Shorts Group / Company / Celebrating 60 Years in Business


This is a very special year for Shorts Group as we celebrate our 60th year in business.

Here’s how it all began:

For over a half a century, Shorts Group has supplied a quality, local services throughout Berkshire, Surrey and Hampshire. Founded in 1957 by the late David Short, the small business known as Shorts Timber Services offered tree clearance for the construction of the M2 and M4 motorways in the 1960s.

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.

In 1985, Gary Short, now Managing Director,  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, turning over £1m a year.  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.




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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.


The services we now offer are diverse but all services have one thing in common and that is ‘recycling’ is at the heart of everything we do.

Our services include:

  • Trade waste collection, including food recycling
  • Demolition
  • Skip Hire
  • Agricultural Contracting
  • Demolition
  • Plant hire
  • Trade and DIY shops


As we celebrate our sixtieth year, turning over more in a month that what we did in a whole year back in 1985;  we continue to expand our range of services. Our very latest provision is road sweeping.

Based on our previous 60 years, road sweeping won’t be the last thing we do.

May we take this opportunity, to thank all of our customers. If it wasn’t for your custom and loyalty, Shorts wouldn’t be here today to tell the story. On behalf of the Shorts family, thank you!

Here’s to many more years together.