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Cleaning business becomes a family affair

Read all about how we have taken full ownership into the family with support from Barclays Bank in our article on the Aberdeen & Grampian Chamber of Commerce website,  or below today.

Cleaning business becomes a family affair

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.”

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.”

Cleaning Up: Shifting Attitudes Towards Commercial Cleaning

We’ve made the front page (and for all the right reasons!)

Read how we are fighting the commercial cleaning industries chequered reputation, hear from our inaugural master franchisee one year on and find out why our latest franchisee has decided to take her future into her own hands in our Business Now feature.

You can read it on the Business Now website or below.

Cleaning Up: Shifting Attitudes Towards Commercial Cleaning

We have all heard of the franchise business model, and we usually think of typically ‘USA’ brands such as McDonald’s, Domino’s or Starbucks. We tend to struggle to come up with other examples, and with good reason: there are 900 franchise brands operating in the UK and 44,200 of their franchisees are operating on the High Street.

However, other countries have proven that home-grown, non-High Street franchises are big business, and Tidy Green Clean – an Aberdeen-headquartered commercial cleaning company – has drawn upon one of its owner’s experience in New Zealand, as it announces the launch of the next innovative stage in its franchising model amidst exceptional financial results.

Established in 2016, Tidy Green Clean (TGC) has reported a turnover of £1.4 million during the first half of the current financial year – a 100% increase on the same period last year. Within those results, it has been reported that the company’s first master franchisee, servicing from Aberdeen city centre to Montrose, has increased annual turnover in the area by 275%.

With results like those, it quickly becomes clear that TGC is not the average cleaning business. Across the UK, the industry has a chequered reputation; the traditional commercial cleaning company is liable to work on an impersonal basis, with a high turnover of staff and little contact between the service provider and client.

In contrast, family-owned Tidy Green Clean has facilitated a step change via a robust strategy of investment in staff and effective use of the communication channels available at our 21st-century fingertips.

Co-founder and managing director, Andrew Alleway, has vast franchise experience in his native New Zealand. He understands that by establishing a genuine programme of training and support, an unwavering commitment to the living wage and the provision of highest-quality, environmentally friendly products and equipment are the factors that result in a 90% staff retention rate – something almost unheard of in the commercial cleaning industry.

Andrew says: “The impact of our incredibly low staff turnover cannot be underestimated. It’s highly unusual, undeniably the result of the environment we have created for our staff and leads us to the consistently outstanding service we offer our clients.

“A key factor is communication. We simply make sure we communicate – owners, franchisees and staff. We share feedback and information on a daily basis and we make sure that everyone has the literal and figurative tools which will allow them to do an amazing job. That’s what sets us apart and makes people want to work for us.”

September marked the first anniversary of TGC’s inaugural master franchisee, Grant Peterkin. Previously a senior manager in the hospitality sector, he understands the critical importance of optimum client service. To achieve that, he places a huge emphasis upon entrenched client relationships.

“There is no doubt that our customer service differentiates us, and that’s the direct result of the trust we place in our staff. Yes, it’s vital that we communicate with them regularly, and that we support them in a vast number of ways, but ultimately, we expect them to make a success of the job – and that attitude works time and time again.

“Over 60% of our staff have proactively increased their hours and work with us on a full-time basis. They’re investing their future in us and the benefits of that are clear in the excellent standards they achieve.”

This attitude has been further cemented by the launch of Tidy Green Clean’s local franchise model. Unique in the UK commercial cleaning sector, it allows those dedicated staff to transition into business owners. Just one year after joining on a staff basis, Anita Warpechowska (pictured right with Andrew) will run her Tidy Green Clean franchise within Aberdeen city centre, with another two franchisees starting in October.

Tidy Green Clean aims to franchise the entire business over time and Anita is the first in a long line of franchisees, as the company begins to revolutionise the attitude towards the commercial cleaning sector.

Co-founder and TGC operations director, David Moncur explains: “We see franchising as the future of the commercial cleaning industry and, in addition to local franchisees, we are looking for suitable master franchisees in the Central Belt at present to look after existing customers and drive new business. We would urge anyone interested to get in touch with us to discuss in more detail – this is such an exciting opportunity for the right candidates.”

Anita herself sums up the benefits of a franchise model: “As a Tidy Green Clean franchisee, there’s no doubt that the ownership I feel for my clients brings an extra dimension to my work. I have a direct impact on the workplaces within my franchise and it means a lot to me to be able to improve and then maintain standards for others.”

TGC uses a variety of eco-friendly products, all manufactured within the UK and 100% environmentally friendly. These are used for specific areas of cleaning ensuring they use the best products on the market that are fit for purpose.

Commercial cleaning company launches franchise model and doubles turnover – Chamber of Commerce

The importance of investing in your staff, franchise models, financial results and more.

