18. Clearabee

The on-demand service collecting the nation’s rubbish

Founders: Daniel Long and Rob Linton
Founded: February 2012 (launched January 2013)
Website: www.clearabee.co.uk

The modern world produces a lot of rubbish, and taking it yourself or waiting around for council organised collection services isn’t always feasible or convenient. Tapping in to the growing demand for ‘convenience-focused’ businesses, Clearabee’s nationwide, on-demand rubbish removal service is out to change that and will take anything from mattresses to lawnmowers and even garden sheds for disposal or recycling.

Founders Daniel Long and Rob Linton wanted to apply the skills they’d learnt running an online marketing company and apply it to a real world business. They noticed a lucrative gap in the market for a flexible, national ‘man and van’ service, that would be just as comfortable collecting from domestic as it would commercial customers and so Clearabee was born

The Birmingham-founded business allows customers to simply enquire with the company for a price estimation, after which a tracked truck is sent out to assess the job and confirm a price – with no commitments beforehand.

With 40 employees and impressive financials to boot, over the next 12 months Clearabee hopes to complete and consolidate its nationwide rollout, as well as expanding its corporate customer base. While not the most glamorous of start-ups, with 30,000 customers under its belt after just two years of trading, this business is clearly more than just a load of old rubbish.

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