Used Kitchen Exchange director honoured at NatWest everywoman Awards
Helen Lord of Used Kitchen Exchange Ltd from Widnes has been named the winner of the Demeter category – awarded to the most inspirational woman running a business which has been trading between 3 and 5 years.
For 14 years the annual NatWest everywoman Awards identified and championed the women behind some of Britain’s most successful businesses, from promising start-ups in their early years of trading to established international companies.
The winners were selected by a judging panel from 15 of some of the UK’s best known and successful business figures including Chrissie Rucker MBE, The White Company; Cath Kidston MBE; Amanda Wakeley OBE; Julia Hands MBE, Handpicked Hotels; Rosaleen Blair, Alexander Mann Solutions; and Wendy Hallett MBE, Hallett Retail.
Helen started Used Kitchen Exchange with nothing more than a laptop, a phone and a car. She set out with one goal: to change the face of an established industry and prove that she could make a ‘do-good’ business with very strong environmental and social ethics into a successful, profitable company.
Used Kitchen Exchange promotes the profitable recycling of used kitchens; offering a complete re-sale service, returning the majority of the profit to the seller. As well as providing affordable, quality pre-owned kitchens to ethically minded, cost conscious families and buyers,
Used Kitchen Exchange gives a commercially efficient environmental solution for used kitchens, preventing high volumes of MDF from going into landfill. In the next three years, Used Kitchen Exchange aims to save the amount of kitchens it would take to fill at least 21 football pitches from becoming landfill. The Used Kitchen Exchange website draws 20,000 visitors a month encouraging people to buy kitchens ‘that don’t cost The Earth’.