Developers dig new local eco ground screw business


June 12, 2019

Developers, homeowners and the public sector are digging a new company that aims to reduce environmental damage and construction costs.

Stop Digging! North Wales and North West is the latest venture from award-winning entrepreneur Gareth Jones, managing director of the Carbon Zero Group.

The group, which also includes UK Leisure Living in Mochdre, has had a busy start to the year, notably in hot tub and composite decking sales.

This new firm centres around the installation of ground screws rather than traditional methods such as concrete and cement, the manufacturing of which reportedly accounts for more than 5% of global carbon dioxide emissions.

Originating in Sweden, the concept promotes smart and stable anchoring using screws which can be planted directly in the ground using a handheld machine, saving time, money and leaving no more than a three-inch wide hole in the ground.

After visiting the Stop Digging! headquarters in Scandinavia and investing in the business, Gareth returned to St Asaph and is now the only Stop Digging! supplier and installer in North Wales, Liverpool, Cheshire, Shropshire and everywhere in between up to Preston.

“It’s a brilliant and unique system that is already proving very popular with customers, particularly in the construction sector,” he said.

“After going over to Sweden and finding out more, I thought it was a great idea to get involved, and there is nobody else in the North Wales area doing it, and only a handful of companies in the UK.”

“Ground screws are so much more innovative than digging holes and pouring concrete into them, which is the way fences and signs are usually put up around the UK.

“That includes temporary fencing and hoardings around building sites that can be quite messy and laborious; this is a much simpler and advanced alternative and will save them money.”

The handheld system means anyone can plant screws up to 1.6 metres deep with the appropriate training, and the resulting foundations can support up to 4.5 tonnes.

“Any structure that’s not brick or block can be supported, so anything that needs to be connected to the floor, from mobile homes, to road signs, fencing and benches - the list is endless,” said Gareth.

“And that can be for a housing development, domestic use or even festivals, garden centre companies, caravan parks and much more.”

He added: “This is not a franchise, we have bought into it, to show how serious we are about the product and have already received a lot of interest, as we have exclusivity in this region and over the border in Shropshire and Cheshire.”

“It takes less than two minutes to put a 1.6m screw in the ground, so it’s quicker than anything else out there, but ultimately the environmental aspect to this is what is most important.

“Developers and local authorities are looking for ways to be even greener and cleaner, so this ticks all of the boxes – it will revolutionise the industry.

“As we grow this side of the business, we are looking for partner installers across the region to get involved, in the next revolution to hit the construction sector. Cleaner, quicker, greener and saves money. What’s there not to love about a Stop Digging! ground screw.”