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Ecocleen offers contract commercial cleaning services, including window cleaning, specialist floor cleaning, pest control, wash-room services, security, waste and recycling, building management and maintenance.
Ecocleen’s unique selling point is that it prides itself on being one of a new breed of commercial cleaners which focuses on green and innovative cleaning systems that will help organisations to maintain a clean and fresh working environment.
Despite having a wide range of service, Ecocleen is proud of the fact that the company refrains from using any chemicals or toxics, which is in line with its commitment to creating a cleaner and safer environment for every organisation, without sacrificing the health of the planet. Ecocleen is the fastest-growing green commercial cleaning franchise in the UK.
Ecocleen has clients in education, government, hotels, retail, medical, visitor attractions, professional services and leisure. Ecocleen believes that supporting a diversity of sectors can bring fresh, innovative ideas to their business.
What is the Ecocleen franchise’s background?
Ecocleen has been in the cleaning business since 1993, but only under its current name since 2005 when founders Sean Taylor and Paul Smith realised there was a lack of eco friendly cleaning services in the country. With over two decades of experience, Ecocleen is proud that its customer base is largely made up of repeat and referral business, operating in a stable market that constantly demands quality.
The brand’s constant drive for perfection has led to Ecocleen being accredited with the following: Quality Management Systems Accreditation (2008), Environmental Systems Accreditation (2004), and Occupational Health and Safety Management System (2007).
In 2012, Ecocleen relaunched with a fresh new logo that encapsulated its green ethos and values and saw extensive growth with the sale of new locations and the re-sale of established regions.
In February 2012, Henry Beukes joined Ecocleen as a franchisee. Using his three decades of experience in managing various businesses in South Africa, Australia and the UK, he became a passionate supporter of the Ecocleen brand and, in January 2017, he and his management team took over as franchisor.
The company, now based in Henley-on-Thames, has 19 franchisees and is a member of the British Franchise Association.
How does the Ecocleen franchise model work?
Using smart technology, Ecocleen states that it is able to expertly manage and engage with its workforce, putting people at the heart of the business. All of Ecocleen’s suppliers are put through rigorous sustainability checks to ensure they are doing everything they can to lower their carbon footprint.
Ecocleen products are 100 per cent environmentally safe and effective. Its customers can be assured of Ecocleen’s commitment to the future of the planet.
The company’s ‘CLEAN’ methodology encapsulates award-winning staff training, state-of-the-art equipment and a transport auditing process. Understanding that customers have different requirements and expectations, Ecocleen knows that listening and clear communication are key to a successful result.
From the safety issues of working around children and vulnerable adults to dovetailing its reporting with that of their customer’s organisation, Ecocleen can tailor its
service to the customer’s requirements.
Ecocleen describes itself as “a low-cost brand” that only requires £14,995 of minimum investment and a total of around £30,000 for the start-up cost.
Ecocleen’s franchises are reported to be operating very successfully throughout the UK, the largest region generating a turnover of £2.2m. By offering a fundamental service to organisations of all types over a large geographical area, franchisees never run out of potential clients, says Ecocleen.
What support and training does the Ecocleen franchise offer?
An Ecocleen franchise begins with a residential course for all new franchisees. Prior to launching your own franchise, franchisees participate in an initial two-week training programme, tailored to immerse them in Ecocleen’s award-winning business model.
This is followed by on the job training and web-based modules. Franchisees will receive full head office support covering HR recruitment and a dedicated member to work alongside them.
Franchisees will also be assisted in building a stable network of clients, to help build up to a £200,000 turnover per annum.
The head office support team will help franchisees with every aspect of the business, from marketing, sales, finance and human resources, to payroll, business planning and contract management. Support can also be in the form of additional training, assistance in the production of a quote or tender and attendance at customer meetings.
Ecocleen has regular conference calls and quarterly network meetings where issues and problems can be discussed. Franchisees receive comprehensive support in all key areas, including the constantly-changing fields of employment law, health and safety and environmental legislation.
The training will include ISO 9001 accreditation, an invaluable quality management system (QMS) standard recognised around the world.
Who is the ideal Ecocleen franchisee?
Ecocleen is looking for candidates in all of its 20 regions who have a passion for outstanding customer service, the aspiration to manage their own business and a desire to commit to the brand’s philosophy and make the world a cleaner place. Ecocleen does not require franchisees to have previous experience in the cleaning industry, as their role is to oversee their business and resolve any issues that may arise.
What are the core values of Ecocleen?
The Ecocleen organisation is built on a strong foundation of core values. All of the work done by its more than 500 employees is based on these values and they strive to uphold them every day.
These values include:
Commitment to their customers
Investment in their business
Empowering a positive team with family spirit
Building open and honest relationships
Pursuing growth and learning
Acting with integrity and consideration
What are the Ecocleen franchise’s terms of agreement and renewal?
EcoCleen offers a minimum one-year contract.
How in-demand are cleaning businesses right now?
A BCC report published in 2017 gave the key information that the cleaning industry contributed nearly £24.4bn to the UK economy in 2015, growing by 21% since 2010, with more than 40,300 businesses employing 700,000 people.
With many firms finding it cheaper to outsource their cleaning services to specialist firms, the industry has been comparatively stable, with a failure rate far below the average for businesses.
An MTW Research report in 2016 predicted that total contract cleaning market sales would increase by £500 million and identified a number of key growth trends to support their optimism.
The introduction of the National Living Wage in 2016 was expected to cause a drop in profitability in the short term, but benefit the industry in the medium and long term.
The cleaning sector and therefore cleaning franchise businesses represents a great potential investment as the commercial sector grows and the increasing number of older residents in communities will mean more people seeking the assistance of local companies to provide domestic cleaning to enable them to remain in their homes.
How can I get started on setting up my own cleaning business?
The first step to opening an Ecocleen franchise is to prepare yourself for a two-week training programme. To find out more, or to request further information on franchising with Ecocleen, click on the ‘Send Enquiry’ button now.
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