Prior to 2012, asbestos and hazardous waste removal works were undertaken by Cuddy Environmental, a trading division of Cuddy Demolition & Dismantling Ltd (CDD). The sales of this division for the year ending July 2012 was £1.2 million, with approximately 80% of the sales being subcontracted from CDD projects. During 2012, it was decided that asbestos & hazardous waste removal works, would be undertaken by a stand alone, self-sufficient company namely Cuddy Environmental Ltd (CEL). The strategy of the business, was that it would not just be stand alone, but to increase year on year sales and most importantly the sustainability of the business would not be reliant on the sales from the sister company of CDD.

Our main challenges when starting the business

Since the first year of trading, CEL has exceeded all targets. Whilst successful expansion strategies have been aggressive, the team has enviably become one of the best of its kind, without once compromising the core values upon which CEL was first established – scientific precision; technical experience, outstanding H&S and environmental standards; and robust training and communication mechanisms.

Success Factor

A strong teamwork approach combined with extensive training initiatives, meticulous planning, and maximum respect for the environment, brings in every project not only on time and to budget, but also with the utmost consideration for client satisfaction. Whether it’s triumphing despite highly restrictive specifications or designing innovative solutions to execute complex projects, overcoming technical difficulties is its speciality. Regardless of the economic climate, there is an acknowledgment that staff development is one thing that cannot be compromised, because progressively changing people’s mindset to a safe, professional and the ‘Cuddy Environmental’ way of thinking, remains paramount and to achieve this it has embarked and invested in bespoke Behavioural Safety Training. Obviously, very few entrants will say that their devotion to training is low, or that their safety record is poor, but the firm prides itself on transparency and ability to present hard facts that truly reflect dedication to a positive safety culture. All of this combines to make Cuddy Environmental a professional, innovative and dependable company, which treads beyond the traditional realms of the asbestos industry.

The Future

The plans for the next five years is to maintain a year on year growth, and expand the geographic area of operation, this has begun to happen with the opening of an office in Portishead with a regional manager.