In 2009, the largest management and cleaning company in Latvia Cleanhouse has reached a turnover of 3.500.000 lats, ensuring 30% increase in conditions of falling market. In 2010, company plans to start its business in export markets and launch new services – environment management, catering and security.
Member of Cleanhouse board of Directors Kristaps Drone states: „Already for the last four years we have worked on raising efficiency of the company. Therefore, in the last year we were able to maintain our competitiveness and ensure the growth of turnover even in situation when industry as a whole suffered a 25% fall.„
”Certainly, Cleanhouse also suffered customer-caused decrease in budget for facility management and cleaning services. Therefore, in 2009, we have optimized expenses for our services. We carefully looked through all agreements with subcontractors and business partners at the same time trying to preserve as high quality of services as before. This is the reason why we are worried about activities of those industry participants who offer services for incredibly low prices. In the future it threatens the industry as a whole, because customers which are frustrated with low quality of services provided by cheap service providers, will refuse to use outsourcing providers, dealing with management and cleaning functions themselves,’’ K. Drone emphasizes.
We must fight against illegal employment immediately.
In the last year, in order to regulate the situation in the industry, Cleanhouse together with other leading companies of the industry in Latvia established the Professional Cleaning and Facility Management Association of Latvia (PCFMAL).
Member of Cleanhouse Board of Directors Kristaps Drone indicates: „Appearance of unfair companies in the industry market, that avoid taxes or employ illegal workforce, weakens chances of fair companies to keep their customers. In long-term perspective this situation will cause loss to all market participants. Professional companies of the industry will be forced to leave the market, customers will loose quality of services received, whereas workers within this industry won’t receive their deserved social guarantees. Therefore, PCFMAL has started cooperation with State Labour Inspection to fight against activities of unfair companies. However, we are looking forward that other monitoring institutions will also participate more actively in solving this problem.”
The goal to expand the range of facility management services
By conducting research of customer needs, Cleanhouse plans to expand the range of its management services, adding security, catering and environment management services. Whereas for customer it means to receive all necessary services from one outsourcing provider.
K. Drone reveals: ”Despite Cleanhouse is fully local company, we are confident about our competitiveness and professional knowledge that has been developed for more than ten years. Therefore, in 2010, we plan to spread our services also in export markets.<
Cleanhouse, the largest company of facility management and cleaning in Latvia, was established in 1997. Since then, it has become the leading player in the industry, using only local equity capital.
At the moment, Cleanhouse employs 430 workers, the main directions of business: commercial objects management and cleaning. The major customers: Swedbank, Latvenergo, RIMI, Ministry of Interior of the Republic of Latvia, Ministry of Defence of the Republic of Latvia.
Cleanhouse also supports the programme Iespējamā misija (Mission Possible).