Suffolk-based B&B Skips is going for growth by commissioning four Mercedes-Benz (MB) trucks and launching an online booking service.
The vehicles, two 18-tonne Antos 1824 models and a pair of 15-tonne Atego 1523s, were supplied by Orwell Truck & Van, which represents the manufacturer in East Anglia. Equipped with Hyva skip-loading gear, they are inspected and serviced by Orwell under seven-year MB repair and maintenance (R&M) contracts.
B&B Skips operates from the Beccles Business Park at Ellough. It was bought last year by Radical Waste, a company set up in 2014 by former real estate specialist Julian Knights, who set about turning the business around. His initial contact with Orwell Truck & Van came at the 2015 Norfolk Show.
He said: “Orwell dealt with my enquiry very professionally from the outset. It supplied an 18-tonne Antos demonstrator with a skip body for us to try and that truck ticked all the boxes: it looked great and was impressively fuel-efficient, while our driver loved it.
“The combination of MB finance and R&M contracts has allowed us to extend the period between vehicle inspections from six to 10 weeks, and it means I can budget knowing my costs are covered.”
He added: “Our smart new trucks have transformed the B&B Skips image and the face we present to the public. They have also been very well received by the guys who drive them – one, in particular, was a real devotee of our previous truck brand but he has been completely won over.”