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10 QUESTIONS WITH...


In each issue we ask an FM professional the Tomorrow’s FM 10 Questions. This month we spoke to Douglas Cooke, Executive Chairman of Principle Cleaning Services.


10 QUESTIONS WITH…. Q3


WHO, IN ANY OTHER INDUSTRY,


DO YOU MOST ADMIRE?


Any successful business owner who started with nothing. I know a number and difficult to name one who is more admirable than the rest.


Q4 Q5 Q1


WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST JOB?


As a 16-year-old I managed to land a school holiday job as a scaffolder's mate working on a new housing estate - so not too high! Heaving heavy scaffold poles (they were much heavier back then) was hard work and often went home with sore red shoulders.


Q2


HOW DID YOU GET INTO THE FACILITIES


MANAGEMENT INDUSTRY?


I had a place at Teacher Training College and in the summer prior to going decided to earn some cash cleaning. I went along to a cleaning company (Bizley Clean in Norwich) and bumped into a fellow rugby player, who unbeknown to me was the owner’s son and a director in the company. Fortunately, he didn't send me out window or industrial cleaning but had me carpet cleaning in their workshop and in homes around East Anglia. I must have created an impression as they asked me to stay on in the industry and make a career of it. I never went to college and the rest is history.


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HOW DO YOU CHALLENGE THE


STATUS QUO IN FM?


At Principle we are continually challenging the status quo, searching for ideas that continue to differentiate us from the norm.


HOW WOULD YOU IMPROVE


THE FACILITIES


MANAGEMENT INDUSTRY? We have to make the industry more attractive to young talent by promoting FM and cleaning opportunities throughout colleges and universities. The image is gradually improving but has a long way to go.


Q6WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE FILM?


Pulp Fiction with its amazing cast, music and edge of the seat action that revived the flagging careers of John Travolta and Bruce Willis.


Q7IF YOU COULD HAVE A SUPER POWER


FOR A DAY, WHAT WOULD IT BE AND WHY?


If I could travel back in time, I would find a sustainable alternative to plastic.


Q8IF YOU COULD HOST A DINNER PARTY


WITH ANY THREE GUESTS, DEAD OR ALIVE, WHO WOULD THEY BE AND WHY?


Steve McQueen (of Great Escape fame), Spike Milligan and Jeremy Clarkson. The king of cool and anti- hero actor, a comic genius and a petrolhead with outspoken views. Should be a fun evening.


Q9WHAT DO YOU THINK IS THE


FUTURE OF THE FACILITIES MANAGEMENT INDUSTRY?


I think that data and technology will play a huge part in the evolution of the industry, exciting times ahead.


Q10IAN FLANAGAN, MD OF RFM


GROUP ASKS: WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON THE BIGGER COMPANIES RUNNING CONTRACTS AT A LOSS?


Why on earth would any company run contracts that lose money? It's plain daft and does not make business sense. Are they doing it just for the turnover?


There is the old saying: "Turnover is vanity. Profit is sanity. Cash is reality."


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