About us 

We are the UK’s largest independently owned building materials group. We are a highly reputable organisation focused on delivering services to a broad customer base. Our current businesses cover Quarrying, Recycling, Marine Dredging, Ready Mixed Concrete, Inert Landfill, Cement Importation, and Hard Landscaping products. 

With multiple sites, predominantly in the Southeast and East Anglia, but also as far afield as Poole and Pocklington (Yorkshire). Brett employs over 750 people.

With a reputation for excellence, we offer superb development opportunities for people keen to be part of our continued growth. Encouraging our employees to be innovative and continually develop themselves, you can become part of a team that delivers building materials for big ideas.

Our Approach to Business

We believe in delivering on our promises and we work hard to ensure this is true, every time. That's how we build the long-term relationships that are so important to us.

Our aim is to develop our core business, hand-in-hand with the expertise and quality of our teams, in order to create sustainable growth for the future. Our independent status and spirit of entrepreneurism means that we can take the long-term view - something we feel particularly strongly about.

This, together with our enduring relationship with the land that we work and then restore, means we place a strong emphasis on delivering on our commitment to the environment, community and to the people with whom we work.

We are determined to operate our business at the highest standards day-to-day, providing quality and reliability to our customers at a fair price and on time.


At Brett we are proud of our history. Dating back to 1909 we have gone through tough times as well as prosperous. We have been constantly changing, strengthening our businesses to meet the needs of our customers and secure a future for our people.

Robert Brett first started work in 1884 for steam and traction engine maker and owner, George Felix Finn in Wincheap, Canterbury. He quickly worked his way up to becoming an engine driver. After his employer died in 1909, Robert Brett had the initiative and ingenuity to set up his own haulage business and Brett was born.

Brett has played a large part in the local and business community over many years and we have developed an archive that captures our heritage.

The facts

Established in 1909, the Brett Group is over 110 years old and employs over 700 people.
Brett is the largest independent construction and building materials group in the UK.
We have won over 50 awards for quarry restoration projects since 1970.
Brett produces up to 1 million cubic metres of ready-mixed concrete per year.
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