Featured Reader: Simon Cooper of Henley & District Window Cleaning Services

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Hi my name is Simon Cooper and I started window cleaning back in 1989 when I was 19 for a man called Creon Mann who had two window cleaning businesses. After 13 years I was doing a lot of his work. Creon’s daughters joked I was the son he never had but we were the best of friends. When my wife and I found out we were expecting our first child Creon took me to one side and said its time you got serious with work. It was a life-changing moment…..he offered me his residential business and all I had to do was get a bank loan for his van and in return I paid him 3 days a week as he helped me to understand the admin side of running your own business and being self employed.

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I’ve never looked back since and the business has grown from strength to strength. Good communication with customers is key and I know how to build a good rapport. I have a website and my own Facebook page and Twitter account. Keeping up to date with Social media has been a learning curve. My company is called Henley & District Property Services and I’m based just north of Reading but also work in Henley and South Oxfordshire. I have one full time employee. I took my business plan scribbled on an A4 piece of paper which went onto secure my van loan but to this day I thank Creon. He was an inspiration and still is even though he passed away 5 years ago.

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