Downtown in Business: Liverpool is now in the Top 10 cities with the highest growth in jobs.

Interview with Downtown in Business. Originally published here

Merseyside’s economy has seen a significant boost in recent years and Liverpool is now in the Top 10 cities with the highest growth in jobs.

According to a recent think-tank report, the city was ranked number five in the UK, ahead of Nottingham and Leeds, and only just behind Manchester, which came fourth. Between 2010 and 2012, almost 13,000 private sector jobs were created across Liverpool.

One local company reaping the benefits of this is Downtown’s JCS Cleaning (NW) Ltd. The Liverpool based commercial cleaning company, who work with the likes of the NHS, Living Ventures and San Carlo, saw 2014 prove to be one of their most successful years yet; all thanks to the rejuvenation and development happening across the city.

“It’s non-stop – every day you can spot a new building site, or a venue getting a revamp,” said Zoe, the company’s Business Development Manager. “Obviously this is fantastic for us, as we’re able to go out and get the post construction Builders’ Cleans after the work is completed. These last few months alone we’ve worked with Morgan Lovell (on behalf of The Amey Group), Beech Construction (On behalf of Greystar) and Gleeson Homes.”

The North West Cleaners are now officially in the top 4% of all UK cleaning companies which is quite a turnaround from the darkest days of the recession where development across the country came to a halt.

“I only come into the company just over a year ago and I’ve been lucky to start work as everything seems to be getting back on track,” Zoe reveals. “We’ve got so many big hospitality venues on our books; Panoramic 34, Gusto, The Bierkeller, Hannah’s Bar, San Carlo – there are just too many to list. Bars and clubs are spending thousands on their interiors and have realised that they need to hire specialists in order to maintain their investments – that’s where we step in!”

“We’re also expanding alongside our clients – take Fazenda, for example; we started working with them from day one, with a builders’ clean on their Liverpool site, and now we’ve gone with them on their new Manchester site too. This has happened with a few of our clients – it seems to be a logical trend for restaurants to expand over to Manchester, and vice versa, and that’s what we’re doing too – we’re moving with the potential clients. The North West is a great place to be at the moment – both professionally and socially.”

By the sounds of things, 2015 looks set to be another successful year for JCS Cleaning (NW) Ltd.

Juice FM Baz’s Workmates: JCS Cleaning (NW) Ltd

juiceLast month we were thrilled to be Baz’s Workmates on Juice FM. Over the course of the week our cleaning staff (Tina the cleaner and co), and myself, were on the radio every week day nattering away about all things cleaning and office gossip (whilst squirming at the sound of our own voices). We chatted with Baz about all the strange things that can be found while cleaning up the clubs and bars of Liverpool; knickers, prosthetic legs, make up and even positive pregnancy tests! We even managed to get some cringey cleaning related songs on the radio; Xtina’s ‘Dirrtty’, Outkast’s ‘So Fresh, So Clean’, Eminem’s ‘Cleanin’ Out my Closet’ and, of course, Cylsound’s ‘Get Drill & Work’.

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Why your venue NEEDS professional cleaners.

“I think we’re just going to hire our own cleaners for the bar”.

Going to do the cleaning yourself? Good luck with that!

Going to do the cleaning yourself? Good luck with that!

This is the most common statement I come up across when trying to sell JCS Cleaning (NW) Ltd‘s services to bars & clubs. It’s sometimes hard to explain just how important having professional cleaners in your venue can be but it really is essential. If your bar gets a reputation for having grotty, stinking toilets or being a place where your feet stick to the floor, then it doesn’t matter how many fancy cocktails you have on the menu, you’re not going to be projecting the image you want. Continue reading

Liverpool Echo’s Small Business of the Week: JCS Cleaning (NW) Ltd

We’re very proud to reveal that we are this week’s Small Business of the Week in today’s Liverpool Echo. Grab a copy or read here.

No ‘Mrs Mop’ in the modern cleaning industry

Liverpool EchoYoung James Morris quit a degree course at Leeds University to realise his dream of setting up his own business.

