It is 50 years since Roy Kent started SCJS, and it continues to thrive as one of Prochem Europe’s most dynamic distributors. “It is hard to believe it’s been 50 years,” reflects Roy’s son, Andy who, with brother Nigel, today run the Sussex-based Southern Counties Janitorial Supplies (SCJS).
Both remember the day their dad started the family business in Brighton. By 1973, Nigel was on board, with Andy joining straight from school two years later.
Andy Kent believes the big gear change for the business came with the introduction of hot water extraction in the UK cleaning market with Prochem, a prime mover in getting the technology recognised.
“We all saw the potential of these machines, buying them was a no-brainer. We bought into Prochem and never left.”
The Kents are fans of Prochem training, too. “I’d recommend everyone in the business goes on at least one training course,” said Andy Kent. “It really will bring a lot of knowledge and thereby confidence.”
And it’s still very much a family business. Mum Bette works there, as does Andy’s daughter, Rebecca. The company today operates from depots in Brighton and Crawley and stocks over 5000 lines, including an extensive offer of Prochem carpet cleaning ranges for collection or next-day delivery.
Photo: From left, the Kents: Andrew, Becca, Bette and Nigel.