Fife businessman acquires NiC Cleaning franchise

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Andy Galloway

Auchtermuchty-based Andy Galloway is targeting tidy profits after acquiring the Scottish franchise of NiC Cleaning with funding support from Clydesdale Bank.

Employing 15 people, NiC Cleaning provides servicing for business premises across the country including high profile clients such as JD Wetherspoon.

Key priorities for the new franchisee are improving turnover, winning new contracts and creating new jobs.

Funding for the acquisition was facilitated by Clydesdale Bank’s Business Direct team in a deal negotiated by Business Development Manager Mark Lagan.

Andy will run the business with his wife Lyn while retaining his position as the Regional Director for Scotland for customer feedback firm, Shopper Anonymous.

Outlining his plans for the firm, Andy said: “The previous franchisee hadn’t actively pursued new contract wins, which is the direction I want to take the company.

“There’s a great deal of potential business out there for us, and we’ve brought on Business Development Manager Ian Heaton to help us land new deals.

“I left the family business in Glenrothes around five years ago after working there for the previous 20. I wanted to spend more time with my children, supporting them as they grew up, but when I saw this opportunity with NiC, I knew I had to take it.

“Clydesdale Bank, and Mark Lagan in particular, really took the time to get to know where I wanted to take the company. They helped me get the funds together quickly and the acquisition went smoothly.

“Their support throughout the process was invaluable.”

Mark Lagan, said: “Andy’s background in his father’s family business means he knows what needs to be done to develop and grow the NiC franchise.

“His commitment to expansion, creating new jobs and winning new contracts is commendable, and Clydesdale Bank is proud to support him achieve ambitions.”

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