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Pickwick Group says goodbye to CEO Ken Holder

Pickwick Group has farewelled long-serving Chief Executive Officer, Ken Holder. Following a 13-year tenure at the organisation’s helm, Ken stated “it’s the right time to say goodbye”. Ken’s decision follows a record year and comes as the company celebrates 40 years in operation. Speaking at a farewell dinner Ken acknowledged his proudest achievement from a […]

South Australia proves they are up to the challenge

South Australia proves they are up to the challenge As the COVID-19 situation in South Australia sparks uncertainty for the state, our teams on the ground have proven they have the dedication and resilience to overcome any challenge. Since 2004 Pickwick has partnered with Bendigo Bank to provide cleaning and a range of other services […]

New Indigenous Pickwick website

Pickwick is proud to announce the Pickwick 1A Services website is now live, see https://pickwick1a.com.au/. Pickwick Facilities Services & Recruitment Pty Ltd (hereafter “Pickwick 1A Services”) is a majority Indigenous owned Joint Venture with Pickwick Group Pty Ltd. The Company was established to meet the growing requirements by Government and the private sector to engage […]

Pickwick introduces new Worker Handbook

Pickwick has recently introduced a new Worker Handbook to assist employees when they join our Company. It is intended to help answer the many questions new staff may have when commencing work with us. Along with informing new employees about their employment conditions and responsibilities, the Handbook advises and provides guidance on what to do […]

The spirit of giving

For the third year in a row, Lynette Pattison, now Payroll Officer, has taken it upon herself to organise the annual Foodbank appeal amongst Pickwick’s Brisbane staff to help those in need at Christmas. For those that don’t know, Foodbank is a non-denominational, non-profit organisation which acts as a pantry to the charities and community […]

Pickwick Success

CEO Ken Holder is pleased to announce Pickwick is one of 5 successful tenderers for the NSW Whole of Government cleaning contract. The Company has been awarded the Sydney CBD region which covers a wide range of government buildings throughout the centre of Sydney. These includes museums along with facilities for the police, courts, judiciary […]

An illustrious career

After 5 years dedicated service at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) and many years spent in the cleaning services industry, Pickwick’s UNSW Site Manager Carlos Cosentino has decided to retire. Carlos is heading home to his native Uruguay and will be there for Christmas. On behalf of all of us at Pickwick we […]

Pickwick shines at Awards night

Pickwick had a very successful night at the annual Building Service Contractors Association of Australia (BSCAA) – Queensland Division Excellence Awards held in Brisbane on Friday 16th November. BSCAA is Australia’s peak industry representative body for the building services industry. The Company gathered some major accolades. Amanda Blandford (formerly Kratzke) was the winner of Best […]

Pickwick sponsors CIPS Conference

For those that may be unaware CIPS (Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply) is the world’s largest body serving procurement and supply, and the voice of the profession in over 150 countries. With over 4,500 members throughout Australasia it is dedicated to promoting best practice, continuous improvement in professional standards and raising awareness of the […]

Pickwick attends INTERCLEAN 2018

In order to support its clients Pickwick is acutely conscious of the need to keep up-to-date with the latest innovations and technologies in the cleaning industry.  INTERCLEAN is recognised as one of the premier events worldwide for this purpose. This years’ event was held in May in Amsterdam with over 900 companies exhibiting the very […]

Pickwick proudly values cultural diversity

As the proud cleaning contractor to clients like Brisbane City Council and Deakin University in Victoria we share their value of inclusion and embrace multiculturalism in our group. Pickwick has a truly international and multicultural workforce with staff from over 40 cultural backgrounds. With such a variety of backgrounds, birthdays are made extra special, as […]

Pickwick’s In-House Talent

At Pickwick we value communication. We are fortunate to have a large group of dedicated employees who come to us with excellent ideas that take our services to the next level. A good example is that of Shaminda Don who currently works for us at Deakin University’s Burwood campus. With an education background and working […]

Pickwick’s Poet in Residence celebrates Indigenous Australia

Local poet and Pickwick employee Mark Riordan has published a new book, Indigenous Australia. It is a look into the culture of Australia’s Indigenous citizens. Through poetry and original dot paintings the poems are brought to life and give the reader a glimpse of our ancestral heritage. Notably last year, after composing a poem for […]

Pickwick’s Senior Team ‘Kick-off’ the Year

In the third week of January Pickwick’s senior managers from around the country came together for 3 days in Brisbane for their annual ‘Kick-off’ meeting. The meeting reviews and reflects on the achievements and areas for development of the year just gone along with we can improve and do better in the year ahead for […]

Pickwick staff show their generosity to those in need at Christmas

In the spirit of Christmas and giving, Lynette Pattison, Contract Administrator for Pickwick’s Construction Cleaning and Height Access Services divisions, arranged for a Foodbank to be set up at the Brisbane Head Office for the annual Christmas Food Drive.  This was the second year Lynette had organised a Foodbank for Pickwick’s staff to contribute with […]

Santa is in our midst!

