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Rachel Ray Winner of Outstanding Entrepreneur Winner

Nine years ago I was on maternity leave from my high-flying corporate job, surrounded by piles of washing and ironing, when I made the momentous decision to start my own business. I always smile when I hear people say “do something that you love and you’ll never work a day in your life” because my housekeeping franchise business was inspired precisely because I hated housework, but couldn’t find an ethical, eco-friendly company to engage to help me.

I realised that if I was looking for something different then there must a gap in the market and so the idea for Bright & Beautiful was born, a professional domestic cleaning service, providing eco-friendly cleaning, tidying, laundry and ironing with the highest standards of security and service.

As a woman in business – and the mother of two daughters – I have always massively valued the opinions, energy and support that we as women give to each other and I wanted my business to reflect that in every way. I think it’s been an interesting journey for women over the last 50 years from being at home with a primary focus on domestic duties and children to now being in the workplace with the expectation of a career and income. Now we shoehorn work, parenting, shopping, cooking, cleaning, ironing and laundry into a frenetic week giving precious little time or energy for relationships or “down time” .

I wanted to escape this cycle so I decided to delegate my housework ( a decision I have
never regretted) and to launch as my own boss, taking charge of my own diary so that I could do my best to balance career and family. It takes hard work and determination but once the business is established, the benefits are well worth it.

In fact Bright & Beautiful is built around an ethos that supports and empowers the lives of all women: our clients who need their homes managed; our franchise owners who have a business which can earn a great income but can be run from home and the teams who have fair employment rights. Today we are growing nationally in all regions, and are aiming to double the size of the business within the next three years. We currently receive over 100 enquiries per month from people interested in franchise opportunities; a figure that has doubled since 2014 and many from women who want to escape the rat-race just like I did.

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