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Wednesday 18th October 2017 - Spending too much time on your devices? @cyberawaregov says take a #TechFree15 min break whilst installing the latest software & app updatesClick Here for more
 
Monday 21st August 2017 - WARNING! about  a leaflet currently being distributed refering to Dangers of the WaterFed Window Cleaning Poles. Please be aware this is a SCAM and The Plastics Window Federation have confirmed this.  Click Here to view the leaflet.  Anyone with any information on the perpetrator responsible for this leaflet please inform the Plastics Window Federation asap on T:01582 456147
 
Thursday 3rd August 2017 - British Cleaning Council Welcomes New Chair, New Deputy and New Council Representatives at 2017 AGM.  The British Cleaning Council (BCC), which represents over 20 national trade associations linked to the UK’s cleaning, hygiene and waste management sectors including the British Pest Control Association, officially elected a new Chairman and Deputy Chair at its recent Annual General Meeting (AGM). CLICK HERE for the full press release.
 

Tuesday 1st August 2017 - This Months Safety Training dates: "Cleaning Windows Safely -Tuesday 8th August in Stockport.  Thursday 10th August in Northern Ireland. Tuesday 15th August in Perth Scotland. Thursday 17th August in Forest Hill London. "Risk Assessment" - 16th August in Perth Scotland. 22nd August in Stockport.  24th August in Forest Hill London.   Click Here for more details.

 

Friday 14th July 2017 - Watch out for exemption certificate scams. Be wary of scams involving the sale of fake certificates that suggest you do not have workplace pension duties.  If you’re offered the chance to buy a certificate of exemption or any similar sounding document, decline and contact the Pension Regulator immediately. Read their  guidance on how to spot a scam.Click Here
Tuesday 28th March 2017 - We hereby give notice that the FWC 2017 Annual General Meeting will be held on 25th May 2017 at 9:00am in the Activation Room at Blackpool's Village hotel.  For catering purposes it would greatly assist us to know who is attending.  Please note that any proposals must be emailed to the office by 19th May 2017 
 
Tuesday 28th March 2017 - Southampton based window cleaning company; Progress Cleaning Services Ltd is voted "Company of the Year 2017"Robert Baker employee of Art Cleaning (Midlands)Ltd is voted  "Employee of the Year 2017"    The Winners were officially announced at the Cleaning Show Excel in London on 14th March 2017.where their Award & prizes were presented by FWC Executive Scott Smith. Click Here for more
 
Tuesday 10th January 2017
Federation of Window Cleaners Celebrates 70th Anniversary by hosting a Trade Show and Gala dinner at the Village Hotel in Blackpool on 25th May 2017.  Click Here for more information.
 
Monday 12th December 2016 -The Window Cleaning Company of the year Award 2017.  Open to all registered members of the federation.  Entry Forms are available from the FWC, or simply click here to download both forms - Window Cleaning Company & Window Cleaner(Nominated Employee).  Winners will receive a framed certificate , engraved trophy and £100 Gift voucher.  Award presentation will be at the Cleaning Show on 14th March 2017.
 
Thursday 1st September 2016 - The Window Cleaning Specific Procurement Scheme - FWC Safety Accredited Member (SAM) is specifically tailored to window cleaning, because it is a training based product rather than a paper based product.Click Here for more information.  
 
Tuesday 5th May 2016 - The British Woodworking Federation(BWF) and the Federation of Window Cleaners (FWC) say Window Cleaners can help protect your investment.  Having your windows cleaned regularly is a routine part of keeping your home smart and presentable.  but it can also be an important way of extending the life of your windows.Click Here for more information.
 
Thursday 12th May 2016 -BBC One is looking for ten amateur painters to showcase their talent in an exciting new competition for 2016.  Click Here for more information and an application.
 
Wednesday 4th May 2016 - Window Cleaning vacancies - Click Here to see who's recruiting.
 
