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Assistant Transport Manager vacancy

We're hiring for an assistant transport manager

Join our team – Assistant Transport Manager

We are delighted to be recruiting for the full-time role of Assistant Transport Manager.

The successful candidate will be based at our offices within Canford Recycling Centre, Arena Way, Wimborne, Dorset BH21 3BW and be an integral part of maintaining the high standards of fleet operations Avon Material Supplies is renowned for.

Principal job responsibilities

This position will involve assisting the Transport Manager to maintain the company’s Operators License and to ensure the vehicle fleet and its drivers are compliant with Operators License/VOSA requirements.

You will also assist with ensuring that Health & Safety and Environmental compliance standards are maintained and improved. 

You will ensure that vehicles are adequately manned to provide the highest level of availability to the Transport Coordinators, including management of employed, agency and self-employed drivers.   

Role requirements

  • Knowledge of VOSA vehicle regulations/Operators License requirements
  • Knowledge of drivers’ working time directive
  • Knowledge of Health & Safety, and of Environmental legislation
  • Enthusiastic and committed person capable of working with others, a good team player
  • Capable of operating IT systems including MS Word processing, MS Outlook emails, MS Excel, and an internal database software system


  • Holder of a current Transport Manager CPC, or the ability to works towards obtaining the qualification
  • Holder of a Class 2, Category C Driving License
  • Holder of a current Health & Safety Training Certificate (NEBOSH/IOSH Managing Safely Certificate or similar), Fire Marshall, First Aid, etc*

*Desirable but not a requirement – if certification is not already held additional training can be provided

Based at Canford Recycling Centre, Arena Way, Magna Road, Wimborne, Dorset BH21 3BW

More information and how to apply

For further details or to apply, please email  Please include all information relevant to why you would be suitable for the role.

WhatsApp AMS

AMS on WhatsAppWe’re now on WhatsApp

Avon Material Supplies are now up and running on WhatsApp Business. Between 7am – 5pm Monday to Friday you can reach our sales team on WhatsApp. Outside of these hours, you can still message us and we will respond ASAP. 

Why should you use WhatsApp to contact AMS? 

The simple answer is that it will make your life easier, and save you time when it comes to sending us details of what you need onsite.

Share pictures, videos and voice messages with our team to receive instant answers to common questions such as;

  • What will my waste be classified as? E.g. commercial, general, inert, green etc
  • What size tipper truck will fit down my road?
  • Will your grab be able to reach my waste pile?
  • Can your concrete mixer be onsite tomorrow at 7am? 

In addition, you can make use of the ‘share your location’ feature to help AMS find your site if its a little off the beaten track. Never used this feature before? Visit here to learn more.

To get started, save our phone number 07881744932 and then send us a quick hello through your existing WhatsApp account.

Relief Drivers Wanted!

Looking for some extra work that fits around you?

Due to an ever increasing demand for our services, we are now looking for reliable expert relief drivers to join our busy team on a zero hours contract. 

Principal job responsibilities

The vehicles we operate vary in size and purpose, so it is essential you are confident in driving grabs, tippers and delivering or collecting skips in the local area. Primarily the role will require you to cover holiday and sick leave shifts and to help us out during our very busy periods.

Role requirements

Due to the nature of the vehicles involved, our application requirements include:

  • You must be 25 years or over
  • Minimum class C (HGV 2) driving licence
  • 2 years’ HGV driving experience (preferable on tippers/grabs,)
  • Valid driver CPC and Tachograph card
  • Current HIAB ticket with clam shell
  • Confidant  with a manual gearbox

More information and how to apply

For further details or to apply, please email Please include all information relevant to why you would be suitable for the role.

What to look for when choosing concrete in Bournemouth

AMS delivering concrete in Bournemouth

Choosing the best concrete in Bournemouth

When it comes to DIY concrete jobs, there isn’t a ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach. So, whether you’re building a shed base, setting a few fence posts, or laying a new patio, it’s a good idea to keep the following things in mind to ensure you choose the best concrete Bournemouth has to offer.

Tight for time? Call our concrete experts on 01202 579579 opt.3 for advice.

Volumetric vs ready mixed

At Avon Material Supplies (AMS), we operate our own volumetric concrete mixer trucks, as well as organising ready-mix concrete in Bournemouth, and there are pros and cons for both of these options.

Traditionally, tradespeople and contractors have often opted to use ready-mixed concrete that is batched at a plant and then delivered to site using a mixer truck.  This approach is still popular, however, it is worth noting if you order the wrong amount of concrete you are likely to incur additional charges and possibly the inconvenience of not being able to complete the job. 

