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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 customer portfolio.


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 control services.


Chilworth's facilities manager Nick Clear places a high value in Regent's operational skills.
"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.

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Issued September 2009 by
petermuir public relations
Whiteleaf Business Centre, Buckingham Industrial Park, Buckingham MK18 1TF, UK
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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


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