In 2014 Katie and Mark Hale established Spec Services after leaving the super yacht industry to settle in Canberra.
Part of their work on super yachts involved cleaning to a very high standard and leaving the yachts in immaculate condition for their high value customers. Attention to detail and speed was vital in creating exceptional first impressions and maintaining the yacht owner’s reputation.
Mark, the Captain of the 60.35-metre super yacht Blue Moon and Katie, the Chief Stewardess recognised that these standards of excellent customer service were directly transferrable to the cleaning industry and have since been on a journey of delivering exceptional cleaning services to commercial and construction clients in Canberra.
Evolution of Spec Services
Spec Services Owners, Mark and Katie returned from working on Super Yachts and move to Canberra
Established Ideal Cleaning
Won our first construction cleaning project – AXIAL Apartments (BLOC Constructions)
Won the very first commercial cleaning contract – ACT Law courts (Laing O’Rourke)
Rebranded Ideal Domestic Cleaning to Spec Services; Hired our first Indigenous employee – Mick Kennedy
Formed a partnership with Jingili Group
Hired four full time supervisors
Established our Biological Division
Increased the Spec Services team to 140 staff
Established our Sustainable Waste Management Division; Launched Alloc8; Moved to our new office at Fyshwick, ACT
Established our Spec Indigenous Division
Won our first contract outside of the ACT
Won our first Government tender
Awarded the Final Clean on The Store development on Hunter Street Newcastle
Spec Services featured in the Australian National Construction Review for the work completed on Geocon’s High Society Development
Partnered with Indigenous Artist Danielle Mate and B-Promo to create a bespoke Spec Indigenous logo and artwork to be featured on uniforms
Spec Services complete a record number of COVID-19 Deep cleans during the ACT lockdown & featured in the Canberra Times
All women leadership crew on high profile construction clean project
Spec Services recognised as the top emerging disinfection and sanitisation company in APAC by Manage HR Magazine