Grantham cleaning boss praised for her professionalism - and wins a personalised vacuum cleaner.
A Grantham woman who set up her own cleaning business has won national praise for her commitment to excellence.
Marie Tow (48) set up The Pink Goddesses cleaning company four years ago and has just been commended by the newly officially launched trade association, the Domestic Cleaning Alliance.
This has been a wonderful surprise and an honour.
She has been held up as an example of excellence and professionalism within the industry.
Former Grantham District Hospital cleaner, Marie, pictured with alliance director Stephen Munton of the and Paul Knight from vacuum cleaner manufacturer Numatic. was presented with a personalised Numatic vacuum cleaner as part of the alliance’s official launch in the Midlands.
She said: “This has been a wonderful surprise and an honour.
“We pride ourselves on our customer service, always trying to go above and beyond for our clients, but I didn’t expect to get anything for that.”
She added: “We’re extremely proud to be members of the alliance and I would encourage anyone with a domestic cleaning business to join.”
The Pink Goddesses was one of the first members of the newly formed association, which offers support and guidance for people working as domestic cleaners and aims to standardise the industry to ensure best practice.
After completing 25 years’ service at the hospital, Marie set up her own company and has built an impressive business with the support of her daughter, Louise.
She was honoured for her long service at the DCA launch.
Mr Munton said: “Part of what we want to do as an association is shine a spotlight on those that demonstrate excellence within the industry, and reward them for their dedication and hard work.
“The attitude Marie has towards her work and business, always aiming to exceed her clients’ expectations, is something we think all domestic workers should aspire to.”
The alliance is working to raise the profile of the domestic cleaning industry across the country.
It is a member of the British Cleaning Council and offers a range of member benefits including information and training workshops to help people grow their businesses, discounts on insurances and products, and an online forum and support network.
Mr Knight said: “Stephen approached me to explain that Marie deserved some recognition for all her hard work and asked if it was possible for us to make a vacuum cleaner with her name on it.
“Of course we agreed and the rest is history.
“Numatic also want to wish the DCA well on its launch day and will continue to support it on the journey forward.”