Hy-Tex (UK) Limited is a family business run by David Poole and his step-son Ryan Markham. We are also your main contacts - so you will be dealing with people who are not only full committed and eager to help, but have an indepth knowledge of the products and their applications.
Hy-Tex (UK) Limited is an established family business, founded in 1991 on an in-depth knowledge of both technical and biodegradable textiles. The company has developed an enviable reputation for providing quality products at competitive rates, supported by a friendly, efficient service and a comprehensive understanding of the materials and their applications. Consistent growth, long-term customer loyalty, a portfolio of prestigious projects and BS EN ISO 9001 quality assurance accreditation reflect this continual commitment to clients.
As a leading direct supplier, with over 20,000ft² of dedicated storage and distribution, Hy-Tex has considerable experience servicing contracts and stocks a broad range of products for prompt delivery throughout the UK, with next day service available on many products.
A market leader is defined as a company, or product, with the largest market share, and often dominates its competitors in customer loyalty, distribution coverage, image, perceived value and profit.
We do not like to boast, and often underplay our success, but some of our most popular products are unique to us and for many others we are the largest UK supplier. We have numerous loyal customers, some of whom have been with us since we started in 1991. We offer fast delivery to the whole of the UK and beyond, and we are highly regarded throughout the industry for our quality, competitive rates and service – and our turnover increases year after year.
As a family business we pride ourselves on our reputation. So, every product we supply is thoroughly assessed by us first to ensure it meets our high standards for performance and quality. Our ethos has always been that we would never supply a product that we would not be happy to receive ourselves. To reinforce this, we became ISO 9001 Quality Assured in 1998 and have had independent audits conducted every year since to check we maintain these high standards.
We pride ourselves on always being one step ahead of our competitors. We thrive on looking for novel solutions to our clients’ problems, fresh ideas from around the world and pioneering new products.
As a trailblazer, many products commonly used in the industry now were first brought to the market by us. A few examples include being responsible for the first silt entrapment mat, when we introduced the patented Sedimat™ back in 1995; in 2004 we were the first company to supply a purpose made Silt Fence and as a result created the market for silt fences in the UK; and in 2011 we launched the first fully biodegradable weed control fabric, Ecotex MulchMat™, in response to a growing awareness of the harm plastics can cause to our environment.
Each of our customers’ needs are different so to offer the best price possible, we provide bespoke quotations based on product, quantity and delivery location. For most products, we buy direct (not through third parties) and are the sole UK distributor, this close relationship ensures we buy at the best prices. Our large storage capacity allows us to buy in bulk – we also have an efficient, adaptable workforce and keep waste low. As a result, we can pass on many savings to you, a providing exceptional value is of utmost importance to us.
We have been in business since 1991, and over that time have amassed a wide range of experience. So, rest assured, you will not be talking to general sales staff – but people with in-depth knowledge and product familiarity who offer expert advice in good faith.
We don’t just specialise in one product – as our company has grown, we have diversified in to many niche areas to satisfy our clients’ needs. As a result, we supply a diverse portfolio of specialist products for the landscaping, construction and building industries.
If we sell it, we’ve got it! Over 95% of our product range is held in stock by us in large quantities. This is supported by working with manufacturers that maintain large stocks themselves to ensure lead times are kept to a minimum. For example, following the moorland fires in 2018 a utility company urgently required over 20,000m² of Soil Saver erosion control mesh to protect their reservoirs from silt pollution, we fulfilled the entire order in less than 5 days.
A chain is only as strong as its weakest link, and offering the best quality and price means nothing if you do not get the goods there on time. With this in mind, we carefully select reliable transport partners, who offer next day and timed delivery services when required. Whenever – and wherever – you need your order, we endeavour to get it to you on time.
It sounds like a cliché, but we truly do put our customers first. When you contact us, you won’t be getting automated robots or unhelpful customer service operators. You will immediately be in contact with people who are passionate and fully committed to their work. We are a well organised and communicative core team that are on hand to assist in solving your problems and satisfying your needs.
We are a family run business, so when you interact with us, you’ll be talking to people who provide a personal and welcoming approach.
