En­ter­ing a world of busi­ness

North Waikato News - - FRONT PAGE - CAITLIN WAL­LACE

They haven’t even hit their teens, yet Huntly broth­ers Mar­tial and Sa­muel Pankhurst are al­ready bud­ding en­trepreneurs.

Mar­tial, 10, and Sa­muel, 9, started up their busi­ness Re­cy­clean to earn them­selves a lit­tle ex­tra pocket money.

At $2 a pop, the broth­ers scrub lo­cal’s re­cy­cling bins un­til they look al­most new.

‘‘We thought maybe we should clean our dad’s bin for money and then we de­cided to do other peo­ple’s,’’ Sa­muel said.

In their first week on the job the boys have cleaned seven and have a long list of to-dos com­ing into their sec­ond week.

It’s a tough job though, with some bins tak­ing about half an hour each to clean, de­pend­ing on how dirty they are.

‘‘I’m pretty sure the dirt­i­est bin had lol­lipop sticks stuck to the bot­tom,’’ Mar­tial said.

While it was ini­tially about earn­ing some ex­tra spend­ing money, the pair have un­ex­pect­edly found them­selves learn­ing all about run­ning a busi­ness.

The Kim­i­hia Pri­mary School stu­dents de­cided to take away 25 per cent of the money each and put 50 per cent to­wards the busi­ness.

This will help pay for run­ning costs in­clud­ing wa­ter and clean­ing prod­ucts, and in­vest­ment into new equip­ment.

Their ser­vice in­cludes pick-up with their dad Phil Pankhurst es­cort­ing the boys around town.

And while they want to earn ev­ery dol­lar, the broth­ers have also been of­fered do­na­tions and tips from each job.

With school start­ing back next week, they plan to con­tinue with their busi­ness but will need to work out a sched­ule to fit it in with their home­work and school.

But Mar­tial and Sa­muel are de­ter­mined to keep it go­ing. And they even have grand plans to ex­pand. ‘‘If we get re­ally good, peo­ple might want us to clean other things.’’

Pankhurst said he and part­ner Leah Doo­ley couldn’t be prouder of the two.

‘‘When we dropped one (bin) off, the per­son said they didn’t want to put rub­bish in it be­cause it was so clean,’’ Pankhurst said.

While their par­ents help man­age the Facebook ac­count, all of the con­tent is gen­er­ated by the boys. Even the flyer was cre­ated from a book of de­sign sketches and word­ing ideas.

‘‘They’re us­ing all these dif­fer­ent verbs and ad­jec­tives... they’ve got full in­put on it.’’


Keith Han­d­ley with his catch of the day in the Kil­well Lower Waikato Trout Fish­ing Con­test. Lines went down in the Waikato River on Satur­day, with fish­ing from Kara­piro Dam to Waikato Heads un­til Sun­day. More photos: P5


Sa­muel, left, and Mar­tial Pankhurst are su­per busy with their new Re­cy­clean busi­ness.

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