This year sees Avon Material Supplies (AMS) celebrate its 25th year in business.
From a cramped start within a shared portacabin on the former WH White landfill site near Wimborne, Ian Mariner began Avon Material Supplies (AMS) by selling recycled aggregates to local contractors.
Determination, hard work and some great products meant sales quickly grew to the point where Ian needed additional support for AMS to continue to flourish. Reinforcements came in the way of Ian’s wife Lyn, Teresa Branicki and Kevin Hawkins a former colleague, who was later to become a Director of the company.
The collective effort of the newly assembled ‘dream team’ resulted in AMS growing and moving to larger offices at the White House adjacent to Canford Magna Garden Centre. The proactive nature of the team and increasing demand for services offered by AMS resulted in the business supplying recycled aggregates for use on a number of high profile projects, including the remediation of Canford Park Arena.
It’s a family affair…
Between 2002 – 2006 Ian’s children, Stuart and Janette joined the business along with another one of his former colleagues, Richard Clarke, now Commercial Manager and Nicola Rogers, the daughter of family friends Ashley and Sharon Rogers.
Personal development, further education and a growing number of years with AMS has allowed Stuart to now assume full responsibility for all major waste management contracts for the business. Janette now occupies a senior environmental compliance position within the organisation, which allows her to utilise the Masters degree in Earth Science she received from the University of Manchester.
With the newer employees successfully working alongside the experienced members of the team, AMS became awash with a wave of new enthusiasm, ideas and opportunities. This resulted in the organisation moving to bigger premises on Canford Recycling Centre and being able to offer a more extensive range of materials.
“I will never operate a fleet of vehicles” famous last words…
With the order book more often than not remaining full, Ian and his staff faced regular challenges to ensure their clients from across Dorset, Hampshire and Somerset always received the materials they ordered on time. This situation coupled with the desire of AMS’s trusted sub-contractor Alan Everett to downsize, provided the perfect opportunity for Avon Material Supplies (Plant Hire) Ltd, an established AMS group company to make the bold step of purchasing Alan’s entire 20 vehicle tipper fleet. To ensure the acquisition went smoothly and didn’t impact the day-to-day operations of AMS, the business also gained their ‘Goods Vehicle Operators Licence’ allowing it to operate up to 30 vehicles.
Now under the careful guidance of General Manager, Niall Roberts, the well established AMS fleet benefits from the inclusion of a number of new trucks and being operated through another group company, Avon Materials Supplies (Transport) Ltd.
Let’s ‘grab’ more of the market…
With construction sites springing up in more challenging locations, contractors started to ask if AMS operated grab trucks. Not wanting to disappoint their customers, AMS explored the idea of running grab trucks, starting small with the integration of a single 4 wheel Mini Grab into their fleet. The ever-increasing demand for grab vehicles has resulted in AMS now operating 5 various sized grab trucks in the Bournemouth area alone.
Around the same time that AMS started to offer grab lorries and skip bags, the business also acquired Nationwide Direct, a national waste and aggregate brokerage operating from Woolsbridge Industrial Estate in Three Legged Cross. After a period of stabilisation, the business was relaunched as AMS Nationwide and is now a trusted supplier to a large number of customers throughout the UK.
Home sweet home, finally…
Recently AMS relocated again to brand new, purpose-built offices at Canford Inert Recycling Facility near Wimborne, which is ideal because it’s where all their recycled aggregates are manufactured.
What does the future hold…
No one can accurately predict the future, but the business remains in a strong position to provide its growing customer base with services that include recycled & primary aggregates, soils, site clearances, cartaway, skip & rollonoff hire and skip bags.
Recent successes by AMS’s marketing provider, CW Marketing, have demonstrated that aggregates and waste services can be sold online and now the business plans to expand its ‘buy online’ range to include skip and grab truck.
“All that is left to say is a big thank you for supporting Avon Material Supplies over the last 25 years and we very much look forward to continuing to work with you and your colleagues in the future. “ Ian Mariner, Managing Director
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