We’re delighted to announce we’ve been shortlisted as finalists once again in the Hull Daily Mail Business Awards. After winning the Green Award in 2019, this year we’ve been shortlisted for both the Environmental and Sustainability Award as well as Medium Business of the Year.
And what a year it’s been! The global pandemic and subsequent lockdowns were always going to be a challenging situation to navigate, even more so for a business like ours that had recently suffered a fire on Christmas Day 2019.
We’d be lying if we said it hasn’t been tough, it’s certainly been a challenge but we’re proud of how far we’ve come over the past 12 months. While many businesses stood still, we’ve successfully continued the rebuild and expansion of our recycling plant, with works due to be completed by March 2021.
Our resilience, determination and innovative approach are evident not only in our continued growth but in the way we’ve continued to provide invaluable support to customers during the pandemic.
This growth and resilience is testament to our unwavering appetite to innovate, solve customer problems and continually deliver first-class customer service. Shortlisted as finalists for both the Environmental and Sustainability Award and Medium Business of the Year Award is thanks to the fantastic team we have here at Brocklesby.
Environmental and Sustainability Award
This category recognises outstanding performance in environmental responsiveness and sustainable activity, something we’re incredibly committed to.
We don’t believe in landfill. Instead, we recycle everything, creating feedstocks for biofuel, renewable energy and green electricity from unwanted used cooking oil and fatty food waste.
As one of the UK’s leading waste cooking oil recycling companies, we help to reduce carbon emissions and support the worldwide commitment to renewables and sustainability, recycling 100% of all collected waste.
Since 1987, we’ve continued to grow, developing our technology to move into blending oils for biodiesel; created a unique oil blend to produce ‘green’ electricity, converting oils to generate fuels for generators and CHP systems to power local schools and businesses; and launched our biogas facility in 2017, converting food waste into green energy.
Our renewable energy delivers a carbon reduction in excess of 84%. By replacing fossil fuels with biofuels, every litre of biofuel produced from waste saves approximately 2.8kg of carbon.
On a day-to-day basis we’re working towards sustainable development goals, collecting waste products from the food sector in the UK and Ireland and processing them to produce a sustainable feedstock for biofuel. This encompasses the processing of food waste, oils and fats as well as recovering oils and fats from food manufacturers waste water streams. All the output is then turned into green diesel, offsetting a significant amount of damaging carbon.
We continue to make improvements in our energy efficiency and environmental practices.
Our existing facility has the capability of providing power to 11,000 homes and enough heat for us to run our recycling ovens and energy to run the factory. As part of the rebuild, we are well placed to grow and expand our position within the sector, going even further towards being environmentally-conscious with the installation of a gas pipeline to produce a cleaner steam rather than burning oil. We’re also installing the most energy efficient boilers to reduce the amount of wasted steam.
Medium Business of the Year Award
Open to companies with between 25 and 99 employees, this award looks at all aspects of company performance, paying particular attention to managerial and financial performance, evidence of success against targets set, long-term plans and company strategy, and product and service development.
As part of our continuous improvement programme and consistent growth plans, our biogas plant is currently capable of producing enough green energy to power around 11,000 homes. Processing up to 60,000 tonnes of food waste every year, the biogas facility supplies 3.5MW of electricity to the national grid.
We’ve seen continued success in recent years, achieving an increase of 17% volume sold. And despite the challenges of the last 12 months, we’re set to achieve a further increase in processed volume sold this financial year.
As part of our North Cave site rebuild following the fire, an increase in process capacity will enable us to process greater volumes and meet increased customer demand.
Research and development is a significant part of our success, with a deep rooted ambition to innovate, finding and processing solutions and meet specification standards, positioning the company as market leaders. Further investment being made into the company will allow greater flexibility and wider capability for us to meet customer requirements.
Investment in the company’s logistic department is enabling an expansion in our fleet and service level rise. Increased levels of investment have also been dedicated to developing the business process, removing reliance on paperwork to instead operating via a bespoke App utilising QR and scanning technology. This improvement in practices will bring live data straight into the business operating system.
During a time when businesses nationwide faced uncertain times, rather than make staff redundant, we continued to grow. Earlier this year, the management team expanded to welcome Neil Taylor as the new managing director and Iain Jennison as Finance Director.
These appointments, alongside wider recruitment to support the company’s growth, demonstrate the organisation’s commitment to continuous improvement, adding value to both customers and the environment.
Brocklesby Ltd has recently welcomed Neil Taylor as the new managing director and Iain Jennison as Finance Director to its management team as the business continues to grow.
