B&A Group Focuses on Growth After Waste Division Sale | Newsletter 2019

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Investment and an ongoing commitment to high levels of customer service across B&A Group’s range of activities is a key business focus, after the recent sale of its waste management division.

Earlier this year, B&A Group’s skip and waste management division was acquired by Smiths (Gloucester) Ltd, a family-run waste management business operating in South West England. 

All assets of B&A Group’s division transferred to the new owners in January. These included B&A Group’s skips, roll-on roll-off (RORO) hire and recycling services; together with its dedicated management and operations team, drivers and yard staff, all are now directly employed by Smiths and are enjoying working for another family run company.

Whilst this was a difficult decision to make and the company has enjoyed much success over the last 17 years, Aidan Berkely, Director, felt it was a good opportunity to focus his energy on developing Balla Property Developments Ltd, a new subsidiary of the B&A Group, concentrating on industrial, commercial and residential building developments. Aidan commented: 

“I have no doubt Smiths of Gloucester will build on the success of Bristol & Avon Waste Management and remain a firm contender in a competitive market within the Bristol area. I thoroughly enjoyed the relationships I had with our clients, suppliers and employees of Bristol and Avon Waste Management.  However, our new subsidiary Balla Property Developments Ltd now has all my attention and I am looking forward to working on various projects, including a residential development in Bristol & Wotton Under Edge, an industrial development in Avonmouth and a speculative scheme in Cribbs Causeway all of which will add more strength to the B&A Group.”

B&A Group’s increased focus on growing services

For B&A Group, the sale of the skip division also means an increased focus on developing the services provided by its expanding Transport & Recycling division – providing grab hire, muck away, tipper hire, aggregates, soil testing, land remediation and environmental consultancy. The activities of the Transport & Recycling division are unaffected by the sale and the team is committed to continuing to provide an excellent service to a diverse range of clients in the UK.

A milestone in the Group’s history

This sale and focus now on the growth of the group as well as the Transport & Recycling Division marks a milestone in the Group’s history. Established nearly 30 years ago by the late Jimmy Berkely and developed with the help of his family, B&A Group has grown into an award-winning player in haulage, land remediation and recycling in the South West.

Last year, Bristol & Avon Transport & Recycling Ltd was named as one of the London Stock Exchange Group’s 1,000 Companies to Inspire Britain, in recognition of the substantial growth in the company’s profitability and turnover. 

Investment and looking to the future

As part of its plans for company growth, B&A Group will continue with its investment in employee development and wellbeing and its fleet investment programme, as well as increasing its land holding with a view to developing and delivering on its commercial and residential new build plans.

Emphasising B&A Group’s plans to drive ahead with a strong and high level of customer service, Clare Berkely, Finance Director at B&A Group, said: 

“We have enjoyed an excellent year to date in terms of financial and operational performance.

“The centralisation of our core business, our in-house capability and experienced management teams committed to providing excellent service to our clients, coupled with our drive to ensure we provide safe, cost-effective, professional, and compliant solutions to all our customers has contributed to our success.

“We will remain successful by building on this and consistently looking for ways to improve our employee and customer experience with B&A Group, which will guide our investments in plant and technology, enhancing our efficiency, offering value to our clients, enabling us to remain a leader in our field.” 


For more information, please contact:

Bristol & Avon Group

Severn Road, 

Hallen, BS10 7SE

0117 982 9561