Business is literally taking off for Nick Woods at Herts & Essex Carpet Cleaning.

If he’s not on site at Stansted Airport or the US military airbase at Mildenhall, he’s up in the clouds over London on the 46th floor of the city’s iconic Leadenhall ‘Cheesegrater’ building.

All this buzzing about necessitated upgrading vans and Nick’s just taken delivery of a new Ford Transit.

With his Prochem Sapphire SS370 truckmounted extractor now installed, this has been something of a game-changer for Nick. “I pitch for the best price I can get and that means looking the part and having the technology to back that up,” he says.

“The Sapphire is a fantastic machine – I love it. It’s been so well thought through.

“It runs hot, fast and very smoothly – just smashes through the work. And it only takes three to four hours before a job is dry and ready to use.”

This is Nick’s fifth year in the cleaning business since he was made redundant from his job as a regional sales manager. “It seemed to me the moment for a change of career and I’ve no regrets,” he says.

Based in Dunmow, Herts & Essex enjoys strong levels of domestic work, too. 2020 is a target year for Nick to add more commercial sites to his portfolio. Wife Ellen is coming on board with the business to help out and work is expanding to take in stone floors and upholstery cleaning.

“Prochem have been a huge help to us not least in supplying some great solutions for this machine,” he says. “Ultrapac Renovate, Citrus Gel and Urine Neutraliser particularly get the thumbs up.”

Nick’s en route to bigger things and the Sapphire is the jewel in his crown.