A FORMER soldier is cleaning up after making business a family affair in South Tyneside.
Darren Fryer, 41, recently launched Jarrow-based CKeD External Cleaning Services, specialising in cleaning residential and commercial fascias, windows, garage doors and decking.
Although just a month old, the company has already built up a 250-strong client base, with many referrals coming through his wife Clare Fryer’s company, CKD Cleaning Services.
A former part-time soldier and driver, Mr Fryer decided to follow in his wife’s footsteps when he saw how successful her business had become.
He also received the same kind of help given to his wife through enterprise agency Tedco Business Support and the Ready for Business programme.
Bill Hartshorne, Tedco’s business adviser, offered advice and guidance on the legalities of setting up the business, plus paperwork and obtaining loans. Mr Fryer said: “As Clare has a business development background and had set up her business 12 months previously, I already had a lot of knowledge on what setting up business entailed.
“However, Bill’s guidance in the nuts and bolts of getting set up really helped me ensure that all the I’s were dotted and the T’s were crossed.
“With the birth of our first child last year, I knew more than ever that I wanted to be my own boss like Clare, and I’m so pleased that my business has taken off, as hers did. I’m looking forward to seeing what the future holds and how we can continue to grow our businesses together.”
Now 18 months old, Mrs Fryer’s company, CKD Cleaning Services, has been a big success, employing five staff and with dozens of regular customers.
Tedco Business Support delivers the national Ready for Business programme across the North East.
The aim is to create 6,000 businesses and 10,000 new jobs. To find out more about the programme, visit www.startuppledge.co.uk.