Two Bath school friends who decided to start up their own business rather than go to university are celebrating making a profit after just a year.
Jack Nix and Ashley Swain set up South West Bin Cleaning with £10,000 saved by their parents to help fund their university fees, considering the option better than clocking up a debt over three years and still not necessarily having the right skills to get a job.
The firm cleans, disinfects and deodorises residential and commercial wheelie bins – eliminating bacteria, odours and vermin. It covers an area around Bath stretching to Chippenham, Melksham, Trowbridge, Frome, Glastonbury and Wells.
The business is being supported by the Bath office of accountants Bishop Fleming. Its director of business service Debbie Boulton said: “This is a perfect example of how young entrepreneurs can create and build a business.
“We have been working with Jack and Ashley since the launch of their business. Their vision and hard work is now delivering contracts with major national companies as well as local residents.
“That progress means that they are now producing a profit, enabling them to start taking a small salary.”
She said the business should continue to expand locally, and could go on to provide Jack and Ashley with a national opportunity to franchise its proven formula.