Welsh Conservative Party leader praises Caldicot Group


The Caldicot Group has been praised by the leader of the Welsh Conservative Party for its investment in providing employment opportunities for local people.

Andrew RT Davies made the comments on a visit to the company's headquarters in Monmouthshire where he learned more about the its plans to double the size of its workforce over the next five years.

The Caldicot Group, which employs more than 100 people, is one of the UK’s biggest independent recovery agencies with depots in Monmouthshire, Gloucester, the Forest of Dean and the Midlands. It intends to double the number of people it employs over the next five years through a major investment programme, which includes its recent acquisition of Overbrook Recovery in Gloucestershire.

With an operating network of more than 6,000 square miles the group supports the vehicle recovery and maintenance needs of over 500 businesses and is a Highways England contractor.

Mr Davies said: “The Caldicot Group is a shinning example of how Welsh businesses are leading the way on a UK-wide level, which is something we should support and celebrate. The company’s commitment to its workforce – both in terms of employee training and employment opportunities – underlines how businesses can grow and prosper through investing in people. As a party we are committed to ensuring businesses like the Caldicot Group get the legislative and financial support they need to continue growing as part of a successful Welsh economy. In doing so the benefits can be shared by all in our society.”

The Caldicot Group is the headline sponsor of this year’s Wales Transport Awards, which Mr Davies described as an important opportunity to celebrate and recognise the important contribution transport operators make to the Welsh economy.

“Wales’ transport sector is an important part of the Welsh economy supporting thousands of jobs and businesses. It is only right these companies are recognised for their invaluable work and contributions.”

Gavin Edwards, managing director of the Caldicot Group, added: “We are grateful to Mr Davies for taking the time to visit our headquarters in Monmouthshire. It was extremely interesting learning about how his party is supporting Welsh businesses, which is important to us being able to continue providing high-skilled, well paid employment opportunities to local people.”

Caldicot Group completes acquisition of Overbrook Recovery


The Gwent-headquartered Caldicot Group has successfully completed the acquisition of one of Gloucestershire’s biggest recovery agencies expanding its portfolio of depots to four regional centres and increasing its operating network to more than 6,000 square miles.

The deal see the Caldicot Group, which is based in Monmouthshire, purchase Overbrook Recovery. Employing more than 30 members of staff, the Gloucestershire-based business has two depots including an MOT and vehicle recovery centre in Hawkwell in the Forest of Dean.

The move increases the Caldicot Group’s turnover to more than £8m and its workforce to over 100 employees. With four depots the company’s recovery operation now spans an area covering more than 6,000 square miles including major routes such as the M4, M5 and M6.

Group Managing Director Gavin Edwards said the acquisition was crucial to the company’s expansion plans as it looks to better serve its customers.

He said: “We are delighted to have negotiated the purchase of one of Gloucestershire’s oldest and most respected recovery operations and are looking forward to building upon their long-standing success in the region.

“As a company we have seen record growth in our customer base as we support more than 500 businesses with their recovery needs as well as being an approved Highways England partner for major road infrastructure projects. It was therefore important that we expanded our operating territory to better serve our customers and so that we can help more businesses.

“With depots in Walsall, Gloucester, the Forest of Dean and Monmouthshire the Caldicot Group is one of the UK’s fastest growing recovery agencies. Our strategic goal is to continue this expansion and support more companies with their recovery needs.”

Record number of road recoveries because of snow


One of Wales’ largest recovery agencies has reported a record number of road recoveries because of the recent snow.

The Caldicot Group, which is headquartered in Monmouthshire, travelled a combined distance of over 15,500 miles in just six days recovering more than 250 trucks and cars.

Averaging over 40 vehicles a day, hot spot areas included the Valleys, Mid-Wales and Shropshire where the higher grounds left many HGVs and cars snowbound and unable to move. The company, which has a fleet of more than 60 recovery vehicles, increased the size of its emergency recovery team so more of its specialists were on hand to deal with the increased number of breakdowns.

And as a result of a major road traffic collision on the M4 near Bristol during the poor weather, which resulted in the destruction of a 200m long stretch of reservation, the company has been appointed by Highways England to provide an emergency recovery service while engineers repair the damaged structure.

“This has certainly been one of the busiest periods in our history as a recovery agency,” explained managing director Gavin Edwards.

“We expected an increase in demand, which was why we increased the number of recovery specialists in our team so we could ensure we helped as many companies as possible. However, the conditions led to a record number of road recoveries with our team having to deal with a number of difficult breakdowns due to the unforgiving weather.

“From our own perspective we were pleased our recovery operation coped well with the increased demand. It is important that we keep businesses and the UK road networks moving as they are important to the economy. In doing so I have to thank our team who went the extra mile to ensure we were able to do so.”

Mr Edwards added that it was important companies inspected their vehicles for any damage as a result of the snow.

“Although the snow has now gone, it’s important for fleet-based companies to get their vehicles checked for any damage that could affect their performance.”

Certas Energy chooses Caldicot Group as its vehicle recovery partner

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Certas Energy - the UK’s largest independent distributor of fuel and lubricants - has chosen the Caldicot Group, as its vehicle recovery partner for Wales and the West Midlands.

