Ready for the future

Date: 17/08/2020

Some changes in our business

I am delighted to announce some key changes to our business, namely the introduction of four clear business divisions. From a day-to-day perspective it’s very much business as usual but please find more detail of our restructuring plans for an exciting future ahead.

Our proud history

Our business is growing and expanding, covering more of the country and providing a wider range of services than ever before. Last year we celebrated 25 years of trading and year-on-year growth pushing our group turnover past £50M for the first time.

Early in 2019 we launched our concrete business becoming the first in our industry to successfully use recycled aggregate in our ready mix product. At the end of the year we welcomed on-board the team at Raymond Brown Waste Solutions (RBWS) increasing our reach north to Oxfordshire and south to Southampton, covering five counties from our nine recycling depots. Three years before that I was proud to purchase my late father’s waste business, M Collard Ltd, adding the Reading depot to the Group.

Time to adapt

We’re a team of nearly 400, and it’s now time to look at how we optimise our business for our next chapter. We’re working hard to accelerate integrating R Collard Ltd, M Collard Ltd and RBWS, improving our operating structure, reviewing our systems and processes and refreshing the Collard brand.

Four new Divisions

As you would expect, we have been looking at the structure of the business and we are in the process of creating four clear divisions:

  • Contracting (including demolition, enabling works and metal recycling)
  • Environmental (skip hire and recycling, including RBWS)
  • Aggregates (including tippers)
  • Ready Mix Concrete (RMC)

I am delighted to therefore announce that after 18 years of tremendous dedication and loyalty James Chillery will take up the role of Managing Director of the Aggregates division.

I’ve appointed Lee Phelan as Managing Director of the Environmental division and have no doubt that his leadership will take this thriving part of our business from strength to strength. He will also oversee the Ready Mixed Concrete division in the interim.

As Group MD I will continue to lead the business overall on a day-to-day basis as well as overseeing the Contracting division.

Once again it remains very much business as usual, but together we look forward to continuing to work with all our clients in the future. Should you have any questions on any of the above, please don’t hesitate to contact me in the usual ways.

Robert Collard
Group MD of the Collard Group

Robert Collard, Group MD
James Chillery
Lee Phelan
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