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10 QUESTIONS WITH... PIERS GREENWOOD


Each month we ask a cleaning industry professional the Tomorrow’s Cleaning 10 Questions. This month, we chatted to Piers Greenwood, Sales Director at Yorkshire Cleaning Fabrics Ltd.


Q5


HOW WOULD YOU IMPROVE THE CLEANING


INDUSTRY? Much is made of the low perceived value given to the industry, the people in it and the job they do: I believe that if we don’t value ourselves correctly, how can we expect others to do so? We need to change perceptions and to do so all of us need to hold our heads high for the contribution we make to the country, the economy and to the wellbeing of the population.


Q1


WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST JOB? I used to work in my father’s


textile mill during the school holidays; it was a yarn package and top dyeing plant. Being the boss’s son, you name it they made me do it. The worst job in the mill was clearing out the waste water, effluent separation tanks: they were awash with lanolin and strange coloured water, when I climbed out I was blue all over and it took days to wash out, to say nothing of the smell.


Q2


HOW DID YOU GET INTO THE CLEANING INDUSTRY?


Whilst working in bearing and power transmission sales for a distributor, I was supplying Yorkshire Cleaning Fabrics. I had known the directors of the company for a long time and a passing conversation about current levels of job satisfaction and potential progression in my existing line of work, this and the fact that their then sales rep had just given notice and the deal was done.


Q3 Q4


WHICH THREE WORDS DESCRIBE YOUR


PERSONALITY? Nosy, persistent, jolly.


IF YOU COULD VISIT ONE PLACE IN THE WORLD,


WHERE WOULD YOU GO AND WHY? Chile: I want to see the sights, meet the people and make sure the wine is as good there as it tastes here.


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I’d also urge industry members to move away from the lowest price, single use attitude to consumables. This can make cleaning easier, better, and more environmentally friendly, with the potential added benefit of lower cost in use.


Q6


IF AN INTERN WERE TO START TOMORROW,


WHAT’S THE ONE PIECE OF ADVICE YOU WOULD GIVE THEM? Either “Smile, it costs nothing and goes a long way” or “Embrace change, it looks scary but brings with it opportunity, it won’t be long before you can’t remember what it was you were scared about.”


Q7


IF YOU WON THE LOTTERY TOMORROW, HOW WOULD


YOU SPEND YOUR FORTUNE? I’m a Yorkshireman, who said anything about spending it? I‘d do a lot of travelling, binge on live music and have far too many classic cars.


Q8


IF YOU COULD HOST A DINNER PARTY AND INVITE


ANY THREE PEOPLE, DEAD OR ALIVE, WHO WOULD THEY BE AND WHY? David Byrne, the lead member of Talking Heads and prolific solo artist, motoring journalist and engineering aficionado L. J. K. Setright, and Grandma Fred (Winifred), sadly no longer with us but the creator of the most wonderful Yorkshire Puddings.


Q9


WHAT, DO YOU THINK, IS THE FUTURE OF THE


CLEANING INDUSTRY? Bright, cleaning is a necessity of life and actually we are lucky to work in such a needed industry, there will be challenges and changes ahead but one thing is for sure, this trade will always be in demand.


Andy Jones, General Manager at G&S Penrith Ltd., asks:


Q10


ARE THERE TOO MANY REGULATIONS NOW


BEING PUT IN PLACE, WHICH ARE HAVING A DETRIMENTAL EFFECT ON THE BUSINESS? Unnecessary regulation is affecting everyone, not just the cleaning business. However, I am sure everyone will agree we do need regulation at least to a degree, the only thing is that it can also make the day to day running of any business difficult, particularly for the smaller businesses such as ourselves. So I suppose my answer is yes.


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


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