A DOUGLAS-based business is bidding for success in these challenging economic times.
Jennifer’s Cleaning and Handyman Services is the brainchild of Jennifer Mullineaux and John Hamilton.
They are already considering taking on more staff to cope with increasing demand for their services.
After completing the government’s Small Business Start Up scheme they got their dusters ready and went about building, and cleaning, their client base.
Now their business has started to take off after moving into new premises in Derby Road, Douglas.
The former dilapidated building has been renovated and transformed into a superb new office.
John, 35, admitted: ‘It’s been a real labour of love but it has all been worth it.’
John said: ‘We always wanted to start our own business but were not sure what to do. Jennifer’s was born out of our experience in the hospitality industry and the need for professional, trustworthy and value for money cleaning services. The Small Business Start Up scheme was agreat help and inspiration in getting us started.’
The business has grown rapidly and, because of client demand, both commercial and domestic, has expanded to include handyman services.
John said Jennifer’s is now looking to employ local people to work in both areas of the business, initially in the Douglas and Onchan areas, but looks set to expand to other areas of the island.
Jennifer, who hails originally from Liverpool, is John’s partner and the couple have a three-year-old daughter Alicia. Jennifer said: ‘Our business is only as good as our staff. They are our greatest asset. We employ people from a cross section of the community. We see the value in younger people for their energy and in older people for their experience.
‘Anyone who is interested should visit our website www.jcsiom.im or our new offices at 1a Derby Road.’
The business does work for domestic clients as well as pubs, restaurants, offices and estate agents.
The new offices were officially opened last Wednesday by Douglas East MHK Chris Robertshaw and deputy mayor of Douglas councillor David Ashford.
John, who comes originally from Lancashire, told Business News he originally came over to the island to work for the Steam Packet.
He pointed to the sign outside which reads: ‘No job too big or small’ and said this illustrates the company’s attitude to business.
Among those at the launch was Clare Stephens.
She and her husband James became customers when they used the company to clean their new home in Abbeylands.
‘We were pleased with the service offered by the team at Jennifer’s. We have also been really impressed with the way John and Jennifer have set about building their own business.’
Meanwhile John stressed he wanted to thank everyone for their help in realising their dream to move into their new office. These included Paul Dillon who had been a ‘tremendous help’ since earlier this year.