Achieving through quality


History

Established in the 1970s, Leo Group is a privately owned company with more than 400 employees across 10 operational sites throughout the UK. The Group is both self-financing and self-sustaining. The key to our success has been sound business acumen, together with a number of sound business acquisitions. We have a strategy of re-investment in new, efficient and environmentally friendly technologies and equipment, as well as the ability to identify and grasp emerging opportunities ahead of our competitors. 


  • 1970 - Margaret and Leo Sawrij founded Swalesmoor Mink Farm. They bought the 10 acre property in 1971 and began breeding mink and then maggots. They ultimately created the foundations for the variety of different trading roots Leo Group still operate today, as offal trading began from having a surplus of food bought for feeding to the maggots.
  • 1988 - The business came under new management from current managing director Danny Sawrij.
  • 1993 - The company was re-named Leo Sawrij Ltd, in memory of the founder. Following the abolishment of mink farming in the UK, the business focused on maggot trading to the fishing industry. Danny Sawrij sold 90% of his beef cattle stock, injecting the funds into the Maggot business. Leo Sawrij Ltd became the biggest producer of maggots supplying Belgium, Germany, Italy, France and Holland. 
  • 1999 - The company made its first acquisition of a rendering plant facility. This was the start of Omega Proteins Limited. Leo Group also acquired 2 businesses focused on the collection of fallen stock, creating Robinson Mitchell Limited.
  • 2000 - The Group launched Envirowaste Services Ltd in Halifax. Its state-of-the-art recycling centre offers businesses a complete recycling solution for a variety of waste streams.   
  • 2002 - The Group purchased Alba Proteins Ltd, with sites in Penrith, Dumfries and Aberdeen.
  • 2004 - The Group started producing fresh pet food ingredients at its Halifax site. 
  • 2005 - The Group purchased Premier Pet Food in Ireland.
  • 2007 - A modern and more efficient facilities at Halifax Pet Food were constructed.
  • 2008 - The Group branched further North, securing ownership of Kintore rendering plant in Aberdeenshire. In the same year, Food2Energy, a national collection service for all animal by-product (abp) former food stuffs was launched and a new Cat 3 processing line was installed at the site in Penrith.      
  • 2011 - Leo Group Community Fund, which offers grants of up to £2,500 to local grassroots organisations, was launched. In the same year, Omega Proteins’ sites in Bradford and Penrith were awarded BS OHSAS 18001 International Safety Standard. Leo Group also welcomed its first recruit under its new graduate training programme. 
  • 2012 - The Group’s Halifax site was awarded BS OHSAS 18001 International Safety Standard. The Group also acquired Tom Goddard & Sons Ltd, a fallen stock business that covers South Wales. Investment at the Penrith site improved its feather processing capabilities. In this year the Group’s charitable donations exceeded £130,000.      
  • 2013 Omega Proteins’ rendering plants in Bradford and Penrith were awarded ISO 14001, a global standard for the implementation of an effective environmental management system. The Halifax site was also awarded ISO 9001, recognising its quality management system. In the same year, Envirowaste’s new £2 million waste transfer station in Halifax was completed. The Group’s Halifax headquarters was also awarded Calderdale Council’s Silver Environmental Business Pledge award.
  • 2014 - A new goods warehouse and employee welfare block at the Halifax headquarters were completed. In addition, the Group acquired the former stone quarry adjacent to this site and has built a state-of-the-art garage to service and maintain the fleet. A further £2.5 million is being invested in developing the site in Penrith, including construction of an effluent treatment plant. The Group has also invested £250,000 in a wind turbine at our site in Bradford and acquired a rendering operation in the Midlands. 
  • 2015 - Leo Group acquired a majority share of BioPower, a European renewable energy company based in Belgium.  

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