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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.

Merry Maids of South Yorkshire Celebrate 25 Years in Business and Growth Award

Merry Maids of South Yorkshire Celebrate 25 Years in Business and Prestigious Merry Maids Growth Award

Mike and Carol Fargher of Merry Maids South Yorkshire are celebrating after receiving their 25 year Service Pin as a ServiceMaster franchise and a North Star Growth Award for the growth of their business in 2017.

All ServiceMaster franchisees are recognised for their loyalty and commitment to their respective brands by the way of a ServiceMaster Service Pin. Our franchisees wear their Service Pin’s with pride as they add reassurance and credibility to their business offering when meeting prospective customers.

As a franchise, we are grateful to those franchisees who have grown established businesses over the years, as their industry knowledge and expertise are extremely valuable to the Merry Maids franchise network.

Twenty-five years is a huge length of time to give to a business and both Mike and Carol’s efforts have not gone unrewarded, thus scooping the prestigious North Star Growth Award for the growth of their business in 2017.

It is a huge achievement to grow a business in the current economic uncertainty, especially for a luxury service such as domestic cleaning. However, Mike & Carol have worked hard to secure more customers and grow their work force in the Sheffield area adding to the local economy and helping to reduce unemployment rates.

Carol said;

The Merry Maids name is a trusted national brand that has helped our business grow ‘year on year’ in the Sheffield region. 

Our ongoing success has created employment in the local area and our child friendly working hours always attract many applicants whenever we are looking to expand our workforce. 

Over the last 25 years our teams of Merry Maids have helped build the excellent reputation that Merry Maids  of South Yorkshire enjoys today for providing reliability and service. 
We look forward to carrying on growing our ‘Merry Maids’ business in the future.

Our Franchise Recruitment Marketing Manager, Emma Nicholson took great pleasure in visiting her most local Merry Maids franchisee to present the Service Pin and Growth Award.

Emma said;

Nothing makes me prouder than being able to present not only a Service Pin for 25 years, but also an award for Growth. It’s such a milestone to reach and an achievement to receive and I’m honoured to be able to present them.

Merry Maids has been established in the UK for almost 40 years and provides domestic cleaning services to homes through individually owned and operated franchised businesses. If you like the idea of owning your own Merry Maids franchise, you can give our franchise sales team a call on 0116 275 9005 or email franchisesales@servicemaster.co.uk 

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National Franchise Exhibition 5/6 October

Merry Maids UK are proud to be exhibiting at the National Franchise Exhibition at The NEC Birmingham on Friday 5th and Saturday 6th October 2018

Here at Merry Maids we are a huge fan of spreading the word and sharing the vision for our domestic cleaning 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. We have already attended franchise shows in Birmingham, Manchester and London this year.

Coming to 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 with our Merry Maids Brand Manager, Catriona Berry.

Click the dates to register your interest for Friday 5th or Saturday 6th October.

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The National Franchise Exhibition 2018
Hall 3
National Exhibition Centre (NEC)
Birmingham
B40 1NT
5th & 6th October 2018

We hope to see you there!

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Merry Maids Franchisee of the Year 2017

Congratulations to Debbie Walker of Merry Maids Croydon for scooping our most prestigious award – The Merry Maids Franchisee of the Year (also known as the Dallen Peterson Award)

Merry Maids of Croydon, is a franchise of ServiceMaster, owned and managed by Debbie Walker and has been successfully cleaning homes in the area since 2003.

 

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“I am delighted to have won the award and very proud of my team who work very hard to offer our clients the best service we can. I am looking forward to going to America to see how a Merry Maids business operate there “

“The last 12 months have just been great. We’ve celebrated 2 members of staff working for Merry Maids of Croydon for 10 years, which in this day and age is fantastic. We have also increased our work force by 15%. Additionally, we have continued our work as Dementia Friends and are proud to be able to continue this. It is very important to our business that we understand the needs of the families we work with.  I would say we are definitely a community orientated business that take pride in working within the community and helping families.”

 

The Franchisee of the Year 2017 is the most prestigious award and a pinnacle 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.

 

Winners also get the opportunity to visit the ServiceMaster conference held in the US each year.

 

Debbie continued;

“As a family business working for families, we are thrilled to have won, but it simply wouldn’t be possible without our staff .I feel they all need a special thank you. Merry Maids of Croydon constantly strives hard to offer great customer service and a community friendly approach.

