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Cleaning Show ExCel, London held on 19th -21st March 2019. click the image for the review.  


The FWC Window Cleaning Copmpany - and Window Cleaner of the year award was presented at the Cleaning Show Excel in London on Wednesday 20th March 2019




Window Cleaning Company of the year WINNERS 2019


“WINNER - of the Company of the year 2019

Progress Cleaning Services Ltd















Southampton-based window cleaning company Progress Cleaning Services Ltd. cleaned-up the competition

with their third consecutive award for ‘Company of the Year 2019’ - the Award was presented at the Cleaning

Show on Wednesday 20th March 2019 by FWC Executive Member Scott Smith.

 Third time winners of this prestigious title are directors Kevin and Ian Robson who received the Window Cleaning Company of the year award at the Cleaning Show Excel in London on 20th March 2019.  They were presented

with a glass engraved trophy, framed certificate and £100 gift voucher.

Judging was based on industry achievements, time served in the window cleaning industry, customer /

client testimonials, and reasons for entering the competition.

In a closely matched competition entrants were narrowed down to 5 finalists who were judged by a panel of five

FWC executive committee members.  Progress Cleaning proved without doubt to be third time worthy winners in succession; scored on their qualifications, accreditations, their ongoing commitment to training, an excellent health and safety record, length of time in the industry with  exceptional customer services and impressive testimonials

from satisfied customers.


Second place – (Left) HCS Cleaning Services Ltd (Lancashire

Third place – (Right) Archer Cleaning Services Ltd (Lancashire)



      Window Cleaner -  Employee of the year 2019”. 

 Lee Hewett - Progress Cleaning Services Ltd

Lee Hewett - won ‘Employee of the year 2019’ following assessment of his application submitted by Progress Cleaning Services Ltd; Lee was awarded his title based on commitment, the length of time served, training, qualifications, competence and dedication to window cleaning, in addition to an impressive portfolio of testimonials.  Lee was awarded a glass trophy, framed certificate and £100 voucher.

The Cleaning Show Innovation Awards. 

The Cleaning Show 2019 has announced the winners of the Cleaning Show Innovation Awards. Over 60 products and services were entered into the bi-annual awards scheme, which is only open to exhibitors at the show, across eight different categories.  The most Innovative Window Cleaning product or Service – went to FWC Corpporate Member - Moerman NV, Excellerator 2.0.

USA's Jeremiah Hickey wins Window Cleaning World Cup

A US window cleaner has won the first ever Window Cleaning World Cup. Window cleaners came from across the globe to take part in the competition – and make an official Guinness World Record attempt – at The Cleaning Show at London's Excel exhibition centre.

Jeremiah Hickey, already the fastest window cleaner in the US, became the world champion with a base time of 11.52 seconds - plus 5.50 (11 faults) = an overall time of: 17.02 seconds to clean three regulation-sized windows, scooping a £1000 cash prize and the trophy. He said: "I was really surprised. To hear my name as the winner at the end, I was totally floored. It's different widows to what I'm used to, a different technique, so I'm really surprised. It's been a good event."

Hickey, who is 42 and runs On The Spot Window Cleaning California, was crowned overall winner in the USA's Speed Window Cleaning contest held in San Diego earlier this year.

Entrants in the Window Cleaning World Cup included the current fastest window cleaner in the world, Terry 'Turbo' Burrows, who set his first Guinness World Record in 1995 on BBC1's Record Breakers. He went on to set two more record times in 2005 and in Blackpool in 2009, including the current world record of 9.14 secs.

The Swedish champion Jimmy Strom also competed, coming 2nd with a base time of 12.70 seconds plus 5 seconds (10 faults) = an overall time of:17.70 seconds.  Terry came 3rd with a base time of: 10.27 seconds plus 7.50 seconds (15 faults) = an overall time of:17.77 seconds.  Darren Ansbro came 4th with a base time of 14.90 seconds plus 3.50 seconds (7 faults) = 18.40 seconds

Competitors had to clean three consecutive office-style windows set in a frame with a 300 mm squeegee and nine litres of water. They had to remember to wipe the window sill, with time penalties awarded for any smears.

Both the Guinness World Record Window Cleaning Challenge and the Window Cleaning World Cup - sponsored by the global cleaning equipment brand Unger - were adjudicated by the Federation of Window Cleaners (FWC), the UK window cleaning industry's trade association.

  Manchester Cleaning Show 2018 Review

The Manchester Cleaning Show had a total of 2411 attendees over two days – a 4.5 % increase on the inaugural Manchester Cleaning Show figures in 2016.  

The seminar sessions were well attended and focused on 'Leading the Industry towards a prosperous future', 'Future Ready Workshops', 'Health & Safety Workshops' and 'Promoting your business workshops'.

The FWC Seminar “Removing the Risk from Window Cleaning” was attended by around 26 visitors - presented by Executive Committee member Steve Kennedy – Steve has been on the Executive Committee for two Years and has 25 Years experience in Commercial Window and

Specialist Cleaning, and he was a very early adopter of IOSH Training.

The programme described the aims of the Federation and how we support our member businesses with advice on managing their general health and safety risks; how we recognise a need for robust risk assessments and safe systems of work in the removal of all risks from window cleaning activities.

A need for an industry specific Safety procurement scheme as large national companies call for businesses to be registered by a Contractors Health and Safety Assessment Scheme before employing their services.

Preparing all the necessary information to become a registered accredited contractor can be an extremely tedious and lengthy process, and some members find them confusing and generic to the cleaning industry as a

whole. This is why the FWC developed its Safety accreditation scheme SAM, the only bespoke standard that needs to be driven for our industry - more importantly it is training based rather than just paper trail based.

The Window Cleaning Challenge proved as popular as ever, and was adjudicated by Executive members: Paul Thrupp, Scott Smith and Steve Kennedy together with Terry Burrows who were kept busy at the

competition stand –judging/ timekeeping both for a local TV company filming Terry Turbo ( filmed on YouTube).  The window cleaning competition had 14 contenders participating each day, encouraged by Terry to take part to attenpt his World Record - however Terry managed to retain his title for yet another year.  Winners on each day were:

Daniel Keate on day 1 with a time of:16.28 seconds

Tony Burley on day 2 with a time of: 19.43 seconds.
Both took away £250 prize money.

The FWC stand welcomed many visitors over the two-day event with free promotional gifts and advice - in addition to signing up two new members.



The Manchester Cleaning Show is the best place this year to try out new products, get show discounts, learn at a few seminars and network with the industry. come and see the FWC on stand A38 cose to the competition stand and don't forget our seminar 'Window cleaning - removing the risk'


Your chance to win £250 with the Window Cleaning Challenge

The window cleaning challenge returns to the Manchester Cleaning Show. Take on other challengers and compete for a daily prize of £250 (T&Cs apply) for the fastest window cleaner (and Terry's not allowed to enter!)

