Mental Wellbeing during Social Distancing & Self Isolation

With many of us perhaps feeling concerned, stressed or panicked by the current situation, we’ve put together a few ways of looking after your mental-wellbeing during these challenging times. The below is not medical advice but aimed to help a little as you face life’s current worries.  

Connect with people  

If you are in self-isolation, you may start to feel just that, isolated. What better opportunity than now to re-connect with old friends, keep in touch with family and check in with your nearest and dearest. Video calls are a great way to stay connected but why not brighten someone’s day by sending them a hand-written letter? Also, a lovely thing for your children to do as part of their home schooling.   

Help Others and Offer Support 

Being there to help others can be a mood boost for both parties. Local support groups can offer suggestions as to how you can help your local community. Maybe a phone call to an elderly resident is needed or perhaps you’re able to pick up medication for someone who is self-isolating. Little actions can go a long way.  

On a larger scale, the NHS has implemented a campaign for “NHS Volunteer Responders.” This is “a new group that will carry out simple, non-medical tasks to support people in England who have been asked to shield themselves from coronavirus because of underlying health conditions. They will be used by healthcare professionals to make sure people who are highly vulnerable to coronavirus (COVID-19) are able to stay safe and well at home.” You can see if you are eligible to help via the following website: https://www.england.nhs.uk/participation/get-involved/volunteering/nhs-volunteer-responders/ 

Relaxation techniques 

Colouring In – Not just for kids! Adult colouring in has taken off in a big way in the last few years. It’s a great way to practice Mindfulness and switch off from the world around. You can print out designs to colour in at homehttps://www.justcolor.net/ or even colour in digitally on your computer or phone. https://colormandala.com/ 

Yoga / Meditation – you can join in live via various online classes or YouTube have tonnes of instructional videos for everyone, from beginner to pro.  

Reading – why not take a moment to switch off and escape the world around you. Reading is great for focussing the mind and also a great way to begin an effective sleep routine.  

Sleep Routine 

Maintaining a good sleep routine is always important but with many now having a less structured day, perhaps it’s time to focus on this. It’s easy to fall into the trap of staying up a little later and snoozing the alarm clock a few more times when your daily routine is not so rigid.  

If you’re having trouble sleeping, the NHS website offers some top tips: https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-matters/sleep/ 

With daylight hours increasing this Sunday, 29th Marchnow is the ideal opportunity to set a new sleeping pattern for the Summer months.  

Exercise 

Current NHS advice permits “one form of outdoor exercise a day, for example a run, walk, or cycle – alone or with members of your household.” It is also important to remember to maintain a 2 metre distance from others when outside. So, how does exercise boost your mood? Physical activity causes the brain to release endorphins. These are chemicals which, in simple terms, cause you to feel happier and improve feelings of well-being.  

If you are unable to go out at the moment, why not participate in an online exercise class. From circuit training to ballet, there is something for everyone! 

Remember to take into account your own fitness levels and health/medical conditions before embarking on an exercise regime. 

Content is based on the Government’s health guidance and Covid-19 measures at the time of writing. Please refer to the government website ensure that this information is current.  

If you have concerns regarding your mental health and well-being, further information, help and support can be found by visiting https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-matters/

Homeschooling from a Full Time Working Mum… How to Survive!

If like Vicky,  homeschooling wasn’t something that you had planned for, the below blog may be of use to you whilst you are trying to build your business and ensure your child/children gets the educational support that they need. 

Written by Victoria Tayler, Commercial Marketing Manager and Full Time Mum 

My name is Vicky, I am the Commercial Marketing Manager at ServiceMaster (of which Merry Maids is part of). I have two children, one of Primary School age and one in Secondary School, my challenge is to keep them entertained and somewhat educated while I work full time, from home (mostly) 

Keep To A School Day Routine  

To keep disruption to a minimum and help keep the kids focussed on their schoolwork, try sticking to a school day routine as much as you can. 

We are starting school at 9am each school day, and Ive found a fantastic YouTube channel ‘The Body Coach’ who are streaming live PE videos each school day. Take a look here – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCAxW1XT0iEJo0TYlRfn6rYQ 

What better way to keep the kids active and get them ready for learning? If you want to know why exercising in the morning is so beneficial, this is a useful read: https://www.myactivesg.com/read/2018/2/6-reasons-why-morning-exercise-is-important-for-your-health 

Scheduling The Kids Day 

Most schools have provided a good number of online resources, so why not structure your learning day/week into a school timetable. Evidence shows that children do best when they can follow a routine, this will also make it easier for you to keep on top of things.  

  MONDAY  TUESDAY  WEDNESDAY  THURSDAY 
09.00 – 09.30  PE  PE  PE  PE 
09.30 – 10.15  MATHS  MATHS  MATHS  MATHS 
10.15 – 10.30  BREAK  BREAK  BREAK  BREAK 
10.30 – 11.45  ENGLISH  ENGLISH  ENGLISH  ENGLISH 
11.45 –  13.00  ART/CRAFT  ART/CRAFT  ART/CRAFT  ART/CRAFT 

 

Shhhh… I’m thinking of doing the Science bit at the weekend so I can have some fun too! 

Don’t forget, it’s also important to allow time for the kids to have fun and to entertain themselves, all work and no play is going to make this a long journey and well, we’ve got work to do too. 

If you are looking for more inspiration from an education point of view, below are some other links to a wide range of websites with homeschooling ideas. 

https://www.homeschooling-ideas.com/home-school-ideas.html 

https://www.netmums.com/coffeehouse/education-1071/home-education-873/653184-ideas-homeschooling.html 

https://www.edplace.com/blog/homeschooling/lesson-planning-and-ideas-home-education-days-across-the-uk 

https://www.homeschool-activities.com/ 

https://www.theschoolrun.com/home-education-step-by-step

Ways to Keep Your Kids Entertained 

Are you looking for ways to entertain the kids that isn’t YouTube or computer games? 

