From ‘a cowshed’ to a £1m-a-year turnover...

PUBLISHED: 09:00 09 July 2016

Ardene and North Somerset Council chief executive Mike Jackson.

Ardene and North Somerset Council chief executive Mike Jackson.


A man who left Weston-super-Mare’s Wyvern School with just three GCSEs is celebrating the fact his firm is set to top £1million turnover for the first time – and now wants to grow his company and treble its workforce in the next three years.

Ardene Stoneman took on a carpentry apprenticeship after leaving school, but in 2006 struck out alone by starting up online company Better Kitchens.

The company is now celebrating its 10th anniversary, with Ardene looking to grow its workforce to 30 people and extend turnover towards £5million a year.

North Somerset Council’s chief executive Mike Jackson attended at Better Kitchens’ anniversary celebrations, and says Ardene’s success can be followed by others.

He said: “Ardene is a great inspiration to other entrepreneurs in the town. The company’s growth is impressive, from a cowshed to one of the fastest growing online kitchen retailers in the UK.

“Developing an entrepreneurial spirit in the town is a key part of the council’s economic regeneration strategy.

“New businesses have opened in the town centre in recent months, expanding the range and quality of Weston’s retail and leisure offer.

“Summer 2017 will also see the opening of a £45million development at Dolphin Square, bringing leading names in the restaurant and leisure industries to the heart of the town.”

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