Often what startups do really well is overhauling ideas that need freshening up - when you're small and agile, you have the freedom to operate on your own terms and take a new approach. One such business is Brighton-based Your Clean Space, a cleaning agency aiming to really invest in its staff in order to provide a better cleaning experience for worker and for customer. Let's find out more.
1. Explain your business in thirty seconds or less
Your Clean Space delivers consistently high standards of cleaning, covering an array of packaged services. Your Clean Space’s purpose is to improve the way cleaners feel about their job and how the public and customers perceive cleaning. For too long the role of cleaner has been a job which seems to offer little chance to grow within, a job with low wages and ultimately a job to be ‘snubbed’. With many companies failing to invest in their cleaners and see them as an asset, they miss out on a huge opportunity. Your Clean Space will grow to offer an array of services powered by cleaners who undergo continual training, expanding and developing their knowledge of each different service, while receiving a wage which won’t leave them looking for the next opportunity that’s coming around the corner. Creating a team of professionally trained cleaners who can feel proud about their own personal growth and proud of their job will allow us to deliver a high-quality service to our clients.
2. Where are you based and why is it a good location for your business?
Brighton. Brighton is the third biggest city of renters in the UK, and so Brighton’s letting agents need a cleaning company which delivers constantly high standards, but also which will be able to accommodate their high turnover of rented properties. Cleaning companies used by these letting agents struggle to offer the availability they need.
3. How did you come up with the idea?
The idea of owning a business came to me whilst homeless. The ideas surrounding the business and each of the services had been continually developing over the past year through market research and the reading of business books. One key book which helped me in defining the strategy for detailed was “Scaling up” by Verne Harnish, a must-read for all entrepreneurs.
4. What stage was your business at when you applied for the Start Up Loan?
No more than a name and idea with a Twitter account and blog.
5. How have you used it to grow your business?
Our business launched in 2017, with regional letting agents already confirmed and waiting to use our services.
6. Who has helped you on your business journey?
I have a mentor by the name of Paul O’Mahony and I’m waiting now to be assigned a Virgin mentor, which I look forward to.
7. Biggest achievement so far?
Being awarded the Virgin StartUp loan is a huge achievement for us; this and securing confirmed interest from estate and letting agents.
8. What’s next for your business?
Your Clean Space’s aim is to become the number one choice cleaner for each of the estate and letting agents which use our services, and then we’ll aim to secure further interest from others.
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