When faced with a life changing situation almost 40 years ago, Christine Beedle founded Monthind Clean. As a new generation of directors takeover the company, Beedle, who was awarded an MBE for services to the cleaning industry, has launched her first book.
'The Essex scrubber - keeping it clean' is a tongue in cheek read representative of some of the colourful characters Lexden based Beedle found herself dealing with in the early years of the company's formation. Her story unfolds as she embarks on her cleaning career, just after her first husband was diagnosed with a terminal illness. Beedle relives the trials and tribulations of her early days as a naive cleaner to becoming head of the East Anglian commercial contract cleaning company, which now employs almost 1000 staff. From winning her first contract with Willis Corroon in Ipswich, Beedle and her team went on to look after the premises of some of the region's most prestigious clients including Eastern Electricity, AXA Insurance, British Telecom, Securicor Omega, MSC Shipping, and Mecca Leisure.
In 2000, with a turnover of £3.5 million, Christine Beedle sold the business to Tony Clarke, who is now on the verge of retirement, leaving Monthind Clean in the capable hands of operations director, Simon Biggs, and finance director, Tony Felgate.
Simon Biggs said: “An Essex Scrubber is a testament to Christine's unrelenting enthusiasm for one of life's least glamorous careers. Through adversity and difficult times she retained her class, dignity and sense of humour, and we are very proud to be continuing the legacy of the company in footsteps that are difficult to follow. We wish Christine the best of luck with the sales of her book and look forward to reading the next two she is in the progress of penning.”
Proceeds from the sale of the book are being donated to Colchester Rotary to support local charities. The book can be purchased at Red Lion Books in Colchester High Street or by going to: