WASTE management specialist NWH Group has continued its expansion through the acquisition of a business based in Dumfries as it capitalises on the drive to protect the environment.

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NWH, which has headquarters in Midlothian, has bought Armstrong Group’s waste management arm for an undisclosed sum.

The acquisition is in line with the Williams family-owned NWH’s plan to extend its geographic reach.

Armstrong Waste Management provides services ranging from skip hire to materials recycling to customers in the south west of Scotland, the central belt and the north of England.

The purchase of the business is expected to add 10 per cent to NWGH Group’s turnover.

This increased to £40 million in the year to September 30 2018.

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The group grew turnover by 25% in that year helped by the opening of a base in Newcastle.

It also benefited from a contract to shift muck at the huge St James Quarter development in Edinburgh.

In the accounts for that year directors noted that increases in waste recycling regulation have created opportunities for the firm to grow revenues.

They said: “The Scottish Government … have introduced ambitious waste recycling policies such as minimum recycling targets, limits on waste to landfill and a ban on municipal biodegradable waste to landfill by January 2021. The business has visibility of changes to the legal environment and the prevailing political sentiment and plans accordingly.”

Chief executive Mark Williams said yesterday that NWH and Armstrong Group share a desire to deliver a positive difference to the world in which we live.

The 33 employees of Armstrong Waste Management have joined NWH. It expects to grow the Dumfries operation with positive implications for jobs.

The Armstrong Group retained the soils processing and landfill aspects of the waste management business. The family-owned group also operates in sectors such as property development, construction and renewables.