Merck appoints Regent to R&D site cleaning
International specialist chemicals company Merck has appointed Regent
Cleaning to provide cleaning services to its research and development
(R&D) building near Southampton.
The 7.6 billion euro turnover German-based manufacturer of liquid crystal
and organic electronics materials set up an R&D facility on the
University of Southampton Science Park at Chilworth in 2000.
Merck's product portfolio currently encompasses more than 15,000
chemicals and reagents, active ingredients, test kits and analytical
systems for applications in flat panel and flexible displays such as TV,
cell phones, laptops computers, security bar codes, photovoltaics and
other topic areas.
Merck's R&D site specialises in liquid crystal development, staff - some
of whom are graduates from the University of Southampton - are also
engaged in other areas of research activities related to the company's
core and future business activities including organic semiconductors and
new methods of printing electronic materials. Merck has a worldwide
Cleaning to the 5,500 sq m premises is provided by a team of two cleaning
operatives and one working supervisor managed by Coventry-based Regent's
regional office in Godalming.
Day-to-day, the team cleans offices, circulation areas, toilets and
laboratories. Periodic cleans are provided to exterior cladding and
windows and the entire building is subjected to a full annual clean.
Regent also provides Merck with feminine and toilet hygiene and pest
Chilworth's facilities manager Nick Clear places a high value in Regent's
"Regent Cleaning provide us with an excellent service, while still
maintaining a family businesses feel in is overall approach in both
management style and service delivery.
"Regent understands our high level service expectations which have been
clearly identified in our contract. We monitor performance regularly
against a set of defined KPI's. Regent has maintained a good consistent
level of service, tempered against a market competitive price. Regent in
my opinion is a good service partner.
Founded in 1986, £26 million turnover Regent Cleaning's operates from 10
regional locations managing a staff of 4,500. The company was acquired
last year by France's second largest cleaning company, 1.3 bn euro
turnover Samsic Group.
Regent Cleaning's input at Chilworth will be extended later this year
when the Merck R&D unit gains a further 410 sq m of laboratory and office
space in a large extension to its current premises.
Issued September 2009 by
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About Regent Cleaning
Operating from ten UK locations with 4500 employees, £26 million
turnover Regent Cleaning is a major supplier of cleaning to private and
public sector accounts in the commercial, leisure, healthcare and
educational sectors. Founded in 1986, the company has grown by over 20%
in the last year alone. Recent gains include the expansion of Regent's
provision to the Ministry of Justice's Courts, the NHS BT (National Blood
Service) premises, and Matthew Boulton College. In 2008, Regent Cleaning
expanded market share and extended geographical reach with the
acquisition of Birmingham-based Exclusive Support Services, which also
has offices in London, Harwich and Manchester. Further information at
About Samsic Group
Founded in 1986, Rennes-based Samsic fields over 40,000 employees from
200 locations on behalf of more than 10,000 clients across Europe. The
company also owns subsidiaries in Belgium, Switzerland, Luxembourg, Spain
and Portugal. Highly regarded for the quality of its service
professionalism, Samsic has expanded from its core cleaning offer to
undertake tasks ranging from security to recruitment and home domestic
services on behalf of a wide customer base. Further information at