Ground Control acquires JW Crowther & Son to consolidate its position as the UK’s largest private gritting operator
8th January 2020
- acquisition cements Ground Control’s position as the UK’s biggest private gritting company
- gritting operations boosted by 25% to 8,000 sites across the country
- lengthening client list includes three of the country’s four biggest supermark
Wednesday January 8th 2020: Billericay, Essex – With the cold winter months upon us, external maintenance and commercial landscaping provider Ground Control has cemented its position as the country’s biggest private gritting company and winter maintenance provider, with the acquisition of JW Crowther & Son, known as The Gritting Company.
Over the past 160 years, the company gained a reputation for outstanding customer service by develop its capabilities and people whilst focussing on its core businesses of gritting, street cleansing and excavation. Last year the company generated turnover of £7.3m, whilst the previous year “The Beast from the East” saw exceptional revenues of £12.9m as demand drove the need for The Gritting Company services.
The deal further consolidates Ground Control’s position as the UK’s largest gritting and winter maintenance supplier. The scale and expertise of its operations – together with its industry-leading commitment to environmentally sustainable practices – continues to provide certainty for the company’s expanding customer list.
The investment will immediately boost the company’s gritting operation by 25 percent and means it will now service over 8,000 different locations – including three of the biggest supermarket groups – all of whom rely on Ground Control’s expertise to make their sites accessible and safe in the event of inclement winter weather.
said Simon Morrish, CEO of Ground Control.
Nigel Crowther and Paul Crowther, both owners and directors of JW Crowther & Son since 1997, will remain with the business for a transition period to ensure a smooth handover.
said Paul Crowther.
said Michael Crowther, Sales Director of the Gritting Company.
Ground Control heads into 2020 with the business continuing to flourish across its variety of award-winning services including grounds maintenance, design and landscape construction, arboriculture services and of course winter maintenance.
concluded Simon Morrish.
More About Ground Control:
Ground Control’s winter maintenance service includes gritting & snow clearance across private and public sectors. Offering a planned preventative or a reactive service tailored to client’s specific needs, Ground Control also provide 24/7 emergency cover, as well as live reporting so customers are able to track the progress of the service they receive in real-time.
It was this platform that saw Ground Control receive the highly coveted ‘Queen’s Award for Innovation', which recognised the significant contribution this application of technology has on servicing its customers.