Proposed in 2003 as one of the key outcomes from the Higher Education Funding Council for England's (HEFCE) Value for Money study on Cleaning Management, BACHE has an initial membership of approximately forty institutions. Please download the membership form and return to BACHE.

HEFCE has provided start up funding for the association, which was formally launched in the spring of 2004.

BACHE's objectives are:

- To encourage the training and development of staff within British HE cleaning organisations to recognised standards.
- To promote Best Practice in the activities of its members.
- To enhance the profile of HE cleaning and associated support services through professionalism.
- To influence the decisions of the Funding Councils, UK Universities and other key stakeholders to benefit the activities of its members and their customers.
- To facilitate the networking of all its members To disseminate information of value to members.
- To represent the British HE cleaning community wherever necessary.
- To provide advice to members.

BACHE's key activities are to:

- Host an annual conference bringing together cleaning professionals from across the sector.
- Provide a website for members including, news, message board and research findings.
- Continue to monitor the impact of the VFM study on cleaning management in HE Liaise with regional purchasing consortia.
- Liaise with other professional bodies.

BACHE is represented on the National Cleaning Forum and a number of other professional bodies and Higher Education Groups.

BACHE is managed by a Board of Directors, which can be contacted via the email us page. The current membership is:

Mark Swales (Chair)Sheffield Hallam University
Pat McGrath (Deputy)University of Sheffield
Wendy Roberts (Secretary)University of Warwick
Jont ColeUniversity of Bristol
Jim ShawUniversity of Leicester
Roy WhittakerUniversity of York
Stephen BloyeSt Martins College
Debbie SmithBACHE Administrator