Total solutions Group launches cleaning franchise

September 4, 2018

Maintenance services provider Total Solutions Group has launched a new franchise specialising in commercial cleaning.

Solved365 will consist of staff trained by Total Solutions Group and will service both local and national account work under its own brand.

Total Solutions Group is a multimillion-pound, independently owned company launched by Sharmin Akter in 2014.

Akter said: “This hasn’t been a hastily made decision and we have developed a formal franchise structure with a British Franchise Association accredited consultant and piloted it successfully. We have undergone a feasibility study.”

She added: “Few services are as commonly outsourced as cleaning. Cleaning remains a necessity and the potential financial, quality and convenience benefits of outsourcing continue to provide an attractive proposition, even during periods of economic uncertainty.”

Solved365 franchisees will be providing commercial contract cleaning services within sectors such as offices, GP surgeries and private hospitals, schools and colleges, warehousing and distribution centres, student accommodation, hotels, care homes, retail and restaurants.

Source: FM World

Maidenhead cleaning franchise set for UK-wide expansion

May 4, 2018

Molly Maid has secured an £800,000 funding package from HSBC to support its ambitious UK expansion plans.

The six-figure funding package from HSBC has been used to purchase assets, including the company’s Maidenhead HQ Molly Maid House, which was previously rented, and free-up capital.

It will also help Molly Maid reach up to 25 new markets across the UK in the next five years, making it one of the sector’s fastest growing businesses.

The company will be complementing existing franchise locations by opening its own sites, with a focus on the Midlands and the South of England.

Immediate plans include expansion into Southampton, Bristol, Cambridge and Banbury, following Molly Maid’s recent successful expansion in Norwich.

Molly Maid UK president and CEO, Kevin Hipkins, said: “Driving national expansion is top of our agenda and with HSBC’s support, led by our relationship manager at the bank Tom Gooder, we’ve had the confidence to commit to an ambitious five-year growth plan.

“The move to expand will see us setting up a readymade business in target locations, enabling us to establish the Molly Maid brand in new regions and capitalise on the booming demand for professional household cleaning services. We estimate the industry is valued at more than £2.7bn and growing.”

Sharon Byde, HSBC’s area director for West London Business Banking, added: “Molly Maid’s fast-paced expansion plans show great ambition, with multiple new locations planned in the next five years.

“The brand is already well-known but with this new funding for its future plans, it’s set to become a household name nationally. We look forward to working with Kevin and his team to help the business reach its full potential in new locations across the UK.”

Source: BQ Live

Cleaning franchise firm plans to create 500 jobs over next three years

May 2, 2018

A firm which offers domestic housekeeping services is planning to create 500 new jobs as part of a major expansion.

Bright & Beautiful, which is part of the Dwyer Group, has a nationwide franchise network which has exceeded a £6million annual turnover this month, the highest since the company launched in Manchester in 2007.

The award-winning Cheadle business has added five new franchisees to its network already this year, taking it to 56 nationwide, employing over 500 people and delivering more than 10,000 home service cleans per month.

Bright & Beautiful now plans to create 500 new housekeeper roles by 2021, bringing the workforce to over 1,000.

The company has also expanded its franchise support team to eight and the marketing department to a team of four, with additional head office recruitment planned for later in the year.

Bright & Beautiful’s franchise network turnover has grown by more than £1m since the company became part of the Dwyer Group in 2017.

The majority of the revenue growth is due to the expansion of the individual franchises locally and to the franchisees achieving ambitious business goals.

Bright & Beautiful has also developed a range of new revenue channels including seasonal and one-off client cleans.

Sue Moore, president of the firm, said: “As a business we have grown consistently since we began, fuelled by the fact that one in four UK households now relies on some form of domestic help.

“Our national growth strategy means that we are now on target to create a further 500 jobs across the UK over the next three years.

“Our franchise network has already created in excess of 500 professional housekeeping jobs which offer either full time working arrangements or family friendly part time hours.

“Ethical employment has long been a vital component of our business; in an industry where zero hours contracts or self-employment can be the norm, our professional housekeepers benefit from holiday pay, full employment rights and progressive career opportunities.

“These are jobs that are not only helping women and men into work and serving our local communities but are also contributing significantly to our regional and national economy.”

Source: The Business Desk