Midlothian NWH Group recycling company appoints top chairman amid growth spurt

Colin Robertson CBE will work alongside NWH Managing Director Mark Williams to deliver the next phase of expansion for the second-generation family business, headquartered in Dalkeith.

Robertson previously served as managing director of bus and coach manufacturer Alexander Dennis for 13 years. He is also the founder of Robertson Campbell Investments.

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In his role at Alexander Dennis, Robertson led the transformation of a primarily UK-focused business into an international player in its industry, employing some 2,500 people with an annual turnover of over £600 million. sterling.

He is also Chairman of Entrepreneurial Scotland and in May 2019 was awarded a CBE for his services to export and to the bus and coach manufacturing sector.

Williams said: “I had the good fortune to know Colin for a number of years and I am delighted that he has agreed to become the President of NWH. Over the past year, the organization has embarked on a bold new strategy outlining our ambitions to double the size of the business, so with Colin’s strategic leadership skills and vast knowledge, I have no no doubt about our future success.

Robertson added, “As NWH enters a phase of transformational growth, I am extremely excited to take on the role of President. I look forward to developing a tremendous partnership with Mark and the Board as we enter this new chapter.

The company recently secured £19 million in funding to enable it to deploy new technology at its Midlothian site.

Mark Williams, chief executive of NWH, welcomed the appointment of the new chairman.

NWH provides waste management services to industrial, commercial and construction industries across Scotland and the North East of England. Its clients include the NHS, Cala Homes and Scottish Water.

More than £4m of the Royal Bank of Scotland’s £19m funding has been used to implement cutting-edge technology at the group’s Mayfield site, which will be used to recycle building materials and inert demolition.

The new Mayfield aggregate recycling plant will increase the site’s processing capacity from 75 tonnes per hour to 250 tonnes per hour.

The additional funding will be used to accelerate new business and acquisition opportunities within the NWH Group.

Last month the company won a contract worth seven figures to provide waste haulage services to Dumfries & Galloway Council.

The agreement, valued at around £2.2 million, covers the movement of waste from and between council-run facilities, such as waste transfer stations and the Ecodeco (MBT) biomechanical treatment plant near of Dumfries which treats 60,000 tonnes of municipal waste a year.

NWH will also be responsible for transferring waste from the council’s waste transfer stations and the MBT plant to third party buyers in the region and other contracted sites across the country.

Based on 2020/21 figures, it is expected that the contract will cover some 3,675 vehicle movements or 78,967 tonnes of waste per year. This will include municipal solid waste, wood, green waste, bulky items, metal and plastic, cardboard and paper, recycled solid fuels, glass and stone.

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