News and blog posts by CS Guildford & Thames Valley

ServiceMaster Clean Contract Services Guildford has been shortlisted for The Give A Grad A Go Employer of the Year Award at the prestigious 2020 Lloyds Bank National Business Awards. Previous winners include fitness sensation Joe Wicks, Timpson CEO James Timpson OBE, DPD UK, Hotel Chocolat, dementia newspaper Daily Sparkle and online fast fashion success story Missguided.

“I feel incredibly proud to be recognised by the Lloyds Bank National Business Awards and to be shortlisted as a finalist. I always strive to be the best in what I do and feel it is important to provide a positive workplace for all of my employees. I have been delighted to be able to offer opportunities to graduates and non graduates and this award would be a validation of our efforts to become a first class employer.

Compared to some businesses we are a small company but with our commitment to providing a first class service to our clients as well as investing in development of our team we have grown rapidly over the last few years, I am so proud to be in the list of finalists and competing against national businesses. Being able to take my team to the awards ceremony to celebrate the success together would be the icing on the cake as we wouldn’t be where we are without them.” Siva Kugathas, Franchisee.

“When it comes to business recognition, the Lloyds Bank National Business Awards are the ones to win. They allow any successful organisation to tell their story, from large private and public companies, to thriving entrepreneurial businesses, promising start-ups and established SMEs,” said Sarah Austin, Awards Director.

“Winning a Lloyds Bank National Business Award comes with significant business benefits, including increased brand awareness and reputation among customers and partners, valuable insight into best practice and employee recognition and retention.”

Siva Kugathas and ServiceMaster Clean Contract Services Guildford, Bracknell, Thames Valley, Luton & Watford have already won several business awards and proud of their commitment to providing excellence in the commercial cleaning industry.

Find out more about Siva & the team here – ServiceMaster Clean Contract Services Guildford.

A veteran in the franchising industry, our very own, Siva Kugathas has been shortlisted in the Transformation category at the bfa HSBC British Franchise Awards, taking place at the Vox, Birmingham, on November 30.

Siva, who before taking over the ServiceMaster Guildford franchise in January 2017, had already had a career in franchising for over 20 years with both KFC and Pizza Hut, used all that knowledge to transform the business, with turnover now 10 times that of when he first took on the resale.

He chose ServiceMaster Clean Contract Services, a contract commercial cleaning specialist franchise as he believed the potential for growth was evident.

“I am always looking for different and unusual ways to promote my business. In 2017 I featured on Eagle Radio in a carpet cleaning video for “National Clean Your Floors Day.”

Yes, that’s right, a video for radio. It was posted across the radio stations social media platforms and had great results. From this short video, I was noticed by a local company and secured a contract worth £100,000. It’s so exciting when trying something new has such a positive impact on your business.

I already feel incredibly proud to be recognised as a finalist in the BFA Awards. To me, they are the pinnacle of franchise industry awards and winning would be the ultimate achievement. I always strive to be the best in what I do and a BFA award would be a validation of this.” Siva Kugathas, Franchisee.

Pip Wilkins QFP, CEO of the bfa, said:

“In little more than three years, Siva has taken an existing franchise unit and increased its turnover tenfold. This is a fantastic achievement and it has also benefitted people in the community as he has gone from hiring one supervisor to one office manager, one operations manager, three area managers, one sales executive and seven mobile cleaners.”

Andrew Brattesani, Head of Franchising at HSBC, added:

“From the offset, Siva was determined to double the size of his business in 18 months. He focused heavily on maintaining relationships with the existing client base and receiving monthly feedback from customers, as well as putting staff retention at the centre of his objectives.”

Siva will go head-to-head against three other franchisees in November.

Good luck Siva!

The last couple of months have been tough for many local businesses and services as they were forced to temporarily close in March when lockdown was put in place; but some had to remain open. Schools, GP surgeries and some businesses all had to remain open to provide vital services. Staying open to provide these valuable services also created its own challenges, keeping staff, patients and pupils safe had new hurdles to overcome.

ServiceMaster Clean Contract Services Guildford (Owned by Siva Kugathas) provide daily and weekly cleaning for lots of local businesses, schools, nurseries and healthcare providers all year round; and as their client’s needs changed, they were able to adapt working patterns to ensure that their cleaning staff could meet the increased demand on some of their client’s sites to ensure that they could continue to operate safely.