Our official FWC adjudicators will be on hand to judge the winners and

submit to the Guinness Book of Records if any male or female are fast

enough to beat the existing records - 9.14 seconds set by Terry Burrows in 2009 or the fastest female record of 16.28 seconds set by Deborah Morris in 2011.

There is no charge to enter. If you'd like to take part then please complete our simple sign up form here:  challenge starts at 12:30 prompt each day. https://cleaningshow.co.uk/manchester/window-cleaning-challenge

Another great reason to sign-up for the window cleaning challenge is the chance for some free positive publicity for your business.

Every year our challengers get featured in their local papers before The Cleaning Show has even taken place.

Here are some recent examples:







So by signing up we can arrange for our PR team to get in touch with you and have a chat about us pitching your story to the media, at no cost to you . 



Window Cleaners Trade Show


 25th May 2017

 Village Hotel Blackpool

  We would like to thank both visitors for attending and the professional Exhibitors who supported the Federation of Window Cleaners 70th Anniversary trade show at the Village Hotel in Blackpool on the 25th of May 2017.   comments: "We very much enjoyed showing our new Kiam Gutter Poles & Gutter cleaning systems. Many members showed a great deal of interest in our petrol & diesel pressure washers - ideal for use in patio & driveway cleaning." Kiam Products.  "We had a successful show with some good quality leads. I would describe it as a micro trade show, based on the  low foot fall, but it will certainly worth us attending". GrippaTank.

" As a manufacturer the opportunity to meet with both the distributors of the pump controllers and the professionals using the equipment day in day out can be very beneficial. It gives us an opportunity to discuss the benefits of pump controllers and how they can improve efficiency and reduce costs.


The Federation' s 70th anniversary exhibition and seminar presented us with just such an opportunity. The Village Hotel in Blackpool was a fantastic

venue for such an event. For us it was a good experience. Spring (Europe)

Ltd were pleased to be able to support the FWC in its 70th year "

We attracted new members on the day and had 18 contestants lining up to compete for the fastest window cleaner - and the winners are as follows:

1st place   -  Member Debbie Morris  - 22.44 seconds - £100.00 prize              2nd place - Member Lee Clark - 22.70 seconds  - £50.00 prize                            3rd Place  - Member Dave Morris - 26.08 seconds - £25.00 prize



All contestanrts had to clean three regulation size windows - any streaks resulted in penalty points.  The competition was sponsored by Unger UK and the FWC.  Expertly adjudicator by Scott Smith - timekeepers FWC Executive - Andrew Lee - FWC Chairman, Bryan Dolby and Steve Kennedy FWC Executive.  Unfortunately, Terry Turbo Burrows was unable to make it on the day due  to his Mum being very poorly....but he asked that we convey his apologies. 

Terry holds a long-standing world record of 9.14 seconds for cleaing the three regulation size windows.


Window Cleaners Trade Show

 Thursday 25th May 2017

 Village Herons' Reach Hotel Blackpool


70 years representing the window cleaning industry deserves recognition and we are delighted to extend an invitation to all window cleaners to attend a trade show at the Village Hotel in Blackpool on 25th May 2017.


Window Cleaners come and join us in Blackpool on Thursday 25th May for a host of activities from 10:00am - 5:00pm....


Special discount offered for New Members joining on the day….Plus window cleaning equipment offers at greatly reduced prices…and10% discount on certain products ordered from the FWC stand on the day.  Or, place an order in advance with FWC and collect it at the show on 25th May.  Go to our online store at: http://www.f-w-c.co.uk/acatalog/  or call 0161 432 8754 E-Mail: info@f-w-c.co.uk


This event is primarily focused on the window cleaning industry whilst incorporating its associated trades and services.   A full day of events from 10:00am with specialist suppliers exhibiting their latest equipment-plus live demonstration at 3:pm giving the opportunity to try out the latest products.  Seminars at 11:00am 'Purchase Use & Maintaining Water-fed Pole systems' presented by Bryan Dolby, Andrew Lee and Steve Kennedy...and  help and advice from manufacturers.  at 12:30am "Facebook Marketing  For your Window Cleaning Business' by Daisy Foster…who will be sharing tips such as; how to follow your customers around the web, so when they think of window cleaning... they think of YOU, how to get more Facebook page likes, and how to use 'local Facebook forums' to gain more jobs.  

At 2:00pm presented by Terry Turbo Burrows is the window cleaning competition...this is your chance to win a cash prize for the fastest three window cleaners on the day.   

Gala dinner dance. 'interview with Terry Turbo' from 19:00 -1:00am

The exhibition, seminars and window cleaning competition is FREE to enter for everyone in the window cleaning and associated trades.  Click Here to register for your FREE entry badge or HERE to download the  invitation/information form.


We also give notice of the 2017 Annual General Meeting of the FWC to be held in the Activation room at the Village Hotel in Blackpool commencing at 9:00am - prior to the start of the show - we look forward to welcoming members to join us for this 70th Anniversary AGM.  Refreshments will be served on arrival.  Please call 0161 432 8754 – E-Mail: info@f-w-c.co.uk to let us know you are attending for refreshments.


To book a room at the Village Hotel contact them direct and quote FWC promotion code: PRO10A - this offer is based on a room only rate; breakfast is available half price of £5.00 for two people sharing. www.Village-Hotels.co.uk - Telephone: (01253) 832577


Please book with the Federation to attend the Gala Dinner:

Call 0161 432 8754 Email the Federation if you wish to book a seat for the evening Gala Dinner Dance  at only £23 ph Dress code: Smart evening dress.


FWC has decided to return to Blackpool for this event because it was always popular with members and non-members. Invitations are being sent to1000 nationwide member companies who undetake all types of cleaning - influential buyers and large commercial companies have also registered their attendance for this event.  we are happy to negotiate on any stand space available

CLICK HERE to see the floor plan

CLICK HERE for Exhibitor list

CLICK HERE for PDF information on booking and costs

CLICK HERE for WORD information on booking and cost




2017 Cleaning Show goes from strength to strength in London

The Cleaning Show 2017 saw 5,767 professional trade attendees including the great and the good from the cleaning and hygiene sector over three days ExCeL London, 14-16 March. This was a 5% increase on the previous Cleaning Show held in London in 2015 and the number of international visitors travelling from overseas raised 9%. The exhibitors praised organisers for the high quality of visitors with show statistics showing that 17% of attendees had an annual budget of over £1 million to spend on cleaning equipment and services.

The FWC 2017 Window Cleaning Company and Window Cleaner of the year compeition was a very close event.  the judging panel consisting of five FWC executive committee members scored the entrants on theier qualifications, trainig, reasons for entry, testimonials and length of time in window cleaning - before narrowing down the many entrants to 10 finalists.  Congratulations to winners   Southampton based company Progress Cleaning Services who also celebrate their 50th Anniversary this year. and winner Robert Baker employee of Art Cleaning (Midlands) Ltd. Simon Hart of Art Cleaning achieved second place for Company and Scott Horan-HCS Cleaning Services Ltd Lancashire came third with Tony Hatton -Supervision Assured(2000) Ltd Herts in forth position.  Lee Hewett - of progress Cleaning achieved second positiion of Window cleaner of the year.

