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10 Questions with... Alastair Scott


Each month we ask a cleaning industry professional the Tomorrow’s Cleaning 10 Questions. This month, we chatted to Alastair Scott, Sales Director at Robert Scott.


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WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST JOB? Stacking shelves at Hillards, a long defunct northern


supermarket.


HOW DID YOU GET INTO THE CLEANING INDUSTRY? Robert Scott is a family business, so it was a natural progression to take over from my father.


WHICH THREE WORDS DESCRIBE YOUR PERSONALITY?


Impatient, affable, modest (I’m not keen on being in the spotlight).


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IF YOU COULD VISIT ONE PLACE IN THE WORLD, WHERE WOULD YOU GO AND WHY?


North Korea. I would love to see what one of the last dictatorships in the world is actually like – although I’m sure the full picture would be well censored from any visitors.


HOW WOULD YOU IMPROVE THE CLEANING INDUSTRY?


By trying to get past the obsession with price. Cleaning is essential for everyone and every business and brings value when done well. I really don’t see why it has to be carried out as cheaply a is humanly possible at all times.


IF AN INTERN WERE TO START TOMORROW, WHAT’S THE ONE PIECE OF ADVICE YOU WOULD


GIVE THEM? Don’t try and sell mops – they’re the everyday hero of the cleaning world but nobody really wants to pay anything for them.


IF YOU WON THE LOTTERY TOMORROW, HOW WOULD YOU SPEND YOUR FORTUNE?


It would certainly come in handy to help the team at Bright Futures School in their fundraising efforts to fit-out the new school we’re building opposite our head office. And then I’d give the Tank Museum a call and see if they wanted to sell their Mk II Matilda.


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IF YOU COULD HOST A DINNER PARTY AND INVITE ANY THREE PEOPLE, DEAD OR ALIVE, WHO WOULD


THEY BE AND WHY? James Martin – we could talk about classic racing cars whilst he’s cooking the dinner. Phoebe Waller-Bridge because I’m pretty sure she has a very interesting sense of humour and would be a great conversationalist. And Robert Capa because I’m fascinated by the period in time, and the events he photographed.


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WHAT, DO YOU THINK, IS THE FUTURE OF THE CLEANING INDUSTRY?


The future – to paraphrase Stevie Wonder – is the younger generations who have to live here. So, we should all be making the effort to address the ecological issues we face. We still have the choice – they may not.


Tibor Killi, Managing Director at Killis Ltd, asks: 10


IF YOU COULD DESIGN A BRAND-NEW CLEANING PRODUCT WHICH COULD CHANGE THE


INDUSTRY FOREVER, WHAT WOULD IT BE? I really do believe that our Toucan Eco system is one of the most sustainable options for our industry’s future. If adopted more widely it would have a drastic impact on reducing use of chemical agents and plastic waste, along with improving health and wellbeing for janitorial staff.


www.robert-scott.co.uk


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


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