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16:51 GMT, Tuesday, 15 June 2010 17:51 UK

Business success for Telford mum

Kelly Ward

A Telford woman who set up a new business amid the recession is celebrating success.

Kelly Ward from Hadley set up her Mrs Mopp cleaning business in November 2008.

Today she employs 14 people and has just secured her first contract with Telford and Wrekin Council.

Mrs Ward was looking after a 13-year-old daughter, as well as two children from her husband's previous relationship, when she became pregnant.

Working long hours as a business manager, she discovered that childcare costs could reach £1,300 a month: "I spent all my time running after the four kids and in the end I used to say 'I feel like Mrs Mopp in this house,' and so she was born. And I thought I might as well get paid for it."

"I've had more joy cleaning other people's bathrooms than I ever did doing some of the high profile jobs I did"


Kelly Ward

Kelly Ward placed an advert in the Telford Journal and started working for herself: "The people I was cleaning for recommended me to other people and I had to take somebody else on to help me."

After just 18 months, Mrs Ward's cleaning and laundry business now employs 14 people: "It makes me feel very proud, because the last thing I would want to do is I don't want to go back to the corporate world if I can help it.

"The thought of sitting in a brainstorming meeting or a forecasting meeting... it's just not for me. I've had more joy cleaning other people's bathrooms than I ever did doing some of the high profile jobs I did."




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