Wednesday 6th April 2016 - The FWC gives notice to members that the 2016 Annual General Meeting will be held in the Boardroom Summerfield House, Harrogate Road, Reddish Stockport SK5 6HQ on Monday 18th April 2016.  Commencing at 2.00pm.  Please contact FWC office on: 0161 432 8754 if you wish to attend to ensure adequate seating & refreshments.
 
Wednesday 3rd February 2016 -  A brand new Saturday night game show called Bang On The Money.  We are looking for TEAMS OF 3 to apply to take part in this exciting new format, with the chance of winning a cash prize of up to £40,000! Click here for More information.
 
Thursday 19th November 2015 -The BBC2 quiz show EGGHEADS is looking for contestants! Click Here for more information.
 
Thursday 24th September 2015 - HSE Seek Case Studies the HSE is looking for example case studies and staff Tool Box talks which have been developed by companies within the cleaning industry….not just window cleaning but all aspects of the cleaning industry….they need as wide a range of case studies as possible.

These case studies may have been used to illustrate points during staff training/tool box talks etc.  Required specifically for inclusion on the HSE new webpages to replace ‘HSG234 – Caring for Cleaners’ guidance. If you have anything suitable HSE would be very interested to take a look.  Please send your examples direct to Trace Hamilton at:  

Tracy.Hamilton@hse.gsi.gov.uk

 
Tuesday 30th June 2015 - WANTED - Super Fast Window Cleaners  to appear in a lucozade TV advert which is filming mid July get in touch ASAP if you are interested? CLICK HERE for more information and contact details.
 
Thursday 25th June 2015 - Channel 4 are looking for couples (friends, family members, colleagues) who would like to embark on a weight loss challenge together! Click Here for more information.
 
Thursday 26th January 2015 - Southampton based window cleaning company; Progress Cleaning Services Ltd is voted "Company of the Year 2015"Jack Mcavoy employee of Nationwide Window Cleaning Ltd Yorkshire.is voted  "Employee of the Year 2015"    The Winners will be officially announced at the Cleaning Show Excel in London on Wednesday 11th March at 10.30am where their Award & prizes will be presented by FWC Executive Scott Smith. Click Here for more
 
Be aware Alert of Vehicle theft containing WFP system whilst setting up for business at 10.00am in January 2013 with his employee who had just attached the pole to his belt  at the rear of his White Ford Transit van…. his employee called him for assistance - the engine was running as he climbed out and went to the rear some low-life jumped in and sped of with his van …wheels spinning it almost dragged his employee who was hooked to the pole but fortunately the hose reel came free from the van.
Don't leave your vehicle running on these cold frosty mornings!
 
MONDAY 14th JULY 2014 - FWC & the British Red Cross are working together to help keep you safe. Click Here  for More.
 
FRIDAY 11th JULY 2014 - The only Window Cleaning Specific Procurement Scheme - FWC Safety Accredited Member (SAM) differs to other safety procurement schemes....because it is specifically tailored to window cleaning, it is also a training based product rather than a paper based product.Click Here for more information.  
 
Wednesday 29th January 2014 - FWC will be exhibiting at the Facilities Management show at the NEC, Birmingham on 11 - 13 March 2014 FACILITIES MANAGEMENT 2014 - easyFairs® to promote the new "Safety Accredited Member" (SAM) procurement scheme.  The scheme has been developed by a team of experience and dedicated window cleaners who strive for a safe working practice for the window cleaning Industry.  SAM is a pre-qualification scheme tailored specifically to window cleaning and is training based as opposed to a paper based product.  Click Here  for more about SAM accreditation.     
 

Friday 13th October 2013 -The HSE are carrying out some final testing for Ministers on four key guides and would like to speak to small business owners (employing less than 50 people), or those dealing with health and safety in those businesses, working in offices or working in the retail, manufacturing, leisure and services sectors. For the revised work at height guidance, we also want to speak to small construction businesses.  Click Here for more information and how to participate.