Not only have ServiceMaster Guildford managed to meet the changing needs of their existing clients but, Siva and his team were more than equipped to help new clients that needed additional cleaning support during the crisis to help them to stay open safely. Suitable PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) was provided for all of the cleaning staff that kept working to help keep both them and their clients safe. All ServiceMaster Guildford staff received and continue to receive regular communication to ensure they are up to date with changing requirements.

It has long been ServiceMaster Guildfords aim to establish a long-term relationship with their clients in which they play a key role in enhancing the image, cleanliness and hygiene of their clients premises.

In 2018 ServiceMaster Guildford invested in EShield technology, a disinfection system using electrostatic sprayers. They were the first approved users of the patented EShield technology in the UK, and this technology has enabled them to also provide COVID-19 sanitisation within 24 hours of a call from their client. ServiceMaster Guildford have sanitised offices and factories that had had positive COVID-19 cases, enabling them to reopen their premises to resume their services as soon as possible. The requirements for general deep cleans and sanitisation is also increasing as more businesses and services are allowed to open.

Siva’s priority is to go above and beyond to provide exceptional customer service, he is working with all of his clients to help them to continue to operate by implementing new or reviewing current cleaning processes to help make it safe for all.

Siva Kugathas the business owner of ServiceMaster Clean Contract Services Guildford will be sleeping outdoors again this year on the 20th March 2020 for the YMCA Sleep Easy 2020. Siva is raising money to support the YMCA for the work that they do for young homeless people.

You can help Siva raise money for this great cause by donating directly to their fundraising page – https://www.justgiving.com/Siva-Kugathas?utm_source=Sharethis&utm_medium=fundraisingpage&utm_content=Siva-Kugathas&utm_campaign=pfp-email&utm_term=YdaA53wnB.

JustGiving sends your donation straight to YMCA DownsLink Group so that they can put your generosity to good use!

Thank you for your support!

All of the team at ServiceMaster Clean Contract Services Guildford, are delighted that one of our clients – YMCA Guildford Foyer has been nominated for an award at the YMCA Youth Matters awards.

Just over 3 years ago YMCA Guildford was registered as a welcome centre for Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children (UASC). Due to local authority cuts the welcome centre service was cut. However YMCA Guildford were determined to maintain their services and put to use the expertise developed in that time to support newly arrived UASC within a supported housing environment.

The award they have been nominated for is the Diversity Award 2019 

Read more here: https://www.ymca.org.uk/about/awards/diversity-award-2019#1553519934929-884973d6-8108aea4-3752

We’d love to help the team atYMCA Guildford Foyer get the votes they need to get shortlisted and get the awesome young people they work with to the event and we’d love it if you could help too.

One of our franchisees, Siva Kugathas, who runs ServiceMaster Clean Contract Services Guildford slept on the streets to support YMCA!

Siva YMCA

YMCA DownsLink Group hosted their annual Sleep Easy Event at Guildford Castle, which had around 31 people sleeping outdoors on the night of Friday 22nd March.

Siva was one of the dedicated men and women that decided to support this fantastic cause and decided to donate a whopping £1000 to the event and YMCA.

“It was very tough having to sleep just the one night outside, but homeless people sleep every night on the street. I knew I would go home the next day, but those who sleep on the streets don’t have that facility. It made me think deeper.” commented Siva

Sleep Easy has taken place in five locations so far across YMCA DownsLink Groups area, and to date, they have raised more than £42,000! The money raised goes towards helping young people that are currently living homeless, for multiple different reasons.

Donations can still be made online to this great cause at bit.ly/SleepEasy19.

Siva also added, “I am proud to have been involved with this event, and at ServiceMaster Clean Contract Services Guildford we are always looking to closely work with local charities and support them in any way we can”.

ServiceMaster Clean Contract Services Guildford are please to be able to help with this worthwhile cause.

Trincomalee R.K.M Sri Koneswara Hindu College
Old Students Association
United Kingdom

Trincomalee R.K.M Sri Koneswara Hindu College

We would like to express our gratitude for your generous donation of GBP 500.00 towards our charitable causes. Your donation was used to renovate 2 wells in Seethanan Veli village in the Eastern outskirts of Trincomalee District. A community of 100 families were struggling without clean water for drinking and general purpose and your donation helped us in rectifying that.

On behalf of both Hindu OSA UK & Seethanan Veli community, I would like to thank you and hope that you will continue to support our cause in the future.

Fraternally,

Ilancheliyan (Cheliyan)
Secretary

Following a fantastic year, ServiceMaster Clean Contract Services Guildford took the Management team for a social event to show thanks to the team and further build team spirt.

