The finalists of the European Cleaning & Hygiene Awards 2022 from European Cleaning Journal have been announced. Following a record year for entries across all 10 categories, 39 leading service providers and manufacturers have made the shortlist.

After almost two years away due to the global pandemic, the awards are set to return this spring, and with some outstanding achievements on the shortlist, it promises to be an inspirational evening.

From sustainability and innovation to the leaders and rising stars of the industry, the winners will be revealed at the awards ceremony and gala dinner on April 28 at Hotel Le Plaza in Brussels.

With over 160 entries, the judges have now selected their finalists in the 10 categories:

Best Use of Smart Solutions by Service Providers

• Climex
• Leviy in partnership with Alpheios Belgium
• Principle Cleaning Services & Drop Marking
Principle Cleaning Services & Landsec at Dashwood House - 2022 WINNER
• Sasse Facilities Management

Investment in Training

Breedweer Facility Services: Don't talk but make an impact! - 2022 WINNER
• Derrycourt Cleaning Specialists
• Markas
• Momentum Support

Excellence in Client-Contractor Partnerships

• Atalian Servest with LNER
Beaumont Leys Shopping Centre in Partnership with Incentive FM - 2022 WINNER
• JPC by Samsic with Broadgate
• Momentum Support with Brown Thomas Dublin
• Sodexo with Queen's Hospital

Start-Up of the Year

• ICE Cleaning
• Sensosan
TRU: Truthentic approach, Revolutionary impact, Unique focus - 2022 WINNER

Sustainability - Best Practice

• Care
• Cleanology
Essity - 2022 WINNER
Momentum Support - 2022 WINNER
• Rubbermaid

Commitment to Diversity

Breedweer Facility Services: Don't talk but make an impact! - 2022 WINNER!
• Markas Austria

Best Initiative Raising the Profile of the Cleaning Sector

"In buone mani - In good hands" Campaign, ANIP Confindustria - 2022 WINNER 
• Leviy in partnership with Alpheios Belgium
• Nviro
• Unger Germany

Technological Innovation of the Year

Gaussian Scrubber 50 Pro, Gaussian Robotics - 2022 JOINT WINNER
• LeoBots from LionsBot - 2022 JOINT WINNER

Leader of the Year

• Siva Kugathas, Servicemaster AAA
• Dominic Ponniah, Cleanology - 2022 WINNER
• Neil Spencer-Cook, British Institute of Cleaning Science (BICSc)
• Brian Warren, Nviro

Rising Star

• Martina Alexandrino, Principle Cleaning Services - 2022 WINNER
• Mattia Capozzi, Markas
• Jade Collazo, Cleanology
• Zach Corbett, Momentum Support

ECJ editor Michelle Marshall said: "We are delighted to be back for 2022 and with a record year for entries. It was an incredibly difficult job for our judges to narrow down to a shortlist but we feel our finalists really deserve recognition for their dedication and commitment to our industry over what has been a challenging few years on the frontline.

"After almost two years apart, we look forward to bringing the great and the good of the cleaning and hygiene industry back together again in April to celebrate our finalists and reveal our well-deserving winners."

The awards were launched by ECJ and are organised by EMG. Even if you are not a finalist, or did not enter this year, the award ceremony and gala dinner offer an unrivalled opportunity for networking with people from leading businesses and organisations in the cleaning and hygiene industry. Book your tickets by clicking the button below.