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new technology; there was no such thing as a soil extractor and no training. As a result of a back injury in 1962, Ron could no longer continue as a carpet cleaning operative and a new position of trainer was created.


Under the auspices of his newly-formed Professional Chemical & Equipment Company, Ron set to putting matters right and his courses on carpet, upholstery and floor cleaning were enthusiastically received.


These courses were not only benefiting cleaners by empowering them to do their jobs better and enjoy a better standard of living, but they also proved highly formative in developing a presentation technique for Ron that was in itself a winning formula.


A man with a keen eye on the interests and needs of the cleaner, Ron also set to work establishing associations with manufacturers to import hot water extraction equipment from the US.


In 1977, Ron's son Alan joined the business and in 1980, the company began manufacture of chemical products at its Kingston upon Thames premises.


Obituary: Ron Tilley


Prochem Europe has sadly announced the passing of its founder and chairman, Ron Tilley, at the age of 88.


A man of abundant charisma and wit, blessed with the capacity to engage all about him while putting them at ease, Ron built a highly successful career in the cleaning sector and with it, a company that would go on to become an innovative solutions developer and leading light in the training of cleaning professionals – a job designation that didn’t exist when he entered the business.


When Ron joined Servicemaster in 1959, the carpet cleaning industry barely existed. Shampoo Crystallisation was the


The Cleaning Company extends


healthcare portfolio The Cleaning Company has added Castleton Road Healthcare Centre in Ilford, Essex, to their list of healthcare centre clients.


Castleton Road is the latest surgery to be taken over by the management of The White House Surgery and The Green House Surgery in Essex. The Cleaning Company has a strong success record with this group of practices and were delighted to be brought on to support their newest addition.


Managing Director of The Cleaning Company, Chan Mehta, commented: “It is a credit to the amazing work our team have put in to the other two healthcare centres within this network. We are looking forward to continuing to provide an exceptional service to the practice and creating safe, clean and infection-free environments for their patients and doctors.”


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In 1995, the company relocated to larger premises in Chessington to expand manufacturing, storage, laboratory product development, equipment sales and service. The new building also perfectly provided for a dedicated two- storey training facility which subsequently saw thousands of trainees attend Prochem courses for over 20 years.


In 1998, Ron received the first Lifetime Achievement Award from the NCCA in recognition of Outstanding Services to the Carpet Cleaning Industry. He remained active at Prochem, continuing to train carpet, upholstery and floor cleaners well into his 70s.


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