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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.

In December , ServiceMaster Clean COntract Services Canterbury/Ashford carried out a Beach Clean to raise money for Porchlight. Porchlight is the largest charity in Kent that helps the homeless and vulnerable.

We are pleased to say we raised £198.50! This will go a long way to funding their homeless helpline or providing welcome packs for someone’s first night away from the streets .

Thank you to everyone who donated!

We shall keep you posted about our next charity event.

porchlight

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!

Here at ServiceMaster Clean Contract Services Canterbury we are passionate about cleaning and giving back to our local community.

As part of our commitment to our local community and our company environmental ethos, ServiceMaster Canterbury took part in a Beach clean. The beach clean took place on Friday 13th November and four members of the office team took part. The team were provided with a litter picking kit by the foreshore services through Canterbury Council and were given a specific part of the beach to clean.
The clean took about an hour and a half in total and made a noticeable difference to the beach so all of the local residents can enjoy it more. As part of our environmentally aware ethos at ServiceMaster Canterbury, we are putting plans in place to take part in more regular beach cleans during 2020.
ServiceMaster Canterbury are putting in plans to go ‘Above and Beyond’ not only in cleaning but also giving back to our local community and raising money for a local charity while we are at it.
Here’s to a brighter, cleaner, healthier 2020

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”.