Unity Group’s Professional Accreditations
24th September 2018
We are proud of Unity Group’s industry reputation and market standing. But don’t take our word for it: Unity Group belongs to several prestigious business associations, which provide important validation and accreditations from highly respected third parties.
As a leading commercial cleaning company, Unity Group provides a wide range of services across England and the UK. Our services include commercial cladding and window cleaning, carpet cleaning, gutter clearing, grounds maintenance and pressure washing.
Based in Morley, West Yorkshire, Unity Group has clients in many industries, including hotels, offices, retail parks, schools and sports venues. Our notable clients include First Direct Arena, Leeds United Football Club, Merrion Centre Leeds and Kirklees Council. We also work alongside strategic partners in complementary industries such as pest control, electrical works and parking services.
Unity Group aims to achieve a high quality and reliable professional service, with minimum disruption to both facilities and personnel.
We are proud of our business and the reputation it has established. But don’t take our word for it: Unity Group belongs to several prestigious business associations, which we believe provide important validation and accreditations from highly respected third parties.
Here are a few of our notable memberships and accreditations:
CHAS – The Contractors Health and Safety Accreditation Scheme
CHAS was created by experienced health and safety professionals in 1997 to improve health and safety standards across the UK.
CHAS demonstrates quality management to ISO 9001 standard, and environmental management to ISO 14001.
One of the founders of third party accreditation, CHAS is the UK’s leading authority on health and safety compliance, setting industry benchmarks, providing assurance and offering best-in-class services. The objectives of CHAS are:
- To simplify health and safety contractor assessment by standardising requirements.
- To allow companies to avoid undergoing health and safety assessments for every job.
CHAS has more than 900 public and private sector clients, and has more than 70,000 registered contractors in its database.
BICSc – The British Institute of Cleaning Science
The British Institute of Cleaning Science (BICSc) is the largest independent, professional and educational body within the cleaning industry with over 20,000 individual and corporate members in the UK and around the world
BICSc’s mission is to raise the standards of education and to build knowledge within the cleaning industry through professional standards and accredited training. It aims to:
- Protect workers
- Provide a safe and clean working environment
- Preserve machinery and other assets
- Promote sustainability
- Develop and encourage industry best practices
UKHA – UK Housekeepers Association
Founded in 1984, the UKHA is now the largest Housekeepers Association in Europe.
UKHA represents hotel, catering and hospitality professionals, and is the sole organisation in the UK representing housekeeping, accommodation management services and ancillary businesses that provide services to the industry, such as Unity Group.
Morley Chamber of Trade and Commerce
Morley Chamber is an organisation for businesses, tradespeople and anyone interested in the town of Morley to promote the town, its businesses and social environment.
It also acts as a body for business people to socialise and meet other businesses with a view to developing contacts and business networks, trading together and referring contacts.
The Chamber represents its members on all aspects and issues affecting them, and plays an important role in promoting and improving the town centre and local environment, to increase the appeal of the town of Morley as a shopping and commercial centre to the benefit of all local trades and businesses.
IPAF – The International Powered Access Federation
The International Powered Access Federation (IPAF) promotes the safe and effective use of powered access equipment worldwide in the widest sense. Unity Group makes extensive use of cherry pickers for cleaning windows and cladding, in addition to gutter clearing.
IPAF provides technical advice and information, influences and interprets legislation and standards, and it delivers safety initiatives and training programmes.
IPAF is a not-for-profit organisation owned by its members, which include manufacturers, rental companies, distributors, commercial contractors and users.
IOSH – The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health
The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) is the world’s largest health and safety membership body.
IOSH is a UK-based organisation that offers professional qualifications in order to promote, raise and maintain standards of health and safety in the workplace.
With 44,000 members in 99 countries, IOSH is committed to ensuring that global work practices are safe, healthy and sustainable.
FWC – The Federation of Window Cleaners
Established in 1947, FWC is an independent, non-profit organisation supporting the needs of commercial and domestic window cleaners with the government and other professional bodies.
FWC works alongside associations such as the British Cleaning Council (BCC), IOSH, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and the Cleaning Industry Liaison Forum (CILF)
Members include window cleaning companies of all sizes, and they receive legal and technical support, health and safety information, discounts on essential business applications, industry news through a quarterly trade journal, and high quality accredited training courses across the UK.
FWC offers the only Safety Accreditation Scheme (SAM) that is aimed specifically at the window cleaning industry. Its objective is to provide support and advice on general health and safety requirements to commercial cleaning companies throughout the UK.
CSCS –Construction Skills Certification Scheme
CSCS is the leading skills certification scheme within the UK construction industry.
CSCS accreditation proves that individuals working on construction sites have the required training and qualifications for the type of work they carry out.
The scheme keeps a database of people working in construction who are committed to achieving a recognised construction-related qualification.
Holding a CSCS card is not strictly a legal requirement. It is up to the principal contractor or client whether workers are required to hold a card before they are allowed on site. However, most principal contractors and major house builders require construction workers on their sites to hold a valid CSCS card.
CSCS is a not-for-profit limited company. Its directors are from employer organisations and unions representing the breadth of the industry.