Season’s Greetings from Argonaut Community Enterprises

Argonaut Community Enterprises were delighted to celebrate their seventh year of operations in September.  This achievement was made more significant by the fact that it is the largest social enterprise employer of deaf and disabled people engaged in soft facilities management.  This helps in a small way in reducing the 56% joblessness amongst disabled people, against 4.6% nationally.

It has been a challenging year in securing new contracts, but Argonaut Community Enterprises has been extending its operations in Coventry and the Black Country, based on its performance with current contracts.  Much effort has been made to secure new contracts, but major companies appear slow to grasp the social value of incorporating Corporate Social Responsibility in their supply chains. However, Argonaut Community Enterprises looks forward to extending and consolidating its presence with current contractors.

Argonaut Community Enterprises has seen three people leave the company to pastures new.  Four people have joined, three to the Operations Team, and one as a Communicator for the Operations Manager.   Some of the newer members of the Operations Team are being coached in readiness for the CSCS test in the next few months.  This will allow them to work within construction sites in portakabins and new build cleaning.

Financially Argonaut Community Enterprises has seen a slow, but sure growth in its turnover through the year. One major expenditure has been towards replacing costly equipment and vehicles.  Argonaut Community Enterprises thanks the People’s Lottery for the purchase of a large towing trailer, which reduces the need to make frequent trips to offload garden and general waste.

On behalf of the Board of Directors, the Managing Director wishes to express their gratitude to the staff for the sterling work over the year in all spheres of operations.  The Board also applaud the stewardship of the Operations Manager for managing the logistics of the cleaning and gardening contracts, communications with clients and keeping an eye on the finances.  He has been ably supported by two Outreach officers who have kept up smooth financial control and website maintenance.

Over the festive period the office will close at noon on 22nd December 2017 and will open on 2nd January 2018.

Wishing all our customers a very Happy Christmas and a Prosperous New Year.

Goodbye to British Summer Time

Last weekend we changed the clocks which gave us all an extra hour – hopefully used as a well earned rest for our staff, who have been hard at work in October.   It was certainly a busy month for our cleaners, with new and ongoing contracts with Wates Living Spaces in Wolverhampton, and with Wates Builders and Torsion Group in Coventry.

We’re all looking forward to more successes over the final two months of 2017.

Please see the photos of our work, have a look on instragram @argo_photos

Michael Brickliffe Operations Manager of Argonaut Community Enterprises said, “I am thrilled that our working relationships with Wates Living Spaces, Wates Builders and Torsion Group continue to have such a positive impact on the communities in the West Midlands.  It is great to be part of such a rewarding relationship.”

We would love the opportunity to expand our working relationships in the commercial sector, so if you would like to find out more about our services please contact us on 0121 753 5673.”

Cleaner Vacancy

JOB TITLE:  Cleaner
LOCATION:  Halesowen/Rowley Regis area
RESPONSIBLE TO:  Cleaning Supervisor

Main purpose of the job
To provide a cleaning service in specified locations in the Halesowen/Rowley Regis area. (Domestic and probably Commercial in the future) as determined by customer requests.  Starting as a few hours fortnightly, with the potential to increase.

Main functions
1. To clean each location in accordance with the Building Cleaning Specification as directed by the team leader or customer.
2. To access each building maintaining security and exit by same.
3. To operate cleaning machinery in accordance with instructions.
4. To dilute and use cleaning materials as instructed.
5. To collect and remove waste/rubbish from work area to collection point as directed.
6. To clean and maintain cleaning equipment as instructed.
7. To observe and comply with the Health and Safety Policy and Code of Practice for cleaning staff.
8. To comply with instructions relating to security and confidentiality.
9. Undertaking such other duties as may reasonably be required of you commensurate with your grade of post, as requested by the line manager.

Driver preferred, not essential.  MUST be DBS checked.  (We can arrange this).

Equal Opportunities
Argonaut Community Enterprises will seek to ensure that all existing and potential employees are given equal opportunities for employment and education. It is committed to the elimination of unlawful or unfair discrimination on the grounds of gender, age, marital status, colour, race, nationality or other ethnic or national origin, disability, sexuality, trade union membership or activity and religious background.   Argonaut Community Enterprises will seek to ensure that no applicant for employment is disadvantaged by conditions or requirements which cannot be justified. We aim to provide an open, welcoming and safe environment for all its employees and visitors.

The job description is current as at October 2017.  For more information, or to apply, please contact Argonaut Community Enterprises on 0121 753 5673 or email

Happy 7th Birthday

Argonaut Community Enterprises celebrated it’s 7th birthday on 10th September having been founded as a social enterprise by a group of entrepreneurial deaf people.  The members of the group have long acknowledged from decades of experience how difficult it is for deaf people  to get a job.  Argonaut Community Enterprises was set up to help deaf people into work by providing training and employment in cleaning, gardening, painting and decorating amongst other allied work.

Over seven years the number of deaf employees have grown to a 15-strong team of very capable, loyal and willing workers.  Some have moved on to other employment but most have stayed.

Argonaut Community Enterprises is part of the supply chain to a number of companies such as Wates, Torsion Group, Aspire Housing, Balfour Beatty as well as social enterprises.  Argonaut Community Enterprises looks forward to securing more contracts and employing more deaf and disabled people, and people who wish to work in this field.

Spectacular Summer!

It’s been a spectacular summer, we’ve been so busy in all areas of work.  We’ve been full-on with painting and decorating, cleaning roofs, gardening and cleaning.

Please see the before and after photos of our work, have a look on instagram @argo_photos

Tony Winstanley of Argonaut Community Enterprises said, “We’ve had a superb summer, it’s been fantastic to have had such a busy diary.  We’re looking forward to keeping up the good work going into the Autumn when we’ll be busy with:-

  • Leaf clearance and disposal
  • Tree and shrub pruning
  • Clearing gutters (up to one storey)
  • Patio and path jet washing
  • All types of fencing work

If you would like to find out more about our services please contact us on 0121 753 5673.  If the service you require isn’t listed above, please call us as we may be able to do what you need.”

Marvellous May

It’s been a positive start to the month, we’re only a week into May and we’ve been very busy.  We have a contract with Balfour Beatty and have been undertaking some decorating work for them.  We have secured some more cleaning work with Torsion in Coventry and a new Wates site near Chelmsey Wood.  Looking forward to more successes over the rest of the month.

Please see the photos of our work, have a look on instragram @argo_photos

Michael Brickliffe Operations Manager of Argonaut Community Enterprises said, “We’re delighted to be working with Balfour Beatty, Torsion and Wates, together we are making a very positive difference for people in the West Midlands.

We would be thrilled to expand our working relationships in the commercial sector, so if you would like to find out more about our services please contact us on 0121 753 5673.”

Argonaut goes Midland-wide

Argonaut draws closer links with three major construction companies in providing cleaning services in Solihull Moat Lane, Henley in Arden, and Coleshill, three sites in central Wolverhampton, and a new site in central Coventry.