Rachael Flanagan, Founder and Managing Director of commercial cleaning company Mrs Buckét, and one of our very own StartUp Awards judges, has been named in the 2022 Management Today 35 Women Under 35 Awards.


Management Today started the annual 35 Women Under 35 list in order to unearth new female role models and spotlight the contribution of Britain’s young businesswomen - which Racheal fits into no doubt. 

Rachael started Mrs. Buckét commercial cleaning with just £20 worth of black and white flyers at just 18. Nearly 15 years on, her business employs over 250 staff and is still growing. Rachael’s drive for success has taken her on an award-winning path to create and run a multimillion-pound business throughout Wales and Bristol that is now a leader in the commercial cleaning market, working with high-calibre businesses such as Audi, Circle IT and S4C.

Discussing the news Rachael said: “It is an honour to be named in a group of such accomplished and distinguished women. When I started out in business in 2005 I didn’t realise just how underrepresented women were, not just in the boardroom but in business in general, and I have worked hard to change perceptions of women in business and to support the other women in my own organisation.

“Mrs Buckét, which began with an idea and a handful of flyers, has become a multi-million-pound business which I am incredibly proud of.

“At Mrs Buckét, three out of four people on my leadership team are women and we are working hard to build something innovative and constantly evolving, giving our clients the best possible service. There is a lot more still come from me and Mrs Buckét.”

Kate Magge, editor of Management Today said, “This is a big accolade and Rachael should feel rightly proud to be part of such a prestigious group of entrepreneurs and business leaders.

“In the past we have faced criticism that we are continuing to run these female-only awards but the truth is that women continue to be under-represented, underpaid and under-promoted in the UK. We hope that by showcasing women like Rachael and our other 34 nominees we are showing other women that the sky is the limit in what they can achieve professionally.”