New broom sweeps clean at Cotswold Cleaning company

Richard Thomas and Darren Taylor – Sale of business

Chipping Norton-based Thomas Cleaning has been sold to franchise specialists Taylor Made Franchising.

The domestic and commercial cleaning company, which celebrated its 30th anniversary last year, will continue to trade as normal with no change to existing staff or clients.

Family-owned Thomas Cleaning was founded in 1990 by Richard Thomas, employing a number of family members over the years.

The company has 16 members of locally based, full-time cleaning staff, who clean homes, schools, health spas, pubs, AirBnB’s, Glamping pods and offer end of tenancy and carpet cleaning.

In a move towards expansion, the business was franchised in 2011 and there are currently nine Thomas Cleaning Franchises operating across the country. Taylor Made Franchising had already purchased the franchise arm of the business in July 2020.

Taylor Made Franchising is owned by Darren Taylor. The group also owns franchise operations, Stumpbusters, PVC Vendo, Wilkins Chimney Sweep and Thomas Cleaning Franchise.

Simon Warren, who has been the manager of Thomas Cleaning Franchise since 2015 will take over the running the business and will report to Group Franchise Director David Callister.

Darren said: “Having purchased Thomas Cleaning Franchise in July, it made sense to buy the operational business when Richard offered it to me for sale a few months later. We will be running the business as a franchise with Simon Warren at the helm. Having run the franchise operation for five years he is highly experienced and perfectly placed for a smooth transition.”

He added: “We are very pleased to welcome Thomas Cleaning to the Taylor Made Franchising group. It will sit well amongst our existing brands, many of whom also came to us with long trading histories; Wilkins Chimney Sweep was founded in 1895.  We know that Thomas Cleaning is a well-known and well-loved brand across the Cotswolds and we are looking forward to meeting staff over the coming months. When buying a business, it is important to be respectful of the legacy each one brings, and my experienced staff will be working closely with existing staff to shape and grow the business over the coming months. We will use the Chipping Norton office as a Centre of Excellence when training new franchisees, drawing on their experience in the domestic and commercial cleaning markets.’