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Cleaning business becomes a family affair, thanks £100k bank loan – Aberdeen Business News

Read all about the support we have received from Barclays Bank and their recently launched unsecured lending limit in our article on the Aberdeen Business News website or below today.

Cleaning business becomes a family affair, thanks £100k bank loan

Aberdeen based commercial cleaning business Tidy Green Clean has taken ownership into the family, after completing a management buy-out with backing from Barclays.

The organisation is the first Scottish SME to benefit from Barclays’ recently launched £100k unsecured lending limit, which has enabled brothers in law Andrew Alleway and David Moncur to take full ownership of the business.

After celebrating a 100% increase in turnover in the last financial year, Tidy Green Clean hopes to expand the business through additional franchise opportunities in the Central Belt, boosting the headcount which currently sits at 110.

Long term goals for the business also include developing an external training academy as well as campaigning for minimum standards across the industry.

Having worked in facilities management for several years, the duo took over the Scottish branch of Ecocleen in 2017, launching under the new brand Tidy Green Clean and now provide environmentally friendly products and systems for around 120 customers across Scotland. Headquartered in Aberdeen, the business also operates in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Dundee and Peterhead across hospitality, retail, medical and oil and gas sectors.

Managing Director, Andrew Alleway said: “Taking ownership of the business has been our goal for some time and thanks to the funding and support from Barclays, this has now become a reality. The team have been incredibly supportive and I’ve been impressed with the personalised service offered throughout the lending process.

“It’s an exciting time for Tidy Green Clean as we put plans in place for future development and expansion and we hope to continue our run of success in 2019 and beyond.”

Stuart Brown, Head of SME Scotland, Barclays, said: “At Barclays we’re passionate about helping Scotland’s businesses owners at every stage of their journey, and it’s great to see Tidy Green Clean moving into the next chapter, with support from business manager, Rebecca Ainsley.

“Earlier this year we doubled our unsecured lending limit to £100,000 to help SMEs in Scotland get faster access to finance and help them make the most of all opportunities for growth.  We believe unsecured lending can really transform hard-working companies like this, allowing them to scale up and serve more people by removing some of the traditional barriers to finance.”

Company banking on success, thanks to Barclays help – The Press and Journal

Read all about the support we have received from Barclays Bank in taking Tidy Green Clean to the next level in our article on The Press and Journal website or below today.

Company banking on success, thanks to Barclays help

An Aberdeen-based commercial cleaning business has taken ownership into the family after completing a management buy-out.

Tidy Green Clean is the first Scottish SME to benefit from Barclays’ recently launched £100,000 unsecured lending limit, which has enabled brothers-in-law Andrew Alleway and David Moncur to take full control of the business.

After celebrating a 100% increase in turnover in the last financial year, Tidy Green Clean hopes to expand the business through additional franchise opportunities in the Central Belt.

Long-term goals for the business also include developing an external training academy.

Having worked in facilities management for several years, the duo took over the Scottish branch of Ecocleen in 2017, launching under the new brand Tidy Green Clean, and now provide environmentally friendly products and systems across Scotland.

Headquartered in Aberdeen, the business also operates in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Dundee and Peterhead across hospitality, retail, medical and oil and gas sectors.

Managing director, Andrew Alleway said: “Taking ownership of the business has been our goal for some time and thanks to the funding and support from Barclays, this has now become a reality.

“I’ve been impressed with the personalised service offered.

“It’s an exciting time for Tidy Green Clean as we put plans in place for future development and expansion and we hope to continue our run of success in 2019 and beyond.”

Stuart Brown, head of SME Scotland, Barclays, said: “At Barclays we’re passionate about helping Scotland’s businesses owners at every stage of their journey, and it’s great to see Tidy Green Clean moving into the next chapter, with support from business manager, Rebecca Ainsley.

“Earlier this year, we doubled our unsecured lending limit to £100,000 to help SMEs in Scotland get faster access to finance and help them make the most of all opportunities for growth.

“We believe unsecured lending can transform hard-working companies, allowing them to scale up and serve more people by removing traditional barriers to finance.”

How to keep your break room clean and your workforce happy

A break room should be a place of comfort and relaxation, where your workforce can take a few minutes to gather their thoughts and recharge their batteries in order to continue with the day ahead.

Unfortunately, they often do more harm than good.

From food stained microwaves and mouldy fridges to coffee stained worktops and overflowing sinks, break rooms can quickly get out of hand.

In fact, nearly half of those surveyed identified people causing mess in the break room, and not cleaning it up, as the single most annoying and frustrating behaviour within the workplace.

This then causes your workers to return to their desks in a worse mood than when they entered, increasing levels of irritation and reducing productivity.

The major problem with any communal area in a workplace is that there is very little accountability, leading people to lower their standards and hold the opinion that someone else will clean it up.

This can then spiral out of control, as this behaviour could creep into other areas of their working day.

So, what can you do to prevent this from happening?

Read on to find out.

Let your workforce know

It sounds simple but letting your workforce know what is expected of them can make a huge difference.

