MJF cleaning company shortlisted for national award

MJF of Darlington will go before a panel of judges in a national award for its Focus on Our People project which nurtures staff

Martin Ferguson, owner of Darlington-based MJF
Martin Ferguson, owner of Darlington-based MJF

A cleaning services company has been shortlisted for a prestigious national award.

MJF, of Darlington, has been recognised by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) People Management Awards in its SME HR Initiative category.

MJF managers will now present to a panel of judges before finding out if they’re the overall winners next month.

MJF was shortlisted for its Focus on Our People project, an ongoing scheme to nurture staff and grow the workforce, which has seen the company invest in a specialist HR team.

As a result, the new HR staff have begun rolling out a number of initiatives as part of the Focus On Our People project including appraisals, staff newsletters, options to study for industry qualifications and the Employee Appreciation Award scheme to reward staff through incentives.

So far, more than half of MJF’s 100-strong workforce have registered to study for a Cleaning and Support Services qualification and many are benefiting from incentives such as gym memberships.

MJF owner Martin Ferguson said: “Communication is key for us so we’re always talking to staff about their role, how they’d like to develop and how we might help them. Feedback is vital in any business so this system is working well and our staff retention rates are good.

“We’re really proud to be recognised by the CIPD nationally as they’re a very high-profile organisation with exceptional standards.”

Ferguson established MJF Cleaning Services in 2006, while working as a domestic window cleaner. Since starting with just two staff, MJF has gone on to create around 125 jobs as it secured prestigious contracts with companies such as Narec, Rockliffe Hall, Shepherd Construction, JD Wetherspoon and Tolent Construction.

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