An office recycling company set up last year now diverts more than two tonnes of recyclable materials away from landfill each week and has tripled its customer base.
Ray Bowen launched Green Deeds after a long spell of unemployment with help from Merseyside regeneration organisation ELECT.
Following rapid expansion the company now offers business recycling services across Merseyside, Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Milton Keynes, Cheshire and North Wales.
Bowen said he had a “passion” for recycling and the environment but admitted it was a big step up when setting up the company.
He said: “2011 has been a great year for us, with our customer base more than tripling in size. This has been mainly due to the benefits recycling in the workplace can provide, but also through the enthusiasm businesses in Merseyside has for recycling and their desire to combat the relevant environmental issues today.”
Green Deeds made inroads into markets outside Merseyside within just six months of starting up.
“I have established a lot of contacts from around the UK and through my market research felt comfortable that our company would be well received in the south of England,” he said.