 
Monday 2nd September -  The FWC is pleased to announce that their new Safety Accredited Member  scheme (SAM) will be launched today.  SAM is a window cleaning specific safety procurement scheme.  Click Here for more.
 
Tuesday 18th June 2013 - Re: Latest news on Southern Water’s plans for the future.  Two key updates in the development of our plans to deliver water and wastewater services to our customers in the years ahead, namely:
• the forthcoming publication of our new five-year Business Plan for 2015-20 and an invitation to our next round of key stakeholder consultation workshops
• a reminder of details for the public consultation on our draft 25 year Water Resources Management Plan.  Click Here to find out more.
 
Monday 14th January 2013 - Vehicle theft with WFP system stolen  from Stockport - FWC member Steven was setting up for business at 10.00am with his employee who had just attached the pole to his belt  at the rear of his White Ford Transit van….EO 08 NUH and called Steven for assistance - the engine was running as he climbed out and went to the rear and some low-life jumped in and sped of with his van …wheels spinning it almost dragged his employee who was hooked to the pole but fortunately the hose reel came free from the van. Please contact the FWC if you have seen this vehicle, or know anything about the incident.
Don't leave your vehicle running on these cold frosty mornings!
 
Friday 28th September 2012 - HSE begins fee for intervention
The Health and Safety Executive's (HSE) new cost recovery scheme, Fee for Intervention (FFI), will come into force on Monday, 1 October.Click Here for more information
 
Wednesday 13th June 2012 - Southern Water update on the water resources situation and water restrictions - Click Here to view PDF document
 
Tuesday 3rd April 2012 - The FWC gives notice to members that the 2012 Annual General Meeting is to be held in the Boardroom Summerfield House, Harrogate Road, Reddish Stockport SK5 6HQ on Monday 16th April 2012.  Commencing at 2.00pm. 
 
Tuesday 3rd April 2012 - Cleaning firm fined over porter's death at Bolton hospital Click Here  for more infromation
 
Wednesday 27th March 2012- Veolia Water Recent Notice - Temporary Use restrictions - Exceptions now  apply for Cleaning of windows during the temporary hosepipe restrictions will be permitted until 4th July for those who have invested in WFP systems prior to 15th March 2012.  Thereafter, visit Veolia's website to apply for individual concessions. Initial Temporary restrictions explained

In order to conserve water resources, window cleaners should use a mix of conventional window cleaning practices with buckets, squeegees and applicators as well as telescopic poles alongside the use of water-fed pole systems, alongside the objectives of avoiding work at height whenever possible’ Also by reporting any leaking overflow pipes. 

 
Thursday 15th March 2012 - Hosepipe ban notice - Drought - Thames Water gives notice to all of its customers, that the potable* water it supplies throughout its entire area must not be used for the following purposes:  Click Here  for more on this ; and the exemptions!
 
How the Temporary Use Bans Order 2010 could affect individual water supply companies Click Here for Defra's explanation.
 
Go to the Defra drought page to find a link to both the Temporary Use Bans Order and the Drought Direction to see what may be included in restrictions. Drought « Defra
 
Thursday 15th March 2012 - Update on Southern Water's Supply Area - As you may already be aware, the Secretary of State for the Environment has declared that a large part of southern and eastern England is in drought.  This comes following the second driest 12 months on record, with nine of the 16 months recording below average rainfall. Click Here for more information.
 
Tuesday 13th March 2012 - South East & Southern Water Drought Plan is among all 21 water companies in England and Wales which has been given approval by Defra to publish its updated draft Drought Plan and begin a formal consultation process running from February until 4th April.......As one of the key stakeholders, the federation of window cleaners has been invited to participate in their formal consultation process: subsequently we have submitted a letter of response while pending a  meeting with Defra and FWC, CSSA and BCC representatives. Click Here  to view a copy of our initial response letter
The purpose of the survey to hear views about the order in which restrictions on water use might be introduced during a drought, and the impact of restrictions on businesses. It will be carried out by GfK NOP  and it will take about 4 minutes.  Click Here for more on GfK NOP
 

Wednesday 7th July 2010 - Warning to everyone - A Magazine for Crime Prevention are currently looking for advertisers to go in their annual magazine - this is a SCAM....Do not part with any money.  Should you receive a call from them - refer them to the police and If possible warn off your friends/customers. 

