Fredericks Wiltshire has enabled their first client, Peter Fitchett, to get his business – Absolute Rubbish – off the ground.
After leaving school, Peter temporarily worked at a pizza parlour before joining the British Army in 2000. When he left the Army in 2003, he had various jobs including sales manager at a motor cycle dealership, ground worker on a building site and sales manager at a gym. He took evening classes, obtaining Level 2 Gym Instructors and Level 2 Sign Language Interpreters.
But, after being made redundant in 2009, Peter has worked up a business plan to become a licensed waste carrier for both commercial and domestic waste. As part of this process he attended Business Link workshops and worked with The Prince’s Trust and hoped they would provide him with start-up capital. However, due to a change in their funding criteria, he had to look elsewhere and approached Fredericks Wiltshire.
Initially, Peter’s business will provide simple waste collection for households and commercial properties. Fredericks’ finance has been used to buy a small tipper truck and signage.
Now that he’s on the road he is expanding his business to provide additional services such as breaking up driveways, trimming hedges and trees, and taking away the waste.
Wiltshire Council, Swindon Borough Council and the private business organisation, GWE Business West, have provided Fredericks with funding and support to help the Foundation’s work in Swindon and Wiltshire.