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What is the liability of householders to window cleaners on ladders?
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Back in the 1900’s before the Health & Safety at Work Act 1974 was a mere twinkle in the eye of the HSE’s first Director General, John Locke (74) window cleaning, just as all other trades, took great risks. Residential window cleaning by large window cleaning companies were reserved mainly for the very rich and the commercial sector boomed. Around this time, as the population could buy more with their money, working class folk…

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The truth about undercutting residential prices
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I noticed this post yesterday in the Window Cleaning Magazine Facebook Group. A member had posted something they found else where on Facebook. It was a post about a window cleaner displaying his prices that were far lower than the average, in some cases by 50%. So what is the logic behind this? Is it that the window cleaner in question has no idea what to charge or is it something more sinister such as…

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6 things you should consider before hiring your first employee?
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(UK related content) There could come a time when you may want to expand your window cleaning business and so getting your first employee is crucial to that goal. Where do you get your staff? How do you interview? What should you look out for? Here at WCM we have all the questions to these answers and more. Today we are looking at employing your first employee for your window cleaning business. There are…

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Are you open for business?
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Running a successful window cleaning/softwashing/pressure washing business is about balance. At the beginning of the business you will wear many hats. It will be you that deals with the sales, the work and quality, the after sales, the bookkeeping, the buying, the planning, the scheduling, and the training. Ideally you might aspire to first base of a real business, getting an employee to help you. Ordinarily, a tipping point of working hours is required…

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Which Association should I choose for my business?
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In my eyes, all associations have value. The only difference is, that perception changes from individual to individual. Because of that it can be difficult to choose the right association for your business. So here, I will try and walk you through it. Firstly, there are two differences of mind set between window cleaners ( this goes for pressure washing, soft washing etc too). Those that see value in associations and those that do not….

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Cleaning the Shard, London costs £10,500 in Unger rubber per year!
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Ever wondered what it takes to window clean glass on the Shard, London? Well, before you start pulling out the calculator, stretching your arm out, closing one eye whilst ‘thumbing’ the horizon with your tongue poked out and all from the comfort of your Shard vantage point. Let us just take a look at some building stats! The building has 306 flights of stairs with a total floor space of 27 acres and it is the largest building in Europe….

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Atkin & Son Window Cleaning & Support Services Celebrates 70 Years
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Picture Above: Atkin & Son in the early 80’s carrying out cradle work. Last November 2016, I had the pleasure to attend and support a friend Rich Atkin as his father’s business in the Northern City of Sheffield, Atkin & Son Window Cleaning & Support Services, celebrates its 70th year in business. George Leonard the father of Peter Atkin, the father of my friend Rich Atkin formed the business on the 1st of October 1946 just…

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