Kenyan-born businessman Aziz Tejpar was educated in Nairobi before moving to the US to study at Florida Atlantic University. After graduating with honors in International Business and Marketing, his first foray into the business world came in Kenya as the workshop manager in the family business, ‘Inside Africa Safaris Ltd’. Working his way up through the ranks he became operations manager and then took over as Sales & Marketing Director. It was a natural progression for him to assume the role of Managing Director, where he developed the business into the 2nd largest car rental company in the country under the Budget Rent A Car franchise banner. Aziz sold the company in 1990 and moved to Chelmsford, England to better care for his disabled daughter.
Aziz leveraged his expertise in the rental car industry by starting a Budget Rent A Car franchise with just 17 cars and 2 vans, building it into a 1,500-car operation before selling to Budget International in 1998. He continued in the motor trade, opening a dealership selling Subaru, Isuzu and the London Taxi.
In September 2002, Aziz’ career took a departure from the motor-oriented field. On a trans-Atlantic flight, he read of the innovative Environmental Biotech (EB) bacterial drain clearing process and upon landing secured the European franchise rights. The system uses live bacteria to eat the fat, oil and grease (FOG) from commercial kitchens that clogs up drain and sewer systems causing unhygienic floods, pumping overloads, plumbing expenses and foul smells and vermin. Initially started as a franchise in Florida in 1989, EB changed to a simple product distribution model, discontinuing much of the training and support previously offered.
Aziz built Environmental Biotech UK into a substantial service provider to major facility operators such as Asda, McDonald’s, Whitbread, KFC, Costa Coffee, as well as municipal authorities and water utilities. In a remarkable move Tejpar was able to take over the founding company in Florida, subsequently building and selling successful full-service operations in Bradenton, Atlanta and Boston. Now with franchises or distributors in over a dozen countries all around the world, Aziz sold his UK franchise business and moved to Florida to relaunch the environmentally-friendly process as a franchise in North America.