Since their foundation some 70 years ago, New Milton Sand and Ballast (NMSB) – a wholly owned subsidiary of H.H. & D.E. Drew Ltd – have established themselves as a relatively small but highly successful regional business providing high-quality aggregate, concrete and waste solutions to meet the demands of a particular niche market – namely the smaller builders, local tradesmen and householders in and around the southern counties of Hampshire and Dorset.
Based in the Hampshire town from which the business takes its trading name, NMSB are owned by joint managing director Michael Badcock (12%), the Drew Family Trust (39%) and Hanson Aggregates (49%), with the company’s board of directors comprising Mr Badcock and recently appointed joint managing director Trevor Poole, together with three members of the family trust and one representative from Hanson.This management structure allows the company to operate as a wholly independent organization but with the security of a ‘big company’ umbrella, although Hanson have no controlling interest in the day-to-day management and operation of the business.
Today the company has a turnover of around GBP£14 million, employs over 90 staff and has various operations extending from Wareham in the west to Lymington in the east.These include: four sand and gravel extraction sites, two of which are equipped with washing plants; one bagging plant; two ready-mixed concrete plants and a mini-mix business; a sand quarry joint venture in Dorset; one waste recycling site; and three waste-transfer/collect aggregates depots with associated skip and muckaway services. NMSB are also looking to expand their washed secondary aggregates and small-load merchanting activities, and have recently acquired Steve Perrins Supplies Ltd, the Ringwood-based building supplies business.