Regency Cleaning Services in £2.5 million takeover by Ecocleen

November 21, 2019

A FAMILY-based cleaning business that operates across the Thames Valley has been taken over.

Slough-based Owen White Solicitors recently acted as legal advisors to Ecocleen Services Ltd, in their purchase of Henley-based Regency Cleaning Services in a deal worth up to £2.5 million. The successful takeover will enable the company to increase its presence within key sectors – most notably education and motor retail, while expanding its nationwide franchise network.

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Ecocleen has more than 25 years’ experience of developing and implementing tailored commercial cleaning solutions. The franchise handles contracts of all sizes on behalf of more than 600 customers, servicing both single and multi-site operations on a local, regional and national basis.

Regency Cleaning Services operates throughout Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire, supporting more than 100 clients. The company’s team of 500 staff are responsible for delivering cleaning, waste management, porterage and maintenance services to a variety of private and public sector sites such as schools, nurseries, offices and car showrooms.

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Andrew Hayward, head of Owen White’s corporate and commercial team, said: “This was a particularly rewarding transaction to work on with our longstanding client Ecocleen Services Ltd.

“As is often the case, there were one or two wrinkles that needed ironing out along the way. “The pragmatism and commerciality of our client was enormously helpful, enabling us to achieve a very satisfactory result all round.”

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Jean-Henri Beukes, managing director of Ecocleen, said: “Regency Cleaning Services is a likeminded and profitable business that will immediately strengthen a number of existing franchisees while helping us create new franchise areas.

“This is the first of a number of strategic acquisitions we are planning as we look to accelerate our growth within the UK. We are seeking further opportunities in London, the South-East, South-West and North-West, which will add value and expertise to our business and existing infrastructure.”

By John Wakefield

Source: Wokingham Paper

Ecocleen buys Regency Cleaning Services

November 13, 2019

Services provider Ecocleen in the UK has completed the acquisition of Regency Cleaning Services in a deal worth up to €2.9 million.

The successful takeover will enable the company to increase its presence within key sectors such as education and motor retail, while expanding its nationwide franchise network.

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“Regency Cleaning Services is a likeminded and profitable business that will immediately strengthen a number of existing franchisees while helping us create new franchise areas,” explains Jean-Henri Beukes, managing director of Ecocleen. Its managing director, Darran Penny, will also join us as commercial director, bringing more than 20 years of experience within the cleaning industry.”

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Beukes added: “This is the first of a number of strategic acquisitions we are planning as we look to accelerate our growth within the UK. We are seeking further opportunities in London, the South-East, South-West and North-West.”

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Source: European Cleaning Journal

Cleaning franchise bought by NW businessman

October 17, 2019

A North West businessman has taken over a cleaning franchise. Poppies launched in 1984 and now comprises a 22-stong network cleaning more than 6,000 homes every week across the UK. Its turnover is £5m.

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Chris Wootton joined the company in 1996 when he bought his own franchise in West Lancashire. He is now owner and managing director, and will also remain at the helm of his own Southport, Formby and West Lancashire operations.

“Buying the Poppies franchise has been a dream of mine for over a decade; I absolutely love this business,” said Wootton. “I worked closely with our founder, Sue Rorstad, for many years – she was my leader, my mentor and, later, my great friend until her untimely death in 2015.

“With the support and blessing of her family, I’m incredibly proud to be able to give Poppies a new lease of life.”

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Wootton’s first aim is to “double the size of the network in the next four years”.

By Matthew Ord

Source: Insider Media

Housekeepers team up with recyclers

October 15, 2019

The Rossendale division of Bright & Beautiful, the domestic housekeeping franchise, has teamed up with Helmshore Recycling to offer its customers more ways to go green.

A new recycling programme allows clients to leave their recyclable waste with the Bright & Beautiful team during their routine cleans. This includes items that Rossendale Borough Council would not normally be able to recycle such as crisp packets, plastic toothbrushes and confectionary wrappers.

The team has also turned its laundry and ironing shop into a recycling collection point. Located at 88A Bank Street, Rawtenstall, the shop will not only deliver high-quality ironing, laundry and dry-cleaning to clients and the general public, but will also provide a space for people to drop off their recycling.

