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Acquisition helps R Collard keep it in the family

Rob Collard

R Collard Ltd expand portfolio of services with acquisition of Reading-based M Collard Waste Management Ltd

R COLLARD Ltd, the Hampshire-based demolition, waste-management and haulage firm, have completed the acquisition of M Collard Waste Management. M Collard have been trading in Berkshire and Surrey for 40 years and is owned by Mick Collard, the father of R Collard managing director Robert Collard.

The acquisition expands R Collard’s business and the company’s geographical reach into Hampshire, Berkshire and Surrey while protecting and creating jobs through investment in the local economy. 

R Collard Ltd will now operate five licensed waste transfer stations in Eversley, Aldershot, Bramshill, Farnham and Reading, assimilating the business and assets of M Collard into their existing operations.

The move has also increased the number of skips operated by R Collard to 2,000 and boosts their HGV fleet to 98, all of which will be co-ordinated from the company’s customer contact centre in Eversley. Staff from M Collard will relocate to a new office block in Eversley, which is scheduled for completion at the end of 2016. 

R Collard have long held the philosophy that investment in skips and lorries must be maintained in order to provide their core business of managing demolition waste efficiently and reliably. Importantly, the acquisition of M Collard continues this strategy of sustained investment in equipment and workforce. 

‘This step is of enormous significance to me,’ said Robert Collard. ‘I started my career working for my father and at the age of 23 set up on my own company. We have always been hugely respectful of each other’s businesses and being based so near to each other has complemented and built on the Collard name to create a significant brand that customers can trust to give an efficient and reliable service.’ 

He added: ‘This move allows me to expand into my father’s territory with his blessing. The expansion suits my company’s long-term strategy to be a major regional waste-management company for the M3/M4 corridor and this acquisition to our business gives us the expanded trading base we were looking for.’

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