Three generations of the Gill family: (L-R) Alex Spires (Barclays), Charlie Gill, Brian Gill, Mark Gill and Paul Judd (Barclays)

80 years of rag and bone to digital scrap metal merchants

19 June 2018

Celebrations took place at Peterborough Scrap Metal Merchants C F Gill & Son Limited last month as the business reached its landmark 80 years in business.

Back in 1938, one year before the start of World War II, the late Mr Dan Gill set up his rag-and-bone business from the current site at Bedford Street, Peterborough. Initially the site was used to house pigs, but soon the family started to collect scrap and this led ultimately to the birth of the current scrap metal business.

Since setting up, there have been five generations of the Gill family working in the business and today the business is run by three members of that family, Brian, Mark and Charlie.

Much has changed in the industry in the way of regulations over the years and also how the business transacts payments to its customers. In years gone by this type of business was very cash orientated, but today most transactions are conducted electronically through online and mobile banking channels, providing clear audit trails.

Mark Gill, great-grandson of the original founder comments: “We can’t quite believe we have reached 80 years in business – something as a family we are very proud of. Over the years we have had to deal with numerous changes in legislation, but have always managed to serve our customers continuously through those challenges. We would like to thank our customers for their support and loyalty without which we certainly would not have reached this landmark.”

Alex Spires, Barclays Relationship Manager, Peterborough comments: “Barclays has supported the Gill family business from the very first day of trading. In the last ten years, there has been a need to modernise their payment systems to create good audit trails and this has been achieved through electronic and digital banking channels. Re-cycling of metal waste is an important sector that will help to safeguard the environment and generations to come.”

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