Profits Boost for Halifax Company

Leo GroupIt might surprise many people to know that one of the fastest growing companies in the Yorkshire region only started on a small holding less than 40 years ago. Even people living close to the company headquarters in Halifax may unaware of the scale of their recent successes. The rapid rise of Leo Group, from a small mink farming business to major environmental and recycling company has been meteoric over recent years. In the last financial year, Leo Group pre-tax profits have increased by over £2 million to reach £7.3 million on annual sales of £59.6 million.

Over recent years, public and governmental concerns over anthropomorphic climate change have increased exponentially. This has given a big boost to environmental and recycling industries, but it has also led to increased competition in the sector. To be successful, companies like Leo Group must be competitive and invest in new technologies in a bid to keep ahead of their rivals. This is one area where Leo Group has been very successful, even managing to increase market share in this competitive market.

It is around 16 years ago that Leo Group managing director Danny Sawrij inherited the business from his father Leo, who the company name takes after. Since that time, a serious of acquisitions has seen them expand into animal by-product recycling and more recently electrical generation from biomass and bio-diesel production. Investment into groundbreaking technologies like these is not cheap, but it gives Leo Group an edge over the competition. Further investment in these areas will help to keep market share in the UK, and expansion overseas is a possibility for the future.

The company may be very successful, but it is also trying to improve the lives of less fortunate people with Leo Group Community Fund. Over the two years since the fund launched, it has donated over £250,000 to local charities and other good causes. Some of these are large charities like the Yorkshire Air Ambulance and Sue Ryder Hospices, but many of the smaller causes are groups that try to help children through sport or education. Over the summer, a team of 14 Leo Group employers managed to make over £18,000 in sponsorship for charities after completing the Leeds 10k road race.

Strong management, good acquisitions and targeted investment have helped to make Leo Group one of the most successful companies in West Yorkshire. You can read more information about the Leo Group success story online.

The Future of Biofuel Electricity

Over the last few years, it has become increasingly difficult to avoid worrying news about anthropomorphic climate change. Strict government targets set by the Kyoto protocol means that countries have to find new ways to generate electricity to replace old, smoky coal-fired power stations. New green technologies, such as solar and wind power, are taking up some of the demand but both are relatively small-scale and subject to weather conditions. This means that there is still a need for new large power stations to provide alternative sources of power.

Leo GroupOne such new source of power generation is the burning of biomass. This is fuel generated from biological waste, such as dead trees, plants and animals. At the minute, the electricity generators import a large proportion of this biomass from overseas, which adds extra expense that they pass onto customers. Importing also adds extra environmental damage from the transport. This represents a great opportunity for any UK-based business, like Leo Group, that can supply biomass to the electrical suppliers and cutting out the import costs.

One company that could benefit from this opportunity is Halifax-based, Leo Group. Over the last forty years, the company has gone from a smallholding employing six people to a major national business with over 400 staff. Much of Leo Groups recent expansion has involved the collection and recycling of animal by-products for maggot farming, animal feed and more recently biofuel and bio-diesel. Leo Group has recently announced plans for a 10MW power station close to Aberdeen. This will give Leo Group a foothold into the lucrative electricity generating market and allow the group to leverage its existing facilities to supply the fuel for the power station. If this is successful, then it is only a matter of time before Leo Group adds more biomass generating capacity to the national grid. Lucrative markets in other countries will also be attractive for the ambitious company.

Not only does Leo Group work hard to make money from farming by-products and other waste materials, but also the company is working hard to improve the lives of local children through its Community Fund. Since its launch two years ago, Leo Group Community fund has distributed over £250,000 to local good causes including many that work to improve the lives of children through sport or education opportunities.

Anyone that is interested in this environmental and recycling company should read this recent online profile of the Leo Group.

Making Money out of Waste

Leo Group There is an old Yorkshire saying: “Where there’s muck, there’s brass”, and nowhere is this saying more accurate than in the headquarters of the Halifax-based environmental and recycling company, Leo Group. In less than 40 years, Leo Group have risen from a smallholding near Halifax employing six people to a national company employing over 400 at sites around the UK. Last year, Leo Group made a profit of over £2 million on an annual turnover of £59.6 million.

Starting out as a mink farm, the group really expanded in 1998 after Leo Group managing director, Danny Sawrij, inherited the company. Seeing a gap in the market, Leo Group expanded into maggot farming, pet foods and other industries involving the recycling of animal by-products from farms and abattoirs. More recently, the company has expanded into bio-fuel production and electrical generation and continually invests in new technologies to keep ahead of its rivals.

Working in the recycling industry does not always make a company popular with local residents. Companies like Leo Group do an important job that is often unpopular with some of the local populace. Responsible companies like Leo Group work hard to overcome this negative image. New design trailers and better driver training should help to reduce accidental spillage and new technologies will decrease nasty smells from the sites.

