Juggling a job and a young child is never easy as Alyce Bradbury found after the birth of her son, Remy.
Alyce, 28, of Balderton, had been working her way up the career ladder at a Newark business when she and her husband, Jonathan, decided to start a family.
They were delighted when they had their son, now five, and after maternity leave Alyce returned to work part-time.
For a time she managed to combine her work and being a mum but said her job as a purchasing assistant meant she needed to do longer hours and so in April 2015 she decided to leave.
“It got to the point where I wanted to spend more time with my family,” she said.
Her husband supported her decision but she knew she had to find another job to help make ends meet.
“What I wanted was a job where I could work from 9.30am to 2.30pm,” she said.
“I didn’t want to have to use breakfast and after-school clubs and miss out on sports days.”
She quickly realised that a job with the hours she wanted was hard to come by.
She registered at the job centre where she was told about the New Enterprise Allowance aimed at helping those who wanted to set up their own business.
Alyce said she had always loved cleaning and thought it could be a business she could make work.
She was given a mentor, help with information about grants and start-up loans, and advice on how to run a business and how to draw up a business plan.
“They showed me ways to make it happen,” she said.
Alyce launched Peachy Clean with a Facebook advert.
Her first customer was her mother, Jean Keeble, of Beacon Heights.
As news of her business spread Alyce found there was demand and she realised she needed to take on extra help.
She now has five cleaners looking after 50 clients, is about to take on a sixth pair of helping hands, and is potentially looking for another four.
Alyce’s cleaners work in pairs working from top to bottom.
“We hoover, polish, mop and dust,” she said.
“I come from a customer service background so I know how important it is to offer a good service.”
Alyce, who is expecting another child in November, said as the business grew she had found her time taken up with administration work rather than cleaning, but she continued to be in contact with her clients, carried out spot-checks, and provided cover when needed.
“It is physically demanding but rewarding, and at the end of the day I can still do the school run,” she said.
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