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The collected waste is being sent to Helmshore Recycling, a registered public drop off point for TerraCycle. Helmshore Recycling is run by Samantha Woodend alongside her daughter Caitlin. The pair currently average between 50 to 60kgs of collected waste every month where all proceeds go to various local charities.

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Samantha and Caitlin from Helmshore Recycling said: “We’re seeing increasing growth in the number of people that are using our services and know that, with the assistance of Bright & Beautiful, we’ll not only be able to prevent more recyclable items from entering landfill but will also be able to raise more money for our chosen charities.”

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Nicola Bailey, franchise owner of Bright & Beautiful, said: “As an environmentally friendly company, we pride ourselves on our commitment to decrease our environmental impact by reducing plastic usage and waste. Our collaboration with Helmshore Recycling has opened our eyes to the potential for waste and knowing what can be recycled.”


Source: Lancashire Business View

Clean sweep for Malvern cleaning firm Bright and Beautiful

October 12, 2019

AWARD-winning Malvern entrepreneurs, Stuart Callister and Eve Winkler, have plenty to celebrate this month, with a 170 per cent growth in turnover.

The pair run professional domestic housekeeping franchise, Bright and Beautiful which offers cleaning, tidying, laundry and ironing, and has delivered more than 3,000 home service cleans over a 12-month period.

With an ever-expanding client base of busy local people in need of a domestic cleaning service, they have also expanded their team to 18 professional housekeepers.

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Their hard work and dedication was recognised earlier this month when they won Best Domestic Cleaning Service Provider in the customer satisfaction category in the 2019 Midlands Enterprise Awards.

During their time as franchise owners, Stuart and Eve have played actives roles in their local community; earlier this year Stuart was made a Worcestershire Ambassador in recognition of his efforts to promote the county as a great place to live, visit and do business.

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Mr Callister said: “Eve and I are very proud to be celebrating our second year in industry. It’s so gratifying to see the success and growth of the business but, most of all, we love helping our clients enjoy their hard-earned free time; it’s truly so rewarding to see how much our clients value our service.

“With the support of the dedicated teams at head office, we’ve achieved more than we could have imagined. This year in particular has been a real turning point for the business in terms of growth and, as we continue to flourish, we will continue to strive to deliver an exceptional service that’s at the heart of the community.”

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Operating across the Malvern Hills and Worcestershire, Bright and Beautiful covers Malvern, West Malvern, Colwall, Cradley, Upton Upon Severn, Ledbury, Bromyard, Wellend, Worcester, Droitwich, Whittington, Broadwas, Upper Broadheath, Alfrick, Powick and surrounding areas.

It is part of a national network of more than 65 franchisees building their own local business, creating more than 800 jobs and delivering more than 10,000 home cleans per month.

By Robert Hale

Source: Malvern Gazette

Stability and adaptability helps bring surety for Ovenu franchisees – 25 years on

October 3, 2019

In a rapidly and regularly changing business environment, stability and adaptability are just two of the major factors that have seen Ovenu, one of the UK’s favourite oven cleaning specialists, reach the notable milestone of 25 years trading earlier this year.

Ovenu is still managed today by its owner and founder Rik Hellewell, who ran an Ovenu territory himself for five years, putting together a robust pilot scheme. The principles used then are still implemented as the foundation of its profit and loss forecasts presented to prospective franchisees.

Hellewell explains: “Much of the advice coming from the franchise sector 25 years ago suggested that pilot schemes could be run for significantly shorter periods of perhaps a year or so, but I didn’t feel this was anywhere near long enough to demonstrate sustainability or longevity.

“I wanted to rely on 100 per cent accurate data to share with prospect franchisees, hence the five year harvesting of information.

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“Our franchisees have always benefitted from our ability as a brand to move with the times and stay well ahead of any competitive activity. It didn’t take us long to establish an extremely robust internet presence along with associated e-commerce activity.

“Our strong, positive cash-flow has enabled us to retain various experts in their respective fields for all of our marketing, and this strategy has paved the way for many franchisees to generate significant turnover and profit.

