About our Business Incubators

Recycling Lives wants to help small businesses with big ideas.

Offering business support, mentoring and branding opportunities, our business incubators give fledgling businesses every chance of success.

We offer:
  • Premium office space in central Preston
  • Purposely set low-rates to ensure success
  • Secure property with extensive CCTV
  • Friendly reception services
  • Fully equipped communal meeting rooms
  • On-site community Café
  • Award-winning professional services

If you think our business incubation services could help you and your enterprise, get in touch to arrange a tour of our offices or apply for incubation.

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Recycling Lives proves that social value and commercial success go hand in hand. An industry leading commercial recycler and waste management company, we support and sustain a range of charitable activities through our business operations.

Creating measurable social value and supporting social and environmental sustainability, Recycling Lives’ unique business model aims to change the way that business is done.

who we work with

  • tomee tippee ®
  • Superdrug
  • makita ®
  • claire's
  • BRITVIC pic ®
  • Russell Hobbs
  • CocaCola
  • tyco Security Products

Benefits designed to help your business

  • Furnished with desks and chairs
  • En-suite toilet and shower facilities
  • Communal kitchens
  • State-of-the-art meeting rooms
  • Broadband internet access
  • Telephone systems
  • IT Setup and Support
  • Telephone systems setup and support
  • Business identity & branding
  • Accountancy services
  • Business mentoring
  • Strategic consultation services


When you choose a business incubator with Recycling Lives, you are also supporting Recycling Lives charitable activities:

  • Our HMP Academies support offenders to improve their life and work skills ahead of release to significantly reduce reoffending risks. In prison-based workshops, men and women undertake recycling or fabrication work, earning an enhanced wage, achieving qualifications and developing transferable skills. This helps them to gain full-time work after release.
  • Our Residential Charity supports ex-offenders, the homeless and the long-term un-employed into full-time work and a stable independent lifestyle through education. Work experience and training from our training department forms a key aspect of preparing Residents for this outcome.
  • Our Food Redistribution Centre reduces food waste by redistributing surplus food from supermarkets and suppliers to charitable organisations across Lancashire and Cumbria.
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Recycling Lives has created a total of £28.3m Social Value between 2015 and 2018 through our charitable activities. Operating in 11 prisons across the UK, our HMP Academies work with 250 men and women, rehabilitating 92 out of 96 prison leavers in 2018/19. This less than 5% reoffending rate compares with the national average of around 67%.

Since its launch in late 2015, our Food Redistribution Centre has distributed 3.2million meals to disadvantaged groups, diverting thousands of tonnes of food from landfill in the process.

Our Residential Charity supported 27 individuals into permanent jobs and their own homes between 2015 and 2019.

These figures save the taxpayer money by relieving pressure on public resources like the judicial system, medical and healthcare services and the benefits system. By using our business incubators your business supports continued savings to the public purse.

The Impact of our partnerships

Our work is doing more than just changing lives for individuals, families and communities - between 2015 and 2018 it has created huge savings for society by reducing costs to the taxpayer and creating social value worth millions of pounds.

In the last three years

  • 24 individuals supported into independent living
  • + 136 ex-offenders rehabilitated
    and supported into work
  • + 2,174,140 meals delivered across
    Lancashire & Cumbria
  • = £17.3m reported Social Value -
    created through savings to society

why work with us

Martin Chown Supply Chain Director Sellafield Limited We are committed to ensuring our local communities derive maximum economic benefit from the money we spend at Sellafield, by insisting companies that win work with us to invest to support local growth. Recycling Lives has these values at its core and I’m excited by their plans. The contract win also allowed for the creation of a number of jobs in Cumbria as we work to open a new site in the county, creating jobs for yard operatives, drivers and site managers. Read moreRead less
Jeremy Hartley Managing Director Eric Wright Group The Eric Wright Group has always recognised the importance of supporting the local community and using our business activities to improve people’s lives. Working with Recycling Lives gives us an opportunity to continue to make a real difference and achieve more through working together. Read moreRead less
Josh Steiner Social Value & Sustainability Manager Wates Group Recycling Lives has reaped the rewards of strong commercial and social credentials to secure large-scale contracts. The high value and quality nature of the service, alongside its demonstrable social benefits has prompted the organisation’s ongoing success, allowing it to expand its range of services and open in new locations to achieve nationwide coverage Read moreRead less

Discover the benefits of the Recycling Lives Portal

Recycling Lives Portal

Our bespoke customer portal can be tailored to your business needs. After we’ve assessed your waste streams, we’ll ensure the portal is responsive to making collection requests, viewing the recycling process and tracking recycle rates.

Learn more about Recycling Lives

We’ve operated in the recycling sector for 40 years - learn more about our history and impact to date

Get in touch with Recycling Lives

We’d love to hear from you - contact us about recycling waste, working together or joining our team

What Sectors we operate in

We service all sectors - see how we can manage your waste for environmental and social benefit

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