Derrick was made redundant for the third time in just two years and that was the crux of making the decision to start up on his own.
Running his own business, was something that Derrick has always wanted to do, especially as his mother, father, and grandfather have all been self-employed at one time in their life.
“I found Bright Ideas Trust online. Just a quick google search, submitting of an application, and a phone call later, the ball started to roll.”
A Solid Foundation
“Other than the loan, the most important aspect of working with BIT was the hands-on business mentoring. This was something that money couldn’t buy. It gave me a solid foundation to build a business.
Knowing your way around business finances, a business plan, and getting to really work through your business idea, gave me real confidence. Especially as I was very new to all of this.”
The business is pretty simple. It started as a man and van clearance business providing a professional service removing unwanted possessions from properties.
Mentor over Money
Cullens has now transformed into one of the most trusted and reputable local clearance, cleaning, and probate companies in London and Surrey.
“My aspirations for Cullens will be to provide national coverage, boost environmental credentials, expand the second-hand furniture and antiques side of the business, and consolidate our existing premises on a larger site.”
“Not sure money could buy the mentoring and help that Bright Ideas Trust gave.”