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Go Plant acquires sweeper Smallwoods

Staff at Go Plant Ltd in Barnsley.
Staff at Go Plant Ltd in Barnsley.
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Self-drive road sweeper firm Go Plant has completed the acquisition of Yorkshire-based road sweeper business Smallwoods as part of its continued nationwide expansion.

Ibstock-based Go Plant, along with sister company Go Plant Fleet Services, operate a 4,700-strong fleet of contract hire, operated and self-drive specialist vehicles from 37 depots and service centres across the UK.

The company has been seeking to establish a stronger presence in North and East Yorkshire and the acquisition of Smallwoods, based between York and Pocklington, will enable Go Plant to service public and private sector customers in this area.

Mark Gallimore, commercial director at Go Plant, said: “The opportunity to acquire Smallwoods represented a significant expansion in this area. The yard at Smallwoods is perfectly located and will give us a tremendous platform from which to further develop our offering across Yorkshire.”

Smallwoods has a long history as a family business in York, but had been streamlining operations until the Go Plant acquisition. The purchase provides the perfect foundation for growth, with Go Plant aiming to boost its operation in the area to six sweepers over the next year.

The Yorkshire satellite depot will be managed by John Wild. The acquisition comes after a 12-month period of expansion for Go Plant.