Pictured below from left to right Ian & Kevin Robson of Progress Cleaning - with FWC Officials Beryl Murray & Scott Smith.  Right- Robert Baker Employee of Art Cleaning.

second row-left: Simon Hart of Art Cleaning (Midlands) Second Company (R)Scott Horan HCS Cleaning Services 3rd Compay - Third row- (L)Tony Hatton -Supervision Assured 4th.  (R) Lee Hewett - second Employee with progress Cleaning.Below (L)



The Window Cleaning Challenge was as always very popular, with over 30 contestants taking on Terry ‘Turbo’ Burrows, however Terry’s Guinness World Record still remains unbeaten. Winners on the day Steve Fox, Glenn Bailey and John McClean each walked away with £250 cash with 14.02 seconds, 14.63 seconds and 16.39 seconds respectively. Terry even attempted to break his own record, but wasn’t able to get under the 9.14 seconds he set in Blackpool in 2009.

"There’s been a lot of talk of late saying events are dying out, but the phenomenal success of the Cleaning Show only goes to show this isn’t the case. People still buy from people, and in the case of our industry in particular, where the right situation-specific solution is of critical importance to our customers, nothing beats face to face conversation.  It's been a great show and a fantastic shop window to show industry professionals representing businesses large and small the unique strength and depth of the product range, complete cleaning solutions and services that Kärcher provides – even back in 1935 Alfred Kärcher knew it was the people in our company that make it a success and that still rings true today" said Craig McKay, Professional Business Unit Director, Kärcher UK.

The next event for your calendar is the Manchester Cleaning Show which will be held 11-12 April at Event City. The Manchester event attracts a more regional crowd, but is expected to see over 2,500 trade visitors.

If you attended the Cleaning Show take a look at the photo gallery now online at www.cleaningshow.co.uk

September 2016 will see the return of the Window Cleaning Page Trade show, this time at a new venue in Northampton.

The show, which has been held in Dorset for several years, aims to bring together window cleaners and window cleaning companies from across the UK, with many of the sectors biggest names, including Unger, Ionic Systems, GrippaTank and SpinaClean already signed up to attend.

And event organiser Mark Munro is hopeful that this year’s show will be the best yet. He said: “Last year’s show was the biggest so far, but 2016 is already shaping up to be bigger and with just two months left to generate further trade.”

The new venue,
Billing Aquadrome, sees the show move from its former home in Dorset to Northampton, but Mark feels that this decision was crucial to the continued growth of the event. He explained: “I had to move the show to the Midlands as I believed that we had outgrown Dorset, and that a more central local will hopefully appeal to more attendees.

“We needed a venue more suited to a much larger audience, yet still keeping the family-oriented appeal and we feel that Billing Aquadrome is that place.”

Mark added that he hopes the show will continue to boast the family-friendly atmosphere, and believes that the Aquadrome, which includes a funfair and marina on the Nene River, is the best place to maintain this.

“This year’s show will not only be for the window cleaners but also for the whole family. There will be family entertainment and the show is located within a huge family park, so there’s plenty for the family to do while you play with the grown up toys at the tradeshow area,” he said.

The Window Cleaning Page Trade Show will take place on

10th September. For more information, email Mark Munro at markmunro009@btinternet.com, or call 07766 557461.

Where? -  at the Billing Aquadrome Crow Lane Great Billing Northampton NN3 9DA
When? - 10th September 2016: 10am - 5.00pm


The Manchester Cleaning Show 2016 has seen a fantastic response with thousands attending and incredible PR coverage from BBC Breakfast, BBC Radio 5 Live, BBC North West regional coverage; as well as printed regional newspaper coverage and trade press support.

he Window cleaning Competition Winners at this event:

Winners are Neil Caden with a total time of 20.63 seconds pictured below (left) on day one with Terry Turbo Burrows and Executive member Scott Smith  presenting his prize of a bucket hamper of beers and a HD Kindle.  Pictured below (right) with Terry is Graham Bower winner on day two with a total time of 16.91 seconds.


Pictured below with Terry (left) are the runners up on day one is David Parker (centre) whos total time was 22.34 seconds and Jack Caden (right)with 23.26 seconds.  And on day two was Geoff Ramsden pictured below Right with executives Paul Thrupp (L) Scott Smith and Terry Burrows - Apologies for some poor images on this page.




Major brands support new Manchester event


 April 2016 will see the launch of the new Manchester Cleaning Show - a regional spin-off trade event within the Cleaning Show portfolio.

The Manchester Cleaning Show has now been officially announced with inaugural dates of 6-7 April 2016 at Event City in Manchester. Many of the major brands from the cleaning industry have already confirmed their support by booking stands including machine manufacturers Kärcher, Nilfisk and Sebo; chemical manufacturers Greyland and Buckeye; window cleaning equipment providers Unger; software providers Innovise, Cleanlink Software and Templa, as well as other major brands including Cromwell Polythene, the Woolsafe Organisation, Morclean, Signature Aromas, Spinaclean and Catsus.

 Organised by the British Cleaning Council and Quartz Business Media, the event promises to offer a wide range of products and services for anyone with responsibility for cleaning, hygiene or facilities management.

 Steve Diprose, Managing Director of Quartz Business Media commented “We are delighted with the response we have had by launching this new event. The Cleaning Show in London this year was extremely successful, with a number of our clients giving fantastic feedback in terms of levels of sales and orders taken at the event. By launching the Manchester Cleaning Show we wanted to build on the momentum we have created and also offer a networking and learning experience to those in the North of England, Scotland and Ireland some of whom may not have had time to travel to London this year.”

 Innovise have confirmed that they will not only be exhibiting in 2016, but will also be sponsoring the event by offering a free lunch to visitors. Further details to follow.

The Federation of Window Cleaners will also be supporting the event with a booth within the exhibition, a Seminar "Health & Safety Schemes for window cleaners" will be presented by FWC Executive Paul Thrupp and Scott Smith at 11am on 7th April....whilst they will also adjudicate the ever popular Window Cleaning Competition during the 2-day event. Times of the competition are 3pm on 6th April and 1pm on 7th April....Practice your skills in between times.

The new Manchester Cleaning Show is positioned deliberately to sit in the middle of the Cleaning Show biennial cycle, so that manufacturers, distributors and service suppliers to the industry can easily participate in both events.

