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York cleaning firm open for business

York based former railway engineer is on track to launch a professional home cleaning business.

Open for business from 10th January, Edden Jones remains optimistic about the future despite starting his new business during challenging times. With a team of local cleaners the business aims to deliver a cleaning service with enhanced COVID-safe procedures in place to keep both the team and clients safe.

Edden will be looking to make an impact in the area, recruiting more local staff over the coming months. First and foremost, Edden will also look to restore customer confidence following the pandemic and will aim to increase his workforce and have over 50 clients by the end of the year.

Edden said: “For the past month I’ve been busy with training and organising the marketing for my new business so I can build up a healthy order book. It’s certainly proving a baptism of fire, but I’ve been encouraged by the number of enquiries I’ve received so far.”

Prior to becoming a new franchise owner, Edden spent almost two decades as a railway signalling design engineer for several different organisations in both the UK and Australia. His most recent role relocated him to York in 2014, which resulted in Edden having the time to reflect on his future and fulfil his dream of working for himself.

Edden continued: “After working my way up the engineering ladder to senior positions, it has given me real insight into running my own business and what high standards can be achieved by recruiting the right people and giving them the right training, motivation and inspiration to do things well.”

“Having always worked for organisations, I am hugely excited to now be my own boss and in charge of my own destiny. The skills I have gained in engineering are proving to be totally transferable to franchising and will be invaluable to the day-to-day management of my new Poppies business, from organisational through to managing a workforce.

“With my background, I really felt that taking a franchise suited my personality as I like processes and following a system, and I could tap into the wider network for advice and support.”

Based in York, Poppies also covers Clifton, Rawcliffe, Skelton, Haxby, Wigginton, Earswick, Huntington, Heworth, Tang Hall, Osbaldwick, Dunnington, Fulford, Southbank, Bishopthorpe Copmanthorpe, Dringhouses, Foxwood, Woodthorpe, Acomb, Holgate, Upper Poppleton and Nether Poppleton.

Poppies York is part of a national network of 23 franchisees building their own local business, creating over 500 jobs and delivering high-quality cleaning to over 6,000 homes on a weekly, fortnightly or monthly basis in line with clients’ individual needs.

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