Make the most of your garden or outside space, we all need some fresh air and sunshine, yes, it is out as I sit here writing this, stuck in the office and looking out of the window. As we all need a bit of a break from work and learning, I thought I’d also share a range of websites with ideas for fun things to do, so here you are: 

https://www.goodhousekeeping.com/home/craft-ideas/how-to/g1389/diy-kids-activities/  

https://www.toucanbox.com/activities/fun-things-to-do-at-home-with-your-kids 

https://www.itsalwaysautumn.com/best-indoor-kid-crafts-activities.html 

https://www.verywellfamily.com/absolutely-free-activities-for-kids-2997490 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/gardening/gardening_with_children/ 

https://www.rhs.org.uk/education-learning/gardening-children-schools/family-activities/Activities 

YouTube Channels: 

  • Crash Course Kids 
  • Science Channel 
  • SciShow Kids 
  • National  Geographic Kids 
  • Free School 
  • Geography Focus 
  • TheBrainScoop 
  • SciShow 
  • Kids Learning Tube 
  • Geeek Gurl Diaries 
  • Mike Likes Science 
  • Science Max 
  • SoulPancake 

 This isn’t going to be easy by any means, I’ve already needed to remind my kids that this isn’t a holiday but hopefully this will help keep you sane that little bit longer and at least give you some ideas to help you through it.  

My Own Personal Favourites;  

  • Home economics – Teach them how to make a cup of tea, for me of course, as I’m busy working! 
  • Science – How washing up liquid removes grease from the saucepan and other cooking utensils 
  • Mechanical Engineering – How to operate a hoover, the kids always think it’s a hard job! 

Written by Victoria Tayler, Commercial Marketing Manager and Full Time Mum 

How to stay motivated working from home

Our Merry Maids franchise opportunity initially means the business owner can work from home in the early days to save on premises costs, so following these tips can help if you are not used to it!

Tip #1 – Create An Office

You may be tempted to sit on the sofa or lie in bed whilst working from home, this is a mistake as it will demotivate you.

Dedicate a room specifically as your office, away from any distractions, like Television or other family members/housemates.

Make sure your office is tidy and try and keep it as similar to your work desk as you can, this way you’ll get into your work mindset.

Tip #2 – Wake Up On Time

You may be tempted to lie in if you’re working from home, thinking;

“It’s alright, the boss will never know”.

Don’t be tempted! Wake up at the normal time you would if you were going to work, have your breakfast and morning coffee as you normal and start work at the time you usually do.

This will create in your mind the normal workday ethic and you’ll become used to it in no time at all.

Tip #3 – Stay On Schedule

Try not to change your normal working schedule and keep it as similar as you can.

If you have an online calendar, create personal events and reminders that tell you when to shift gears and start on new tasks.

Check your emails at the same times you would if you were at work and add in new tasks where you can.

Tip #4 – Stay Off Social Media

We’re always tempted with our personal mobiles when we’re at home, but you wouldn’t be allowed them at work, so why should you be using them when working from home?

A quick tip to help stay off social media is to log out of every account.

You might even consider working primarily in a private or if using Chrome, an “Incognito” browser window.

This is all of course if don’t work with social media on a work-related basis, and then you really don’t want to avoid going on it!

Tip #5 – Stay Connected

You need to make sure you stay connected to your team and other teams within your business.

Instant messaging and video conferencing tools can make it easy to check in with co-workers and remind you how your work is contributing to the big picture.

Here are few instant messaging and video conferencing tools you can use:

  • Microsoft Teams – If your business uses Office 365, Microsoft Teams has instant messaging and video conferencing options to keep you connected
  • WhatsApp – Of course WhatsApp is in the list, it’s the most popular instant messaging tool in the world and can easily keep you connected to your teams
  • Slack – A great collaboration tool that can keep your team on track to completing tasks, also has an instant messaging section to help stay connected
  • Zoom – A video conferencing tool to keep you connected, the free version limits meetings for over 3 people to 40 minutes at a time
  • Skype – Another well-known platform that can be used for video conferencing and instant messaging

For further information regarding our franchise opportunities from home, speak to a member of the Merry Maids Franchise Sales Team on 0116 275 9005 or email franchisesales@servicemaster.co.uk

Keeping Positive

In these unprecedented times, you, like many others around the world may be feeling a little low in spirits. Things may seem a little gloomy but there are rays of positivity shining through.  

We’ve put together a little blog on some of the lovely things which we’ve seen in the last few days in the hope of sharing a little happiness.  

Rainbows Pictures Springing up in Windows 

The trend started online, following the closure of UK schools on Friday 20th March.  

With the view of “spreading hope” the rainbows also provide a lovely bit of positivity for when you are out and about during your daily exercise. If you’re out for a walk / run / cycle, see how many are around in your area.  

Balcony Singing, Italy

You’ve more than likely seen some of the balcony singing taking place throughout Italy recently.  

Here’s one of the best video’s we’ve seen of music bringing people together, boosting morale and staying positive.  

 

Connecting More  

Many of us are downloading the “House Party” app. It’s essentially a video call app with function for multiple participants. It’s less formal than other video calling platforms such as Microsoft Teams and really simple to use. This app is really useful in ensuring that we still remain connected, even with social distancing measures firmly in place.

Support for our NHS workers 

On Thursday 26th March, Lincoln Cathedral will glow blue as a mark of support to our amazing NHS workers: 

This will be followed by the Nationwide “Clap for our Carers” campaign at 8pmWhereby, people across the UK can clap from their gardens, front doors and balconies to show their support and give thanks to doctors, nurses, carers, GPs, pharmacists and other NHS staff, working tirelessly to help those affected by the coronavirus. 

