Paul entered the waste industry at 20 years old, starting as a driver and quickly working his way up. He joined Reconomy in 1999, running the operational side of the business and then led a management buy-out (MBO) in 2001. Growing the business successfully on the back a best-in-class service for clients in housebuilding and construction, Reconomy then took private equity investment in 2006 with Bregal Capital becoming majority shareholder.
Following the economic crash of 2008, Paul, now CEO, re-focused Reconomy on a strategy of technology-enablement, dynamic and accurate data for customers and dedicated service propositions for a broader range of sectors including infrastructure, utilities and commercial industry. Paul’s passion, forward-thinking and demands for innovation have seen the Reconomy Group grow exponentially from £87m turnover in 2015 to over £800m in 2021, now offering comprehensive solutions to leading brands across the world that want to adopt circular economy approaches.
2017 was a milestone year for Paul and the company. There was a further ownership change with EMK Capital becoming majority shareholder, Reconomy was named Company of the Year in the Shropshire Business Awards and Paul was named EY Entrepreneur of the Year in the Transformational Leader category. Further recognition was received in 2018 as Paul featured in the LDC Top 50 most ambitious business leaders and in 2021 with Reconomy receiving the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in the Innovation category.