Now I will be the first to admit that I didn’t realise the cleaning industry was such a big entity. This soon became clear when I was commissioned to photograph this gala event. With over 500 guests attending and a good number had even travelled across the globe to be there. This was going to be a great night.
The BICSc Annual Awards took place at the Forest of Arden Hotel & Country Club, Birmingham. My brief was to arrive mid afternoon, as they were also hosting the BICSc Annual Golf Day on the beautiful and testing Arden Championship Golf Course (Sponsored by BICSc Council Member Bob Vincent’s organisation, LCC Support Services).
The Awards celebrations started later in the day. Guests were greeted by Hollywood themed walk about characters at the drinks reception (Sponsored by AsepTech); characters included a human awards statue and an elegant Marilyn Monroe character handing refreshments to guests from her white feathery table dress.
The Annual Awards Ceremony followed shortly afterwards with inspired speeches from CEO of BICSc Stan Atkins and the Chairman of the Institute Bill McMillan. One of the key messages was furthering the dignity of the cleaning operative. ‘A cleaner is something that you clean a table with, the person participating in the act of cleaning, is known as a cleaning operative.’ Stan Atkins later stated that ‘Anybody can clean, but only people that have been trained correctly have the ability to clean properly’.
The evening then celebrated achievements of the award winners of 2014 by presenting various plaques and trophies. A banquet dinner followed shortly afterwards, along with the Chairman’s Charity raffle and entertainment from Lisa Martin and the Vegas Show girls.
Below is a selection a images from this brilliant night:
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