“Of course, our goals over the next 12 months are to grow but also to continue to offer an excellent service to our clients especially continuing to develop in certain sectors – working with clients with dementia and  the elderly that wish to stay living at home  .”

 

Running a successful Merry Maids business is helped by the backing of a world renowned franchisor such as ServiceMaster, a proven business model and the desire of the business owner to succeed in business. All of our franchisees have committed 100% to deliver the Merry Maids model, adhere to the brand and work with us collaboratively to ensure that Merry Maids continues to grow as a brand and provide a professional domestic cleaning service across the UK and wider globe.

 

Catriona Berry, Merry Maids Brand Manager said; 

“As the Brand Manager for Merry Maids it is one of the great privileges of my role to reward businesses that have achieved great things in the past year.

“Life is tough in business these days and most business owners, have their head down and get on with the job in hand, so when they can see the rewards for their efforts, it not only keeps them motivated to continue on that trajectory, it also inspires and motivates other owners to aspire to the same level. Debbie is a prime example of sheer hard work and determination to

“I would like to say huge congratulations to all the award winners, they are all well deserved.”

 

If you would like to find out more about becoming a Merry Maids franchisee, give us a call on 0116 275 9005 or drop us an email at franchisesales@servicemaster.co.uk to find out more. 

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Established Domestic Cleaning Business for sale in Bracknell & Farnborough

We have an Established Domestic Cleaning Business for sale in Bracknell & Farnborough

Offers around: £38,000

If you are looking for a small, yet established business in the Bracknell & Farnborough area that you can take to the next level without having to worry about establishing the name, employing staff and buying products & equipment. Then, this very rare business opportunity may be well suited to you.

The current business owner started the business back in 2015, and has built a modestly sized domestic cleaning business based on the Merry Maids established brand.

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 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.

The business currently covers the below Merry Maids territory:

  • Bracknell
  • Farnborough
  • Frimley
  • Wokingham
  • Fleet
  • and surrounding areas

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As this is an existing business opportunity, products and equipment are included. The new business owner will also receive training and 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 Bracknell & Farnborough, please download and complete the Non-Disclosure Form and contact us to register your interest today.

We look forward to hearing from you.

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The Merry Maids North Star Awards

Within our growing franchise network, we feel that it is necessary to reward our franchise owners for their efforts in business, including growth, reviews, charity, employees and general all round greatness!

We take great pleasure in sharing with you our North Star Award categories and winners for 2017, recently presented at our Summer Regional Ceremony in June 2018.


Growth Awards
These awards reflect the growth of the business over the last calendar year (2017) in comparison to the year before (2016).

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  • Merry Maids of Teesside
  • Merry Maids of Bromley & Orpington
  • Merry Maids of The Weald
  • Merry Maids of Southampton West
  • Merry Maids of Kingston upon Thames
  • Merry Maids of Blackpool & Preston
  • Merry Maids of Croydon
  • Merry Maids of South Yorkshire
  • Merry Maids of Ilkley & Skipton
  • Merry Maids of North/ Central Manchester & Cheshire

 

Customer Award 
The customer award is defined by the quantity and quality of customer reviews.

  • Merry Maids of Inverness

 

Employee of the Year 
The employee awards are for those recognised for their hard work within a Merry Maids franchised business.

Highly Commended

  • Mandy Edwards of Merry Maids of Sutton Coldfield
  • Anne Macdermid of Merry Maids of Inverness

Employee of the Year

  • Jane Lord of Merry Maids of Blackpool & Preston

 

Rookie of the Year 
This award is for our newest Merry Maids franchisees within their first two years in business.

  • Merry Maids of Kingston-upon-Thames

 

Franchisee of the Year 
The coveted award of greatness in our whole Merry Maids network is awarded to the business that ticks all of the boxes! The winning business owner secures a place at the International Merry Maids Convention over in the US to further their learnings and capabilities within their own Merry Maids business over here in the UK.

  • Merry Maids of Croydon

Congratulations!

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We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our business owners for their continued hard work to successfully grow and manage their individually owned and operated Merry Maids businesses. Without such a high calibre of investors, Merry Maids would not be where it is today.

If you would like to find out more about becoming a Merry Maids franchisee and the prospect of winning our coveted awards, why not give us a call on 0116 275 9005 or email us at franchisesales@servicemaster.co.uk 

The BIG Summer Summit

One of the best parts of being in a franchise is having the peer network around you.