At AMS Concrete, we are seeing more and more tradespeople, contractors and individuals choose our volumetric service because concrete is mixed to order ‘live’ on site, which means it is at its freshest and the mix can be adjusted in real-time, if required.

The right option for you really depends on the job at hand and your personal preferences. Find out more about volumetric concrete mixers vs. ready mix concrete by reading our recent article here. Alternatively, get in touch and one of our advisors will be happy to help.

Quality of concrete

When investing in concrete for a project, large or small, you want to make sure you’re getting the highest quality product for your money. Whether you’re a professional builder in the local area or you’re working on a DIY project at home, the last thing you want is to be forking out for is costly repairs later down the line because you invested in an inferior product.

To get the best concrete in Bournemouth, be sure to look out for quality products, a choice of mixes and the support of an experienced team. Here at AMS, we are a leading aggregate and building materials supplier in the Bournemouth, Poole and wider Dorset area, and have been for over 25 years. Our concrete mixes are independently ‘strength tested’ to suit almost any application.

Different concrete mixes for the job

From industrial foundations and roadworks, to a brand new patio for the garden, you’ll need to consider which mix is most suitable for your project.

For domestic non-reinforced foundations, look out for the C10/Gen1 mix. If you’re after some new paving for external steps or paths, you might consider PAV1. Whereas if you are creating reinforced foundations for houses and garages we would normally recommend an RC35 mix.

By using volumetric trucks, AMS concrete can mix on-site and dispatch a complete range of different mixes. If you’re not sure what the ideal concrete mix will be for your project, that’s not a problem. Let us know and our team of experts will be happy to advise you.

At AMS Concrete we’re dedicated to providing you with the best concrete and service for your needs.

Bournemouth concrete suppliers

Now you’ve chosen the right concrete for your job, you’ll need to find the best place in Bournemouth to buy it. At AMS, we are leading suppliers of ready mix concrete and volumetric concrete mixer trucks to businesses, construction sites and domestic users in Poole, Bournemouth and the BH postcode area.

For detailed advice tailored to your specific concrete needs, or to place an order, please contact our expert team online or call us on 01202 579579 opt.3. Our team are on hand all day Monday – Friday to answer any of your concrete questions.

Volumetric vs Barrel Mixed Concrete – Which is best for your construction project?

Volumetric mix onsite concrete lorry

Avon Material Supplies now offer volumetric concrete mixer trucks, for onsite concrete orders, to complement the ready mixed concrete services currently offered through AMS Nationwide.

“Volumetric mixers have revolutionised the construction industry and we are pleased to add modern volumetric ‘mix onsite’ concrete delivery trucks to our fleet.” Richard Clarke, Commercial Manager

Our volumetric trucks enable concrete to be mixed ‘live’ at the site, which has advantages for many construction projects, compared with the traditional barrel delivery method. With concrete orders dispatched using barrel trucks, batches are ready mixed at the plant and then delivered to site ready to use, which is OK assuming the volume ordered is spot on and won’t result is under ordering, wastage or part load charges.

With the recent launch of our volumetric mixer service, we thought that it would be helpful to take a look at the important advantages of both mixing methods for different jobs. In this article, we highlight the benefits of each system, to help you better understand whether ready mix or volumetric mixed concrete is best for your needs.

Benefits of ready mix (barrel mixed) concrete

There are some benefits to working with ready mix concrete, depending on the needs of the particular job:

  • Speed – ready mix concrete delivered in barrel trucks is a good choice when time is super critical, as the material can be dispatched instantly upon arrival.
  • Consistent quality – as ready mix concrete is prepared in advance at the plant, rather than onsite as is the case with volumetric, there is less scope for an inconsistent mix to be produced. However, a properly trained operative (as supplied by AMS) will ensure that volumetric mixing is also conducted to the highest standards at-site, to produce a consistently high-quality concrete mix.

Considerations of ready mix concrete

There are some important considerations to bear in mind when working with ready mix concrete, including:

  • Time-limited – depending on the mix, you may only have a couple of hours to use the concrete from the time the batch is mixed at the plant.
  • Cost to return – if unused concrete needs to be returned for disposal this will almost always incur additional costs to the user.
  • Only one mix per batch – you only receive the same mix as was loaded.
  • Requires an accurate estimation to order – as the concrete is mixed in advance, precise ordering is required to ensure you only receive the right amount of concrete for the job.
  • Cannot change the mix design onsite – once batched, the concrete must be dispatched in a ‘as is’ state, which means on-the-spot changes, such as adding additives, is not possible.

