Social enterprise…in the cathedral

L-to-R: Stephen Brooker, Cathedral Facilities Manager; David Ebanks, Jericho Cleaner; Chris Baxter, Cathedral Verger; Nigel Lawrence, Jericho Cleaning Business Manager

Birmingham Cathedral, one of the oldest buildings in the city, now contracts its cleaning services from a Jericho Foundation social enterprise.

The Acting Dean of Birmingham, Revd Canon Nigel Hand, has recognised that using the Jericho Cleaning social enterprise will also secure additional social value as well as keeping the 300-year old cathedral immaculately clean. “We are delighted to be employing a member of the Jericho Cleaning social enterprise,” Revd Canon Hand said. “We are keen to support local social enterprises and want to build our relationship with the Jericho Foundation. We wholeheartedly endorse their mission to help disadvantaged local people back into training, employment and ultimately a valuable place in society.”

One of the key priorities of Jericho Cleaning is to recruit people who are survivors of human trafficking.

Jericho Cleaning is growing rapidly and delivers high levels of social value in Birmingham and the surrounding areas. It provides a full range of contract hygiene services to businesses, schools and voluntary organisations. Jericho Cleaning sets high standards and works with those in real need — staff may suffer from a lack of skills or qualifications, homelessness or alcohol or substance misuse.

Jericho CEO Richard Beard says: “Birmingham Cathedral is one of Birmingham’s landmark buildings. It is a truly beautiful place of Christian worship and has been for hundreds of years. It is an honour to be providing our social enterprise services and we look forward to a long and mutually beneficial working relationship”.

The cathedral is world famous for its late-nineteenth century stained glass windows designed by Sir Edward Burne-Jones, who was born in near-by Bennetts Hill and baptised at the cathedral in 1834.

Birmingham UK. Freelance research, evaluation and policy consultant specialising in social enterprise and the third sector. I maintain the BSSEC blog and website

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