Another recent development within the company has been the introduction of Leo Group community fund that is helps local charities, community groups and other worthy causes. Many of these work with children to offer sporting or educational opportunities or work to reduce isolation. Over the two years since the fund launched, the Leo Group community fund has distributed over £250,000 to worthy causes.

One recent announcement from the community fund was a renewal of the sponsorship agreement with a local football side, Bingley Town. This sponsorship deal will allow Bingley to invest in new equipment and facilities and help them to run teams in all age groups for both boys and girls.

It is not just the company has a charitable side, with a team of 14 employees recently collecting over £18,000 for good causes by completing the Clarion Corporate & Team Challenge at the Leeds 10k road race. This is the third successive year that the team from Leo Group has collected the most sponsorship at the event organised for the memory of Jane Tomlinson.

Anyone inspired by this success story can review the latest Leo Group financial information online.

Leo Group Sponsors Bingley Town

From a modest beginning on a smallholding just outside the West Yorkshire town of Halifax, Leo Group has now grown to be one of the UKs largest environmental companies in less than 40 years. Now employing over 400 people, with many of those in the Halifax and Bradford areas, Leo Group specializes in the recycling of animal by-products, waste management and green energy. Ever year, Leo Group invests over 98% of profits back into the business to ensure that they continue to use the latest technologies for maximum efficiency.

As an ethical employer, Leo Group has set up its own community fund that they use to invest in the local communities close to the company premises. This includes supporting local charities, community groups and other good causes, particularly those that work for the benefit of children. Many of these good causes offer educational or sporting activities to children or work towards banishing isolation. Over the last two years alone, donations from Leo Group community fund amount to more than £250,000.

Leo GroupThe latest announcement coming out of Leo Group community fund is the renewal of its sponsorship deal with Bingley Town football club. The club, which has a senior side playing football in the Craven & District League Division One, has just officially merged with Bingley Juniors AFC after a two-year affiliation. The new combined Bingley Town now has teams that play in every age group from under 5s right up to the senior adult side, with boys and girls teams at all levels. The merger will also allow them to form an under 21’s and field a reserve side. The teams train and play at the Marley Sports Centre in nearby Keighley.

Club officials will use the money to buy new equipment, including new playing strips, and to improve the existing facilities at the clubs home ground. It will also help the club to retain the existing team as well as investing in new players and coaches for the junior teams. Bingley Town and Leo Group are both pleased to extend this successful partnership.

Both parties hope that this sponsorship deal with Leo Group will enable Bingley Town to improve both on and off the pitch and continue to offer anyone in the Bingley area the chance to play football competitively. The target is the county amateur leagues, and this deal will help to bring that dream a little closer for all those that give their time and effort to make the club a success.

For more information about this Yorkshire-based environmental and recycling company, connect with the Leo Group.

With Leo Group the Future Looks Green

Leo GroupIt seems that the old adage ‘waste not, want not’ really pays off. Halifax-based waste management firm the Leo Group is going from strength to strength in regards to both the services offered and its financial outlook. The company, which started off as a mink farm in 1970, has specialised in the management of animal by-products from farming and meat production. More recently however, the Leo Group has extended its offering into more general types of waste (for example dry wastes such as paper and plastic and food waste) and also into the production of renewable energy which will be created at the 10 megawatt biomass plant that it has just been granted planning permission for.

Farming and meat production creates waste in the form of ‘fallen stock’ and also in terms of unusable meat products, bones and feathers. The Leo Group both collects these products and puts them to a range of products. For example, one Leo Group subsidiary, Robinson Mitchell Limited, provides the important countryside service of collecting fallen stock. Other subsidiaries specialising in different types of by-product rendering include feathers, for example. These are hydrolysed, which sterilises and dries them and converts them into a high quality, high protein meal which is ideal for pet food, fish feed and fertiliser. Apart from the production of meal, Leo Group also produces two different grades of poultry oil and tallow oil.

Through its work reclaiming these by-products, Leo Group supplies ecologically friendly ingredients to the Oleo Chemical industry and the aviation industry, as well as the pet food industry and the cosmetic industry.

The Leo Group’s commitment to ecologically sound principles goes beyond its output. These company values, to sustainability and environmental responsibility are clear throughout the chain of business activities and beyond. For example, Leo Group has built a wind turbine to provide substantial energy to one of its sites, it provides environmental education to local schools and it has been awarded ISO certifications in environmental management for several of its sites.

It appears that the Leo Group has a holistic approach to sustainability and responsibility as through the Leo Group Community Fund the business invests in community projects in and around its various sites. In regards to its own staff the company has secured the OHSAS 18001 certification, which is recognition of the very highest standards of commitment to health and safety at work.

