About H J Bennett
Founded in 1948 by Hilton Bennett, H.J. Bennett is an award winning, long established Island family business that works with landowners, architects, planners, merchants, builders and developers to provide quality construction aggregates, building waste removal, construction waste recycling and land restoration across the Island. H.J. Bennett prides itself not only on its core business but also its commitment to protecting the Island’s environment and economy.
Now, run since 1990 by Nigel Bennett following the death of his father Hilton, the company has more than doubled the size of its workforce to a team of over 20 based from its Sandown head office, a facility which includes extensive workshop services for fleet vehicle and equipment maintenance including bagging services, including mini-bags and bulk-bag aggregates for the building, builders merchants and DIY market Island wide. H.J. Bennett also provides dredging operations from its compound at Bembridge Harbour.
H.J. Bennett operates a modern fleet in distinctive grey. Originally the vehicles were painted green but this was changed to Dark Admiralty Grey by Hilton Bennett who used tins of paint washed up on Bembridge beach from St Helens roads in the Solent where naval vessels were moored and maintained and the colour has remained the same ever since.
Many of the original H.J. Bennett vehicles are still within the company’s ‘Heritage Fleet’, in original livery and can be seen at events across the Island in addition to a permanent exhibit at the Isle of Wight Steam Railway, Havenstreet – a far cry from the horse and cart of Joe Bennett and a proud part of the company’s heritage and work with the Island’s community.
Under Nigel’s stewardship, the company are long standing members of the Isle of Wight Chamber of Commerce and Road Haulage Association (RHA).
The company are proud winners of the prestigious Lloyds Cardnet Green Award for The Environment and received a Highly Commended Award for Social Investment at the 2015 Isle of Wight Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards.
Accolades that bear testimony to a commitment to the Island’s environment and commerce that started with Nigel’s great grandfather almost 100 years ago.
”No-one is more aware of the impact that construction has on the environment than us and especially this beautiful island on which we have built our reputation and lives.” – Nigel Bennett