Benefits of volumetric mix concrete

Volumetric mixing has revolutionised the industry and offers a number of economic and practical benefits for commercial and domestic projects, these include:

  • Onsite concrete mixing – offers the user the ability to adapt the mix and also ensures the volume of dispatched concrete is correct for its intended application. 
  • No waste – only the concrete that’s needed is mixed, eliminating the potential for waste materials.
  • Larger mixing capacity – volumetric mixers can typically store double the volume of concrete compared with drum mixers.
  • No time limit – with ready mix, there is a time frame within which the concrete needs to be used between mixing at the plant and arriving onsite. Volumetric mixers have no such limitations.
  • Ideal for larger projects – onsite mixing means that the volume mixed can easily be scaled up or down, depending on requirements. Volumetric mixers hold up to twice the volume than traditional drum mixers, which is ideal for large-scale projects.
  • Low minimum orders – AMS Concrete can dispatch as little as 0.4m3 on each visit, which makes it a great solution for smaller jobs because only the amount of concrete required for the job is mixed, avoiding any part load or return charges

Considerations of volumetric mixers

Volumetric mixing also has some important factors to consider, including:

  • Requires space onsite for the truck – concrete mixing trucks are fairly large plant vehicles, which obviously need some room onsite to park up and conduct the mixing.

Overall, volumetric mixers have many benefits and advantages over barrel mixing for most typical commercial and domestic applications.

Ready Mix and Volumetric Mixer Concrete Supplier in Dorset

Avon Material Supplies are leading suppliers of ready mix concrete and volumetric concrete mixer trucks to businesses, construction sites and domestic users in Poole, Bournemouth and the BH postcode area.

To learn more about our concrete services, please contact our expert team online or call us on 01202 579579.

New volumetric trucks coming soon

New volumetric trucks give AMS Concrete a solid foundation

AMS concrete volumetric truck mixers


AMS Concrete will be up and running in the new year

We are pleased to announce that following the purchase of two brand new volumetric trucks, Avon Material Supplies (AMS) will soon be giving its customers the opportunity to order and receive various strengths of high-quality concrete from AMS Concrete.

Our new volumetric trucks will be able to dispense ‘mix onsite’ concrete at homes and construction sites in Poole, Bournemouth and throughout all BH postcodes.

AMS Concrete clients will receive a range of benefits, which include:

  • Competitive prices
  • Onsite mixing to ensure customers are only required to pay for the amount of concrete discharged. MEANING NO EXTRA CHARGES FOR PART LOADS OR WASTAGE
  • Minimum order of just 0.4m3
  • Able to dispatch up to 9m3 concrete per visit
  • The freshest possible concrete because orders are mixed onsite and discharged instantly
  • Full range of concrete mixes available, including C8, C10, C15, C20, C25, C30, C45, Pav 1, Pav 2 and C35 Pump Mix
  • Independently tested and certified concrete strengths

Interested in AMS Concrete?

If you wish to learn more about AMS Concrete and wish to be one of the first to receive prices for concrete deliveries in your area, please call  01202 579579 opt.2

Why can I not put plasterboard in mixed waste skips? Safe plasterboard disposal in Dorset with plasterboard skips

Changing regulations around plasterboard disposal can be confusing. However, whether you are an individual, a tradesperson or are involved in a large construction project, there are clear legal requirements in the UK today that need to be followed to dispose of gypsum-based plasterboard correctly.

In this article, we explain why plasterboard can’t be disposed of in mixed waste skips. We also highlight your options for easy, affordable and safe plasterboard disposal in Dorset, for individuals, businesses and construction contractors.

Why you can’t put plasterboard in mixed waste skips

Plasterboard is typically formed by a layer of gypsum, sandwiched between outer layers of lining paper. It is the gypsum in plasterboard, which is potentially hazardous, that has prompted the Environment Agency to tighten regulations around plasterboard disposal.

Disposing of gypsum alongside biodegradable wastes that can often be found in mixed waste skips may lead to the production of odorous and toxic hydrogen sulphide gas. Separating plasterboard waste into a dedicated plasterboard skip prevents any risks of gypsum materials coming into contact with biodegradable waste.

Safely disposing of plasterboard in plasterboard skips

Legally, any waste containing gypsum materials, such as plasterboard or concrete, should be separated for recovery and recycling wherever possible. Plasterboard skips and plasterboard skip bags provide easy and quick solutions to keep plasterboard separate, ensuring that legal obligations are met and that waste plasterboard is disposed of safely.

