The Scottish arm of Ecocleen, a UK-wide commercial cleaning specialist, has been sold as part of a management buyout.
Andrew Alleway, who was previously Director for Scotland at Ecocleen, together with his Dundee-based business partner David Moncur, concluded the buyout at the end of June and have re-launched the company under a new name, Tidy Green Clean.
Tidy Green Clean will operate as a franchise model, comprising master franchises, which will be responsible for franchisee activity in regional territories, and local franchisees – the individuals who undertake the cleaning contracts. The deal saw all 50 staff in Scotland transfer from Ecocleen to Tidy Green Clean, and members of the existing team are looking at buying local franchises. With the company targeting 200 franchisees in the next five years, more jobs will be on the horizon.
This recruitment will be driven by increasing the company’s client base, which amongst the existing clients includes names such as Stork, Blackadders and PB Devco. As well as the company’s commercial cleaning division, Tidy Green Clean’s security and facilities management services are also expected to contribute towards business growth.
This diversification, together with the growing client base, will allow the business to sustain the exciting growth already experienced. In just two years, turnover has increased by 460%, with £150,000 generated in year one (2015-16) rising to £840,000 in year two (2016/17).
Andrew Alleway, co-founder of Tidy Green Clean, said: “This is a really exciting time for Tidy Green Clean, as we take a successful national business into full Scottish ownership. We have ambitious plans for expansion across the country, and hope that potential clients will be encouraged to ‘buy local’ from a family owned business.
“Ecocleen was very successful in Scotland, and we want to reinforce that whilst the name and ownership have changed, existing clients can rest assured that Tidy Green Clean is still the same people and under the same management.
“We have built our business by providing an exceptional level of service, using high-quality, environmentally friendly products and equipment. Our commitment to a cost-effective service, which does not compromise on quality, is what really sets us apart in the local marketplace.
“Our consistently first-class results come from our people, who are without question the most important part of our business. We allow our staff to take control of their own employment, but as part of a model which boasts proven success.
“This is an exciting milestone in our plans for growth in Scotland and we look forward to continuing the Tidy Green Clean journey.”