As UK unemployment figures rose to 2.56 million in the first quarter of 2013, cleaning specialist 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 than 1,500 to 14,500.
“The cleaning industry has proved to be recession proof for us,” says Maid2Clean owner Mike Hanrahan. “Homes are always going to gather dust and the marketplace is as busy as ever because more people can afford a £10 an hour fee rather than a £20 an hour fee.”
Mike, who joined the cleaning sector in 1993 before launching the Maid2Clean franchise 10 years later, uses a business model that focuses 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.
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“We are seeing a huge demand for cleaners and more and more people are applying for part time work,” says Mike.
“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.”