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Ten Questions With
Dominic Barnes Managing Director of Branova Ltd
items. We sold a few but then my family saw AThis is a tough one! Well, for the food I
my drive and work-ethic and I became part of
would definitely have Heston Blumenthal – his
the Branova team.
cooking is amazing and he’s very entertaining
too. For music, it would have to be Jools
If money were no object, what car
Holland for his versatility and sheer brilliance.
would you buy?
For my three guests I would have… Billy
AI would buy a Land Rover. Sounds boring but Connolly, Stephen Fry and Henry VIII – a
I would do what Richard Hammond has done to slightly odd mixture, granted, but none the
Each month we ask a cleaning
his – strip it out and punk it. So it would be a worse for that. Billy Connolly - he’s is one of
Land Rover outside and then a Range Rover
the funniest people I’ve ever come across and
industry professional the Tomorrow’s
inside with all the gadgets. Pimp my ride!
Stephen Fry because he is just so brilliant and
Cleaning 10 Questions. This month,
we chatted to Dominic Barnes,
entertaining. Henry VIII because…well, he’s
How would you improve the
Henry VIII, one of the great figures of British
Managing Director of Branova Ltd…
cleaning industry?
history, and he also happened to have an
AI would get rid of the rogues and the
educated and cultured mind.
Q1 How did you get involved with the
contractors who miss-sell. I would also get
cleaning industry?
customers to buy on quality and not price alone.
Q9What is the future of the
cleaning industry?
University was never for me and as a kid
Q6What did you want to be when you
I had developed a passion for the family
ASustainability is key. I suppose I’m bound to
were little?
business, (Branova was set up by Dominic’s
say this, but changing to products like Zybax,
grandfather in 1929) but I wanted to earn my
AI wanted to be a farmer as I have always
which works by using friendly bacteria rather
position and eventually managed to impress
loved the outdoors and the countryside.
than harsh chemicals, would be a good start.
my Dad sufficiently enough for him to give me
I wanted to be an arable farmer, growing
Recycling is also important as it is imperative for
a trial. I had to start on the bottom rung though! barley, wheat and other cereals, which seemed
the future that we become more environment-
like a good idea as you didn’t have to wake up
friendly. Not importing so many products would
Who, in any other industry, do you early every day and worry about pregnant cows
give a big boost to UK growth. I also think the
most admire?
and runaway chickens!
future does exist online, with friendly media
ARichard Branson. He has done phenomenally
looking out for the cleaning industry.
well and he is one of the people I have read
What do you do to unwind?
books about and enjoyed following. I think he is
AI’m a sailor in what spare time I have. I sail We like to ask all of our interviewees to
a business inspiration for everyone really.
a Vortex at the Pennine Sailing Club. You can come up with a question for the next
completely relax when you are sailing because industry professional that we interview.
What was your first job?
the only thing you can concentrate on is the Tomorrow’s Cleaning Editor Charlotte Taylor
AWell my first job was…different! I set up
boat. It doesn’t matter what is going on in your
asks Dominic Barnes…
my own company producing custom-made
head, you just relax.
Q10If you were an animal what
beach towels. One example was a huge
Q8If you could have a dinner party with
would you be?
trapezium shape and was custom-made for
each person. We would draw around their body
any three people, dead or alive, with one AI think I would be a tawny owl. They are a
and have that shape on the towel, with another
other person cooking and one other person bit aggressive but wise and I would like to
space for their drink, their ghetto-blaster providing the music, who would they be think that I am the same. I actually spent my
(no i-Pods back then!) and all sorts of personal and why?
birthday weekend at an owl sanctuary recently!
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