Keenan Recycling founder
Leaving school to sell oil paintings door-to-door isn't a traditional route to business success.
But Grant Keenan believes that initial grounding in sales techniques coupled with his perseverance helped his set up his own company.
Keenan Recycling was launched in 2001 as the first commercial composting site in the north east of Scotland.
Despite having no experience of waste processing Keenan managed to secure contracts from seven local authorities.
The company transforms tonnes of food and garden waste each year from facilities at New Deer in Aberdeenshire.
A typical week starts with a management meeting to discuss current issues, plan ahead and review previous actions.
Keenan - who runs the company with brother Gregor - spends most of the rest of his week out visiting clients or carrying out site visits.
He said: I have great pride in creating the business from nothing.
"I look forward to going to work every day and Im constantly learning and developing as a person and a businessman.
"We have a great team in the business and I gain a great deal of satisfaction from encouraging development and watching their skills and confidence grow."
Some evenings get taken up with dinners and networking events to help boost the profile of the company.
However Keenan admits he wouldn't want to miss out on spending time with his family.
He added: "I have passion for what I do and I love the industry but its also great to go home to spend time with my wife Claire and our children,Honey and Cooper."