Exmouth Business Awards 2018: ‘trend of growth’ since last year’s win for Extra Hands

PUBLISHED: 16:40 29 March 2018 | UPDATED: 12:15 04 April 2018

Brett Marriott won last year's New Business of the Year category. Ref exe 13 18TI 0170. Picture: Terry Ife

Brett Marriott won last year's New Business of the Year category. Ref exe 13 18TI 0170. Picture: Terry Ife

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Success at last year’s Exmouth Business Awards was followed by a year of ‘rapid growth’ for outdoor cleaning business Extra Hands.

Exmouth Business Awards 2017. Best New Business : Extra Hands. Picture: John ThorogoodExmouth Business Awards 2017. Best New Business : Extra Hands. Picture: John Thorogood

The firm prides itself on value for money and quality services in cleaning, maintenance and restoration of outside surfaces.

Brett Marriott, 29, started Extra Hands in 2015, initially offering a pressure-washing service.

But his drive and enthusiasm has since seen the business go from strength to strength - and gaining new qualifications allowed him to vastly expand his offering.

Brett said: “With the exception of window cleaning, I can ensure that all external surfaces on residential and commercial buildings can be kept in good condition all-year-round.”

Collecting the award for Best New Business at last year’s awards, Brett said he had felt ‘optimistic’ and was ‘very pleased’ to have won.

So, how has winning the award affected business?

“While I didn’t take advantage of the award as much as I could have, I am now proud to call myself an award-winning business, which always helps convert future clients that have any doubts,” said Brett.

What has the last 12 months been like for Extra Hands?

“The business registered for VAT at the end of last year, with a continuing trend of year-on-year growth, helped by a reputation of the highest quality results and excellent value for money,” said Brett. “Fairly rapid growth and the resulting capital have allowed me to invest in training and equipment to expand my offering and improve results of my current services.”

What advice does Brett have for a local business hoping to win the New Business of the Year Award?

“Don’t compete on price and set yourself apart from your competition,” he said. “Also, know your numbers in order to track your growth and progress.”

What does the next 12 months hold for Extra Hands?

“Several new employees and at least one new work vehicle, an expanded work area and more commercial clients,” said Brett.

Brett said he was planning to put himself forward for the Small Business category this year and was also considering entering for Young Entrepreneur.

Read next: More stories in our build-up to the Exmouth Business Awards 2018.

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