Rick Campbell has been an important part of the Pickwick team in Far North Queensland for over 7 years.  However, we have found that he has an alias that only presents themselves over the festive season.  Many years ago, Rick was caring for an elderly gentleman that he became quite close with and has honoured […]

The first 10 years!

On 30th November Evelyn King, who services our Mackay area, celebrated 10 years’ service with Pickwick.  A morning tea was held to celebrate this milestone which was attended also with her brother and fellow employee Alan Catto and co-workers Alma Smith and Laurie Smith.  Not one to miss out on a staff gathering, Trisha Burgoyne, […]

Official Launch of Pickwick’s Reconciliation Action Plan

Over the past 6 months Pickwick has devoted considerable resources to developing its own Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) recognising the need to take affirmative action in working with Indigenous Australians and Indigenous businesses.  Pickwick’s RAP has now been endorsed by Reconciliation Australia (https://www.reconciliation.org.au/). The Company has taken numerous steps in this key area, from the […]

New Indigenous Company Launched

Pickwick is proud to announce the launch of Pickwick 1A Facilities Services & Recruitment Pty Ltd, ABN 87 621 907 248 and trading as Pickwick 1A Services. This newly formed facility services and labour hire company will provide a range of commercial cleaning and related services to corporate business, all levels of government, and community […]

Thank Your Cleaner Day

Thank Your Cleaner Day is a special day held annually and dedicated to cleaners to show they are valued and appreciated for helping keep our work environments clean and hygienic.  This year it was Wednesday 18th October. Cleaners are the unsung heroes of almost every workplace. Their efforts often taken for granted and unnoticed allow […]

Pickwick Senior Management Undertake Cultural Awareness Training

Pickwick recently submitted its Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) to Reconciliation Australia.  Pickwick recognises to date it has not effectively engaged or partnered with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island peoples.  Consequently, we have begun what will become one of our most significant journeys.  Pickwick CEO Ken Holder says “The whole issue of reconciliation is critical to […]

Pickwick celebrates NAIDOC week with Boeing Defence Australia

Mark Riordan Pickwick’s residential poet (see News Story, September 2015) who is also our Cleaning Supervisor based at Boeing formed a partnership with Beau Keeble (Indigenous artist) to celebrate Boeing’s indigenous day for NAIDOC week. Both Mark and Beau had their respective works on show at Boeing. Boeing also invited along local Aboriginal and Torres […]

Pickwick staff make all the difference at OPTUS

Late last year Pickwick won its largest single contract – OPTUS, one of Australia’s leading suppliers of telecommunication services. We have the privilege of servicing not only their corporate offices in all capital cities but also all their stores and outlets throughout Australia. A number of our cleaners work at Optus Centre Sydney (OCS), their […]

A double milestone

It’s not often in this industry we get to celebrate two milestones. Pam Corsar, one of our more senior cleaners recently celebrated 10 years’ service with Pickwick and not only that, Pam is quite happy to tell you she is 79 years old and still going strong! Pam has been at one of our many […]

Helping those in need at Christmas

When Lynette Pattison, Contracts Administrator for Pickwick’s Construction Cleaning and Height Access Services division approached CEO Ken Holder about setting up a food bank at its Queensland office to help struggling individuals and families at Christmas he readily agreed.  Whilst poverty is a 365 day a year issue around Australia, it is especially poignant at […]

Pickwick takes out top Security prize

At the recent 2016 Building Service Contractors Association of Australia (BSCAA) Queensland Excellence Awards sponsored by AustralianSuper, Pickwick took out the winning prize for best Security Manager. Ray Freeman, Pickwick’s General Manager – Security had nominated Fa Toafa for his work at Forest Lake Shopping Centre. Barely a week goes by without Fa gaining a […]

An eye for detail!

Pickwick recently updated its corporate brochure which can be found on this website. Although the layout and photos had not substantially changed, a number of improvements were made to the content to update and keep the brochure fresh. Pickwick CEO Ken Holder decided to have a bit of fun and offer prizes to staff that […]

2016 UNSW Open Day – Come in and Change the World!

Located in Kensington in Sydney and established in 1949 The University of New South Wales (UNSW Australia) is regarded as one of country’s leading universities. Pickwick has the privilege of helping to keep the 38-hectare main campus site clean for students, staff and visitors alike, a responsibility we take very seriously. On 3rd September UNSW […]

Sales … it’s not all about being on the golf course!

We all know stories about sales and business development people. Too often they are seen as the glory boys and girls of a business, swanning in late, going home early … and spending far too much time on the golf course. Often when the average person is prompted with “Sales people are …” the words […]

Christmas in July, Sovereign Hill, Ballarat

Sovereign Hill is one of Pickwick’s many long standing clients and an iconic site in Victoria. For the past 3 years Sovereign Hill and their dedicated staff have delighted local, national and international visitors alike with their spectacular Christmas in July event. Traditionally it has taken place over 2 weeks during the Victorian school holidays, […]