Looking Back, and Forward!

posted 18.12.2013

So as 2013 comes to a close, we thought we would ask the team for a summary of their highlights from the past 12 months, as well as what they are excited about next year.

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Les Owens, Managing Director


What an amazing year we've had!  There are far too many highlights to put in here: signing a deal with M&S , getting 20 of the top Construction companies in the UK signed up to the Recipro Managed Service, which means we are now working on over £2.5 Billion worth of construction sites! All of that has helped us to help hundreds of community projects, I could go on and on but I guess the real highlight was opening our ReciproCity East London.  Outside of work, this year the biggest highlight for me was spending the summer in the Italian mountains with my family BELLISIMO!

There?s so much to look forward to next year. I'm excited about building on what we have already achieved in London, developing Recipro in South Wales and the North West. We will also be developing our service to help the construction industry lower waste and at the same time give something back to our communities.

As someone once said ?If you want to go quickly, go alone, if you want to go far, go together."  Together we have so much to look forward to.

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Rebecca Owens, Marketing Manager


2013 has been a great year; with so much happening that it?s hard to choose just one highlight.  For me, opening ReciproCity East London with the support of so many contractors was a huge achievement and one which I know the whole team is extremely proud of.  It took a lot of blood, sweat and tears to get ready in time but it was well worth it!  Being asked to judge the Spirit of Merseyside Community Awards this year was an honour and gave me the opportunity to meet and recognise some amazing local people and projects.  From a personal point of view, being able to meet my twin nieces for the first time after they came out of hospital in January (born very early and small in November) was amazing.  They just celebrated their first birthday and are doing great!

2014 is already looking like a hectic year for the Recipro team, and I am really excited about developing the business further, including growing our clients base and enhancing the relationships we?ve already made.  Ecobuild in March is always a highlight for me - we get to meet so many interesting people and showcase Recipro at the biggest construction event in the country.  I?m also looking forward to being a bridesmaid at my little sister?s wedding in May (and of course the rescheduled Recipro Challenge!).

Mike Close, Operations Manager

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The highlight of this year for me was definitely the official opening of our third dedicated building materials reuse centre in London. A week of getting very dirty in a warehouse preparing ahead of a fantastic event with loads of great people from a variety of sectors coming together to celebrate what will be a great industry and community resource.  From a personal point of view, I took a tour around Scotland in autumn; it?s a great country with some amazing scenery. Who needs to go abroad when we have such a diverse and spectacular Island to explore?

In Spring we will be undertaking a 34 mile stroll for charity along the Sandstone trail in one long day. This will eclipse our previous longest charity walk of 26 miles when we completed the Yorkshire Three Peaks in 2012, this will represent a major achievement.

Paul Jones, Marketing 

The best thing about my job in general, but especially this year, is meeting and talking with all the great community/third sector projects that are able to benefit from our service, this year we have been able to redistribute more materials from construction sites and suppliers than in any other year, this has meant less waste being sent to landfill, which has also meant there is more materials at an affordable cost for those that need it most ? that without a doubt is the highlight of my year!

My holiday to Turkey was definitely the rest and relaxation I needed to recharge the batteries, lovely weather, lovely food and lovely people ? not much more left to say about it!

I?m very excited about the growth and expansion of the ReciproCity network.  I?m looking forward to the day that no matter where they are in the UK, charities, low income families and community projects are able to better their lives and communities without it breaking the bank.

Well that's it for another fantastic year, we would like to thank all of our customers, colleagues and supporters for their help this past year.  We can't wait to do even more next year!

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Tracy Ormond, Admin & Accounts

The past 8 months have flown since starting at Recipro.  During this time I have learnt so much about reuse and up-cycling and have met so many interesting people along the way from all walks of life.  The work that these people do in their community is commendable and I have been privileged to and seen their fantastic projects up and working.  Keep up the good work!!!

My daughter graduated in July with a First.  I was the proudest mum in the world and yes - I CRIED!  The day was lovely and will not be forgotten.

Looking forward to the next year ? I am going back to Malta as I liked it so much and my youngest daughter will be turning 21 (OMG!) and will also graduating from University of Liverpool.

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