Family Business of the year
With annual revenue for 2017 approaching £125million, Ward has grown from a single metal recycling site to a five-site operation. It is now one of the largest independent waste management specialists in the UK.
Ward continually invests in the latest technologies which support manual or machine sorting and advanced separation of waste metals, designed to help customers exceed recycling targets.
January 2018 saw the unveiling of a new multi-million purpose-built facility in Chesterfield, following a 24-month programme of improvement works. The site predominantly recycles ferrous and non-ferrous metals including steel, cast iron, cars, stainless steel, aluminium, copper, zinc and lead. The works have increased the space for sorting and securely storing materials and extended capabilities for recycling.
Investment has included a 10,000 sq ft building for recycling metals and waste and a new 1,000-tonne state of the art shear with fines removal to help increase steelmaking yields. The improvements made will also provide better facilities for the workforce and create long-term sustainable jobs.
Ward is opening a dedicated dock facility to service deep sea customers and increase market share of quality metal exports. The port at Immingham will help Ward expand buying and selling of metals to new customers in Turkey and support the existing supply of metals to India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Indonesia, China and Vietnam, as well as the UK and Europe. The facility will be opening officially in April 2018.
Ward has partnered with a local college to become an apprenticeship academy and every year takes on a number of young people, aiming to teach them new skills and introducing them to long-term employment.
Ward supports numerous charities and believes in being part of the local community. Donations in recent years have been used to sponsor a food bank, buy sailing equipment for children with learning difficulties, helped build a sensory garden and renovated and reopened buildings for community use. Ward has also funded the construction of a school in Malawi and works with Industrial Exiom in India to ensure that its workers’ children can go to school every day by providing clothing and books.
What town/city are you based in?
Swadlincote, Derbyshire (Midlands)
Number of generations
Business Services – Other
Number of employees