YOUNG ENTREPRENEURS WIN OVER A BUSINESS FOR THEIR UNIQUE BATTERY RECYCLER

YOUNG ENTREPRENEURS WIN OVER A BUSINESS FOR THEIR UNIQUE BATTERY RECYCLER
Ella Wood and Richard Hughes
prepare to dispose of used batteries
in the new recycling containers.
Young entrepreneurs from a Shropshire school have won their first order for a ‘unique’ product.
The six 17 year olds from Adams Grammar School, Newport, who have formed a company called Eco-Lect, have been rewarded for their enterprise by Shropshire’s furniture and stationery specialists Chrisbeon Office Supplies.
The Telford-based family owned business has become the first stockist of Eco-Lect’s battery recycling containers which are brand new to the market.
They have been designed by the student members of Eco-Lect, Ella Wood (managing director), Sarah Cottrill, Tom Clarke, Robbie McMichael, Harry Morris and Josh Kriskinans who have had them manufactured for businesses and households.
The project, under the Young Enterprise Scheme, runs until the end of the school year when Ella and her colleagues will have to liquidate the business.  Profits will be shared between shareholders and the student members of the company.
Said Richard Hughes, partner of Chrisbeon Office Supplies:  “I thought this was a very bright idea and a very worthwhile project to support and as a result we have become Eco-Lect’s first Shropshire stockist for the container.
“We shall be circulating details of the battery recycler to our customer base and fellow members of the Advantia Group which covers the country.  I am most impressed with the initiative and enterprise shown by these students.
“As a company, we have a need for a battery recycling container which is a handy one and a half litre size and haven’t got anything like that in our existing range of products.
“Chrisbeon has purchased an initial 50 of these recyclable plastic products which we are offering for sale to our customers for both business and home use – they can also be purchased via our website www.chrisbeon.co.uk/ecolect.”
Said Ella, who has also been involved in the design and marketing of the product:  “We are delighted with the response and support from Chrisbeon Office Supplies who have become our first stockist.
“I came up with the idea for such a container when I was changing the batteries in my alarm clock and decided there should be somewhere to store used batteries which would then not get mixed up with new ones.
“We have had 700 manufactured and can get more according to demand.”
Chrisbeon Office Supplies is based at Units B2 and B3, Stafford Park 4, Telford, 01952 292606 and is open from 8.30 am to 5.30 pm Monday to Friday.