Cottam entrepreneurs clean up at awards after one year in business
Two Cottam entrepreneurs won an award barely 12 months after starting their business.
James and Rob Harrison recently won a Prestige Award with their company J and R Cleaning Services NW.
The Prestige Awards recognize small and medium-sized businesses that have proven to be the best in their market over the past 12 months, based on service quality, value, ethical or sustainable working methods and consistency of performance.
J and R Cleaning Services NW won the Professional Carpet and Upholstery Cleaner of the Year award.
James and Rob – who are partners in life and in business – quit their full-time jobs during the first lockdown in 2020 and said the pandemic presented various challenges.
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James said: âWe started the business early last year. We gave up our cleaning technician jobs during the first lockdown so that we could continue to move our business forward and we have never looked back.
âWe didn’t know where we were going to be in six months or how the pandemic was going to affect us, so it was like a huge risk to give up working full time with a regular income.
“The pandemic has been a challenge because we have had to deliver our services differently, always keeping the safety of our customers at the heart of what we do.”
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James said he and Rob felt ‘extremely proud’ to have now been recognized for their hard work.
âWe won this award because we were able to demonstrate our consistency in performance, value for money and high cleaning standards, backed by over 200 five-star reviews from our customers.
“We are extremely proud to have been recognized for our hard work and consistency in customer satisfaction over the past 12 months.”
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James said the pair are now considering what the future holds for them.
âIt was a difficult year during the pandemic and it was a big risk at the time, but we are continuing.
“We just hope for the best in the future, and our goal is to grow over time.”
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