Specialist cleaning firm opens Liverpool office and creates new skilled jobs

SCS Facility Services delivers a range of services rom full void replacement and property MOTs to trauma cleaning and will be investing £1m in the city over five years. Tony McDonough reports

Sarah Southworth, founder of SCS Facility Services, which has opened a Liverpool base

A Lancashire firm offering specialist cleaning services to social landlords and private businesses has opened a Liverpool office, creating a number of new jobs in an £1m investment.

Founded by Sarah Southworth, SCS Facility Services delivers a range of services rom full void replacement and property MOTs to trauma cleaning (where a death or serious incident has taken place) to needle sweeps, environmental cleaning and pest control.

Ms Southworth decided to expand into Liverpool after securing a contract with a housing association in the city.

The new office in Bridge Industrial Estate, close to the city centre, includes a storage and training area with downstairs office plus a further two offices on the first floor.

To facilitate the new contract, SCS has taken on five skilled plumbers, joiners and plasterers as well as one supervisor, all from the local area.

Ms Southworth said: “This move to Liverpool is an incredibly exciting move for us.

“What started as a one-woman cleaning round developed into cleaning commercial building, which took us down the route of housing associations works.

“Today, I employ more than 40 people directly and we offer a complete range of property services.

“While our business began in Lancashire, Liverpool was the next natural step for us as we have been working in this area for some time.”

SCS is an award-winning firm that took the title of Kimberly Clark Best Cleaning Company in the UK, a two-year accolade in 2015.

Sarah Southworth, founder of SCS Facility Services, says she likes to get “stuck in” on site. Picture by Warren Smith

“We are one of the first businesses in the UK to offer property MOTs and housing associations are really keen on this concept,” added Ms Southworth.

“We are committed to the Liverpool market and have signed a three-year lease at the commercial property. Over the next five years, we’ll be investing well over £1m in terms of staff, resources and premises.”

Ms Southworth is still keen to get stuck in on site and can be seen working alongside the operatives at the muckiest of jobs.

She added: “Team work is so important at this business and I want to always lead by example.

“I’m trying my best to pull away from site but always feel the urge to roll my sleeves up and get stuck in, so that’s often were you’ll find me.”

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