There’s a reason why we continue to establish and maintain solid partnerships with reputable customers and companies – in a word, it’s respect. We treat others how we would like to be treated ourselves, and as a result have developed an enviable reputation in the industry.
Here are a selection of highlights from the many years we have been in business:
Following the devastating moorland fires near Bolton, a utility company urgently need to protect the fire burnt bare slopes surrounding their reservoirs to avoid sediment pollution.
We were the only company able to supply 20,000m² of Soil Saver in less than a week, just in time to protect the banks before rains arrived and encourage vegetation restoration.
Due to our large capacity and reputation for quality Hy-Tex were awarded a contract to supply over 160,000m² of CoirMesh 700 for major restoration works at a gold mine project in the Ivory Coast.
Thanks to our expertise we were able to manage the challenging logistics and deliver the full order before the rainy season began.
David’s step-son, Ryan Markham, joins the company continuing the family tradition and starting the next generation.
Ryan worked in communications before joining Hy-Tex. His skills and enthusiasm help rejuvinate the company and take us in new directions.
Karen, David’s wife, joins Hy-Tex to help share the workload and keep him under control.
David takes control of the business when his step-father Mike Hyder, the founder of the business, sadly passes away unexpected.
Over 45,000m² of Soil Saver jute mesh was supplied to Moors for the Future as part of ongoing restoration to peat uplands damages by fires and over grazing.
We were awarded the project not just because of our fabric quality and competitive rates but because we were the only company to meet their demanding delivery schedule and packaging requirements – as all materials had to be helicopter lifted to the remote sites.
Hy-Tex launch Ecotex MulchMat, the first fully biodegradable weed control blanket that it is EN13432:2000 certified compostable.
Made from PLA (fermented plant sugars) the fabric offers significant environmental and performance benefits, providing the first effective alternative to synthetic and hybrid ground cover fabrics.
With the continual expansion of Hy-Tex we were out growing both office and warehouse space.
Fortunately, there was opportunity to revive, and restore, a business premises in the village so we became the proud owners of Aldington Mill (formerly Harts Mill), increasing our storage to over 20,000ft² with onsite offices.
A new cherry farm chose Hy-Tex Clearweave covers over alternative solutions to protect over 11,000m² of orchard
Recognising the high performance and unique feature of Terrastop Premium silt fence, a major gas pipeline project from Feliindre to Brecon used over 80,000m to control storm water run-off pollution over a 2 year period.
The project also used nearly 300 of our unique Sedimats to manage disturbed sediment diring instream activities, along with large quantities of CoirMesh and Soil Saver to control surface erosion and restore vegetation after the works.
Due to our reputation in the industry, Tarmac chose Hy-Tex to supply over 36,000m² of GrassMesh Heavy-Duty (since replaced by the Flex 1800) for a massive temporary grass car park at Bristol Airport. This remains the largest project of its kind in the UK.
Our unique CoirMesh Loop 1400 erosion control mesh, which incorporate a raised loop pile to enhance performance, was selected by Scottish Coal to line channels on a high profile mine restoration scheme. Over 18,000m² was used to great effect.
Back in 2001 we were working closely with contractors on the Channel Tunnel Rail Link to help control stormwater run-off pollution.
In particular we experimented with various fabrics to create an effective silt fence.
Building on this, and worldwide research, we developed a purpose made silt fence called Terrastop Premium which was quickly adopted on major civil engineering projects and soon become best management practice – created the market for silt fences in the UK.
Norton Cherries purchased over 84,000m² (1,400 covers) of our unique Clearweave cherry rain covers to protect their crops from rain damage during the critical rippening time, as they offered far better performance than competiting options.
Hy-Tex secure a contract to supply over 600,000m² of 8/5 insect mesh to a swede grower based in Perth.
These fine woven insect meshes are particularly beneficial at controlling insect damage where chemical use is restricted, and trials have demonstrated significant improvements in both crop quality and yield. The grower has since estimated a 98% reduction in pesticide use by using insect mesh protection.
