Andy Higgins

CEo and Co-founder, bidorbuy.co.za

While cleaning super-yachts in the Caribbean a few years back Andy Higgins couldn't have guessed he would next be working for a London online trading company � or starting his own local site. Bidorbuy.co.za was meant to be launched in 12 countries, "but after the dot.com crash in 2000 we had to pull out,� says Higgins, who then directed his attention solely at the South African market. "It was very tough,� he says of the site's start up years. "But we now have R30-million in turnover per month. We stuck it out, and it has paid.� The company has grown vertically and is now a shareholder of other sites, such as jump.co.za, jobs.co.za, theclassifieds.co.za site and private property.co.za. "We have lots of competitors, but they are very small � some are maybe 5% of our size,� says Higgins, asserting that Bidorbuy is "absolutely� the biggest site of its kind in the country. The next step? "To launch in Kenya. � Lisa Steyn

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