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Our past

The Les Searle Group are one of the largest privately owned specialist earthworks contractors in Southern England, having operated from the same family home and premises off Parsonage Road, Horsham, Sussex for over 100 years. A highly respected business, we began operating as agricultural engineers in 1913 and from the early days of steam threshing the business grew through ambition, hard work and an excellent reputation, qualities that have remained with us throughout our history.

Digging a little deeper than your average earthworks contractors

The Les Searle family remain passionate about the business and we are extremely proud of the company’s history and association with Horsham. 

The Horsham Traction Company

Operating under the name of the Horsham Traction Company, the Searles also own a number of restored steam engines which as a family drive to events in the Horsham area and as far as London, Dorset and beyond. 

Looking forward

With continued growth and the owners’ vision, Les Searle continue to invest in the training and recruitment of staff and employees and recently appointed an Operations Director to assist with the demands of the expanding business.  But you’ll still find several generations of the Searle family on site most days.

Looking to the future, the group plans to construct new offices and will continue to make significant investments in modern equipment, machinery and transport, conscious of the environmental impact and carbon footprint of the business. The group is looking forward to continued strategic growth, modernisation and to what the next 100 years will bring.

Data Protection

1.1 All personal data that Les Searle Plant Hire and Sales Ltd (The Company) may use will be collected, processed, and held in accordance with the provisions of EU Regulation 2016/679 General Data Protection Regulation ("GDPR") and your rights under the GDPR

1.2 For complete details of the company's collection, processing, storage, and retention of personal data including, but not limited to, the purpose(s) for which personal data is used, the legal basis or bases for using it, details of Your rights and how to exercise them, and personal data sharing (where applicable), please refer to the company's Privacy Notice (POL00009) copy available by request by emailing

1.3 The company is registered with the ICO registration number ZA078888