Read our article on the Aberdeen & Grampian Chamber of Commerce website, the Dundee & Angus Chamber of Commerce website or below today.

Commercial cleaning company launches franchise model and doubles turnover

As it continues to roll out its innovative franchise model, a Scottish commercial cleaning company has announced exceptional results in its second year of trading.

Established in 2016, and operating across Scotland, Tidy Green Clean (TGC) has reported a turnover of £1.4million during the first half of the current financial year – a 100% increase on the same period last year.

Within those results, it has been reported that the company’s first master franchisee, servicing from Aberdeen to Montrose, has increased annual turnover in the area by 275%.

TGC co-founder and managing director, Andrew Alleway, attributes the success to the company’s culture of investment in staff: “The traditional commercial cleaning company is liable to work on an impersonal basis with a high turnover of staff and little contact between the service provider and client.

“TGC has flipped this on its head; a robust strategy of investment in our 100 staff through training and support, an unwavering commitment to the Living Wage and the provision of highest-quality, environmentally friendly products and equipment are all central to our ethos.

“The impact of our 90% staff retention rate cannot be underestimated. This is something almost unheard of in the commercial cleaning and facilities management industry and is succinct illustration of environment we have created for our staff – as well as the consistency of service we offer our clients.”

This attitude has been further cemented by the launch of Tidy Green Clean’s local franchise model. Unique in the UK, it allows staff to transition into business owners. One year after joining on a staff basis, Anita Warpechowska will run her TGC franchise within Aberdeen city centre.

David Moncur, TGC operations director comments: “As a business model, franchising is still in its infancy in the UK. Our management team has had significant success in operating this style of business overseas, and this was the driving factor behind establishment of Tidy Green Clean.

“The results that a franchise ownership provides cannot be underestimated. The franchisee’s control of their own employment, within a supportive franchise model ensures the consistently first-class customer service which has set Tidy Green Clean apart from its competitors. We aim to franchise the entire business over time and in addition to local franchisees, we are looking for suitable master franchisees in the Central Belt at present to look after existing customers and drive new business as we effectively revolutionise the attitude towards the commercial cleaning sector.”

In addition to the company’s commercial cleaning division, Tidy Green Clean’s security and facilities management services have also contributed to the company’s growth.

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.

Find out more

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.

April’s Employee of the Month Award winner announced

We are delighted to announce that Dominika has been chosen as our Employee of the Month Award winner for April.

Dominika is valued member of our TGC Dream Team and, as you can see from the comments below, our customers think so too.

“Dominika is the first cleaner to say ‘good morning Bryan’ and communicates and engages with the staff. I have had more contact from TGC in 1 month than the previous company in 4 years.”

Well done Dominika and thank you again for all your hard work.

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You can keep up to date with all our latest news here.

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Who is the best commercial cleaning company in Aberdeen (or anywhere for that matter)?

Who is the best commercial cleaning company in Aberdeen I hear you ask?

Well, as this blog is being written by a commercial cleaning company who are based in Aberdeen, you would be right to think that the answer would be us.

But the reality is that the correct answer depends on you and what it is that you are looking for.

Is the quality of service you receive the most important factor or does value for money top your list?

Maybe you want a quick service or a range of services from one provider.

Deciding what it is you are looking for will help you to answer this question and therefore find the commercial cleaning company that is right for you.

 

Things to consider when deciding on a commercial cleaning company

There are a number of things to consider when deciding on a commercial cleaning company including:

  • Do they really understand commercial cleaning?
  • What do their customers think of their commercial cleaning services?
  • How do they treat their cleaners?
  • Do their values match yours?

 

Do they really understand commercial cleaning?

This may seem like a strange question. A commercial cleaning company obviously understands commercial cleaning!

Not necessarily.

Many companies view their commercial cleaning services as just that, a service. In fact, commercial cleaning has a widespread impact on your business.

The benefits of commercial cleaning services include:

  • Clean, clear and safe working environments
  • Increased morale and motivation
  • Increased productivity
  • Higher job satisfaction
  • Reduced absenteeism
  • Saves time and money

If a commercial cleaning company truly understands the impact its services has on its customers, then their cleaners usually do too, which means they are likely to offer you a better service.

You can find out more about the impact commercial cleaning services can have on your business by checking out our services pages or by reading more of our blogs including ‘From money to motivation… 5 great ways we can help your business grow’.

 

What do their customers think of their commercial cleaning services?

Who better to ask about the commercial cleaning services a company provides than the people who pay for them.

If a company is receiving great feedback from their customers then they should be shouting it from the rooftops on their website and social media accounts.

If you still need some clarification then why not contact the company who left the feedback and ask them directly.

You can read feedback from a number of our customers on our testimonials page.

