Acumen become one of the Top 50 fastest growing waste businesses in the UK

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Acumen is a leading provider of Industrial Site Services and Waste Management Solutions.

Established in 1994 and remaining privately owned, Acumen supplies innovative techniques to deliver technically robust, cost-effective results whilst upholding the highest levels of health and safety, integrity and customer service.

Our Waste Management experience is broad ranging – our roots are in the hazardous and difficult, solid and liquid waste market but over the last decade we have developed our service offering across the entire waste management arena. Complemented by our Industrial Site Services, we have become the supplier of choice for those requiring surety of cost and compliance, whatever the waste type.

Our Industrial Site Services business provides on-site solutions to facilitate industrial cleaning, decommissioning, shutdowns, on site waste treatment, contaminated land and associated works. Complemented by our Waste Management business, our highly trained and experienced workforce operate  nationwide and form the core of our service provision.

We provide 24/7 Emergency Response and as accredited spill responders we offer a highly trained and experienced team to respond to all manner of spillages and environmental incidents.

For more information on our accreditations, or to download certificates and policies: please visit our Downloads page.

Service, Integrity and Safety

Acumen is a leading provider of Industrial Services and Waste Management contracting. We provide fully integrated, turnkey solutions for non-hazardous, difficult and hazardous work across both dry and wet waste streams.

We serve a broad spread of customers, with headlines made helping Government Agencies, Local Authorities and multi-national Industrial businesses. However, we are equally at home providing tailored waste solutions to smaller companies whose background and core values are closely aligned to ours.

Our values:


  • Recognising the importance of all customers and the role that every Acumen employee plays in influencing the customer’s perceptions.
  • Understanding that the customer comes first and strive to exceed their expectations.
  • Providing innovative solutions, backed up with robust technical knowledge.
  • Providing a superior service in a timely and responsive manner.
  • Maintaining cutting edge thinking and processes to ensure that we are at the forefront of our industry.
  • Striving to make it easy for our customers, by getting it right first time.


  • Being professional, reliable, credible, responsive and friendly in all aspects of communication – both internal and external.
  • Making sure this communication is prompt and honest.
  • If a problem arises, we view it as an opportunity to improve. Solving problems will allow us to raise the quality of our service.
  • Listening to what is required and being responsive. Acumen understand that how you say something has a significant impact on the way it is received by others.
  • Striving for improvement. We don’t just “do it because we’ve always done it this way.”


  • Acumen have developed and engendered a safe culture amongst all employees.
  • We have an open and free-speaking environment, where everyone is encouraged to speak out on items of health and safety.
  • We also ensure that our employees are expertly trained, with ongoing development, to carry out the tasks expected of them.
  • Continuing to report and investigate all near misses, to identify trends and to implement changes as required.
  • Monitoring the well-being of our employees and encourage two-way communication.
  • Adopt a zero-tolerance attitude to those that do not adhere to our safe working practices.

Business Principles & Corporate Social Responsibility

Acumen has long held the belief that as a company it has the responsibility to promote Good Citizenship within and without the company.

At Acumen, a sense of responsibility for the environment and the communities in which we work has been part of our culture throughout our trading history, we always work in line with the highest environmental principles and fully embrace the concept and practice of sustainability in terms of economic, environmental and social responsibility.

Acumen will always;

  • Respect people, their local community and the local environment in which we work.
  • Observe our Corporate Social responsibility by supporting the economy of the communities where we work.
  • Monitor measure and review our performance against agreed targets and benchmarks to facilitate continuous improvement.

To see more of our policies please visit or contact us on if you would like further information.


The company was established in Stockton on Tees as Limpia in 1994, specialising in the provision of waste management services for solid and liquid, bulk and packaged waste. Complementary growth then occurred, with the business expanding to provide Industrial Site Services, Asbestos Management and Outsourced Waste Services.

In 2004, the business was rebranded to become Acumen, and established its headquarters at Knottingley, West Yorkshire. Later acquiring offices and waste facilities in Stockton on Tees, Keighley, York, Immingham and Wolverhampton.