 

Monday 21st June 2010 - SALES - Waterfed poles and associated accessories, including Resin now available at very competitive prices from the Federation of Window Cleaners -  Click Here  To see our online store.   or Click Here  to view our catalogue

 

Thursday 11th February 2010 Chemical Compliance Campaign within the Environment Agency, which regulates part of EC Regulation 1907/2006 concerning the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH). http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk/business/sectors/36732.aspx  are running a compliance campaign over the next few months which is aimed at assessing industry compliance with the restriction and taking enforcement action for any non-compliance. We will be targeting companies that produce or distribute textile protection products / waterproofers or cleaning products that could contain PFOS. We also aim to raise awareness of the restriction through relevant organisations such as trade associations and other professional bodies. C;ick  Here  for BCC Briefing

 

Friday 9th October 2009 -Terry Turbo Burrows breaks his own Word Record in just 9.14 seconds at the 2009 FWC Window Cleaning Competition in Blackpool, Lancashire.  Terry left just two water smears on the three 45" square windows, which resulted in adding a one second penalty point to his original time of 8.14 seconds to make 9.14 seconds - Well done Terry!! Click Here  for the BBC News report & video

 

Tuesday 14th July 2009 - FWC Cleaning Windows Safely IOSH accredited training courses covering both the use of portable ladders and WaterFed Pole Systems.  Written by window cleaners for window cleaners. Forthcoming registration dates 17th September for London - 21st August -2nd October for Wales and 8th October for Blackpool  Click Here for more information these training courses

 

Monday 23rd June 2008 - An excellent Course and very well presented... This is Just one of the comments following the FWC's first IOSH "Cleaning Windows Safely" Course that was delivered at their premises in Stockport on Monday.   Click Here for more information about these courses

Monday26th November 2007 - Back to Ladders due to Drought? HSE issued advice to Window Cleaners Click Here  for more information.  

 

Monday 22nd October 2007- Government proposal to update the 62-year-old drought legislation, which only restricts the use of hosepipes for watering gardens and washing cars.  The new law would allow water companies to enforce a "discretionary use" ban, outlawing virtually all domestic activities involving hosepipes.  Water-fed poles would be covered by a hosepipe ban under the law, however, a spokesman for the Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs  confirmed that window cleaners could still revert to a bucket and sponge"  Click Here for more information

 

Friday 23rd March 2007 - Consultation on proposed changes to powers to restrict non-essential uses of water Click Here for more information

1st January 2007 - Trade Association celebrates 60 years! Founded in November 1947 by Albert Townsend Senior. The Federation of Window Cleaners has come a long way since it was established.  Click here for more on this.

 

25th October 2006 - Scotland Licensing Meeting -The Federation arranged a meeting in Edinburgh on Saturday 4th November to discuss the various unfair Licensing problems and the way forward on this issue.  Click here for more information on the meeting

 

1st September 2006 - News Release - Drought Order Withdrawn! Thames Water withdraws application for London Drought Order - Customer savings helped to ease water shortages Click here to read the News release

 
17th May 2006 -  Good News For Window Cleaners!   Sutton and East Surrey Water confirmed  their amended drought order to allow Window Cleaners using pole systems to be able to draw water as long as it is used with a tank Click here  to read the email.
 
16th May 2006 - News Update - Proposed Drought Orders Released! Defra released their findings of their inspectors report. Click here  they also issued a covering letter addressed to  Sutton and East Surrey Water PLC Click here  Defra's proposed drought order Click here  relating to Sutton and East Surrey.
 
27th March 2006 - Federation objects to the proposed South Coasts drought order on behalf of members.  Sutton and East Surrey Waters drought information site.