Recognising the unique features of a new fabric developed by our manufacturer for the horticultural industry, we soon launched it as a flexible, highly puncture resistant root barrier, called Root Barrier C3.
Initially targeted at tree root control, because it was so easy to work with and came in widths up to 4m, it was quickly adopted by invasive weed control contractors to control Japanese Knotweed, Hog Weed, and bamboo.
Root Barrier C3 remains one of our largest sellers thanks to its’ competitive pricing and reputation.
Over 55,000m² of high strength Terralys LF29/29 woven geotextile supplied to the U.N. Interim Admin Mission in Kosovo for infrastruture works
With the new Terralys range of woven geotextile range, we quickly establish ourselves as a major supplier in the UK.
In the first couple of years we supply over 3,500,000m² of standard clause 609 separator geotextile to builders merchants alone, and secure contracts to supply many civil engineering projects direct, including 20,000m² of specialist 200kN/m polyester high strength woven geotextile to the A2/M2 roadway project.
We increase our biodegradable range with the addition of CoirLogs and CoirPallets for the protection of water margins and the restoration of marginal aquatic plants. Early projects include works on the New river loop at Enfield, Eastway Cycle Circuit at Stratford, Henley Royal Regatta (where both CoirLog and brushwood faggots were supplied) and an Environment Agency project at Rothley.
We pioneer the use of more environmental friendly biodegradable weed control blankets with the launch of MulchMat, a dense needlefelt blanket made from jute fibre. Early projects include the A22 Bypass in Eastbourne
We significantly expand our range of woven and knitted nets and meshes for horticultural applications to complement our existing, and very popular, weed control fabric and bird nets.
Situated at the base of Shakespeare Cliff near Dover, Samphire Hoe is a wildlife haven created from Channel Tunnel excavation spoil. During the vegetation phase the newly formed landscape was highly vulnerable to erosion from wave action. Our CoirMesh 900 was selected as the best solution and we subsequently supplied over 20,000m² of this grade plus a bespoke composite version incorporating a synthetic yarn for permanent reinforcement in extreme areas.
CoirMesh sales grow with a diverse range of projects including:
MoD works at Aldershot
2,800m² CoirMesh 400 for Sandown Sewage Treament Works on the Isle of Wight
2,000m² CoirMeshh 900 for Pumping Station at Llanelli
1,500m² Eaton Park, Grovesnor Estate
2,400m² Blaydon Quarry, Tyne and Wear
5,500m² CoirMesh 900 Environment Agency, Tickton
1,800m² Millennium Dome Site, Greenwich
4,300m² to Ballyclare, Co Antrim
1,900m² for an Environment Agency beck in Thorpe in Balne
Soil Saver demand remains strong with an Edmund Nuttall site in Aberbargoed using over 72,000m², 21,000m² for Rugby Cement Works, with other notable projects including the Millennium Coastal Park at Burry Port, Pitreavie Link Road, Dumferline and exports to Jordan.
CoirMat, a dense coconut fibre erosion control blanket, was added to our biodegradable range. With early projects including 20,000m² to Kendal Fell Landfill and over 1,000m² to The Eden Project, Cornwall.
As a high profile forward thinking project the Channel Tunnel Rail Link placed an emphasis on protecting the environment and were concerned with potential watercourse pollution from silt laden stormwater run-off.
As a result they selected our unique Sedimats to protect the streams and rivers, using over 700no during the project.
Covertex sells continue to grow rapidly with numerous landscape contractors becoming regular clients, becuase of the quality, price and speed of delivery we offer.
The horticulture market also embrace the brand and we supply many fruit farms, nurseries and a major worm farm company.
We also welcome a further distributor to the DIY and garden centre market, with sales of over 1,000,000m² per year and growing.
With growing market share in both geotextile and agrotextile fabrics, we were appointed the UK distributor for the new Belgian manufacturer Lys Fabrics, which later grew to become Beaulieu Technical Textiles Group.