In 2016, Acumen were recognised as one of the fastest growing hazardous waste focused businesses on the Catalyst CIWM Fast 50 list of 2016, which was reviewed against almost 1,000 businesses across the waste industry.

Today the business goes from strength to strength, offering Waste Management and Industrial Site Services contracting on an international basis.


Executive Team


Kris Sutton, Finance Director: Kris joined Acumen as Finance Director in 2012, having gained 20 years of experience within the finance and accountancy field. Kris’ early career was with Leeds CF&A as a Trainee Accountant, followed by 12 years with one of the largest independent media agencies in the UK. Kris is qualified as Charted Accountant MCMA, an Accounting Technician MAAT and is an Investors In People (IIP) Internal assessor.

Leon Kirk, Managing Director: Leon joined Acumen in 1996 and was appointed Managing Director in 2011. Leon has over 30 years of direct industry experience having started his career working for a multi-disciplined hazardous waste and industrial services business. Leon is a member of IOSH Directing Safely.

Andy Crossley, Director: Andy joined Acumen as a Director in 2013. Andy has 20 years of direct industry experience, initially with Shanks in their landfill business, followed by a decade in the civil engineering and remediation industry with Buckingham Group where he was General Manager of their Land Regeneration business. Andy holds a B.Eng (Hons) in Civil Engineering from Leeds University and is a MCIWM Chartered Waste Manager.IOSH Directing Safely.

Key Contacts

Ben Dudley, Group Sales & Marketing Manager

Nicky Smith, Asbestos

Matt Bellamy, Industrial Services

Tony Brittain, Tankers
Phil Kerr, Group Commercial Manager
Klaire Metcalfe, Outsourced Services


As a leading provider of Industrial Site Services and Waste Management Solutions, Acumen are delighted to work with fantastic clients across a broad range of industries. We pride ourselves on supplying innovative techniques that deliver technically robust, cost-effective results whilst upholding the highest levels of health and safety, integrity and customer service.


As can be expected, Acumen has a broad and robust range of accreditations, certifications and registrations. These include:

For a comprehensive list of all our certificates and accreditations, visit our download page by clicking  the on the logo’s.


Acumen is a well-respected and technically robust waste management and industrial site services contractor, undertaking a wide and diverse range of works across the UK and Internationally.

Acumen recognise that our people are our most important asset and together we strive to provide an unrivalled service for our clients and to meet and exceed the needs and aspirations of our employees. This commitment is recognised and monitored through our Investors in People accreditation.

Most of our opportunities are posted for skilled positions are shown on the Current Vacancies page and circulated widely on LinkedIn and other social media platforms.

For details on our apprentice opportunities, please follow the Apprentices tab. For details on our sales academy, please follow the Acumen Academy tab.

Acumen is an equal opportunities employer and positively encourages applications from suitably qualified candidates regardless of gender, gender identity, race, age, disability, sexual orientation, religion or belief.

For further information or to make a speculative application, please contact

Current Vacancies

We are Hiring!

Fancy working for one of the UK’s most  forward thinking and innovative waste management and site service organisations?

Due to company expansion, Acumen are recruiting a hazardous waste Sales Professional to strengthen  our continued growth in the hazardous waste arena.

The successful candidate will report to the Group Sales and Marketing Manager, whilst holding a pivotal role in managing and developing both existing and new accounts.

To be considered for this role you will be an experienced hazardous waste Sales Professional with technical knowledge whilst also exerting the qualities listed below:

  • Be able to demonstrate a proven track record of managing existing and new accounts,
  • Have previously worked in a customer services or sales support role
  • Be comfortable interacting with other members of a broader team
  • Have excellent communication skills – written and spoken
  • Have good IT skills
  • Have good attention to detail
  • Have excellent problem solving skills
  • Employ a flexible attitude
  • Be hardworking
  • Be able to use initiative
  • Be able to manage a diverse workload

An excellent package is available for the right candidate, so if you would like to join one of the UK’s most forward thinking and innovative waste management and site service organisations, please email a covering letter and CV to  for the attention of Ben Dudley.



Acumen recognises the importance of opportunity, particularly for those looking for their first steps into employment.

