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New Head of Sales boosts SafeGroup team for growth push

Mike Drake Managing Director SafeGroup


Mike Drake

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SafeGroup has appointed Mark McGowan as its new Head of Sales as the business looks to build on rapid growth achieved in 2020.

Mark had previously been head of strategy and implementation at recycling and waste specialist Viridor and has more than 15 years of experience in sales in the waste and recycling industry.

He has been given responsibility to develop and manage SafeGroup’s sales team across all service streams – cleaning, waste and pest solutions – reporting to Managing Director Mike Drake.

Mike Drake said: “Mark brings proven experience in developing and implementing successful national sales strategies and building sales teams that deliver them.

“We’re delighted to welcome him to SafeGroup. The business has grown by over 43% in 2020. We’re looking to maintain that momentum in 2021. We’re building a strong and talented team that can drive that, and Mark’s appointment is a reflection of our ambition.”

Mark McGowan - Head of Sales
SafeGroup’s new Head of Sales,

Mark McGowan


Mark said: “SafeGroup is a remarkably agile and entrepreneurial business, with an impressive service portfolio, and exciting opportunities for growth, especially in the cleaning and waste sectors.

“It also has a strong reputation for delivery among key clients. My objective is to work with colleagues to scale up our sales and business development capability while developing further an already strong brand.

“This is a team effort, and there is talent and ambition throughout the business so I am looking forward to what 2021 and the years ahead will bring.”

SafeGroup’s growth in 2020 has been driven by demand for specialist cleaning and hygiene support during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The company was quick to recognise the need for advanced COVID-19 disinfection and was one of the first businesses to invest in the latest decontamination technologies.

SafeGroup now delivers COVID-19 electrostatic spray disinfection and ozone decontamination for a wide range of clients, including Transport for London, the NHS, manufacturers, schools and leading retailers.

Mark said: “The pandemic has dramatically changed the cleaning and hygiene landscape, I think for good. High standards of cleaning and wellbeing in the workplace are now inextricably linked.

“Even when the pandemic is beaten, as we hope it will with the vaccine programme, there will be a need for new types of specialist hygiene services, and we believe SafeGroup is well placed to deliver them.”

In January 2020, SafeGroup acquired Spotless Cleaning Solutions, in Dorchester, adding a fifth depot to others in London, Cannock, Manchester, and Livingston, and extending the reach of its national operational network into the West Country.

Mike Drake Managing Director SafeGroup
About the author

Mike Drake

Mike has overall operational responsibility for all services delivered by SafeGroup. He has extensive experience, spanning four decades working at senior management and director level in national and global businesses, including OCS Group, Shell, Procter & Gamble and Textron. Mike has a business studies degree and further qualifications in marketing and accountancy. He gives us a wealth of expertise in facilities management, business leadership and strategic growth, as well as an entrepreneurial spirit that feeds SafeGroup’s energy and agility. Outside work, Mike is an avid sports fan and supports Sheffield Wednesday FC.

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