Mark Collier is owner of re-Mark-it, a scrap metal recycling company based in Bedfordshire. He has been an FSB member since he started his own business more than 17 years ago.
Q Can you tell us about yourself and your business?
I worked in the waste industry before setting up as a scrap metal merchant over 17 years ago. Since then, re-Mark-it has grown to a team of five and become a limited company.
Q Why did you join FSB?
When I was starting, I spoke to another local business owner about joining FSB and they said it was the best thing they had done for their business. I had somewhere I could turn to for advice and services to help me run my business. It’s an investment in your business and you get access to a range of information and services, as well as opportunities to connect with other members.
Q As a long-time member, what do you find most beneficial?
I look at my membership as an insurance policy – you may not need it all the time, but the protection is invaluable. When you’re working for yourself, it’s reassuring to belong to an organisation that helps to fight for small businesses. Even through we’re in different industries, we all have the same goal in common.
Q Can you tell us about your recent experience with the legal advice line?
The legal advice line was brilliant. HR can be time-consuming when you’re running a small business, so it was great to have my problem solved within a day. I had a call back in 15 minutes, along with a clear explanation of what I could do. I was sent a template letter and given instructions so I was covering myself. The process would have taken much longer without FSB.
Q How are you promoting sustainability within your business?
We recycle all forms of ferrous, non-ferrous and precious metals, and the work we do helps reduce carbon and save energy. Our metal is recycled responsibly all over the world through various foundries, smelters and exporters. We’re reducing the use of natural resources that would otherwise be needed to make new metals.
I feel we have a responsibility to make sure we’re as environmentally friendly as possible. We try to keep waste to a minimum, which not only keeps our costs down but is also better for the planet. Many of our business procedures are now done electronically to save paper.
We encourage customers not to use plastic bags when they bring in materials. Currently, we’re looking to source our own branded bags that are strong enough to hold scrap metals so we can give them out to customers, as they will last longer.
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