Here at Merry Maids we vow to give our Merry Maids business owners a platform to communicate with their fellow peers on a regular basis. We also ensure that we provide useful information to our franchisees in an interesting and enjoyable format.

The BIG Summer Summit saw over 100 individuals from our franchised businesses meet to talk all things business and to attend four session topics of their choice covering HR, Marketing, Sales, Technology and Products.

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The session topics were carefully decided by our operations team at the Franchise Support Centre to cover areas of the business that our business owners felt they needed further support in. We drafted in expert advice from HR, Marketing, Sales, Technology & Product specialists in order to deliver on brief. We also held some additional sessions with our own qualified franchise professionals team.

Our Merry Maids business owners even left with a goody bag of branded merchandise to further their investment in a very powerful and recognised brand.

Our event was a huge success! Take a read of some of the testimonials below;

“Well paced, informative and interesting sessions and event.”

“I stayed overnight and the venue was great, the food great, the sessions were all good and it was really good to meet not only the new FP’s but some of the other brands as well.”

“Excellent day and I personally found it very informative.”

Being a part of our franchise network means that you not only get support from a world-renowned franchisor, but also from a network of established business owners all working towards the same goal as you. We’re a friendly bunch and between us all, have heaps of knowledge around our service, sector, customers and all things business!

If you’d like to find out more about being an integral part of our Merry Maids network, contact our Franchise Recruitment Team on 0116 275 9005 or at franchisesales@servicemaster.co.uk

 

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Come and see us at the Northern Franchise Exhibition 22/23 June

Merry Maids UK are proud to be exhibiting at the Northern Franchise Exhibition at Event City in Manchester on Friday 22nd and Saturday 23rd June 2018

Here at Merry Maids we are a huge fan of spreading the word and sharing the vision for our domestic cleaning 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. We have already attended fr
anchise shows in Birmingham and London this year.

Coming to 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].

We’re on stand G10

The Northern Franchise Exhibition 2018
Hall 1, EventCity
Mercury Way, Off Barton Dock Road
Urmston
Manchester
M41 7TB
22 & 23 June 2018

 

We hope to see you there!

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From Business Banker to Business Owner

A former banker has entered the world of domestic cleaning in Wakefield and South Leeds and has vowed to exceed customer expectations in her new venture.

mm-wakefield-ginaGina Glendinning of Wakefield, is the new owner of Merry Maids of Wakefield and South Leeds, which is a franchise of ServiceMaster, after leaving a 30-year corporate banking career with HSBC. Merry Maids has been trading across Wakefield and South Leeds for nearly 20 years but was founded in the US in 1979.

Mrs Glendinning, director, Merry Maids of Wakefield and South Leeds said:

“I knew that when I left the world of corporate banking I wanted to run my own business and the Merry Maids opportunity looked too good to be true. There is already a fantastic business with some incredibly hard-working staff and I’m all about the customer service, which is where I plan to add some real value.

“The Merry Maids brand name already holds a fantastic reputation both locally and nationally and I am hoping my small business will soon become a big business and a fantastic place to work.”

There are currently almost 100 local Merry Maids businesses in the UK and over 600 across the US, Canada and Japan.

Merry Maids brand operations manager, Catriona Berry added:

“Gina’s experience and desire to succeed will stand her in great stead to build a fantastic business. We’re excited to witness the expected growth of Merry Maids of Wakefield and South Leeds in the near future.”

If you’d like to chat about the prospect of owning your own Merry Maids franchise, why not give our franchise sales team a call on 0116 275 9005 or send an email to franchisesales@servicemaster.co.uk with your name, postcode and contact number.

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Proud New Owner of Merry Maids of Wigan & East Lancs

A former respite care coordinator and customer sales advisor, has entered the world of domestic cleaning in Wigan, and has vowed to exceed customer expectations in her new venture.

mm-wigan-academy-angelikaAngelika Bonomally, is the new owner of Merry Maids of Wigan & East Lancs, a franchise of ServiceMaster. Merry Maids has been trading across Wigan for nearly 20 years, but was founded in the US in 1979.

Angelika has extensive experience as a respite carer, providing a domestic care service for people with permanent illnesses, so understands the importance of going into people’s homes and ensuring that they feel comfortable. She has also spent a number of years managing the schedules of carers and care-plans of families, making her well-placed to run the team of maids and meet customers needs.

