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Celebrating 25 years

Trust, safety & expertise since 1996

Umberslade Business Services Ltd. was established in 1996 by Jeremy Emmett and Gabe Pettitt, taking its name from the Riding School where the company was initially based. Starting from a humble beginning of ‘2 men and a horsebox’, they carried out local waste clearance and office moves.


Today, Umberslade operates across the UK with teams specialising in soft strip out & internal demolition; employing over 90 staff with a £9m annual turnover, it has offices in Solihull and London.


The company expanded into Groundworks in 2007 and this division now works for some of the biggest construction firms in the Midlands.

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Umberslade logo 1996

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I first worked with Jez and Gabe over 20 years ago, when we were all starting out in our construction careers. Ever since then if there is a strip out or a demolition job to do they are first on my list. A great company with a great ethos.

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David Morgan
Managing Director

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The first employees, circa 2000 From left; Lee Coates, Simon Pettitt, Gabe Pettitt & Jez Emmett

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The Umberslade team in 2019

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Having worked with you for most of the 25 years it's been a pleasure to see the company grow from humble beginnings into the leading strip out and groundwork company you have become. Always professional with a can do attitude. Here's to the next 25 years!

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Andy Price
Regional Development Director

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Lee Coates washes the Umberslade van circa 2000

The Umberslade vehicle fleet, 2020

Mark Field


Nick Campbell

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Our Estimators: Now & then

From left: Tristan Dimmock, Mark Field, Rob Sumner, Nick Campbell, Becky Jackson

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The growth of our business has been fantastic, but it’s also been great to see my team grow and develop their skills; many of the original staff are still with the company. It’s the experience and the values we have as a team that has made Umberslade a success.

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Jez Emmett
Managing Director, Umberslade

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