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

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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.”