 

How do they treat their cleaners?

As our co-founder Andrew Alleway put it “Our consistently first-class results come from our people, who are without question the most important part of our business.”

Without skilled cleaners who understand how important their role is, a commercial cleaning company has nothing.

And yet the cleaning industry is known for treating and paying its staff poorly.

It doesn’t make sense for the commercial cleaning business and it doesn’t make sense for you, as why would you want to pay for a service from unmotivated cleaners.

So, when you are looking for a commercial cleaning company, have a look on their website and social media accounts and ask yourself:

  • Are they a living wage employer?
  • Do they mention their cleaners and the role they play in their business?
  • Are there pictures of their cleaners?
  • Are there quotes from their cleaners and office staff?
  • Is this a company I want to work with?

You can read more about us and our TGC Dream Team here.

 

Do their values match yours?

Our values are at the heart of our business and are the foundation for every decision we make, and we would imagine yours are too.

It would therefore make sense to align yourself with businesses who have similar values to your own.

For example, following on from the last section we discussed, if you are a company who are known to value your staff and treat them well, would you want to use a company who does not?

The company may be within your price range, or offer the service you are looking for, but the damage to your brand by being associated to them could be much more significant.

You can read more about our values on our about page.

 

Who is the best commercial cleaning company in Aberdeen for you?

As you can see, there is no simple answer when it comes to who the best commercial cleaning company in Aberdeen is.

Perhaps the question should not be who is best commercial cleaning company in Aberdeen but rather who is the best commercial cleaning company for you?

 

We hope that the tips we have given you in this blog will help to make your decision easier and if there is anything we can help you with then please let us know, either by visiting our contact page or by contacting us on Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn.

 

How to make your spring clean tidy and green this year

It may not feel like it but spring is almost upon us.

Flowers are starting to appear once again, whilst birds sing in the trees, as we look forward to brighter, longer and hopefully warmer days!

And this can only mean one thing, the dreaded spring clean!

From deep cleaning your kitchen and office to tackling dirty floors, the list never seems to end!

But don’t worry, we have some top tips that will make your spring clean easier this year, for you and for the environment.

Let the fresh air in

The simple things can often make the biggest difference, so start by cracking open a few windows.

We spend the winter months trying to stay as warm as possible, keeping windows, doors, blinds and curtains shut, unless absolutely necessary.

This leads to the air being recirculated with a lack of fresh air getting in.

The fresh air will not only be good for your lungs, it will also give you a motivational boost to crack on with your spring clean.

Rags at the ready

No spring clean prep would be complete without plenty of rags to help you tackle the dirty work.

Forget about wipes and paper towels, not only will you be wasting your money, you will be clogging up landfill sites at the same time.

Take the opportunity to give your clothing wardrobe a spring clean and then cut up any items that cannot be donated to a charity shop and use them as cleaning rags.

When you are finished, simply pop them in the washing machine and they will be ready to use again.

Dust, dust, dust

Start at the very beginning, it’s a very good place to start. But where do I start I hear you say!

Always start any clean by dusting from top to bottom. This will help you to achieve a better clean as the dust from shelves and desks will fall onto the ground.

All-purpose cleaner 

Who doesn’t like the sound of an all-purpose cleaner?

All-purpose cleaners help to make cleaning easier and there couldn’t be anything easier than vinegar.

Vinegar is a household cleaning essential and it will wipe the floor (get it!!) with most of your current household cleaners.

Cupboards and counter tops

Tackle cupboards and counter tops by using a combination of vinegar, baking soda and water.

Simply mix two parts vinegar, one part baking soda and four parts water and apply with a sponge before wiping away.

Smelly carpets

With all the activity that happens on a carpet it is no surprise that they can get a little smelly every now and then.

All you have to do is sprinkle some bicarbonate of soda over them, leave it to settle for a while (or even overnight) and then vacuum it up, taking the odors with it.

Dirty floors

With all the cold and wet weather, there is no avoiding dirt on your floors and it can be hard to stay on top of it.

Simply mix three tablespoons of vinegar with half a bucket of water and you are ready to tackle the dirt.

You can also add lemon or peppermint oil for a nice fresh scent.

Smudged windows

Windows never seem to stay clean for long.

Bring them back to life by mixing equal parts of vinegar and water and wiping all over with a dry and soft cleaning rag.

Lingering smells

If you still find, after all of your spring cleaning, that there are smells lingering in certain rooms, then we have the solution for you.

Place a shallow bowl two thirds full of vinegar in the room with the smell and within 24 hours it should be gone.

 

So, there you have it, some top eco friendly cleaning tips to make spring cleaning your home and office easier this year.

However, if you decide after cleaning your home that you want to call in the professionals to clean your office then give us a call on 01224 515 933.

Have fun!