An Altincham-based domestic housekeeping franchise business is celebrating after winning two awards at the Working Mums annual awards.
Bright & Beautiful was awarded the Overall Top Franchise Award and the Continuous Improvement Award in recognition of the franchise’s family-orientated ethos and sustained success. The workingmums.co.uk annual Top Franchise Awards celebrate and publicly recognise franchisors that help women grow their business alongside raising a family.
Founder Rachel Ray, who lives is Altrincham, set up her business in 2007 with the aim of providing eco-friendly cleaning, tidying, laundry, and ironing accompanied with the best possible standards of security and service. The company has grown rapidly since its creation and now has more than 50 franchises nationwide – including eleven across the North West – and has a £5m turnover along with 460 employees.
From corporate career to business owner
Rachel established Bright & Beautiful with the intention of being able to create a professional working environment that also promotes a family-friendly feel for herself and her teams. Rachel also worked in a high-pressure corporate environment herself for many years and understands the importance of balancing her career with her family life, which she is keen to promote in her new business.
Rachel says: “Winning these two awards from Working Mums is a fantastic recognition of the incredible women that Bright & Beautiful represents and the hard work that our staff does. From our franchisees and our housekeepers, to our clients, the Head Office team and the families that we support, they are all so important to us and it is only right that everyone’s hard work should be celebrated. Right from the beginning, I have been striving to create a business that helps support and shape other women’s working lives and for us to receive two awards for doing just that this year is wonderful.”
10% of profits to charity
Bright & Beautiful also donates at least 10% of its profits to charity. The organisation works closely with Compassion International and a number of other charities to support underprivileged families in other countries. To date Bright & Beautiful has sponsored ten children and has helped more than 50 families to set up their own microbusinesses. They now own a plot of land in a Rwanda and aim to build a school for children who have previously had no access to education.
The award-winning Bright & Beautiful business model stems from a franchise system that enables women from around the UK to manage specialist professional housekeepers in a close-knit team. All of the franchises are owned and run by businesswomen who wanted to move away from the corporate environment and enjoy a greater home and work-life balance, without having to try and juggle the two.
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