 For more information visit www.cleaningshow.co.uk/manchester

DIARY DATE for event calendars:

Name of event: The Manchester Cleaning Show

Date of event: 6-7 April 2016

Venue: Event City, Manchester, UK

Website: www.cleaningshow.co.uk/manchester

Registration: This event is free to attend

Twitter: @TheCleaningShow

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cleaningshow


 The Cleaning Show 2015, London


Southampton based window cleaning company; (Left)Progress Cleaning Services Ltd is voted "Company of the Year 2015".

Jack Mcavoy - (Right)Employee with  Nationwide Window Cleaning Ltd - Yorkshire. is voted "Employee of the Year 2015" Winners were officially announced on 11th march at the Cleaning Show Excel in London - Presentation by FWC Executive member Scott Smith. Click Here for more information




Contenders travelled from all over the world to challenge the fastest window cleaner - Guinness World Record holder Terry Turbo Burrows....but the record was unbeaten and Terry Turbo still retains his title.

Above left shows a hive of activity around this event; and left is Sweden's fastest lady window cleaner...but not quite fast enough to take the current Guinness "fastest lady" title.  Turbo Terry below during his attempt at the show.

The Cleaning Show is the UK’s major event designed specifically for the Cleaning and Support Services sector. Registration is free of charge and includes free training and seminar sessions. An essential event for anyone responsible for cleaning, maintenance and hygiene from healthcare to hotel kitchens – don’t miss it. Click on the link below to register now.

Registration to attend is completely free-of-charge - apply for your pass now.

7 top reasons to come along

Entrance is free of charge and visitors will be able to:

1.   Source the latest products and services on the market with over 100 exhibitors - see the latest 

         exhibitor list here
2.     View demonstrations and try out equipment first-hand
3.     Gain knowledge about the key challenges and legislation affecting the industry though free

         seminars and workshops
4.      Learn from a series of free training academy sessions focusing on business skills and career

5.      Challenge the fastest window cleaners in the world with our Guinness World Record Attempt
6.      Meet with friends new and old at a series of social gatherings and association meetings
7.      Find bargains with special show discounts on products


Come and visit the Federation on stand A12A


CleaningExpo Scotland -

3-4 September 2014 - SECC GLASGOW

The Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre (SECC), a world class exhibition centre in the heart of Scotland, is preparing to host the inaugural Cleaning Expo Scotland show on 3rd and 4th September 2014. Cleaning Expo Scotland brings together buyers and suppliers representing every part of the cleaning industry – all looking for innovative solutions to their cleaning and hygiene problems. All visitors can attend the show FREE of CHARGE.  Click Here to download your entry ticket


Cleaning Expo Scotland brings together buyers and suppliersrepresenting

every part of the cleaning industry - all looking for inavative solutions to their cleaning and hygiene problems.  With an audience like this, you can't  afford

not to be part of the UK's biggest event for the UK cleaning industry.

Who will visit

Cleaning Expt Scotland will benefit everyone from managers to board level

directors, including: Company management; CEO's; Chairman; Oeners;

Consultants; Financial Controlers; Contract Cleaners; Carpet & Upholstery

cleaners; Cleaning & hygiene distributors; Education establishments; Facililty managers/dircctors; Hospital and health authorities; Industrial and manufacturing; Leisure facilities; Local & Central Government; Public Services

(Fire, ambulance, police and MOD); Residential homes and nursing homes;

Retail/shopping centres; Window Cleaners.  

Visit the Federation of Window Cleaners on stand H11 Click Here

  Facilities Management Show 2014 - March 2014

Following our first time exhibit at the NEC Facilities Management Show in Birmingham on 11th-13th March 2014; we are pleased to report this was
certainly a worthwhile event – in terms of liaising with significant visitors with a genuine interest in the ‘only’ industry specific Procurement Scheme.
This was a perfect opportunity for the FWC to raise the SAM scheme awareness and to encourage Facilities Managers to consider this training based
product in their Tender documents.


Pictured below is FWC Secretary Beryl Murray, Scott Smith FWC

Executive; left Tom Duggan of Woodward Group and faqr right David Varley,

Business Development Executive from IOSH; who both visited the FWC

exhibition stand to help promote the FWC Safety Accreditation Scheme SAM

and to publish editorial in the IOSH Safety magazin.  

Tom Duggan of Woodward Group has been delivering training for the past
22 years and has grown into one of the largestNEBOSH and IOSH centres in

the UK. Tom was also instrumental in the development of the FWC IOSH accredited training courses in conjunction with FWC's competently trained professional window cleaners – and of course IOSH.

For more information about SAM Safety Accredited Member Scheme see page 23 or go to:www.f-w-c.co.uk/Safety_Accredited_member.htm
or, you can contact head office on 0161 432 8754 to request an application/questionnaire form.


  Cleaning Show 2013 - The Best Show Yet!

A staggering 11,341 visitors attended this year’s Cleaning Show, making the 3 day event which closed its doors on Thursday, 21 March a great success for both visitors and exhibitors alike.

Martin Scott, Exhibition Sales Director, said: “The Cleaning Show 2013 exceeded all our expectations and was a clear demonstration that the UK cleaning industry continues to thrive despite tough economic times. In 2011, 7652 visitors attended the event so to find out that over 11,000 people attended the show this year is an incredible increase.

The FWC stand had a constant flow of visitors, we welcomed many existing and even some former members who came specifically to rejoin, a total of twelve new member companies were recruited during the three-day event.

Particularly successful were the hugely popular seminar programme, the daily window cleaning competition, the presentation of the window cleaner of the year award and the Innovation Awards, where all the finalists entrants were on show for the first time in the Innovation Zone area. The Cleaning Show is moving to the Excel building in London in 2015 and we look forward to seeing everyone there.

The Cleaning Show is organised every two years on behalf of the cleaning industry by BCCE Ltd, a company jointly owned by the British Cleaning Council and Quartz Business Media. Visit http://www.cleaningshow.co.uk/ for more information.



2013 Fastest Window Cleaning Competition Winners

  The fastest winners on each day of the Cleaning Show are pictured below with FWC Executive Scott Smith and Terry Burrows - from left to right is Glen Bailey - Stephen Fox - Dave Morris.

  The Cleaning Show 2013

The 2013 Cleaning Show will be taking place on the 19-21 March 2013 - Pre-register today and receive FREE parking

It is the UK’s only major event where companies can market, sell and promote their products and services to an international audience. The exhibition is organised every two years on behalf of the cleaning industry by BCCE Ltd, a company jointly owned by the British Cleaning Council and Quartz Publishing & Exhibitions.  Click on the logo below for more information.

  As well as promoting a show discount on membership recruitment ….The FWC will be endorsing its two training programmes in conjunction with a New - impending Window Cleaning Accreditation Scheme! Come and find out more on stand K4

The FWC Window Cleaner of the year 2013 awards originally organised for Windex last year, will be presented at the 2013 Cleaning show on Tuesday 19th March commencing at 4.00pm in the seminar area. The winners have been notified.