“I’ve always wanted to run my own business, and I knew Merry Maids was the perfect company for me. Having always worked with people in their own homes, I am looking forward to being able to improve customers’ personal environments on a larger scale,” says Angelika.

The Merry Maids brand name already holds a fantastic reputation both locally and nationally, and Angelika hopes her small business will soon become a bigger one, and a fantastic place to work.

“Merry Maids is all about providing a valuable service – making a person’s day better and a difference to their daily life. This will be my mission as the new owner, and one that my whole team can get behind, and enjoy delivering together.” 

There are currently over 70 local Merry Maids businesses in the UK and 600 across the US, Canada and Japan.

Merry Maids’ Brand Operations Manager, Catriona Berry says:

I would like to extend a warm Merry Maids welcome to Angelika. Angelika takes over as the new business owner in Wigan, bringing with her a wealth of experience in delivering great customer service. 

Having spent time working in the care sector, she made the decision to go into business for herself and came across Merry Maids – it ticked all the boxes for her, with an existing customer base and a great team of maids ready to service Wigan and the surrounding areas.

Angelika has big plans for the business and I am looking forward to working with her in executing those plans.Welcome to the team, Angelika!”

Welcome to the network Angelika! We look forward to working with you to help you grow your business. 

If you’d like to chat about the prospect of owning your own Merry Maids franchise, why not give our franchise sales team a call on 0116 275 9005 or send an email to franchisesales@servicemaster.co.uk with your name, postcode and contact number.

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Merry Maids franchisee voted one of the most inspirational & successful

Most Inspirational and Successful Women in the Franchise Industry nicky-morris

One of our own, Nicky Morris of Merry Maids Fylde & Blackpool is considered one of the most inspirational and successful women in the franchise industry according to Franchise Magazine. 

Nicky has owned her Merry Maids franchise since 2002 and is part of the ‘Go for Growth‘ and ‘Merry Maids Mentoring Programme‘ to offer her knowledge, experience and recommendations to other businesses in the network to help them to achieve their business goals.

We created such initiatives to ensure that our franchisees could put to use their knowledge and expertise in improving the franchise network. It’s very rewarding for those involved in the initiatives and is very much appreciated by us as the franchisor, as well as our franchisees that benefit from the support from their peers.

Merry Maids UK are extremely proud to have one of our own franchisees be recognised in such a fantastic article. It really goes to show that the work that is done as a franchisor, franchise network and individually as a franchisee, makes Merry Maids a truly successful franchise to be a part of.

Well done Nicky!

You can read the full article by Franchise Magazine [HERE].

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Established Domestic Cleaning Business for sale in Bromley and Orpington

We have an Established Domestic Cleaning Business for sale in Bromley and Orpington.

Offers around: £195,000

An incredibly successful business has come on to the market in the Bromley & Orpington area.

These opportunities don’t come a long very often and when they do, they are generally snapped up quickly. This is a rare chance to invest in a highly successful Merry Maids business that can generate an income for an investor from the get go. With the endless opportunity to take this business to the next level.

The current business owner started the business back in 2002, and has built a significant business over the past 16 years based on the Merry Maids established brand, working with likeminded business owners who happily shared information and support, is just one of the reasons they invested in Merry Maids over 16 years ago.

Operating across Bromley, Bexleyheath, Orpington Beckenham, Swanley and many more key areas the business has huge potential to grow beyond their existing customer base of around 200 existing customers, who are served by 16 dedicated members of staff.

The current owners said “The support from the Franchise Support Centre has been excellent. From operational support to Marketing and IT to accounts. The help from marketing has helped develop my business to the success it is today. With the regional marketing executive visiting me regularly, making sure I’m on track with my target.”

Happy to spend a couple weeks handing over the business, the current business owner wants to ensure the new investor is comfortable, and is happy to be contacted after the handover period should the new owner have any questions.

Current turnover sits at over £340,000, with a 5% increase in turnover in 2017. Included in the resale of the business is all information for all customers, the business currently has, equipment for eight teams of two, and the option to lease the premises the current owner is using.

Also included in the sale of the business are some items of stock such as products, uniforms, stationery, literature and equipment. The new business owner will also receive the customer database and package which is fully supported by ServiceMaster UK.

A new investor can expect to attend our next academy once the sale has been completed which is two weeks long and held in Leicester. Unlimited training and ongoing support is provided by ServiceMaster UK, whom have almost 60 years experience in franchising and the cleaning sector.

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!

