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What a great evening! Our Sales Director, Alan Davies, as well as over 250 other professionals, attended an event in support of Havens Hospice.
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As Christmas approaches, so does the new year! Make sure you start 2019 right by having all preparations in place for a smooth transition back to work. The cleanliness and tidiness of your office will directly correlate with productivity, therefore allow your employees to settle back into the working day by ensuring your cleaning schedule is thorough.  
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The fun and laughter has officially ended… it is time to start planning Christmas 2019! Just kidding. Firstly, you will need to tackle the aftermath from this year’s party. This blog outlines everything you need to do to effectively clean after the office Christmas party.  
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You will be counting down the days until the office Christmas party, but cleaning preparations need to be made in order for a stress-free night. You may have important clients attending, therefore you need to ensure the office is a clean, clear and pleasant environment for the party. Here is your cleaning prep checklist for the office Christmas party. Declutter the office Before any cleaning can be done, you will need to declutter the office. If desks, workspaces and countertops are dominated with items the cleaner will struggle to do an intensive cleaning of the office. If not properly completed, you will be wasting the cleaner’s time and your money, as well as having space which is not free of germs and dust. Make sure everyone is made aware of needing their workspaces to be clear, ready to be cleaned. As well as being actually clean, the office will need to have proper preparations complete in order to uphold a strong sense of positive brand identity.
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It is time to start writing your Christmas list and we know what should be at the top- Grounds Maintenance.  
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The festive season is a time of joy, fun and excitement- especially the office Christmas party. You have started the planning and are counting down the days, but have you considered perhaps the most important part? Security. It is essential that any occasion where large numbers of people come together, there are security measures in place to ensure everyone’s safety. As the party host, it is your responsibility to maintain a high level of protection throughout the night.   Guest list Regardless if it is office staff only, office staff + partners or an office staff + clients party, all will need a guest list to ensure no one enters without permission. In preparation for the event, have a guest list drawn up of attendees and have someone standing front of house controlling the flow of guests. Perhaps have a friendly face from the office completing this task, but always have a trained security professional on hand to mitigate any emergency situation if they were to occur.
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Firstly, our consumables service is where we offer a range of consumable products both cleaning and catering related that you can order and have sent to your business. We complete all of the admin on your behalf and ensure a smooth process from order to delivery!  
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Here at WINNS, we pride ourselves on providing professional security and cleaning services to our clients. We are small enough to care and are always resourced and experienced to deliver excellence.  
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If you wish to improve brand identity, increase productivity and get more out of your money you need to introduce a tidy desk policy into your workplace. It may sound silly, but by the time you have finished reading this blog you will tell yourself ‘why didn’t I have a tidy desk policy sooner?’   More efficient working There is endless talk of how the area that you work in directly correlates with productivity levels, enjoyment of work and more manageable workload. With your employees being sat at their desk for the majority of the day, it is essential that their environment is clean, clear and organised both for their own welfare and your business’.
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The finance sector uses a LOT of energy to run their offices effectively. With energy consumption being a hot topic at the moment in the world of business, it is essential that techniques to monitor energy use are in place- introducing the energy management system (EMS). We have previously spoken about what it is (click the link if you missed that blog), therefore it is time to address how it benefits your business! Keep reading to find out.
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Now Autumn has officially started, it is time to up the pest control methods as the season turns colder, wetter and nature dies, pests go in search of somewhere to call home… your building perhaps? It is essential you know what the warning signs are of pest contamination, therefore we have written this blog to help you protect your property.
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If you are hosting an event for guests, clients or employees you are responsible for their safety. A space that is comfortable, protected and embodies a feeling of security will mean a more enjoyable experience for visitors that will, in turn, reflect well on your business. With every event comes a reason for hosting it, this reason will be the main focus if the environment is safe and secure- if not, the focus can shift and the business intentions become redundant.
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If you have laundry, such as commercial linens, washroom towels, catering items or work wear, we have one question- how do you wash them? Most have a standard washer and dryer on site, or use personal appliances, but did you know you could be causing more harm than good? In this blog, we discuss why commercial businesses need to start outsourcing their laundry services, keep reading to find out.
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Essentially, Periodic Cleaning is best implemented when tasks need to be carried out less frequently or are integral in complimenting the daily cleaning. This service means that you have a cleaner arranged to come into your premises on a regular and agreed basis. This could be weekly, monthly or even less than that. The idea is that your premises can be perfectly cleaned and decluttered, but you don’t have to commit to cleaning more frequently than you need. This means you are more resourceful with your time and money, therefore less is wasted.
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An outbreak of infection is commonly said to be a situation when two or more people are experiencing similar symptoms of illness. In the office, this is a common occurrence. However, some types of businesses are more prone than others (for example accountants, banks, construction, transport etc.) as more items are commonly used by a variety of people. It is the number of people using one item that makes the spread of germs more likely to occur. Therefore, your cleaning schedule will need to react to help limit the spread of sickness in your office.
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Most assume that because you’re protecting your online presence that all of your security requirements are now handled… this could not be further from the truth. Your technology and sensitive information may be protected from criminals online, but this does not prevent criminals from physically entering the building and taking your valuables.
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Energy management systems are quickly rising in popularity due to their ability to save endless amounts of energy and money for businesses. Other techniques can be used, but it is the detailed nature of the data provided that allows even more savings to be made. Return on investment is clear and easy to see, making it the ideal choice for any business looking to cut down on wasted energy use.
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It is commonly known that the office phone is a breeding ground for deadly diseases. Not only is it sitting in the main hotspot for bacteria, it has hands continuously touching it and mouths regularly speaking into it, that makes it riddled with germs. Those in the financial sector know the phone is a key part of the day, from the CEO to the junior- all can be infected by their phone. The amount of use means you need to ensure your cleaner, as well as yourself, is educated on the best practices to keep your phone truly clean.
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As a running business, you need to ensure you never run out of consumable products. This can portray your brand as unprofessional, cause improper cleaning or even unsanitary working conditions. All can significantly affect your business in some way, any issue can cause detrimental effects to a company, therefore ensuring products are constantly well-stocked means there is little room for error.
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You may have a refined security strategy, but does that include alarm activations? There are many benefits to having an alarm, especially within the commercial sector. We have previously spoken about what alarm activation services are, this blog tells you the benefits and why you should install an alarm into your property… today.
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Did you know the exterior of your business directly correlates with the success of your business? There are many factors that are controlled when the outside of your property is properly maintained, therefore professional grounds maintenance should be a key part of your maintenance schedule.
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Ultimately, the question is not when- you should be investing now! Your financial business is at stake, it can only take one burglary to end your company for good. Prevention is key to the success of your brand and the profits you receive. If you are yet to introduce a thorough security plan to your building, you face the risk of damage or injury to your staff, both physically and morally this is a burden you will have to deal with if forced entry was to occur. Regardless of industry, size or number of employees any property is at risk, avert burglary today!
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It is a legal requirement that toilets are within your workplace and can be easily accessed. The number of employees will determine how many toilet cubicles are required as a minimum, but at least one in every building should be made available. In order to make these areas of the office as pleasant as possible, there are additional necessities to provide for your employees.  
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We are finally fully immersed in autumn. With winter creeping on us, the rise of people contracting the flu maintains a steady increase. You can probably hear the sniffles and coughs as you read this blog, but the question remains- how can you try to prevent your staff from taking sick days?
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