I don’t know where the fifty years have gone

Grandad Goodrum working at the first depot on Ranlegh Road, Ipswich

Back in 1969 when Michael Bolton set out to work for himself, the word recycling wasn’t in common use.

At that time he dealt in ‘scrap’ or ‘waste’ but the principle remained the same – to find a use or a market for products others had discarded. As the 1970s approached the young air compressor technician turned his back on his trade, realising there was money to be made from what others threw away.

Fast forward half a century and today Bolton Brothers is a well-known name in Suffolk and the wider East Anglian region. The company runs operations from a nine-acre site in Great Blakenham, employs 50 staff, deals with a global network of customers and turns over in excess of £10m – it’s clear Michael’s hunch 50 years ago has been proved to be correct.

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