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TOMORROW’S CLEANING SEPTEMBER 09
Cleaning up in
the Dragon’s Den
THE CLEANING INDUSTRY HAS CERTAINLY BEEN
MAKING AN IMPRESSION ON THE DRAGON’S
RECENTLY. TOMORROW’S CLEANING EDITOR,
CHARLOTTE TAYLOR REPORTS.
Over the past few weeks those addicted to the
BBC’s Dragon’s Den, like me, will have seen
everything, from William T Sachiti’s Clever
Bins to Paul Ward’s Halo range from Paragon
PE Ltd, presented to our favourite Dragons.
Some, like these two, were unfortunately
banished from the Den without a second
glance but others emerged victorious…
North East-based cleaning company UK
Commercial Cleaning Services were lucky
enough to be one of the success stories.
On 20th April 2009, Tony Earnshaw and
Steven Pearson entered the Den representing
their company, pitching for a £100,000
investment for a 20% stake in the company.
After a confident and flawless pitch the duo
composure and, against all odds, finally safe-contractor and CHAS accreditations for
seemed set to secure the investment which
secured an investment with legendary Dragon the company. And now the duo could not be
they had came looking for, but as the Dragons
(and my personal favourite) Duncan Bannatyne, happier with the success.
began to attack, the pressure of rapid fire
who offered them the full investment at a 35%
“I am very happy securing the investment in
questions relating to the company’s figures
stake after beating off some strong competition
the Den, Duncan has now become a director in
had a nerve shredding effect, as is the case
from fellow Dragon James Caan.
the company and we are confident in our aims
with many entrepreneurs.
The successful company began when Tony, to become the largest commercial cleaning
Under the intense pressure, calculations and
who in 2004 aged only 19, bought a local company in the UK,” enthuses Tony.
logic thought processes which normally come
window cleaning round for £300 which at the
It is clear that Steve certainly agrees: “The
as second nature to the pair, completely
time was taking £300 per month. Through
abandoned them.
sheer grit and determination he increased the
future of UK-CC is extremely bright. We have,
What happened next?
monthly turnover to £6000 and then sold for
and will continue to expand at an impressive
£16,000. This enabled Tony to move into the
rate, creating jobs and a cleaner environment
Somehow, Tony and Steve managed to regain
commercial sector and UK Commercial
for all who work with us.”
Cleaning Services was born. Now, with Duncan as a Director, UK
The company went from strength to strength
Commercial Cleaning Services continues to
securing contracts with hotel chains, restaurant
go from strength to strength. The Dragon
groups and nationally recognized care groups.
added: “Tony and Steve are 2 ambitious and
hardworking young men who with my help will
Then in 2008, Steven Pearson, Tony’s life-long
soon be operating the biggest commercial
friend, joined the team to generate and boost
cleaning company in the UK.”
sales targets and create bigger business
opportunities. Since then, he has generated
Now that is what I call a clean sweep!
over £250,000 worth of business, attained the www.uk-cc.co.uk
The future of our cleaning industry | TOMORROW’S CLEANING |
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