2016 saw extreme growth at iWaste as our small team of four more than doubled over 12 months to a total of 11.
Expansion of the warehouse also doubled the size and capacity. This bought new challenges for our collection drivers and warehouse team but thanks to our invaluable business mentors, and the now defunct growth accelerator, these were quickly overcome.
Start on a High
The year started with some interesting contracts including the disposal of emerging technology products like Hoverboards and e-cigarettes. Working closely with Trading Standards bought about further work for yet more self-balancing boards, small domestic appliances, USB chargers and even cosmetic tools.
On-going decommissioning projects saw the iWaste team collecting from many NHS hospitals and transmitter sites, along with several facilities management companies, many via word of mouth referrals.
On the Road
New vans and van drivers were recruited to maintain our on-going service requirements. Meanwhile, what started as an idea of buying a double decker bus to transform in to offices quickly came to fruition. With the top deck now a fully functioning working space, the lower deck is set for completion in early 2017.
Two new apprentiships in IT and Warehousing were offered to Jack Philips and Ben Andrews. The guys have been exceptional and completed over 50% of their targets in less than three months.
iWaste has also taken space at St. Martins Business Centre in Eversley and look to develop the sales and support team further in the coming months.
In April, iWaste won The Hampshire Chamber of Commerce Mentor Magic competition.
Following a few rounds of pitching Dragon’s Den style, Sam Mountain and Sam Prentice were awarded 12 months of mentoring with MHL, owned by Sue Warden-Owen.
Sue’s involvement continues to influence our processes and procedures, monitoring output and managing time and staff more effectively. Further growth and enhancements to business planning will see big plans and development for iWaste this year.
The award success continued when in November iWaste was a finalist for Small Business of the Year at the INSPIRE Awards for the second year running. While the trophy didn’t make it back to HQ, it was an honour to make the final yet again. We hope to be in the running again this year.
On behalf of the whole iWaste team, we wish our clients and colleagues a very Happy and Successful 2017.