Although it is not classed as a hazardous waste, if gypsum is not disposed of correctly it can cause problems for the environment and wildlife.

Safe plasterboard disposal for individuals

Until 2009, the Environment Agency did not specify that separate disposal was a legal requirement for loads where construction waste contained small amounts of sulphate (up to 10%). However, current regulations require that even small amounts of plasterboard should not go to landfill with biodegradable waste. Therefore, to keep the process as simple as possible it’s recommended that plasterboard waste is separated onsite immediately.

AMS Environmental in Dorset offer ‘same day’ plasterboard skips in Bournemouth, Poole and BH postcode areas for individuals, businesses and contractors. For our best plasterboard skip hire prices please call the AMS team on 01202 579579.

Plasterboard skip bags by Easy Bag also offer a quick, easy and affordable way to dispose of your waste plasterboard in Bournemouth, Poole and surrounding areas. Visit or call Easy Bag on 01202 810935 for more information about skip bags in Dorset.

Plasterboard disposal for businesses

Businesses that fail to dispose of plasterboard properly can be fined by the Environment Agency. Canford Recycling Centre, near Wimborne in Dorset, is a trade waste recycling centre that is licensed to accept a wide range of waste types, including plasterboard and many other hazardous and difficult to dispose of wastes.

Large scale plasterboard disposal

Large scale construction projects are subject to even tighter controls with regards to the waste produced onsite. If your construction project is large enough to require a Site Waste Management Plan, plasterboard disposal will be an important factor that will need to be covered in the plan if plasterboard waste is generated.

Businesses and individuals have a legal ‘duty of care’ to ensure that waste is only passed to an authorised carrier, like Canford Recycling Centre in Dorset.

For further advice on tipping plasterboard waste, please call the waste disposal experts at Canford Recycling Centre on 01202 331560 or email for advice about the waste disposal requirements for your construction project in Dorset.

Quick, easy and safe plasterboard disposal in Dorset

The ‘same day’ plasterboard skip hire service by AMS Environmental provides an affordable, quick and easy service for individuals, businesses and contractors to safely dispose of plasterboard in Bournemouth, Poole and throughout the BH postcode areas. For plasterboard skip hire prices, call AMS Environmental now on 01202 579579.

Plasterboard skip bags also offer a quick, affordable and easy solution to have your plasterboard waste collected in Bournemouth, Poole and BH postcode areas. To find out more about plasterboard skip bag collections, call Easy Bag now on 01202 810935.

For plasterboard disposal in Dorset, Canford Recycling Centre near Wimborne is a licensed disposal facility that accepts plasterboard and a wide range of hazardous wastes including asbestos, electrical waste, oils, paints, aerosols and more. Call the hazardous waste experts for advice on disposing of plasterboard and other construction wastes on 01202 331560.

Common uses of washed sharp sand (grit)

Washed Sharp Sand Grit from Avon Material Supplies

Uses and benefits of washed sharp sand (grit) for various projects

Also known as ‘grit sand’ or ‘concrete sand’, washed sharp sand is more coarse and has larger particles than other construction sands such as builder’s sand, which consists of finer grains.

Having a larger grain size than other types of sand means sharp sand is slightly heavier.

Typically, sharp sand is used within applications where more strength and less flexibility is required. For example, it is ideal for mixing concrete and is commonly used for floor screeds and laying paving courses. In addition to construction projects, sharp sand can also be used as a top dressing for lawns, in general landscaping and in seed composts, because it enables moisture movement.

Below, we take a look at common uses of washed sharp sand for typical applications, including concreting, screeding and as a base for laying paving.

Our sharp sand is delivered loose or in bulk bags and is suitable for use in commercial and domestic projects. To talk to us today about our sand, call our friendly team on 01202 579579 

Common uses of washed sharp sand

Render and floor screeds

Screed is a thin layer of concrete, which is poured over the base concrete, to provide a flat and smooth surface that the final floor or wall covering can be applied to. Most screeds are made with cement and sharp sand.

Using sharp sand in screeds provides more strength compared to using other types of sand.

Laying paving courses

Sharp sand is commonly used when laying paving courses, such as driveways, paths and patios. When paving, the sand needs to be salt-free to avoid the paving slabs that lie on top of it being eroded and damaged. It’s also desirable to use a sand that provides good drainage.

Sharp sand is ideal for paving as it has a low salt and silt content and drains freely.


Sharp sand is mixed with concrete for a wide range of construction projects. Using sharp sand in concrete provides more strength and less flexibility compared to other types of sand.

