HAMPSHIRE-based entrepreneur, Rob Collard, is celebrating 25 years in the waste business with the acquisition of Raymond Brown Waste Solutions (RBWS).
The purchase, which was announced on Friday, 18 Oct, further elevates Collard Group Ltd into the top-tier of waste management companies with a one million+ tonne annual capacity for waste and recycling.
The addition of RBWS’ resources – including the incorporation of three strategically-located waste transfer stations at Chilton (Didcot), Nursling (Southampton) and at Andover on the A303 – will expand Collard’s geographical footprint to become an even more significant player in the waste sector in the South. It now operates from nine recycling centres across five counties from Hampshire to Surrey, Berkshire, Oxfordshire and Wiltshire.
A combination of investment and acquisition has seen Collard Group grow exponentially in recent years into a multi-disciplined provider of demolition, recycling, skip hire, haulage, aggregates and earthworks as well as supplying high-grade secondary aggregates and ready-mixed concrete. The newly-combined business now boasts over 4000 skips, a 150-vehicle fleet, more than 400 staff and a turnover in excess of £50 million.
“The deal brings together two successful businesses and strong brands, creating greater capacity for R Collard and expanding the services available to Raymond Brown Waste Solutions’ existing customers,” said Rob who, as founder and owner, remains a hands-on presence at R Collard Ltd. “We felt there was great synergy between the two companies in terms of service profile as well as approach to recycling and sustainability.”
Don Coates, chief executive officer of RBWS, commented: “Raymond Brown Waste Solutions has been a key part of the group’s overall development but will now have more opportunities for growth as part of a focused waste business.
“I thank my colleagues for their hard work and dedication to Raymond Brown Group over the years and wish them all the best in what I am sure will be a prospering waste company. Raymond Brown Group will now concentrate on growing its Quarry Products and Fortis IBA divisions, both of which have had recent success in securing new reserves and contracts.”
Rob and his management team are keen to reassure existing customers of both companies that it will be ‘business as usual’ following the announcement.
“The integration of RBWS’ facilities, fleet, equipment and – most importantly – it’s people including the existing management team will enable us to achieve a seamless transition of service for existing customers,” he continued. “The two brands will continue to exist alongside each other as we work to merge RBWS into Collard Group.”
Raymond Brown Waste Solutions operates the Chilton Waste and Brown Skips brands.
The acquisition coincides with the 25th anniversary of the establishment of R Collard Ltd and marks a major milestone in the company’s history.
Rob started as a sole trader in 1994 with a second-hand tipper lorry providing haulage services to local construction companies. The last five years has seen significant investment in plant and equipment, including a state-of-the-art wash plant and new ready-mixed concrete plant, as well as strategic acquisitions include the purchase of his late-father’s waste management business M Collard Ltd in August 2016.