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10 Questions With
Gordon McVeanSales & Marketing Director of Truvox
first job and this lasted nearly four years until I Having lost so many weekends to travel on
left to sell power tools! Truvox business this year, I owe her so much
for supporting our family during my time
If money was no object, what car
away. The cook would be Gordon Ramsay,
would you buy?
great food and a no-nonsense approach while
I wouldn’t go for a car, instead I would
the music would be from Sir Elton John who
purchase a Ducati 1098R, a snip for a bike
is a true legend.
at £27K!
Q9 What, do you think, is the future of
How would you improve the cleaning
the cleaning industry?
Each month we ask a cleaning
industry VIP the Tomorrow’s
A Since my involvement within the cleaning
Bring in new legislation that within the UK
industry, I have witnessed major consolidation
& Ireland, only British manufactured
- all the major manufacturers, cleaning
Cleaning 10 Questions.
equipment could be used thus supporting our
contractors and janitorial supply companies
This month, we chatted to
own economy.
have over time acquired many of their one-
Gordon McVean, Sales &
Q6What did you want to be when you
time competitors. I see no let up in this activity
were little?
and the industry will continue to polarise
Marketing Director of Truvox…
leaving only the most innovative, strongest and
Being a county swimmer and rugby player
fittest companies with the lowest cost base
as a schoolboy I had wild dreams of playing
How did you get involved with the
left. The next few years will be extremely tough
cleaning industry?
sport for my country. My swimming career
as this process continues to evolve.
ended when I joined Orrell RFC as a junior. My
Back in September 1995 I was working for
rugby hopes were in turn dashed playing for
Shaun Bradbury of Dry Fusion asks…
Kango Electric Hammers as National Sales
the North of England when an injury I suffered Q10What do you think is the most
Manager when I was approached by K.E.W
during a game ended any hopes I held of groundbreaking and innovative invention
Cleaning Systems for the position as General
playing at a higher level. from the past 10 years and why?
Sales Manager, based in Penrith Cumbria.
I duly accepted this offer, the business then
Q7What do you do to unwind?
A Either the internet or mobile phone
acquired Clarke in the U.S., ALTO was formed,
technology. I often wonder how we ever
Several interests, I have followed
and the rest, as they say, is history.
survived before we could have any kind of
Manchester United since the late 1970’s,
information at our finger tips or respond to a
Q2Who, in any other industry, do you
home, away and into Europe. This is now
customer’s email whilst sitting on a train by
most admire?
giving way to more golf at weekends. During
using a mobile phone!
A Without doubt, Sir Alex Ferguson. He came
the summer, I walk with my wife Vivien and I
from a simple, humble background to become
enjoy the odd game of cards.
Check out next month’s issue to see
one of the most successful managers in
what Gordon asks our next industry
If you could have a dinner party with
football history and has over time managed
some of the most talented yet difficult
any three people, dead or alive, with one
other person cooking and one other person
footballers - Cantona, Beckham and Roy
Keane. I believe his success would be very
providing the music, who would they be
difficult to repeat in today’s more cut-throat
and why?
A Going back to a sporting theme, my first
guest would be Sir Alex Ferguson, for the
What was your first job?
reasons given earlier. Alongside him would be
A Swimming pool attendant / instructor – for Lady Diana, so missed and a true inspiration
the most obvious reasons, I really enjoyed my and my third guest would be my wife Vivien.
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