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17 February 2020

Harper Adams alumnus, Paul White, has seen his start up business flourish over the last year. Graduating with a BSc (Hons) Rural Enterprise and Land Management degree in 2009, Paul has gone on to be The Modern Milkman, a member of the team of four that delivers in a contemporary way.

The co-owned company delivers plastic-free groceries and glass-bottled milk, delivering over 750,000 pints to over 10,000 customers' doorsteps across Pendle, Lancashire and are looking to expand in the coming months.

Paul spoke about the inspiration behind the business saying: “The idea was borne from David Attenborough’s Blue Planet programme, which focused on the plight of plastic on our oceans.

“The response has been pretty staggering, we’ve been really taken aback by it. It’s great to see so many people wanting to actually tackle this problem.”

Alongside Thomas Shaw, Simon Mellin and Becky Hilton, Paul's team work in areas across the borough to deliver goods to expecting households. Although the business is still in its infancy, it is thriving, with an app having been developed to help manage deliveries. The app will enable customers to order right up to 9:30pm the night before to have their groceries delivered by 7:30am the next morning.

The Modern Milkman has also featured on this week's Countryfile, highlighting the work of the business and its benefits. You can view the programme here.

As with Paul's business, sustainability and helping the environment is a core part of the field to fork process we teach at Harper Adams. With courses such as BSc Environmental Land Management and BSc Wildlife Conservation and Environmental Management paving the way for future conservationists, our range of business courses help to underpin how to run a successful sustainable business like The Modern Milkman.

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