Working alongside an apprenticeship training agency, Acumen employs a number of apprentices across the business and has demonstrable success of working with people aged 16 (or over) to combine working with studying towards a work-based qualification.

As an apprentice you will:

  • work with experienced staff
  • learn job-specific skills
  • study for a work-based qualification during your working week

Apprenticeships are available across all aspects of our business and can last from 1 to 4 years, depending on the level of qualification that apprentice is studying for.

Details of apprentice positions are shown below:

Acumen Academy


Acumen understand the requirement of succession management and development of talent, which is why we established the Acumen Academy.

This affects all sides of the business, with the main priority being to bring people through the business and develop each skill and quality within their role.

The progression plan is structured to include a defined timeline and progress plan, alongside measurable targets and goals, individually tailored for each employee.

The output from this project will allow Acumen to develop talented individuals into suitable roles as the business expands, while creating a dedicated and committed workforce for the future of the company.


Where are Acumen Waste based?

With a network of strategically located offices and operational hubs, Acumen provide products and services throughout the UK.

Acumen’s head office is based in Knottingley, West Yorkshire. This depot holds an S2 Exemption.

We also have an operations hub in Stockton and Immingham.

Our operational centre in Wolverhampton is used as a waste transfer station and boasts an Oil Processing Facility.

Acumen also own and operate a Treatment Facility near York. The 30 acre site benefits from Full Planning Permission and bespoke Environmental Treatment and Recovery Permits, allowing the site to receive up to 250,000 tonnes per annum of suitable waste materials.

Acumen have also recently acquired the offices and permitted transfer station in Keighley, West Yorkshire.

Where can I view Acumen’s relevant accreditations?

All our Accreditations and Certificates can be found on our new website here:

What sectors do Acumen Waste serve?

Acumen currently serve, but are not limited to, the following industries:

  • Agri-Chemical
  • Chemical
  • Construction / Demolition
  • Engineering
  • Food
  • Government and Regulators
  • Manufacturing
  • MOD
  • Petrochemical
  • Pharmaceutical
  • Rail
  • Retail
  • Utilities

To get a flavour of our recent projects, See our recent case studies on this link:

Our Services

Our waste management experience is broad ranging – our roots are in the hazardous and difficult, solid and liquid waste market but over the last decade we have developed our service offering across the entire waste management arena. Complemented by our Industrial Site Services business, we have become the supplier of choice for those requiring sureties of cost and compliance, whatever the waste type.

Successful installation of ClearWater Recycling System

Case Study

Our first job at Waterton Park was to replace their outdated and non-compliant wash pad system with our very own ClearWater.  With water savings of up to 500,000 litres achievable, the customer wanted to be able to recycle and remain compliant with current legislation. Over the course of four weeks, our system was installed on their site. Due to the...

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''My special thanks to you and your team for the wonderful job you did on the H&M Brighton Project. It is a joy for me to work with such well organised supplier.''


When a bulk liquid storage provider contacted us with an emergency spillage, it was down to Acumen to get a resolution as quickly as possible. Acumen received the emergency call at 12 noon and our professional and efficient team completed the job by 15:30pm the very same day. Our satisfied customer commented ‘’Your response time was exceptional!"

"Acumen provided us with an enclosed skip for asbestos waste on a high profile site in Nottingham. The staff were very helpful, as was the driver who was glad to accommodate our need for skip delivery at 6am. Relevant disposal paperwork was promptly forwarded to our office after the skip was collected. Great service all round."

Darren at Crystal Environmental Services

Head Office, Knottingley

Acumen House, Headlands Lane, Knottingley, West Yorkshire, WF11 0LA

Phone: 01977 529586


Acumen Waste Services, Bowesfield Lane, Stockton-on-Tees, TS18 3HF

Phone: 01977 529586

West Midlands

Acumen Waste Services, Lincoln Street, Wolverhampton, West Midlands, WV10 0DX

Phone: 01902 352100


Acumen Waste Recovery Park, The Old Brick & Tile Works, YO19 6ED

Phone: 01977 529586


Acumen Waste Services, No.2 East Office Building, East Dock Road, Immingham, Immingham Dock Estate, North East Lincolnshire, DN40 2 QJ