About SCS


Your first port of call when you contact SCS is the dedicated office based professionals, where every enquiry will be dealt with by a member of the efficient and friendly team. Alternatively, if you’re in the area, feel free to drop in for a chat at the head office in Preston and we’ll get the kettle on for you!

The team of SCS field operatives are fully trained to handle their assigned specialism within their sector and they will take on your ‘job’ with a smile on their face and a ‘can do’ attitude.

SCS Summary

SCS is a specialist cleaning business that provides a range of specialist cleaning services across the Northwest and further afield. Since launching in 2007, SCS has developed and grown its service offering, client roster and locations covered, to become one of the UK's leading specialist cleaning companies.

The range of specialist cleaning services offered include start to finish cleaning and clearing processes for void and occupied properties, rubbish removals, clearing gardens and ground maintenance, pest removal and control, trauma cleaning, contaminated waste disposal, trauma cleaning and needle sweeps.

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Sarah Southworth

Sarah Southworth

Owner & Founder
Specialised Cleaning Services

Owner and MD of SCS, Sarah Southworth, is the driving force behind the business and it is her work ethic that really sets her and SCS apart from the competition.

Sarah launched SCS as a domestic cleaning company in 1996 and in the early days the business was known as ‘Sarah's Cleaning Services’. To grow the business and to provide for her young family, Sarah would work 17 hour days to make her mark with all of her domestic clients and to build a name for herself and the business.

It was the recommendation from an existing domestic client, to a business who had a void property that needed to cleared and cleaned, that first introduced Sarah to specialised cleaning. She took on the job herself, a job that should have been carried out by at least three people and the work from this client continued and the referrals kept coming. This introduction and Sarah's work ethic and dedication to going over and above for her customers in the new specialised cleaning sector allowed Sarah to employ a small team and to purchase additional vans. It was at this pivotal point in 2007 that Specialised Cleaning Services (SCS) was born and the domestic cleaning arm of the business was overtaken by the specialist cleaning side.

To this day, Sarah Southworth goes out with the team to work on each and every type of specialist cleaning service that the company offers. This unique approach to her business enables Sarah to understand her client’s needs, to maximise the offering SCS provides, motivates the team, spots any gaps in their offering and enables Sarah to add new services as and when necessary for the client.

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SCS Timeline

  • 2015 - 2016

    Added asbestos removal to the Specialised Cleaning Services offering

    Specialised Cleaning Services rebranded as SCS

    New SCS website launched

    Filmed by Channel 4 for potential documentary

  • 2014 - 2015

    Filmed by ITV for potential documentary

    Sarah Southworth was a finalist at the BIBA's Awards for Inspirational

    Business Woman of the Year and Business Woman of the Year

    Sarah Southworth was a finalist at the EN North West Entrepreneur Awards in the Female Entrepreneur of the Year category

    Added fire damage and mould cleaning to the Specialised Cleaning Services offering

  • 2013 - 2014

    Sarah Southworth was highly commended as Inspirational Woman of the year at the EVA's Awards

    Lindsey Breslin joined Specialised Cleaning Services as an admin assistant and Charlotte Whitehead was promoted to Office Manager

    Specialised Cleaning Services moved premises to Romany Way, Preston

  • 2012 - 2013

    Sarah Southworth won business woman of the year 2012 at the EVA's Awards

  • 2011 - 2012

    Launch of the Specialised Cleaning Services office team with the recruitment of Charlotte Whitehead as admin manager

    The team successfully completed the crime scene cleaning training course

  • 2010 - 2011

    1st tipper purchased

    Added 'clear outs' to the Specialised Cleaning Services offering

  • 2009 - 2010

    Added pest control to the Specialised Cleaning Services offering

  • 2008 - 2009

    Nathan Brennan (Sarah's son) joined the company

    Moved to dedicated offices at Dewhurst Row, Bamber Bridge

  • 2007 - 2008

    Changed company name to Specialised Cleaning Services

    Specialised Cleaning Services company launched

    2nd van bought

  • 2006 - 2007

    1st specialist cleaning contract awarded to Sarah's Cleaning Services

    1st van purchased

  • 2005 - 2006

    Sarah's Cleaning Services launched

    1st specialist cleaning job carried out

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