8 Solutions, the leading technical cleaning and data centre healthcare business, is celebrating 25 years in business and reaching a number of significant milestones.
Started in 1991 in Bolsover, Derbyshire, it now has more than 100 employees located across the UK servicing more than 600 sites. In the last four years alone the business has doubled in size and, in the third week in January 2016, it delivered over 400 days of cleaning in a week for the first time in its history.
Since the business started, over 100,000 data centre projects have been cleaned with no planned downtime experienced at a client site.
8 Solutions has also expanded its international reach with the UK-based technicians having now cleaned sites in the UK, Ireland, Germany, Denmark, Finland, Holland, Belgium, France, Spain, Luxembourg, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Bahrain, Oman, and Canada. They have even cleaned a site on the Falkland Islands.
In order to deliver its services across Europe, the Middle East and North America, 8 Solutions has created a market-leading data centre cleaning training programme for its technicians, including a ‘roadmap model’ comprising a mobile cleaning unit.
The company is especially proud of its staff retention rates, and the opportunities for career development. Tim Campbell was a Weekend Technician when he joined the company 20 years ago, and is now Head of Health and Safety and Quality Assurance: “The actual cleaning itself has not changed a great deal other than the equipment has moved on a bit!” he says. “We are now far more process driven in terms of reporting and analysis to avoid such hazards as zinc whiskers and confirming the level of particle cleanliness.”
Working only Saturdays and Sundays there were only four full time staff and a number of part time employees on the team when he arrived. “We had an old Astra Estate and a minibus and hired in other vehicles when we needed them,” he continues. “We now have teams all over the country and are on call 24/7 – greater automation and planning makes it all possible.”
“It really is quite the success story, we have grown at a fantastic rate and we anticipate this continuing,” adds David Hogg, Managing Director of 8 Solutions. “To have Tim with us almost from the very outset is fantastic. He is a great man to have as part of our team – all that knowledge has been key to our progress.”