Cleaning businesses, in general, make up a sizeable share of the service sector in the UK. A couple of years ago there were approximately 875,000 domestic and commercial cleaning businesses employing around 3.5 million people – and there have been many more new business start-ups since.
As the number and complexity of buildings increase, keeping the nation's windows clear has become a substantial source of business. It is particularly attractive for anyone who wants flexible working patterns and lots of fresh air. A window cleaning franchise can involve anything from sole traders providing services to a residential area, to small businesses with transport and high-tech equipment that reach even the tallest or most challenging commercial premises. There are some substantial contracts available for window-cleaning crews who can manage housing projects, hospitals, schools, factories, office blocks and shopping centres.
If you believe starting up your own window cleaning business simply involves a bucket and a ladder, think again. Quite apart from the fact that customers demand high standards or workmanship and reliability, being in or around someone else’s property requires specialist insurance. And taking on extra help involves even more paperwork and Health & Safety compliance training.
That's why, whether you are starting small or aiming high in the window cleaning game, starting under the umbrella of a parent company can be a wise move. You can benefit from the industry experience of your franchiser, and use their branding and reputation to open doors (if not windows). Training and technical support, including websites, can also be part of the franchise package for window cleaning businesses.
There are many window cleaning companies currently hunting for new franchise partners include Window Genie, Dr Glass, Harvard Window Cleaning, Delux Window Cleaning and the Window Gang. Others, like Plumtree, have a strong regional presence that they want to build on with franchisees. The British Window Cleaning Academy has reported that there is a national shortage of window cleaners. So what are you waiting for?
The future could be crystal clear if you contact us to explore the window cleaning franchises currently available.