Building Foundations - Startup Serial #7

Building Foundations For Gleem

Building a workforce foundation

So now we were a registered business, had a nice website, smooth booking process and an enthusiastic founder.

The next task was a workforce and finding cleaners in Bristol.

Two Gleem cleaners, Agnieszka (L) and Paulina (R)

I posted adverts on Gumtree and received about 100 replies, which was really promising: people liked the idea of what we were offering around Bristol area.

I started reading through the applicants and quickly realised that the majority of these were not relevant: no CV, no name, no number. This quickly reduced the list down to about 30.

Next were the telephone interviews: these went ok, but a large number of the applicants had no real knowledge of cleaning.

Down to 6, and time for some face to face interviews. I spent the day sat in a coffee shop, waiting on cleaning teams to show up: 4 did, a 67% success rate (one which would never be achieved again). Out of the 4 teams, only 2 of them were good enough for the final stage, the TEST CLEAN!

Both teams came back to my house and had 15 minutes to work on a room before I inspected it. Olga and Karolina smashed it, Luis and his partner less so.

So 100 teams of cleaners had been whittled down to a solitary 1 team: but I knew they were the best presented cleaners around Bristol, doing the best quality cleaning, and they also liked the idea of the business.

Time to get them to work building the empire!

We’ve grown ten folds since then, if you’d like to have a chat with us regarding your cleaning requirements, give us a friendly call at 0117 325 2772 or visit

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3 Gleem Home / House cleaning staff members inside a  homeroom wearing  purple aprons, white t-shirts with white Gleem logo and yellow rubber gloves on hands holding a cleaning brush, vacuum cleaner and  a mop.