Swiftclean co-owner retires

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Julia Argles has retired after nearly 30 years as co-owner of Swiftclean.

Julia Argles, who had served for many years as service delivery director at kitchen ventilation hygiene specialist, Swiftclean, has decided to retire from the company.

She is also relinquishing any commercial interest; her shares being purchased by the company.

Argles joined Swiftclean in 1992, following the tragic death of her husband Paul; taking on his mantle as co-owner, and helping to drive the company forward, together with MD Gary Nicholls. The company believes she has had a significant impact both on Swiftclean’s service delivery model, and also on maximising individual staff potential.

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Nicholls said: “We are very grateful for the hard work and positive influence that Julia has contributed over the years, not only to the structure and development of the company, but also to best practice and raised standards across the industry. We owe much of our focus on training and development to Julia, and the industry is the better for her input too.”

NEBOSH qualified, Argles sat for some years on BESA’s Service and Facilities Group Executive Committee which supported the BESA Safety Focus initiative. She was vocal in expressing the need for more training for technicians, and helped to bring about BESA’s ventilation hygiene Trailblazer Apprenticeships, chairing the Trailblazer steering group.

Argles was keen to ensure that Swiftclean was first to put all its operatives through the BESA Green Book Scheme training, the precursor to Grease and Air Hygiene Qualifications, while ensuring that all its regional supervisors were also IOSH trained.

Nicholls concluded: “Quite apart from her many achievements, Julia has, above all, been a great business partner, for many years. She was influential in our introducing development programmes for every individual, and she has always been both reliable and considered in her approach.

“We wish her every happiness pursuing other interests and enjoying a very long active retirement.”

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