Kedel Limited - Our birthday is 13th January
Building and Construction Products Manufacturer and Distributor
How We Got Started
(Movie coming soon) Once upon a time, not so very far away - Colne in Lancashire to be precise - three brothers found themselves at a loose end through no fault of their own. One worked for a charity, another got fed up with his current sales job, and a 3rd brother got made redundant.
One of them, Kieran, was pondering his next move and meanwhile he decided make a compost tumbler for his own use out of a used food grade 210lt screw top plastic bin, reclaimed from the food industry, and a base made out of recycled plastic 4 x 2.
Having left his former job he needed some cash to visit his sister in the USA, so he thought it might be fun to make more than one composter and see if they would sell on eBay. This was the beginning of the idea of Kedel.
Dermot, his younger brother, was an experienced sales and marketing manager, and with a entrepreneurial streak in his character. After a chat about Kieran's little project the idea was mentioned of starting a business in the recycled plastic industry. While Kieran disappeared off to the USA Dermot had a market research study carried out by Business Link.
Lewis, was the charity worker who had little interest in business but did have a few useful skills he had picked up out of necessity. His work for a Meditation Educational Charity required him to pick up skills in IT, photography, journalism, and presentation skills. He accepted an invitation to come on board to create our first website and handle customer service issues for a couple of years.
Lewis was blissfully unaware of what he was getting into, and is still coming to terms with the loss of his hitherto untroubled life, which had been far from the rat race, living an almost monk-like existence in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. But a change was long overdue!
A nephew, Nathan, came on board with spectacular Industrial Product Design skills and very importantly, David, other talented nephew arrived with SEO (Search Engine Optimisation) skills that magically shot Kedel to fame. The new company emerged magically on the internet from nowhere to the great surprise of our competitors. You can't make much progress these days if no one can find you on Google.
And so a business, without a name, was born.
The name 'Kedel' emerged from the first names of the brothers, Kieran, Dermot and Lewis and was suggested by Kieran's wife, Sue. Kedel Limited was registered with Companies House on 13th January 2010.
This website 'kedeltrade.co.uk' is one of three company websites catering for the general public, the education market and finally the building and construction trade.
So, this was the beginning, and a 1000 sq ft unit was initially leased with a small grant from Pendle Council. No one got any wages for a while.
After less than 12 months 1000 sq ft seemed a bit cramped, and Kedel moved to 6000 sq ft, followed only 6 months later by a 12,000 sq foot unit at Daisy Mill, and Kedel Trade is still growing like a weed.
Obviously something seems to be working well, and that something is Recycled Plastic Building and Construction Materials and a market thirsty for maintenance-free eco-friendly products.
The staff gradually increased to meet demand and now number 13 which you can see in the picture below. A more creative group of talented people you will never find anywhere.