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10 Questions with... David Garcia


Each month we ask a cleaning industry professional the Tomorrow’s Cleaning 10 Questions. This month, we chatted to David Garcia, Chairman of Polaris Plastics and Treasurer and Council member of the Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers’ Association (CHSA).


Q5


How would you improve the cleaning industry?


I believe it’s crucial we raise standards in all areas with effective training. This underpins my involvement with the CHSA; through our Manufacturing Standards Accreditation Schemes, we have already achieved a great deal to raise standards, and I believe are continuing to make a positive difference.


Q6


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What was your first job? I was a junior in a


stockbrokers’ offi ce. It was quite different to this industry, but I certainly learnt to work hard.


How did you get into the cleaning industry?


About 30 years ago, a friend in the polythene sack sector was planning to retire and asked me if I wanted to join the business. I did my research, thought long and hard about it, and decided it was the right move – the rest is history.


Which three words describe your personality?


Honest, trustworthy and reliable.


If you could visit one place in the world, where


would you go and why? Anywhere with a warm climate and good communications – I always need to keep in touch!


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


one piece of advice you would give them? I would tell them to do four things – be honest, be reliable, work hard and stay committed. Do this and they won’t go far wrong.


What do you do to unwind? My family and friends are very


important to me and I love spending time with them. I’m a passionate Arsenal fan as well, but I’m not sure I really unwind if I watch a game!


Q8


If you were stranded on a desert island and you


could only have one thing, what would it be and why? It would have to be pictures of my family. It would be a way of having them with me and I’ve always drawn inspiration from their support and encouragement. On a desert island I might need a little inspiration.


Q9


What do you think is the future of the


cleaning industry? I believe there is a bright future for the industry; there are plenty of talented,


good people in all areas who are committed to delivering value and doing a fi rst-class job. With people like this innovating new products and services, we can look forward to going from strength to strength.


Glen Staddon, Europe Business Manager for the Disposables UK Group, asks...


Q10


If you had a big lottery win and wanted to start


up a new business in the cleaning industry, what kind of company would you create and why? I am a big believer in giving challenging and exciting opportunities to young people. We owe it to them and to ourselves to help them develop their talents and acquire skills, so that they can forge successful careers and take our industry forward. So, if I had a big lottery win, I would start a business that would effectively be a ‘cleaning academy’ for the next generation – it would encompass as many aspects of the industry as possible, and sector experts would be on board to pass on their knowledge and skills in a commercially real environment.


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


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