Lanes Group leaps up Top Track 250

The Sunday Times top track 250

Lanes Group plc has jumped nearly one hundred places up a list of the UK’s top 250 mid-market private companies.

The drainage and asset maintenance specialist ranks 121st in the Sunday Times Grant Thornton Top Track 250, up from 218 last year.

The league table, published in the Sunday Times on 1st October 2017, identifies the fastest-growing and most successful mid-market companies in the UK.

Lanes Group Managing Director Wayne Earnshaw said: “Last year we entered the Top Track 250 for the first time.

“This year, our continued progress, and the hard work of all our employees over the last 12 months, is reflected in this significantly higher ranking, which is pleasing to see.

“We aim to combine the strength and capability of a comprehensive national depot network with the ability to deliver a highly-responsive and safe local service.

“Our progress in the Sunday Times Grant Thornton Top Track 250 is one indicator that this strategy is working.”

During 2017, Lanes Group, which has headquarters offices in Leeds and Manchester, opened a new depot in Swaffham, Suffolk, increasing the number of depots it operates to 28.

The company has won substantial new contracts with businesses and organisations across the UK, including Transport for London, Anglian Water, and Network Rail.

Lanes Group owns Arlo Group, which operates AQS Environmental Solutions, a leading drainage and industrial cleaning specialist in Ireland, and drainage company UKDN Waterflow (LG) Ltd.

It is also the sole wastewater network services maintenance partner for Thames Water.

Sectors the business has made strong progress in during 2017 include highways, rail, energy, local government, construction, and housing.

Lanes Group won two awards in the Construction News Awards 2017 –  Specialist Contractor of the Year, and Health and Safety Excellence.

The company also retained its RoSPA Gold Medal, after winning its 8th consecutive RoSPA Gold Award.

2017 top track 250 ones to watch - Lanes group plc

The Sunday Times’ Top Track 250 report highlighted Lanes’ success as Thames Water’s sole wastewater network services partner and its growing presence in the rail industry.

The company is based in Leeds, West Yorkshire, with further headquarters operations in Manchester. It has 27 operational depots across the UK, plus five utility hubs.

During 2015, Lanes acquired drainage company UKDN Waterflow (LG) Ltd as part of a strategy to re-enter the insurance market.

It also acquired the Arlo Group, which operates AQS Environmental Solutions, a drainage specialist in Kilkenny, Ireland.

In the last six months, Lanes has opened a new West London depot to serve west London and the Thames Valley. For the first time, the depot offers a tankering service, a development that will be rolled out to other depots.

Wayne Earnshaw said: “We have a clear business development strategy based on delivering the best customer service, supported by the most advanced technology and the highest standards of health and safety.

“We are confident this approach, focusing on the fundamental elements of good business in the sectors we want to operate in, will support continued success over the next 12 months.”

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