Patrick Corrigan comes from a long line of cleaners. His father was a window cleaner, his mother a night office cleaner, and both of his brothers were cleaners too. So when young Corrigan left school at the age of 15, it was perhaps inevitable that he went to work as a window cleaner in the family business. But he left the old firm in 1978 to set up Clean Charm on his own. Incorporated in 1995, the company has won lucrative contracts to clean offices for important public bodies such as the Metropolitan Police, the London Underground and Camden council. Clean Charm, based in Woodford Green, Essex, is also a graffiti-removal specialist, employed by the likes of Ealing council. Company sales have increased 80% a year from £609,000 in 1997 to £3.6m in 2000, when it employed 370 staff.
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