Supermarkets are already showing their gratitude to NHS workers such as in this clip from Tesco in Swansea, where staff applauded and gave flowers during designated NHS staff shopping hour. 

 

And finally, a brilliant video of staff at Basildon NHS keeping themselves motivated in these challenging times… 

 

We’ll keep you posted on our social channels of more positivity and other useful pieces of information throughout the current situation! Follow Merry Maids on Facebook and Twitter.

Merry Maids Wigan Resale

*Overview of Business

 

A fantastic opportunity has arisen for a budding entrepreneur in the Wigan and surrounding Lancashire area looking to set up their own cleaning business. Merry Maids of Wigan has been an established business for over 4 years and has been operated by the current owner since April 2018. It is now on the market for someone who is ready to build on what is a great existing business opportunity.

 

For an ambitious owner the opportunity is there to use the stable customer base that is currently served and implement a marketing programme to increase sales and build a substantial domestic cleaning business.

 

This opportunity offers a fantastic proposition as the new business owner will have continual support from the existing proprietor, who initially is able to dedicate enough time to the investor ensuring they are comfortable with the business. Investing in this area also means you have the potential to serve over 160,000 households and access to an existing customer list, which is included in the price of the sale.

*Primary Customers

 

Merry Maids of Wigan currently have between 30-35 regular customers who we provide with either weekly, fortnightly, four weekly or ad hoc cleans.

 

*Primary Services

 

  • Regular domestic cleaning services
  • Spring Cleans
  • Builders Cleans
  • One Off Deep Cleans
  • Rental Properties
  • Moving out /in cleans

 

*Employees

 

5 part-time maids, who work well together and take pride in their jobs.

 

*Facilities, Property & Location

 

The office is based in Adlington on a lease basis.  Facilities include a washing machine and dryer.

 

*Reason for sale

 

This is a well-run and operated business and is now looking for a budding entrepreneur to take it to the next level.

 

*Key Financial Information

 

Year Turnover Gross Profit
2018 £36,826                     £9,800             
2019 £36,000 £10,500

 

*Particulars of the Sale

 

This business which comprises of Wigan and surrounding areas of Lancashire is for sale at the asking price of £30,000.

 

Please note that there is some machinery and equipment included in this sale – Please see items listed below.

 

*Sale to include:

 

  • Washing Machine and Dryer
  • Desktop Apple Mac and Printer
  • Customer Database
  • 1 Tall Filing Cabinet and 1 Small Filing Cabinet
  • Shelving for Supplies and Shelving Desk
  • 2 Cylinder Vacuum Cleaners
  • 2 Upright Cleaners
  • Buckets and Mops
  • Laminate Flooring Cleaners
  • 2 Tote Trays (including bottles and spray heads)
  • Spare Bottles and Spray Heads
  • White Buckets and Spare Mop Heads
  • 2 Ladders
  • Office Fan
  • Various Cleaning Cloths, Green Cloths, Dusters, Laminate Heads, Micro-Fibre Cloths
  • Branded Polo Shirts and Aprons
  • 3 Flat Dusters
  • 4 Large Plastic Product Holding Canisters Plus Spare Parts.

Existing franchisee branches out in to Commercial Cleaning

Nick Rayner of Merry Maids Milton Keynes invests in a second ServiceMaster brand

Having owned his very successful Merry Maids business for 15 years this May, Nick chose to further invest in the ServiceMaster family of brands by purchasing ServiceMaster Clean Contract Services Milton Keynes. His new business venture offers a range of commercial cleaning services to all commercial businesses within his territory.

Nick’s Merry Maids business has grown in success over the years and Nick decided to take the opportunity to expand his business in the local area and branch out into commercial cleaning services and make the most of his industry expertise.

Being customer services focused, Nick has a head start when it comes to understanding and delivering on customer needs.

Having a domestic cleaning background with Merry Maids Milton Keynes has given me a customer related approach to business, therefore, I feel ServiceMaster Clean Contract Services is the right step to take”, said Nick.

There is no upper limit with any of our franchise brands and there is always the opportunity (where territory allows), to invest in to one or more of our other franchise brands within the ServiceMaster family.

All of our franchise brands provide a genuine opportunity to make money in their sector through our proven money-making business models. The addition of our support, established brands and experience makes for the perfect recipe for success.

If you would like to find out more about owning a ServiceMaster brand, contact the Franchise Sales Team on 0116 275 9005 or at franchisesales@servicemaster.co.uk

 

National Franchise Exhibition 2020

National Franchise Exhibition 13th and 14th March 2020

Merry Maids are proud to be exhibiting at the National Franchise Exhibition at The NEC Birmingham on Friday 13th and Saturday 14th March 2020

Here at Merry Maids we are a huge fan of spreading the word and sharing the vision for our franchise opportunities. We strongly believe that the franchise exhibitions in which we attend, allow us to reach more people across the country, widening both theirs and our horizons.

It promises to be a fantastic couple of days and not just for those considering buying a franchise but for existing business owners too. Over 40 sessions will take place over Friday and Saturday so even the most experienced franchisees should be able to leave the event with new insights. There will be informative sessions such as the “Growing Your Own Business” seminar featuring interactive workshops on topics such as PR, marketing techniques and sales skills. If you are attending, please visit us to say hello.

Attending the Franchise Exhibition is the perfect opportunity to not only meet us, but to meet other franchisors too. Research is key in the early days of a new business journey and is much easier if you can do much of it all in one go!

If you’d like to attend, you’ll need to apply for a FREE ticket. You can do so [HERE].

You can also book an exclusive 1-2-1 slot to chat with our franchise recruitment team and brand managers

Click the dates to register your interest for Friday 13th or Saturday 14th March.

