Our culture

Affordable Cleaning Services is a multi-award winning independent corporately managed cleaning services business run by professionals with many years’ experience at senior level in commercial cleaning.

It was established in Bristol in 2009 from very humble beginnings by Spencer Delbridge supported by his friends and family who had belief in his drive, determination and entrepreneurial spirit to create a cleaning company where high standards are taken to a new level.

Spencer has handed over the running of day to day business to his second in command, Debra Barnes so he can concentrate on running the group of companies under the ‘Affordable’ umbrella. Throughout some of the toughest trading conditions in recent generations the company continues to grow at break-neck speed, working closely with many high profile corporate institutions who share a common value for excellence. Without question this support has enabled us to become what we are.

Now, we are a respected 4 time National Cleaning Company of the Year cleaning services company, delivering commercial cleaning and support services to a broad range of industries, including manufacturing, pubs and restaurants, local government and offices. We are honoured to be associated with and working for some of the best known brand names in the country.

Our growth has come largely from the South West where innovative thinking, a painstaking reputation for excellence and competiveness has enabled the company to expand impressively and develop, year on year employing more and more at a time when many of our competitors have been letting employees go and sadly falling by the wayside themselves.

Ultimately the key objective for the senior management team is to deliver what our clients expect, which is multi-award winning cleanliness at an affordable price.

SENIOR MANAGEMENT

Spencer Delbridge, Founder & CEO

Spencer is the visionary, the man whose drive, enthusiasm and a passion for change has created one of Britain’s most progressive and admired companies.

His infectious devotion to raising cleaning standards has even won over Britain’s best-known cleaner Kim Woodburn, who endorses and recommends the company.

A man who believes in meticulous standards he has set about creating a workforce who share the same core values of excellence and an ability to exceed expectations.

When he isn’t boldly directing the Affordable Group of companies’ Vision, he is a proud father of two young boys and a long-suffering fan of Newcastle United.

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Debra Barnes, Director of Operations

With over 20 years’ experience as a Director of Operations within a FTSE 100 company overseeing 6500 clients and over 10,000 members of staff at any one time, Debra is a true leader of people with a very strong moral compass with truly world-class organisational skills.

Affordable Cleaning Services are very lucky to have someone of Debra’s calibre overseeing all our valued customers, ensuring they receive the multi-award winning service we pride ourselves on.

Out of work Debra is a social butterfly and uses her natural people skills to help others less fortunate than herself by organising countless charity events, including risking life and limb flinging herself off a cliff Paragliding all to raise money for a very worthwhile cause and raising an impressive £1,500.

Samantha Carroll, Director of Finance

Samantha has really helped us continue to grow from a solid financial foundation by keeping a close eye on the purse strings.

She is a part of our success story and can often be found working tirelessly on a range of financial matters ensuring the company is as well run on the financial side as it is on the sales and operational side.

As a Mum and qualified personal trainer, Samantha still has a hunger for keeping the body in shape, and when given the rare opportunity to relax likes nothing better than re-treating to the awe-inspiring
landscape of the Welsh mountains.

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Michael Baker, Area Contract Manager

National company trained with Interserve and OCS over many years; Michael has an excellent background and in customer care of the highest standard.

With his selfless devotion to his customer’s happiness and his unwavering willingness to work all hours of the day and night to make sure his customers, whom he treats with the same respect as if they were personal friends, feel they are getting a world-class service each and every day. Michael takes it as a badge of honour huge personal pride after each contract he has organised has gone as planned with a happy customer at the end.

When Michael finally drags himself away from his work duties, he likes nothing more than competing in strong man competitions and endurance events such as ‘Tough Mudder’ and is the proud father of a young family.

Nick Moore, Accountant

While deciding what he wanted to do when he left school, Nick worked with his dad who is an accountant. After working with him, he decided it was the way he wanted to spend his career. He went to college, training in accountancy and, along with his dad, looked after many small businesses across the south west. He started with ACS this year and so far it’s been great!

When he was working with his dad he gained a lot of experience about all sides of accountancy and account management. It is something he enjoys doing as it requires being organised and being responsible for his own work. He works well to deadlines and being under pressure which can often be the case in accounts!

Outside of work, Nick is very outgoing and loves spending time with his family and friends. He plays football, and the occasional round of golf, even though he admits he is terrible!

Allan Barnes, Mobile Facilities Manager

With a wealth of life skills, knowledge and a genuine wiliness to go above and beyond while often working on days off, Alan’s experience helpfulness is immeasurable from facilities, customer care, cleaning services and as an all-round problem solver.

Alan is an integral part of keeping this great company running smoothly at all times and is an unsung hero within our ranks. Every company needs an Alan, and we are proud and pleased to call this Alan one of our own.

When not being our go to guy whilst in work, Alan is the proud father of two grown up boys and a loving grandfather of two grandchildren.

Steve Wood, Mobile Supervisor

Steve has been working for the company for nearly 3 Years as a Mobile Cleaner. He enjoys meeting clients and employees wherever he goes, creating lasting friendships with many. With the use of a Car and phone he can do the job successfully.

He is a happy outgoing person , who treats everyone with respect. With the daily changing, rota, he finds the work exciting and challenging , and says it has helped his confidence immensely.

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Mircea “Ricky” Balcangiu, Mobile Supervisor

Ricky is a mobile supervisor who enjoys getting our cleaners from multiple sites to work their hardest in order to get our clients the best results possible. He goes above and beyond to make sure everyone is happy, is always glad to help anyone, and isn’t afraid of a challenge. His outgoing personality has helped him become one of our most popular employees among his co-workers as well as our clients.

When Ricky gets the chance to take holiday, he enjoys travelling to his home in Romania to visit his family and friends.

MULTI-AWARD WINNING

At Affordable Cleaning Services we are proud that the British Cleaners Institute has bestowed upon us their National Excellence Award for service and cleaning standards 4 tines.

We feel these prestigious national awards are a stamp of approval on how we are constantly innovating and pushing the boundaries of hygiene excellence.

This was not the first time we received accolades for our work either, with us recipients of the National Business Achievements awards in December 2009 and again in 2011 and 2013, for excellence in cleaning standards, systems, and management of a cleaning company.