Thirteen years ago, a Polish man came to London with only a bicycle and £200 in his name – now he runs a business that brings in more than £7m a year.
Alex Landowski, 37, built his thriving medical courier services company from the ground up, and it’s just going strong.
He owns Medical Logistics and employs a team of 25 employees – plus more than 50 contractors.
But this father-of-two had a humble beginning – he worked for free while struggling to find a place to call home.
Alex, whose company is London’s only 24/7 dedicated medical courier, has arrived in the capital at the age of 24.
He has called for a move to the UK in the hope of paying off his debt in Poland.
And while sleeping on a friend’s floor, where 10 other migrants live, Alex took an unpaid temporary job as a bicycle mailman.
He told Mirror: “I ran out of £200 and started running out of money. I couldn’t keep cycling around London without money, so I gave up.
“But those three weeks gave me an insight into London – now I can tell everyone I have experience.”
Alex said he quickly landed a paying job by cycling around the city and finding a place to live so things were improving – until they were gone.
His low income got him thrown into the streets again, before he started squatting illegally in an empty warehouse near Old Town in North London.
“There’s a lot of weird people out there, but there’s electricity and water and you don’t have to pay any bills,” says Alex.
But within just a few months, he and the other squatters were kicked out, and Alex realized it was time to move on and sort himself out.
He quickly found a home on council property, got a raise, and decided it was time to try being his own boss.
Alex said: “My previous owners were small but very nice, they had a good level of service.
“I thought, there’s no one else offering dedicated medical courier in London with that level of service. That’s my plan.”
He started delivering packages to family doctors and clinics on his own, creating the foundation for his empire today.
The 37-year-old now lives with his wife and two children in the Cotswolds and is proud to have built a business where he is hiring others.
“That’s my way of saying thank you for letting me in,” Alex said.
“The UK has always been nice to me. Every time I tell this story, it has a positive impact.”