We’re on stand C70

The National Franchise Exhibition 2020
Hall 7
National Exhibition Centre (NEC)
Birmingham
B40 1NT
13th & 14th March 2020

We hope to see you there!

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Merry Maids – Top 100 Elite Franchise 2020

We are super proud to announce that Merry Maids are part of the Elite Franchise Top 100 Franchises for 2020

Elite Franchise Top 100 is all about celebrating superlative businesses across the UK.

It recognises the sector’s brightest businesses and ranks them according to a broad range of criteria from their financial performance and heritage in the industry to their contribution to the community and the way they embrace innovation. Ranking applicants from 100 to one, the guide defines the best opportunities in the UK, whether they’re a flourishing franchise at the top of their game or a budding business making its first inroads into the industry.

Be inspired, be in awe and be aware that the brands that make it to the Elite Franchise 100 are simply the best.

Merry Maids placed 63rd in the guide and was joined by fellow franchise brands under the ServiceMaster franchisor umbrella, ServiceMaster Clean (25), ServiceMaster Restore (74), TruGreen (83), Rosemary Bookkeeping (84), and Furniture Medic (97).

Merry Maids Brand Manager, Steve Morris commented:

Being included in the Elite Franchise 100 recognises the professional franchise lifestyle business offering that is Merry Maids.  As one of the top domestic cleaning franchises in the UK, MerryMaids has the experience and know-how to continue to grow through success and innovation, and the future is looking bright (and clean)!”

 

Established Domestic Cleaning Business For Sale in Northampton

Established Residential Cleaning Business for Sale in Northampton

Asking price: £60,000

Turnover: £130,000

Profit: £30,000

A fantastic opportunity has arisen for a budding entrepreneur.

Merry Maids of Northampton has been an established business in the local area for over 12 years and is now on the market for someone who is ready to build on what is already a great existing business.

“There is plenty of business out there for domestic cleaners and enquiries have been coming in thick and fast. In fact too fast for me to deal with them all! There is so much potential in the Northampton area. We currently service approximately 140 customers in and around the Northamptonshire area. We not only receive enquiries for regular cleaning services but also for spring cleans, deep cleans, and end of tenancy cleans all in and around the local area. This will hopefully help give a potential buyer an understanding of the main revenue streams.” – Merry Maids Northampton owner, Barbara Smart.

The new business owner will have continual support from the existing proprietor, who initially is able to dedicate enough time to the investor ensuring they are comfortable with the business. 

Investing in this area also means you have the potential to serve over 120,000 semi-detached households and access to an existing customer list, which is included in the price of the sale.

Choosing a resale opportunity can give you the following benefits:

  • Established Market Presence
  • Existing Customer Base
  • Fully Trained & Experienced Employees
  • Inventory of Products & Equipment
  • Full Training Academy
  • Software
  • Website

Primary Services

The primary services of a typical Merry Maids business include:

  • Regular domestic cleaning services
  • Spring Cleans
  • Builders Cleans
  • One Off Deep Cleans
  • Rental Properties

By investing in Merry Maids of Northampton, you will not only benefit from a recognised brand name with a structured franchise support network, you will also have access to unparalleled training, backed by Merry Maids’ 35 year history. With an award-winning marketing department to guide you on all things digital related, through a comprehensive training ‘Academy’, you will be fully prepared to take on your already established Merry Maids business.

Domestic cleaning is an industry which has an estimated value close to £6 billion. Indications also show that this market is set to grow, and with more than 26 million homes in the UK, there’s a great deal of potential homes that need cleaning; making this a market very much worth being a part of!

Employees

Current number of staff: 12 cleaners plus 1 manager

Facilities, Property & Location

This business is run currently run from the owner’s home, a large double garage used for stock and machinery. The business can be easily relocated within the territory.

Primary Customers

This business currently has in the region of 140 regular customers in an around the Northamptonshire area. The business consistently receives enquires for regular cleaning services, spring cleans, deep cleans and end of tenancy cleans. In addition to the core services this business also offers oven cleaning and Ironing services if required.

Training

A comprehensive training academy provided by ServiceMaster UK is included within the franchise fee.

Support

Unlimited support is provided throughout the length of the franchise agreement. Support includes assistance with operational matters, marketing, sales, IT, health & safety and more.

Reason for Sale

We are looking to sell the business as we have both got to the age where we would like to retire. My husband is 69 years old and health has been suffering quite a lot lately. Looking after him and running the business is also taking its toll on my health too. The business has afforded us a comfortable life over the past twelve years but our focus has now changed to matters closer to home. We want to spend more time with our Grandchildren and have a really good holiday!

Interested?

To register your interest on this exciting resale opportunity you can contact us in one of the following ways:

E: franchisesales@servicemaster.co.uk

P: 0116 275 9005

Merry Maids and Contract Services South Yorkshire re-sale

Established Domestic Cleaning and Office Cleaning Business for Sale

 Asking Price: £275,000.00

 Overview of Business

 A fantastic opportunity has arisen for a budding entrepreneur in the Sheffield area looking to own their own well-established cleaning business. ServiceMaster (Contract Services) Sheffield & Merry Maids of South Yorkshire have been operating for over 25 years and are now on the market for someone who is ready to build on what is a great existing business opportunity.

For an ambitious owner, the opportunity is there to use the stable customer bases that are currently served and implement a marketing programme to increase sales and build both a substantial domestic & commercial cleaning business.

This opportunity offers a fantastic proposition as the new business owner will have continual support from the existing proprietors, who are initially able to dedicate enough time to the investor ensuring they are comfortable with the business. Investing in this Company also means you have the potential to serve both commercial businesses as well as domestic households and access to existing customer lists, which is included in the price of the sale.

