An enterprising man has ended a nine-year stint of unemployment by setting up a paper recycling business – and is even donating a share of his profits to charity.
Andrew Hyre from Newtown, Birmingham, had been working at a hostel on a voluntary basis for the Fare Share Community Food Network, delivering food to vulnerable people before setting up Andy’s Paper Service.
The 48-year-old said: “It’s sometimes hard to believe. I was out of work for nine years and now I’ve got my own business.
“I am really proud of myself and what I have achieved and my family think it’s great.”
Although prices have dropped sharply in recent months, he is still better off than when he was on benefits, he said.
Andrew received help in establishing his business from Pertemps People Development Group as part of the Government-funded Employment Zone initiative.
He now collects waste paper from nine of the company’s offices in Birmingham and Solihull and has other contracts, including one with Matalan, in Aston, where he provides a cardboard collection service.
He has charitably decided to donate 5p of every £1 he makes to charities helping victims of cancer and sickle cell anaemia.
Andrew said: “I have got a friend who has cancer and is going through chemotherapy at the moment.
“This business has given me the opportunity to raise money for charity and I love it because every donation I make may help to save a life.” Andrew has benefited from support and assistance in helping get his business off the ground and running.”
Pertemps People Development Group bought Andrew a van and paid for its carrier licence while T and R Motor Services, in Hockley, has repaired his van twice, free of charge.
Working in partnership with Jobcentre Plus and other organisations, PPDG delivers employment and training initiatives helping disadvantaged job seekers access the workplace or self-employment.
n Anyone interested in using Andy’s Paper Service can contact him on 0793 283 6990.