During the 1998 season we supplied nearly 2,000 cherry rain covers to farmers thoughout the South of England as confidence is growing cherries increases with this new form of protection
Soil Saver geo-jute erosion control mesh continues to prove very popular for general erosion protections with number projects including:
8,000m² Fernlea Tip restoration
6,000m² Didcot B power station
12,000m² St Fergus Gas Terminal for marram grass restoration on sand dunes
54,000m² M65 Blackburn road works
Working closely with the Farm Advisor Services Team (FAST), and local cherry growers, Hy-Tex develop Clearweave, a unique cherry rain cover, that protects the fruit from rain damage during the critical rippening time.
The covers, combined with new root stocks, help cope with our unpredictable climate and result in significant replanting of cherry orchards.
CoirMesh coconut fibre erosion control mesh sales continue to grow due to the tough durable nature of this fully biodegradable blanket.
Recent highlights include:
7,500m² of CoirMesh 700 and 900 selected for use on the M66 joint venture to protect again harsh erosion conditions
3,200m² of CoirMesh 900 for a civil engineering project in Audenshaw
8,300m² of CoirMesh 400 for the Cornish Wildlife Trust in a specialist application that required an open weave tough mesh to retain heather brashing for moorland restoration
3,000m² of CoirMesh 700 to protect the banks of Llandegfedd Reservoir
9,000m² of bespoke 1,400g/m² tight weave coir meshes to protect slopes at a gold mine in Ghana
2,000m² of CoirMesh 700 for an Environment Agency project at Crossens Embankment
With our growing reputation in the biodegradable erosion control market we were approached about, and subsequently awarded, the sole European distribution rights for a new pollution control product called a Sedimat.
Sedimat silt mats are a patented product designed to provide a pratical solution to trap disturbed sediment during instream construction actitivities. The mats quickly became popular with the Environment Agency and still play an import role in our product portfolio.
Hy-Tex 18 (Later renamed Covertex) premium grade woven ground cover demand grows, due to it’s quality and price, and quickly becomes specified on many large scale landscaping projects including numerous residential developments and civil projects such as Southport Waste Water Treatment Works where 16,000m² was used for longterm weed control.
We are awarded the contract to supply Netlon (the largest supplier to the garden center and nursery market at the time) both standard and mini-rolls. A relationship that lasted for many years.
Demand for the agricultural and fruit growing sector expands too with over 15,000m² supplied to one fruit grower alone.
David Poole joins his step-father Mike and mum in running the family business.
David qualified as a quantity surveyor before taking a gap year to backpacking around the world.
Initially, is was a temporary position while he decided his career path, but he fully embraced his new role and the business grew rapidly.
Through past connections we were proud to be appointed the sole UK distributor for the UCO agrotextile range.
UCO were the largest manufacturer of horticulture fabrics in Europe and had a comprehensive range of products for a wide range of applications.
Works on the £46.7m major A465 Aberdulais to Glynneath road project were jeopardised when the original geotextile supplier was unable to deliver the materials ordered.
We were urgently approached Alfred McAlpine and successful offered an alternative high strength geotextile within an acceptable timetable, at very short notice, and consequently supplied over 600,000m² of woven geotextile to help keep the project on schedule.
We launch our CoirMesh coconut fibre erosion control meshes, for more demanding environments, and quickly secure a project in Letterkenny for 9,000m² of CoirMesh 900
We supply 32,000m² of high strength woven geotextile to the Second Severn Crossing Project
From past experience in the technical textile market, we diversified in to geotextiles and became a key distributor for Synthetic Industries.
With our focus on natural fibre erosion control solutions we quickly build a reputation in the industry and in the early years secured a variety of prestigious projects for our Soil Saver jute including:
Second Severn Crossing – 95,000m²
Sizewell ‘B’ Powerstation – 20,000m²
Kettering Northern Bypass – 21,000m²
A41 Kings Lanley and Beckhamsted Bypasses – 163,000m²
A358 Project – 24,000m²
A1/M1 Link – 195,000m²
Hy-Tex (UK) Limited founded by Mike Hyder to specialise in the supply of biodegradable erosion control meshes.
Mike and his wife, Sheila, work from a portacabin in the garden with their warehouse some redundant farm buildings nearby.