START OF G&B - Aged 21, Brian already knew he wanted to start his own business. With his friend Gordon he bought a lorry with a compressor. That was the start of G&B – ‘Gordon and Brian’. Eventually it became G&B compressor hire. He hired out mobile compressors and as his business grew he acquired more and more lorries.
We purchased our first yard office and storage space in South Woodford, and started supplying tipper lorries to the London Borough of Newham.
Our business changed, leading to a change in direction to skip hire. We bought up a mini-skip hire business of one lorry and 6 mini skips.
We purchased our Macks Skips in Leyton. They had about 200 skips and key admin staff and drivers, trading by this time as GB Macks Skips.
“This was a substantial move for us,” says Brian. “It significantly changed the way in which we carried on business. Before, we had simply hired out our skips and paid others to tip our waste into their site. Now we had our own waste transfer station to collect waste before it went to landfill.”
GB gains the WAMITAB (Waste Industry Training and Advisory Board) Certificate of Technical Competence.
Trading as GB Skips we moved to our current Silvertown base, setting up and equipping a complete waste transfer station, installing a weighbridge, employing new staff and exploring new lines of business. These included rubbish clearance, waste management and scrap metal dealing.
Keen to attract customers from a wider geographical base we opened our second waste transfer station in Roebuck Road, Hainault. State-of-the-art equipment means we can handle waste efficiently to help us meet and exceed our target of 85% recycling.
This year we are confident that an upturn in the economy will bring in a new customer base as people start to clear their old homes and offices and make fresh starts. Long overdue building works are getting started at last – their sites will all need careful waste management. Brian and Sheila can step back happy that their growing family business is in the safe hands of their children.