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Friday, 14 February 2014 (3048560)
Linda cleans up with her first business
by Jim Sharpe

LINDA Richardson is all set to clean up with her local business - despite starting up in 2009 at the heart of the banking crash.

Since Linda, a 45 year old mother of one child, launched Connect Cleaning Services in Melling she has steadily built up her company and now she is planning to expand and take on more staff.

She said: “This is my first business - I’d never run a business before. In fact, before I started up I was a housewife.

”But my circumstances changed very suddenly and I thought I didn’t want just to sit back - so I thought I’d give it a go.“

Her business now includes house-cleaning and maid service, commercial and office cleaning and window, upholstery and carpet cleaning services.

”My business partner, Dean Boyle, and I did the preparatory work and we launched Connect Cleaning Services at the height of the recession. But we had a good business idea, we had a good work ethic and we’ve built up the business’ reputation over time.“

She pointed out that word of mouth is crucially important to the business. ”I have to be patient - it hasn’t all happened at once.

“We have built up the business, built up our reputation and now I’m ready to go further and build on what we have achieved so far.

”It’s a lot about building up a good reputation - which is exactly what we have done.

“We are getting calls for new business all the time. We are very ambitious for this business. We are working hard and we are making it work.”

Linda added: “We now want to provide employment opportunities for more local people. Currently we employ four and we will be taking more on. We really want to build this business and take on more people and boost the local economy.”

Sefton Central MP Bill Esterson met Linda and explained how impressed he was with her business.

He said: “Linda really is an inspiration.

”She set up her business and is really making it a success.

“We know how small local businesses are struggling to survive and compete so it is good to hear about a small local business, set up by first-time entrepreneurs, who have managed not just to make a go of it, but to make it a local success story.”

For more information about Connect Cleaning Services, call 0151 548 4855 or 07599 982119 or log onto


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