Friday, 28 June 2013

Proskips: an inspirational story for aspiring entrepreneurs!

We’re all addicted to Dragons’ Den. The drama, the intensity, the pure stupidity of some of the ideas. Who can forget the edible greeting cards for pets? Or SuperKneeS – the rollerskates you strap to your knees to help you get from one kneeling job to another. Seriously, you couldn’t make it up!

Every now and again though an idea emerges that blows the Dragons away. They clamour to get involved to the delight of the aspiring entrepreneur. At home we’re all rooting for these ebullient self-starters, on the edge of our seats, hoping they get the money they’re looking for.

An example of one of these successful entrepreneurs is Paul Tinton, of Prowaste who appeared in the sixth series of Dragons’ Den.  He left the den with some £200,000 worth of investment from Deborah Meaden and Duncan Bannatyne. The Dragons admitted that this area of business wasn’t that exciting for them but that a need had been identified in this marketplace. They said they invested in Paul as he understood the issues in terms of the legislation in this area as well as having a viable business model.

Paul has since established subsidiary Proskips with the Dragons’ help. The idea is to provide skip-hire services to customers and businesses working across the UK. They provide any size of skip anywhere in the country and have developed a reliable network of hire partners who all offer competitive prices. A lot of their clients are those looking to move house and we all know how much hassle that can be! However, a skip helps home owners dispose of their stuff safely and ensures it gets recycled.

Although hiring a skip may sound like an easy thing to do, in fact it can be complicated. For example, it’s key to know what you should and shouldn’t put into a skip. Plus of course, you need a licence. Also, what size skip do you need? How do you arrange for the skip to be collected? How long can you keep it for? These are all questions that need to be answered.

In the last 12 months Proskips has had a really strong period of growth and launched a nationwide service for residential skip hire. As their business goes for strength to strength, it's a great inspirational example if you’re a budding entrepreneur. Paul's (and of course the Dragons') tenacity and hard work, helped build the company into today’s success story - which shows that anything can be done if you put your mind to it!

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