1997 - James Keay (Select-a-Skip)
The 1997 Shell LiveWIRE Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award (West Midlands) was won by James Keay and his business Select a Skip.
The saying “One man’s rubbish is another man’s fortune” certainly applies to businessman James Keay. In April1996 James, a business and marketing graduate from University of Central Lancashire, set up Select-a-Skip to provide nationwide skip hire and waste disposal services.
Running the business from his bedroom with just a telephone, a borrowed computer and a fax machine, Select-a-Skip took off and after only four months James moved into a business office and took on his first employee.
James Keay of Select a Skip.
Starting with a network of 700 sub-contractors, the business has solved waste disposal problems for thousands of customers, from blue-chip companies and national construction firms, to private individuals and even Coronation Street!
Select-a-Skip now has more than 2,000 local service centres, 30 employees, hires out on average 400 skips per day, and has an annual turnover in excess of £13 million. All now managed from the company’s own purpose-built offices.
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