Fastest window cleaner on the planet - Terry Turbo Borrows will be presenting the Window Cleaning Competition as usual ... Terry can clean the three competition windows in 9.14 Seconds...although you don’t have to beat his time to win, you only need to be the fastest time on the day!

How fast can you squeegee three windows..? come along and have a go and you may just be lucky enough to win a cash prize. The contest is Free to enter and will be staged each day of the show.

We look forward to seeing you there

Carpex/Windex exhibitions.

  Designed specifically for everyone involved in the window cleaning industry and its subsidiary services, WINDEX 2012 offers companies the opportunity to demonstrate, and sell their products and services to a truly targeted global audience of buyers.

The last four WINDEX exhibitions have confirmed how extremely effective a well-targeted, industry-based and supported exhibition can be. Almost 2500 cleaning professionals visited WINDEX 2010.


    Click here for the Carpex & Windex website for more information

Organised by the FWC in conjunction with Quartz Business Media for Windex 2012.

This competition is open to all window cleaners who are registered members of the Federation of Window Cleaners; and all employees of registered members. Employees must have been nominated by their employer; and only one employee per company is eligible to participate. FWC Executive members and their employees are not eligible.

Short-listed finalists will be informed before the event and the winner announced at the innovation awards dinner on Thursday 4th October 2012 at the Ricoh Arena Coventry

Competition Prizes:

One-night complimentary dinner and hotel for two people
24 carat Gold plated Squeegee
Framed certificate
Years free membership or, equivalent value gift voucher.

Click Here to download your entry Form:





The Cleaning Show 2011 - 'an outstanding event'


Anybody that had concerns that the current economic climate might damage the quality of attendees at The Cleaning Show 2011 needn't have worried - the event closed its doors on

Thursday 3rd March following three vibrant days which both exhibitors and visitors described

as 'outstanding'.


The official number of visitors attending this year's event is 7652, with the vast majority being in a

position to purchase or specify equipment and services. Martin Scott, exhibition sales director, said:

"The Cleaning Show 2011 exceeded all our expectations, and was a clear demonstration that the UK cleaning industry continues to thrive despite tough economic times. As organisers we were struck by the quality of the exhibits and the amount of genuine innovation on show.


From our exit survey, it appears that visitors were similarly impressed. We welcomed almost 90 new

exhibiting companies to this year's event - I look forward to seeing them all again in 2013."

Mark Woodhead, chairman of the British Cleaning Council, said: "The Cleaning Show was a huge success from the BCC's perspective. Throughout the course of the three days I was able to meet numerous decision-makers and influential people from a variety of industries and countries, as the show once again displayed that its appeal spans continents and industry sectors.


I particularly liked the new innovations for the show, particularly the Green Zone and the improved

Innovation Awards, which demonstrated our industry's appetite to engage with issues of sustainability and social responsibility, both of which will be explored again at our own Cleaning Conference in October.   I would like to pass on my congratulations to Quartz for another successful show from all of the BCC's members, and look forward to seeing everyone again in two years time."

Exhibitors, too, were full of praise for the event. Lyndsay Taylor from first-time exhibitor New Zealand

Pump Company, said: "It was the first time exhibiting for us at The Cleaning Show and the response that we had was phenomenal. It ranks among the top five shows that we have

exhibited at across the globe. We would also like to thank the event staff for making the booking

process easy and hassle-free.   Now the hard work begins with following up the leads."

Other new initiatives that proved particularly successful were the Priority Pass Scheme, which enabled

visitors to prepare their badges in advance on-line, and the VIP Visitor Programme, sponsored by ICE.

Innovation Awards


The organisers of The Cleaning Show 2011 rewarded innovation with an expanded and enhanced awards programme at this year's event. Neil Nixon, chair of the judging panel and

editor of C&M, said: "Judging the expanded scheme was a tougher task than ever before, but extremely rewarding. I am very grateful to my fellow judges - Bob Vincent, Paul Thrupp, John Stinton, Maureen Marden and Michael Poulter - for  their diligent work, enabling us to physically judge almost 50 products during the first day of the show.  


Competition was fierce, and we had some excellent winners. Thanks to all

the exhibitors that took part, submitting 100 products and services for the consideration of the judges." Congratulations to this year's winners:


Carpet & upholstery cleaning products/services: Chemspec Europe - DFC 105.

Chemicals and dosing systems: GLORIA - Foam Master.

Eco/green products: Centrego - Toucan Eco.

Floor cleaning machines (indoors): ICE Cleanfix - Robo 40.

Floor cleaning machine (outdoors): Gumclear - CCR3000.

Food hygiene products/services: Bio-Based Europe - Hard Surface Sanitiser.

Healthcare products/services: Chemspec Europe - Infection Control Fogging


Pressure washers/graffiti removal products/services;Bio-Based Europe  - Graffiti Remover.

Retail cleaning products/services: Prodifa - Aluminium Ashtray Bag.

Washroom products/services: Cannon Hygiene - Activap.

Software and management systems: OGL - ProfIT Plus Business Intelligence



Window cleaning products/services: Aqua-Dapter - Flow Controller.

OVERALL WINNER: Aqua-Dapter - Flow Controller.


The Window Cleaning Competition led by Terry Turbo Burrows proved as popular as ever; and Debbie Morris even shaved another 1.50 seconds off her original Guinness Record.

The competition winners are as follows:

Tuesday 1st march

Winner -        12.91 seconds -Glen Bailey  - Hazel Windows

Second -        14.45 seconds -Peter McNally- P. McNally Clng Svcs

Third    -        14.59 seconds -David Taner  - Alpha Gleam  

Wednesday 2nd march

Winner -        14.92 seconds -Trevor Perry - CCS limited

Second -        15.48 seconds -Stephen Fox - Window Cleaning Warehouse

Third    -         15.72 seconds -Robert Wagg - Aqua-dapter

Thursday 3rd march

Winner -        14.75 seconds- David Morris- David Morris Cleaning

Second -       15.61 seconds- Rob Wagg - Aqua-dapter

Third    -         15.80 seconds- Stephen Fox- Window Cleaning Warehouse


The Cleaning Show 2013 will be staged at the NEC, Birmingham from 19 to 21March 2013. The event

will co-locate with the highly successful IMHX exhibition, ensuring the crossover of visitors from the

materials handling and warehousing event.


The Cleaning Show is organised every two years on behalf of the cleaning

industry by BCCE Ltd, a company jointly owned by the British Cleaning Council and Quartz Publishing

& Exhibitions Ltd, publisher of C&M.

For further details on The Cleaning Show please contact Martin Scott on:

Tel: 01895 454438 Email: martinscott@quartzltd.com www.cleaningshow.co.uk


The Cleaning Show is sponsored by all member associations of the British Cleaning Council.

The Media Sponsor of the events is Cleaning & Maintenance magazine (C&M).

