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We are excited to hear that the National Business Women's Awards 2020, which was postponed due to covid, has been given the go-ahead for 22nd July 2021.
Vikki Jackson-Smith, CEO of J&B Recycling, is a finalist for the coveted 'Business Woman of the Year' (medium business) Award.
Vikki started out in the family solid fuel business as a Weighbridge Clerk, then becoming Transport Manager and running the logistics of the business. When her father, Alan, made the decision to retire following the changes in the solid fuel industry, he offered Vikki the opportunity to develop the Baltic Street site and continue to work with the current workforce and assets.
Vikki established J&B Recycling in 1998 to diversify from the parent company's solid fuel business into recycling and waste management and the diversification safeguarded the jobs of the company's 20 employees. The decision was taken to look to recycling and waste management, as there were significant synergies with regard to the existing key skills and knowledge of the company and its employees.
The company is now a leading UK waste management company, with multiple sites across the North East. We employ over 200 staff and handle the collection, processing, and recycling of over 200,000 tonnes of waste materials each year.
Vikki will be heading down to London for the award ceremony and we all have our fingers and toes crossed that she will bring back the award to J&B!