D R Recovery Ltd - South Godstone, Surrey
Dave Wingham the founder of D R Recovery Ltd has been in the recycling industry for 50 years. He started out in the mid-sixties working as a crane driver for a scrap yard in Croydon. This is where got his nickname and became known as Dave the Crane. After 10 years service in Croydon, Dave moved on to work for Henry Dixie in Mitcham. Dave and Henry soon became both great colleagues and friends with Dave becoming known as Dixie Dave. Having gained more than 25 years experience, Dave felt the time had come to set up his own business in South Godstone, Surrey.
Starting off in 1991 with just one recovery truck, Dave began recovering and recycling vehicles around South Godstone and in the rest of Surrey. He quickly established himself within the local community and with vehicle repair centers such as Auto Body Language Ltd, Nationwide Crash Repair Centers and the Crawley Down Group by collecting end of life vehicles and recovering vehicles that had broken down to local garages.
In 2003 Dave’s son Marc, a mechanic by trade, left his own business to join the family firm as a director and recovery driver. Friend of the family Andy Taylor started working for D R Recovery 11 years ago taking up a position as the yard manager. He is responsible for the de-pollution of end of life vehicles. More recently Hazel Dean joined as office manager, responsible for marketing and sales.
Thanks to the hard work and effort put in by everyone in the D R Recovery team the business continues to move forward and grow.