Trading Places winners 2010
Meet the winners of the Barclays Trading Places Awards 2010 and see how they’ve overcome challenges to be the very best.
Richard John Cartwright
Newcastle upon Tyne (Tyne and Wear)
Richard Cartwright was a Big Issue seller in Newcastle, with a love of reading.
So it’s not surprising he used his profits to buy books, sourced from local charity shops and library sales. Richard quickly realised there was a good market for second-hand books and decided to build his own computer so he could sell them online.
Business boomed – but Richard was fast running out of space at his small council flat. He decided to take the plunge and lease a warehouse. Today, Newcastle Books has over 140,000 titles, with 27,000 listed online. Richard also employs four local residents, who are helping him to successfully expand the business.
When John Charles complained to doctors about his severe headaches, little did he realise that seven months later he would be a registered blind person – cause unknown.
But John was determined to get to grips with his new condition. He developed a business plan for a catering company and went on to launch Catering2Order. The business is run as a social enterprise, funding its own work placement scheme for people with disabilities and those from socially deprived communities.
John’s clients include the Olympic Delivery Authority, supplying onsite catering to the Olympic construction site in East London.
Community Award Winner
Bar Hill (Cambridge)
Andy Kent has battled ill health since leaving school at 14 barely able to read or write. After a near fatal stroke, he decided to use his recovery time to gain GCSE passes.
Afterwards, Andy – a qualified motor mechanic – decided to set up his own garage. He re-mortgaged his home and with the support of his wife Jan, Andy’s Kars opened for business.
Andy has been determined to use his skills and experience to benefit others like him. He has made it his policy to employ disabled and disadvantaged people, providing them with the opportunities he lacked.
Read the stories of our other National Finalists here.