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Last Updated: Tuesday, 11 October 2005, 07:41 GMT 08:41 UK
Banker turned rag man wins award
Rag-and-bone man Jason Mohr
Jason Mohr's company has made more than 900 rubbish clearances
A City banker who traded his job in the Square Mile for the life of a rag and bone man, has scooped an award for entrepreneurs.

Jason Mohr, 36, from Battersea, south-west London, formed his junk clearance business last November after seeing a similar concept in Canada.

His fleet of trucks clear any rubbish from bric-a-brac and furniture to garden refuse and construction waste.

It is then recycled or reused where possible, and the rest is dumped.

'Gap in the market'

Mr Mohr was in a well-paid career in investment banking in the City when he decided on a change of direction.

"I'd always wanted to be the master of my own destiny and create something tangible that I could be proud of," he said.

"It looked like the sort of thing that ought to exist already in the UK, but I soon discovered on my return that there was a real gap in the market."

Any Junk? has so far made 140,000 and completed more than 900 clearances.

The Portman Award, established by Portman Travel earlier this year, rewards people who spot business ideas abroad and successfully bring them to the UK.



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