Cleaning services sector: suspected anti-competitive arrangement(s)

The CMA is investigating suspected anti-competitive arrangements in the UK cleaning services sector which may infringe Chapter I of CA98.

Case reference: 50283

Case timetable

Date Action
November/December 2016 (estimate) Decision on next phase of the investigation in light of evidence received to date
September to November/December 2016 (estimate) Further investigation, including potential further information requests; CMA analysis and review of parties’ responses to potential further information requests; potential state of play meetings/calls with parties under investigation
September 2016 Decision taken to proceed with the investigation
March to September 2016 Initial investigation: information gathering, including issuance of formal and informal information requests and parties’ responses; CMA analysis and review of parties’ responses to information requests; state of play meetings with parties under investigation.
30 March 2016 Investigation opened


  • The investigation is under Chapter I of the Competition Act 1998 (CA98).
  • The CMA has not reached a view as to whether there is sufficient evidence of an infringement of competition law for it to issue a statement of objections to the party under investigation. Not all cases result in the CMA issuing a statement of objections. As a result, it would not be appropriate at present to include any further estimates of the timing of any later investigative steps at this stage.
  • Changes to the timing of original entries in the case timetable will be made where the estimated timing in the original timetable changes.


Assistant project director

Simon Deeble (0203 738 6668,

Project director

Simon Nichols (0203 738 6368,

Senior responsible officer

Ann Pope (0203 738 6786,

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