Our History

Since our beginnings in 1963 as a sanitary disposal provider, the PHS Group has expanded to become one of the leading suppliers of workplace services in the UK.

In the last 50 years, we have expanded into a range of different businesses and now offer over 250 products and services to companies both nationwide and in Europe. Our timeline below documents our journey from a family owned company through to an international business with more than 5,000 colleagues and over 140 sites.

PHS Group Timeline

• 2014 •

  • PHS Foundation reaches its first major milestone with a donation of 50k to charity partner ‘Together for Short Lives’.
  • We were recognised for our outstanding contribution to training at the British Security Industry Association Awards.
  • We unveiled a new high-tech facility in Leyton to support the Data Solutions branch of our business.
  • We launched the revolutionary Airstream hand-dryer.
  • We agreed the sale of our Wastetech business to Biffa Group Ltd.


• 2013 •

  • PHS celebrates its 50th anniversary!
  • The acquisition of scanning and data capture service experts, Capital Capture Ltd.
  • Capital Capture scoops Private Sector Project of the year at the Document Manager Awards.
  • PHS Wastemanagement wins at the Zero Waste Awards.
  • Royal Warrant Holders, PHS Treadsmart and PHS Greenleaf, exhibit at the Coronation Festival in the gardens of Buckingham Palace.
  • PHS Direct’s top service win Caradoc Award.
  • PHS Foundation announced its first charitable partnership with Together for Short Lives, the leading charity for the UK’s children’s hospice services.


• 2012 •

  • PHS Academy opens - a new centre for training and development across PHS.
  • Acquisition of document scanning business, Godiva Imaging Ltd.
  • PHS Waterlogic is the world’s first water dispenser service to be independently certified and hold the Carbon Reduction Label.


• 2011 •

  • Acquired Direct Hygiene and launched a new route to market with an on-line platform- rebranded Direct365.
  • Orwak celebrates 40 years of trading.
  • We release our first Corporate Responsibility Report.
  • PHS Datashred acquires Shred Easy.


• 2008-2009 •


  • Established our PHS Group Values: Professionalism, Teamwork, Trust, Honesty.


  • Acquisition of document storage company Datasafe Management Ltd; early beginnings of PHS Recordsmanagement.
  • Acquisitions of electrical safety testing company Epsilon Test Services Ltd and medical equipment testing company JPen Medical Ltd; early beginnings of PHS Compliance.
  • Acquisition of Spanish washroom service company Serkonten marks launch of PHS into the Spanish market; to be rebranded PHS Serkonten.


• 2005-2006 •


  • Acquisition of Watercompany International marks our introduction to the Netherlands, and the creation of our European drinking water company Watercompany (BV).


  • Acquisition of Warner Howard makes PHS exclusive supplier of iconic World Dryer within the UK; its commercial laundry equipment business will become PHS Laundryserv, and Orwak's baler and compactor service will become PHS Wastekit.
  • Development of our new IT system, Wildebeest.


• 2003-2004 •


  • Customer Contact Centre opens in Ammanford.
  • Acquisition of shredding company Securishred; early beginnings of PHS Datashred.


  • Royal Warrant awarded for Installation and maintenance of plant displays.
  • Acquisition of commercial waste management company Wastetech; to be rebranded PHS Wastetech.
  • PHS gains Investor in People accreditation across the Group.
  • First PHS trading in Ireland came with All Water Systems Ltd.


• 2001-2002 •


  • Acquisition of crate rental company Teacrate; to be rebranded PHS Teacrate.


  • PHS Group plc begins trading on the London Stock Exchange in June, in one of the biggest floatations of the year; the company valued at £414 million at that time.
  • Acquisition of Dee-esS Direct Supplies; the early beginnings of workplace and washroom consumables business PHS Direct.
  • Acquisition of pharmaceutical waste companies DOOP and Pharmawaste creates PHS Wastemanagement.


• 1999-2000 •


  • Acquisition of Waterlogic (UK distribution rights) leads to creation of PHS Waterlogic, our mains-fed drinking water dispenser service.


  • Acquisition of All Clear creates our healthcare waste disposal business and is absorbed into PHS Wastemanagement.
  • Acquired Justmats which made our mat business the clear market leader and at this point it was rebranded PHS Treadsmart.


• 1997-1998 •


  • 'PHS Group' is used for the first time to collectively describe all the related companies in the Group.
  • PHS is awarded its first Royal Warrant, for provision of mat services to Buckingham Palace.
  • Acquisition of tropical plant service company Interscape; the early beginnings of our interior and exterior landscaping business PHS Greenleaf.


  • Staff ‘Long Term Service Award’ scheme is introduced


• 1995-1996 •


  • Our first ever acquisition is Stardust Mats, later to become PHS Treadsmart.


  • PHS bought by Investment Company Electra Fleming. Growth by acquisition becomes a possibility for the first time in our history.


• 1984-1990 •


  • Tamworth site opens, where we begin design and manufacture of our own products


  • Our purpose-built HQ opens here in Caerphilly in August.


  • Dust mat service introduced; early beginnings of PHS Treadsmart.


• 1963 •


  • PHS, originally Track Retail Consultants, founded on August 14th by entrepreneurs George and Alfred Tack, to offer a washroom sanitary disposal service. PHS is amongst the first to market with this new service concept.
  • Early expansion of washroom service range, to include other items including soap dispensers, paper towel dispensers and warm air hand dryers heralds the beginning of PHS Washrooms