Territory Map

 

 

Merry Maids of South Yorkshire Primary Services

  • Regular domestic cleaning services
  • Spring Cleans
  • Builders Cleans
  • End of tenancy Cleans
  • ‘One-off’ deep Cleans
  • Rental Properties

ServiceMaster (Contract Services) Sheffield Primary Services

  • Daily cleaning services to professional offices, communal areas & health centres.
  • Supply of toilet requisites & consumables
  • Window cleaning (via sub-contractors)
  • Feminine hygiene rental (via sub-contractors)

Facilities, Property & Location

The business is currently run from a self-contained suite of offices comprising of entrance lobby, 2 offices, 1 storeroom, 1 staff restroom, 1 kitchenette, toilet & utility.  All services are provided including telephone lines & internet connection. The offices are rented on a monthly licence agreement.  There is ample onsite parking for staff/clients.  The offices are situated near to various main arterial roads.  There is on-site video monitoring and the premises are secure. 

Reason for sale

This is a well-run and easily operated business and the sole reason for a sale is that the owners wish to take early retirement.

Key Financial Information –

 

Year Turnover Gross Profit
2016 £215,268.00 £63,256.00
2017 £247,481.00 £77,577.00
2018 £281,844.00 £92,720.00

 

At the time of writing this prospectus the 2019 accounts have not been completed but the turnover is estimated to be £305,000.00 which is an 8.2% increase on the previous year. Estimated gross profit of £102,500.00.

Forecasts prepared for the financial period 1st October 2019 to 30th September 2020 show a conservative growth of sales to £331,000.00 and a projected gross profit of £114,500.00

Particulars of the Sale

A combined sale of Merry Maids and Contract Services Sheffield.

Please note that there is some machinery or equipment included in this sale – Please see items listed below.

Sale to include:

  • Customer list of Merry Maids of South Yorkshire
  • Customer list of ServiceMaster (Contract Services) Sheffield
  • Various pieces of office furniture
  • Folding chairs in staff restroom
  • Washing machine
  • Kettle, microwave, fridge, crockery & utensils
  • 2 laptop computers & 2 desk top printers
  • Key safe
  • Various stationery supplies
  • Marketing material
  • 25 vacuum cleaners, spare parts & vacuum bags.
  • Buckets and mops, feather dusters.
  • Various cleaning products,
  • Spare bottles and spray heads
  • 2 ladders
  • A large supply of micro fibre cloths, dusters etc.
  • Merry Maids Green Polo Shirts, Black Merry Maids Aprons & Black work trousers, sweatshirts & fleeces
  • ServiceMaster (C.S.) Blue Polo Shirts & sweatshirts
  • Large plastic ‘builders’ buckets
  • Cloths drying racks

 

National Franchise Exhibition 2019

National Franchise Exhibition 4th and 5th October

Merry Maids are proud to be exhibiting at the National Franchise Exhibition at The NEC Birmingham on Friday 4th and Saturday 5th October 2019

Here at Merry Maids we are a huge fan of spreading the word and sharing the vision for our franchise opportunities. We strongly believe that the franchise exhibitions in which we attend, allow us to reach more people across the country, widening both theirs and our horizons.

It promises to be a fantastic couple of days and not just for those considering buying a franchise but for existing business owners too. Over 60 sessions will take place over Friday and Saturday so even the most experienced franchisees should be able to leave the event with new insights. There will be informative sessions such as the “Growing Your Own Business Conference” featuring interactive workshops on topics such as PR, marketing techniques and sales skills. If you are attending, please visit us to say hello.

Attending the Franchise Exhibition is the perfect opportunity to not only meet us, but to meet other franchisors too. Research is key in the early days of a new business journey and is much easier if you can do much of it all in one go!

If you’d like to attend, you’ll need to apply for a FREE ticket. You can do so [HERE].

You can also book an exclusive 1-2-1 slot to chat with our franchise recruitment team and brand managers

Click the dates to register your interest for Friday 4th or Saturday 5th October.

We’re on stand M100

The National Franchise Exhibition 2019
Hall 3
National Exhibition Centre (NEC)
Birmingham
B40 1NT
4th & 5th October 2019

We hope to see you there!

 

Established domestic cleaning business for sale in North Wiltshire

Established Residential Cleaning Business for Sale in North Wiltshire

Asking price: £350,000

Turnover: £367,444

Profit: £69,140

A fantastic opportunity has arisen for a budding entrepreneur.

Merry Maids North Wiltshire, covering Swindon and surrounding areas has been an established business for over 14 years and is now on the market for someone who is ready to build on what is a great existing business opportunity.

For an ambitious owner the opportunity is there to use the stable customer base that is currently served and implement a marketing programme to increase sales and build a substantial commercial cleaning business.

This opportunity offers a fantastic proposition as the new business owner will have continual support from the existing proprietor, who initially is able to dedicate enough time to the investor ensuring they are comfortable with the business. Investing in this area also means you have the potential to serve over 120,000 households and access to an existing customer list, which is included in the price of the sale.

 

Choosing a resale opportunity can give you the following benefits:

  • Established Market Presence
  • Existing Customer Base
  • Fully Trained & Experienced Employees
  • Inventory of Products & Equipment
  • Full Training Academy
  • Software
  • Website

Primary Customers

Over 200 regular weekly/ fortnightly/ monthly clients, plus new and repeat one off cleans 

Primary Services

The primary services of a typical Merry Maids business include:

  • Regular domestic cleaning services
  • Spring Cleans
  • Builders Cleans
  • One-Off Deep Cleans
  • Rental Properties

Employees

27 part time cleaning staff

Office Manager (11 years service)

Supervisor (7 years service)

A number of the cleaning staff have between 5 and 11 years service, and all of them are likely to transfer with the business

Facilities, property & location

The business is run from an office/unit within a managed complex with a 1 year rolling lease. Quality control processes in place. Opportunity to further develop relationships with letting agents and expand into the market of end of tenancy cleans. There are also vacant territories around North Wiltshire so further territory expansion is possible.

