Rachael Flanagan wanted to leave College at 16. Rachel had no idea what she wanted to do but fate intervened when, one day, their domestic cleaner did not turn up and Rachael offered to do the cleaning for her mother. Rachel found that she enjoyed it and started cleaning for friends and neighbours. There seemed to be a good deal of interest in the service she offered so Rachel invested just £20 to have flyers printed and distributed them around the houses in her locality. The response was better than Rachael anticipated and she was inundated with enquiries so decided to rope in some carefully chosen staff to help.
Through sheer hard work and good business acumen, nine years on Rachael has a staff of 200 and has proved she has great business instincts. Rachel treats her carefully selected and well trained staff really well, paying them above the going rate. She does not ask them to do anything she is not prepared to do herself – Rachel would not wear the usual tabard herself and does not ask her staff to – she has their respect and loyalty.
Rachael Flanagan has created an impressive management team who run the day to day business now, enabling her to work 'on the business not in it'! Rachael's vibrant personality is a real asset in keeping existing clients and getting new ones.
Rachael is an award-winning and celebrated young entrepreneur:
April 2009: Winner of the Federation of Small Business's Young Entrepreneur Award
Sept 2011: Winner of the South Wales Evening Post Rising Star Award
Nov 2011: Winner of the South Wales Business Award Young Entrepreneur Award
Dec 2011: Winner of the IWA/Western Mail Young Achiever Award
Mar 2012: Director of the Month, Director Magazine
Apr 2012: Finalist in the Leading Wales Awards, Young Leader Category
Jul 2012: Signed up by Welsh Stars for their inspirational speakers programme
Feb 2013: Finalist in the South Wales Chamber of Commerce Business Awards for the most promising growth company
Mar 2013: Winner of the Welsh Women Mean Business Young Entrepreneur Award
Apr 2013: Finalist in the Federation of Small Business's National Business Awards in London
June 2014: Winner of Women in Leadership award – Leading Wales Awards
June 2014: Winner of Business Leader of the Year – Inspire Wales Awards
In recognition of her business success, Rachael has attended special receptions with the former Secretary of State for Wales Rt Hon Cheryl Gillan MP and the Prime Minister at 10 Downing Street. Early 2014 Rachel was handpicked by the Prince of Wales as one of Wales' leading business people to attend a celebratory event during the NATO summit.
Rachael Flanagan is not one to rest on her laurels; she continues to drive the business forward and has expanded along the M4 corridor. Rachel has also teamed up with tradesmen with a proven track record to offer a full range of services. Rachel is presently studying for her MA in Business – not bad for a girl who failed her Business Studies at A-level.
Rachael Flanagan is a fascinating and inspirational speaker and the enthusiasm for business she displays is infectious.