ONE OF Wearside’s best-known business names is in new hands.
Skip hire specialist Rocktop Waste Management, at the south end of the Queen Alexandra Bridge, has been taken over by award-winning O’Brien Waste Recycling Solutions.
Now Cleadon-based O’Brien plans to open new offices and a call centre on the site.
The move means the firm will be able to reach any part of the city within minutes, enabling it to expand a client list which already includes Sunderland University, Sunderland College and Sunderland AFC.
All of the existing staff at Rocktop will join O’Brien and the company plans to create a number of jobs at the new call centre.
O’Brien will expand on Rocktop’s existing skip hire service by offering its other waste services, which include confidential shredding, bins and front-end loaders, from the site.
Nathan O’Brien, director of waste management at the family-run company, said: “We feel it is vital to employ staff from the local area who know what the people and businesses of Sunderland want.
“The new site will also be open to local businesses to deliver their waste rather than hire a skip. We feel this adds value to our current service as not everyone has enough waste for a skip, so we provide the chance to deliver this direct to us.
“To coincide with our move into the city we are offering any business a free waste survey to see if we can save them money and improve their recycling at the same time.”
O’Brien scooped the Green Business trophy at the Sunderland Echo Portfolio Business Awards 2011 in October.
John Mowbray, director of corporate affairs with sponsor Northumbrian Water, presented the trophy to founder and majority shareholder of winner Gordon O’Brien.
“The winner has recycling and green issues at the core of its business,” said the judges.