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Unicorn in the Making

Updated: Jul 1, 2022

The latest member of our work family is our new Non Executive Chairman Paul.

Paul is one of those special people that the whole team wanted to work with and we are delighted that he’s agreed to be a part of the journey.

Paul Richardson

Chairman, BBi

Paul Richardson is a serial entrepreneur who is passionate about developing companies.

Over the course of his professional career, Paul has held senior positions at several global companies and has worked across a range of sectors including eCommerce, waste management and technology. His broad and extensive range of business skills and knowledge including organisational, strategic, managerial, motivational and financial experience has led him to acquiring and disposing of 26 companies, 24 in the waste sector.

In the waste management sector, Paul became Managing Director of Dial A Skip Ltd aged 20 and sold the company to BFI – the second largest waste management company in the world – in 1989. In 1992, he founded City Waste PLC and grew the company into the largest waste management and recycling company in the Midlands.

Alongside Canadian company, Knowaste, Paul introduced AHP recycling to the UK, building the UK’s first AHP recycling plant in 2008. Following this, he became a director of Knowaste LTD, Knowaste Midlands LTD as well as Senior Vice President of Knowaste LLC in the US.

With more than 20 years' experience, Paul has extensive experience growing businesses in the eCommerce sector. He was instrumental in helping Gymshark become the global e-commerce business it is today. When Paul met Ben Francis in 2014 Gymshark had 8 staff and revenue of £4.5 mill but today it has over 900 staff and an estimated revenue of £500 mill.Prior to that, he was a joint owner and Director of AllSaints, expanding the brand from five to 12 stores between 2002 and 2004. Most recently, he became the owner and Executive Chairman at HERA, where he is helping to grow the streetwear brand into a £100 million fashion label.

In 2021, Paul diversified his portfolio and invested in Energym, an innovative company that produces power from the use of gym equipment, and Arxall, a cyber security company with a difference.

Other interests of his include fitness, football and the environment. Paul is an avid supporter of Birmingham City Football Club in which he previously served as a Non-Executive Director. He also owns 228 acres of farmland and over 400 acres of protected woodland.

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