After over 20 years in the business of providing professional cleaning services and insurance related fire/flood and trauma scene clean-up services, I took the difficult decision to focus on the increasing education and training role I was being offered by several of my clients. I had qualified to become an IICRC Instructor in 2005 and the demand for my classes had begun to impact my ability to provide timely service to my regular customers. The decision was becoming inevitable.
So, about the time of Easter 2013, at a time when I was consistently booking over a hundred teaching days per year, I made the decision to re-brand VCRS Limited into a cleaning and restoration consultancy.
In December 2013, I completed my last works for some of my longest standing customers and used 2014 to consolidate my teaching activities and to plan my consultancy business for a 2015 launch.
As luck would have it, almost immediately, and before the close of the year, a new client (Dri-Eaz – a Legend Brands company – one of the world’s leading manufacturers of commercial dehumidifiers if not the leading manufacturer) approached me to deliver training in the UK for them and I found myself travelling to Seattle to meet the team and to visit their training facilities in Burlington, USA.
On returning to the UK, my first task for Dri-Eaz was to take their training materials and to turn them into materials which were consistent with UK practices and procedures and health and safety. These were ready for the first training course in September 2014. A promising start.
With the prospect of more training assignments, I felt somewhat vindicated in my choice of a new beginning.