This month, Poppies franchisee, Edden Jones, is celebrating his first anniversary of providing high-quality cleaning services to his local community in York. Since launching his franchise, the former railway engineer has discovered a career path that allows him to strike a healthy work-life balance, enjoying the beautiful Yorkshire countryside all while creating multiple job opportunities for his community in a sustainable and scalable business.
Covid-enforced restrictions highlighted the need for more innovative, industry-leading cleaning brands to reach communities in the UK. In 2018, cleaners contributed £54.5 billion to the UK economy, with that number growing significantly in the following years as more than 6,000 new cleaning businesses came to the UK1. And with this increasing demand, Poppies’ network of devoted and passionate franchisees has delivered their services to over 6,000 homes on a weekly basis. Since launching, Edden has been instrumental in the expansion of the Poppies network and has no plans to slow down.
“I can’t believe how fast the last year has gone!” said Edden. “It’s the perfect time to reflect on how far Poppies, and my incredible team, has come since we first started operating. Going from taking my first steps as a local business owner to today, being a key figure in an incredible franchise brand that has exciting plans for the future is something I’m incredibly proud of.
“Not just within business operations, but Poppies has really ticked all my boxes. I’ve been able to nurture a healthy business that is continuing to grow in demand every day, while also enjoying a work-life balance unlike any other brand I’ve come across. I’m very excited about the future and I’m able to build this project to work in a way that suits my lifestyle and ambitions.”
Boasting a 5-star online rating, Poppies is helping to restore customer confidence in professional cleaning services, and shows no signs of slowing down, building on the business’s incredible progress at a rate that suits the team and the community. Edden is excited to continue bringing Poppies’ services to those in need of expert cleaning, as well as opening more employment opportunities to ambitious and active members of the community.
“Despite prioritising my work-life balance, I’m still seeing the return on investment for my franchise. As a Poppies franchisee, I’m in complete control, and could be pushing the business harder if I wanted to – but that doesn’t suit my personal goals or the sustainable growth of my business. As a franchisee, I can choose how much of my time I devote to building the business, and even with a healthy balance being the priority, I’ve got a franchise I can be proud of.”
Poppies’ 40+ years’ experience and continued nationwide expansion in the cleaning industry shows that leading brands have been investing in staff development and protection since long before the pandemic. Today, the national network of 24 offices build their own businesses to suit their own ambitions and needs, also creating over 500 jobs and delivering high-quality cleaning.
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