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Welcome aboard Lewis!

James Anderson owner of Washforce Reading & Henley, has welcomed Lewis to his rapidly growing team of experts!

Lewis comes with previous experience at a window cleaning firm but is keen to get to working in a more specialised cleaning business. 

He's new to the team but has really hit the ground running! 

Good luck Lewis!


GDPR Compliance

Most customers will be aware of the recent changes to the data privacy laws called GDPR (General Data Protection Regulations). Washforce have updated their privacy policy in accordance with the new legislation.

We have put in place new training, policies and procedures for technicians, staff, franchisees and our support teams to ensure that we maintain the privacy of our customers.

If you have any concerns please call the office for clarity or more information.

MD wins Entrepreneur of the Year

We had some great news on Friday when Sean Taylor the MD of the Forces Group was announced the winner of the EC Entrepreneur of the Year at the EC National Conference held in the Hilton at the NEC.

Sean was the winner of the prestigious "Entrepreneur of the Year 2017" after being shortlisted to the final 6.

Sean said "I was amazed to be announced the winner when I heard the stories of the other entries and couldn't believe it when my name was read out".

The award was presented by the founder of the EC (Entrepeneurs Circle) and serial entrepreneur, Nigel Botterill.

Sean said "this entry is not just about the year but about the journey over the years, and as all business owners know it is a huge roller coaster of a journey. This is definitely a high point and my thanks to my business partner Paul Smith, the whole team and many more that have helped the journey.."

"We support a large network of business owners (franchisees) and I hope this give everyone a lift and some inspiration to push on and achieve great things."


MD is Shortlisted for Entrepreneur of the Year 2017

Washforce are excited to see the Group MD Sean Taylor being shortlisted for the EC Entrepreneur of the Year 2017. After an exciting year for the Group, Sean will be attending the EC National Conference on 8th December when the winner will be announced.

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Forces Group Conference draws near

The next Forces Group National Conference is fast approaching. A special day when all the business owners / operators join together to share ideas and celebrate the successes of the last 6 months. It also serves as an opportunity to learn new things that will help push things forward.


Washforce Directors Race The Sun!

The directors of Washforce raised a staggering £3000 for the children's medical research charity Action with the Race The Sun Charity Challenge!

Sean Taylor (Managing Director) and Paul Smith (Commercial Director) were amongst the 200 plus participants competing in the Lake District based event on August 29th, which started with a lengthy bike ride at 06:19AM before sunrise, followed by a testing hike up Britains second highest mountain- Helvellyn at 3,116ft (950m). It didn't finish there...

The race against time continued with a further bike ride before a 3km canoe course within the Lake Thirlmere, concluding with another bike riding which totalled 50km on wheels!

The challenging course took Sean and Paul 10hrs 55mins against the sunset, finishing a respectable 26th.

For more information about the Race The Sun event, click here.

The Peeping Tom

Over the weekend, I happened to hear George Formby’s When I’m Cleaning Windows play on the radio and was amused to think that the 1933 smash-hit about a Peeping Tom is still able to tickle my humour over 80 years since its release. 

However, it also got me thinking about how window cleaning has wrongly become associated with the slapstick voyeurism we see on our comedies. I suppose it was an easy target for Formby to use in his song…how many professions can claim to have an intimate view into our homes on a day-to-day basis? However, was he the first to make this connection or has this link between window cleaners and peeping Tom’s always been made?

Not so, we at Washforce argue! Indeed, after careful study of the scrolls of antiquity, we’re keen to finally divulge the truth… the first Peeping Tom was not in fact a window cleaner but ….are you ready for this…a tailor! Indeed, according to legend it was hapless Tom the Tailor of Coventry who sometime midway through the 11th century was tempted to strike a hole from a shutter and view the noblewoman Lady Godiva ride on horseback through the streets completely starkers! Contrary to your initial thoughts, Coventry wasn’t a nudist hotspot during Saxon times – Lady Godiva was riding naked for the rather more boring reason of a marital protest against her husband who had imposed a whopping great tax on the beleaguered townspeople. Either way, despite instructed the people of Coventry to bolt themselves in while she rode past, Peeping Tom couldn’t resist and was struck blind or dead as a result (the records get a bit hazy at this point!)

So we’re happy to say that it was Formby who dealt this completely unfounded stereotype to window cleaners that we in the industry are still typecast as today…if you ask us at Washforce, we’d advise taking a long hard look at your tailor…if Tom’s anything to go by, he may be doing the same to you when you’re not looking!