The UK’s fastest growing private companies: Hot 100 2015 – (43) BTS Group

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Name: BTS Group 
Industry/sector: Miscellaneous
Date founded: 1993
The boss: Halley McCallum
Location: East of England
Latest turnover: £43.3m
Three-year compound growth rate (%): 42.68
Latest EBITDA: £3.5m

BTS is one of the UK’s leading utility vegetation contractors. It is one of few companies in the country that can offer both vegetation management, such as garden tree foliage clearance, and utilities maintenance, including overhead line cables. It also carries out “hot glove” work on live 11kv overhead power lines. BTS is responsible for the maintenance of vegetation around the electricity supply for a large part of East Anglia.

The group has been moving at a quick pace indeed. It acquired OBO Scaffolding, which has been a provider of scaffolding services to trade, private and public customers for 30 years. As scaffolding is often needed both to provide safe access and to protect people and property beneath the work zones, it features regularly in the delivery of BTS’ services.

Managing director Halley McCallum said: “Bringing OBO into the BTS Group will enable us to operate more efficiently. We can have scaffolding erected when and wherever we need it, and we will be able to pass on savings in time and money to our clients”.

He suggested that the purchase of OBO would enable the company to expand its reach to attract new customers.

Introduced in June, the company has adopted a new tablet-based computer system, which is replacing paper forms that are used to record that consent is granted, and to give authority to access the property to carry out vegetation works as agreed on the form.

Also, further to recent success working with SSEPD on a similar contract in Aberdeenshire, BTS will provide labour, tools and equipment in the Oxford, Reading, Petersfield, Aldershot and Slough regions to clear vegetation wherever it is in close proximity to overhead networks and services.

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