Women’s Business Lunch – Speaker 10th March 2016

Emma Elston MBE

Co-founder of UK Container Maintenance Ltd

Our speaker – Emma – shared her inspiring and entertaining journey into the world of business when she spotted a gap in the market and took a leap of faith!

“What kept me going was I knew the idea would work. Product knowledge and passion is key to success. It took us a while to get there but now I can’t imagine not having my own business.”

Emma Elston set up Northwich-based container refurbishment company UKCM with her husband Julian in 1998 and was awarded an MBE for her ‘dedicated services to manufacturing’ in the 2015 New Year Honours List.  With a host of awards under her belt including the NatWest Everywoman Demeter Award and Aspire Businesswoman of the Year, she is also an ambassador for Real Life Entrepreneurs; a campaign launched by the Everywoman Network and the Federation of Small Businesses which aims to encourage women, the disabled and the young to start up new businesses.

Our chosen charity who benefited from a donation from this event were Young Advisors – a consultancy with a difference. They specialise in youth insight and solutions for organisations who want to improve the experience they offer young people.  Young Advisors are young people aged between 15 and 24, who show community leaders how to engage young people in community life, local decision-making and improving services. They also work with business leaders, bringing unique expertise and knowledge about being young to influence strategic planning, decision-making and marketing.