Best value doesn’t always mean cheap, when reviewing tenders to choose the best suppliers, overall quality of service, products used and delivery of service should be taken into account rather than just price.
Here at USS although we appreciate cost is an important factor to many of our client’s, we are not always the cheapest but what we do deliver is a consultative approach and a high quality service.
A best value guide has recently been developed by the European Federation of Cleaning Industries to aid buyers in choosing the best suppliers and it also includes a useful interactive tool which enables personnel responsible for reviewing tenders to understand their cleaning requirements better and grade each section against importance.
USS embraces this new framework and encourage existing and new clients to utilise the evaluation tools, we do this to encourage buyers to look at the bigger picture and not just focus on the price, factors like pay rates, staff numbers and working hours need to be taken into consideration when reviewing proposals.
Margins tend to be generally lower in the cleaning industry compared to other sectors and machinery / equipment costs are only a small percentage of the charge, labour and related costs are what make up the largest part of cleaning contract proposals.
Procuring a good quality service and using an organisation that has strong financial standing, professionalism and invests in technical advances and staff training means that clients are not only getting the best but are also fulfilling their legal obligation in terms of providing a safe and hygienic premises and extending the life of their building.
If you are interested in reading the guide, it can be downloaded here http://www.cleaningbestvalue.eu