Our History

Smiths has been growing for 40 years. The timeline below details just some of the momentous events during this expansion


  • 1982

    Smiths established

    Alan Smith starts out with one excavator and himself as the only operator. Based from home.

  • 1983

    Early expansion

    Smiths take on second member of staff and purchase a second machine.

  • 1983 - 1993

    Rapid growth

    Rapid growth with contract work.

  • 1990

    More expansion

    Company is split into component parts comprised of: Smiths Construction, Smiths Transport and Smiths Plant Hire.

  • 1992

    Smiths Demolition Division formed

    Smiths Demolition Division formed.

  • 1994

    Smiths acquires land at Eastington

    Smiths acquire land with a view of one day creating a Head Office.

  • 1998

    Work starts on Eastington

    Work starts on Alkerton Court, Eastington – creating the Head Office.

  • 2000

    Smith's (Gloucester) Limited incorporated

    Smith’s (Gloucester) Limited incorporated. New Divisional structure created. Waste Management Division formed.

  • 2002

    Moreton Valence Waste Management Facility opened

    Moreton Valence Waste Management Facility opened.

  • 2003

    Smiths opens Waste Transfer Station in Tewkesbury

    Smiths opens Waste Transfer Station in Tewkesbury.

  • 2004

    Smiths completes it's first £1million contract

    Smiths completes its first £1million Construction contract.

  • 2005

    South Wales depot opened

    South Wales Construction depot opened in Miskin. Closed in 2009.

  • 2006

    Purpose-built Managed Recycling Facility installed

    MRF installed at Moreton Valence.

  • 2007

    Haulage fleet exceeds 100 vehicles for the first time

  • 2007

    2nd Generation of the Smith family joins the company

    First member of the 2nd Generation Smith family joins the Smiths business.

  • 2008

    Smiths staff exceeds 500 for the first time

  • 2008

    Smiths Trade Waste service formed

  • 2010

    Recession hits

    Recession causes Smiths to decrease number of tipper lorries and increase number of waste vehicles. Winners of the Stroud Life Awards – Green Business Of The Year 2010.

  • 2011

    Smiths acquire a Skip Hire company in South Wales

  • 2011

    Smiths opens South Wales Waste Transfer Station

    Smiths opens Waste Transfer Station at Llandough Trading Estate, Cardiff. Winners of the Stroud Life Awards – Family Business Of The Year 2011.

  • 2012

    Smiths acquire a second Skip Hire company in Gloucestershire

  • 2012

    Smiths celebrates 30 years of service excellence

  • 2015

    Smiths acquire a 3rd Skip Hire company

  • 2015

    Smiths Trade Waste 1,500 customers

    The Trade Waste business exceeded 1,500 customers under contract.

  • 2015-2018

    Licence to Undertake Work with Asbestos Re-awarded

    Re-awarded an Asbestos Removal Licence for 3 years.

  • 2016

    Smiths acquire a 4th Skip Hire company

  • 2017

    Smiths Construction invest in 3D GPS Laser Controlled equipment

  • 2017

    James Hopkins Trust charity support

    Smiths raise £16,842 for JHT.

  • 2017

    New RCVs

    Smiths Trade Waste take delivery of their first brand new vehicle.

  • 2018

    Active trade waste sites reach almost 3300

    The largest number of active sites since the formation of the Trade Waste Division in 2008.

  • 2018

    Staff numbers exceed 500

    Full time staff employed across England and Wales exceed 500.

  • 2019

    Smiths acquire Bristol and Avon Waste Management

    Operating out of Avonmouth.

  • 2020

    Covid 19 Pandemic

    Wheelie bin waste collection suspended by customers up to 50%.

  • 2021

    New MRF facility

    New MRF facility installed at Moreton Valence.

  • 2022

    Ermin Plant Hire

    Ermin Plant Hire acquired.

    40th anniversary celebrated.

  • 2024

    Brook Farm

    Purchase of Brook Farm.

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