2011 Profit Track 100

Rank: 24   Cleansing Service Group

Empties and repairs more than 70,000 sewage systems a year

Edgar “Bunny” Hart started this sewage-collection business in 1934 when he bought a second-hand waste tanker lorry for £5. In 1990 the business started to diversify into industrial and hazardous waste processing by acquiring niche operators. Today it services 70,000 domestic and commercial customers from 19 sites across Britain. The Hart family still owns most of the firm, which is led by Steven Pashley, Neil Richards and Brian Dollen. Recent acquisitions have helped to boost profits by 90% a year, from £504,000 in 2006 to £3.4m in 2009.

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Company facts

Cleansing Service Group
Waste manager
Company website

3-yr av profit growth
89.60% pa
2009 profit£3.4m
2006 profit£0.5m
2009 staff374
Founded1934
Location of HQSouthampton
If applicable:
* = annualised figures
‡ = draft accounts