BGF makes investment in recycling business

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Vikki Jackson-Smith

Business Growth Fund (BGF), the independent company established to help Britain’s growing businesses, has invested growth capital £7.5million in J&B Recycling.

This is a first investment in Teesside for BGF, which has a regional investment team based in Leeds. It follows an £8m investment previously made into Durham-based community pubs estate, Wear Inns.

Operating from two recycling facilities in Hartlepool and a waste transfer station in Middlesbrough, J&B Recycling provides waste collection, recovery and recycling services to both public and private sector organisations throughout the North East as well as successfully winning national contracts for large tonnages delivered and processed at its Hartlepool facility.

Customers include local authorities, housing authorities, commercial, industrial and also other waste companies who use J & B’s facilities to recycle their customers’ wastes.

J&B Recycling diverts waste away from landfill by increasing the levels and types that can be recycled and reduces the cost of waste removal for its customers.

The company was also the first in the Tees Valley to set up a plastic bottle bank scheme and among the first to offer co-mingled recyclable collections for commercial customers.

J&B operates in a sector that is subject to strong regulatory growth drivers.

Current EU and UK government policy aims to divert as much waste as possible away from costly and capacity-constrained landfill sites, into recycling and recovery.

The Landfill Directive calls for 50% of the UK’s total waste products to be recycled by 2020, which will in turn require an additional 160,000 m/t to be recycled each year.

The company is run by female entrepreneur Vikki Jackson-Smith, who established the recycling business in 2000 to diversify from the Solid Fuel Business that her father Alan Jackson had originally established in the 1970’s. Since then, the business has grown to an annual turnover of c. £10m and employs 175 people.

Vikki said: “I am delighted J&B has secured a significant investment from BGF to help execute our very exciting growth plans.

“Together with our advisers, Cavu Corporate Finance, we reviewed the UK development capital market for investment and I was delighted with the substantial interest that our plans created amongst the funding community.

“We believe BGF will be the ideal partner for us – they take a long term view, are experienced investors in family businesses and the chemistry felt right from the very first meeting.

“It is great to have them on board and the whole management team are now looking forward to working with BGF to take our investment plans forward and make J&B a very significant national player in the waste recycling sector.

“J & B has always viewed itself as an innovator within the industry, from our early days of recycling glass bottles to the development of our state-of-the-art materials recycling facility.

“This investment will further enhance our reputation as we look to collect, recover and recycle more and more waste to put to new uses.”

BGF’s growth capital will enable the company to develop an additional recycling facility in Middlesbrough for treating commercial waste, as well supporting further expansion at existing facilities where household waste is treated.  This will in turn create further new jobs across Teesside.

Following the investment, current Non Executive Director Ross Smith will take on the role of Non Executive Chairman. Ross was formerly CEO of 3i backed MDC technology and Chairman of CSL Dualcom.

The investment team at BGF was led by investment director Richard Taylor, with support from investment manager Chris Boyes.


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