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Greening the future of the cleaning industry

Press Release   •   Feb 13, 2014 19:28 GMT

Freedom Specialist Services cleaning firm, based in County Durham, provides City & Guilds training and is developing a bespoke module on green cleaning. The first of its kind, the training will cover all aspects of environmentally-friendly cleaning products, equipment and procedures.

Managing director, Sue Brown, said: “There are few green cleaning companies or training available that specialise in green cleaning. The addition of this green cleaning module to the City & Guilds training will help to up-skill the industry’s workforce while encouraging the use of eco and environmentally-friendly cleaning methods.”

The green cleaning module will be competed and ready for City & Guild students in September 2013.

Barbara Ellul, City & Guilds Portfolio Advisor for the Built Environment Services, said: “We are delighted that Freedom Specialist Services are taking this important step to help green the cleaning industry. The purpose of the green cleaning training is about effective cleaning that is safer than the traditional methods used in the industry and is critical to the future of the cleaning industry.”

Sue said: “The training module will focus not only on how green cleaning can be implemented but also will look at how this can reduce illnesses that arise from exposure as well as the inevitable damage to the environment from disposal of products that are used every day. It is often overlooked that cleaners are responsible for the health and hygiene of the individuals that they clean for.

“Ultimately I want to see every cleaning company using environmentally-friendly practises as standard.”

Freedom Specialist Services (FSS) is a cleaning company with a difference. Set up by Sue Brown, who has been involved in the cleaning industry for over 22 years, FSS provides a comprehensive range of cleaning services with consideration for the environment at its heart.

This includes advice, support, training, green cleaning practices, environmentally-friendly products, along with green cleaning guides and information for companies and individuals wishing to adopt a green cleaning regime and way of working.

Visit the Freedom Specialist Services website at

City & Guilds ( is the UK's leading vocational education organisation. Approximately 2 million people are currently working towards a City & Guilds qualification.

·  The City & Guilds Group operates internationally with regional offices in Hong Kong, Malaysia, Ireland, Hungary, Barbados, Sri Lanka, Dubai, South Africa and New Zealand.

·  The City & Guilds Group comprises:

o  The Institute of Leadership & Management (management and leadership qualifications)

o  The Centre for Skills Development (a not for profit research and development body that works to improve the policy and practice of vocational education and training worldwide)

o  Kineo: a City & Guilds Business, the leading workplace learning company which helps employers drive business performance through learning and technology

·  City & Guilds, unlike many other awarding bodies, is a charity and therefore a not-for-profit organisation. Any surpluses made through its work is reinvested into education or used for student support programmes.

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