If you are seeking finance to make the purchase, we recommend using a British Franchise Association affiliate or member. Financiers often lend up to 70% of the franchise purchase price subject to status.

If you are looking for an established business for sale in Bromley & Orpington, this really is an exciting proposition and won’t stay on the market for long. For further details on the sale of Merry Maids of Bromley and Orpington, please download and complete the Non-Disclosure Form and contact us to register your interest today.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Merry Maids in top 40 franchises in the UK

Merry Maids, one of the UK’s leading domestic cleaning franchises, has been named in the top 40 franchises in the UK, according to a guide by Elite Franchise.

The Elite Franchise 100 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.

Merry Maids featured in 39th place in the guide and was joined by fellow franchise brands under the ServiceMaster franchisor umbrella, ServiceMaster Clean (26), TruGreen Professional LawnCare (76) and Rosemary Bookkeeping (90).

Brand Operations Manager for Merry Maids UK, Catriona Berry said: “We’re delighted to be featured in the Elite Franchise 100 and alongside our colleagues from ServiceMaster. This achievement really does show our commitment to the sector and how far Merry Maids has come as a franchise opportunity.”

Merry Maids is a franchise of ServiceMaster, which has over 300 franchisees operating in close to 700 licensed areas under its brands, including ServiceMaster Clean, Furniture Medic, TruGreen Professional LawnCare, Rosemary Bookkeeping and Merry Maids.

Merry Maids of Bromley celebrates milestone

Merry Maids of Bromley and Orpington is celebrating its fifteenth year in business, having launched in 2002.

The company is part of one of the UK’s largest domestic cleaning franchises and locally employs 18 maids and a supervisor, with a number of staff having been employed for over 11 years.

Merry Maids Bromley and Orpington has also served a number of customers for over 12 years, including 97-year-old, Mrs Clarke of Bromley.

Mrs Clarke, said: “I’ve only ever used Merry Maids and I do look forward to the ladies’ visit each week. My house is left clean and fresh and I’m thankful for the amount of care and attention they pay to my home.”

Ian Stringer, director of Merry Maids of Bromley and Orpington added: “I left a career in Banking to start my dream of owning my own business and I haven’t looked back since. To achieve this milestone is no mean feat and I’m proud of the hard work we’ve put in to reach this stage. Here’s to the next 15!”

Merry Maids brand operations manager, Catriona Berry added: “We always enjoy celebrating with our franchisees on their business anniversaries. Merry Maids is a proven business opportunity and Ian’s success is testament to the strength of the brand and opportunity the cleaning industry presents.”

Merry Maids is a franchise of ServiceMaster UK, which has been franchising in the UK for nearly 60 years. Merry Maids was founded in 1979 and came to the UK in 1990.

From being a luxury to becoming a must-have, cleaning franchises have scrubbed up nicely

Read the full article in Elite Franchise Magazine.

The cleaning sector has gone from strength to strength thanks to people living increasingly busy lives. But will it be resilient enough to survive the Brexit fallout?

To say that cleaning businesses have become a force to be reckoned with almost seems like an understatement. Few sectors can boast that they contributed over £24bn to the British economy in 2015 but, according to the British Cleaning Council, the cleaning industry is one of them. And franchises specialising in tidying up people’s houses are now reaping the benefits of the sector’s growth.

However, no industry can rise to prominence if the conditions aren’t right. Fortunately, the market was ripe for disruption back in the 1990s. “A lot of things changed back then,” says Tim Harris, chief executive of Ovenclean, the oven-cleaning franchise. “For starters, people had become very cash-rich but time-poor.” While women might have once been the primary caretakers of British households, this began to change in the second part of the 20th century as more of them joined the workforce. In 1971, about half of female Brits were working, according to the Office of National Statistics; today, the proportion of women in employment has jumped to three-quarters. With more people working, it left families with more money to spend but less time to do things like cooking and making their homes spotless. “As a result a lot of service industries sprang up,” says Harris. “It’s the same thing that saw Domino’s Pizza become popular. And given that cleaning is consistently ranked as Britain’s most hated chore, it’s not surprising that people were quite open to paying someone else to do it.”