Territory

The business covers the following area:

  • North Wiltshire

Inventory

Full inventory provided on request which includes:

  • Customer list
  • Branded Company Car (Citroen C1)
  • Laptop
  • 14 vacuum cleaners plus equipment and materials for 12 cleaning teams
  • 2 office desks
  • 6 office chairs
  • 2 filing cabinets
  • approximately 15,000 marketing leaflets

Training

A comprehensive training academy provided by ServiceMaster UK is included within the franchise fee.

Support

Unlimited support is provided throughout the length of the franchise agreement. Support includes assistance with operational matters, marketing, sales, IT, health & safety and more.

Reason for Sale

After 10 years of rapid growth, the business owner is now committing around 25 hours per week to the company. He has a strong team in place and is now looking to take early retirement allowing for a new owner to drive the business to achieve its further potential.

Interested?

To register your interest on this rare resale opportunity you can contact us in one of the following ways:

P: 0116 275 9005

E: franchisesales@servicemaster.co.uk

Established domestic cleaning business for sale in Macclesfield

Established domestic cleaning business in Macclesfield.

Customer database, offers around: £10,000 +VAT
Licence & Starter Pack: £19,995 +VAT

If you are looking for a new challenge and a fantastic opportunity to own your own domestic cleaning business with the added bonus of an already established customer base, then look no further.

The current business owner started the business back in 2004, and has built a great business across three territories. Unfortunately due to the location of the office, Macclesfield is not easily commutable for the maids, nor business owners so the territory has not been fully utilised and is therefore up for sale to allow the business owners to focus on the territories closer to the office.

There are currently 17 regular customers with an annual turnover of £16,000. 

For an ambitious owner the opportunity is there to use the stable regular customer base that is currently served and implement a marketing programme to increase sales and build a substantial domestic cleaning business. With the investment of marketing, a fresh pair of eyes and the support of a franchisor with over 60 years industry and franchising experience, we are confident that this business has the potential to grow quickly, but sustainably under the management of a new business owner.

The business currently covers the below Merry Maids territory including:

  • Macclesfield
  • Wilmslow
  • Alderley Edge
  • Bosley

As this is a customer database sale only, the new business owner will need to buy the Merry Maids starter pack at £19,995 + VAT which includes training, products & equipment and a marketing launch.  The new business owner  will also receive full access to our purpose built CRM/Business Management system which is also included as part of the sale with the customer database.

A full training academy and ongoing support is provided by ServiceMaster Ltd.

Domestic cleaning is an industry which has an estimated value close to £6 billion. Indications also show that this market is set to grow, and with more than 26 million homes in the UK, there’s a great deal of potential homes that need cleaning; making this a market very much worth being a part of!

This really is an exciting proposition and won’t stay on the market for long so, for further details and financial information on the sale of Merry Maids Macclesfield, please contact us to register your interest today.

We look forward to hearing from you.

0116 275 9005

franchisesales@servicemaster.co.uk

Merry Maids of Dudley go Stateside!

Merry Maids of Dudley go Stateside! | The ‘Dallen Peterson Franchisee of the Year’ award

Franchisee of the Year is the most prestigious award and a pinnacle of achievement within the ServiceMaster franchisee network. It is awarded to one franchisee who has displayed the highest achievement in the pursuit of excellence and professional management in the ServiceMaster tradition.

Tom & Julie Jackson proud owners of Merry Maids of Dudley, Solihull, Birmingham South and Wolverhampton scooped the award for their fantastic efforts in 2016.

The award resulted in an all-expenses paid trip to the Merry Maids International Convention in America to meet and work with other Merry Maids businesses around the world.

In October 2018, Tom & Julie made their trip to the states and here’s what they got up to…

We departed Heathrow on Sunday 14th October flying to New York for 5 nights to do some sightseeing. We visited the One World Centre, Central Park, Empire State Building, Brooklyn Bridge, Liberty Island and the Statue of Liberty. We also managed to squeeze in an ice hockey game at Maddison Square Garden.

mm-franchiseAfter that we flew over to Buffalo and then onto Niagra for 3 nights to take in the bracing air of a very cold Niagra Falls (Both the Canadian side and the American side of the fall) and did the Maid in the Mist and Hornblower boat rides. Just to prove it is a very small world, as we were checking out of our hotel I met my cousin that I had not seen for over 30 years! As a Yorkshire-Man I like to talk so while checking out we got to chatting and found that not only did she know England, that she knew Yorkshire and the village my Dad’s family came from and then guessed what my mum was called! We even had the Americans in the queue listening in and said ‘it was wonderful’.

After Niagra, it was a flight over to Memphis and a much warmer 20 degrees. Much better than freezing Niagra! A day sightseeing and a paddleboat ride on the Missippi, then onto the start of the Merry Maids conference activities with a morning meeting with Donna the international Sales Director and the delegates from Duskin (Merry Maids Japan). We enjoyed a tour of the grand ‘Home office’ Building, which is MASSIVE as it’s an ex shopping mall. 

After that it was down to the True Conference. We were recognised on the stage on the first morning along with others for the long service award (15-year award). We then went on to the ‘break out’ sessions where it was interesting to see how things are done over here and what we could potentially take back to the UK.

 

On Thursday night we were invited out to two regional dinners (the region organises their own get together on this evening). We attended the Dinner for the Central region at the Bass Pro Pyramid.

Friday daytime included more long service awards and then further break-out sessions, before finishing early so that delegates could get ready for the Gala dinner on Friday evening.

Friday evening was meeting in the foyer of Home Office before walking over to the Gala Reception at the Peabody Hotel. During the awards ceremony we were called up onto the stage and presented with a plaque for the Dallen Peterson Founders Award ofExcellence. We even got to Meet Dallen Peterson who was there as a surprise guest!