The agreement is a massive coup for the ambitious Caldicot Group, which will now provide all vehicle recovery services for Certas Energy’s 173 tankers operating in Wales and the West Midlands.

With an annual delivered volume of 6 billion litres, Certas Energy is the UK’s largest independent fuel distributor employing more than 2,300 people across a nationwide network of over 140 sites and depots. Using a fleet of 1,000 tankers, Certas Energy serves the domestic and commercial markets including construction, haulage, aviation, agriculture, marine and the public sector. The company’s Wales and West Midlands operation accounts for more than 15% of its fleet and the Caldicot Group will serve these vehicles from its regional recovery centres in Monmouthshire and Walsall.

Richard King, Senior Transport Manager at Certas Energy, said: “We are delighted to be working with the Caldicot Group as our recovery partner for Wales and the West Midlands.

“Certas Energy is dedicated to supporting and serving the needs of its customers and importantly this ethos is shared by the Caldicot Group. Its team is clearly focused on delivering a personable service to its customers, while operationally its infrastructures and fleet demonstrate the key requirements we expect from a partner. We are looking forward to working with them in 2018.”

Gavin Edwards, Managing Director of the Caldicot Group, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for the company and we are grateful to Certas Energy for the faith they have shown in us as an organisation. Over the last 12 months we have seen significant growth as a business with a succession of new clients wins. This is testament to the fact we have delivered a level of service that fundamentally recognises the needs of individual businesses whether they are an SME or larger commercial operation.”

Confidence in Caldicot Group's recovery systems division sees sales grow by 125%

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Leading Gwent-headquartered recovery and maintenance agency the Caldicot Group has announced record growth in sales by its recovery systems division.

Caldicot Recovery Systems specialises in the national supply of trucks and recovery equipment to the multi-million pound vehicle recovery sector. The company, which was launched by the group in 2015, is the exclusive UK distribution partner of Poland-based manufacturer Tevor and this year has seen its sales grow by more than 125%. Caldicot Group Managing Director Gavin Edwards said this was largely down to an increasing share of the SME recovery market.

“We have seen significant growth in this area of the sector – in particular companies operating smaller fleets of up to 25 vehicles,” explained Mr Edwards. “We have specifically looked at developing a service and suite of products to serve this end of the market because companies there can often feel isolated and ignored by the bigger manufacturers.

“We know from our own research that these companies are typically affected by longer lead times for vehicles with waits of up to 10 months, which ultimately costs them money. Couple this alongside poor levels of customer service and a lack of bespoke options, and these are one of the primary reasons why companies are switching to us for the provision of their recovery vehicles. Our lead times average just 10 to 12 weeks and our after-sales support service is responsive and trustworthy."

The company has expanded its product offering to more than 25 recovery vehicles from specialist slidebeds to HGVs. The Caldicot Group intends on building the majority of its own 70-strong fleet with the Tevor brand. In 2016 it used this fleet to serve more 20,000 vehicle breakdowns across the UK including over 2,000 along the South Wales stretch of M4. Last month it announced details of a job expansion drive following new customer growth of more than 50%.

“We are delighted with the way each division of the Caldicot Group has grown in 2017,” said Mr Edwards. “This is a credit to the hard work of our team and we are looking forward to helping more businesses in South Wales and the rest of the UK in 2018.”

Job expansion at Caldicot Group

Job expansion at Caldicot Group


One of Gwent’s leading employers has begun a job expansion drive following a number of new client wins and national contract awards.

Road recovery and fleet maintenance agency the Caldicot Group already employs more than 70 people at its depots in Caldicot and Walsall from where it serves a customer base of more than 500 businesses.

The company has enjoyed a strong financial year with new customer growth of more than 50% and as part of this expansion is now looking to increase its workforce of professional fitters and HGV and LGV drivers.

To ensure the business attracts the brightest talent, it has developed above industry average salary opportunities for new and existing team members. These include annual packages of more than £40,000 for Class 1 fitters as well as flexible four on four off shift patterns.

Gavin Edwards, Managing Director of the Caldicot Group, said: “We have enjoyed encouraging success in 2017 with significant growth in new customers. This is largely down to the fact that we have delivered a level of service that fundamentally recognises the needs of individual businesses.

“We are now looking to expand our team of fitters and HGV and LGV drivers to serve these new and existing clients. As a company we pride ourselves on being an employer of choice within the industry that attracts and employs the very best professionals. It is crucial we continue doing so and to achieve this means rewarding our team members both financially and with regards to their working environment and career progression opportunities. That is why we have made significant recent investments in our workforce and will continue to do so as we expand the number of people we employ.”

For more information about current opportunities with the Caldicot Group visit caldicotgroup.co.uk/jobs

No tolls & improved M4 will mean more logistics & distribution companies moving to South Wales

The Caldicot Group says the removal of the Severn Bridge tolls combined with the development of the M4 relief road will lead to more companies specialising in the logistics and distribution sectors locating to South Wales along the M4 corridor.

