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Wokingham-based waste recycling firm Collard Group makes acquisition to mark its 25th anniversary

Collard Group WOkingham

A WASTE recycling company has completed the acquisition of another firm as part of its 25th-anniversary celebrations. 

The Collard Group Ltd, which has a base off Old Forest Road in Wokingham, last Friday combined with Raymond Brown Waste Solutions (RBWS) in a deal which sees two of the biggest names in waste management in the South of England join forces.

The newly combined business now operates from nine recycling centres across five counties: Hampshire, Surrey, Berkshire, Oxfordshire and Wiltshire.

Raymond Brown Waste Solutions operates the Chilton Waste and Brown Skips brands.

And company founder Rob Collard says he is keen to reassure existing customers of both companies that it will be ‘business as usual’.

“The integration of Raymond Brown Waste Solutions’ facilities, fleet, equipment and people including the existing management team will enable us to achieve a seamless transition of service for existing customers,” he said. 

“The deal brings together two successful businesses and strong brands, giving us more capacity across a much bigger area and expanding the services available to Raymond Brown Waste Solutions’ existing customers.”

Don Coates, Raymond Brown Group’s chief executive officer, added: “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 focussed waste business.

“I thank my colleagues for their hard work and dedication to Raymond Brown Group over the years and with 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.”

The announcement coincides with the 25th Anniversary of the establishment of R Collard Ltd and is a perfect way for the company to celebrate a quarter of a century in the waste business.

Rob explains: “We’ve come a long way since we started and this major milestone is testament to the hard work and dedication of every single employee who have each, in their own way, contributed to our success.  

“My management team has worked tirelessly to get this deal over the line, alongside their Raymond Brown colleagues and I am proud and delighted to welcome over 80 new employees to the business.”

R Collard Ltd was established in 1994 to provide haulage services to local construction companies. Twenty-five years on Collard Group employs more than 400 full-time staff, has more than 4,000 skips, a 150-vehicle fleet and turnover in excess of £50 million. The acquisition propels the company further into the top-tier of waste companies with the capacity to process over 1 million tonnes of waste and recycling every year.

It has diversified into a provider of demolition, recycling, skip hire, haulage, aggregates and earthworks as well as supplying high-grade secondary aggregates and ready-mixed concrete.

It continues to be a family-run business with four generations of Collards involved in the region’s waste industry since the Second World War. Rob’s sons Ricky and Jordan also work in the business when they’re not busy with their racing careers with Aston Martin and McLaren.

As a major local employer, the company invests heavily in its people through local apprenticeship schemes, skills training and the continuous professional development of its staff.  Being a part of the community through active, tangible support for local causes and initiatives is important to Collard employees. In the last 18 months alone, the company has contributed over £120,000 supporting charity and community projects, as well as helping to raise £75,000 for national children’s charities through its association with the National Federation of Demolition Contractors.

While Rob Collard is still a hands-on presence at the company, he is possibly better known for his exploits on the motor racing circuit. He has been a driver in the British Touring Car Championship for more than 10 years and is regularly featured in ITV’s coverage of the sport. 

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