Top start for kitchen entrepreneur

Top start for kitchen entrepreneur

A Widnes entrepreneur who launched an ecommerce business selling used kitchens last year is reaping the benefits after charting rapid growth just 10 months since its launch.

Ever thought about re-selling your kitchen when giving your home a makeover instead of simply skipping it? A Widnes startup is here to help you do just that.

Used Kitchen Exchange (UKE) promotes the regeneration of ex-display and used kitchens offering consumers a platform to buy and sell cheap, second hand kitchens.

Having only setup the business in November, entrepreneur Helen Lord has seen the business, which is capitalising on the booming circular economy, really take off.

The company has grown from one passionate entrepreneur to employing eight full time members of staff and has managed to double takings over the past few months.

Helen said: “We are absolutely overwhelmed by the fantastic response towards our company, and having won this competition makes me incredibly proud and excited for the future.

“UKE just makes sense. You wouldn’t skip your old car when you purchase a new one, as you know it still has a re-sell value, so why is this the common option for an outgoing kitchen? We have re-sold used kitchens for over £15,000, imagine throwing that way!”

The team at UKE have now set themselves a goal to save the amount of kitchen landfill it would take to fill 21 premier league football fields over the next three years.

Helen added: “We are trying to raise awareness of our services, as for many people it comes as a complete surprise that it is even an option.

“The things you can do with a used kitchen are endless, you can completely personalise and reconfigure the kitchen and we are on hand to give advice.

“We handle the whole process from start to finish, when someone wants to sell their kitchen through us, we provide a professional survey valuation and photographer free of charge and we can arrange things such as professional removal and delivery to smoothen the process.”