The company, which is headquartered in Caldicot and has network of recovery operations throughout the UK, says it is investing significantly to ensure these new businesses are supported with their recovery needs.

It predicts the growth of businesses moving to the region will mean a greater need for improved breakdown support along the M4 in South Wales to ensure businesses are able to operate effectively. In the last 12 months alone the Group’s recovery division has dealt with more than 2,000 customer vehicle breakdowns on the 80-mile stretch of motorway between Chepstow and Carmarthenshire.

In total the company deals with more than 20,000 breakdowns every year and as a Highways England approved contractor is responsible for the recovery provision of some of the UK’s biggest motorway improvement schemes.

Gavin Edwards, Managing Director of the Caldicot Group, said: “The removal of the Severn Bridge tolls and development of the M4 relief road is excellent news for the South Wales economy. Due to commercial land opportunities that exist along the M4 corridor the area is ripe for companies in the logistics and distribution sectors to move or expand their operations to the region.

“We know a number of our existing customers, who are headquartered in England, are now looking at investing in the region because of these recent announcements.

“What is key for these businesses is being able to operate effectively in getting from A to B. That is why we are investing significantly in further expanding our operations so that these companies are supported with their recovery needs and have a system in place that keeps them moving.

“Breakdowns affect every business that relies upon a fleet of vehicles and when they are not moving they are not making money. Our job is to ensure they can continue moving as quickly as possible and therefore the impact of a breakdown is minimal to their operations and finances. In doing so we can ensure these businesses benefit from the investments being made in the region to its road infrastructures.”

Caldicot Group supports bike ride in aid of Recovery Industry Support Charity

The Caldicot Group has promised to donate a pound for every mile a fundraising cyclist completes of an epic 1,000 mile trek across Italy.

Brad Williams, a regional network manager for Britannia Rescue, is cycling from Catania to Venice in aid of the Recovery Industry Support Charity (RISC). He is hoping to raise £5,000 for the good cause, which helps people who have been injured working in the road recovery sector.

Brad is hoping to complete the epic trek, which begins today (July 14) in just nine days. He’ll be joined by his work colleague Nigel Jones however the pair are only taking basic supplies including a map to find their way to Venice and a tent to sleep in along the way.

The Caldicot Group is helping support the duo on the journey by donating a pound for every mile they complete meaning a total of £1,000 by the time they arrive in Venice. The company’s managing director Gavin Edwards said they were delighted to be supporting their fundraising efforts.

Gavin said: “RISC is a fantastic charity that does so much invaluable work helping those sadly affect by injury in the industry. As a specialist agency that supports the recovery needs of hundreds of businesses in the West Country we felt it was only right that we got behind Brad and his inspiring fundraising bike ride to help this very worthy cause.”

Brad added: “We’re extremely grateful to Gavin and the Caldicot Group for such a generous donation. It really sets us on our way to reaching our target and gives us a huge lift to complete what is going to be a very challenging ride. We can’t wait to get started though and are looking forward to reaching the finish line.”

You can donate to support Brad’s fundraising bike ride by visiting https://www.justgiving.com/campaigns/charity/risc/cycle-italy

Gavin Edwards, Managing Director of the Caldicot Group, with Brad Williams and the bike he'll be using on his epic trek across Italy.

Gavin Edwards, Managing Director of the Caldicot Group, with Brad Williams and the bike he'll be using on his epic trek across Italy.

Caldicot Group launches new name and brand

The Gwent-headquartered recovery agency Caldicot Group has rebranded as part of its plans to double in size over the next five years.

Formally known as Caldicot Fleet Maintenance, the group is one of the UK’s leading recovery sector specialists with a fleet of 100 vehicles and depots in Caldicot and Walsall serving over 500 businesses across its nationwide recovery network.

As a Highways England contractor the group is also responsible for delivering the recovery contracts for some of the country’s biggest motorway improvement schemes.

Headquartered at the Severn Bridge Industrial Estate in Caldicot, the group features three separate business divisions – Caldicot Recovery, Caldicot Maintenance, and Caldicot Recovery Systems, which in the last 12 months has secured the UK sales rights for major European brand Tevor’s recovery equipment products. 

With a turnover of more than £5m and employing more than 70 staff the group offers national and pan-European vehicle recovery and maintenance services, the group’s rebrand is a strategic part of its plans to double in size over the next five years as it looks to strengthen its UK-market share and benefit more local companies in South Wales and the West of England through the provision of cost-effective recovery and vehicle maintenance packages. 

Gavin Edwards, Caldicot Group Managing Director, said: “We have re-launched the company with a new name and image to match that of the service we deliver for our clients.

“Moving is important to the businesses we serve because if they are not moving they are not making money. We understand that and it’s what drives us every day to deliver a service companies can truly rely upon and trust.

“Over the last 18-months we have increased our standing as our Highways England approved contractor and invested significantly in our nationwide and pan-European recovery services. This investment programme is to ensure we are able to assist more businesses, particularly those in South Wales and the West of England where we feel there is opportunity to support these companies by delivering more cost-effective recovery and vehicle maintenance packages tailored to their own individual needs. We are looking forward to working with these companies in the coming months and helping their businesses grow.”