OJ Neil Contracting’s roots may remain firmly in the agricultural sector but a huge deal with Thames Water has seen the business evolve and expand in recent years.
Harrison Thomas caught up with the owner Olly Neil to hear how his company is now turning waste into wealth.
Being able to adapt and diversify is a vital part of growing a successful business – it’s certainly a strategy that has served OJ Neil Contracting well over the past two decades. Established in 2002 by owner and founder Olly Neil – the company began life as an agricultural contractor, specialising in spreading services for local farmers in and around Bury St Edmunds. “It was just me and a second-hand tractor at the very beginning,” recalls Neil, who now employs up to 50 members of staff at the business’s busiest times of the year. “My first job was driving an excavator in a landfill site and I saved a bit of money, borrowed some more from the bank and it all started from there.”