Owner Robert Brocklesby said of the new appointments: “Brocklesby has gone from strength to strength over recent years and I’m so proud of what we’ve achieved. Our resilience, determination and innovative approach are evident not only in our continued success as a business but in the way we’ve bounced back following the devastating fire at Christmas and continued to support our customers during the pandemic.
“As work progresses to rebuild and expand our site it’s prudent for us to expand our team, bringing additional skills to help take us into this next phase. Neil and Iain bring a wealth of experience and knowledge, which I’m confident will add huge value to our incredible team.
“We have an unwavering appetite to innovate and find solutions for waste issues and believe that going beyond our duties is fundamentally the right blend to our success. The expansion of our management team and wider recruitment to support our growth, demonstrates our commitment to continuous improvement, adding value to our customers and the environment.”
Neil joins the company after 14 years as managing director of Bankside Patterson, achieving 75 per cent markets share of the Holiday Home Chassis UK market.
Neil said: “Despite the challenges Brocklesby has faced since the end of last year with the fire and a global pandemic, the business is well placed to grow and expand its position within the sector and I’m delighted to have joined the team at this exciting time.
“Alongside a highly-skilled, passionate team and breadth of offering into the market, we’re investing capital in processing equipment, creating additional capacity through the site redevelopment and are committed to giving absolute focus to our customers’ needs, strengthening our ability to support them through further innovation.”
New Finance Director Iain Jennison joins the team after more than 20 years in various finance positions within the FMCG, textiles, automotive and leisure industries, more recently he was Finance Director at online retail specialist Summit Media Limited.
Iain said: “I’m delighted to be joining Brocklesby, a business dedicated to innovation and committed to renewables and long term sustainability, with an incredibly passionate skilled team. I am excited and looking forward to driving customer value and satisfaction through a commitment to continuous improvement and maximising growth opportunities within both the business and sector.”
Brocklesby has a solutions-based approach, working closely with customers, not only does the company take away used cooking oil and fatty food waste, it also provides a unique service solving water contamination issues using its specialist oil recovery systems, reducing customer costs and preventing environmental risk.
Robert added: “We have an unwavering appetite to innovate and find solutions for waste issues and believe that going beyond our duties is fundamentally the right blend to our success.
“We’re constantly innovating and developing products suitable for different markets. If we don’t know what the solution is now, we’ll innovate to try and find one. The addition of Neil and Iain to our team and the wider recruitment to support our growth, demonstrates our commitment to continuous improvement, adding value to our customers and the environment.”
Brocklesby’s commitment to cutting carbon emissions and improving the environment was recognised by Investors in the Environment Green Award, the highest achievable level and the Hull Daily Mail 2019 Business Awards, where it was awarded the Green Award.
As the lockdown continues, we’re still here supporting food manufacturers across the country by collecting, removing and recycling their used unwanted cooking oils, fats and greases. Many of our team are also juggling homeschooling children, which got us thinking…
Recycling, the environment and sustainability aren’t only important topics for us, they’re hugely important topics for children to learn about. So here are some fun activities that they can do to learn more at home, and help you out if you’re looking for activities to keep them occupied!
10 challenges to connect with recycling, the environment and sustainability:
Here at Brocklesby we’re all about recycling. In fact, did you know? We don’t believe in landfill and are committed to recycling 100% of all collected waste, including food waste, to create renewable energy, green electricity and biofuel. By doing our bit for the environment, we’re able to help other companies do theirs.
Trash can challenge – Recycle your rubbish to make an instrument or game! You could use rubber bands to make a guitar, some cardboard tubes to make a trumpet or plastic bottles to make a bowling game! Have a look here if you need some inspiration.
Recycling superheroes – Take a look at East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s Recycling Superheroes activity series and meet their two superhero bears, Eric and Erica. Have a go at the missions and design your own recycling superhero!
Make compost – Take a look at the Eco-Friendly Kids website and have a go at creating your own home compost. This is a great way to recycle natural waste.
Junk boats – One person’s junk is another person’s treasure! Design and build a boat using materials from your recycling – do you think it will float? Test it out in a bucket of water and then try again – see which designs work the best. Here are some ideas to get you started.
My local area map – Hop on your bike, grab your scooter or get your walking shoes ready and head out to explore where you live. Have you discovered any new places? Draw your route to make a map of your local area and describe what you saw along the way.
We love our planet – Create three flashcards with your top 3 tips for helping our plant as the world recovers from the virus. Design each flashcard in a poster style and use them to record a short video (1 min max.) explaining your top tips. Here are some suggestions.
Renewable vs. nonrenewable energy – Research which energy types are renewable or nonrenewable. List the differences you discover and the advantages and disadvantages of each. Which ones do you like the sound of the most? Here’s a link to a video to get you started.