Tom and Julie have been franchisees of Merry Maids since 2003 and in that time have built a very successful domestic cleaning business covering four territories including Dudley, Solihull, South Birmingham and Wolverhampton. This is the second time that they have won the Dallen Peterson award, the first being in 2011 and their latest efforts in 2016 may not be the last!

Tom Jackson, director, said: “We’re delighted to have received the award for a second time. We’ve been working hard to grow our business and continue to provide a fantastic service to our customer base and this recognition is testament to that hard work.”

Julie Jackson, director, added: “The credit for this award is due to our team who continue to put the work in and delight our customers at each and every visit, so well done to them.”

Here’s hoping for a third time lucky!

For further information on franchising with Merry Maids, call 0116 275 9005 or email franchisesales@servicemaster.co.uk

Come and see us at The National Franchise Exhibition, NEC Birmingham this February

Come and see us at The National Franchise Exhibition, NEC Birmingham this February 15th & 16th 

Merry Maids are proud to be exhibiting at the National Franchise Exhibition at the NEC Birmingham on Friday 15th and Saturday 16th February 2019 for the third year running.

The National Franchise Exhibition gives us the perfect opportunity to meet as many budding entrepreneurs and business investors as possible, so that we can find out more about you and tell you more about us.

It’s also a great opportunity for you to do your research in to other franchisors, business sectors, finance providers and the benefits of being part of a franchise who are affiliated with the bfa (British Franchise Association).

We’re offering exclusive 1-2-1 introductory sessions to learn more about:

  • Our brand & model
  • Territory
  • Projected earnings
  • Marketing & operational support

You can book your free, no obligation 30 minute introductory session by clicking on your chosen day and time. You will be redirected to your email browser to send us your preferred session by email. We’ll confirm upon receipt.

Friday 15th February 

11:00am     11:30am     12.30pm     13:00pm     13.30pm     14:00pm     14:30pm     15:00pm

Saturday 16th February 

11:00am     11:30am     12.30pm     13:00pm     13.30pm     14:00pm     14:30pm     15:00pm

 

If you’d prefer to meet with us at your own leisure over the two-days, that’s no problem. You can find us on Stand C45 in Hall 10 of the National Franchise Exhibition, NEC Birmingham.

Don’t forget to book your complimentary tickets, you can do so here.

We hope to see you there!

Merry Maids Franchise Recruitment

franchisesales@servicemaster.co.uk

0116 275 9005 

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Merry Maids in Top 45 Franchises in the UK

Merry Maids, one of the UK’s leading domestic cleaning franchises, has been named in the top 45 franchises in the UK, by Elite Franchise. 

elite-top-100-merry-maidsThe Elite Franchise Top 100 Franchises recognises the sector’s brightest businesses and ranks them according to a broad range of criteria from their financial performance and heritage in the industry to their contribution to the community and the way that they embrace innovation. Ranking applicants from 100 to one, the guide defines the best opportunities in the UK.

Merry Maids featured in 45th place in the guide and was joined by fellow franchise brands under the ServiceMaster franchisor umbrella, ServiceMaster Clean (23), TruGreen Professional LawnCare (77), Rosemary Bookkeeping (75) and Furniture Medic (90).

Brand Operations Manager for Merry Maids UK, Catriona Berry said:

“We’re delighted to be featured in the Elite Franchise 100 again for 2019! Being shortlisted in the Elite Top 100 Franchises is a massive achievement and truly does help to bolster our offering to prospective business owners.”

 

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Domestic Cleaning Services – All year round!

When going in to the realms of business for yourself, it’s important to ensure that there is enough demand for the services that you wish to deliver. Not only for the time being, but for the season, the year and for the future. 

Merry Maids are a global domestic cleaning franchise, and have been established for almost forty years! This would suggest that based on our longevity, that the need domestic cleaning services isn’t going anywhere.

It’s fair to say that ‘Spring Cleaning’ is a common phrase and is easily misunderstood. Some researchers trace the origin of spring cleaning to the Iranian Nowruz, the Persian new year, which falls on the first day of spring. Iranians continue the practice of khooneh tekouni (literally “shaking the house”) just before the Persian new year. [Source Wikipedia]

We aren’t just busy in Spring, we are busy all year round. 

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Did you know that our most popular cleaning service is Fortnightly? Our fortnightly customers enjoy a Merry Maids clean home all year round and have the option to top up in-between if they wish.

We also do plenty of one-off cleans, whether they are for before a special occasion, after a special occasion, due to illness, a new baby, moving in to/out of a home or just as a break. Our one-off cleans fit in neatly around our regular cleaning customers and often persuade our one-off customers to have us back regularly.

The demand is certainly there, and with our proven business model, established brand and unrivalled support, you have the perfect recipe to grow your own successful Merry Maids domestic cleaning franchise.

For further information call 0116 275 9005 or email franchisesales@servicemaster.co.uk to request our prospectus  

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Merry Maids Cambridge

Merry Maids are proud to present a fantastic opportunity to own a Merry Maids business in the beautiful city of Cambridge. 

Cambridge is a beautiful city situated on the River Cam in East Anglia. You may know it for it is home to the prestigious University of Cambridge,

In February last year, Country Life magazine listed Cambridge in its top 10, describing it as “a beautiful but tiny city with a famously tight green-belt girth, which protects it from sprawling. A perfect combination of cosmopolitan and old-world charm.

We couldn’t agree more! 

With a population close to 340,000 and almost 140,000 households within the Cambridge territory, there are lots of household’s that would benefit from a professional domestic cleaning service such as Merry Maids. Take a look at the territory below.

