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10 Questions with... Glen Staddon


Each month we ask a cleaning industry professional the Tomorrow’s Cleaning 10 Questions. This month, we chatted to Glen Staddon, Europe Business Manager for Disposables UK Group.


Q1


What was your first job? My fi rst real commercial


experience was with Rank Xerox, for 14 months, starting as a Customer Liaison Offi cer, and later becoming Credit Controller. This was a sound initiation into the world of business.


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How did you get into the cleaning industry?


I was ‘head-hunted’ by Bowater- Scott (a major hygiene paper manufacturer) from a small medical products distributor in Reading named Brevet Hospital Products.


Which three words describe your personality?


Collaborative, tenacious, and perhaps a little obsessive when I believe I have a good idea!


If you could visit one place in the world, where


would you go and why? At some point I will do a tour of various countries in South America, notably Argentina, Uruguay, Chile, Peru and Brazil – I love Latin- American music and culture. This is likely to be when I retire though, so it won’t be any time soon!


How would you improve the cleaning industry?


Speaking for the paper hygiene sector, I’d like to see much stiffer ‘barriers to entry’ created in terms of minimum specifi cation and quality standards, with more demanding audits, to deter new players with ‘poor’ standards from entering an already overcrowded paper converting market. New entrants usually just focus on lowering


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prices to buy a share of generic volume, rather than investing in truly innovative product development, dragging down overall standards and benefi tting no-one.


Q6


If an intern were to start tomorrow, what’s the


one piece of advice you would give them? No matter how well they are academically qualifi ed, young people entering the industry (especially in sales and marketing) should never forget or overlook the basics for success; early in your career, put in the hours, roll up your sleeves and get on to the ‘shop fl oor’ with end- customers to really understand the business. There are no shortcuts to success – it’s all about commitment.


Q7


What do you do to unwind? I’ve always enjoyed tennis and


golf, although do not seem to have much time for either these days! I love skiing, and have never missed at least one week on the snow each year for 40 years! Otherwise, as I’ve always travelled a lot for work, I enjoy spending ‘quiet’ time at home with good food and wine, music and theatre.


Q8


If you were stranded on a desert island and you


could only have one thing, what would it be and why? No question – apart from having photos of my lovely wife and daughters, it would have to be an iPod fully loaded with my favourite music from the 1970s and 80s golden era, especially the likes of Pinkfl oyd, Led Zeppelin and The Who.


Q9


What do you think is the future of the cleaning


industry? As general awareness of cross- infection has increased dramatically over recent years, and as certain dangerous ‘superbugs’ have become more resistant to antibiotics and sanitizers, the importance of innovation in the industry to combat these issues has become more important than ever. It is critical that performance of products across the industry is continually enhanced through real innovation, and not compromised – if that happens, the future looks very bright.


Phillip Kalli, Design & Marketing Director at Ideal Manufacturing Ltd, asks...


Q10


Which one cleaning product or device


could you NOT do without in your own home? I’m sure I will be accused of nepotism, but of course the one product every home cannot do without is toilet tissue! Therefore, as everybody uses it every day, why not always use a comfortably soft, strong, and good value product? My personal recommendation would be OptiSilk Gold 3 ply embossed toilet tissue – produced of course by Disposables UK Group!


www.disposablesukgroup.co.uk


Check out next month’s issue to see what Glen asked our next industry professional...


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