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Charles Trent scoops ‘Growth Story of the Year 2019’

Charles Trent Growth Story of the Year 2019
Left to right: Maxine Trent, Marc Trent and presenting the award is Richard Dibden, Commercial Director at CMA Recruitment Group
Charles Trent, leaders in vehicle recycling, were delighted to announce that they have been recognised as ‘Growth Story Of The Year 2019’ in this years’ Solent 250 business awards, held on 2nd April at the Ageas Bowl.


The Solent 250 recognises the top 250 companies headquartered in the Solent region, ranked by turnover.

They successfully beat out fellow finalists 23.5 Degrees, Hendy Group, Highwood Group of Companies and SHB Hire to pick up the trophy.

Marc Trent, Charles Trent Managing Director stated:

“I sincerely dedicate this award to all the loyal & hard-working staff at Charles Trent that have delivered a year on year strategy that has led us to achieve such status & growth. Charles Trent were nominated alongside some extremely well-known businesses from a variety of different sectors which was also a great honour.”

The judges’ commented “Our winner had a great growth story to tell. They are a family-owned business working in a very traditional sector that has radically changed its business model to focus on core areas, which has led to significant growth (up 46% last year). Renowned in the sector for innovation and market leading customer service, they are regarded as a ‘family business with corporate processes and attitude’, completely revolutionising the sector norm.”

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Owain Griffiths

Owain Griffiths

Head of Circular Economy at Volvo Cars

Owain joined Volvo Cars in June 2021 to lead Circular Economy in the Global Sustainability Team. The company has committed to being a circular business by 2040 and has financial, recycled content and CO2 based targets for 2025, all of which Owain is working across the company to make happen. Owain previously worked for circular economy consultancy Oakdene Hollins where he advised businesses on evidence led circular economy implementation. 

Turning into a circular business and the importance of vehicle reuse and recycling.

The presentation will cover the work Volvo Cars is doing to achieve 2025 but mainly focus on the transformational work towards 2040 and the business and value chain changes being considered. Attention will be paid to the way vehicles are being dealt with at the end of life and the complexities of closing material and component loops. Opportunities and challenges which Volvo Cars is facing will be presented including engagement with 3rd parties and increasing pressure from stakeholders.