2011 Winners; Dave & Debbie Morris Left - Trevor Perry Centre & Glen Bailey Right




The Federation of Window Cleaners had a continual flow of visitors to their stand at the Windex /Carpex exhibition staged at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry on the 18th & 19th March.  It was great to see so many existing members at Windex.... Plus there was a genuine interest in the association’s activities which resulted in ten new members being recruited at the show and a further 180 application packs taken over the two-day.  The seminar  programme proved informative for many visitors and extremely valuable for FWC in terms of recruitment.  The ever popular window cleaning competition created a stir when Debbie Morris - shaved 4.65 seconds off her current Guinness record time resulting in17.77 seconds. 




          Terry Turbo Burrows pictured above             -         Deborah Morris - Guinness Record Holder


Steffan Tinkler above(R)        Trevor Perry (centre)             Dave Morris (L) Andrew Wharton (R) 

Day one:

Ö 1st - Steffan Tinkler - All Clear Peterborough - raw time 9.82 plus 4 penalties =  13.82. Seconds

Ö 2nd -Trevor Perry - CCS Ltd Preston - raw time 13.02 plus 4 penalties = total time of:17.02 seconds. 

Day two:

Ö 1st - Andrew Wharton M & S Window Clng - Rugeley - Raw time: 11.37 plus 6 penalties = 17.37 seconds. 

Ö 2nd - David Morris -David Morris Window Clng - Cornwall: Raw time: 13.70 plus 5 penalties = 18.70 seconds.


See below - For overall times of other contestants:

¨ John McClean - BCS - Essex - 18.40 seconds

¨ Matthew Poole - Astound Cleaning Ltd - Sussex - 18.95 seconds

¨ Lucian Ivan - Supreme - London - 19.18

¨ Adam Brookes - Clear Sight - Plymouth - 19.50 seconds

¨ Allan Cummings - Cummings WC. - Coventry - 19.90 seconds

¨ Dean Corrigan - Taylor-Made-Cleaning -Hertfordshire - 20.40 seconds

¨ Darren Whelen - Taylor-Made-Cleaning - Weymoth - 20.90 seconds

¨ Andrew Jones - Cyrystal Cleaning - Newport - 21.00 seconds

¨ Rob Winstanley - Pure Window Cleaning - Southampton - 20.73

¨ Peter Rootham - All Clear - Peterborough - 21.70 seconds

¨ Nicolae Rusu - Pro Window Cleaning Ltd - London - 22.75 seconds

¨ Charlie Price - J.V. Price - Hertfordshire - 23.36

¨ Micah Alford - Heritage Cleaning - Hartlepool 24.50 seconds

¨ Superman - Newlife - Stockport - 24.70 seconds

¨ Mark Henderson - Window Cleaning Resources - 26.72 seconds

¨ Dan Potter - Shine on - Southampton - 26.84 seconds

¨ Judith Dyson - Glass Revival Ltd - Edinburgh - 28.16 seconds

¨ Stephen Hendry - SCS Group - Glasgow - 28.80 seconds

¨ Craig Duncan - Glass Revival Ltd - Edinburgh - 31.92 seconds 

¨ Matthew Buchan - MB Window Cleaning - Essex - 32.10 seconds

¨ Dave Jones - M & S Window Cleaning - Cannock - 35.70 seconds

¨ Steven - Ladders Warehouse - Wales - 37.24 seconds

¨ Kieren Andrews - Shine on Window Cleaning - Scotland - 44.31 seconds


The WINDEX Exhibition for everyone involved in the WINDOW CLEANING INDUSTRY and its subsidiary services. Click on the Windex logo for BOOKING information and more about this unmissable event - see below for more Windex 2010










Innovation Award Programme

The organisers of Carpex & Windex 2010, being staged at the Ricoh Arena, Coventry on 18 and 19 March 2010, have announced that they will be running an Innovation Awards scheme to find the best new carpet cleaning and window cleaning product


Carpex/Windex 2010 - 18th & 19th March –

An important date for your diary


Companies can enter their product via the exhibition websites, and short-listed finalists will be judged by an expert panel at the show. The only conditions of entry are that the product must be ‘new’, and can’t have been exhibited at any previous show in the UK.


Calling all Window and Carpet Cleaners, Facility Managers, Education Establishments, Hospital/Health Authorities, Hoteliers, Buyers and Specifiers….. Make 18th and 19th March 2010 a date for your diary!

Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning and Window Cleaning; unless you’re directly involved in these two specialised areas you might just brush them off or not even give them a second thought.  The truth is that they not only provide a valuable source of employment, (the UK window cleaning industry alone employs approximately 56,000 people), but both play crucial roles in making a lasting positive impression across all industries.


The Carpex and Windex Innovation Awards dinner will take place on Thursday 18th March 2010 at the Ricoh Arena. It will follow on from a successful day at the show and will provide you with the opportunity to network and socialise with colleagues and friends, and congratulate this years Innovation Awards WINNERS.

Floor Plan - Click Here  Exhibitor List Click Here  FREE Seminars Click Here 

  Federation of Window Cleaners - Trade Show 9th October 2009
  An estimated 300 people attended The Federation of Window Cleaners annual trade show at the De Vere Hotel in Blackpool on the 9th of October.  They managed to attract four new members to their Federation and sold numerous DVD’s of their new window cleaning safety production over the course of the day.

The days activities also raised money for charities, which included water for Africa and Cerebral Palsy.



TERRY TURBO BREAKS HIS OWN WORLD RECORDMartial Arts specialist, Terry Turbo Burrows left all three Competition windows gleaming in just 9.14 seconds at the 2009 FWC Window Cleaning Competition held at the De Vere Hotel in Blackpool.  He left only two water smears that resulted in a one second penalty point being added to his original time of 8.14 seconds, to make 9.14 seconds which is an excellent achievement; plus a New Guinness World Record.  Click Here  for more on BBC News.  



Open Speed - Winner Matthew Poole of Astound Cleaning - far right took first prize of £150.00. His original time of 13.01 + 2.50 penalty point = a total time of 15.51.   Matt very kindly donated his prize money to Water for Africa.    

Another fantastic achievement from Debbie Morris of Hayle in Cornwall pictured below - left who also achieved a New Ladies World Record - with an original time of 16.92 plus 5.50 penalty points for smears = overall time of 22.42 seconds.     Pictured below - right - John McClean from Essex who came second in the Open Speed with a total time of 19.31.  John Beresford came third with a total time of 21.26




Federation of Window Cleaners - Trade Show

9th October 2009

De Vere Herons' Reach Hotel - Blackpool





Window Cleaners from all over the UK will converge in Blackpool on Friday (9th October 2009) as the town welcomes everyone in the Window & General Cleaning Industry to the Federation of Window Cleaners Trade  Exhibition and Window Cleaning Competition. The event, is primarily focused on the window cleaning industry whilst incorporating its associated trades and services.   A full day of events with specialist suppliers exhibiting their latest equipment, see live demonstrations outside plus an opportunity to try out the latest products.  There will also be a chance to Win Two-Nights DB&B at any of the De Vere hotels by collecting one  voucher from each exhibitor you visit on the day...so be sure to visit as many exhibits as possible!  


industry experts will be presenting Free Seminars during the day.  So be sure to book a seat to avoid disappointment. 

