Shropshire-based Hawk Group, the UK’s largest, privately-owned operated plant hire and earthworks company, received an £8m growth capital investment from BGF in December 2015.
Founded in 1974 and located in the West Midlands, Hawk Group has been involved in major UK infrastructure projects including the building of the Olympic Park, Hinkley Point C nuclear power station, the Channel Tunnel Rail Link and Crossrail. Today, the business employs nearly 500 people, generates revenues close to £70m and owns and operates a modern construction fleet of more than 2,000 items including excavators, dump trucks, telehandlers and bulldozers. Hawk specialises in providing a fully serviced, maintained and managed fleet either on an operated or self-drive basis to some of the biggest projects and contractors in the UK.
The business has invested heavily in machinery and equipment in recent years to support strong growth, and has built a reputation for operating a modern and well maintained fleet, as well as providing additional services such as bulk earthmoving, site remediation, agri-tractor hire to the agricultural and construction markets, materials testing, heavy haulage, construction plant training, and the rental of site accommodation units.
With the addition of BGF’s funding, Hawk Group is continuing to develop its fleet and respond to the ever increasing demand for plant hire and construction services, which is expected to be fuelled by investment in major UK infrastructure projects and an increase in housebuilding across the country. Hawk is also extending its services into sectors such as quarrying.
The company is led by Mike Hawkins, Group CEO and last year won “Best Business of the Year” and “Best International Business of the Year” at the Shropshire Business Awards.
Bill Bolsover CBE joined the board of the company as Non-Executive Chairman following an introduction made by BGF. Bill’s last position in the sector was CEO, and then Chairman, of Aggregate Industries, the Lafarge HOLCIM arm in the UK and the USA, and now sits on or chairs other boards. Jon Earl an Investor at BGF joined the board of the Hawk Group as a Non-Executive Director.