Local businessman Chris Blewitt has launched a commercial office cleaning franchise business operating across Durham and Teesside and is already looking for new staff to join the new venture.

No stranger to cleaning, Chris’s family owned and operated a successful Dry Cleaning and Laundry business in the North East for over 30 years and Chris has spent over 25 years in operational roles for successful blue-chip organisations, managing large teams of people.


His new business ServiceMaster Clean Contract Services is a franchise of ServiceMaster, one of the UK’s leading and longest-established, multi-brand franchisors.

Chris said: “I left my old role to launch my own business and chose the franchising route to start out on my own because of the strength of the back-up support. I also wanted a scalable business that I could one day bring my family into and I’m already working closely with my daughter, Jessica who is studying business at college in Newcastle.

“ServiceMaster Clean has a fantastic reputation in commercial cleaning and I’m excited to start meeting new clients and employing new staff. The level of professionalism and service we can offer will help us stand out.”

Chris’s business will operate across Durham and Teesside and provide commercial cleaning and daily office cleaning solutions for businesses of all sizes.


Guy Strang, brand operations manager for ServiceMaster Clean Contract Services added: “We’re delighted to welcome Chris to the cleaning franchise network and we’re confident his business will be a success. He has shown great character and a desire to succeed; two things you need to be successful in the commercial cleaning sector.”

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A local entrepreneurial family has reinvested into their growing business and expanded their office cleaning franchise into Birmingham and Coventry.

ServiceMaster Clean Contract Services Mercia (CS Mercia), which is owned and operated by Kevin and Joanne Harden and son, Mark, launched in 2009 and has seen the business grow by 300% in the last five years due to a high demand for its services. The company employs over 170 staff to provide daily office, industrial and education cleaning services in major towns, such as Tamworth, Burton upon Trent, Loughborough, Rugby and Lutterworth and has now expanded to operate in the cities of Birmingham and Coventry.

Kevin Harden, managing director, CS Mercia said: “With major investments being made into Birmingham, such as HS2 and the Curzon Street regeneration, now is the ideal time to launch into these major UK cities on our border. We’re excited by the opportunity to expand our business and create new jobs in the areas.”

Mark Harden, business development manager, CS Mercia added: “By focusing on our customer’ requirements and our core services, we’ve seen fantastic growth over the last few years, specifically within the education sector, which has required a consistent, quality and credible service. This investment into Coventry and Birmingham will allow us to develop our customer base and continue our growth beyond 300%.”

CS Mercia is a franchise of ServiceMaster Limited, which is one of the UK’s largest and longest-established multi-brand franchisors and is one of 68 contract cleaning franchises in the ServiceMaster franchise network.

A local entrepreneur has invested in and taken ownership of a Guildford-based commercial cleaning franchise and aims to create new employment opportunities as the business expands.

Siva Kugathas (43), of Sutton, spent 20 years working in senior franchise roles, for both Pizza Hut and KFC in both the UK and Europe before choosing to invest in the Guildford-based, commercial cleaning franchise, ServiceMaster Clean Contract Services (CS Guildford). Siva was responsible for creating KFC’s UK Operations Service Manual and achieved the Restaurant Manager of the Year award in 1997.

CS Guildford currently turns over £138,000 and employs 30 staff but Siva aims to double this size of the company and his over the next 18 months. The company provides daily office and commercial cleaning services to businesses across the region and is part of the ServiceMaster franchise network, which has been trading in the UK since 1959.

Siva said: “There’s huge potential for this company and we’re looking forward to seeing rapid growth by adding new clients and by bringing in and developing new staff. The support from ServiceMaster has been excellent and I’m excited to get up and running and working with our new and existing clients.”

Guy Strang, brand operations manager, ServiceMaster Clean Contract Services UK added: “Siva’s experience and passion for providing an excellent customer service is second to none and we’re confident CS Guildford will grow rapidly, bringing wealth and jobs to the Guildford area.”

