260-year-old company expands with new Droitwich factory

A 260-year-old group which specialises in silver recovery and recycling has invested in a new storage and waste management facility in the West Midlands for one of its companies.

Family-run Betts Envirometal, which recycles all forms of X-ray film for the NHS and leading aerospace businesses, has taken a five-year lease on a 6,222 sq ft industrial unit at Rushock Trading Estate near Droitwich.

The letting will provide the waste management specialist with expanded storage and allow it to meet a growing demand for its services, having recorded a 110% increase in volume in the last 12 months and run at near maximum capacity during the first and second coronavirus lockdowns.

Betts Envirometal has also bought a range of new crushing and high-powered shredding equipment to improve operational efficiency and created four new jobs.

Garry Farmer, general manager, Betts Envirometal said: “We’re pleased to have opened a new facility that will help us to sustain the growth of the business over the next few years. Our business is capable of processing almost any type of ‘special’ or ‘controlled’ waste from any industry at competitive prices and that’s led to an influx of waste management work in the last 12 months. We have responded by investing significantly in new technology, people and products to ensure we continue to serve customers nationwide.

“As part of a group that specialises in precious metals, we have seen both ends of the spectrum during the coronavirus pandemic. Whilst our wedding ring sales temporarily decreased and jewellers were forced to close during the height of lockdown, our waste management business has continued to flourish, which highlights the benefits of being diversified.”

The Betts Group of companies was formed in Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter by Alexander Betts at the dawn of the industrial revolution in 1760. It is now in the ninth consecutive generation of family management.