Current initiative for Public sector and International Projects to preferentially offer tender process to local businesses in London.

The recent initiative by Supply Cross River 2 in London to allow local private companies to engage with 150 buyers across 9 boroughs of London (e.g. Commonwealth institute, BBC White city site or Waterloo Shell Centre) and to competitively join in the tendering process for bigger projects in the public sector or from international companies, is very encouraging for local small companies, including cleaning companies, struggling with the tough economic times we are living in today.

However, in order for a small cleaning business to stand out with a decent chance at winning these tenders when competing with the bigger companies, it is prudent for them to do the following:-

1) Update their environmental Policy –it should not be more than one page long and avoid  green washing but rather focus on products adhering to recognised green labels and genuine minimising use of resources through internal and external objectives e.g. use of biodegradable and recycled products (internal) or reduce waste bin sizes to promote less usage of paper (external).

2) Gather data for their carbon footprint and quantify goals to reduce it in a fixed period of time.

3) Be registered on the initiative and fill in all necessary paperwork/sound financial and workflow checks.

4) Innovative solutions and testimonials for environmentally friendly alternatives.

5) Use all marketing and quality certification for green marketing and sales, including recognition under special classifications e.g. Social enterprise etc.