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'Moderate growth' predicted for contract cleaning market

29 November 2017

Analysis of the UK contract cleaning market has been published by AMA Research, showing its performance since 2013 and predicting outcomes up to 2019.

Charting accelerated growth between 2014 and 2016, this is predicted to continue at a lesser rate for this year and the two years after, according to the Contract Cleaning Market Report - UK 2017-2021 Analysis report.

Reasons cited for this include Brexit and uncertainty for the UK economy in the future.

Examining performance within specific sectors, AMA Research says demand within the transport sector is expected to be "relatively buoyant".

Demand within the retail, commercial office and government sectors are predicted to provide fewer opportunities in the short term, says the report.

It states that cleaning and hygiene services often form between 12 and 15% of the value within TFM contracts, with higher levels of outsourcing seen over the last decade.

Although there are more than 40,000 businesses operating within the cleaning sector, the report states that it is dominated by a "relatively small" large and multi-service providers.

The report also refers to the high number of franchises within the cleaning sector due to low-cost investment, the "robust market" and "relatively few barriers to entry".

Issues emerging within the sector include more sustainable cleaning practices and the increasing use of technology, including the use of robotic cleaning machines, with more options and greater use predicted for the future.

Continuing demand for bundled services is expected to be a driving force in the future, although concern is expressed over the supply of labour following Brexit and increases to the National Minimum Wage.

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