Homecoming: family returns to Scotland to launch new business

A family from Aberdeen has relocated back to its original roots to launch a new business following a substantial career in the oil fields of Canada.

Jim and Christina McPhail, along with their son Michael, decided to invest in one of the leading disaster restoration and emergency cleaning franchises in the world, ServiceMaster Clean. Now back in Aberdeen, the hometown they left back in 2002, they are each looking forward to launching their new business. The family all underwent substantial training at the ServiceMaster Franchise Support Centre in Leicestershire prior to the company’s launch and are now raring to go.

A former cleaning company owner himself, Jim McPhail said: “I had experience of the cleaning industry throughout the 90s and in fact, ServiceMaster Clean was one of our biggest competitors for the emergency cleaning work we were involved in. The time was right for us to move back and we wanted to start something that could involve all three of us yet offer opportunities for employment as the business develops.”

ServiceMaster Clean Grampian will provide cleaning and restoration services following floods, fires, accidental damage or escapes of water, as well as providing emergency response services such as removing dropped needles or glass from public areas. The company will also provide services such as clearing up after fly tipping and will work closely with the insurance industry to provide services for policyholders.

Christina McPhail added: “We’re excited for the challenge ahead. We’re trained and ready to go and we’re looking forward to building our family business together. We plan in time to add additional vehicles to our fleet and offer younger, local people an opportunity to learn new skills in this vital industry.”

Angus Dodds, brand operations manager, ServiceMaster Restoration Services UK commented: “Jim, Christina and Michael will be a great asset to the ServiceMaster Clean franchise network. Their work ethic and desire to provide a best in class service to their customers is second to none and I’m confident they have a fantastic future ahead of them.”

ServiceMaster Clean is a franchise of ServiceMaster, which launched in the UK in 1959, and currently operates in over 300 locations across the UK.