Poppies Domestic Cleaning

Oldest Poppies’ Outlet under New Management

Elizabeth Richardson was the very first person to become a Poppies’ Franchisee and she has successfully owned and managed Poppies of Durham since 1984.

A close friend and one-time neighbour of Sue Rorstad, the founder of Poppies, Elizabeth became our “Golden Girl” – a living exponent  and demonstration of the success of the Poppies’ methods.

A former teacher with no previous business experience, Elizabeth espoused the core values of Poppies – a quality service based upon the creation of secure, permanent and flexible jobs for local people.

Times have changed considerably over the last  30 years. Although our staff continue to look after the homes and precious possessions of our clients they are an increasingly vital point of contact as fewer and fewer of our clients have family close by for one reason or another.

Elizabeth has been an exemplar to other Poppies outlets – helping other Franchisees establish a culture where staff are respected and valued.

Whilst encouraging all her staff to provide a conscientious and reliable service Elizabeth made sure that even though they often worked alone,  everyone felt part of the Poppie’s  family.

We are all sad to see her leave, and wish her a happy and healthy life in a well-deserved retirement.


We will introduce you to Nicola Bowron the new person at the helm

Here are some of our happy customers

We were indeed pleased to see, when we returned home last Tuesday, what a good job Poppies had done in our absence. It was a sight to behold as every where was sparkling

FKM (Ormskirk)

Thank you to you and your team for a fantastic job yesterday. The house was spotless throughout. Thank you very much indeed!...

Rachel (Topsham)

Just wanted to drop you a line to say really impressed with the thorough job that Tracy did yesterday - thank you for your continued professional service

Kate (Exeter)

Just wanted to say a big thank you 4 saving me the hassle and stress. You’ve done a fantastic job and I’ve been telling everyone what a god send you lot are!

MN (Lathom)

You may be interested to know that I have had an immediate offer on my house for the asking price, and I’m sure that Poppies spring clean had a good deal to do with it!…. Thank you

CH (Parbold)

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