Reflection – Grab a used glass jar before it goes into the recycle bin to create your own self-praise jar. You could decorate it with paints, glitter or ribbon – whatever you like! Each day before you go to bed, write down something you’re really proud of yourself for doing that day. It could be something hard you learned in maths, or it could be that you were kind to your brother or sister. At the end of the week, empty the jar with your family and talk about all the positive things you did.
Confidence – Write a poem about recycling and how important it is to be kind to the Earth. You could even perform it for your family!
Sustainable stories – With us all being home these last few months rather than traveling around, the environment has seen some positive changes. Write a list of all the things you have done differently since lockdown began and how these may have helped the environment. Use your list to write a story. It could feature characters from your local wildlife or you and your family. You may find these articles interesting: Coronavirus lockdown triggers giant experiment in how animals live without us | The Daily Telegraph The positive impacts on the environment since the coronavirus lockdown began | Evening Standard 7 ways the planet is healing, thanks to global lockdown | Country Living
Most importantly, have fun, get creative and dive in to explore science!
We are treating the spread of Coronavirus extremely seriously and in light of recent developments and as directed by the government, we have implemented additional measures to help protect the health, wellbeing and safety of our staff, customers and suppliers.
As of today, most of our office staff are now working from home. This will not impact our service to you – robust systems are in place to help with business continuity and ensure we provide you with 100% service.
We are fortunate that our operations, transport and engineering teams can continue to work and ensure the food manufacturers, food processors and any food operators continue to feed the nation in this crisis.
Our transport team has been provided with the protection equipment required to avoid any risk of both infection and transmission with your site staff and themselves. The advised social distancing space of two metres has also been implemented and must be adhered to. As such, we will not be requiring a signature on paperwork but will need a name for our team to add on your behalf.
This situation is constantly changing and we will continue to review the guidance and advice given by the government. We would like to offer reassurance that our business continues to service and function as safely and productively in order to fulfill the needs of our customers and suppliers.
Our team can be contacted via email and the usual telephone numbers, which have been diverted to the correct people. These details are below:
Purchasing / Buyer:
Suzanne McKenzie (Raw Material Purchaser) firstname.lastname@example.org 07483 048654
Deb Webb (Research & Markets) deb@AdamsandGreen.com 07712 215644
Kath Milo (Transport Manager) email@example.com 07818 592358
Kurtis Bedford (Logistics Manager) firstname.lastname@example.org 07790 583740
Becca McBain (Purchase Accounts) email@example.com 07894 594429
Evie Dewsbury (Accountant) firstname.lastname@example.org 01430 631106
John Shillito (Operations Manager) email@example.com 07483 052277
As the world responds to the Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, we’re continuing to play an important part in helping food manufacturers and food outlets feed the nation.
The health and safety of our team, our customers and our community is our utmost priority. Some of our staff will be working from home where possible and our teams on the road will work to the highest health and safety standards as we continue to support food manufacturers and food outlets across the country.
Thanks to the hard work and commitment from our incredible team, the clean up operation following a large fire at our site on Christmas Day is almost complete. Our services have been able to run as usual thanks to the swift efforts of Humberside Fire and Rescue Service who were able to retain the fire to one area, resulting in our processing operation being unaffected.
On Christmas Day, a large fire took hold at our North Cave site. Thankfully, the fire posed no immediate risk to the public, no one was injured or harmed and the police and fire service were swift to respond. The fire is now out and work is underway to begin the clean up operation.
This is a shocking, devastating incident for the company and everyone who works here. Despite the impact of the fire, there will be no job losses as a result and all staff are returning to work as planned.
Thanks to the actions by crews and staff at Humberside Fire and Rescue Service and Humberside Police, while the site has suffered significant damage, it is business as usual while the clean up takes place and we hope to be back up and running as normal very soon.
We are continuing to work closely with the fire investigators to confirm the circumstances and cause of this fire.
We have a great team here at Brocklesby and many members of staff have returned to work early to get us back to normal as quickly as possible.
Following reports on local news yesterday, we can confirm there was a fire on Christmas Day at our North Cave site. We would like to thank Humberside Fire and Rescue Service and Humberside Police for their swift response to the incident. The fire posed no immediate risk to the public and thankfully no one was injured or harmed.
We cannot confirm at this time how the fire started however we are working with the police and fire service as the investigation continues to understand what happened.
We would like to reassure our staff and customers that business service will continue whilst we make the necessary changes.
What a year 2019 has been for us here at Brocklesby Ltd.
