangers.

The UK Commercial Group works with clients within the hotel and healthcare sectors, restaurant groups and numerous care groups across the country.

Tony Earnshaw, Managing Director, UK Commercial Group Ltd says, “We currently provide services across the UK but the North East gave us that first opportunity to establish ourselves as a leading commercial cleaning and facilities management company.

“The Covid pandemic accelerated the need for companies to invest in commercial cleaning services and we worked closely with them providing guidance, support, and materials. My team went in when there was no vaccine, risking their lives to help others. They were not furloughed, they were on the front line.

“Although it appears that the pandemic has largely faded away, there clearly remains ongoing threats of superbugs and other diseases which mean that hygienic premises remain a crucial requirement.

“We are as pleased as everyone that Covid has largely gone from our daily lives but hygiene and clean environments in health, care, and the hospitality sector remains vitally important. And we continue to play an instrumental part in that.”

Who are the UK Commercial Group?

Headquartered in Gateshead, Tyne and Wear, UK Commercial Group delivers industrial and commercial cleaning solutions as well as facilities management across the UK.

The company is a national supplier across England, Scotland and Wales and carries out a range of services from specialist maintenance, commercial cleaning, training and janitorial supplies.

Among services are drain and gutter cleaning, repair and replacement, kitchen extraction system cleaning, window cleaning, extraction system repairs, commercial damp proofing, fire and flood restoration and garden maintenance.

UK Commercial Group has worked with clients from schools to hospitals, care homes, hotels and restaurants. Last year it launched a national garden maintenance division and already has two national contracts.

UK Commercial Group carries out a wide range of practical and online training and cleaning courses, ranging from one to several days, at its head office in Team Valley – where it has bespoke facilities including a purpose-built commercial kitchen and classroom.

Their extensive team of experts have a national fleet of vehicles that can deliver these services all over the country.

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