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Former England rugby star Andy Gomarsall aims for 'world cup in recycling' as he drives forward Bury St Edmunds IT sustainability firm N2S




A former England rugby player who took a lead role in his family’s IT sustainability company says he wants to win the ‘world cup in recycling’ as the firm doubles its workforce.

Andy Gomarsall was part of the world cup winning England squad in 2003 and took over the mantle three years ago to drive forward firm N2S, which has its headquarters, in Western Way, Bury St Edmunds.

The company is creating about 100 jobs over the next 12 to 18 months to meet increased demand from large businesses, government departments and local authorities for its IT recycling services.

Andy Gomarsall, chairman of N2S
Andy Gomarsall, chairman of N2S

Each year it recycles about 250,000 IT devices and has patented a new biotechnology for reclaiming precious metals from used printed circuit boards. It also specialises in data destruction, IT installations and reselling devices.

Mr Gomarsall, chairman of N2S, said as more businesses recognised the importance of reducing their carbon footprint, the company, which has 100 staff, was growing in relevance as the UK aimed for net zero emissions by 2050 – a goal he thinks should be brought forward.

“Every consumer, employee and employer needs to look at their carbon emissions and be greener and we need to support one another in the supply chains,” he said.

The N2S premises in Bury St Edmunds
The N2S premises in Bury St Edmunds

“We’ve been sort of hidden and that’s why this is the moment – we’ve got a decade to sort this out. We need to do it quickly – hence the race to zero. We need to do it by 2030, not 2050.”

The new jobs will be split across three sites – Mansfield, Reading and Bury – and N2S is immediately looking to fill 25 vacancies including in sales, engineering, warehouse and recycling.

Mr Gomarsall said they were also looking to work with West Suffolk College.

He joined the company, founded by his dad Jack in 2002, shortly after hanging up his England International rugby boots 10 years ago and is leading the company’s sustainability efforts.

Jack Gomarsall, pictured left with Andy, launched the company in 2002
Jack Gomarsall, pictured left with Andy, launched the company in 2002

“I was really blessed,” he said. “I’m not going to say the journey has been easy. It’s been really challenging but I knew there was going to be a moment in time where this would switch into being very necessary and a real problem around the world.

I’ve been part of the world cup winning squad in 2003. My job is to take this forward to win the world cup in recycling.

"I’m very proud to lead the business forward."

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