¨ "Why Train"  - Andrew Willis - Impact Group Training

¨ "Ladder Safety"  - Andrew Lee - FWC Safety Officer

¨ "What to look for in buying a waterfed Pole system" - Bryan Dolby - FWC Chairman


The exhibition and window cleaning competition is FREE to enter for everyone in the window cleaning trade.  Especially welcome, are those who are thinking of setting up a window cleaning business and simply want to learn more about the trade....Plus a chance of saving £10 on the annual joining fee.  

Click Here for a booking form to apply for your FREE entry badge, or just email info@f-w-c.co.uk


Window Cleaning Competition's - Presented by Fastest window cleaner on the planet...Terry Turbo Borrows!! How fast can you squeegee three windows..?  come along and have a go at this Guinness Record window cleaning competition...you may just be lucky.  It is Free to enter for all professional window cleaners over the age of 16 years.  Britain's fastest Window Cleaner Terry Turbo Burrows can clean the three window in 9.24 Seconds...although you do not have to beat this on the day to win the Open Speed....But you do have to be the fastest time on the day!!  Britain's fastest Lady window cleaner is Janine Guiseley  was the first lady to be entered in the Guinness Book of Records with 23.38 Seconds in 2005....again you do not have to beat this title to win a prize...Just have fun on the day.

Prize Money

¨ Open Speed       - 1st Prize - £150.00 ¨ 2nd Prize - £100.00 ¨ 3rd Prize £75.00   

¨ Women's Speed - 1st Prize - £ 75.00  ¨ 2nd Prize - £  50.00  ¨ 3rd Prize £20.00

¨ Children's Event - 1st Prize - £ 15.00  ¨ 2nd Prize - £  10.00  ¨ 3rd Prize £  5.00


 Exhibitor List

Allied Insurance Services

AquaTec -wfp systems

 bayersan - janitorial supply

british window cleaning academy

Brodex Machine Services

Cleaning & maintenance Magazine

clear cleaning - roof safety

Cleaning Spot - one stop window cleaning shop

Contico Manufacturing - traditional window cleaning tools

CTE UK Limited - demonstrating the ZED21j access equipment






iNTERNATIONAL POWERED ACCESS FEDERATION                                                         

ionic systems - rEACH & wASH








 HOTEL RESERVATIONS - All Rates at the De-vere hotel are inclusive of bed, breakfast and evening meal /dinner dance Should you wish to stay over and join us at the dinner/dance on Friday evening.   Please place your reservation with the Federation on 0161 432 8754 at your earliest opportunity to avoid disappointment. Click Here for more details and the booking form

For most people a trip to Blackpool might involve a visit to the Pleasure Beach or a stroll along the resort’s famous Golden Mile.  For the Exhibitors it will be a chance to gain an insight into the world of window cleaning at the Federation for Window Cleaners bi-annual trade exhibition



In spite of the current economic climate an impressive 8,000 visitors graced the halls of the 2009 Cleaning Show on10 -12 March.  The Federation of Window Cleaners stand had a constant flow of visitors from the minute the doors opened each day.   As well as welcoming existing members for a chat, there was a genuine interest in the association’s activities which was obviously demonstrated by the number of membership applications completed then and there!....Not to mention the huge number of application packs taken over the three days.


Several awards and competitions brought further enjoyment to the three-day show with North Norfolk District Council scooping the UK winner’s trophy at the Clean Britain Awards which recognise the efforts of authorities, organisations and voluntary bodies to maintain high standards of public space cleanliness throughout the UK. Over 230 guests attended the awards ceremony representing participants, sponsors, media and BCC representatives. Meanwhile, the third BCCE Innovation Awards designed to honour the latest advances in the business took place on the afternoon of day one of the show. Over 60 entries were received across 5 award categories which ranged from Best Chemical Innovation to Hand Tools Award.

The 17th edition of the Fastest Window Cleaner competition presented by Terry Turbo Burrows took place on each day of the show.  The three winners who competed against a record number of 27 contestants scooping first prize were; Glen Bailey with a top time of 14.53 seconds.  Stefan Tinkler 15.40 seconds, Steve Fox of Window Cleaning Warehouse with15.00 seconds.


Finally, a new competition, the ‘Ride on Charity Challenge’ brought heaps of fun and laughter to the show! Teams had to manoeuver a ride-on scrubber drier through a prepared obstacle course – easier said than done! The heats were done against the clock with time added for hitting cones or taking the wrong course. Despite several professional cleaning teams taking part, amateur team ‘‘Judith’s Double D’s’ took the title in a best time of 4 minutes 47 seconds with no faults! The competition earned £625 which will go to the winning team’s chosen charity Macmillan Nurses.


With another highly successful show under their belt the organisers are already looking to the next edition in 2011. Paul Michael, Managing Director of BCCE Limited & Quartz Publishing & Exhibitions said: “The Cleaning Show has exceeded even our high hopes. From the comments of exhibitors and visitors alike you would not think there is a recession. The Cleaning Show had a happy and industrious buzz about it and has set the scene for the industry going forward, so much so that we have already taken many bookings for the next show, which will be at the NEC from 1st – 3rd March 2011.”




A record breaking 2200 visitors at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry

When asked about their attendance at the shows, the serious motives of visitors were quite apparent.  Exhibitions might be a bit of a jolly for some or just a chance to meet up with old friends but for the guys at Carpex Windex it was definitely all about return on investment.  Jon Ottway, a window cleaner said:  “I’ve come here to source new systems and to find the latest gadgets to make my job easier and more profitable.”

Visitors were not the only ones to take a professional approach.  Exhibitors were praised for an all time high in the presentation of their stands.  Andrew Lee, safety officer with Windex sponsor Federation of Window Cleaners said:  “Exhibitors have shown a new level of professionalism at Windex this year.  The stands look fantastic and I’ve noticed a real passion for our industry across the board.”  Awards for ‘Best stand’ Windex/Carpex were presented to Aquafactors Direct and Vax Commercial respectively.  Stands looked impressive and many companies had clearly come well prepared to use the shows as a launch platform. Amongst new products were the Aridex low moisture upholstery cleaning system from Host Von Schrader and Dry Fusion’s Bactoshield OV, MRSA/anti-bacterial protection for carpets.  Meanwhile, Facelift Cleaning Systems took pre-orders for its new F1 high modular carbon waterfed pole range to be available in May.  Exhibitors reaped the rewards of their efforts as many took orders and made sales during the show.  “We’ve got a large pile of forward orders and have been offered cash and cheques galore!” said Jackie Bromley, commercial national account manager at Vax Commercial.  Alan Matthews of Aquafactors Direct was equally thrilled:  “We had an amazing response to the kitted out Ford Ranger which was ‘something different’. Again interest was amazing and we believe we have sold four at £33,000 each!” 

