FRESH from his exit in the most recent series of TV’s The Apprentice, one of the top candidates is launching a new business this week.
Stephen Brady, from Stanmore, was axed by Sir Alan Sugar with just a couple a weeks to go on the BBC1 series, finishing a respectable sixth in the nationwide hunt for a business partner to work with the entrepreneur.
The 33-year-old is using the experience to start his own business in dry cleaning, called BoxClean.
He said the ‘high end’ venture will allow people to take their items to up to 5,000 shops, convenient stores and petrol stations around the UK including in Harrow, where BoxClean will have it dry cleaned then deliver it anywhere.
Mr Brady said: “Obviously we were working really long hours during the programme and I was struggling to find time to get my suits dry cleaned because many of them tend to be open during normal working hours.
“I thought it would be good if on the drive home from work, whatever the time, you would be able to drop it off somewhere and know that it could be delivered back to you at home or work or wherever was most convenient.”
He added: “We are targeting a more high end market who are simply short on time and, yes, it will be a bit more expensive but we think it is a very valuable service.”
The move comes off the back of the show, which he said gave him the confidence to pursue his idea.
The former Edgware Town Football Club player added: “Of course, there are a couple of hardened Apprentice fans who really invest in the characters on the show who think I am just a ruthless salesman, but more often than not the feedback has been great.”
The service is due to launch tomorrow (Friday) and will be available in all shops that have a Pay Point, Collect + sign outside.