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The Leo Group – A Profile of a Business in the Community

The Leo Group is a Halifax-based company which, through its subsidiaries, operates a range of environmentally friendly businesses. The Leo Group’s core offering was always services to meat producers such as fallen stock collection and the rendering (and thus recycling) of animal by-products. From its beginnings on a mink farm on a small holding in 1970, Leo Group now employs over 400 people across the UK and Ireland and has extended its range to include general recycling, food recycling, renewable energy production and property investment.

Leo Group Aside from its business projects however, the Leo Group is a pioneer in terms of investment in local community projects, charities, and its local environment and in the well-being of its own staff. This article provides a brief round-up of some of the group’s recent and ongoing community projects:

Community Fund

The Leo Group operates a community fund dedicated to supporting sporting, cultural, educational and environmental projects as well as those that tackle loneliness and isolation in the community. Recently it has funded Chellow Heights Special School in Bradford, helping it build a library of tactile books for visually impaired students. Similarly, Leo Group also recently donated £25,000 to Ravenscliffe High School and Sports College in Halifax. Leo Group’s JustGiving page was in the top 1% of successful fundraising pages in 2013.

Environmental Education                                                           

The Leo Group recently visited a local school in Penrith and took part in a Climate Change Conference where it discussed its plans for reducing the company’s carbon footprint. These plans involve the use of a wind turbine to produce some of the power required at one of the organisation’s sites and the collection of rainwater for use in the business. The company has already been awarded the Calderdale Council’s Silver Business Pledge Award for its environmental management system and aggressive plan to reduce CO2 emissions at its Halifax site. The company’s environmental policies for its sites can be found on its website.

Staff and Health & Safety

It is clear from reading the company’s news page that Leo Group staff are actively encouraged to be involved with the local community and to fundraise for local causes. In order to further contribute to its staff’s wellbeing the company has worked toward and achieved the OHSAS 18001 certification recognising and exceedingly high level of health and safety provision in business.

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Leo Group – Managing Animal By-Products for 40 Years

Leo GroupThe Leo Group has been quietly managing the waste created by the farming industry for the last 40 years. In a world where the meat industry is often pilloried, the Leo Group is both a shining example of the high standards that most of the meat industry subscribes to, and also an important voice educating communities about the realities of farming and the countryside, clarifying the need for abattoirs and rendering plants for this important industry.

The farming/meat production industry creates animal by-products in the form of fallen stock and other waste such as blood, bone and feathers. Leo Group through its subsidiaries collects these materials and processes them for re-use in other industries. The rendering process is the means by which these products are transferred from waste to usable, commercially valuable commodities. In the absence of the type of services provided by the Leo Group these materials would not be recycled – they would have to be disposed of at a much greater cost to the environment. The key products that are rendered by Leo Group are meal and purified fat.

For example, Leo Group uses meat and bone meal to create pet food, fertilizer and mink feed. It collects feather meal for onward use in fish feed, and again pet food, fertilizer and mink feed. Due to the high protein content of the meals produced, the fertilizer is of a high quality. Apart from meal, Leo Group produced two different types of purified oil. The first is poultry oil. Poultry oil is used in in the pet food industries and is also used in the oleo chemical and power industries. The second type of oil produced by Leo Group is called Tallow oil. This oil comes from the meat and bones of animals – it has similar uses to poultry oil. There are two standards of both oils produced by Leo Group. Category 1 oil is normally used to be burnt as a fuel source. The higher quality category 3 oil on the other hand, is used as an ingredient in pet foods and cosmetics.

The original founders of Leo Group came from a farming heritage. Respect and understanding of the countryside appears to be a key commitment of the company and its subsidiaries. You can check the Leo Group online profile by following the linked text.

Who is the Leo Group?

In 1970, Margaret and Leo Sawrij founded Swalesmoor Mink Farm on their smallholding. From these humble beginnings has grown the Halifax-based Leo Group which now employs over 400 people in the UK and Ireland. Nowadays, Leo Group (named for its founder) continues to farm cattle, but also operates as a powerhouse in the farm waste management cycle, the general waste management market, the market for renewables and has a substantial property portfolio to boot. Now managed by  Leo GroupDanny Sawrij, the firm’s operations include reclaiming and processing the by-products of the meat production industry for resale to the power generation market, the oleo-chemical industry and the pet food industry.

The Leo Group reclaims meal from poultry, lamb and pork meat as well as from blood, bones and feathers. The uses to which the end products are put to are quite amazing. For example, blood meal from both poultry and mammals is air dried, it can then be used in pet food and particularly in mink feed. Due to its high nitrogen content it is an extremely effective fertiliser. Similarly, feathers are hydrolysed and due to the high quality and high protein content of the end product it can be used in pet food, fish feed and fertiliser.

