A MAJOR new contract and rapid expansion could signal new jobs at a Ringwood company’s HQ.

The Raymond Brown Group has won a multi-million-pound contract with Viridor, one of the UK’s largest waste management companies.

About ten of the 18 jobs created by the contract will be in Oxford, as the work involves processing incinerator bottom ash up there.

But because of the new, 15-year contract and rapid growth in other areas of the business the firm expects to be looking for about eight more staff at its Ringwood headquarters and Nursling office.

The group, which has a turnover of nearly £90m and employs more than 400 people in its civil engineering, construction, aggregates and recycling businesses, has been growing despite the recession.

The contract with Viridor will make Raymond Brown Aggregates one the leading companies in processing incinerator bottom ash (IBA) in the country.

Managing director Mark Isaac said: “We are delighted to have secured this long term contract with such a prestigious company.

“It’s a big step towards our plan to significantly grow this side of our business.”

He added: “We look forward to developing a strong relationship with Viridor and sharing our knowledge and expertise. We’re very proud to be chosen by them.”

Viridor incinerates non-recyclable waste collected from Oxfordshire homes on behalf of the county council.

Raymond Brown will process ash from the incineration process, which will generate a sustainable and cost effective alternative to quarry sourced materials, for use in road construction and similar activities.

The Raymond Brown Group has a turnover approaching £90m and has been operating as an independent business for over 60 years.

See more about Raymond Brown at www.raymondbrowngroup.co.uk.