News Article B+N Reference Zrt. Czech Republic facility management Prague retail
by Property Forum | Retail

B+N Referencia Zrt, as the winner of a tender announced last year, has been awarded with a contract for the provision of cleaning services at the Václav Havel Airport in Prague for another 4 years, starting on 1st January 2022. There were another 12 competitor in the tender, B+N was the only Hungarian headquaterd company.

“It is not an exaggeration to say that our company is a specialist in airport cleaning in the Central and Eastern European region. Besides the airport in Prague, we have been carrying out cleaning and disinfection services at the Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport,” said Ferenc Kis-Szölgyémi, CEO of B+N. “Airport cleaning is a gem of our company. It is a constant reference point and a field of innovation for us. We are proud that, according to the survey conducted by ASQ, an independent international quality control institute, the level of hygiene at the Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport is outstanding.”

Keeping an airport clean requires extremely complex and diverse services. A lot of criteria need to be met. Due to the unusual ‘operations’ and the passenger traffic of several million people each month, airport operators set extremely strict security, safety, health-related and environmental protection requirements. Exceptional cleanliness and hygiene is a basic requirement. Other factors to be taken into consideration include flight density and differences caused by the various travel seasons. In our activities, just like in the case of departures and arrivals, time is of the essence, i.e. no delays are tolerated. It is quite common that tasks must be reorganised due to delegations or changes in the weather. This requires a high level of flexibility. At Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport, B+N is responsible for keeping an area of 80,000 sqm clean, including a wide range of surfaces.  Naturally, owing to COVID, limitations, even higher hygiene standards have been introduced at airports. 

Libor Holik, CEO of B+N Czech Republic and Slovakia, pointed out in connection with the new contract: “Our company has been providing its services at the airport in Prague for years, meeting the highest quality requirements. We are responsible for the cleanliness of a total area of 180,000 sqm at Terminals 2 and 3, which means a 15% increase compared to the previous contract. The portfolio of B+N includes the cleaning of hangars, administrative buildings, outdoor areas, glass walls and passenger boarding bridges as well.   Airports are fields of innovation for the company. Our 8 autonomous industrial cleaning robots, which have set a new trend in this sector, work tirelessly at the airport in Budapest. The equipment named ROBIN R3000 was designed by the research and development department of B+N. These devices enable us to clean large, continuous surfaces efficiently. Our ROBINS are going to make their debut also at the airport in Prague in the near future.”

Libor Holík

Libor Holík

CEO Czech Republic and Slovakia
B+N Czech Republic Facility Services

Libor has joined Danish Facility management company, ISS - the European South Cluster Region, in 2018 as CFO being responsible for Czech, Slovakia, Hungary, Slovenia, Romania and Bulgaria. B+N Referencia purchased the South Cluster companies from ISS as of April 2021 and Libor has become the CEO of B+N’s entities in the Czech and Slovak Republics.  Prior to joining ISS/B+N, Libor has held a number of top managerial positions in Consulting, Finance and General Management. Libor has a BBA from Wilfrid Laurier University in ON, Canada and MBA from Katz Business School at the University of Pittsburg, USA. More »

Hungarian owned B+N Referencia Zrt. acquired the interests of ISS Group in the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Romani, Slovenia and Hungary in 2021.  With this move, the company has become one of the largest facility operators in the region.