Projects requiring tough mortar

Mortar is a mix of fine sand particles, cement and water, which can also include lime. Mortar is typically used for bricklaying and pointing. Sharp sand is ideal for mixing with other sands to increase the strength of the mortar and for when it needs to be less workable. A key benefit of adding sharp sand to the mortar mix is that it can prevent cracking during the drying process.

Sharp sand is typically used when a thicker layer of mortar is required, such as for chimney flaunching, bedding roof tiles and in garden projects.

Lawn care and in the garden

Sharp sand drains freely, making it an ideal aggregate for using on lawns and in landscaping. The large grain size, low silt and clay content make sharp sand a free-draining material.

Why use ‘washed’ sand

‘Washed’ refers to the process of removing clay, silt, dust and other unwanted particles from the sand. Once the excess materials have been removed, the sand is left to drain.

Washed sand is ideal for rendering, mixing concrete and for making a less malleable mortar that is often used for and flagstones.

Characteristics and benefits of sharp sand

The three main characteristics and benefits of sharp sand are:

  • The individual grains are jagged (angular) which creates an interlock between the grains. The interlocking of grains provides ‘strength’ in applications such as when mixing concrete or when using as a base layer under paving.
  • The larger grain size of sharp sand reduces the amount of retained water, making it very free draining. Excellent drainage properties make sharp sand ideal for using as a foundation layer for paving and patios or in landscaping.
  • Sharp sand has a low silt and clay content, which also makes it a freely draining material. Being free from silt is desirable for paving, as silt and salt erode paving slabs. Being silt and salt free also makes sharp sand suitable for mixing concrete.

Where to Buy Washed Sharp Sand in Bournemouth, Poole, Dorset and Hampshire

Avon Material Supplies (AMS) are leading suppliers of washed sharp sand (grit) to businesses, construction sites and members of the public throughout Bournemouth, Poole, Dorset and Hampshire. To learn more or to place an order, please contact our expert team on 01202 579579.


James Howarth joins the team

James Howarth joins AMS

 ‘Release the Howarth’ Industry expert joins Avon Material Supplies to source new disposal facilities

Highly skilled waste recovery specialist, James Howarth has joined leading Dorset based aggregate and haulage supplier, Avon Material Supplies (AMS) as their Project Development Manager.

This appointment allows AMS to directly benefit from the wealth of knowledge and practical experience James has accrued during his 10 years employment in the senior management teams at two of the UK’s largest waste management organisations. The ‘hands-on’ involvement James has had is underpinned by various accreditations, including; a certificate in NEBOSH, a health, safety & environmental practice and management qualification as well as the industry known certification in Six Sigma Green Belt.

Utilising his unrivaled experience and knowledge of the local area, AMS have high expectations of James securing short and medium to long-term disposal options, which will allow the organisation to recover and reuse waste materials that currently are not recycled at their Canford Inert Recycling facility. 

In addition to researching and opening new disposal channels, James is also expected to play a pivotal role in enhancing the existing strategy AMS relies upon to remain highly successful in the competitive marketplaces that AMS currently operates in. 

“I am excited by the opportunity to work in a fast paced environment where decisions and changes can be quickly implemented to allow Avon Material Supplies to achieve further positive results.” – James Howarth, Project Development Manager

“We are thrilled to have appointed James as our Project Development Manager and believe that his knowledge and enthusiasm will allow us to explore exciting new environmentally conscious opportunities for developing AMS and its large range of products and services.” – Ian Mariner, Managing Director

Founded in 1993, Avon Material Supplies is now in its 25th year of business and is regarded as one of the leading aggregate and haulage suppliers in Dorset, Somerset, and West Hampshire.

We’re hiring


Looking for an exciting new challenge? 

We are recruiting for the role of Campaign (Marketing) & Internal Sales Co-ordinator at our office on the Woolsbridge Industrial Estate near Three Legged Cross. 

Principal job responsibilities: 

To deal with all web-based enquiries and new business related emails sent to our main email account.In addition, the Campaign (Marketing) & Internal Co-ordinator will be required to distribute regular email campaigns to our existing customer database.

Day to day responsibilities will include generating new business from incoming enquiries, following up on live on-going enquiries, requesting online reviews from clients, updating CRM (customer relationship management) / IT systems and reporting on success levels. Alongside the completion of daily tasks, the successful candidate will be required to provide occasional cover for the AMS Sales Office, specifically on Thursday afternoons until 5pm.

Days flexible to suit the successful candidate, with hours in the region of 16 to 20 hours per week.

More information and how to apply

For further details and information please download our job description and apply by email to