Business Action | February / March 2019


Independent North Devon-based business magazine covering news about business and enterprise in Barnstaple, Bideford, Braunton, Chulmleigh, Combe Martin, Holsworthy, Ilfracombe, Lynmouth, Lynton, South Molton, Torrington, Woolacombe and more.

Motorised machine will sift beach

North Devon’s fantastic

beaches are one of its most

valuable natural assets, but,

like beaches everywhere in

the world, they are polluted

by plastic.

After the success of its

hand-powered trommels,

which sift microplastics and

remove them from sand,

Ilfracombe-based Nurdle

is working on a motorised

version to speed up beach

cleans even more.

Made in North Devon

Nurdle – named after tiny preindustrial

microplastic pellets

which escape into the environment

from manufacturing

plants – was started by Josh

Beech during his final year

Environmental Science BSc.

“Microplastics are the most

ingested form of plastic for

marine life, affecting organisms

as small as plankton and

as large as whales,” says Josh.

Business is taking off for

HLH Removals of Bideford

in 2019. The firm run by

Colin and Amy Horsham has

just won a new commercial

contract with the Forces

Support store in Barnstaple,

while its residential business

is up considerably on the

same time last year.

Colin started Horsham

Light Haulage five years ago,

already having experience in

the industry and wanting to

be his own boss. He started

out with a Renault Master

van, moving individual

items, then built up to bigger

jobs including full removals.

HLH Removals now oper-

plastic faster

A Nurdle trommel sifts microplastic pellets from a North Devon beach

Some 6,600,000,000,000

nurdles are estimated to enter

European seas every year and,

because they look remarkably

like fish eggs and maggots,

many are eaten by wildlife so

can find their way into the

human food chain.

Josh set up Nurdle as a

Business on the move

ates with two Luton vans and

a long wheel base van and

Colin aims to expand the

fleet further in 2019.

HLH Removals also

not-for-profit organisation

with his partner Hope Buck

and together they have sold

15 trommels with many being

operated in North Devon.

Trommels have been sponsored

by local businesses,

including The Hip and Pistol,

Your IT Man, and three by

completes commercial

removals. The firm is fully

insured and offers a comprehensive

service, including

wrapping and packing,

Parkdean Resorts, which

operates the beach at Croyde.

Josh says: “Croyde is one of

the worst beaches for nurdles

that we have ever seen. If we

can build a machine to clean

Croyde, then it can clean any

beach in the world.”

Sponsor Nurdle

Josh and Hope are seeking

businesses to provide sponsorship

to help clean the area’s

beaches and to support the

development of their new

motorised machine, which

they plan to produce in 2019.

Josh says that no one else

in the world is doing what

Nurdle is doing. The couple

work closely with Plastic Free

North Devon and Nurdle’s

hand-powered machines are

used at every PFND beach

clean and will be running

daily throughout the spring

and summer with Parkdean.


and disassembling and

assembling office furniture,

and moving computers. Its

services cover the UK with a

recent job taking Colin and

his team to Newcastle.

At the same time as

bringing up their children,

Colin and Amy are working

to establish HLH Removals

as a family firm that is part

of the local community. They

are proud of their record

score of 5 out of 5 from more

than 80 customer reviews on

their Facebook page.

■■Details 07593 234194 or page HLH

Removals - Horshams Light


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