Fresh start for Merry Maids of Wakefield & South Leeds

A former banker has entered the world of domestic cleaning in Wakefield and South Leeds and has vowed to exceed customer expectations in her new venture.

Gina Glendinning of Wakefield, is the new owner of Merry Maids of Wakefield and South Leeds, which is a franchise of ServiceMaster, after leaving a 30-year corporate banking career with HSBC. Merry Maids has been trading across Wakefield and South Leeds for nearly 20 years but was founded in the US in 1979.

Mrs Glendinning, director, Merry Maids of Wakefield and South Leeds said: “I knew that when I left the world of corporate banking I wanted to run my own business and the Merry Maids opportunity looked too good to be true. There is already a fantastic business with some incredibly hard-working staff and I’m all about the customer service, which is where I plan to add some real value.

“The Merry Maids brand name already holds a fantastic reputation both locally and nationally and I am hoping my small business will soon become a big business and a fantastic place to work.”

There are currently around 70 local Merry Maids businesses in the UK and over 600 across the US, Canada and Japan.

Merry Maids brand operations manager, Catriona Berry added: “Gina’s experience and desire to succeed will stand her in great stead to build a fantastic business. We’re excited to witness the expected growth of Merry Maids of Wakefield and South Leeds in the near future.”

Merry Maids offers weekly, bi-weekly, four-weekly or one-off spring cleans to residents. For job opportunities with Merry Maids of Stratford, visit merrymaids.co.uk/wakefield 

New jobs in Guildford as cleaning company launches

An entrepreneur has relocated from Greece to Guildford to launch a domestic cleaning franchise and is recruiting for staff to join the new business.

Efi Mandaliou, left her management career in Greece to start Merry Maids of Guildford, one of the UK’s leading franchised cleaning companies. The business is already cleaning for 32 regular customers and is already advertising for new staff within the town.

Efi said: “My aim is to grow a local, sustainable business for my family’s future and at the same time, recruit local staff to serve local people. I’m excited about this opportunity and building a reputation in the town for reliable, quality cleaning services.”

Merry Maids is a franchise of ServiceMaster Ltd, which has been operating in the UK for nearly 60 years. There are currently around 70 local Merry Maids businesses in the UK and over 600 across the US, Canada and Japan.

Merry Maids brand operations manager, Catriona Berry added: “Efi has made a fantastic start to her business journey and there are some really exciting things to come for Guildford. We wish her all the best.”

Merry Maids offers weekly, bi-weekly, four-weekly or one-off spring cleans to residents. For job opportunities with Merry Maids of Stratford, visit merrymaids.co.uk/guildford

Cleaning up: West Midlands franchise wins top award for the second time

A domestic cleaning franchise operating across the West Midlands has beaten over 70 other businesses to the top award within the national franchise network it operates in, for the second time.

Merry Maids of Dudley, Solihull, Birmingham South and Wolverhampton owners Tom and Julie Jackson, franchisees of ServiceMaster Limited picked up the Dallen Peterson Founders Award as a result of outstanding business growth and commitment to customer service. The award is the most prestigious within the Merry Maids network and is the pinnacle of achievement for the franchised business.

Tom and Julie Jackson have provided domestic cleaning services to residents across West Midlands for 15 years and won the same award in 2011.

Tom Jackson, director, said: “We’re delighted to have received the award for a second time. We’ve been working hard to grow our business and continue to provide a fantastic service to our customer base and this recognition is testament to that hard work.”

Julie Jackson, director, added: “The credit for this award is due to our team who continue to put the work in and delight our customers at each and every visit, so well done to them.”

Merry Maids brand operations manager, Catriona Berry added: “Merry Maids of Dudley has displayed the highest achievement in the pursuit of excellence and professional management in the Merry Maids tradition. Tom and Julie and their team have shown superb results and they are a real asset to the franchise network.”

Winners of the Dallen Peterson Founders Award receive an all-expenses paid trip to the ServiceMaster Partners Achievement Seminar, held in the US in 2018. Merry Maids is a franchise of ServiceMaster Limited, which was founded in the UK In 1959.