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PAWS May – The Essex Scrubber

Sheila Gray with Christine Beedle MBE (right)

PAWS May – The Essex Scrubber

PAWS’ May meeting saw 43 members listening to Christine Beedle MBE talk about “The Essex Scrubber”.  Christine was a very inspirational speaker and started off by talking about buying her cleaning business and obtaining her first contract with Willis Corroon in Ipswich, cleaning Norman Foster’s iconic building (see below), in 1975.

From 35 to 850 Cleaners

Christine started with 35 cleaners and build the business to 850 when she sold the business in 2000. She wanted to change the face of cleaners for good and promote cleaners as a profession.

It was a fabulous journey but the most enjoyable part of it all was seeing women join the business and grow with it. We always promoted from within.

Christine worked closely with the CSSA (Cleaning and Support Service Association) for ten years and was the only woman on the Association’s Board of Directors.  The government, the DTI and the Low Pay Commission regularly approached Christine for her views on employment issues, such as National Minimum Wage and Working Time Directive.

The Willis Building

Recognition

Recognition flowed as Christine was voted East Anglia Businesswoman of the Year in 1992, won the Women into Business Award presented by Kenneth Clarke, Chancellor of the Exchequer, at 10 Downing Street in 1995, and the MBE for Services to the Cleaning Industry in 1998, presented by the Queen.

She has written 2 books outlining her journey and humorous facts along the way.  These books were were on sale on the night. Christine was happy to answer the numerous questions after her talk.

henry-brickwoodThe Best Back Gardens

Our next get together is on June 27th when Henry Brickwood returns with his talk on “Best Back Gardens”.  Read about his last visit in 2013 here.  Membership is currently full but visitors are very welcome at a cost of £5.00 which includes refreshments.

You can find details of all our meetings and speakers on the diary of the home page of this website. If you would like further information about P.A.W.S please ring either of the following committee members:

  • Alice Holmes 01206 735510, or
  • Jane Anderson 01206 735505.
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The Who Will Care? Awards Return for 2017

Who Will Care? AwardsThe Who Will Care? Awards Return for 2017

Nominations are now open for the prestigious Who Will Care? Awards taking place on 24 May 2017. Seven award categories celebrate the unsung heroes volunteering across Essex.  They bring together communities and individuals who are working to make Essex an even greater place to live, work and visit. 

Nominate any business, charity or individual you feel deserves recognition for their volunteering efforts in our county, by filling in an online form

Nominations close Friday 3 March 2017 at midnight. Read about last year’s winners here.

The awards bring together communities and individuals across Essex who are working to make Essex an even greater place to live, work and visit.

Seven Categories

  • The Business Award
    For commercial organisations who have made an impact in their community.
  • The Voluntary Community Service Award
    Reflecting innovation or outstanding service delivery by a third sector organisation.
  • Individual Volunteer Award (Young Person)
    For volunteers aged under 18 who have demonstrated outstanding commitment within their community. This may be something they have done independently or in connection with a charity/community group or employer.
  • Individual Volunteer Award (Adult)
    For volunteers aged 18+ who have demonstrated outstanding commitment within their community. This may be something they have done independently or in connection with a charity/community group or employer.
  • Individual Volunteer Award
    For volunteers who have overcome adversity to contribute to a group or community despite the challenges they have faced.
  • Volunteer Team Award
    A group of two or more volunteers of any age who have made an outstanding contribution to their community either independently or with a charity, community group or their employer.
  • Innovation Award
    For social enterprises, commercial organisations and individuals who have demonstrated innovation to support the community.
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