The Leo Group receives the by-products from high quality abattoirs around the UK. The company’s work in collecting and processing this waste substantially reduces the environmental impact that the meat production industry creates. The Leo Group lets nothing go to waste and based on its experience with farming waste, the organisation has branched out into the collection and recycling of other kinds of waste in the Bradford and Halifax area, through the company Envirowaste. Not content to stop there, Leo Group’s environmental mission has also led it into the renewable energy market and it has recently obtained planning permission for the construction of a 10 megawatt biomass power plant which, when built, will be capable of powering 15,000 homes.

The Leo Group is a pioneer of green industry, and despite the organisations huge success in a variety of green markets, it stays true to its roots by breeding an award winning cattle herd. Not a company to rest on its laurels, Leo Group is also known for its exceedingly high health and safety standards and its tireless work and generosity when working with local charities and community work. For information on jobs with the Leo Group, take a look on the company website.

Leo Group Facts about Plastic in the UK

The Leo Group was once a small family owned business that barely made ends meet. Due to the nature of the business, the Swalesmoor mink farm did not make much money as they sold their fur once a year. After taking over his father’s business, Danny Sawrij decided to start breeding maggots, which he sold to fishing shops to supplement the family income. Eventually, he was exporting up to seven thousand gallons of maggots every week to different countries in Europe.

This was the beginning of the future for the Leo Group.  Utilising new technology and continually re-investing its profits into the development of new technologies, the Leo Group has become the industry leader in terms of waste management in the UK. It has 10 sites spread over the UK and Ireland and employs over 400 people. The Leo Group regularly tries to educate the public on the need to reduce their uptake of materials that are harmful to the environment, while advocating for the recycling of those that are already in use.

Leo Group collects over 650,000 tonnes of waste yearly from the UK and its facilities accept all forms of waste. The waste is screened to determine what can be recycled, and those items that cannot, are disposed of properly. Plastic is the most popular material received at Leo Group, with 20 times more plastic in use today than it was 50 years ago, though recycling allows for us to re-use it numerous times.

The Environmental impact of recycling plastic

Recycling plastic is the process of converting used plastic bottles into new ones so as to reduce the manufacture and creation of more bottles. This helps to;Leo Group

  • Conserve non-renewable fossil fuels
  • Reduce consumption of energy
  • Reduce waste thrown in landfills
  • Reduce environmental degradation through carbon dioxide emissions.

Leo Group collects the materials for recycling from individual’s homes or tips or specified collection points. They are then sorted and processed separately depending on the type of plastic and then sliced into flakes then washed and melted together.

Leo Group is among the leading waste management companies in the UK due to its dedication to recycling and cleaning up the environment. Through companies such as these, the negative impact that human habitation has on the environment t can be lessened if not reversed altogether.

The waste hierarchy and Recycling paper at Leo Group

The Leo Group recycles all paper products into re-usable materials minimising the damage done to the environment through manufacture and dumping.  They are Britain’s leading waste management company and have been in operation since the 1970’s. The company processes more than 650,000 tons of waste material in its 10 sites across the UK.

Their success has been achieved on what they term as a waste hierarchy. This is divided into 5 steps in order of sustainability. The five steps are;Leo Group

  • Reduce
  • Reuse
  • Recycle
  • Recovery
  • Disposal

In order to recycle paper, it needs to be clean and free from contaminants. This means that paper should not be mixed with plastic, metal, food or any other form of trash. If paper is contaminated, it has to be land filled or burned for energy. Some recycling centers will ask you to grade the paper you want to recycle.

On the other hand, Leo Group wants to make it easy and affordable for everyone to recycle. They provide collection bins at no extra charge to citizens who understand the importance of protecting the environment.  Waste of all kinds can be disposed of in these bins which are later collected and transported to their recycling facilities.

Leo Group has over 400 employees who sort through the waste and filter out what cannot be recycled for disposal. Ordinarily though, 100% of the materials received at Leo Group are recyclable.

Can all recovered paper be recycled?

It is estimated that at least 80% of recovered paper can be recycled. Recovered paper may contain fibers that have been recycled a few times. Wood fibres can only be recycled an average of five to seven times, while some items such as magazines contain ingredients which are not actual paper fibers. The shiny pages can sometimes be coated with clay and other materials.

What can be made from recovered paper?

Recovered paper is usually recycled back into paper or paper board products. The paper is usually recycled into a similar grade, or a lower quality paper when compared to the original. For example, Old boxes are made into new boxes or old printing paper is recycled into new copy paper. It can also be incorporated into other products such as fruit and egg trays and even cat litter.