Two Ilkley lads earn six-figure funding for their waste business
Mark Hall and Jonny Ratcliffe creating local jobs and rolling with the big players
A pair of local businessmen are celebrating a six-figure investment in the business they started from scratch less than two years ago.
Jonny Ratcliffe and Mark Hall established commercial waste management company BusinessWaste.co.uk in 2013, and have seen it expand rapidly. The pair now hope to take on 15 new staff before Christmas, and between 30-40 more within the next year.
On top of that, the new first round of funding and a planned turnover of £5.9m means the company can now welcome an experienced managing director on board while relocating to new offices in Ilkley.
“We’re absolutely delighted with the way BusinessWaste.co.uk has grown,” says Mark Hall, “We’ve traded on our competitive prices and green credentials, and this unique combination has truly paid dividends for us. This new investment is going to let us expand into new areas and help us roll with the industry giants.”
Jonny Ratcliffe says: “We’re both from Ilkley, and we’re committed to providing quality jobs for local people, and that’s a promise we’ve kept.
“The office move is massive for us, and we’re looking forward to taking our dedicated and talented team with us to achieve further fantastic growth and results for both the business and our customers.”
Such has been the success of BusinessWaste.co.uk, the company is pleased to see David Adams join the team as shareholder and new managing director. Industry heavyweight David has years of experience in the waste management business and can count Veolia and Green Star among his former employers.
David says: “This is a young, fast-moving and innovative company which has set out its stall as an agent for change in the industry.
“I was offered a great opportunity to join this team, and I’ll be overseeing BusinessWaste.co.uk as it uses a superb mix of innovation, technology and gold old-fashioned customer care to take waste management to the next level in Britain.”
BusinessWaste.co.uk has always believed that the UK is lagging behind the rest of Europe when it comes to handling and recycling commercial refuse, and David is enthusiastic about taking the industry by the scruff of the neck and taking the lead with new, greener and more efficient ways of working.
“These two Ilkley lads are using good old Yorkshire know-how to build this company. These are exciting times, I can’t wait to get started.”
Despite its Yorkshire roots, BusinessWaste.co.uk has a national reach, and has committed itself to providing a better all-round service that its established competitors at far better value for money.
“Although we’re seen as the new boys in the waste management trade, the training wheels are well and truly off as far as Business Waste is concerned,” says Hall. “We are good as – if not better – than the big boys, and we’re going to show the world that great things come out of Ilkley.”
BusinessWaste.co.uk is not the only company in Hall and Ratcliffe’s portfolio. They also run Flexed.co.uk – a national car leasing company which has seen its turnover grow in the past 12 months; and CCTV.co.uk, which fits and maintains security camera systems across the UK.
“We love building businesses, and we love creating jobs for local people in Yorkshire,” says Ratcliffe. “Who would have thought two Ilkley lads could have done it?”
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