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The British Association of Cleaning in Higher Education (BACHE) was established in 2004 with funding from the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE). The Association is one of eleven organisations forming the Higher Education Estates Forum Association (HEEFA) that has a remit associated with Estates and Facilities Management in Higher Education.

Specifically, BACHE provides a forum for cleaning operatives, supervisors and managers and is the primary association providing support for cleaning and associated services within the Higher Education sector. Through BACHE, the Association represents the Higher Education cleaning sector on the British Cleaning Council (BCC).  The Association currently has 71 member universities from across the United Kingdom. BACHE aims to standardise training for cleaning staff (in higher education institutions), recognising the importance of professional cleaning activities. BACHE helps higher educational institutions to network and share best practices and cleaning processes thereby achieving the ultimate aim of improving cleaning standards and professionalising the delivery of cleaning and associated services across campuses.

BACHE is a not-for-profit organisation.  Funds generated through the activities of the Association are used to fulfil its objectives.


Both directly and indirectly employed university cleaning and associated support services teams are responsible for cleaning and servicing some 14.3 million square meters.   This comprises cleaning a very diverse range of buildings and facilities ranging from teaching rooms, lecture theatres, libraries, sports facilities, specialised research laboratories, conference facilities, catering outlets, banks, shops, art galleries, computer suites, engineering laboratories and art studios, etc. some of which are in use twenty-four hours a day. 

Whilst university cleaning and associated support service teams continue to face the challenge of "doing more with less" they consistently strive to support Estates and Facilities Directors with delivering efficiencies and reducing costs.  In doing so, they contribute to improving and maintaining university estates thus, ensuring continual improvement to the student, staff and visitor experience.






"Recruit - Engage - Retain"


13th - 15th May 2018

Conference Aston - Aston University



BACHE is a member of the British Cleaning Council

The British Cleaning Council is the

voice of the UK cleaning industry.

BACHE - c/o InAnyEvent UK Limited - Chy An Mor - Woodlands Road - Portishead - North Somerset - BS20 7HF

Telephone: 01275 266002 / e-mail: bache@inanyevent-uk.com

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