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How Rachael Founded Mrs Buckét

When Rachael Flanagan was 17, she earned pocket money by helping her mother clean the house while she studied for her A-level in Business Studies. When results day came, she discovered that she had failed her exams and her teacher remarked that she would never make it as a business owner. Undeterred by this criticism, she aspired to work even harder and expand her cleaning work. She spent £20 on printed flyers for her new business Mrs Buckét and distributed them around her local area. Now Mrs Buckét is worth over £3.5 million, employs over 300 staff members and has won over 35 awards.

Rachael’s success has led to some unbelievable opportunities. She was personally chosen by the Prince of Wales to attend the 2014 NATO summit in Newport with world leaders like Barack Obama. She travelled to Downing Street twice for St. David’s Day receptions and met former Prime Minister David Cameron as a proud representative of Welsh businesses.

Her amazing career trajectory has given her many opportunities to share her business expertise on panels, high profile roundtables, TEDX talks and keynote speeches.

Rachael says: “Cleaners are the directors of first impressions. At Mrs Buckét, we know that a high-performing business needs a high-performing environment. We don’t just make a workplace look amazing. We also help companies increase productivity, reduce sickness rates and raise standards.”

Watch Rachael discuss the beginnings of Mrs Buckét:

Rachael on Steph’s Packed Lunch

Watch Rachael talk about how she grew the business, starting with just £20, as she appears on Channel 4’s Steph’s Packed Lunch.

Watch the full appearance here


  • Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2015.
  • Business of the Year 2019 at the Welsh Women’s Awards.
  • Businesswoman of the Year 2019 at the Welsh SME Business Awards Business of the Year with 51+ employees at the Business Leader Awards.


Rachael on The Roots of Leadership Podcast

Listen to Rachael talk about her never-ending drive and business journey on The Roots of Leadership podcast.

As the creator and host of his podcast The Roots of Leadership, Anthony C. Gruppo provides a unique platform for his listeners to learn from his and other leaders’ innovations and motivations. Internationally, Anthony has successfully turned around under-performing operating companies into high-achieving award-winning enterprises. Anthony‘s mission is to help others weld their passion to their potential, to increase their performance.

Rachael Flanagan – The Roots of Leadership

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