Smith Bros & Webb cleans up with £1m injection

Posted on 11 Nov 2013 by Callum Bentley

Smith Bros & Webb, one of the oldest names in the vehicle washing business, has received a major cash injection that will help cement its standings within the global vehicle wash market.

Having survived one of the most brutal recessions in modern times, Smith Bros & Webb has welcomed a £1 million cash boost which will act as a springboard for the company to further grow and develop.

With a history spanning back to 1886, Smith Bros & Webb designs and manufactures its own wash equipment under the brand name of Britannia.

Today, the Alcester based company has more than 500 installations in the UK in the commercial vehicle, bus and rail sectors, 150 around the globe and a nationwide network of engineers to both install and maintain the equipment.

With a turnover of nearly £5 million annually, Smith Bros & Webb has Britannia washing and CET systems throughout the UK as well as in Portugal, Turkey, Greece, Syria, Iran, Sri-Lanka, Hong Kong, China, India and Australia.

Recent overseas sales include the Mumbai Monorail and Metro together with installations in Bangalore, Taiwan and Hong Kong valued at  over £2.5m.

Britannia Director Andy Barracliffe commented:  “This additional investment comes at a time when the market is once again starting to grow.  We are seeing further demand coming from the UK, largely driven by new vehicle design but specifically from Europe and Asia where sizeable investment is being made in the rail networks.”