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Family business triples in size due to spike in DIY projects in lockdown


A Leigh family skip hire company has tripled in size due to a spike in home improvements in lockdown.

Family business triples in size due to spike in DIY projects in lockdown


"Its encouraging to see that people are keeping busy and are being responsible for their waste disposal and we have seen fantastic support for our company by our community."
Tom Poole - Company Director



ETA Skip Hire NW Ltd started in 2017, with just one van and six skips, but since the pandemic, the company has recruited two new administration staff, three more drivers and bought out a local competitor.

They have now invested in 240 skips to respond to the additional need for skip hire in Leigh and the surrounding areas, as more and more residents take on home improvement projects in lockdown.

Company director, Tom Poole, aged 30, from Pennington, Leigh, said: “Being a relatively new business, we felt a fair amount of uncertainty when the pandemic hit. But, the rise in DIY projects with people spending more time at home has seen a spike in demand. It’s encouraging to see that people are keeping busy and are being responsible for their waste disposal and we have seen fantastic support for our company by our community."

The skip company took also took on their own DIY project at the start of the first lockdown - painting three of their skips blue in support of the NHS, and will be making a donation of £1,500 to NHS Charities Together.

Tom added: “We have had friends and family directly affected by covid and know-how incredible local NHS staff have been in supporting people in need during this time. We were inspired by all the DIY projects residents in Leigh have been doing, so decided to paint some of our skips in solidarity with the NHS, and raise funds. It is the least we can do to show our support in return.”

For more information on ETA Skip Hire, contact Louise Poole on 01942 502010

Team picture from L to R: Johnny Mennell, (Uncle) Alex Poole, (Mum) Louise Poole, Tom Poole, Ian Dickenson

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