Oban mum hopes to clean up in business
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.