AFTER many years as a man of mystery, Bulky Bob is finally revealing himself as the Liverpool social enterprise launches its new Office and Commercial Waste business. Deputy Mayor of Liverpool, Councillor Ann O’Byrne, and Linda Minnis, CEO of Charities Trust, joined the Bulky Bob’s Office and Commercial Waste team, to officially launch the new social business. Bulky Bob’s now provides confidential shredding, paper and card collections, mixed packaging waste collections, IT equipment and office furniture collections across Merseyside – with 100% of the profits going back into the charity’s funds. Bulky Bob’s is part of FRC Group, a registered charity created in 1988 that campaigns to End Furniture Poverty, and to change lives through its paid training programme, Driving Change. Shaun Doran, CEO of FRC Group, said: “We’ve been asked by so many people over the years who Bob is, so we decided that it was about time we put a face to the name! The creation of our new Office & Commercial Collection Service seemed like the perfect time to bring Bob to life.” The new service has hit the ground running because as well as Bulky Bob’s decades of waste management experience through its bulky household waste contract with Liverpool City Council, another local social enterprise, CARA, with 20 years of commercial waste and recycling experience, has joined forces and merged with Bulky Bob’s to create the new enterprise. Bulky Bob’s is fully accredited and complies with all the ISO 9001 (UKAS Approved) security processes, giving customers peace of mind that they are complying with Data Protection regulation. The new Bulky Bob’s shredding van can also offer on-site confidential waste shredding or take it away to be shredded back at Bulky Bob’s Brunswick Dock base. Cllr Ann O’Byrne said: “Liverpool City Council has worked closely with Bulky Bob’s for many years and have always enjoyed a fantastic working relationship. We are delighted to support them in their new venture. This is a great opportunity for local businesses to buy in a service they already need from a local social enterprise, and one that does so much good in Liverpool and across Merseyside.” The Charities Trust is one of Bulky Bob’s new Office and Commercial Waste customers. Linda Minnis, Charities Trust CEO, said: “We are really happy to be able to use a local social enterprise that not only offers all the security and services that we require, while also allowing us to use our procurement power to help local families through the charitable work that Bulky Bob’s delivers. We would urge other Liverpool businesses to do the same!” To recognise the support of its customers, Bulky Bob’s is also launching the Bulky Bob’s Charter Mark scheme. Every customer will receive the Bulky Bob’s Charter Mark, as well as being offered a range of information and articles for their websites, which explain how working together helps people to create a better future through Driving Change, and how Bulky Bob’s helps those in crisis through its End Furniture Poverty campaign. Shaun explained: “We have always prided ourselves on giving our customers the highest standards of customer service and very competitive prices, so much so that some of our customers may not even be aware that we are also a charity and social enterprise. “Through our new Bulky Bob’s Charter Mark scheme, we can make sure that not only are our customers aware of our charitable work, but by using our services, they can be part of our success and work with us to help to change lives for those in most need across Merseyside.” Bulky Bob’s Office and Commercial Waste is offering free waste audits to all prospective customers. Visit www.bulkybobs.co.uk or call 0151 305 5200 to find out more.