New job adds up for Susan

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A former top accountant has hung-up her calculator to launch a new domestic services firm for people in Belper.

Susan Todd launched Bright and Beautiful after spending 20 years working in the world of accountancy.

Among the firms on her CV were KPMG, the NHS and Co-operative Group, as well as being head of finance at MHA Care Group.

However, the desire to be her own boss and achieve a work life balance caused mother-of-two Susan to trade it all in to launch her own company.

Bright and Beautiful, which carries out eco-friendly cleaning, tidying, laundry and ironing is run from her home in Allestree.

The franchise operation will cover the area along with Duffield, Darley Abbey, Little Eaton, Breadsall and Belper.

Susan said: “I’ve worked for some of the UK’s most respected accountancy firms so know a good business proposition when it comes along.

“Bright and Beautiful has a strong national presence and a fantastic reputation built on hard work and professionalism.

“I am looking forward to recruiting from the local area and will be offering family friendly flexible working hours as I know how hard it can be juggling family life with a career. “

Susan’s change of direction is striking similar to the founder of the Bright and beautiful franchise. Rachel Ray spent 15 years working in London and Australia as a chartered accountant and business consultant, managing over 60 people when she took a career break to have her two children. She was inspired to set up the concept when she spotted a gap in the market for an ‘ethical, professional and eco-friendly homecare business, designed for busy people’.

Susan continued: “The domestic cleaning industry has a reputation of being unregulated and offering little or no benefits, so our policy is to reverse that trend. We all love a clean and sparkling home but keeping it that way is almost impossible. With everything else going on in life somehow housework always moves towards the bottom of the list.

“To be able to provide this for local households in an efficient and professional manner is something that I am really thrilled and excited to be able to do.

“The sector in the UK is forecast to grow by 3 per cent between 2012 and 2015 and this, combined with working with the Bright and Beautiful franchise, presents a great opportunity for me to launch and contribute to the local economy.”