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Market-leading contract-cleaning business secures £6.5m funding to support growth

The funding from Growth Lending and BOOST&Co will be used by Birkin to create jobs and invest in new tech

Lottie Boreham
8 March 2022

Birkin Cleaning Services has secured a £3.5m growth loan from the alternative lender, BOOST&Co, as well as a £3m flexible invoice discounting (FID) facility from the lender’s sister company, Growth Lending. The loans, provided by both lenders, offer a tailored funding solution to Birkin Cleaning Services that is expected to create new jobs across the organisation and enable the business to invest in new technology.

Established in 1972, the Hertfordshire based business has grown to become a market-leading and technology-led contract-cleaning business that provides cleaning, window-cleaning, pest control and janitorial services to clients across the UK. With more than 250 clients across a variety of sectors including education, commercial, public sector, distribution and construction, Birkin Cleaning Services continually innovates its offering and is the first company in the UK to launch the EcoBot – a fully autonomous robotic cleaning range.

The loan from BOOST&Co will be used for growth capital and the repayment of legacy shareholders. The facility from Growth Lending will be used to provide ongoing working capital to the organisation. It is anticipated that the funding provided will enable the executive leadership team to drive the business forward, invest in new cleaning technology and support the overall growth of Birkin Cleaning Services.

BOOST&Co and its sister company, Growth Lending, have chosen to work with Birkin Cleaning Services due to the organisation’s strong and highly experienced management team. The business has an excellent reputation in the industry with an extremely successful financial performance. Both lenders were also impressed with the organisation’s technological innovation and identified the strong market drivers for the sector in which Birkin Cleaning services operates. This market is expected to be lucrative, particularly in the wake of the pandemic where there will be a continued need for ongoing sanitisation.

Commenting on the deal, Kim Martin, Head of the South and Midlands at BOOST&Co, says: We are absolutely delighted to support Paul, Tyrone and the rest of the team at Birkin Cleaning Services on this deal. 

“The business has demonstrated strong financial performance and is ideally placed to maximise the opportunities presented by the current environment and the need for enhanced cleaning and sanitisation.”

Regional Director, Tom Stewart, who led the deal for Growth Lending said: “Birkin Cleaning Services is an excellent example of a strong business making use of our flexible facilities to accelerate its growth.

“This deal is also a great example of BOOST&Co and Growth Lending’s collaborative approach to funding, as we have been able to offer a tailored package that can grow and evolve as Birkin does.”

Paul Ashton, CEO at Birkin Group, added: Working with both BOOST&Co and Growth Lending made sense, as both lenders have worked collaboratively to understand our proposition and drive to achieve growth.

“Our business has continued to innovate and this funding enables us to push this growth further, bring new team members on board and invest in more technology to support the facilities management market that we operate in.”