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About Shorts Group


Shorts Group are a long established, independent family-owned business offering excellent quality and services.

What we do and where we do it:

We offer the following services:

  • Plant hire
  • Trade and DIY shops
  • Skip Hire
  • Demolition
  • Trade waste collections
  • Agricultural contracting

Our head office is in Bracknell and we have other offices and shops throughout Berkshire and Surrey.

The high standard of our service is the result of 60 years of experience in serving the various aspects of the construction, agricultural and waste management industries.

At Shorts Group we pride ourselves on being prompt, helpful and reliable. Our main focus is always on customer service and satisfaction.

In 2009 we were granted a Royal Warrant to Her Majesty The Queen as Agricultural Contractors.

History of Shorts Group

Founded in 1957 by David Short, Shorts Group started life as Shorts Timber Services and was based in Datchet. As the name suggests, its primary business was tree clearance and the company cleared acres of forest to make way for the construction of the M2 and M4 motorways during the 1960’s. Organic growth into areas linked to tree clearance, such as demolition, waste removal and plant hire, as well as an acute sense for a good business deal on the part of David Short, saw the company expand its breadth of services over the following years. The company’s main waste processing site at St. George’s Lane, Ascot opened in the 1970’s.


In 1985, Gary Short joined his father at what was by then Shorts Services in Ascot and set up Shorts Agricultural Services to provide Agricultural Contracting Services to farms across the surrounding counties. Business continued to grow with father and son at the helm. Waste removal developed into skip hire services and included the purchase of several other local skip hire companies to increase Shorts capacity and range. In 2007 the St George’s lane site became a materials recovery facility (MRF) rather than a waste disposal site, marking the company’s commitment to recycling and reusing the materials it collects. The introduction of a commercial trade waste management service saw the company extend its waste management services to shops, businesses and local authorities.

In 2009 Shorts Agricultural Services were granted a Royal Warrant for the contracting services they supplied to the Queen’s local farms. It is an accolade Shorts are proud to continue to hold today.

In its continuing commitment to recycling, Shorts opened a second MRF site in Aldershot in 2011 enabling the company to expand its skip hire and waste management services further into North Hampshire and Surrey.

Property has always been part of Shorts business and Shorts Property owns a number of commercial and industrial properties in and around Berkshire and the surrounding counties. One of the most recent property acquisitions was a new Head Office for Shorts Group in Bracknell. Having been based in Ascot for 50 years the company outgrew its former offices and moved to Bracknell in 2014 to allow for further expansion.