IT recycling firm expands into the vacant Nilfisk site

Network 2 Supplies taking over old Nilfisk building
Network 2 Supplies taking over old Nilfisk building

IT equipment recycling specialists Network 2 Supplies has moved to a new headquarters to cope with expansion.

The company only employed five people five years ago but now employs more than 30 to handle contracts all over the world. But those people were spread over four locations in Bury St Edmunds.

Mike Fennings of Network 2 Supplies

Mike Fennings of Network 2 Supplies

The company had an office and warehousing in Kempson Way plus warehousing in Cavendish Road and on the Lark Valley business park.

It is now in the process of finishing its move into the old Nilfisk site on Western Way.

Managing director Jack Gomarsall said on Monday that though they were now based at the new site, he expected it to take a month to complete the move. The new warehouse’s 35,000 square feet is double the space available in the four locations.

He added: “We now work all over the world. We’ve just completed a job for a major company in the States that has taken us literally from the east coast to the west.

“My business partner, Mike Fennings, is currently in Italy on a job.”

N2S handles the complete decomissioning of companies’ IT and telecommunications systems, including data destruction.

Redundant equipment is either sold or broken down to its components parts for reuse or recycling.

Mr Gomarsall said: “We resell or recycle 99.3 per cent of the equipment that comes in, so only 1.7 per cent goes to landfill.”

In the case of the contract in the USA, anything that could be sold on was returned to the UK while recycling was carried out by suitably qualified American companies near the sites.

The company also reduces its carbon footprint by carrying out jobs on a ‘milk run’ system, with teams going on tours of jobs rather than separate journeys.

N2S has a fleet of 12 to 15 trucks ranging in size from small vans to an articulated lorry.

The move comes only a month after N2S announced its latest signing to the board. Mr Gomarsall’s son Andy has joined as a director.

He is better known as a rugby player with more than 200 premiership appearances and 35 England caps to his name, including the 2003 Rugby World Cup triumph in Australia.

They will have to do without him for a month while he works as a television commentator on the next Rugby World Cup.

But his father said: “He’s already providing very useful to us because of the contacts he’s made over the years in rugby.

“There are companies we’ve been trying to get into for years and he just gets on the phone to somebody he knows.”

Andy said: “I am fortunate to be joining the company in such a growing sector of the market, where reputation and credibility is everything.”