20 years a distributor – CJS goes from strength to strength
1998: an ambitious, fast-growing cleaning and hygiene supplier signs up to distribute Prochem products to cleaners, schools and businesses along the South Coast of England.
Fast forward 20 years: and there’s no ‘coasting’ at CJS Portsmouth.
The 37-staff strong business, based in the heart of this buzzing port city and naval base, operates a fleet of five trucks from modern premises comprising a 14,000 sq ft warehouse, machine repairs, sales and administration areas servicing a wide range of customers from Dorset to East Sussex and up into the South of London.
The Board of Directors, from left to right: Dave Gray, Operations Director, Terri Gray, Managing Director, Dave Baker, Chairman and Keith Churchill, Sales Director
CJS began life over 40 years ago as Clearsea Janitorial Supplies in the nearby town of Southsea. Owner Dave Baker – today, company chairman – had gone into window cleaning. His cheery ‘can-do’ attitude soon made him his customers’ ‘go-to’ solution for the broader range of cleaning needs, too.
CJS grew steadily but surely, moving premises within the region as it out-grew each, shifting from small shop to larger industrial park unit. Its customers grew, too, expanding from the local contracting market to schools, healthcare, offices and factories as well as leisure facilities and industrial premises.
5,000 products in store …
Today, it offers in excess of 5,000 different products with stock lines ranging from chemicals, to paper products to machinery to tabletop to janitorial products, maintained to a high standard on a FIFO (First in First Out) philosophy.
But that’s the ‘tip of the iceberg’ in relation to what else goes on at CJS. “We’ve broadened our offer over the years to take in COSHH advisory services, ATP/SWAB testing for infection control, customer stock and audit controls, as well as machine repairs and maintenance,” says Tina Stiles, Marketing Manager
“We also advise on training. In fact, Prochem Europe’s sales manager, Phil Jones is on our Ask-The-Expert advisory panel.”
That’s another good idea from CJS. Got a cleaning question that you can’t seem to find an answer for? Need advice on what solution is best for a particular cleaning problem?
Visit www.cjsportsmouthltd.co.uk/ask-an-expert/ and tap into an accumulated wealth of knowledge and insight from CJS and supplier experts like Phil as to what products and methods are best suited to help improve cleaning results.
“Prochem is an enormous help to us and our customers,” says CJS Sales Director, Keith Churchill. “From the start we’ve benefited from their knowledge, training and of course a first rate product range.
“They field some terrific solutions, notably for us, the likes of Extraction Plus, Crystal Green, Fresh Breeze Odour Neutraliser, Trafficlean, Urine Neutraliser – and all the machines sell well, too.
“We send our own teams to Prochem Europe for training at Chessington and recommend that our customers go to these, too, because in my view training boosts confidence and ability.”
CJS seem well set for another two decades of growth and development.