The entrepreneur from Waterloo was half way through his studies in bio medical science when he decided that that was not the life for him.

Instead, he set his sights on creating his own commercial cleaning business, inspired by members of his family who had already built up a wealth of experience in the sector. Continue reading

Do you need an End of Tenancy or Builders Clean?

We'll clean up the mess students leave behind

We’ll clean up the mess students leave behind

The academic year is almost over and it’s the end of lectures, dissertations and binge drinking dubious looking £1 shots. Yep, university is coming to end for the summer and that means plenty of students vacating their term houses and, if we’re going to lazily stereotype, leaving them in a bit of tip. Just look at some of these images in this article. Our cleaners at JCS have a wealth of experience in the commercial cleaning industry and our services could be beneficial to letting agents and landlords looking to get their properties sparkling clean for new tenants and viewings.

We have a wealth of experience in the Construction industry and many housing groups and letting agents already rely on our services. We’ve carried out builders cleans on various and varied premises (including a huge amount in Continue reading

Client Profile: The Bierkeller Liverpool

The BavariaImagen Bierkeller. The best German beers in Steins, all served ice cold to your table by waitresses in classic Bavarian dress. It doesn’t get much better than this.

Long bench seating, great decor and live entertainment form Oompah bands at the weekends make the Bavarian Bierkeller the party destination. Whether it’s an office party, birthday or Christmas celebration, the Bierkeller can cater for any need.

Monday’s are officially the toughest day of the week – the weekend’s well and truly over and it seems like an eternity until it’s back again. However, The Bierkeller’s Mega Monday’s is on to make it a bit easier to ease back into the week with a whopping 50% off food and 2-4-1 steins all day. Continue reading

Client Profile: Fazenda Rodizio Bar & Grill

Since opening back in Autumn 2013, Fazenda has quickly established itself as one of Liverpool’s finest restaurants. Situated in Exchange Flags (just off Castle Street) the Rodizio Bar & Grill offers customers a true Brazilian gaucho dining experience, without having to leave Merseyside.

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Before even entering the restaurant, you are immediately impressed with the beautiful exterior of the restaurant. The outside patio area will be perfect for al fresco dining in the upcoming summer months (Lets all just pretend England gets a good enough summer to dine outside!)

Fazenda pride themselves on serving only the finest meats cooked by experienced chefs. At lunch you can enjoy from 7 cuts of meat and come evening you can experience and enjoy the full 15 cuts on offer. The Rodizio system is pretty simple and helped along with attentive and helpful staff – you are given a token which is green on one side, red on the other. The Passadors will come to your table with the meats on offer and if you’re on green, that means you’re all set for some more meat. Flipped to red indicates you’re having a breather – straight forward. Continue reading

Client Profile: Gusto Liverpool, Albert Dock

We’re lucky enough to have some stunning venues as our clients and working with Living Ventures means one of the said venues is the gorgeous, Gusto Liverpool.

Situated on at the gateway to The Albert Dock, it’s worth a trip to Gusto just for the location alone; overlooking the Tate Gallery and surrounded by some of the countries most stunning heritage sites, Gusto really stands out as one of the most picturesque venues in Liverpool.

From the second you walk through the doors you instantly recognise that the restaurant is inspired by a classic Italian ristorante but with a modern, stylish twist. With a delicious menu and exceptional service, you’re guaranteed an amazing experience when you decide to dine at Gusto. Continue reading

‘JCS Cleaning North West’ in the top 4% of UK cleaning firms.

Originally published in Bdaily.

The economic downturn of recent years has seen a negative effect on the cleaning services market but not for North West based JCS Cleaning. Market research data has revealed that the commercial cleaning company finds itself in the 4% biggest cleaning businesses out of an estimated 33,600 across the UK.*

With financial worries being a worry for many businesses, commercial cleaning has been one of the first services to be cut in an effort to reduce costs but this hasn’t affected JCS Cleaning. In fact, 2014 has already seen several new contracts completed with many bars, restaurants and offices across Merseyside and Manchester. Continue reading