KEITH Cronin has not had much luck in his life.
He told the Mail he has been made redundant from every one of his last nine jobs stretching over more than two decades.
Every time he tries to save to finally give his wife Jean, 59, a honeymoon, another financial blow hits the family.
The 59-year-old father-of-one told the Hartlepool Mail: “I have never even won £10 on the lottery.”
But now Keith is taking matters into his own hands. He plans to form his own business called Keep Clean Services, using his 24 years of expertise in the cleaning industry.
The firm will offer cleaning of deceased estates as well as family headstones, caravan cleans, carpet and upholstery cleaning and steam cleaning.
It will also offer ultra-violet inspections, power jet washes, and chest freezer defrosting and cleans.
Keith, who has a 23-year-old daughter Alexandra, is currently unemployed since being made redundant from his last job last June.
But now he’s about to launch his new firm with the help of The Prince’s Initiative for Mature Enterprise (PRIME), which is the national organisation dedicated to supporting business creation by everyone over 50, who is unemployed or under threat of redundancy.
The latest entrant in our Keys To Success competition added: “At 59 I decided to start my own cleaning service and to offer my customers exactly what they require, at a price they can afford.
“But the problem I have is funds. Because the wage was poor and I had a family and home to keep, money has been an issue. I have been living on such a low wage, after 31 years of marriage, I have never been able to afford to take my wife on a promised honeymoon, and in the years my daughter lived at home, we have never been able to have a family holiday.”
Keith has held managerial posts in the cleaning industry which sometimes put him in charge of areas stretching from the Scottish Highlands to Hull.
He now plans to use his industry experience for his company.
Keith is hoping to win Keys To Success as he is currently trying to set up his new business from the bedroom of his home in the Clavering area of town.
“If you run a business from home, the problem is that something else can always crop up that you need to deal with. I am currently working from a spare bedroom.”
There’s still time for more people to enter Keys to Success. More details are available at www.hartlepoolmail.co.uk.
Entries should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.