Family-run firms to generate £661bn for economy by 2018

Family-run firms to generate £661bn for economy by 2018
Kathleen O’Donovan with her daughters Caroline and Jacqui and sons Michael and Anthony

Britain’s family-run firms are expected to contribute £661 billion to the economy by 2018, an increase from £540 billion a year in 2014, according to Barclays and the Centre for Economic and Business Research.

One such family run firm is London’s O’Donovan Waste Disposal which has more than a hundred employees and a £13m annual turnover and where matriarch Kathleen O’Donovan heads a family that is actively involved in managing the expanding business.

The family recently took a little time out to celebrated Kathleen’s birthday which they described as ‘a special one’.

O’Donovan’s Waste Disposal’s green credentials secure commercial vehicle management won them a Fleet Hero Award in December 2015.

The 2015 Fleet Hero Awards saw O’Donovan Waste Disposal named winner of the Commercial Vehicle Management award for the third consecutive year at the ceremony which celebrated the work of those organisations which have implemented solutions, policies and innovations to reduce their fleet’s carbon footprint and fuel costs.

Organisations, both large and small from across the UK, gathered at the event held on 26 November at the London Transport Museum in Covent Garden.

O’Donovan Waste Disposal was presented with the award in recognition of its sustained approach to trialling and testing initiatives as part of its Greener Vision Strategy, which in a twelve month period from 2014 to 2015, has resulted in a reduction of CO2 per kilometre travelled by 21.5 per cent and an increase in kilometres per litre of fuel used by 27.5 per cent.

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