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by Jon Dean
Thursday, February 7, 2013
A mother-of-four has launched an ambitious campaign to open the first organic petrol station in the UK – and possibly the world.
Hannah Jackson-Matombe, from Hornsey Rise, hopes to purchase an old petrol station on the same street as her Sunnyside Road home and launch it as a filling station for electric and hydrofuel cars.
The 44-year-old has already launched a successful environmentally friendly cleaning service – Spotless Organic – which trains homeless people to become expert sanitisers.
The company operates from a rented office in the disused petrol station, and the next stage of her masterplan is to buy the site and open the pioneering fuel pumps.
She said: “We are actively seeking investment for what will be the first bio-fuel petrol station in the country, if not the world.
“The plan is to offer electricity, hydrofuel and anything that is environmentally friendly.
“We will also hire out those types of vehicles, so people who haven’t thought of going down that road before can give it a go.
“And of course we will have the cleaning company, where we really try to elevate the status of cleaners to experts – we kit them out in really smart outfits that look more like nurses’ uniforms.
“This time next year we want 100 staff, 10 vehicles and the site.
“We are heading in the right direction so it should be a really exciting 12 months.”
The new venture will be called Spotless Organic Garage, or SOG for short, and her vision represents quite an accomplishment from her humble beginnings.
“I have a degree in environmental law, but I just couldn’t get a job,” she said.
“I remember seeing David Cameron’s first speech as Prime Minister.
“I am no great fan of his but it really inspired me.
“We started with nothing – not a penny of investment – and we have just gone VAT registered.
“It’s a massive achievement.
“It’s ironic, because the site is just behind a Shell garage, who I see as the competition.
“If we get the investment, and I believe we will, we really could be challenging them in the future.
“And we are actually doing it – we’re not just talking the talk, we are walking the walk.”