“In more recent times we’ve widened our visibility and further enhanced our market standing by using some of the viable social media platforms.”

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Client reviews and testimonials

Hellewell continued: “Our reputation in the eyes of consumers is sky-high with over 23,000 reviews and testimonials from delighted clients who have used our service and have been sufficiently impressed to comment.

“Whenever things change in the business environment we’re able to act quickly and positively. Our franchisees like our style (to the main part) and that is possibly why our retention rates are so high. We currently work with well over 60 franchisees who are now into either their third or even fourth five-year term, and that in my book speaks volumes!

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“We’ll continue way into the future to offer the very best training and ongoing support to all of our current and future franchisees. We’ll maintain our extremely high moral and ethical standards within the franchise sector, and strive to maintain the gulf of superior quality, value and service to our ever-growing client database in the UK and further afield.”

There are now approaching 150 franchisees trading under the Ovenu brand across the UK, Australia and New Zealand, and this figure is set to rise substantially over the coming years.

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Local sports enthusiast is all set to clean up in Poole, Bournemouth and surrounding areas

September 23, 2019

Nigel Ackrell is launching his own Oven Cleaning Business as part of the Oven Wizards Franchise. Nigel has lived in the local area most of his life, and, as he knows the area really well, he believes there will be a strong demand for his services.


Nigel says “I was looking for a business idea that would be something I would enjoy doing and that would provide a great service to local people. I came across the idea of an oven cleaning business and then started to research the market. I soon realised that becoming an Oven Wizard offered me a great opportunity, particularly with the support of a successful Franchise Brand.

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Mark Abbott, owner of the Oven Wizards business said “From the first time we met Nigel, we knew he would make a great success of running an Oven Wizards Franchise, particularly because of his great passion for customer service.”

Mark went on to explain “There is a growing demand from people who want to have their ovens professionally cleaned because it is probably the hardest and most hated job in most households “.

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Oven Wizards have provided Nigel with comprehensive training which will enable him to professionally clean all sorts of makes and models of ovens.

As well as Poole and Bournemouth, Nigel also covers Wimborne, Ferndown, Broadstone, Swanage and Verwood.

A recent Survey indicates that oven cleaning is one of the most hated chores in the home. Taking into account the fact that there are over 26 million households in the UK and that nearly each one has at least one oven and a hob, the growing domestic cleaning market therefore provides unlimited opportunities to delight our customers.

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York teacher, Emma Bini, cleans up after career swap

August 9, 2019

A TEACHER from York has swapped her career in education for a new domestic housekeeping franchise business – Bright & Beautiful.

Emma Bini, who lives in Bishopthorpe, is now the owner of Bright & Beautiful Wetherby, which is based in York.

Prior to launching the franchise, Emma dedicated her time to teaching modern foreign languages (MFL) in secondary schools where she specialised in French and Spanish. Following her time studying in Spain, Emma spent a year teaching in Venezuela before returning to Yorkshire and teaching in Wakefield.

After 13 years of working in education and juggling a young family with work, Emma decided that she wanted a change of career that would allow her to take control of her destiny. She chose to buy a franchise as she had always wanted to be her own boss, and felt that the managerial and organisational skills she had gained from leading seven other MFL teachers would be transferable and invaluable to the day to day running of her own business.

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Emma is accompanied by her team of three local professional housekeepers, all of whom have been carefully selected, referenced and DBS checked, and they will work in teams to ensure reliability and client peace of mind. The teams will deliver a bespoke and tailored service that offers cleaning, tidying, laundry and ironing and will only use eco-friendly products and equipment to ensure they protect the health of their clients, their children and the team.

Emma said: “When I first decided to make a career change, I initially considered starting up a business on my own, but quickly realised that my lack of business experience would hinder my potential. Franchising seemed to provide the perfect balance of having the freedom to grow my own business, while receiving the support and expertise that I was missing.

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“Having had some unsatisfactory cleaning experiences myself, I could certainly see the demand for a reliable client-facing company. When I heard about Bright & Beautiful’s level of professionalism and their eco-friendly and ethical ethos, I just knew it would be a perfect fit. I’m so excited to get this business going and to begin delivering a world class service to my local community.”

