Oban mum hopes to clean up in busi­ness

The Oban Times - - BUSINESS NEWS -

An Oban mum-of-four de­cided to be­gin a clean­ing busi­ness ear­lier this year for both com­mer­cial and do­mes­tic clients through­out Ar­gyll and Bute.

Since launch­ing Ar­gyll Clean­ing Ser­vices Ltd, Laura Cum­ming has re­ceived high praise from clients, with com­ments about how kind, help­ful and de­ter­mined she is.

With sup­port from Busi­ness Gate­way Ar­gyll and Bute, Laura has cap­i­talised on the de­mand for re­li­able and ef­fec­tive clean­ing ser­vices and her suc­cess has in­spired her to ex­pand the com­pany.

She said: ‘When I be­gan clean­ing, I knew I could do this for my­self and have my own busi­ness. For me, it was go hard or go home. I wanted to have as many clients as pos­si­ble and now I have two staff mem­bers to help with the work­load.

‘My plan is to ex­tend on this and cre­ate more jobs in the area but also build some­thing my chil­dren will ben­e­fit from, ei­ther with me do­ing well or them pos­si­bly taking over in the years to come if the busi­ness con­tin­ues to suc­ceed.

‘I’ve needed a lot of help along the way and Busi­ness Gate­way has been on this jour­ney with me the en­tire time. The work­shops Busi­ness Gate­way pro­vide have re­ally opened my eyes to ex­actly what is in­volved in own­ing a com­pany.

‘It is hard work but I love my job as it’s so sat­is­fy­ing to help peo­ple out whether it’s clean­ing their house, or hav­ing a chat with our older clients. All my staff have a pas­sion for what they do and I think that’s so im­por­tant.’

Now Laura is look­ing to ex­pand on the clients she al­ready has and is look­ing to in­crease her reach of cus­tomers to in­clude holiday change-overs and more com­mer­cial clean­ing.

An­gela Ver­nel, busi­ness ad­viser for Busi­ness Gate­way, said: ‘Laura had plenty of drive and de­ter­mi­na­tion to suc­ceed when she ap­proached us. She has ben­e­fited from our one-to-one sup­port, and from at­tend­ing our spe­cial­ist so­cial me­dia work­shops, to help her build her busi­ness.’

To find out more about how Busi­ness Gate­way can help set up and de­velop a busi­ness call 01546 604555 or visit www.bgate­way. com

Laura Cum­ming has been ex­pand­ing her firm and now em­ploys two peo­ple.

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