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10 QUESTIONS


10 QUESTIONS WITH... ALEX WYERS


Each month we ask a cleaning industry professional the Tomorrow’s Cleaning 10 Questions. This month, we chatted to Alex Wyers, Joint Managing Director at Floorbrite Cleaning & Facilities Services.


Q5


HOW WOULD YOU IMPROVE THE CLEANING INDUSTRY?


My general overview of the industry is that it’s performing and delivers quite well, but of course there are always innovations in cleaning and management systems and technological advances that can be embraced.


Q1


WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST JOB?


Aside from a number of jobs working my way through university, I pretty much started my professional career in the family business. It was too good an opportunity to pass up given my studies in Business Management, although my dad didn’t give me an easy ride.


Q2


HOW DID YOU GET INTO THE CLEANING INDUSTRY?


I was born into the Industry, as that was our family business. My father set up the Company in 1972, and my brother, sister and I were all excited to go into the business. Now 44 years later, my brother Nik and I have taken over the helm, and are looking forward to taking the business forward and the opportunities that lie ahead.


Q3 Q4


WHICH THREE WORDS DESCRIBE YOUR


PERSONALITY? Passionate, considered, and probably quite particular


IF YOU COULD VISIT ONE PLACE IN THE WORLD,


WHERE WOULD YOU GO AND WHY? At this very moment in time I would say Florida and all the theme parks as my children have never been and I haven’t visited since I was a teenager. I’m a big kid at heart so would love all those rides and water parks as much as the kids would!


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My measure of this is the number of sound privately owned cleaning businesses around the country that we have built our national network of partner suppliers who have the same passionate work ethic as ourselves.


Q6 Q7


IF AN INTERN WERE TO START TOMORROW,


WHAT’S THE ONE PIECE OF ADVICE YOU WOULD GIVE THEM? Be yourself and don’t be afraid to show your personality in the work place. As far as day-to-day working practices are concerned be conscious of sticking to your own agenda, and don’t let others impose theirs on you.


IF YOU WON THE LOTTERY TOMORROW, HOW WOULD


YOU SPEND YOUR FORTUNE? It might sound like a cliché, but I would love to travel the world (playing golf!).


I’ve been lucky enough to visit quite a lot of places already, but still have lots of countries on the bucket list. I have a young family though so that’s not the most practical of answers.


Q8


IF YOU COULD HOST A DINNER PARTY AND INVITE


ANY THREE PEOPLE, DEAD OR ALIVE, WHO WOULD THEY BE AND WHY? Tiger Woods, as he’s the best golfer ever, Barack Obama as he’s a really interesting guy and obviously knows all sorts of worldwide trivia, and Prince William, as he seems genuinely down to earth and a really nice chap.


Q9


WHAT, DO YOU THINK, IS THE FUTURE OF THE


CLEANING INDUSTRY? In our experience as we’ve evolved into a ‘Soft’ Facilities Services provider, client’s expectations have increased massively, and they want a Contractor that can facilitate many different services on their behalf, to take away the headache of sourcing these independently. I think this will only grow but for us we are mindful to do this in a controlled manner, and not overstretch our infrastructure. We work with many capable partner companies and this is key.


Stephen Harrison, Managing Director of Harrison Wipes and Chairman of the CHSA asks…


Q10


IF YOU WERE NOT IN THE CLEANING INDUSTRY


WHAT WOULD YOU BE DOING? I’d like to say I’d be a golf pro, but I’m sorry to say that I’m just not good enough! Although I’m a people person, I also like working with my hands and am very practical, so I think I’d have options.


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