CS Guildford was founded in 1992 and is part of a national network of 68 licensed office cleaning businesses.

An award-winning cleaning company based in Sale, Manchester is celebrating 25 years of bringing a shine to its customers across the city and surrounding areas.

ServiceMaster Clean Contract Services (CS) Manchester was launched from the conservatory of business owners, Martin and Sarah Steinman on 1st January 1992 and now employs over 300 staff with a turnover of more than £2.8m. To celebrate the milestone, the company held an event at which CS Manchester’s managing director, Guy Johnson announced the company saw an 8% increase in revenue last year on 2015 and set out the company’s growth plans to double its turnover and headcount by 2022.

Martin Steinman, business owner said: “It is a privilege to work with such a fantastic team and to have achieved this milestone anniversary together. We are very much looking to the future and our extensive growth plans.”

Guy Johnson, managing director added: “I feel immensely proud of how far this business has come. We have continued to grow year-on-year and we’ve consistently invested in new technology and systems to allow us to work smarter, quicker and ultimately, provide our customers with the best experience they can expect.”

CS Manchester is a franchise of ServiceMaster Limited, one of the UK’s largest and longest-established, multi-brand franchisors.

Guy Strang, brand operations manager for the ServiceMaster Clean Contract Services franchise network commented: “There aren’t many businesses that launched back in 1992 that continue to grow year-on-year at the rate of CS Manchester. The team is focused and determined to achieve great things, whilst putting their customers at the centre of everything they do. Congratulations to Martin and Sarah and all the team.”

Over its 25 year history, CS Manchester has been awarded four franchising awards, including the British Franchise Association Franchisee of the Year Excellence Award in 1995.

Employees who are able to work in a clean, healthy office often have less sick days and are more productive. A professional cleaning service enables you to focus on running your business and not the daily removal of dirt, grime and more from your premises. There are multiple benefits of using a professional office cleaning service such as ServiceMaster Clean Contract Services.  Here are just five:

5 Benefits of Professional Commercial Office Cleaning

  1. Healthier work environment
  2. Better first impression for customers, visitors and guests
  3. Less hassle
  4. Accommodates your business schedule
  5. Clean done right the first time

Professional Cleaning Service for Healthier Work Environment

Bacteria, allergens and germs are everywhere. Employees as well as customers and visitors can easily spread illness by simply touching surfaces such as desks, computer keyboards and door handles. Regular professional office cleaning that includes dusting, vacuuming, mopping and other cleaning can improve the health of your work environment as it reduces the presence of bacteria, germs, and allergens in the workplace. Allergens such as dust mites and mold spores can trigger allergy and asthma symptoms,  possibly resulting in sick days and reduced productivity.

Clean Office = Good First Impression

Customers and visitors will feel more welcome and happier entering an office that has stain-free carpets and reception area seating as well as dust-free lighting fixtures and a clean bathroom stocked with paper goods and full soap dispensers. You’ll feel confident meeting with customers and guests in a conference room that smells fresh and looks clean to even the most discerning eye.

Commercial Office Cleaning: Less Hassle for You

Running a business takes a lot of time and you shouldn’t have to worry about routine chores like vacuuming the lobby or restocking the paper towels in the restrooms. A professional janitorial service eliminates the hassle of removing the daily grime from your facility. Our ServiceMaster Clean Contract Services janitorial services can accommodate any schedule – we have teams that can clean daily, weekly or monthly as well as day-time only cleaning services.

Office Cleaning Done Right

It’s important your employees have a clean work space and that your customers are impressed with the look of your office each time they visit. A regular office cleaning team can ensure all your needs are met. When our cleaning professionals combine their expertise, we have more than 55 years’ experience in the industry, with technologically advanced equipment and high-quality cleaning products. We promise to get the job done right the first time.

Contact your local ServiceMaster Clean Contract Services to discuss which office cleaning services may best suit your business or facility.