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.”