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Clean sweep by Litter Boss with takeover 00:00, 6 Nov 2007 ByThe Journal A CLEANING business is set to boost its earnings to £15m-a-year and create 100 new jobs after taking over a rival. Share A CLEANING business is set to boost its earnings to £15m-a-year and create 100 new jobs after taking over a rival. Newcastle-based Litter Boss said the acquisition of North Shields company Bettakleen is expected to increase its turnover from £10.7m to £15m by next year. Managers say the two businesses will complement each other, with Litter Boss specialising in exterior cleaning contracts for places such as building sites and business parks, while Bettakleen will continue to clean the inside of buildings such as shopping centres and warehouses. The combined firm, which has a workforce of around 600, looks set to create 100 extra jobs over the next 12 months as it continues its expansion. Jim Johnson, managing director at Litter Boss, said: “The deal will mean that both brands will now be able to grow significantly side-by-side. “We were looking to expand and it was much easier for us to enter the interior cleaning market by buying a business than trying to set up one from scratch. “The combined businesses will offer clients a fully comprehensive external and internal cleaning service. “Prospects for the combined business will be significantly enhanced by the removal of barriers to entry in certain market segments and by the scale, which the larger business will enjoy.” Mr Johnson said the deal would have a significant cost benefit for both companies following their full integration. “There were times when cleaners from Litter Boss were on the same site at the same time as Bettakleen workers and it seemed we were just stabbing each other in the back. “That is no longer the case as we can now draw on the various synergies created by the deal.” Litter Boss also hopes to grow other areas of its business, including gritting roads and paths for clients such as Royal Mail and Sainsbury’s during the winter. Litter Boss was set up more than 20 years ago by husband and wife team Colin and Margaret Stamp before being bought by Mr Johnson for more than £2m in 2001. It has enjoyed healthy growth since the buyout, with turnover growing from £4.8m to £10.7m over a five-year period, and has secured ongoing contracts with over 400 sites across the UK, including Retail World in Gateshead and the Silverlink retail park in North Shields. Litter Boss will retain the services of Bettakleen’s previous owners Gordon Banks, who set up the firm in 1972, and Brian Jackson. The two will stay on for the next 12 months to help integrate the two businesses. Mr Johnson claimed the top title in The Journal’s North-East Businessman of the Year Awards in 1996 while he was working as managing director at Hartlepool electronics manufacturer Stadium Group.