The Apprentice – Bright & Beautiful Style

IMG_2404Our October has been ‘Sugar’ coated!

Yes, this month really has started out like an episode from a popular BBC entertainment programme, headed up by one of our favourite entrepreneurs. The main differences have been that we have had to do our own hair/make up/styling; we have roll cages of equipment lined up against our wall not suitcases ready for the boardroom reject; and we do not hold our phones at a 90 degree angle from our mouth when talking to our team colleagues. We are still very excited business professionals though (just like the person who gets voted in for ‘week one PM’, thinking they are safe but can get an early start to prove their worth).  And the reason that we are so excited is because we have a ‘Chorley Works’ Volunteer!

Chorley Works is an initiative that I happened across when I met a lovely lady from our local council at (another) networking event. The idea is based on the fact that there are people out looking for work that struggle with gaps on their CV for very genuine reasons, and this impacts their job search. The initiative supports individuals to get back into work and as part of this comprehensive programme, participants can volunteer for short work placement in order to gain valuable experience to add to their CV and interview repertoire. Businesses can offer a placement to a suitable individual after undertaking an interview and that is just what we have chosen to do. My contact at the council is a charismatic, efficient and understanding lady who clearly cares about her role and the people that she is helping. She popped over and we had a short meeting, undertook some risk assessments and completed some paperwork. Once we were both satisfied that Bright & Beautiful was the perfect fit for the scheme, we were good to go. My council contact sent over some CV’s of the potential volunteers that we had already discussed and we interviewed prospective candidates. Thankfully there were a lot less brags and cliches on those CV’s than the ones Lord Sugar has to wade through to pick his apprentice candidates. In fact, not one person mentioned ‘Rolling with the punches’, ‘Winning not Whinging’ or  ‘World Domination’ in their interview with us, phew!

Our newest recruit started last week in an office based role, and seems to be settling in well. She has a wealth of transferable skills having previously worked in childcare, and we have a lot to offer her too in order to build up confidence in an office based role.  We are still searching for a prospective volunteer housekeeper but as we have very strict requirements for any of our team members, paid or voluntary,  we are taking our time to get it right. To be able to offer someone who is in a position that I previously have been in ( having all the skills but not the line on your CV with the ‘right’ job title) feels great. It certainly fits right in with our Bright & Beautiful values. On a temporary basis, we can definitely say ‘Your Hired’!

TOP TIPS if your having a smashing time:

This week my daughter dropped a glass which smashed into smithereens on our kitchen floor. I am sure most people have experienced that moment where everyone freezes and looks around wildly at the floor and their bare feet, and back to the debris on the floor. Luckily we both had our slippers on but the cat had to be scooped up quite quickly in order to protect his paws from sharp glass shards. This weeks top tip is to use a piece of bread to help pick up the pieces. Sweep up the debris and remove the larger pieces. A single slice of soft bread from your everyday loaf will surprisingly pick up the smaller slivers, shards and dust much better than many other standard kitchen equipment.  Always use a wet cloth to wipe down the area thoroughly afterwards and check the families feet and paws just in case.

We might not be there for every broken glass but we are certainly available to make your week run a little smoother. Contact us here if you would like to speak to us about your Housekeeping requirements. Money can not buy happiness but it can buy you some of your time back to go find your happiness! (Or go purchase a replacement glass so your partner doesn’t find out).

The Future is Bright, The Future is (Pink &) Orange!

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Hello! We have been rather quiet on social media for a month or so. We’ve missed out on all the baby shark videos and all those adorable school uniform first day pictures. In fact we are a little bit horrified to see all the autumnal leaves swirling about on social media, I mean, how on earth did October creep up on us already?

But is’s all been worth it. You see, we’ve been earning ourselves quite a reputation over the last few months for providing the best housekeeping and cleaning services in and around Chorley. And so, all of a sudden we’ve had an influx of requests for us to make people’s homes sparkle.

And more business means we get to bring more people into our team. It’s an exciting time for us because we get to pick out the top talent to come and join us. (And also exciting as obviously we get to do the Lord-Alan-Sugar-dramatic-arm-pointing-gesture……….. ‘Your Hired!) It really is an enviable position to be in. We’ve been getting ourselves five star reviews from our clients, and that means we need to recruit five star housekeepers.

But finding people who embody our company’s values can take time. We are looking for a particular type of person that will fit with us and our Bright and Beautiful ethos. Because we are offering a career, rather than a job, we need to get it right.

Not only do our housekeepers need to be able to drive, be professional and prompt, we also demand a high level of customer focus, integrity and respect. And we won’t budge on that.

If you’re reading this after contacting us about a position with Bright & Beautiful, here are a few things you might want to know before you come along for an interview:

You will be someone with a keen eye for detail, who is a great people person. Our team are proud of their meticulous standards and we are looking for someone who can bring energy to the team whilst helping us to maintain this high level of work. If this sounds like you, and you would describe yourself as positive and polite, read on to find out what we can offer the right person.

We have hours to suit your family life and we do not work evenings, bank holidays or weekends. (Yasss!!!) We love to share our trade secrets with our team and so full training in our proven methods will be given, along with a Bright and Beautiful company uniform. All our drivers are entitled to  mileage allowance when using their own vehicle and all team members receive a full employment contract – no zero hours contracts here! Our team offer a supportive environment, and the managers are great too…… all whilst having fun in the process.

If this has left you wanting to know more about life at Bright & Beautiful, why not visit our Instagram or Facebook pages. If your really serious, you can apply for one of our coveted Housekeeping positions here by filling out our short online application form.  Either way, it would be great to hear from you.

Our future is Bright (& Beautiful)! Is yours?