The British Association of Cleaning in Higher Education (BACHE) was established in 2004 with funding from the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE). The Association is one of eleven organisations forming the Higher Education Estates Forum Association (HEEFA) that has a remit associated with Estates and Facilities Management in Higher Education.
Specifically, BACHE provides a forum for cleaning operatives, supervisors and managers and is the primary association providing support for cleaning and associated services within the Higher Education sector. The Association currently has 71 member universities from across the United Kingdom. BACHE aims to standardise training for cleaning staff (in higher education institutions), recognising the importance of professional cleaning activities. BACHE helps higher educational institutions to network and share best practices and cleaning processes thereby achieving the ultimate aim of improving cleaning standards and professionalising the delivery of cleaning and associated services across campuses.