Azhar Majid Saddique: UK Equipment Direct

Focus: Commercial catering and refrigeration equipment

Azhar Majid Saddique, 31
Company: UK Equipment Direct

Azhar Saddique began trading from his bedroom in 2007, after accepting a £2,500 redundancy package from Centrica. With no bank credit or external finance to speak of, the business turned over £1m in its first six months and has now supplied more than 10,000 organisations, including the NHS.

UK Equipment Direct offers a complete one-stop service, covering design and installation, and Saddique has secured sole British distribution rights with several leading brands. He is preparing to launch his own range of energy efficient products next year, featuring the firm’s unique remote monitoring system. Revenue should hit £9m by financial year end 2011.


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