WHEN redundancy struck, Ian Hickton had to take two jobs to pay the bills.
He and his wife, Rachel, who live in Milton, decided to set up a Kleeneze catalogue franchise, serving homes in Portsmouth, Gosport, Fareham, Waterlooville and elsewhere.
But the catalogues took off so well Mr Hickton, 51, had to pack up his other job at CPA Products in Farlington to concentrate on it full-time.
He said: ‘About 18 months after starting the Kleeneze catalogues, I was earning more in my part-time job than my full-time one, and had even won a five-star trip to Hong Kong, so I though it was time do the Kleeneze full-time.’
Mr and Mrs Hickton have become so successful that they have been inducted into the Kleeneze Directors’ Club, which gives them recognition for consistent success.
Mr Hickton is not looking back to his time as a factory manager.
He said: ‘I wish we’d done this a long time ago.’