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Jacqueline O’Donovan of O’Donovan Waste Disposal

Jacqueline O’Donovan of O’Donovan Waste Disposal

Jacqueline O’Donovan of O’Donovan Waste Disposal

Businesswoman Jacqueline O’Donovan, managing director of London-based O’Donovan Waste Disposal and a keen supporter of the Irish community there, has sold the firm to Sortera, a Swedish firm seeking to become one of Europe’s leading recyclers of construction waste.

The sale price was not disclosed, but it had revenues of £17.8m and profits of £1.9m last year.

O’Donovan and her three siblings built up the business to over 100 employees and the same number of trucks, plus various other vehicles, after the death in 1985 of their father Joe, who hailed from Goleen, Co Cork.

As MD since the age of 19, she has received various business accolades over the past 37 years, as well as a distinguished service award for her philanthropy and support for the Irish community from President Michael D Higgins.

An advocate for training, construction excellence, and HGV road safety, O’Donovan also supports business network the British Irish Trading Alliance as a patron.

UK company filings indicate O’Donovan now has plans to invest some of the sale proceeds in property there.

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