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Last Updated: Thursday, 12 April 2007, 09:42 GMT 10:42 UK
Modern rag man's business expands
Luke Mohr with one of the Any Junk? trucks
Luke Mohr quit his accounting job to join his brother in the junk business
A 21st Century rag-and-bone business, set up in London by a former city banker, is expanding to the West.

Jason Mohr quit his well-paid career in the capital to set up a junk clearance firm, removing rubbish ranging from old sofas to builders' rubble.

Now, his brother Luke, 27, has left his job as an accountant to run a service in Bristol and their home city of Bath.

Luke said colleagues were surprised he was following in the footsteps of BBC sitcom duo Steptoe and Son.

Satnavs and jazz

"I had passed all of my professional exams but this was just too good an opportunity to turn down," he said.

The brothers say Any Junk? is a far cry from the days of the rag-and-bone cart.

The company uses uniformed teams in "elephant" trucks that play jazz music as they go along.

I have always wanted to do something entrepreneurial
Luke Mohr

The operation is backed by GPS location software, mobile payment terminals, online booking and sophisticated IT systems.

The junk is re-used, recycled or taken to the local dump.

"Jason has made a real success of the business in London and it is a great challenge to return home and match that here," said Luke.

"I have always wanted to do something entrepreneurial. Getting to grips with junk in the West Country will be a real privilege."

Jason Mohr, 37, whose London business has won an award for entrepreneurs, added: "I know it is in good hands, although like all older brothers I will definitely be keeping an eye on him."


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