How did you come up with the business concept?
We started in 2009, providing businesses and organisations with low cost solutions to the problem of disposing of electrical appliances. The business was initially formed to provide a solution to the WEEE directive but has now grown into providing a closed loop solution for sustainable purchasing of white goods for kitchens.
What are the real environmental and cost benefits?
We offer organisations which are looking for recycling of electrical equipment, a safe and fully-managed collection and recycling service across the UK. We also offer the option of a closed loop for fridges, freezers, washing machines and cookers for shared student kitchens for universities looking for green solutions. By using our services, they reduce CO2 emissions as when we deliver the new appliances, we also remove old or damaged appliances at the same time. This reduces the number of vehicle movements. We provide new appliances from our customer return programme, which are essentially new appliances which have been damaged on delivery (mostly on the side or back of the appliance so when viewed from the front it is exactly the same as a brand new appliance.) They come with a 12-month guarantee.
How popular is the scheme proving with universities?
Having provided a few universities with the solution in the UK, such as Sheffield and Oxford Brookes, we recently exhibited at ASRA. Since then we have had several universities talking to us about providing them either with appliances on a break/fix basis or for the student halls refurbishment programme. We are looking forward to working with many more universities and colleges in the coming months.
Do you have expansion plans for the future?
We are planning to expand the type of appliances we provide and help as many universities and colleges as we can. We also plan to set up a website for provision of the appliances to anyone looking to reduce the costs of replacing their electrical equipment.
Unit 12 Phoenix Works
Tel: 0845 0560537
Fax: 01507 401122