When redundant store manager Vicki Arrowsmith became a housekeeper, her client’s friends kept commenting on how they wanted someone like her to work for them.
Realising there was a gap in the market for a cleaning and maids’ service, Vicki took on more clients – but couldn’t keep up with demand.
That was six years ago, and Vicki’s business– Girl Fridays – has gone from strength to strength.
Based in King Street, Sudbury, she has a client list of more than 80 and her 28 staff travel all over the region with clients in Newmarket, Bury St Edmunds, Cambridge and in Essex.
Her staff not only clean, they are waitresses, housekeepers and even tend graves. A recent job involved chaperoning a person with dementia to a wedding. Employing men and women, Vicki’s staff clean commercial premises as well as stately homes and have recently won a contract from maintenance firm DRBS East to clean properties they manage across the East of England.
Vicki, 43, who went to Sudbury Upper School, has two celebrities on her books but is tight-lipped about who they are.
Commenting on her success, she said: “We have grown every year since 2010 and the demand for our services continues to grow. I think you have to work hard and never forget who has helped you. Keep at it, and face every challenge.”