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Entrepreneur and BQ alumni Harsha Rathnayake is looking to expand his waste removal company across the UK by franchising his business model. Waste removal company JunkHunters is seeking to establish a network of franchises across the UK, and since launching, have been inundated with enquiries.

Potential business owners from the Midlands, London, South East, Wales and Yorkshire are all in discussions with the London-based company.

The first five franchises are due to launch this Spring in South West London, East London, Birmingham, Surrey and Slough with five further outlets operational before the end of the year.

The company, founded by Harsha Rathnayake in 2009, is giving people the chance to grow a successful business using the Junk Hunters model.

Since he set up the business with a second-hand Ford Transit tipper truck and £160, Harsha has seen it grow to almost a £1m a year turnover company with a fleet of vans and a dozen employees.

The company is now looking for other business people to build on their success and help create a first class waste removal company covering all over the UK.


Current projections estimate a gross profit of around £278,000 after five years for each franchisee.

Junk Hunters CEO Harsha Rathnayake said: “Franchising for us is about seeing the business grow and allowing other business people the chance to grow with us.

“Becoming a Junk Hunters franchisee is not only about building a business that provides an attractive income, it’s also about providing a valuable service which will have measureable benefits to the environment and your local community.

“Rubbish or ‘junk’ as we prefer to call it is big business that continues to grow. Particularly during the last five years of trading we have established a successful business whose profits have continued to grow year on year.”

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Rathnayake added: “Junk is not a glamorous business but it’s an industry that provides a vital service and one that we are passionate about. We expect Junk Hunters franchisees to show that same passion.

“The reputation of our brand is extremely important so potential owners need to be committed to everything we stand for, from being an excellent employer to having business acumen and a drive towards exceptional customer service.

“Our current projections under a franchised model estimate a gross profit of around £278,000 after five years for each franchisee, not bad when your line of work is other people’s rubbish.”

Source: BQ Live

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