Matt co-founded a marine conservation organisation, Blue Ventures, while at university. Despite the name (!) it was ‘Blue’ Ventures that set Matt off on the ‘green’ trail and he explored further study in International Development with a focus on the environment.
Perhaps surprisingly for a ‘green’ Matt then went off to the City, on a grad scheme, where he worked in fund management, growing his interest in green with a desire to learn about socially responsible investment.
Three years ago he wanted to start a business with a strong environmental basis and so started to look into distributing electric vehicles. During his research, Sam’s name constantly cropped up. Eventually he got in touch, and the pair decided to meet.
They decided to do something together, and after many brain storming sessions, Gnewt was born.
Matt is living his dream, having always wanted a green, socially responsible business.
The Other Gaffer
Sam’s dissertation was on electric vehicles. He left uni and went off selling tickets for English Rugby. He also sold Christmas trees in the Twickenham car park (we kid you not).
Using his Christmas tree money, he set off for China, where he was almost run over by a silent electric scooter. Looking around, he realised that most vehicles out there were electric. Figuring they would work here, he purchased a container load and shipped them home.
After a struggle, he sold the lot, but had to do a lot of aftercare due to the build quality. Looking for a better product, he set off to Germany, and ended up being the sole UK distributor for a certain electric scooter.
At this time, Matt was searching the internet and found Sam, which led to their deep friendship, and more importantly, Gnewt.
The Man in the Middle
Nick meandered prior to Gnewt. He decided uni wasn’t for him so he fell into landscape gardening. After a few years toiling the soil he went travelling for 18 months, until returning to Blighty, where he continued to garden. He started studying International Development in his spare time, which inspired him to look for involvement in a forward thinking sustainability project. He serendipitously stumbled across Gnewt Cargo in its infancy and decided to jump in with both feet.
Being an outdoorsy type, cycling around London delivering things in a sustainable way appealed. As Gnewt grew, Matt and Sam realised that this chap was the ideal ‘do-er and fixer’ of stuff, so he became the Operations Manager. Basically, he gets stuff done, is a bit of a hero and acts as the link between the gaffers and the team.
Nick is passionate about Gnewt. His vision for the business is to get it to the stage where you can’t go 10 minutes in London without spotting a Gnewt vehicle.
some of the troops
Rain, hail or shine (or all three in a day) they are out there, getting what needs to be delivered, delivered.
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