A Norfolk cleaning company has been crowned one of the UK’s best new businesses in the 2010 HSBC Start-Up Stars Awards. Lee James and Stuart Ford, who founded Stulee General and Industrial Cleaners in June 2006, were presented with their award at a dinner held at London’s Dorchester Hotel recently.
When Lee James and Stuart Ford couldn’t find anyone to clean their windows they decided the best solution was to start their own cleaning business. Within hours of distributing their first flyers they were taking calls from potential customers. Some 18 months later, the company cleans the windows of more than 500 houses, as well as keeping conservatories shining and gutters clear. On top of that it holds in excess of 40 contracts for office and shop cleaning, not only in East Anglia, but throughout the whole of the UK.
This year the company has also opened a retail outlet selling cleaning supplies and materials to both the domestic and trade market as well as supplying and fitting janitorial dispensers.
Over the last two and a half years the two entrepreneurs have grown the business from an idea to a successful company employing over 70 people. The company is now the approved cleaning contractor for Alworths, working in stores throughout the UK, and has a broad remit from Dereham Town Council. Alton Towers is another big name on its commercial client list.
Head of business banking for HSBC, Huw Morgan, said: "We hope the success of Stulee General and Industrial Cleaners reaching this year’s HSBC Start-Up Stars Awards finals will help it go from strength to strength, as well as prove to other budding entrepreneurs that business dreams really can be turned into reality."
Secretary of State for Business, Vince Cable, said: "Celebrating our enterprising and innovative business culture is a wonderful way to highlight the essential role of entrepreneurship and commerce in Britain today. These companies demonstrate how British entrepreneurship is driving the small and medium sized enterprise sector forward. They have achieved this despite some of the toughest economic conditions for decades, and are succeeding in sectors across our economy and markets across the world."