Tuesday 28 March 2017

Snow means dough for entrepreneurs

Gavin Satchwell, Dave Robinson and James Hinde after clearing snow from the Nutgrove Shopping Centre carpark in Dublin
Gavin Satchwell, Dave Robinson and James Hinde after clearing snow from the Nutgrove Shopping Centre carpark in Dublin

Cathy Power

WHERE there's snow there's dough, as three entrepreneurs have discovered.

Armed with a snow plough, they are clearing ice and snow from car parks and industrial estates -- making hundreds of euro each time.

The snowbusters have been working from 5pm to 5am and managing to hold down their day jobs, too.

By day, Dave Robinson, from Maynooth, Co Kildare, is a farmer; James Hinde, also from Maynooth, is a cattle exporter; and their partner, Andrew Nuzum from Clonee, Co Meath, runs their road-marking company. By night, their entrepreneurial spirit and hard work keep them from their beds.

The company has taken on three more workers to deal with the calls to clear areas that the local authorities do not touch.

"We did a bit of this work last year," said James. "But people asked us to help because they knew we had the equipment to deal with the snow."

That equipment is three lorries with spreaders and gritters for salt and grit and tractors to shift the snow.

They have cleared the Luas car parks around Dublin, and shopping centres and business parks around the Dublin and Kildare areas.

"We knew where to get the salt and in the past week we have spread about 30 tonnes of it," said James.

He is tight-lipped about the cost of such hard work, but it is understood to be in the hundreds for clearing a car park.

"But sure you have to help people out," he said, admitting that they have been out every night for the past week without fail.

Their goodwill does not end there. The three are featured in next year's 'Irish Farmers' calendar, a tongue-in-cheek revelation of the bare chested IMF (Irish Male Farmer), which is being sold in aid of Bothar, a charity that sends farm animals to families in developing countries.

Irish Independent

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