Business Gateway hails Bute firm’s success

Tricia Howat set up Howat's Housekeeping and Property Services on Bute in July 2014.
Tricia Howat set up Howat's Housekeeping and Property Services on Bute in July 2014.

A former New York nanny who moved back to the Isle of Bute to start a family is now expanding her cleaning business due to demand.

Patricia Howat set up Howat’s Housekeeping & Property Service, with support from Argyll and Bute Council’s Business Gateway, last summer and since then has built a regular and strong customer base.

With domestic, commercial and public sector clients secured, Patricia has now expanded her services to include carpet and upholstery cleaning which has been a huge success.

Patricia said: “I was a nanny for a number of years which gave me the opportunity to travel around the world and live in New York for four years. I was also the nanny for the Earl of Cawdor’s children once I came home but I wanted to move back to Bute to start my own family.

“I began working as a housekeeper which provided quality training and experience which I used to set up my own business.

“I felt the island needed a cleaning company not just for homes but for all the holiday lets which need quick change overs. Last summer I decided to go for it and the response and feedback has been superb. With my family and Business Gateway’s backing I felt prepared to go out on my own.”

Patricia has now employed someone as her clients rise and she has invested in a top-of-the-range machine for her upholstery service.

She added: “I’m delighted with how it’s going and I plan to keep our reputation growing as a quality cleaning company that gives local people work. Business Gateway gave me great advice on elements of starting a business especially with bookkeeping which I had no experience in.”

Ann Scott, business adviser for Business Gateway said: “A number of Patricia’s family run their own business but she never has. Although she had that strong family experience and help, she still found it helpful to approach us for advice. We helped Patricia with various areas that are crucial to any new business.”

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