Framlingham: Fresh start for former barristers’ clerk-turned-cleaning entrepreneur

Nikki and Peter Hall of Clean Genie

Nikki and Peter Hall of Clean Genie - Credit: Archant

A barristers’ clerk who was made redundant from his job a few years ago is enjoying a fresh start as a cleaning entrepreneur.

In three years, recession-busting husband and wife team Peter and Nikki Hall have built a commercial cleaning business franchise from scratch and now employ 27 staff.

The Framlingham couple launched the Clean Genie commercial and residential cleaning franchise in June 2010 after Peter was made redundant from his management job as a barrister’s clerk for a chambers in Ipswich.

Since then Peter, 51, and Nikki, 50, have successfully built their franchise increasing their turnover year on year.

Their client base includes clients across Suffolk and into Essex, including Tilbrooks Landscape in Tuddenham St Mary near Bury St Edmunds, Barnards in Stowmarket, John Woods Nurseries in Wickham Market and Anglia Research solicitors in Ipswich.

The entrepreneurial couple have so enjoyed building the franchise that they have now launched a second independent commercial cleaning company, Target Clean Group on the back of faster-than-expected growth in the franchise business.

It opened for business in May and specialises in commercial customers who want highly professional cleaning at affordable prices for offices, business premises, factories, shops, car showrooms, as well as schools, leisure centres, health practices, and holiday accommodation.

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Co-director Nikki said: “It’s critical for us to understand our clients’ needs in any economic climate, but especially so in today’s tough trading conditions.

“So with this in mind, our management team will go in first and clean all new sites before our staff. We then know what we can expect of our staff and what they can achieve.

“Our reputation is built on every single piece of work we do, every desk we clean, every kitchen we leave gleaming, every floor immaculate, and every toilet sparkling.

“We want our customers to feel secure that they can trust our service. We want them to be confident in the knowledge that we will always deliver.”

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