A County Durham cleaning services business which employs a workforce of 40 has been acquired for an undisclosed sum.

Poppies is a national franchise which provides cleaning, ironing, independent living assistance and second home services.

Poppies Durham – which operates under the Poppies brand – was founded in 1983 by Elizabeth Richardson. It operates throughout the County Durham area with customers from as far afield as Lanchester and Consett.

Its new owners, Jonathan Marinan and his partner Nicola Bowron, have entered into a new franchise agreement with Poppies (UK) Ltd.

Bowron said: “I have known Elizabeth for many years and when we heard she was keen to retire, it seemed to be the ideal business opportunity for us. The company has a tremendous reputation and very loyal customers.

“We are settling in at the moment and getting to know one another following the transaction, which went without a hitch, so there has been a seamless transition for current customers who can expect the same high standards of service from Poppies in the future.

“We are already looking for new cleaning staff because we are very busy.”

Swinburne Maddison acted on the sale of Poppies Durham.

Solicitor Sarah Carr, who acted on behalf of Richardson, added: “It is always gratifying to win new work as a result of a recommendation, which was the case here.

“Although we regularly work on larger transactions, our approach and experience in respect of small to mid-market deals allows us to offer a tailored and efficient service and we are delighted to take on this instruction at a time when Elizabeth wished to sell her business at the end of a very long career.”



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