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80 years in
Below: Bill Bailey, John Melvin
and Ernest Barnes
the business
Since it was founded, as the Cleaning Waste came as a real blow to Barnes but he took on and regular gaining of CHSA Distributor
Supply Company in 1929, Advance Products two managers and was able to carry on. Service Excellence Awards.
has certainly stayed true to its name and
In 1965, Barnes’ younger son, Keith, joined The company still manufactures textile wipes at
advanced in more ways than one.
the firm and was given a thorough grounding the quality end of the market, as Dominic
Ernest Barnes, the founder and ‘guiding-light’ in all aspects of the business. He was made a Barnes explains: “High quality wipes are a great
for much of the company’s history, happened Director in 1968 and took over as Managing product and more cost effective than non-
to accept a position with a large rag and Director in 1972. wovens and other wipes for industrial use.
scrap-metal firm in the early 1920’s; that
Then, in 1982, Cleaning Waste acquired Alfred
Despite the rapid advances in paper and non-
company happened to be just moving into the
Millman & Son and Advance Wipers – two
woven technology, it remains a fact that no-one
new field of wiping-rags.
businesses run from the same premises in
has yet invented a wiping material which, for
In addition, a friend named Bill Cleall Dewsbury, West Yorkshire. The company
many purposes, performs better than the
developed tuberculosis – incurable at the time
merged into Advance Wipers Ltd - considered
traditional textile wiping rag – at a comparable
– and could not hold down a full-time job with
much more ‘marketable’ than the now rather
cost. The fact that rag wipers are bought in
regular hours. Barnes suggested he might set
inappropriate ‘Cleaning Waste’.
large quantities by the discriminating buyers of
up on his own and sell wipers in a small way.
Government Departments, Public Authorities
In 1989, Dominic, Keith’s eldest son, joined
and large companies both in this country and
And so, on the 30th July 1929, the Cleaning
the business and once again was given a
all over the world, testifies to this. Ask a
Waste Supply Company was born. A small
thorough grounding in all aspects of the
mechanic what he would rather have, a nice bit
factory was bought in Falkland Road, Harringay
business. He was made a Director in 1995 and
of cotton rag or a tissue wipe and there is
and the new company slowly began to grow.
took over as Managing Director in 2008.
usually only one answer: The rag.”
By 1935, Cleall needed help to run the
Very sadly, the Group’s founding father, Ernest
Advance Products has changed and adapted to
business and he was joined by Barnes’
Barnes, died in 1990, aged 88.
the needs of the market and its customers
brother- in-law, Bill Bailey, and his work-
In 2000 Advance Wipers was renamed Advance
down the years. The company has realised the
colleague John Melvin. The company was
Products Ltd to better reflect the diversification
impact that the internet is making in business
incorporated as Cleaning Waste Ltd. on the
into a general cleaning-product supplier.
and can see that the cleaning industry is on
16th May 1935 and the expansion continued. the cusp of embracing it in order to provide
By 1942, Barnes resigned from his job and
Over the past 9 years Advance Products has
better value to its customers. Perhaps more
joined Cleaning Waste full time. Sadly, Cleall
grown in to a sophisticated manufacturer of
died shortly afterwards.
textile wiping cloths as well as being one of
companies need to be like this in order to
the leading suppliers of janitorial, hygiene and
prosper in the 21st Century.
There was steady and controlled expansion,
safety products, serving a nationwide
with the company gaining a reputation for
customer base.
quality, reliability and service. This happy
situation was shattered by the untimely deaths
Advance has an uncompromising commitment
of both Bailey and Melvin. Obviously, this
to product and service quality, as evidenced
by the company’s ISO 9002 accreditation,
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