Manchester businesswoman and mum of two Rachel Ray has been shortlisted for the 2012 EN magazine Female Entrepreneur of the Year for her Bright & Beautiful domestic cleaning business.
The awards ceremony takes place on 18th October. The shortlisted businesses are drawn from across the North West and includes Rachel’s Altrincham based Bright & Beautiful business.
Since launching Bright & Beautiful in 2007, Rachel, 43, now manages 23 franchises nationwide and also supports many women and children in underprivileged countries.
Rachel says: “I’m so pleased to be among a such a stellar cast of businesswomen and making the shortlist for this award is recognition for all the hard work that our team has put into Bright & Beautiful over the past five years. At a time when female unemployment is at a 23 year high, we’ve helped more then 20 other women to start their own business and also generated 120 jobs for other women; jobs that are family friendly, well paid and with good working conditions.”
Rachel says her vision for Bright & Beautiful is to support and empower women; clients who need their homes managed; franchise owners who have a business which can earn a great income but fit within school hours; the team who have fair employment rights with a great working environment and impoverished families that the franchisees sponsor overseas. Charities that Bright & Beautiful support include Change 4 Change and Compassion International.
Bright & Beautiful trains women across the UK to manage a team of specialist housekeepers, delivering a high quality service for clients. Bright & Beautiful now has 23 franchises operating across the country, which are run by businesswomen who wanted to step off the corporate ladder – from sales managers to fashion buyers and policewomen.
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