IWJS pledges £50,000 to help Macmillan support local people affected by Cancer


Local company Industrial Water Jetting Systems have pledged to raise £50,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support. Following both Grandparents of Managing Director Christopher Stewart being diagnosed with cancer and the invaluable care Macmillan gave in looking after them, IWJS is proud to support the Charity.

The Company is pledged to raise £50,000 for Macmillan Cancer support, which could help Macmillan pay for a Macmillan nurse for a year and will go in to helping make sure that ‘No One Faces Cancer Alone’. Christopher Stewart, Managing Director of IWJS said:

“Macmillan have been very supportive to my family during many tough days, their commitment, understanding and absolute kindness was overwhelmingly appreciated by my family. We are very proud to be working as a partner to Macmillan and we are looking forward to raising as much money and awareness as we can”.


IWJS will be raising the money through a mixture of payroll giving by every first £1 being matched by IWJS, employee fundraising such as bike runs, Macmillan coffee mornings and they will be donating £5 to Macmillan for every job undertaken by their Macmillan branded vehicles. A total of 4 vehicles have been specially branded with both the IWJS and Macmillan logos by Colchester company Premier Signs. Three of the four vehicles are combined jetting tankers and one is a support unit. Helping to support Macmillan nationwide. Macmillan Fundraising Manager said:

“It is so wonderful to be able to work with a company as passionate as IWJS. They are truly behind the Macmillan cause in making sure that ‘No One Faces Cancer Alone’ and are working with us to not only support their employees, but also to inspire others they come into contact with to get Macmillan’s support”


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Five years in the driving seat at IWJS

One of Britain’s most innovative water jetting companies IWJS has hit a milestone in celebrating their five year anniversary under the stewardship of MD Christopher Stewart.

IWJS was established in 1977 at Woolpit, Suffolk, being originally founded by Ken Cooper. One of Ken’s first jobs was cleaning safety kerbs on Athletic tracks. It wasn’t long before IWJS were cleaning the council drains (later handed over to Anglian Water) in Essex, Suffolk, and Norfolk. Then ultimately progressed onto Yorkshire Water and Welsh Water, with IWJS pioneering and dominating the tunnel cleaning industry since the 1970/80s.

In 2010 IWJS was sold to Christopher Stewart. Christopher had been supporting IWJS for Adler & Allen through a difficult transitional period and when the company went up for sale Christopher seized on the opportunity to take the company on. Through a period of planned and sustained growth Christopher also obtained DSSE, Aquajet and Ultra pipeline services. Illustrating that growth, in 2010 IWJS had 93 staff, 3 depots, 18 Jet Vacs, 15 Tankers, 2 CCTV Vans, £6.9 million turnover and £600,000 profit. The subsequent five years have witnessed the Group develop to 408 staff, 5 depots, 51 Jet Vacs, 23 tankers, 26 CCTV vans, £24 million turnover and impressively approaching a £3 million profit.

IWJS’s mission has been to provide the UK market with unrivalled waste management services. Primarily achieving this by constantly seeking ways to expand and resource their response capabilities; by exploring every effective opportunity to grow their business organically and through acquisition – by providing current and future customers with outstanding levels of service.

News Release Five Years

IWJS has seen growth from their utilities sector, working with their core clients Anglian Water, Thames Water, United Utilities and Yorkshire Water. IWJS has also recently won the contract with Amey on Yorkshire Water. Due to the high level of service delivery, Manchester have delivered on the United Utilities contract for Amey, securing a 10 year agreement to work with Amey. The further investment to deliver this contract stands at around £3.7 Million taking the investment total to nearly £18 Million. Capitalising on the knowledge and experience that they have.

IWJS are always looking for innovative ways to move forward, and are also evolving their environmental and highway sector even further. By working with existing customers, they will continue to grow as a company with an underlying ethos to meet and wherever possible, to exceed their clients’ expectations.

IWJS’s customer retention is currently 100% which illustrates their dedication and the excellent approach they maintain.

IWJS continue to innovate, develop products and services that lead the market and are environmentally-compliant; using the latest communication tools to keep customers engaged and informed about environmental matters and IWJS’s ability to meet their ever changing needs.

Moving forward IWJS wants to be able to share their vast experience with others and are gearing up to open a training company called ‘Industrial Water Training Services Ltd’ (IWTS) providing services of their own training as well as external clients including a purpose built facility for confined space training.

2016 sees IWJS growing from strength to strength and they see potential for the group to hit £30 million, having invested over £14 million into new kit, as they continue to strive and remain innovative and environmentally aware.