Keeley launched her NIC management franchise at the end of 2013. She had previously spent 17 years working in the cleaning and soft services industry and was a senior manager with some high profile clients.
She recognised the enormous potential that exists in this industry, and so for many years she had wanted to branch out and go into business for herself. However, she wanted to ensure that whilst venturing into the market alone that she also had the security and support that only a large company like NIC could provide.
“I started looking on the internet for business opportunities in the cleaning industry and kept coming across NIC. In the early part of my career I had worked directly with NIC as an area manager and I remembered the company as being reputable, dedicated to quality and passionate about their services. NIC became the obvious choice, and the stability of their proven business model appealed greatly.”
“A comprehensive induction programme including learning all about the systems for finance, IT, sales, marketing etc., was completed at their Head Office in Leeds. All this training helped me to become familiar with the systems and procedures to ensure the future success of my business.”
Although Keeley’s business is new she is already seeing a return on her investment. “Each month qualified appointments are being made and more queries are coming through. I have several contracts in the pipeline, and of course I have the guaranteed income from NIC ensuring I started earning from day one of my franchise.”
For Keeley, one of the greatest aspects of owning her own business is the flexibility and independence that it brings, “I have been able to set my own schedule and manage my own time so my work/life balance has been much improved.”
“I’m looking forward to the future, and have high expectations for myself, my abilities, and my business. Now that I have settled into this new environment I will step up the marketing and sales activity, and start to use my contacts in the industry to take my business to the next level. I am looking forward to growing my business and become one of NIC’s huge successes.”