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This territory (as with all of our Merry Maids territories) is carefully made up of our demographic criteria that makes up a Merry Maids business. There is no such thing as a ‘bad’ territory because they are all built in the same way using the same criteria to make everyone’s shot at a new domestic cleaning business equal and fair.

Merry Maids has been established in the UK for almost 40 years and provides a range of specialist domestic cleaning services  including end of tenancy, builders cleans, one off, weekly, fortnightly and four-weekly regular cleaning services to homes across the UK.

We use all of our own products and equipment, we have our own methodical take on cleaning and we are trusted, trained and insured to do a great job!

Being a part of our franchise means that you get access to our proven money-making business model, the use of our products and equipment, a place on our specialist training academy, unlimited support and the benefit of being part of an established and trusted global brand.

We include products, equipment, business management system, website, uniforms, stationery, literature, marketing launch and training when you buy the business.

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This could be your website, with chat facility and the opportunity to sell your services online!

Merry Maids is the perfect opportunity to be in business for yourself, but not by yourself! 

We understand your motivations for wanting to go in to business. Whether it’s to become your own boss, build your children a future, escape the corporate world, increase your flexibility and work/life balance or perhaps you believe that you can make a difference and do something better than someone else.

But, we also understand your concerns such as ‘Will I make money?’, ‘How will I get new customers?’, ‘How will I recruit staff?’, ‘I’ll need support.’, ‘Can I afford it?’. We can fully empathise and provide a solution for all of your concerns.

You can be the proud new owner of Merry Maids Cambridge with an investment as little as £5,995 + VAT with further help (£14,000 + VAT) from our finance partners. 

We have been in franchising for many, many years and our proven model has withstood the test of time and the changing status of the economy. We also have a fantastic network of existing business owners who more than likely have already ‘been there and done that’ so they can give help and advice too. Being a part of a franchise means that you are never on your own. 

To receive a copy of our prospectus, please contact our franchise sales team on 0116 275 9005 / franchisesales@servicemaster.co.uk 

Double whammy for Gary Rolfe of Merry Maids of Kingston

Merry Maids of Kingston owner, Gary Rolfe picked up two awards at the national conference for ServiceMaster limited

Merry Maids of Kingston covers Kingston Upton Thames, Richmond, Wimbledon, Putney, Wandsworth, Kew, Coombe, Ham and East Sheen and has been operating since 2017, providing domestic cleaning services to both regular and one off customers.

Along with picking up the award for Rookie of the year, which celebrates outstanding new franchisee’s, the business has also had notable steady growth throughout the previous 12 months.

Picking up these awards are no easy task, and we do all that we can as a franchisor to recognise the hard work and dedication of each franchisee. The aim of the awards is not only to recognise the work that goes into franchising, but also recognise when a business has done something truly outstanding.

We held our annual conference in Leicester and it consisted of networking events, presentations and talks, with the awards finishing the day off.

Managing Director of ServiceMaster, Alan Lewin said:

It was great to see so many of our franchise community and suppliers gathered together to engage in the Summer Summit event. I am always appreciative of the commitment that our franchisees and suppliers make in taking a day out of their business to invest time with peers, colleagues & the franchise support team at ServiceMaster.

Recognising some of the less obvious, but nonetheless culturally vital parts of franchising is imperative to us as a franchisor and the Summer Summit conference allowed this to happen for us and our franchisees.

Awards were given for not only growth, but also to those that have given back to their community, or employees of franchisees that have demonstrated their commitment to the brand attributes engaging in initiatives and actions with colleagues and customers well beyond their job description, very often in their own time at their own expense.

Gary commented;

I’ve made a conscious effort to continuously hit targets throughout the last 12-months. It’s something that I find motivating and this month I hit £10k 3 months earlier than anticipated so I’m thrilled with that.

“Obviously it’s a great achievement to pick up the ‘Best Newbie’ award this year, and the next year will now be spent building on that.

Being a part of a franchise network isn’t just about following the same business model and adopting the same branding, it’s about being part of a bigger picture, a network of likeminded business owners all willing each other to do well in business.

If you would like to be a part of Merry Maids, contact our franchise sales team on 0116 275 9005 or email franchisesales@servicemaster.co.uk for a copy of our business prospectus 

Established Domestic Cleaning Business for sale in Exeter

We have an Established Domestic Cleaning Business for sale in Exeter

Offers around: £POA

A great opportunity has arisen for a budding entrepreneur in the Exeter area looking to set up their own cleaning business. Merry Maids of Exeter has been an established business for over 20 years and is now on the market as the current owners are looking to retire.

The business provides regular and one off cleaning services to customers within Exeter and the surrounding areas.

Merry Maids of Exeter has built a modest turnover over the years of approximately £50,000 annually. For this reason, the business will be sold as a vacant territory (£19,995 + vat) PLUS a customer database of regular customers (£POA).

The new business starter pack includes the following: 

  • Brand, operations manual & territory
  • 3 week’s comprehensive training
  • Products & equipment
  • Marketing launch
  • Website (ranking page 1 on Google)
  • Business management system
  • Uniforms
  • Business stationery & literature

With the addition of a customer database turning over £50,000 annually.

Throw in the investment of marketing, a fresh pair of eyes and the support of a franchisor with almost 60 years industry and franchising experience, we are confident that this business has the potential to grow quickly, but sustainably under the management of a new business owner.

Domestic cleaning is an industry which has an estimated value close to £6 billion. Indications also show that this market is set to grow, and with more than 26 million homes in the UK, there’s a great deal of potential homes that need cleaning; making this a market very much worth being a part of!

FULL BUSINESS PROSPECTUS AVAILABLE UPON ENQUIRY

This really is an interesting proposition and won’t stay on the market for long so, for further details and financial information on the sale of Merry Maids Exeter, please contact us HERE.

We look forward to hearing from you.