The fixture was Guildford Flames vs Coventry Blaze on Sat 12th Jan 2019

It was a great event and a good opportunity to stop talking all things Office Cleaning and get behind one of the local teams here in Guildford, sadly Guildford lost on this occasion but ServiceMaster Clean Contract Services Guildford will be back to show support soon.

 

The Managing Director Siva Kugathas over at ServiceMaster Clean Contract Services Guildford & Thames Valley joined in with the nation hosting a Macmillan coffee morning for the staff in his team and other staff within his office building.

There were fun little games like “Place The Cherry on The Gateau” and guess the weight of the cake, along with more cake and coffee than a supermarket, it ended up being a fun morning, with some full stomachs!

Siva, the management team, some friends and the ServiceMaster Clean Contract Services brand manager, Guy Strang raised the grand total of £300.22.

I’m sure this is something they will do next year and after hearing how much fun the team had, and how much money was raised other ServiceMaster Clean Contract Services teams around the country will do the same next year also.

ServiceMaster Clean Contract Services Guildford has another podcast on Eagle Radio, have a listen to find out what Guy Strang – Brand Manager for ServiceMaster Clean Contract Services has to say about us and the Contract Services network.

Click the logo to listen to the Podcast.

Eagle Radio pod cast

ServiceMaster Clean Guildford, is a franchise of ServiceMaster, owned and managed by Siva Kugathas for just the last 18 months, the business continues to go from strength to strength.

ServiceMaster Clean Guildford provides commercial cleaning services for doctor surgeries, veterinary practices, car showrooms, sport stadiums, offices, factories and schools throughout Guildford, Woking and Farnham.

Siva collected Rookie of the Year, Sales Growth and his employee Kinga Derenowska picked up Employee of the Year at the Summer Summit conference for ServiceMaster limited held in June of this year.

“To pick up these three awards despite only being in business a short length of time is fantastic. I am thrilled, we all are.” Commented Siva

“I chose to nominate Kinga for Employee of the Year as this year she really has gone above and beyond. Kinga started as an office admin worker and her main responsibility was doing Payroll and Accounts. She was not responsible for recruitment or any other operational duties. However, she saw that I needed help and took it upon herself to help during her own spare time.

“We grew from 17 employees on payroll when I took over the business to 79 in just 11 months and Kinga has always been on hand wherever needed in the business. I truly believe CS Guildford wouldn’t have grown this much so soon, without the commitment and help from Kinga” Finished Siva

Picking up one award is an achievement, but to collect three in the first year of business is outstanding.

The Team have been busy at ServiceMaster Clean Contract Services Guildford, we have been helping our local radio station Eagle Radio promote ‘National Clean your floors day’

View our video of Siva teaching presenter Peter Gordon how to clean floors the ServiceMaster Way.

Siva Kugathas (43), of Sutton, spent 20 years working in senior franchise roles, for both Pizza Hut and KFC in both the UK and Europe before choosing to invest in the Guildford-based, commercial cleaning franchise, ServiceMaster Clean Contract Services (CS Guildford). Siva was responsible for creating KFC’s UK Operations Service Manual and achieved the Restaurant Manager of the Year award in 1997.

CS Guildford currently turns over £138,000 and employs 30 staff but Siva aims to double this size of the company and his over the next 18 months. The company provides daily office and commercial cleaning services to businesses across the region and is part of the ServiceMaster franchise network, which has been trading in the UK since 1959.

Siva said: “There’s huge potential for this company and we’re looking forward to seeing rapid growth by adding new clients and by bringing in and developing new staff. The support from ServiceMaster has been excellent and I’m excited to get up and running and working with our new and existing clients.”

Guy Strang, brand operations manager, ServiceMaster Clean Contract Services UK added: “Siva’s experience and passion for providing an excellent customer service is second to none and we’re confident CS Guildford will grow rapidly, bringing wealth and jobs to the Guildford area.”

CS Guildford was founded in 1992 and is part of a national network of 68 licensed office cleaning businesses.

ServiceMaster Clean Contract Services of Guildford have gone from strength to strength in the last 23 months, growing by 500k. The Managing Director, Siva Kugathas has awarded some of his staff for their hard work in accordance with the company’s success.

Siva decided to have an awards evening on 30th November 2018 and hosted it in The Shard, Central London. All that made an appearance, including brand manager Guy Strang, said how enjoyable the evening was.