Most recently, we were selected from hundreds of entries as the winner of the Green Award at the Hull Daily Mail Business Awards 2019, which celebrate and recognise the outstanding success of businesses in the region. As a proud East Yorkshire business that is rooted in recycling and sustainability, to have won the award in this important category, designed to recognise outstanding performance in environmental awareness, green energy or sustainable activity meant a lot.
Earlier in the year we were recognised as one of the UK’s leading family businesses, chosen as a finalist in the Technology and Innovation category of the 10th National Family Business Awards 2019 held at Wembley Stadium. The awards honour and celebrate the extraordinary 4.8million family-owned businesses in the UK. Our company was selected from hundreds of entries of family businesses all over the UK and Ireland after the panel were ‘blown away’ by our dedication, commitment and pride at being a family business. In being selected as a finalist, we were recognised for our contribution to the environment, local community and the national economy.
We don’t believe in landfill and are committed to recycling 100 per cent of all collected waste, including food waste. And because we’re doing our bit for the environment, we can help you do yours.
In 2017, at an investment of £14m, we built an anaerobic digestion plant with the capability to convert over 60,000 tonnes of food waste into renewable energy, which could power over 11,000 homes. It also provides us with heat to run our own recycling ovens and provides the energy to run part of our factory.
We are constantly innovating and developing products suitable for different markets. If we don’t know what the solution is now, we’ll innovate to try and find one. When we recycle, our process allows us to create renewable energy, green electricity and biofuel.
By replacing fossil fuels with biofuels, every litre of biofuel produced from waste saves approximately 2.8kg of carbon. Our renewable energy delivers a carbon reduction in excess of 84 per cent – we are committed to continually cutting our carbon emissions and improving the environment.
With this in mind, we’re looking forward to 2020, working with customers across the UK and Ireland to take away used cooking oil and fatty food waste, and providing a unique service solving water contamination issues using our specialist oil recovery systems, reducing customer’s cost and preventing environmental risk.
What a year it has been for us here at Brocklesby Ltd. Not only were we listed in the Top 150 Yorkshire businesses, we also won a Green Award with the Hull Daily Mail Business Awards. We’re already looking forward to the year ahead and the start of what is sure to be an exciting new decade.
As one of the leading companies in the recycling of edible oil and food fats industry, we play a significant role in reducing carbon emissions and fully support the worldwide commitment to renewables and sustainability.
To help reduce our carbon footprint we are replacing our usual Christmas cards with this digital update and donating £500 to local charity ‘Doorstep of Hull’ who will be helping those who are homeless in Hull this winter.
Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a successful 2020.
Brocklesby has been celebrating success after being announced earlier this month as the winner of the Green Award at the Hull Daily Mail Business Awards 2019. An award which recognises outstanding performance in environmental awareness, green energy and sustainable activity.
Established in Hull in 1987, Brocklesby has grown into one of the UK’s leading waste cooking oil recycling companies, helping to reduce carbon emissions and support the worldwide commitment to renewables and sustainability.
We’re delighted to have won this award. Brocklesby is green, through and through, we don’t believe in landfill and are committed to recycling 100% of all collected waste, including food waste, to create renewable energy, green electricity and biofuel. By replacing fossil fuels with biofuels, every litre of biofuel produced from waste saves approximately 2.8kg of carbon, while our renewable energy delivers a carbon reduction in excess of 84%. By doing our bit for the environment, we’re able to help other companies do theirs.
With a solutions-based approach, we work closely with customers. Not only do we take away used cooking oil and fatty food waste, we also provide a unique service solving water contamination issues using our specialist oil recovery systems, reducing customer costs and preventing environmental risk.
Anything we can’t clean and blend for biofuel goes straight to our anaerobic digestion plant, which turns all food waste into renewable energy.
With a capability to convert over 60,000 tonnes of food waste into renewable energy, it can produce enough energy to power over 11,000 homes. It also provides us with heat to run our recycling ovens and energy to run part of our factory.
Our commitment to cutting carbon emissions and improving the environment was also recognised by Investors in the Environment Green Award, the highest achievable level.
The photo shows the latest tank delivery from Brocklesby;
Brocklesby recently provided a new tank for one of our customers who have seen a rapid increase in sales as meaning they needed additional tank storage for waste cooking oils and fats.
Our engineering experts in consultation with our customer worked on the tank equipping it with the elements that fitted their requirements. We are always keen at looking at innovative solutions for our long standing customers, going the extra mile to ensure that all of their needs are met.
Sourcing the perfect solution extends to many areas including waste oil storage tanks, oil recovery equipment, skimmers, scrapers, and many other oil storage containment solutions.
We also provide sludge and grease solutions not to mention our expert knowledge in sourcing or tailoring the right solution for any storage for waste food waste.
