17 February 2020

Clearabee acquires SKIPBAG

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Clearabee, the UK’s largest on-demand waste clearance business, announced today that it has completed the acquisition of SKIPBAG, a national provider of skip bags and skip hire services based in Ripley, Derbyshire.

SKIPBAG serves thousands of business and domestic customers across the UK, selling skip bags to customers online and through a network of stockists, and arranging collection of them when full. The company was one of the first skip bag providers in the UK when it was launched in 1999 by brothers Lance and Jim Chapman.

The purchase of SKIPBAG accelerates Clearabee’s expansion into the skip bag market and provides the company with a wider range of capabilities for handling construction waste. SKIPBAG will continue to exist as a retail platform and brand to facilitate the sale of skip bags to tradespeople, businesses and domestic customers across the UK.

With SKIPBAG now part of Clearabee, the company is forecasting sales of more than £21m in 2020.

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Daniel Long, co-founder and managing director at Clearabee, comments: “SKIPBAG is a fantastic brand which has provided a convenient, low cost alternative to traditional skips for more than 20 years, and is now recognised as a leading provider of waste clearance services in the UK. We are thrilled that SKIPBAG is now part of Clearabee. This acquisition complements our existing services and expands our reach and customer base across the UK.”

Lance Chapman comments: “It has been a pleasure to see the SKIPBAG business flourish and expand since it was founded. Clearabee shares similar values to us and I am confident that the SKIPBAG brand and service will continue to grow as part of Clearabee.”


Founded in 2013, Clearabee is the UK’s largest clearance company with an in-house fleet of over 120 vehicles and 285 directly employed staff. Clearabee undertakes over 200,000 collections every year and has national contracts with some of the UK’s leading brands. Clearabee was ranked as the fastest growing waste management company in the UK for two years in a row in the Sunday Times Fast Track 100 league table and has forecast sales of £21m for 2020.

Clearabee offers rubbish clearance, skip hire and skip bag services across the UK with key locations including London, Birmingham and Leeds.

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