Having a solid customer base certainly does wonders for every sector but it wasn’t the only factor that laid the foundation for the residential-cleaning industry’s growth in the 1990s. About the same time, business leaders became aware of how franchising was changing the market across the pond. “We’re always about ten years behind what happens in America,” says Catriona Berry, operations manager at Merry Maids, the home-cleaning franchise. Modern franchising in the US originally took off in the 1950s and by the 1980s it was growing like never before. In 1988 alone, 27,273 new franchised units opened. That’s roughly one every 20 minutes. And as the franchised market grew, people in Blighty began to take notice. “People saw how American businesses worked in the franchising sectors and saw it as an opportunity to get their brands out there,” says Berry. “Many one-man bands that would’ve never been able to grow their companies by themselves realised that it would be much easier having 50 or 60 ambassadors helping them.”

 

Merry Maid Stratford under new ownership

Merry Maids of Stratford Upon Avon is under new ownership after a local entrepreneur invested in the established company and is now recruiting for more staff to handle an expected increase in demand.

Amandip Bahia (30), from Stratford had been part of the family business since leaving school and wanted the opportunity to launch his own venture. His dream of employing local people to serve the local community has been realised with purchase of the established Merry Maids business.

The company currently employs 12 staff and serves over 150 customers across Stratford but Amandip is planning for exponential growth and as such, will be taking on a number of new employees.

Amandip said of the investment: “I’d always wanted to be my own boss and when I discovered the Merry Maids opportunity, I knew it was the right decision for me. There is demand for quality cleaning services and I’m excited to be taking on new staff and new customers in the coming weeks.

“The exiting owner has done a fantastic job but I have the drive and determination to take the business on leaps and bounds and create a cleaning empire across Stratford.”

Merry Maids brand operations manager, Catriona Berry added: “Amandip has shown fantastic enthusiasm and we are really excited to witness the business develop under his leadership.”

Merry Maids is a franchise of ServiceMaster Ltd, which has been operating in the UK for over 55 years. With nearly 70 local Merry Maids businesses in the UK, it is one of the leading domestic cleaning brands in the industry.

Merry Maids exhibiting at The National Franchise Exhibition

Merry Maids, one of the UK’s leading domestic cleaning franchises is to exhibit at The National Franchise Exhibition in Birmingham, this autumn.

The exhibition takes place on 13th and 14th October at the NEC in Birmingham and is one of the largest franchise exhibitions of the year, with over 100 franchisors on display and thousands of attendees expected over the two days.

Book your free tickets here.

Merry Maids brand operations manager, Catriona Berry said: “We are excited about the upcoming event and keen to meet as many people as we can who are dreaming of owning their own business. Franchising is a fantastic route to business and the exhibition should be the first port of call for all budding entrepreneurs.”

Merry Maids is joined by other ServiceMaster brands, TruGreen Professional LawnCare and Rosemary Bookkeeping on Stand A20.

 

Merry Maids Northampton

Established franchise for sale.

Merry Maids – Northampton

Merry Maids is one of the world’s leading domestic cleaning businesses and has operated in the UK for nearly 40 years. Supported by franchisors ServiceMaster who have nearly 60 years’ franchising experience here in the UK.

This resale franchise opportunity is now offered for regrettable sale due to the unfortunate ill health of the business owner’s partner. A prompt sale is therefore needed and will be reflected in the asking price.

The franchise has been operated in Northampton since 2005 and is currently showing a 9% growth rate on last year. It is a well known name in the local area in addition to across the UK, thanks to Merry Maids’ strong brand name recognition and the franchise territory comprises nearly 140,000 homes. With 12 part time staff members, annual turnover is around the £140k mark and the sale includes the full customer database, some office furniture, cleaning products and equipment plus a variety of marketing material and collateral. The business owner is happy to assist with business handover to the requirements of the new owner.

The current business owner has very much enjoyed her time as a Merry Maids franchisee and has enjoyed seeing her business grow and return a good profit level over the years. The current business owner needs to sell this fantastic franchise opportunity to allow her to focus on matters closer to home.

Merry Maids Northampton – Click here to view managed website 

In our opinion, this business would benefit greatly from a new, driven and motivated owner who is able to focus on marketing to enable the business to grow to its full potential. Very little local marketing has been actioned in recent years and much of the current growth has been thanks to the brand awareness, a strong customer referral rate and recommendations.

As a British Franchise Association (the bfa) registered franchise opportunity, all the major banks will fund your investment (subject to status of course) and up to 70% financing could be available.

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!

This really is an exciting proposition and won’t stay on the market for long so, for further details on the sale of Merry Maids of Northampton, please download and complete the Non Disclosure Form and contact us to register your interest today.

We look forward to hearing from you.