Oil Equipment is one of our many specialist services at Brocklesby and our expertise in the handling of difficult oils, fats and grease recovery has ensured our customers tanks remain much better maintained and over a longer period. Our recent installation below shows oil skimming recently installed.
With free on-loan equipment, bespoke equipment design and specialist oil recovery units to relieve pressure from DAF systems, it has meant that our customers costs on DAF chemicals is significantly reduced and has a very positive effect on bottom line profit. And this has an uptake in revenue, adding another stream for a company’s top line.
At Brocklesby we see oil recovery as a must do, it enhances profit, keeps sites clean, manages environmental risk, and has a positive health and safety impact. It also reduces possible fines from utility providers keeping discharge consents within permitted limits. We also offer tank cleaning services to keep your equipment working at its optimum and storage of fats and oils at maximum capacity.
We take care of customers across the UK and Republic of Ireland, lending our years of expertise to ensuring that Equipment is running correctly, oils and fats are recovered and brought back to our 10-acre site on our own in-house transport. We recycle everything into renewable fuel for power generation and road transport fuels. But there are further benefits, by replacing fossil fuels our renewable energy delivers a carbon reduction in excess of 84%. Our onsite Biogas plant gives us the opportunity to recover food as a renewable energy too.
Please contact Brocklesby at any time for fats oils grease collections, recovery equipment, tank cleaning and food waste recovery needs.
It is something which has sat under the radar for several years but has suddenly come to the forefront. The Medium Combustion Plant Directive (MCPD) will introduce cost effective emissions guidelines and controls on new plants from this year with the view that everybody must bring into line their existing plants by 2025, a move which will cause considerable effort for some.
The aim for the MCPD is to ensure regulation on emissions within the EU and to bring it in line with small and large combustion plants that already have an EU directive in place.
But what exactly does this all mean?
In short, it means enforcing limits on gases and their outputs primarily for sulphur dioxide and nitrogen oxide by measuring their overall thermal output and will penalise for failure to adhere – How that will take shape, is still unclear however.
At Brocklesby we have developed a renewable, sustainable fuel and the technology to reduce the nitrous dioxide and nitrous oxide emissions that will keep our customers in line with the MCPD, now and in the future. Please call for more information on RE360 fuel and technology.
The first one of our new MAN TGX 26.460’s Euro 6 trucks being handed over to one of our drivers, Steve Snow (pictured with our Transport Manager, Kath Milo).
Over the next 3 years we will take delivery of a further 9 of these vehicles and have gone for a streamlined grey finish. The innovative safety and driver assistance systems, (including Adaptive Cruise Control and Lane Guard) help our drivers stay particularly proactive and safe in difficult situations. The cab design offers an upgraded rest area, revised cockpit, plenty of storage space and a practical cool-box, giving the drivers improved, overall comfort.
We will be taking delivery of 3 more trucks this year, with the following 6 in 2019 and 2020.
Greenpower Eduction Trust give young people an exciting, real life challenge with a proven track record in sparking an interest in engineering. The aim is to inspire young people to excel in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) studies.
The challenge is to design, build and race an electric car.
Brocklesby are proud to have provided sponsorship to a local school, North Cave Primary School, which has allowed them to purchase the kit to build an IET Formula Goblin.
Unfortunately, the car was not completed in time to compete in the annual race this year but the school is hoping to participate in 2019.
On Saturday our Managing Director, Robert, and his Partner Claire, braved a 40 metre free fall abseil off Larpool Viaduct in Whitby to help raise funds for the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution (R.A.B.I.)
R.A.B.I. offer financial support to farming people of all ages, in times of hardship. You can find out more about them at R.A.B.I.
It’s safe to say Rob is in no rush to do another one!
We have recently received our Investors in the Environment Green award – the highest level award achievable!
This award showcases the hard work and dedication shown by our staff to continually cutting our carbon emissions and improving the environment.
More information here.
Everyone has worked hard to get the site looking and operating the best it ever has, a big well done to all!
Brocklesby is delighted that the biogas anaerobic digester is now fully operational.
We are delighted to announce the launch of the new Brocklesby website. In line with our continued expansion and innovation, our new website showcases our expertise in recycling edible oils and food fats. With the commissioning of our new anaerobic digester we are proud to play a significant role in the worldwide commitment to renewables and sustainability. Our website reflects our commitment to quality and our mission to recycle 100% of collected waste (zero waste to landfill).
Please revisit our website regularly to view the latest developments and news at Brocklesby.
This week saw the arrival of 5 new energy efficient fork lift trucks with automatic shutdown of engines when not in use, helping to reduce our carbon foot print and save fuel.