Sometimes people are simply not aware of the impact their actions can have on other people or feel that there are no repercussions for their actions.

By letting your workforce know what will be changing and how they can play a part in making it a success, you will be able to begin addressing the problem.

Put up some signs

Once you have shared your plans with your workforce you need to reinforce it.

We are all busy and sometimes we can be so focused on what we are doing that we forget to do the things that are in front of us.

By placing some simple signs up around the break room you can gently remind your colleagues of what is expected of them.

Ask for help

In most offices, there is that one person who loves to keep things clean.

So, why not ask them if they would like to be in charge of keeping the break room clean, stressing how important it is to you.

Allocate them time every week and let their passion loose on the break room.

Not only will they feel honoured that you have assigned such an important task to them, your whole business will benefit from it.

Call the experts

Of course, you may not have anybody suitable within your business to look after your break room.

So, if all else fails, you should consider contacting a commercial cleaning company to keep both your break room and office tidy, green and clean.

There are, however, a number of things to consider when deciding on a commercial cleaning company.

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So, there you have it, how to keep your break room clean and your workforce happy.

If you would like to find out more about our range of eco friendly commercial cleaning services, please visit our Services page.

Get a quote

We are ready to meet all of your eco friendly commercial cleaning needs so if you would like to receive a free quote please complete our form below, call 01224 515 933 or email info@tidygreenclean.co.uk.

How to keep your customers with clean washrooms

Let’s face it, running a successful business is not easy!

With so many options to choose from, it is essential for you to not only retain your loyal customers but also ensure that new customers return time and time again.

But how do you do that?

Well, providing a fantastic customer experience along with products or services your customers want are a great place to start.

However, you probably haven’t given much thought to your customer washrooms.

I can’t recall how many times I have been in a shop, restaurant or visitor’s attraction, having a great time, until I needed to use the washroom!

From poor cleaning standards and general upkeep to the smell or wet patches on the floor, a poor washroom is a real turn off.

In fact, 88% of people who took part in an independent survey by Initial Washroom Hygiene stated that washroom cleanliness was an important factor when considering a return visit to a business.

So, ask yourself, are you flushing business down the toilet with your customer washrooms?

If the answer is yes then you probably want to know what you can do to fix it.

Well, hiring a cleaner is a great place to start.

However, washrooms are used regularly throughout the day so there are a number of things that still need to be done outside of their standard clean.

Create a schedule

One of the easiest things you can do is create a washroom schedule, where you ask your staff to conduct regular washroom inspections (unless you have a full-time cleaner/cleaners).

During these inspections, ask them to review the washroom and pick up any toilet roll or paper towels that may be lying around, wipe up any spills on the sinks, sweep the floor and report back to you if there are any major problems that need to be addressed.

This will allow you to be proactive, rather than responding to complaints by your customers.

Give your washroom a makeover

When was the last time you really paid attention to your customer washrooms?

Go and have a look and ask yourself the following:

  1. Would I use this washroom?
  2. Does it reflect my business?
  3. What can I do to change this?

It may be that a simple coat of paint is all it takes or some handy work to replace the broken hand towel dispenser or squint toilet roll holder.

You may also look at it and think that your washroom needs a complete overall.

If you can afford it, then great, get cracking.

If you can’t, all is not lost.

What can you do now that will maximise what you have until you can replace it? Why not seek the advice of your colleagues?

It is amazing the difference adding some colour and a nice air freshener can make to any washroom.

Ignore it

You can, of course, completely ignore your washrooms, but with 88% stating cleanliness was important when considering whether to return or not, it is a very high number to ignore.

Find out more

If you would like to find out more about how we can help keep your business tidy, green and clean then please visit our services page or call us on 01224 515 933.

If you have any questions please feel free to send them to us by completing our ‘Ask us a question’ form on our Q&A page.

How to clean your microwave using vinegar

Is your microwave in need of a tidy, green, clean?

If so, simply place a bowl of water with some vinegar in it and microwave it for a few minutes.

The vinegar will loosen the food stains, allowing you to easily wipe them away from the inside of your microwave.

Simple!

Watch how it is done

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How to clean your coffee maker

A good coffee maker can feel like heaven to coffee lovers, but cleaning it can seem like hell!

But it doesn’t have to be.

Simply dilute some vinegar with water and use it to clean your coffee maker once every month and then rinse it out with some fresh water before making your next batch.

Leaving you to enjoy your taste of heaven.

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How to use olive oil to clean wooden furniture

Olive oil may be great with food but it is also great when cleaning wooden furniture.

Simply mix equal parts olive oil and lemon juice then add a small amount to a cloth and apply to the wood in long and even strokes.

Just remember not to lick it off afterwards!

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How to tackle greasy oven doors

If you dread cleaning your oven door then we have a simple and easy solution for you.

Start by making a baking soda paste by mixing three parts baking soda with one part water.

Cover the oven door with the paste and then pour some white vinegar over it and wipe clean.

A simple and easy way to remove grease from your oven door.

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