The three that received an award for the “Sales Contribution Award” were;

Agnes Bielawska

Awards Evening

Kinga Derenowska

Awards Evening

Alexandra Preda

Awards Evening

These three members of staff are all part of the management team at ServiceMaster Clean Contract Services Guildford.

We hope you join us in congratulating these three members of staff on their awards, and of course the continued success of the business as a whole. We look forward to seeing what the next year brings Siva and his team.

ServiceMaster Clean Contract Services provide commercial cleaning services for doctor surgeries, veterinary practices, car showrooms, sports stadiums, offices, factories and schools throughout the UK.

ServiceMaster Clean Guildford, is a franchise of ServiceMaster, owned and managed by Siva Kugathas for just the last 18 months the business continues to go from strength to strength.

ServiceMaster Clean Guildford provides commercial cleaning services for doctor surgeries, veterinary practices, car showrooms, sport stadiums, offices, factories and schools throughout Guildford, Woking and Farnham.

Siva collected Rookie of the Year, Sales Growth and his employee Kinga Derenowska picked up Employee of the Year at the Summer Summit conference for ServiceMaster limited held in June of this year.

“To pick up these three awards despite only being in business a short length of time is fantastic. I am thrilled, we all are.” Commented Siva.

“I chose to nominate Kinga for Employee of the Year as this year she really has gone above and beyond. Kinga started as an office admin worker and her main responsibility was doing Payroll and Accounts. She was not responsible for recruitment or any other operational duties. However, she saw that I needed help and took it upon herself to help during her own spare time.

“We grew from 17 employees on payroll when I took over the business to 79 in just 11 months and Kinga has always been on hand wherever needed in the business. I truly believe CS Guildford wouldn’t have grown this much so soon, without the commitment and help from Kinga” Finished Siva

Picking up one award is an achievement, but to collect three in the first year of business is outstanding.

Managing Director of ServiceMaster, Alan Lewin said: “It was great to see so many of our franchise community and suppliers gathered together to engage in the Summer Summit event. I am always appreciative of the commitment that our franchisees and suppliers make in taking a day out of their business to invest time with peers, colleagues and the franchise support team at ServiceMaster.

“We recognise achievements in the categories of Growth, People, Customer and Invest, these headings form part of our organisational “North Star” which we use as is a simple guide to cultural performance and strategic execution for all stakeholders across our community.

“We recognise the big obvious stuff like, rising NPS scores, customer service accolades, established franchisees that have grown their revenues by in excess of £1m+, and new franchisees that have got great results from their start up, and beaten their financial projections” Finished Alan

Recognising some of the less obvious, but nonetheless culturally vital parts of franchising is imperative to ServiceMaster and the Summer Summit conference allowed this to happen.

Awards were given for not only growth, but also to those that have given back to their community, or employees of franchisees that have demonstrated their commitment to the brand attributes engaging in initiatives and actions with colleagues and customers well beyond their job description, very often in their own time at their own expense.

“I would like to thank Kinga and rest of the team for their support, along with ServiceMaster, and some older franchisees that have been imperative in my start up process” Finished Siva.

A local entrepreneur has invested in and taken ownership of a Guildford-based commercial cleaning franchise and aims to create new employment opportunities as the business expands.

Siva Kugathas (43), of Sutton, spent 20 years working in senior franchise roles, for both Pizza Hut and KFC in both the UK and Europe before choosing to invest in the Guildford-based, commercial cleaning franchise, ServiceMaster Clean Contract Services (CS Guildford). Siva was responsible for creating KFC’s UK Operations Service Manual and achieved the Restaurant Manager of the Year award in 1997.

CS Guildford currently turns over £138,000 and employs 30 staff but Siva aims to double this size of the company and his over the next 18 months. The company provides daily office and commercial cleaning services to businesses across the region and is part of the ServiceMaster franchise network, which has been trading in the UK since 1959.

Siva said: “There’s huge potential for this company and we’re looking forward to seeing rapid growth by adding new clients and by bringing in and developing new staff. The support from ServiceMaster has been excellent and I’m excited to get up and running and working with our new and existing clients.”

Guy Strang, brand operations manager, ServiceMaster Clean Contract Services UK added: “Siva’s experience and passion for providing an excellent customer service is second to none and we’re confident CS Guildford will grow rapidly, bringing wealth and jobs to the Guildford area.”

CS Guildford was founded in 1992 and is part of a national network of 68 licensed office cleaning businesses.