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Bright & Beautiful Wetherby, which launched on August 1, covers York, Wetherby, Boston Spa, Tadcaster and the surrounding areas.

Emma joins the growing national network of more than 65 franchisees each building their own local business.

By Daniel Willers

Source: York Press

Bright & Beautiful’s first mother and daughter duo

July 31, 2019

The housekeeping service Bright & Beautiful has welcomed its first ever mother and daughter franchise team, Jane and Katie Brookes.

The pair who have taken the Basingstoke territory will be offering eco-friendly cleaning, tidying, laundry and ironing services to clients across the town, in addition to serving further customers in the Hampshire area of Andover and North of Winchester.

Before launching her new business, Jane worked for 30 years in policing in addition to carrying out a number of major home renovations, including building her own house. Her daughter, Katie, has experience in the hospitality sector and has worked closely with her mother on the design and management of a new build project, as well as recently completing a psychology degree.

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Jane explains that she had been a Bright & Beautiful client herself and loved the way that the housekeeping team always left her home feeling like a hotel.

“When I was considering a new career, the chance to run a business with Katie combined with our mutual love of houses and interior design, made the decision to launch our own professional and ethical housekeeping firm a very easy one,” enthuses Jane.

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Jo Vorwerg, franchise recruitment manager of Bright & Beautiful, said: “Demand for professional housekeepers has been on the rise in the UK for the past decade as our lives become ever busier. As a result, we have seen an increasing number of franchise owners like Jane and Katie who are leaving professional careers to start their own new business in this booming sector.”

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‘A winning team’
“We are so pleased to welcome our first mother daughter duo to the network and the combination of Jane’s organisational and people management skills, combined with Katie’s knowledge of psychology to deliver great customer service looks set to make them a winning team,” added Vorwerg.

Launched in the UK in 2007, Bright & Beautiful says it now has over 60 franchisees employing more than 700 people and delivers over 10,000 home service cleans per month.

Source: Franchise World

Ovenu celebrates 25 years of successful trading at AGM

July 30, 2019

Ovenu, a UK leading oven valeting franchise, celebrated 25 years of successful business at its recent annual general meeting (AGM) with its 100-strong network of UK franchisees in attendance.

Established by Rik Hellewell in 1994 from an initial pilot scheme, Ovenu has grown to become an international franchise company that operates territories throughout the UK, Australia, New Zealand as well as in Europe.

It was five years later in 1999 when Hellewell implemented the franchise model and Ovenu began taking on its first franchisees, which included Paul McCormack (Ovenu Basildon) and Adam Penniston (Ovenu Wokingham).

During the AGM, 39 of the 51 franchisees who have been with the company for more than 10 years, were celebrated and presented with a commemorative pin to mark their dedicated service. Between the cohort of franchisees, they have a combined 500 plus years of service.

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Ovenu now plans to expand further in the UK and across its global operations with new franchise territories.

Hellewell said: “I am incredibly proud of how Ovenu has grown and developed over the last quarter of a century from an initial concept to the international brand it is today.

“Our business model has been tried and tested over the last 25 years. It has provided our franchisees with tremendous value for money, excellent returns on their investments and allowed them to establish their own small businesses.

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“Nothing gives me more joy than when I hear that a franchisee has enjoyed the level of success that they wanted when I first sat down with them at the start of their franchising and Ovenu journey.”

‘Very humbling’

Hellewell added: “To have such a large percentage of our franchisees, who have been with the company for at least 10 years, is very humbling and demonstrates the sustainability and confidence in the brand and business model.

“We are now expecting to carry on this positivity, expanding into new areas – in the UK and abroad – and will hopefully celebrate even more milestones in the future.”

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The Ovenu valeting process involves dismantling key components of an oven such as the door, interior panels, fan and shelves and placing them into design-registered tank equipment, which uses safe, non-caustic products to clean the oven parts.

The whole process takes around three to four hours and leaves the oven, hob and exterior in immaculate condition.

Source: Franchise World