Cleaning Franchise Shines Through Recession

A cleaning franchise is bucking the national trend by creating thousands of jobs for people in the UK. As unemployment figures rose to 2.56m in the first quarter of this year, cleaning franchise Maid2Clean is continuing to create more work for thousands of people.

In the last six months, the franchise has seen its army of cleaners grow by more 1,500 to 14,500 and now provides more work for people in the UK than oil giants Shell, Esso and BP combined.

“The cleaning industry has proved to be recession proof for us,” said owner Mike Hanrahan. “Homes are always going to gather dust and the market place is as busy as ever because more people can afford a £10 an hour fee rather than a £20 an hour fee.”

Hanrahan, who joined the cleaning sector in 1993 before launching the Maid2Clean franchise 10 years later, uses a ‘sweep to the left’ model which focusses on keeping overheads low across all aspects of the business and in return offers a low-cost cleaning service.

In 10 years the company has grown to 126 franchisees trading in 160 territories in the UK, with more than one third of franchisees snapping up more than just the one territory.

“We are seeing a huge demand for cleaners at the minute and more and more people are applying for part-time work,” said Hanrahan.

“It is a great time to join the industry as we are now seeing a huge transformation from a casual labour force to a professionalised cleaning industry.”

The franchise has risen above its competitors by pioneering the MaidVersity qualification – the only training programme of its kind in the world to specialise in domestic cleaning and has been developed in conjunction with the British Institute of Cleaning Sciences.

“This qualification gives our cleaning staff the recognition they deserve. We want our cleaners to be proud as they professionalise the industry they are part of,” added Mike.

Maid2Clean has enjoyed phenomenal growth and is now worth more than £4m a year, with most franchisees seeing profits rising even in recessional times.