06 JUL 2018

Celebrating Deal cleaning firm's community spirit

A Deal firm which cleaned up the King Street public toilets for free has now won a top award for being environmentally-friendly.

I visited Channel FM, based at Almond House in Betteshanger Road, to hear about their community-spirited clean-up – and plans for boosting the business.

Managing director Darren Gregory-Foster told me that they had contacted Dover District Council earlier this year after reading on Facebook about the state of the King Street loos.

Darren, who is born and bred in Deal, said he offered to clean the toilets for free because he cares about the town he grew up in.

He spent 20 years in the cleaning industry before setting up Channel Facilities Management four years ago.

His firm, which only uses non-chemical cleaning products, were recently crowned the South East's "greenest" facilities management firm at the AI Global Media awards.

Darren is a Deal lad and clearly cares a lot about his hometown. It was great to meet him and his staff at Channel FM.

They run a brilliant business and use environmentally-friendly products – which is so important these days.

Local firms like this who have a great community spirit deserve our backing.

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