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Father’s Day: Merry Maids Sutton Coldfield

We sat down with Merry Maids Sutton Coldfield for Father’s Day.

In honour of Father’s Day – we’re spotlighting the father/daughter business Merry Maids Sutton Coldfield – co-owned by Helen Bielby and Becky Hewitt – but has been in Helen’s family for many years.

Helen’s father still works within the business and so the pair still enjoy sharing their professional lives as father and daughter.

We spoke to Helen about what it was like to work with her father and the history of this particular family business.

The history

In August 1980, a month before Helen was born, both of Helen’s parents were made redundant around the same time.

“They decided to create their own destiny, get out of engineering and purchase a franchise pooling their redundancy money,” Helen says.

They purchased a ServiceMaster franchise – ServiceMaster North Birmingham – which included both the ServiceMaster Restore and ServiceMaster Clean brands under one umbrella.

The business was a family affair, with Helen, her brother, and Nan helping out doing the cleaning.

Her dad ran to the physical side of the business, whilst her mum handled the running and operation.

“ServiceMaster was run from home until 1999 – (ironically when I left home!) so we had no choice but to be part of the business from a young age,” Helen jokes.

“From cleaning fire-damaged items in our back garden to cleaning hotels, cleaning up flooded or fire-damaged homes with our Dad, Mom, Nan etc or dropping leaflets – me and my brother did it all – and occasionally got our pocket money too!”

Then, in 1999, Helen’s mum decided that she wanted to buy a Merry Maids franchise as well.

At the time, Helen was at university and would still help out with the cleaning on her break days, and after university, she would help with the books alongside her job.

When Helen’s mum passed away suddenly in 2010, Helen found herself having to handle both businesses.

They found Becky Hewitt, who was working part-time as in conveyancing at a solicitor’s office.

Helen and Becky hit it off from the start and “became best friends very, very quickly”.

When, in 2011, Helen’s dad decided he wanted to sell the Merry Maids, business, he suggested that Helen and Becky take it over together.

Helen says her family experience and the skills passed down by her dad stood her in great stead to manage the business and that she knew from years of experience that being a part of a ServiceMaster franchise and the Merry Maids was a no-brainer:

“My dad has taught me lots – how to deal with customers, how to work hard and most importantly to have a good brain for numbers!

“I know the brand so well I wouldn’t have thought to look elsewhere – the solidarity the other franchisees have with each other is also very important.”

Helen and Becky have now been running it for the last 13 years alongside working other jobs and raising young children.

Helen says that being a multi-generational business owner is very important to her and the fabric of the business.

“ServiceMaster has been a part of my life since I was a month old – I’m 42 now and very proud to continue to uphold our family traditions of providing reliable and professional cleaning services.”

As a parent herself, we asked Helen if she is hoping to leave a legacy behind for future generations.

“I don’t know to be honest,” she says.

“My children are too young right now – but both the 6-year-old and 4-year-old do love to clean so who knows what their future may be!”

Need help from the cleaning experts?

If you’re in Sutton Coldfield and the surrounding areas and would benefit from over 20 years of cleaning expertise, contact Helen and Becky today on 0121 313 1005 or book online for one-off or deep home cleaning.

Or, nationwide, find your local Merry Maids business today.

Case Study: A deep clean in Sutton Coldfield goes a long way

Proof from Merry Maids Sutton Coldfield sometimes cleaning goes a long way.

Helen and Becky from Merry Maids Sutton Coldfield were greeted by a pleasant surprise in the post this week.

At Merry Maids, whilst we love our Google and Facebook reviews, there is nothing like a good old-fashioned paper testimonial from a happy customer.

Helen and Becky were thrilled to receive a glowing review of their services from a customer who required a one-off deep clean of his late father’s home.

The problem

The property had been left empty for a month, so the customer advised that the house wasn’t in a good state.

However, the family wanted to hold the wake at the property and put it on the market, so it needed to be turned around quickly.

Initially, Helen spoke to the customer to assess the situation.

He told her that some comprehensive cleaning and dusting were needed.

How we helped

In cases like this, when dealing with grief, sorting through and cleaning the things of a loved one left behind can be an enormous emotional and physical labour to add to a seemingly never-ending list of jobs.

At Merry Maids, our cleaners understand the responsibility and seriousness of the situation and handle all of our cleans with care, dignity, and respect.

In this case, Helen organised a visit and sent two cleaners to visit the property.

They carried out a deep clean of the property, including decluttering, dusting and cleaning all windows and woodwork in the home.

By the end of the day, the property was spotless.

The response

The customer was very grateful and went as far as to send Helen and Becky a letter to say thank you.

“Helen was immediately on the case,” he says.

“Arranging the visit was easy and, on the day, two of Helen’s best cleaners turned up at the house and made quite a cluttered and untidy house ready for public viewing.”

“Thanks to Helen for a superb service.

I would have no hesitation in recommending Helen and Merry Maids Sutton Coldfield,” he adds.

Could you benefit from a deep or regular clean?

If you could benefit from a compassionate, professional, and expert cleaning service, find your nearest Merry Maids business today.

Or if you’re in and around Sutton Coldfield, give Merry Maids Sutton Coldfield a call on 0121 313 1005 to see how they can provide a one-off deep clean or regular upkeep service of your property.

For one-off cleans, you can also BOOK ONLINE in Sutton Coldfield and other select locations through our online shop.