A clean start for an energetic and creative person is on offer, as Stornoway dry-cleaning firm Euroclean goes up for sale as a going concern.
Business owner William Macrury has been juggling two companies since he took over the running of the well-established cleaning firm from his father-in-law, Louis Shields, in 2020.
With both Euroclean and his other business, Active Hebrides, thriving and growing, he’s now decided it’s time for a new pair of hands on the helm.
William said: “I’m looking to sell Euroclean as a going concern and to ensure a smooth handover, with the three staff keeping their jobs and taking their skills and knowledge to new management.
“The business is really going from strength to strength – we have invested £31,000 in the latest eco-friendly cleaning equipment and our cleaning system is now completely non-toxic. Even the bags we send clean items home in are biodegradable.”
In fact Euroclean has moved from traditional dry-cleaning – which relies on toxic solvents – to the new Electrolux professional system Lagoon, which is completely environmentally-friendly.
That puts Euroclean ahead of the game on environmental legislation, as well as delivering a really professional cleaning finish that customers love.
Running the cleaning business does, said William, give a buzz of satisfaction to the business owner, but they need to be energetic and committed to make sure it continues to do well.
With a drop-and-go laundry service, ironing, repairs and alterations, there are a number of areas of expertise to develop. The company even has a specialist Harris Tweed cleaning service.
William said: “The business has been running since 1988, which gives it 35 years of track record and customer loyalty.
“We succeed by producing clean garments and linen to a higher standard than customers can do themselves, a professional service and a good finish.
“Getting stains out that people can’t manage to remove, giving laundry back smelling fresh and clean – it’s highly satisfying business and it supports other businesses island-wide.”
Taking that forward could be the right challenge for an individual, team or even a family looking to establish a good livelihood. Euroclean has always been a family business, so that path is well-trodden.
Looking for a smooth handover, William is also keen to see the business change hands in advance of the summer surge in workload.
The pictures show Euroclean’s premises on James Street in Stornoway.