 Another key factor which contributed to the professionalism of the show was the outstanding new venue.  The venue which is part of Coventry City’s football ground which includes a hotel, restaurants and function rooms proved infinitely popular for its facilities and location.  In previous years the majority of visitors came from the south east, this year however, the Midlands venue welcomed 80% of its visitors from other U.K regions with just 20% coming from the South East. Shaun Bradbury, managing director of Dry Fusion UK had noted the new visitor demographic: “We’ve had fantastic sales with people coming from locations as diverse as Inverness, Dublin and Southampton.  I think the new Coventry location has had a lot to do with this.”  The excellent venue facilities made the event a much more enjoyable experience for everyone.  John Sobucinski, general manager, Unger UK agreed:  “During my 25 years in the cleaning industry I’ve never been to a better venue! The Ricoh Arena is a great improvement on both Excel and the NEC.” 

 Buyers came from both industry sectors with the co-location of the two shows being a draw for some.  Martin Stainsy of Wipe Clean said:  “As someone interested in both window and carpet cleaning this is perfect.  It was nice and easy to get here and I prefer the layout this year too.  A good show.”  Specialist areas within each industry were well represented by exhibitors and visitors.  While at Windex both traditional window cleaners and waterfed pole users were present, Carpex saw parties interested in low moisture cleaners, traditional hot water extraction and truck mounts.  In addition, considerable interest was shown in hard floor cleaning which could indeed pinpoint a future trend for the industry.

 Further to the exhibitions, both industries enjoyed free seminar programmes organised by show sponsors the Federation of Window Cleaners and the National Carpet Cleaners Association.  The seminars proved extremely popular and covered hot topics which led to passionate debate amongst delegates.  Andrew lee, safety officer for the Federation of Window Cleaners said:  “The seminar programme has been very well attended.  The seminar regarding ladder use and work at height regulations was particularly popular.  With lots of questions and passionate comments it was quite clear that a genuine passion exists within certain areas of the trade to continue to use traditional window cleaning methods.  There is also a notable concern within the industry to access the latest training and technology.  The fact that our new waterfed pole and ladders training course is almost fully booked evidences this.”  Brian Dolby, chairman of the Federation of Window Cleaners continued: “As far as the Federation of Window Cleaners is concerned our main focus for Windex was the seminar programme and this was a big success.  In recent times we have tackled health & safety issues and our next challenge is to develop a training course for window cleaners.”   Fun was also an important component of the two days.  The 16th edition of the Fastest Window Cleaner competition coupled smiles with an air of intense concentration.  Terry ‘Turbo’ Burrows – the world’s fastest window cleaner tried to beat his own world record and staged two competitions, one for professionals and one for amateurs.  Commenting on the competitions Terry Burrows said:  “The standard just gets better and better.  The new competition for exhibitors was great fun!”  

The main competition for professionals was won by Glyn Baily of Hazel Window Cleaners with an impressive time of 13.09 seconds, meanwhile the new exhibitors competition went to Steve Fox of Window Cleaning Warehouse who completed in 16.56 seconds.   

The laughter continued well into the evening with a Gala dinner held onsite.  The new lady president of the National Carpet Cleaners Association June Frankum particularly enjoyed herself.  Commenting on the evening June Frankum said:  “The gala dinner went down a real treat. The meal was splendid and the entertainment had us all in stitches”.  On a more serious note the evening saw £700 being donated by exhibitors for charities NSPCC and MedEquip4Kids.  So, with another highly successful show under their belt do organizers Quartz Publishing & Exhibitions have ideas to build on this success in 2010?  It would appear so.  Comments Martin Scott, the show director:  “We have already confirmed that the 2010 event will return to Coventry’s Ricoh Arena, a decision that has proved extremely popular with all our current exhibitors. We will be adding a hard floor cleaning area to the next event, which has also been well received by the exhibitors and visitors we have surveyed this year. Quartz is now very focused on ensuring the event in 2010 takes another step forward to reflect the specific demands of the carpet, window and hard floor cleaning sectors.”  Pawlo Woloszyn, chief executive officer of the National Carpet Cleaners Association feels this could be just what is needed.  Commenting on the next edition of the shows Pawlo Woloszyn said:  “Bookings for 2010 have already started and the new addition of a floor cleaning area at the next show will make this a totally unmissable event!   Date: 4th April 2008 /From: Quartz Publishing & Exhibitions Ltd  News Release

Dates for 2010 have not yet been announced but will be available in the near future at www.carpex.co.uk and www.windex.co.uk    Pictured below is Bryan Dolby & Beryl Murray at the opening of the Show


  Carpex/Windex 2008 – Professionalism with a capital ‘P ‘Highly professional’ was the term used by exhibitors, visitors and sponsors alike to describe this year’s largest specialist exhibitions for the UK’s carpet and window cleaning trades.   Carpex Windex took place this year on 27-28th March at a new venue, the Ricoh Arena in Coventry.  Attracting more visitors than ever before and hosting the best stands and highest profile seminar programme within their six year history, the shows raised the bar with a passion.  A record breaking 2200 visitors graced the halls however it wasn’t just the quantity but the quality of visitors that made the shows extra special.  David Wick, sales director of Contico Manufacturing commented:  “Numbers are definitely up from 2006.  I’ve noted a higher number of interested buyers and we’ve received excellent feedback on products.”  John Sobucinski, general manager of Unger UK echoed his comments:  “The quality of visitors at Windex is probably the best ever.  They are real professionals, highly focused and clearly not just out for the day.  The amount of interest shown in our products at this show has far outweighed that in previous years.”  Show statistics confirm that 81% of visitors had purchasing responsibility and a combined annual spending power of £304 million.

FWC Trade Exhibition - Blackpool - 2007

 Just a quick note to say a ‘BIG THANK YOU’ from me, Vernon and all at Contico for organising yet another excellent show.  The Federation of Window Cleaners Trade Show Weekend was truly a roaring Success…….the Blackpool venue is always popular, but this time round it was extraordinarily busy.  From the 10.00 a.m. start to just after 3.00 p.m. in the afternoon we didn’t stop?...And the DeVere hotel food and facilities were exceptional. 


Below right:  Open Speed - Damien Holmes - Sureshine Window Cleaning Ltd Wales

Time - 20.34 seconds  

Below left: Ladies Speed Winner -

Debbie Morris -Cornwall  Time - 28.27 seconds



Above Left - Terry Burrows Guinness Record holder - 9.24 seconds


1st      -  Ellis Dowdall    -  30.86 seconds

2nd   -  Jack Mottley      -  45.00 Seconds                                      

3rd    -  Sam Mottley      -  48.00  Seconds