Manchester entrepreneur and mum of two Rachel Ray has tripled the turnover of her business in just two years, reaching a record £3.5 million turnover milestone this month with Bright & Beautiful, a professional housekeeping service that she set up in 2007 from her home in Sale, Greater Manchester.
Rachel now has over 50 franchises operating the ethical homecare business across the UK, employing over 300 people nationally and 120 in the North West. All of the franchises, which deliver professional cleaning, tidying, laundry and ironing services, are owned and run by women who wanted a career that would allow them to have a better work-life balance.
Rachel, 45, also plans to expand the business significantly in 2015, recruiting 20 new franchisees, creating over 150 new jobs and launching additional specialist housekeeping services.
Domestic cleaning is a rapidly growing industry in the UK with a million more people employing a cleaner than ten years ago and the sector driving economic growth and employment at a faster rate than other industries, including hospitality and retail.
Rachel, who now runs the business from the head office in Altrincham, says: “As well as building a £3.5m turnover business and creating 300 jobs, we are also working hard to raise the bar and standards for a £4.7bn industry which is largely unregulated in this country, with many agencies and employers offering workers no holiday or maternity pay and little quality control.”